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Look fear in the face

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. “You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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Our state of bafflement

Author Elizabeth Strout says, “We live in a state of bafflement—without even knowing it. For a lot of us, there is a sense of what are we doing here. A story can help to stabilize us and help us become more coherent.” I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just […]

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Nothing more interesting

Author Elizabeth Strout loves watching people, and she loves crowded New York. “For me—there is nothing more interesting than life,” she says. I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just read, both for the second time, her books My Name Is Lucy Barton and Anything Is Possible. –Joy

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Assertive women

“Studies show that people don’t like assertive women. How can women get past that?” Time magazine asks Mika Brzezinski in its October 1, 2018, issue. “Well, I think the question is problematic,” Brzezinski answers. “Does it matter that you’re liked? We need to worry about being effective, being someone who gets the job done.”

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Be someone

“A woman should be someone, not something,” Marry Cassatt once said.

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A new book club

I helped organize my book club—The Easy Readers—more than 30 years ago. This summer I’m joining a new book club. It’s a Girl Scout book club—the 3 Cs Mother/Daughter Book Club. The three Cs refer to the Girl Scout mission—“Building girls of courage, confidence and character.” Along with the second and third graders in the […]

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A brave woman

It was Dolly Madison, whose husband was president from 1809-1817, who hurriedly left the White House when British soldiers marched into Washington during the War of 1812. However, even though she knew that she had to go quickly, she took the time to pack important government documents and the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington […]

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A great adventure

My niece Emma leaves on April 9th for two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. I can’t wait to hear about all of the interesting things she will do and everything she will see and learn. As A.A. Milne once said, “A great adventure is about to begin.” –Joy

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They happened to things

Last week, I saw high-quality reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Mona Lisa and models of Leonardo’s flying machine and self-propelled car at an exhibit in Albuquerque. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them,” Leonardo da Vinci once said. “They […]

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Girls today

Girls in this country are ethnically and racially diverse with half—51 percent—white, 25 percent Hispanic, 14 percent Black, 5 percent Asian, 4 percent multiracial and 1 percent American Indian. Four out of 10 of all the girls, ages 5 to 17, in this country live in families with low-incomes. Girl Scouts is trying to include […]

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