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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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You can’t eat money

Here is a Cree proverb that’s a pointed reminder of why we need to protect the environment. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”

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Social and economic freedom

About 80 percent of the people in South Africa live in poverty. Political freedom is not enough, says Zamaswazi Diamini-Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter, who spoke at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas on July 23, 2018. “I envision a world in which people have economic and social freedom, too.”

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Pretty amazing

My son Jay has a new job and a new apartment. My daughter Mary Elizabeth just got back from Frankfurt, where she gave a seminar for a group of German dog trainers. And, my husband Jerry and I are talking to BRIT, the Brittany rescue in Texas, about getting a new dog. Soon, we hope! […]

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The past expands

I am having a major birthday this month. My book club defines a major birthday as one that involves a change in decades. And, I do feel older. I also feel as if I should be grown up by now. But, if I’m grown up, why do old issues and old emotions keep creeping into […]

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Don’t mess with Texas women

I am the proud owner of a poster from the Women’s March in Austin in January 2017. It features a woman’s leg with a red cowgirl boot squashing an elephant and proclaims: “Don’t Mess with Texas Women.” Fortunately, I was able to get two posters at the march—one for me and one for my daughter […]

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