Many mothers

I had one mother, but I have many women who have “mothered” me—women who have nurtured me, supported me, helped me when I needed help. I am going to tell a few of them how much I appreciate them on this Mother’s Day. –Joy

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A deeper question

One of her best friends, Killian Noe, has a question that she has made famous among her friends, writes Melina Gates in her new book The Moment of Lift. The question is: “What do you know now in a deeper sense than you knew it before?” “I love this question,” Gates says, “because it honors […]

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An ardent feminist

“I am an ardent feminist,” writes Melinda Gates, author of The Moment of Lift. “To me, it’s very simple. Being a feminist means believing that every woman should be able to use her voice and pursue her potential.”

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Keep up the fight

“I shall not grow conservative with age.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Created equal

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men and women are created equal.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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A joyful resting place

We long to be at home in the world, Norman Wirzba once wrote. “Our failure—as evidenced in flights to virtual worlds and the growing reliance on ‘life enhancing’ drugs, antidepressants, antacids and stress management techniques—suggests a pervasive unwillingness or inability to make this world a home, to find our places and communities, our bodies and […]

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Carve out moments of peace

It’s easy to be silent and still on a silent retreat. However, after I finished my silent retreat, I soon found, of course, that it’s more difficult to slow down after I’ve looked at my daily to-do list. I have to carve out moments of peace during each day. I remember what Thoreau once wrote: […]

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Content with silence

I found this short poem by Ansel Adams during the silent retreat I attended recently. When words become unclear, I shall focus on photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. –Joy

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Silence

I went on a six-hour silent retreat at the Blue Spring Retreat Center in Richardson. I didn’t talk for hours—except when I puzzled over the box lunch choices from Jimmy John’s and a woman finally asked me if I wanted a turkey sandwich. “Sure,” I said. I sat in a large room at the lodge […]

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