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Make small talk

In his book On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder lists “make eye contact and small talk” as one of his ”20 lessons from the 20th century.” “This is not just polite,” Snyder explains. “It is part of being a citizen and responsible member of society. It is also a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, […]

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Stand out

In his book On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder lists “Stand out” as one of his 20 lessons from the 20th century. “Someone has to,” he explains. “It is easy to follow. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But, without that unease, there is no freedom. Remember Rosa Parks. The moment you set […]

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The truth

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom,” says Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of On Tyranny. “If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding […]

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Tell the truth

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom,” says Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of the book On Tyranny. “If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the […]

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When love is the way

The world needs a lot less pandemic and a lot more love. “When love is the way, poverty would become history,” says Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry.  “When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study […]

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Unless someone cares a lot

When my children were teenagers, they sometimes replied, “I don’t care.” “It’s important to care,” I would tell them. That’s why I like this quote—which I found on a blue sticker packaged with several presents from my son, Jay, and his wife, Rachel. (They know I like quotes!) The Lorax said, “Unless someone like you […]

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A new year of surprises

May your new year be filled with happy surprises. As Thoreau once said, “Each new year is a surprise to us.”

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A leader and hope

 “A leader is a dealer in hope,” Napoleon once said.

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Every little girl

We hope our daughters will have a smoother path on their way to the offices of president and vice president, says Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic. And, Simmons quotes Kamala Harris: “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last because every little girl […]

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We will continue to fight

“Dressed in suffrage white, Kamala Harris acknowledged ‘all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century,’” writes Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic, “’100 years ago with the 19th Amendment. Fifty-five years ago with the Voting Rights Act. And, now, in 2020, with […]

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