Merry Christmas!

May your heart and your home be filled with love and peace, joy and hope.

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Don’t vote for Hillary

My husband Jerry and I invited our neighbor Lauren, who is in the fourth grade, to go on a holiday carriage ride with us. We heard the clop, clop of the big horses and saw splendid Christmas light displays, and we thoroughly enjoyed Lauren’s company. She told us the name of her best friend and […]

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A woman pilot in “Star Wars”

Move over Han Solo. Rey is the female pilot in the new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “It’s fantastic,” says Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, in an article in the December 10, 2015, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “I think what’s great about it is that Rey…is such a good pilot. That isn’t something […]

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Don’t give up your power

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any,” Alice Walker once said.

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The first in her village to vote

In this country, Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 for trying to vote. Many decades later, in November of this year, Fouzia Talib, 29, was the first and only woman in her farming village in Pakistan to vote since her country was created in 1947. “My brothers and sisters are receiving calls from members […]

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Why Susan Anthony was fired

During an economic depression in the late 1830s, Susan B. Anthony, who campaigned for women’s right to vote and was arrested in 1872 for trying to vote, quit school and found a job as a teacher. She was 19 when she was fired from her teaching job, says Mary Kay Carson in her book Why […]

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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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