Happy Mother’s Day!

Elizabeth Warren, United States senator, remembers when she was a professor at the University of Houston and the mother of two young children. “The new job was hard, and at home my world was stretched to the breaking point. I traded car-pool duties, took my turn as a Girl Scout leader, taught Sunday School for […]

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The best part of a wonderful weekend

I just spent a wonderful weekend in New Mexico with my brother James and his wife Jeany. We visited the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and saw an exhibit of art displayed in Spanish American homes from 1492 to 1898. Then, we strolled in Old Town and discovered three gray-haired Native Americans, with magnificent […]

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The courage to change

Our good friends Eva and Mark just sold their house, sorted through their belongings and even got rid of dozens of books, packed everything and moved to Bellingham, Washington. We will miss them—even though we know that we will stay in touch and see them at least a couple of times a year. But we […]

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Are you happy?

In her book Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy, Joan Chittister talks about how happiness comes from purpose, not things. Chittister quotes Helen Keller, who said: “Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a […]

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The exhausting everydayathon

I’ve been busy this week. Of course, I’m not the only one who is too busy. Most people today are too busy, writes Brigid Schulte in the March 14, 2014, issue of The Washington Post. Schulte is the author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time. “Somewhere around the end […]

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Hard work at Oak Ridge

Thousands of civilians—many of them women from across the South—came to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II to work on a secret project. They were offered good wages and promised that their labor could help end the war. Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, they “left farms for factories willingly, wrote letters hopefully, waited patiently […]

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“Abuse of the grossest character”

At a recent Civil Rights Summit in Austin, former President Jimmy Carter, who has written a new book about the mistreatment of women and girls, talked about the “horrific abuse” of women and girls. In recent decades, he said, adults worldwide have deliberately strangled or aborted 160 million infant girls or female fetuses. Genital mutilation […]

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The forever diet

Michelle Funez lost 90 pounds in 1-1/2 years reports the Ladies’ Home Journal in its March 2014 issue. Weight Watchers helped her, she says. “When I put together a healthy eating and exercise plan I asked myself, ‘Is this something I can do forever?’ I didn’t want a diet that eliminated foods. I wanted to […]

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Nix the Quick Fix

I love the headline—“Nix the Quick Fix”—which I found in the March 2014 issue of Oklahoma magazine. What a great reminder as summer approaches, and I would like to lose five pounds now, instantly, before-I-switch-to-summer-clothes. I needed the timely reminder. I read the article, but it wasn’t necessary. The headline and two subheads offered great […]

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Avoid fashion magazines?

Three out of four teenage girls feel worse about themselves after spending just three minutes with a fashion magazine. “The media is sending a dangerous message to our youth about what kinds of bodies are or aren’t acceptable,” leaders of The Representation Project stressed in a recent email newsletter. Those dangerous messages affect not only […]

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