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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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There is still good in the world

“Reserve your thunder for abuses and outrages that are truly momentous,” advises Tom Krattenmaker in the June 26, 2018, issue of USA Today. Also, Krattenmaker suggests, “Remind yourself and others that there is still good in the world, even in Washington.” He remembers Katniss in the closing scene of the fourth and final “Hunger Games” […]

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100 years of suffrage

In 1918, 100 years ago, the United Kingdom granted property-owning British women the right to vote. It took another decade before the women in that country had the same voting rights as men. Thousands of British women celebrated earlier this month with parades and banners. They remembered the controversial, sometimes militant, suffragettes who went on […]

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A new book club

I helped organize my book club—The Easy Readers—more than 30 years ago. This summer I’m joining a new book club. It’s a Girl Scout book club—the 3 Cs Mother/Daughter Book Club. The three Cs refer to the Girl Scout mission—“Building girls of courage, confidence and character.” Along with the second and third graders in the […]

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All the way to Africa

I paid $23.25 to mail a book—Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke—to my niece Emma, who is spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. It arrived 5-1/2 weeks later. Happy reading, Emma! It’s a long way to Africa. Thanks to WhatsApp, however, I’ve seen photos of Emma chopping wood for a “traditional food day” […]

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An open mind

The last poem in Naomi Shihab Nye’s book A Maze Me is very short. My mind Is always open. I don’t think there’s even a door.

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Peace and Justice

When Mary Turner was brave enough to denounce her husband’s lynching by a rampaging white mob, she, too, was lynched. Then, she was hung upside down, burned and sliced open so that her unborn child fell to the ground. Mary Turner is one of thousands of black people who are honored at the new National […]

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Courage calls to courage

A bronze statue of Milicent Fawcett now stands outside Britain’s Parliament. It’s the first statue of a woman to stand alongside the statues of 11 men, including Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill. Fawcett was president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies and a leader in the movement that secured British women over 30 […]

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A dangerous world

At the Dallas Holocaust Museum, I found this quote: “The world is too dangerous to live in—not because of people who do evil but because of the people who sit and let it happen.” –Albert Einstein –Joy

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