Not worth a sixpence

Harriet Tubman, who soon will be featured on $20 bills, was born a slave. After she escaped to freedom, she returned to the South again and again to rescue more than 300 slaves. Author Isabel Wilkerson, interviewed on the Diane Rehm show on National Public Radio, reported that one master beat Tubman and then declared […]

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Lessons from Ginger, my canine friend

Ginger, my faithful companion, who is sleeping now on the dog bed next to my desk, turned 11 last month. Despite her old age, she bolted out the back door yesterday, sure that this would finally be her lucky day and she would catch a squirrel. “She’s still frisky,” Dr. Allison Merrill, our veterinarian, told […]

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The brethren laughed heartily

In 1853, Sarah Grimke, abolitionist and feminist, was invited to sit in the chair of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. “As I took my place,” she said later, “I involuntarily exclaimed: ‘Who knows, but this chair may one day be occupied by a woman.’ The brethren laughed heartily.” In 1873, the Supreme Court […]

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Would you hire Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

In 1959, RBG graduated from Columbia Law at the top of her class, but she could barely get a job. No one wanted to hire a woman lawyer. In 1963, RBG became the second woman to teach full-time at Rutgers School of Law. She didn’t get paid as much as the men on the faculty. […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s push-ups

During an MSNBC interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who is 83, was asked if she still does 20 push-ups every day. “Yes,” she replied, “but we do 10 at a time. And, then, I breathe for a bit, and do the second set.” Bryant Johnson, who has been Justice Ginsburg’s trainer for two […]

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When my mother was born

I’ve been thinking about the fact that, when my mother was born, women couldn’t vote in the United States. When I was born, women couldn’t serve on juries in Texas. Women finally were allowed to serve on juries in this state in 1954. Now, a woman is running for president as the candidate of one […]

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Just get started

Timothy Pychyl, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, calls procrastination a coping mechanism gone awry in which people “give in to feel good.” When you feel tempted to procrastinate, the best thing you can do is to remember that you don’t have to be in the mood to do the task, Pychyl says. What […]

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The nights of work

I’m sharing another quote from Maya Angelou. It’s one that my friend Lynn shared with me. “The nights of work, the hours of hope amount at last to this day of joy,” Angelou once said. –Joy

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Flair and laughter

My friend Lynn received two cards with quotes from Maya Angelou and shared them with me. One says: “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” I’ll share the second quote in our next blog post. –Joy

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Beat your wife “lightly”

Pakistan’s most populated province approved a law that gives women protection from abusive husbands. However, the country’s Council of Islamic Ideology strongly opposes the new law, reported The Dallas Morning News in its May 27 issue. The council has drafted a proposal that husbands should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives.

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