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Qian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country, came to the United States in 1994 when she was seven years old. She often went to school hungry and was put in special education classes because she didn’t speak English. Eventually, she graduated from Yale Law School. Her mother was a professor who taught math and computer […]

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Defining your worth

“I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth,” says Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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No need to apologize

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says that she has no need to apologize. The “look-wider, search-more affirmative action” that Princeton and Yale practiced opened doors for her. “That was its purpose,” she explains, “to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware […]

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Expect to be taken seriously

When artist Genesis Tramaine spoke April 19, 2023, at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas, a young woman raised her hand to ask a question. “When did people start taking your art seriously?” the young woman asked. “I didn’t wait for my work to be considered legitimate,” Tramaine answered. “I expected it. When I paint […]

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Sometimes, it is difficult to know what to believe. We hope Sojourner Truth was right when she said, “Truth is powerful and it prevails.”

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Kind, but strong

Jacinda Adern, New Zealand’s youngest ever prime minister, is resigining. After 5-1/2 years as the country’s leader, she concluded, ” “I hope I leave New Zealanders with a belief that you can be kind, but strong, emphatic, but decisive, optimistic, but focused.”

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Who needs power? “I do not wish women to have power over men but power over themselves,” Mary Wollstonecraft once said.

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Everyone else

In my last two posts, I shared two quotes about being yourself. This has always been my favorite quote about being yourself. It’s from Oscar Wilde. “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” –Joy

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Keep being yourself

In my last post, I mentioned the Emerson quote about being yourself. This is another quote that I like—a lot. “You change the world by being yourself,” Yoko Ono once said. –Joy

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Be yourself!

I have lots of favorite quotes, but this is one of my most favorite. And, I heard it repeated recently while I was watching a video at my Monday night class. Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –Joy

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