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Strong and compassionate

We can be strong and gentle—at the same time. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle—so fierce they can be compassionate,” Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, once said.

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One thing at a time

Sometimes I am overwhelmed. Sometimes I try to do too much. As Madeleine Albright, this country’s first female of state, once said, “Women can’t do everything at the same time, we need to understand milestones in our lives comes in segments.”

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Women on the Supreme Court?

Why have women serving on the Supreme Court? Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, once said, “I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.” Of course, […]

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A simple universe?

“We yearn for the universe to be simple, to be one thing or another,” writes Lauren LeBlanc in The Boston Globe. “But it’s not. Its contradictory nature is integral to its abundance.”

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Comic and uplifting

Life is “by turns crushing and restorative, busy and boring, comic and uplifting,” writes Kathryn Schulz, author of Lost & Found: A Memoir.

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Do your best

I am not perfect. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to say exactly the right thing every time. It’s okay if my house is not perfect, if I don’t look perfect, if I haven’t accomplished everything I want to accomplish. All I can do is do my […]

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Nuance has been incinerated

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. In his article, Dahlby quotes Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist. Nuance, Bruni says, “has been incinerated by today’s hot takes….Much of what I read […]

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A better literary infrastructure?

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate […]

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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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