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Five more years!

The editorial cartoon by Chan Lowe, first published on July 30, 2018, shows Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting in her big Supreme Court chair with a gavel and her nameplate in front of her. Printed at the top of the cartoon: “Three little words that will drive your conservative friends nuts…” And, below, Justice Ginsburg announces: […]

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We are marching

In the past two years, some 20 percent of all Americans have attended a rally or protest or march, reports the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation. Plus, the foundation’s poll was conducted before the gun violence demonstrations in March and the teacher walkouts in April. The top reason for protesting? Women’s rights, according to the summer […]

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Take what you want

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want…,” says Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma. “It’s unfortunate, and it has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.” Ava DuVernay will speak in Dallas on […]

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Emma’s chipping at stone walls in Africa

My niece Emma is coaching a basketball team, cooking chocolate chip cookies and applying band-aids. In Namibia in Africa. Where she is a Peace Corps volunteer. Emma, who played basketball in college and loves to cook, has filled in for a coach at a youth league semi-final game and made cookies for the nurses at […]

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Every great dream

“With rare courage, she led over 300 Negroes up from slavery to freedom,” reads a bronze plaque honoring Harriet Tubman. It is placed at the entrance of the Auburn Courthouse in Auburn, New York. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience […]

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Liberty or death!

Harriet Tubman was a former slave who risked her life helping other slaves escape to freedom. She also worked as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War. “I had reasoned this out in my mind,” she once said. “There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If […]

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There is still good in the world

“Reserve your thunder for abuses and outrages that are truly momentous,” advises Tom Krattenmaker in the June 26, 2018, issue of USA Today. Also, Krattenmaker suggests, “Remind yourself and others that there is still good in the world, even in Washington.” He remembers Katniss in the closing scene of the fourth and final “Hunger Games” […]

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100 years of suffrage

In 1918, 100 years ago, the United Kingdom granted property-owning British women the right to vote. It took another decade before the women in that country had the same voting rights as men. Thousands of British women celebrated earlier this month with parades and banners. They remembered the controversial, sometimes militant, suffragettes who went on […]

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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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All the way to Africa

I paid $23.25 to mail a book—Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke—to my niece Emma, who is spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. It arrived 5-1/2 weeks later. Happy reading, Emma! It’s a long way to Africa. Thanks to WhatsApp, however, I’ve seen photos of Emma chopping wood for a “traditional food day” […]

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