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Broken—and strong

“I am stronger than I am broken,” writes Roxane Gay in her book Hunger.

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Selfish?

“I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, if not in principle,” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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What we do

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do,” Jane Austen once said. Because I found a copy of Jane Austen’s Emma on my bookshelf and I’m reading it again, I decided to share some favorite Jane Austen quotes. –Joy

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Personalization, pervasiveness, permanence

Psychologist Martin Seligman found that the three Ps can stunt recovery after the death of someone you love, the loss of a job or any other catastrophe. • Personalization is the belief that we are at fault. • Pervasiveness is the belief that an event will affect all areas of our life. • Permanence is […]

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The sun shines in us

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives things that are happening when you read the newspaper every morning, listen to the news on NPR during the day and commiserate with family and friends at dinner. But, always, there are good things happening—even in the worst of times. I am trying to dwell on those things, […]

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Speak up for things that matter

I walked Saturday with my friend Susie and 40,000 other people in the Women’s March in Austin. We were standing up, speaking up for issues that matter to us. “Our lives begin to end when we’re silent about things that matter,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Sit down quietly

“I think when we don’t know what to do it’s wise to do nothing,” Maya Angelou once said. “Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.” My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some […]

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Wild and free

It’s August, almost the end of the summer. The vacation season is coming to a close. Sooner than we realize, we’ll begin the months of celebration with Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Be sure to make time before the end of August for a new adventure. And, remember the wisdom of Thoreau: “All good […]

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Good luck and staying power

Sometimes success has much less to do with courage than “sheer good luck and staying power,” says Robyn Davidson, who writes about her journey across her native Australia with four camels and a dog in her book Tracks. Sometimes when I need inspiration, I return to a book I’ve already read—one about a Resolute Woman, […]

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Grit and grace

Deborah Sampson was a member of George Washington’s Continental Army. Disguised as a man, she was the first woman to take a bullet for her country. She removed the musket ball and stitched up the wound herself because she feared that a doctor would discover that she was a woman. Meryl Streep told Sampson’s story […]

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