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Our state of bafflement

Author Elizabeth Strout says, “We live in a state of bafflement—without even knowing it. For a lot of us, there is a sense of what are we doing here. A story can help to stabilize us and help us become more coherent.” I’ve decided that Strout is one of my favorite authors, and I just […]

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A gift for others

“The greatest gift you will ever give is your honest self,” Fred Rogers once said.

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Years of trauma and silence

“Every week brings new variations on the theme of women, racked with pain and rage, rising up in protest after too many years of trauma and terrified silence,” writes Molly Ball in the October 1, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Every week, too, has brought fresh reminders of the extent to which our whole reality […]

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The strong forgive

“The weak can never forgive,” Ghandhi once said. “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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A new president

Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has been named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. NPR reports that Wen wants to help Planned Parenthood continue providing health care for women. “In the ER, I saw what happens every day when people don’t have access to the basic […]

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The quiet voice of courage

“Courage does not always roar,” says author Mary Anne Radmacher. “Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying: ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

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Nothing is impossible

“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day,” Winnie the Pooh says.

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Conquering fear

My niece Emma, who is working in Namibia, Africa, with the Peace Corps, has visited the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for many years. Her favorite Mandela quote is this one. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Mandela once said. “The brave man is not […]

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Don’t Give Up

During 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela remained determined and dignified. Finally, after he was released from prison, he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. “We are too quick to give up,” he once said. “If we don’t fight to get up, we are giving up on something bigger—life.” I heard Zamaswazi […]

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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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