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Good things in the world

“So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world,” Vincent van Gogh once said.

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One giant leap for WOMANkind

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir became the first all-female spacewalking team on Friday, October 18, 2019. “One giant leap for WOMANkind!” Representative Katherine Clark wrote in a tweet. Kathy Sullivan, who became America’s first female spacewalker 35 years ago, added, “We’ve got qualified women running the control, running space centers, commanding the station, […]

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Margaret Atwood, feminist

Margaret Atwood has consistently refused to label herself a feminist. Recently, at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas, she explained that, just as there are many kinds of Christians, there are many kinds of feminists. If you look on the Internet, you’ll find 75 different kinds of feminists, Atwood said. And, these 75 different kinds […]

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Phenomenal woman

“It’s in the arch of my back,    The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Those are words from Maya Angelou. I have a scarf, a birthday present from my friend Leslie, with those words written across it. –Joy

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Mistakes

“Once I thought I was wrong, but I was mistaken.” That quote is on an embroidered plaque that my niece Alicia made. The message reminds me that I’m not wrong if I learn something from whatever I did. Perfection is not required! –Joy

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Tall within

This is my favorite Sojourner Truth quote: “I felt so tall within.” Sojourner Truth was tall—six feet tall, and she also was confident and courageous. She was tall within. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, […]

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Life’s light

“I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me,” Sojourner Truth once said. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, she dictated her autobiography. She traveled for many years as […]

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Nothing to prove

“There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect,” says Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest and author. “I am who I am and it’s enough.”

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Black and white?

“The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it,” says Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest and author. “Wise people, like prophets, would say the opposite.”

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