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Self-creation

Tara Westover grew up in a survivalist family in Idaho.  Even though she had never seen a doctor and had never sat in a classroom when she started college, she earned a Ph.D. from Cambridge in 2014. Westover came to believe “that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was […]

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Are you a hope-aolic?

“I’m a hope-aolic,” Gloria Steinem declared recently on NPR. Steinem explained that she has hope for the future—because hope is a form of planning. First, you hope for something, and then you get busy to make sure what you hope for happens.

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Don’t eat too much

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University and author of the book Unsavory Truth, offered this advice during an interview with BonAppetit. “Don’t eat too much. Make sure you have vegetables, and don’t eat too much junk food. I mean, really, that’s all there is too it.” It sounds simple, doesn’t it? […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know about you, but I seem to recycle my New Year’s Resolutions. I plan to eat healthy foods, unclutter and update my house, and read more. No matter, the fact that I continue to make the same resolutions indicates what is important to me—and how difficult some goals are to achieve. I’m trying, […]

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A year of happy surprises

“Each new year is a surprise to us,” Henry David Thoreau once wrote. We hope your year is full of happy surprises!

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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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