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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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Keep traveling

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page,” advises a notecard from Fly Paper Products. I found that notecard recently while on a trip to Maine. –Joy

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Take the first step

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the full staircase,” Martin Luther King Junior once said.

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The sun shines in us

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives things that are happening when you read the newspaper every morning, listen to the news on NPR during the day and commiserate with family and friends at dinner. But, always, there are good things happening—even in the worst of times. I am trying to dwell on those things, […]

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Speak up for things that matter

I walked Saturday with my friend Susie and 40,000 other people in the Women’s March in Austin. We were standing up, speaking up for issues that matter to us. “Our lives begin to end when we’re silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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