Lots of intelligent women

During the 1860s, women couldn’t vote, and they didn’t run for political office. Most of them didn’t have a career outside the home. But, some of them were well educated and had remarkable influence on the men in their lives. I am amazed at the number of intelligent, well educated women described by Doris Kearns […]

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Melancholy, not depression

Abraham Lincoln had bouts of melancholy, not depression, says Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals. “Unlike depression, melancholy does not have a specific cause,” she writes. “It is an aspect of temperament, perhaps genetically based.” The root of Lincoln’s melancholy was his empathy, Goodwin believes, “derived in large part from an acute sensitivity […]

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Adhere to your purpose

Abraham Lincoln sometimes suffered from melancholy. However, even during the worst days of the Civil War, he “refused to surrender to the gloom of defeat,” writes Doris Kearns Goodwin in her book Team of Rivals. Goodwin says that Lincoln once wrote to the son of his wife’s cousin when the young man was miserable at […]

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Don’t die until your dead

Actor Dustin Hoffman, who’s 75, just directed a movie for the first time. AARP The Magazine in its February/March 2013 issue reports that Hoffman asked Bill Connolly, one of the stars in Quartet, “What’s the movie about?” “Don’t die until you’re dead,” Connolly replied.

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Use your talents

“Use the talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang the very best,” said Henry Van Dyke. I found this delightful quote in an e-mail newsletter from one  of my favorite restaurants for lunch—the Chocolate Angel Café & Tea Room. It reminds me of an article […]

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A real-life Barbie doll

We were sad when we read about Valeria Lukyanova, the 23-year-old Ukranian woman who wants to look like a real-life Barbie doll, in the March 8, 2013, issue of The Week. This young woman has undergone extensive cosmetic to create almond-shaped eyes and a huge bust that tapers to a 17-inch waist. To maintain her […]

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One thing at a time, please

Do one thing at a time and focus, advises Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, author of a new book Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy and Focus. Dr. Chapman is the founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Don’t multitask. Instead, practice the […]

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The world is a good place

Jessica Jackley is the mother of twins, who are not yet 2 years old. Every morning the twins remind her of a truth, she says. “They remind me that the world is a good place full of adventures.” I heard Jackley speak recently at an annual luncheon sponsored by the San Antonio Women Foundation. She […]

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What do you want to fix?

Jessica Jackley urges women to look for problems and opportunities and believe they can do something to make the world a better place. I heard Jackley speak recently at an annual luncheon sponsored by the San Antonio Women Foundation. She is the co-founder of Kiva, the world’s first peer-to-peer microlending website. Kiva, which lets internet […]

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Happy spring!

Whenever I see daffoldils, I think about my mother, who loved the beautiful yellow flowers. My mother, an English major, went to college when students were required to memorize poetry. Whenever she saw a daffodil, she would recite William Wordworth’s poem. I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, […]

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