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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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We are marching

In the past two years, some 20 percent of all Americans have attended a rally or protest or march, reports the Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation. Plus, the foundation’s poll was conducted before the gun violence demonstrations in March and the teacher walkouts in April. The top reason for protesting? Women’s rights, according to the summer […]

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Take what you want

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want…,” says Ava DuVernay, director of A Wrinkle in Time and Selma. “It’s unfortunate, and it has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.” Ava DuVernay will speak in Dallas on […]

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Emma’s chipping at stone walls in Africa

My niece Emma is coaching a basketball team, cooking chocolate chip cookies and applying band-aids. In Namibia in Africa. Where she is a Peace Corps volunteer. Emma, who played basketball in college and loves to cook, has filled in for a coach at a youth league semi-final game and made cookies for the nurses at […]

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Every great dream

“With rare courage, she led over 300 Negroes up from slavery to freedom,” reads a bronze plaque honoring Harriet Tubman. It is placed at the entrance of the Auburn Courthouse in Auburn, New York. “Every great dream begins with a dreamer,” Harriet Tubman once said. “Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience […]

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Liberty or death!

Harriet Tubman was a former slave who risked her life helping other slaves escape to freedom. She also worked as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War. “I had reasoned this out in my mind,” she once said. “There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If […]

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