Running a marathon at 92

Did you hear about Harriette Thompson, age 92, who finished a marathon in San Diego in 7 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds? Yes, she’s 92, according to an article in the June 1, 2015, issue of The Dallas Morning News. Thompson is the oldest woman to finish a marathon—and definitely a Resolute Woman. She’s […]

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Dreaming is planning

I like this quote from Gloria Steinem. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” –Joy

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Keep your little dreams

For her high school yearbook, the author Judy Blume chose this quotation to appear next to her photo, according to an article in The New York Times Magazine on May 24, 2015. “Keep a place in your heart for little dreams to go.”

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Live for your dreams

I head this quote on “The Takeaway” on National Public Radio on May 25, 2015, when the show featured a panel of African writers. One of the writers said: “People should live for their dreams—not for their nightmares.” Joy

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People who matter stay with us

Vivian’s “losses have piled one on another like layers of shale. Even if her mother lived, she would be dead now, the people who adopted her are dead. Her husband is dead. She has no children,” writes Christina Baker Kline in the book The Orphan Train. But Vivian knows “the people who matter in our […]

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Be a bit bendy

Lucy, Tess’ mother, gives her daughter advice about marriage. “Sometimes I look back and think, goodness me, we took our feelings so seriously,” says Lucy in Liane Moriarity’s book The Husband’s Secret. She’s talking about her marriage and why she divorced Tess’s father. “Everything was black-and-white. We got into our positions and that was that. […]

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Keep learning

Tess is forced to analyze what has happened to her relationship with her husband in Liane Moriarity’s book The Husband’s Secret. “It seemed to her everyone had too much self-protective pride to truly strip down to their souls in front of their long-term partners,” Tess thinks to herself. “It was easier to pretend that there […]

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Don’t be defeated

Here’s a great quote from Maya Angelou. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” I found the quote in an email […]

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Thanks for friends

When you’re stuck at home with a broken leg, there’s one thing you need—friends. I have been blessed with friends who have sent me cards and books, who have called and visited and who have cooked dinner for my husband and me. My next door neighbor Jane visits me to put ice on my knee […]

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Just do it

Since my fall when I shattered my femur, I get tired at night. I feel pretty good and have a good attitude during the day, but, at night, I sometimes get tired and discouraged. That’s when I tell my husband, Jerry: “I do not want to get up tomorrow and do all those exercises prescribed […]

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