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The surprises of the day

I went to the Dallas Arboretum two days in a row last week—once with my friend Susie and again with my husband Jerry and our son Jay, who was home for Father’s Day. And, surprise! When I saw flowers the second day that I hadn’t noticed the first day, I remembered a line written by […]

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Summer flowers and storms

It’s summer in Dallas, and yesterday I visited the Dallas Arboretum. It is bright and happy, filled with colorful flowers. The arboretum is beautiful now even though it was closed for a couple of days earlier this week because of storm damage. May your summer be filled with more flowers than storms. –Joy

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Dragons can be defeated

“Fairy tales are true,” says Rachel Held Evans in her book Inspired. “Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.”

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A deeper question

One of her best friends, Killian Noe, has a question that she has made famous among her friends, writes Melina Gates in her new book The Moment of Lift. The question is: “What do you know now in a deeper sense than you knew it before?” “I love this question,” Gates says, “because it honors […]

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Equal in politics?

Most people see women as equal to men in politics, The Dallas Morning News reported in its March, 30, 2019, issue. An all-time high of 84 percent of Americans think women are just as suited emotionally for politics as men. That’s according to the General Social Survey, which has been measuring view of gender and […]

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Talk and talk and talk

What can we do to help rid our own communities of the shame surrounding menstruation? That’s the question that Megan Lierley, managing editor of the blog Blood and Milk, asks Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood. “Talk and talk and talk,” Dahlqvist answers. “For me, it took the longest time to even say the […]

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A sign they’re ready to marry

Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood, talked to girls in Kenya, and they explained that the first period is seen as a sign that they’re ready to marry. Then, the girls asked Dahlqvist how they could hide their period so that they could delay marriage. “What happens when menstrual shame clashes with poverty?” Dahlqvist […]

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The right to education

In Uganda, we found that around 50 percent of girls are missing school several days every month because of their periods, reports Anna Dahlqvist in her book It’s Only Blood. “In studies in which the students explain why they do not go to school, the same reasons are repeated: fear of leakage. The smell. Shame […]

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The love of Christ

William Sloan Coffin once said: “It is not Scripture that creates hostility to homosexuality, but rather hostility to homosexuals that prompts some Christians to recite a few sentences from Paul and retain passages from an otherwise discarded Old Testament law code. In abolishing slavery and in ordaining women, we’ve gone beyond biblical literalism. “It’s time […]

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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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