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Make a difference

“We are here to make a difference, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once said.

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Inspired by plants

Now, on my morning walks, I am beginning to see flowers in bloom. They are a most welcome sight after the brutal freezing weather that plagued us for a week last month. “I am always inspired by plants and their capacity to remind us that growth is possible,” says Raquel Willis, writer and activist, “to […]

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Speak up!

I found a great Martin Luther King quote somewhere this week. It’s a quote I’ve heard before, but it’s one that’s worth repeating. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?” Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.” In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd […]

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Remember your duty

Sarah Grimke’s mother tells her daughter, born in 1792, “The truth is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good….Sarah, darling, you’ve fought harder than I imagined, but you must give yourself over to your duty and your fate and make whatever happiness you can.” I am reading about […]

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Longings seized her

Sarah Grimke, born in 1792, was studying with a tutor when she reported: “Increasingly, during those classes, longings had seized me, foreign, torrential aches that overran my heart. I wanted to know things, to become someone. Oh, to be a son.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early activist for abolition and women’s rights, […]

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Keep growing

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow,” said Margaret Fuller, writer and women’s rights advocate, who was born in 1810.

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Let them be sea captains

“We would have every arbitrary barrier thrown down,” said Margaret Fuller, writer and women’s rights advocate, who was born in 1810. “We would have every path laid open to women as freely as to men. If you ask me what offices they may fill, I reply—any. I do not care what case you put; let […]

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A pandemic diet

Lose weight fast! It’s easy. Results guaranteed! When we took our canine companion Jack to the veterinarian last September, we got bad news. Jack, our Brittany, weighed 55.1 pounds. That was too much Dr. Merrill announced. She told us exactly how many calories Jack should eat every day. We checked the nutrient information on Jack’s […]

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A little progress

Women still hold only about one-fourth of the seats in Congress, concludes Ms. magazine in its winter 2021 issue. They hold 27 percent of the seats in the House—and 24 percent of the seats in the Senate. That’s progress—but not enough progress.

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