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Is Dorothea Lange’s America our America?

The commentary on the photos of Dorothea Lange at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa asked about the poor who are still with us today. We have made progress, the writers of the commentary replied. “Still, has this progress overcome the challenges of poverty and racism?” “Maybe not” seemed to be the conclusion. Lange’s photos, including […]

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Personal turmoil

Dorothea Lange was taking portraits of wealthy people when she decided to take photographs of the poor during the Great Depression. “I was driven by the fact that I was under personal turmoil to do something,” she once said. Lange’s photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, “humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.” I saw […]

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They soonest pass away

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away,” William Cullen Bryant once wrote. “The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.” The seasons change. Life continues—full of changes. Some of those changes we welcome, and others we don’t.

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Welcome October!

It’s still warm in Texas, but soon the temperature and the leaves will fall. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” L.M. Montgomery once said. –Joy

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Welcome autumn!

“Autumn—the year’s last, lovliest smile,” William Cullen Bryant once said.

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Bewildered

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept,” says Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies. “As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

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Sustained outrage

“What you need is sustained outrage, there’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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One long struggle

“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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Be outrageous

“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it,” Molly Ivins once said. “Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.” I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and […]

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Speak up

“One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history,” Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in 1962, shortly before her death. “It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves.”

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