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Strong and compassionate

We can be strong and gentle—at the same time. “We need women who are so strong they can be gentle—so fierce they can be compassionate,” Kavita Ramdas, former head of the Global Fund for Women, once said.

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A Black woman on the Supreme Court

Of course, it’s time for a Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. As President Joe Biden said, “For too long, our government, our courts, haven’t looked like America. I believe it’s time that we have a court that reflects the full talents and greatness of our nation with a nominee of extraordinary qualifications, […]

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Do your best

I am not perfect. I keep reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to say exactly the right thing every time. It’s okay if my house is not perfect, if I don’t look perfect, if I haven’t accomplished everything I want to accomplish. All I can do is do my […]

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What you do

What did you do yesterday? What are you doing today? What do you plan to do tomorrow? “What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe,” author and activist bella hooks once said.

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Hope and confidence

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” Hellen Keller once said. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” We watched a PBS special about Helen Keller last week—and learned that she was brilliant and she accomplished so much. But, she was not perfect. She was complicated. She was a most interesting person. –Joy

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Be a lady

This week, I am remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September—and I am remembering one of my favorite RBG quotes. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent,” RBG once said. –Joy

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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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Your own map

“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end,” writes poet Joy Harjo. “You must make your own map.”

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Be yourself

“For so long, I tried to be what they wanted me to be. But now I just want to be myself.” 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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Strength from the morning

“Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.” That’s a quote from the Hopi. I always fill better—stronger—after my early morning walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will blanket the air later in […]

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