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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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The strong forgive

“The weak can never forgive,” Ghandhi once said. “Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

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A new president

Dr. Leana Wen, the health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, has been named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. NPR reports that Wen wants to help Planned Parenthood continue providing health care for women. “In the ER, I saw what happens every day when people don’t have access to the basic […]

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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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