Bette Graham—overlooked no more

The New York Times just published an obituary of Bette Graham, who invented Liquid Paper, “the correction fluid that relieved secretaries and writers around the world from the pressure of perfection.” Bette Graham died in 1980. However, her obituary is part of the newspaper’s Overlooked program. Since 1851, The New York Times explains, its obituaries […]

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Take what you want

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want…,” says Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma. “It’s unfortunate, and it has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.” Ava DuVernay will speak in Dallas on […]

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Lunch in Sanger, Texas

My daughter Mary Elizabeth and her partner Jesús just bought a house in Sanger, Texas, and already they’re good friends with GiGi at GiGi’s Cafe. When we had lunch at the cafe recently while I was helping with the unpacking, I ordered the salmon salad with raspberry dressing. Gigi didn’t hesitate. “That salad won’t taste […]

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Emma’s chipping at stone walls in Africa

My niece Emma is coaching a basketball team, cooking chocolate chip cookies and applying band-aids. In Namibia in Africa. Where she is a Peace Corps volunteer. Emma, who played basketball in college and loves to cook, has filled in for a coach at a youth league semi-final game and made cookies for the nurses at […]

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Love your neighbor. No exceptions!

My friend Patrick found this quote and sent it to me. “Love your neighbor who doesn’t look like you, think like you, love like you, speak like you, pray like you, vote like you. Love your neighbor. No exceptions!”

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Be someone

“A woman should be someone, not something,” Marry Cassatt once said.

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A lesson for summer

The posters for the new Winnie the Pooh movie announce a lesson that’s just right for hot summer days. “Don’t estimate the value of doing nothing,” Winnie the Pooh advises.

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Every great dream

“With rare courage, she led over 300 Negroes up from slavery to freedom,” reads a bronze plaque honoring Harriet Tubman. It is placed at the entrance of the Auburn Courthouse in Auburn, New York. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience […]

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Very bad injustice

When I attended a Girl Scout book club meeting earlier this summer, we discussed the book Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. We learned that Harriet Tubman had to leave her parents when she was six-years-old because she was “hired out” to work for a weaver. When Harriet dropped the yarn, she was […]

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Liberty or death!

Harriet Tubman was a former slave who risked her life helping other slaves escape to freedom. She also worked as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War. “I had reasoned this out in my mind,” she once said. “There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If […]

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