Amy Tan’s ramble

Amy Tan admits that she is embarrassed when people learn that it took her eight years to write her latest novel The Valley of Amazement. Sometimes she takes a rambling path, she told the audience at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas earlier this year. She is “lured away by many distractions.” While she was […]

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Brainy boys and fat girls

“More than a decade into the 21st century, we would like to think that American parents have similar standards and similar dreams for their sons and daughters,” writes Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the January 26, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News. A contributing writer for The New York Times, he recently received a Ph.D. in […]

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A salute to Lady Bird

When you think about LBJ, most likely, you don’t think about Lady Bird Johnson and bluebonnets. Not unless it’s April and you live in Texas. In the Lone Star State, we say thank you to Lady Bird every year as we look forward to bluebonnet season and the Texas-size fields of wild flowers that line […]

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Patience, not perfection

At the end of the day, often, too often, I still scold myself because I am not perfect. Why do I continue to expect myself to be perfect when it is an impossible goal? I need to remember what Saint Augustine once said, “Have patience with all things, but chiefly with yourself. Do not lose […]

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I will be happy

I smiled when I found this quote on the D Moms Daily Blog. “Today I will be happier than a bird with a French Fry.” –Joy

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Clever and courageous girls

I just bought two of my friends—both girls, one in the second grade and the other in the fourth grade—a copy of Bruce Lansky’s book The Royal Joust, 10 Inspiring Stories about Clever and Courageous Girls from around the World. In the introduction to the book, Lansky writes, “If you’re curious about why I decided […]

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Ban bossy!

Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Facebook COO, and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, both remember being called “bossy” when they were girls. The two women recently wrote an article in The Wall Street Journal stressing that those words still tell girls: “Keep your voice down. Don’t raise your […]

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Happy Birthday, Gloria

Gloria Steinem, a leader in the feminist movement for decades, turned 80 in March. To celebrate her birthday, Gloria took a trip to Botswana to ride elephants, reported Gail Collins, The New York Times columnist. Happy Birthday, Gloria! May we all be up to a trip to Botswana to ride elephants when we turn 80.

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Lean in or lean out?

Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, explained why she hates Sheryl Sandberg, the author of Lean In, in an essay published in the March 16, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “I leaned in some more,” she wrote. “I ate protein bars and made important calls during my commute. I stopped reading […]

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Think big, but make small changes

Just a year ago, Sheryl Sandberg published a book called Lean In. Today, women in more than 14,000 Lean In Circles around the world meet regularly to help each other focus on their goals, says Lisa Bonos, an assistant editor at The Washington Post. Advising women to ‘lean in’ connotes small changes—a tilt here, a […]

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