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Let’s invite one another in

“In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why,” Michelle Obama says in her book Becoming. And, she adds, “Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let […]

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Color or religion or place of birth

“To deny a man (or woman) his (or her) hopes because of his (or her) color or race, his (or her) religion or place of his (or her) birth is not only to do injustice, it is to deny America and to dishonor the dead who gave their lives for America’s freedom,” Lyndon Baines Johnson […]

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March ahead

“We must make the pledge that we will always march ahead,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the LBJ Library in Austin. –Joy

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Do not sit idly by

“We may never change the minds of people who send pipe bombs, but we can stop them from influencing others,” writes Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Holocaust studies at Emory University, in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “This year, at Thanksgiving dinner, when your curmudgeon uncle or successful cousin (not all haters […]

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Behave as human beings

“So what do we do?” David Ulin asks in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. “Same as ever: we put our shoulders to the wheel. We help in whatever way is available to us, from each according to his or her needs. We afflict the comfortable and comfort […]

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Assertive women

“Studies show that people don’t like assertive women. How can women get past that?” Time magazine asks Mika Brzezinski in its October 1, 2018, issue. “Well, I think the question is problematic,” Brzezinski answers. “Does it matter that you’re liked? We need to worry about being effective, being someone who gets the job done.”

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Years of trauma and silence

“Every week brings new variations on the theme of women, racked with pain and rage, rising up in protest after too many years of trauma and terrified silence,” writes Molly Ball in the October 1, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Every week, too, has brought fresh reminders of the extent to which our whole reality […]

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A quiet, but significant gesture

“It is often the quiet gesture that carries the most significance—the one that suddenly directs the symphony,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher.

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Nothing is impossible

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day,” Winnie the Pooh says.

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When anger is valuable

The part of anger that tells you “this is wrong and shouldn’t happen again” is always valuable, says Martha Nussbaum, the author of a new book The Monarchy of Fear. However, Nussbaum adds, “To be angry has been an assertion of masculinity. Once you start looking at it, the issue of who’s ‘more emotional’ and […]

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