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A light within

“People are like stained glass windows,” Elisabeth Kubler Ross once said. “They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Kubler-Ross was a Swiss-American psychiatrist and author.

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I shall help you

I found this quote while I was in New Mexico recently. I don’t remember where. But, it seems very appropriate to our world today. “One doesn’t ask of one who suffers: What is your country and what is your religion? One merely says: You suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me, and […]

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Let’s work together

L Grandma Moses, the American folk artist, once said, “Life is what you make it. Always has been. Always will be.” I have always liked that quote. Today, we all need to work together—a little harder than we have been—to make the world a better place. –Joy

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Radhya Almutawakel

I didn’t know her name until I read about her in the April 29 issue of Time magazine. Radhya Almutawakel is the co-founder of Mwatana, an organization that documents human-rights abuses in Yemen. Yemen, she says, faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, not because of a natural disaster, but because of man-made armed conflict. “Yemenis […]

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It’s time to act

I recently marched in the streets of downtown Dallas for reproductive rights. Our rights to safe, legal abortions are threatened. It’s time to take action. March in the streets. Write letters to Austin and Washington—to those men who are trying to take away our rights. Give money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations. –Joy

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Marching

I have been saying for months that we all should be marching in the streets. On Saturday, my friend Dory and I marched—in downtown Dallas—for reproductive rights. As we marched, we shouted, “Our bodies. Our choice.” I marched because I believe that every woman should have the right to decide when she will have children. […]

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Dragons can be defeated

“Fairy tales are true,” says Rachel Held Evans in her book Inspired. “Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.”

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Black and white?

“The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it,” says Richard Rohr, the Franciscan priest and author. “Wise people, like prophets, would say the opposite.”

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Notice the flowers

Sometimes—often?—what’s happening in the world is depressing. We all need to practice noticing the positive, says Rick Hanson in his book Hardwiring Happiness. When you achieve something or find yourself in a beautiful place, rest your mind on that experience. Dwell on it. As Henri Matisse once said, “There are always flowers for those who […]

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Serenity

“The final wisdom of life requires, not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it,” writes Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History. y

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