Powerful and valuable

Never doubt that you are powerful and valuable, Hillary Clinton told the girls of this country in her speech the day after the 2016 presidential election. We hope every girl was listening. Hillary Clinton said: “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will—and hopefully sooner than […]

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Uppity-er and uppity-er

During this election year, I’ve been thinking back to 1972 when I campaigned for Shirley Chisholm and attended the Democratic convention in Miami. At the convention, I shook hands with Gloria Steinem and attended meetings of the National Women’s Political Caucus. One of the speakers was Liz Carpenter. “Women,” Liz Carpenter told us, “are getting […]

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Hopes and dreams

It’s November already, and my husband Jerry and I already are making plans for 2017. Big plans. We’re going to update our house. Re-do the kitchen and bathrooms. Buy new carpet. Maybe even hardwood floors. Of course, we still have two months of 2016 left. But, are you already thinking about the new year? “Hope […]

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Carbohydrates, proteins and calories?

I’m now counting calories, grams of carbohydrates and grams of protein. Yikes! Because I keep falling into the pre-diabetic category, I have been trying to reduce the number of carbohydrates I eat. And, during my last visit to my dietician, she suggested that I need to eat more protein—75 grams a day, in fact, and […]

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Gloria Steinem never stops

We’ve used the same headline for this blog post that The New York Times used for its October 9, 2016, article about the “feminist icon.” John Leland, who wrote the article, explained that Steinem keeps the schedule of a rock star. The weekend before she had breakfast with Leland, she had traveled to North Carolina […]

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The distracted adult syndrome

Too much screen time is bad for children, says Dr. Nicolas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance. In fact, Dr. Kardaras concludes, that brain imaging studies show that excessive screen exposure can damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine […]

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One hour a day?

How much exercise do you need? Sports medicine researchers have some answers. If you sit four hours a day, you need to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you work at your desk eight hours a day, you should get one hour of exercise a day. Those suggestions come from Ulf […]

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Are you normal?

I don’t think I’ve ever been normal, but, more and more, I accept that it’s okay. In fact, Maya Angelou once said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” I found this quote in Maya Angelou’s book Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of […]

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When I have pains

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one,” Maya Angelou once said. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some more of Maya’s wisdom in our next blog post. –Joy

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Sit down quietly

“I think when we don’t know what to do it’s wise to do nothing,” Maya Angelou once said. “Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.” My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some […]

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