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March ahead

“We must make the pledge that we will always march ahead,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the LBJ Library in Austin. –Joy

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Look fear in the face

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face,” Eleanor Roosevelt once said. “You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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Fear and love

“There are two basic motivating forces—fear and love,” John Lennon once said. “All hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” We found this quote in Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid.

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What do we do now?

“If the opposite of love isn’t hate but indifference, then the antidote to hate is engagement,” writes Nancy Gibbs in the November 12, 2018, issue of Time magazine. “Leadership will come from uncountable individual decisions to model kindness, to fight alienation, to get offline and into the streets or the classroom or the sanctuary and […]

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Behave as human beings

“So what do we do?” David Ulin asks in his book The Lost Art of Reading—Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time. “Same as ever: we put our shoulders to the wheel. We help in whatever way is available to us, from each according to his or her needs. We afflict the comfortable and comfort […]

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Respond with hope

“The true act of resistance is to respond with hope….I am not without hope, not without spirit, although somedays such a posture is difficult. We remain, in spite of everything—the gerrymandering and the hacking and the voter suppression—a democracy….We have the right, the obligation, to vote and organize,” says David Ulin in his book The […]

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Respect and liberty

“Let us imagine a world where women, freed from the grip of violence, flourish in respect and liberty.” Those words are part of a monument in Ottawa’s Minto Park. This monument is dedicated to the memory of women killed by men, Amal El-Mohtar explains in a review of Naomi Alderman’s book The Power in the […]

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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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