Why Susan Anthony quit school

Susan B. Anthony, who campaigned for women’s right to vote and was arrested in 1872 for trying to vote, stopped going to school when her teacher refused to teach her long division because she was a girl. “Maybe the male teacher felt girls didn’t need to learn such advanced math,” says Mary Kay Carson in […]

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Remember Susan B. Anthony

As you listen to the never-ending coverage of the presidential candidates, remember Susan B. Anthony. Anthony, who campaigned for women’s rights, was arrested for trying to vote during the 1872 presidential election. When she appeared in court, the judge wouldn’t let her testify. “He said women were incompetent, and not smart or trustworthy enough,” says […]

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On the road with Gloria Steinem

I just started listening to Gloria Steinem’s new book My Life on the Road. I’ll write more about it when I finish it. But there’s a quote from Ms. Steinem, who is 81, and still traveling, that I want to share now. “When people ask me why I still have hope and energy after all […]

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I am strong

I heard this quote on National Public Radio, but I didn’t catch who said it. The person was a woman—an actress?—who said that, when she looks in the mirror, she no longer looks 25—but it’s okay. “I am strong, and my body works,” this woman stressed. –Joy

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Dance first

I found this quote on a card by The Borealis Press. “Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”—Samuel Beckett. I like the quote, but a word of caution. Dance first, but remember to think, too. Like most things in life, the secret is finding the right balance between thinking and dancing. –Joy

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Awe, pleasure and wonder

“Gratitude is rooted in the sense that life is a gift,” writes Rabbi Harold Kushner. In his book The Lord Is My Shepherd, Rabbi quotes Abraham Maslow: “Psychologist Abraham Maslow has praised as a character trait of the fully mature adult ‘the ability to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope that your tummy will be full of good food, and your heart will be full of gratitude. As Pooh thought happily, “Thanksgiving is a time when everybody gets rumbly in the tumbly and thankful by the heartful.” We found the Pooh quote on a Hallmark card.

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Count your blessings

“Gratitude is a way of looking at the world that does not change the facts of your life, but has the power to make your life more enjoyable,” says Rabbi Harold Kushner. “Learn to respond to the sun’s coming up every morning as a miracle….Instead of wishing that you felt better physically and could lose […]

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Helping a friend

I’m the helper now. After I shattered my femur earlier this year, I had lots of people helping me—friends and family who called me often, cooked food for me and drove me to physical therapy. Now my good friend Lynn has a broken arm, and I recently spent a week driving her to the doctor, […]

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Seven vegetables for lunch

Recently I had dinner at La Plaza, an interesting Santa Fe restaurant and bakery. Blue-corn enchiladas and caramel apple pie! A couple of days later, I had lunch at another restaurant in the city–Saveur Bistro. Salmon and fresh fruit and lots of vegetables—asparagus, beets, eggplant with cheese, grilled red pepper and zucchini, acorn squash with […]

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