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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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An open mind

The last poem in Naomi Shihab Nye’s book A Maze Me is very short. My mind Is always open. I don’t think there’s even a door.

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Peace and Justice

When Mary Turner was brave enough to denounce her husband’s lynching by a rampaging white mob, she, too, was lynched. Then, she was hung upside down, burned and sliced open so that her unborn child fell to the ground. Mary Turner is one of thousands of black people who are honored at the new National […]

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Courage calls to courage

A bronze statue of Milicent Fawcett now stands outside Britain’s Parliament. It’s the first statue of a woman to stand alongside the statues of 11 men, including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. Fawcett was president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies and a leader in the movement that secured British women over 30 […]

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A dangerous world

At the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I found this quote: “The world is too dangerous to live in—not because of people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen.” –Albert Einstein –Joy

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A brave woman

It was Dolly Madison, whose husband was president from 1809-1817, who hurriedly left the White House when British soldiers marched into Washington during the War of 1812. However, even though she knew that she had to go quickly, she took the time to pack important government documents and the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington […]

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New beginnings

“Spring is here. Welcome all new beginnings!” I found that quote somewhere, and I can’t find who said it. Probably the author is “anonymous.” Whoever said it was a wise woman. –Joy

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A great adventure

My niece Emma leaves on April 9th for two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. I can’t wait to hear about all of the interesting things she will do and everything she will see and learn. As A.A. Milne once said, “A great adventure is about to begin.” –Joy

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