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RBG made the world a better place

This week, let’s remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September, and continue her work to make the world a better place. RBG once said, “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but […]

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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The news is depressing,” I tell my husband. “Too many bad things are happening.” This week, let us remember the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this month. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who helped make the world a better place, once said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a […]

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Three arguments for women

I write in memory of my friend who went to a cheap motel to get an illegal abortion back in the 1970s when abortions were illegal in Florida. I quote from Katha Pollitt’s book Pro—Reclaiming Abortion Rights. Pollitt begins: “In this book, I make many arguments, but let me mention three. First, the concept of […]

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A new church

On September 4, 2021, Edward J. Solon’s letter to the editor was published in the Dallas Morning News. “I believe it is time for the women to Texas to create a church that happens to provide services for women,” Solon wrote. “All the services that are provided to women would be considered religious activities and […]

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A better literary infrastructure?

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate […]

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“Anger requires no effort. Kindness is tough to show.” My book club just read Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Book of Longings, and this is one of my favorite quotes from the book. –Joy

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The reality of change

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” James Baldwin once said.

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Why we speak

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought,” neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said.

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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Set the world on fire

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire,” St. Catherine of Siena once said.

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