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Happiness?

What is happiness? According to the experts interviewed for an article in the January 16/January 23 issue of Time magazine, happiness is a “cocktail” of ingredients—a sense of control and autonomy over one’s life, being guided my meaning and purpose, and connecting with others. How do you define happiness?

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How dare they?

Vice President Harris says we must fight for a woman’s right to control her body. She spoke on January 22, 2023—the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade, the decision that guaranteed a woman’s right to abortion. She spoke in protest of a recent Supreme Court decision that took away that […]

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Let your actions speak

Beto O’Rourke is now teaching a class at the University of Chicago and writing email messages to people like me. Beto’s advice: “Keep the faith, keep up the fight and let our action be the antidote to any despair that tempts us.” –Joy

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Speak up–and do something

I mentioned that one of my New Year’s resolutions is to speak up. The Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter, reminds me that speaking up isn’t enough. Quoting MLK isn’t enough. We need to change our ways. We need to act to make this country a better place. MLK challenged us “to change […]

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Speak up

Don’t be quiet. Speak up. I’m going to let people know what I think. That’s my resolution #6. Amanda Gorman says, “Girls have spent so much of their lives being told to be seen and not heard.” –Joy

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Christmas is over

The Christmas tree is still decorated—although our live Christmas tree is getting a bit dry and droopy. Our nutcracker still stands proudly on the table in the entry hall, and our collection of snow globes—some musical and some not—still adorn the coffee table in the living room. However, Christmas is over, and it’s time to […]

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Make a connection

When Brittney Griner was heading back to the United States after being a prisoner in Russia for 10 months, she boarded a U.S. government plane with Roger Carstens, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs. “I want to talk,” Griner told Carstens, according to an article in the December 12, 2022, issue of the Dallas […]

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We want more

When Nancy Pelosi joined the House in 1987, there were 12 Democratic women. “Now there are 90, and we want more,” Nancy said recently when resigned her leadership role. She, of course, was echoing Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Once when RBG was asked how many women were needed on the Supreme Court, she replied, “Nine.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re wishing you a day filled with love and laughter. Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate with friends and family. To eat, drink and be merry. Be thankful! “What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?” Erma Bombeck once said. –Joy

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On to Thanksgiving

The elections are over—or almost over–and I’m ready to move on to happy times. Let’s begin the holidays. At least, there are a few things we can agree on. As Nora Ephron once said, “The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we can agree so vehemently about?” –Joy

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