Thinking is easy

Whatever you can do, Goethe said, begin it. Action is powerful—but often it’s not easy to act, Goethe admitted. He once said: “Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.”

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Simple or complex?

“Everything is simpler than you think, and, at the same time, more complex than you imagine,” Goethe once said. My favorite Goethe quote is: “Whatever you can do or believe you can, begin it.” However, Goethe has a number of other quotes I really like—and some people contend that my favorite Goethe quote didn’t really […]

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Laugh out loud

Leigh Anne Jasheway, in her book Don’t Get Mad, Get Funny, offers a new approach to resolutions. These are four of her suggestions: * Do something daily that makes you laugh out loud. * Eat right 90 percent of the time. * Focus on what you did right every day, instead of what you did […]

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Those New Year’s resolutions

I cut out and saved the Luann comic strip in the March 6, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “Ugh!,” Luann says. “I found this list of New Year’s Resolutions I made when I was 12, and here’s the list I made nine weeks ago.” “What’s wrong?” Luann’s friend asks, as she begins to […]

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A smart cookie

“’I could’ve been somebody, you know?’ my mother says,” Sandra Cisneros writes about Esperanza’s mother in her book The House on Mango Street, the story of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. The mother “has lived in this city her whole life. She can speak two languages. She can sing […]

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We all have felt other

“Writing in a younger voice allowed me to name the thing without a name,” explained Sandra Cisneros in the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition of her book The House on Mango Street. The book is the story of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. The thing without a name […]

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Old like yellow pearls

The All-China Women’s Federation, founded by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, has advice for young women on its website. The federation tells them to hurry up and get married before they’re 30 and warns them that “as women age, they are worth less and less; so, by the time they get their M.A. or […]

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Read a long book

James Patterson, the author, is planning to publish books for people who don’t read. These new BookShots novels will be shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and more widely available. My first reaction when I read about Patterson’s plans in the March 22, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News was to vow to find a very […]

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An epidemic of feeling bad

“There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what 0.5 percent of the human race looks like,” says Melissa McCarthy, the actress. According to the March 28, 2016, issue of Time magazine, McCarthy is arguing for more inclusive beauty standards. Thank you, Melissa McCarthy. I’m reminding myself […]

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Women’s soccer vs. men’s soccer

The U.S. women’s soccer team has won four Olympic gold medals. With one brief interruption, the team has been continuously ranked No. 1 in the world since March 2008. In contrast, the American men’s soccer team has never won an Olympic gold medal, and the team is ranked No. 30 in the world. Guess which […]

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