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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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Hope and confidence

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence,” Helen Keller once said.

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Be yourself

One of my favorite quotes—which I found on a bumper sticker—is: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” I just found another, similar quote that I like. I have edited it, changing all of the “his” words to “her.” “It is the fate of every human being to be a unique individual, to find her […]

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Be an RBG lady

I found a great RBG quote—a reminder to me that there are different ways of being a proper “lady.” “My mother told me to be a lady,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. “And, for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” –Joy

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Speak up!

I found a great Martin Luther King quote somewhere this week. It’s a quote I’ve heard before, but it’s one that’s worth repeating. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?” Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.” In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd […]

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I ask no favors

“I ask no favors for my sex,” wrote Sarah Grimke, who was born in 1792. “All I ask of our brethren is that, they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early […]

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A fierce voice

Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, is serving as interior secretary, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet. “A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or the head of the Department of Interior,” Haaland said. “Growing up in my mother’s pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be […]

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Dream with ambition

Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president, told girls –and boys—to dream with ambition and lead with conviction. “But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” Kamala Harris said. “And to the […]

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Hope and confidence

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” Helen Keller once said. “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

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