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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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A brave woman

It was Dolly Madison, whose husband was president from 1809-1817, who hurriedly left the White House when British soldiers marched into Washington during the War of 1812. However, even though she knew that she had to go quickly, she took the time to pack important government documents and the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington […]

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New beginnings

“Spring is here. Welcome all new beginnings!” I found that quote somewhere, and I can’t find who said it. Probably the author is “anonymous.” Whoever said it was a wise woman. –Joy

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A great adventure

My niece Emma leaves on April 9th for two years in Africa with the Peace Corps. I can’t wait to hear about all of the interesting things she will do and everything she will see and learn. As A.A. Milne once said, “A great adventure is about to begin.” –Joy

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They happened to things

Last week, I saw high-quality reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Mona Lisa and models of Leonardo’s flying machine and self-propelled car at an exhibit in Albuquerque. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them,” Leonardo da Vinci once said. “They […]

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Wanting to belong

Jhumpa Lahiri writes about what it means to be on the outside looking in. “It’s that desperation to want to belong—to not be all these pieces—to be concrete—to be at the same time one thing,” Lahiri told the audience at an Arts & Letters Live presentation in Dallas on January 30. Lahiri was born in […]

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Protesting in Iran

In one of Tehran’s busiest squares, an Iranian woman removed her headscarf, tied it to a stick and waved it for all to see. Half a dozen other women have protested Islamic law by removing their headscarf, reports The New York Times. Their protest is significant in Iran, even though the women are “still small […]

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It’s about time

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 84, recently praised the #MeToo movement. “I think it’s about time,” she told CNN. “For so long, women were silent.”

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Speak up

Yikes! Since January 1, I have had computer problems–and then I had more computer problems. I was sick–and then I got sick again. Now I’m better–much better, and I’m ready to begin a new year. It’s still January–the month when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. He died more than 50 years ago, but his […]

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