The power of hope

Michelle Obama once said, “When you are struggling, and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago—something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment of our […]

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People who are strong

“People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together,” Michelle Obama once said. –Joy

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Are women people?

A 1876 British Common Law ruling declared: “Women are persons in matters of pain and penalties, but are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” In 1928, four women asked the Supreme Court of Canada to consider this question: “Does the word ‘person’… include female ‘persons’?” The Supreme Court answered, “No, it does not.” […]

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Keep walking!

Gaynelle, my friend and neighbor, her dog, Cara, my dog, Ginger, and I have been walking two miles every morning for more than a year now. We talk and walk, and it’s a fun way to start the day. This morning we congratulated ourselves. According to an article in the January 10, 2017, issue of […]

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The asparagus test

Kelly Dittmar, a professor at the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, had a friend who needed someone to fill a spot on “some sort of asparagus advisory board.” When the friend asked a few men and a few women to join the board, the women said, “I don’t know that much about asparagus.” […]

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On the bus

I’m riding the bus to Austin on January 21 for a women’s march. I’ll be wearing the official march t-shirt that my friend Sally bought for me. On the front of the shirt in big black letters are these words: “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” –Joy

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We’re ready for more adventures

Fayteen and I ended the year with a lovely adventure—a day trip to Fort Worth. We saw a wonderful exhibit—“Monet—The Early Years” at the Kimball Art Museum—and we had a leisurely lunch at the Café Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. For dessert, I ate a sweet potato pudding tart with toasted […]

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Advice from Benjamin Franklin

If you’re making new year’s resolutions—and we decided years ago that we prefer to make our resolutions in the spring, here’s some good advice from Ben Franklin. “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors and let every year find you a better person,” Franklin once said.

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Welcome the new year

I’m looking forward to a new year, and I hope you are looking forward to 2017, too. I’ve always liked this quote by Rainer Maria Rilke: “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” –Joy

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The holiest of holidays

We celebrate Christmas with presents, friends and family, with song and story. We also celebrate in our memories, in silence, in our hearts. “The holiest of all holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart—the secret anniversaries of the heart,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said. I found this quote in a magazine in the […]

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