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Make small talk

In his book On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder lists “make eye contact and small talk” as one of his ”20 lessons from the 20th century.” “This is not just polite,” Snyder explains. “It is part of being a citizen and responsible member of society. It is also a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, […]

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Stand out

In his book On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder lists “Stand out” as one of his 20 lessons from the 20th century. “Someone has to,” he explains. “It is easy to follow. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But, without that unease, there is no freedom. Remember Rosa Parks. The moment you set […]

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The truth

“To abandon facts is to abandon freedom,” says Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of On Tyranny. “If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding […]

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Tell the truth

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom,” says Timothy Snyder, a Yale historian and the author of the book On Tyranny. “If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the […]

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Unless someone cares a lot

When my children were teenagers, they sometimes replied, “I don’t care.” “It’s important to care,” I would tell them. That’s why I like this quote—which I found on a blue sticker packaged with several presents from my son, Jay, and his wife, Rachel. (They know I like quotes!) The Lorax said, “Unless someone like you […]

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Where hope lies

“The hope of the world lies in what one demands, not of others, but of oneself,” James Baldwin once said.

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We will continue to fight

“Dressed in suffrage white, Kamala Harris acknowledged ‘all the women who have worked to secure and protect the right to vote for over a century,’” writes Debra Adams Simmons, an executive editor of National Geographic, “’100 years ago with the 19th Amendment. Fifty-five years ago with the Voting Rights Act. And, now, in 2020, with […]

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A joyful warrior

“My daily challenge to myself is to be part of the solution, to be a joyful warrior in the battle to come,” writes Kamala Harris in her book The Truths We Hold—An American Journey. “My challenge to you is to join that effort. To stand up for our ideals and values.”

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We made it

“When this day is over and the night takes us, allow yourself a deep breath. Because we made it through this day….There will be another one along tomorrow,” says Frederik Backman in his book Anxious People. I heard Frederik Backman speak at an Arts & Letters virtual presentation, and I couldn’t resist reading his book.

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Make a difference

Now that I have voted, it’s time to think about what else I can do to make a difference. As Jane Goodall once said, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference […]

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