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The dignity of the poor

“I had to get my camera to register the things about people that were more important than how poor they were—their pride, their strength, their spirit,” photographer Dorothea Lange once said. Lange’s photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, “humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.” I saw some of her photos recently in an exhibit […]

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Personal turmoil

Dorothea Lange was taking portraits of wealthy people when she decided to take photographs of the poor during the Great Depression. “I was driven by the fact that I was under personal turmoil to do something,” she once said. Lange’s photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, “humanized the consequences of the Great Depression.” I saw […]

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Bewildered

“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept,” says Jhumpa Lahiri, author of Interpreter of Maladies. “As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

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Small things matter

I found this quote in the text about a photograph at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The photograph showed a field of wildflowers. A “tiny nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful,” poet Mary Oliver once said. –Joy

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Listen for the music

“The earth has music for those who listen,” George Santayana once said. I found that quote on a card my friend Leslie sent me. She bought the car at the Corn Shop in Bridgton, Maine. –Joy

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One long struggle

“It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America,” Molly Ivins once said. I recently saw the movie about Molly Ivins—“Raise Hell.” Let’s all remember Molly and raise a little more hell. –Joy

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A full life

“Woodstock has never seen a violin or a fire truck or a candy store,” Snoopy once said. “He’s never heard an opera or a symphony. He’s never seen a movie or a play. On the other hand, he’s seen the sky, the clouds, the ground, the sun, the rain, the moon, the stars, a cat […]

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The fruit of violence?

“”Let no one mistake us for the fruit of violence–but rather, that violence, having passed through the fruit, failed to spoil it,” writes Ocean Vuong, the author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

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Reach back and help someone

“Our greatness has always come from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted–folks who work hard for what they have, then reach back and help others after them,” Michelle Obama once said.

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We’re all in this together

“Here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart,” Michelle Obama once said. “Not here. Because we know that our greatness comes from when we appreciate each other’s strengths, when we learn from each other, when we lean on each other, because, in this country, it’s never been each person for himself or […]

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