Enough women?

“When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?” a BBC reporter asked Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month on PBS. “When there are nine women,” R.B.G. answered, smiling and explaining that for too many years there were nine men on the court.

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Together we persist

That was the headline on an email message that we received from Wendy Davis, who ran for governor in Texas and lost. Losing an election didn’t stop Wendy from taking action and fighting for the causes she believes in. She was writing to tell us about a nonprofit called Deeds Not Words. Recently, the nonprofit […]

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Nevertheless

My friend Leslie sent me a wonderful t-shirt. The words on the front say: “Nevertheless, she persisted.” What a lot of truth is expressed in those three words. Those words remind me of my grandmother who kept the family farm going in West Texas after her husband died. When the Depression made everything more difficult, […]

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The habit of excellence

I’m de-cluttering again—and discovering some bits of wisdom in the tons of papers that I have saved. How about a quote from Aristotle? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” Aristotle once said. –Joy

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Our best tonics

Mary Oliver looks with a poet’s eyes—and she looked with those same eyes even when she was writing essays for her book Upstream. For her, nature contains “our best tonics, if we would take them.” All we have to do is observe the world around us. “How wonderful that the universe is beautiful in so […]

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Think with patience

Mary Oliver, in her book Upstream, says that she has learned from the great ones—writers like Shelley and Wordsworth and Emerson. She has learned, she explains, “to observe with passion, to think with patience, to live always caringly.”

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A thousand unbreakable links

“The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River and ourselves—we are at risk together,” writes Mary Oliver in her book Upstream. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, and I must admit that I like her poetry much better than the essays in Upstream. But, this book contains paragraphs that are poetry—and full of wisdom. This poet […]

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Parity in 2055!?

Women should reach parity with men on corporate boards by 2055, says Equilar, a corporate research firm. 2055? That seems a long way off. The pace might pick up, The Dallas Morning News reports. But, currently, the number of women on boards is increasing very slowly. About 15 percent of the director seats at publicly […]

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The happiest people

Booker T. Washington once said: “I have found that the happiest people are those who do the most for others.” We found that message on a Valentine’s card.

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Blame it on Donald Trump

We try to avoid politics in our blog posts. So, this is all I am going to say. I was not happy when Donald Trump was inaugurated. I was so upset that I started eating chocolate and everything in sight—which was a bad thing to do since I hadn’t lost the five pounds that I […]

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