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Almost 500 petitions

On the first Tuesday of November 1872, more than 150 women around the country, including Susan Anthony, tried to vote. Susan Anthony was arrested, but she didn’t give up. “Failure is impossible,” she told her followers. Finally, in August 1920, Tennessee voted for ratification of the 19th Amendment and women were given the right to […]

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Flowers in the morning

I still enjoy my early morning walks, and I am leaving my house even earlier now that it’s warmer in Dallas. It is good to be outside and see the flowers and the trees and the sky. As Van Gogh said, “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” –Joy ”

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Try and not try

“We must both try and not try, we must both ‘care and not care,’ as poet T.S. Eliot puts it,” write Richard Rohr in his book Breathing Under Water. “By personal temperament, you will start on one side or the other, but finally you must build the bridge between the two.”

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Long term or short term?

“Prevention is physically rewarding in the long term, but not emotionally rewarding in the short term,” wrote Ed Yong in the May 20, 2020, issue of The Atlantic. “People who stay home won’t feel a pleasant dopamine kick from their continued health. Those who flock together will feel hugs and sunshine. The former will be […]

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Holy anger at injustice

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all […]

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One day at a time

“Health officials are warning that about a third of Americans are suffering from clinical anxiety and depression,” says William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week in the magazine’s June 5, 2020, issue. “To cope, we have to learn to tolerate great uncertainty, while having faith that scientists will find treatments and/or a vaccine, and this bizarre […]

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Russian roulette, anyone?

Jim Hinton, CEO of Baylor Scott & White, the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, reminded us that our health is “not a spectator sport,” in an interview in the May 27, 2020, issue of the Dallas Morning News. “So, when people are out without their masks on, interacting closely with another, it’s a little […]

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Irritated?

I’ll admit it. The person I am staying-in-place with sometimes irritates me. However, I smiled, when a friend reminded me: “The person irritating you may be the person you are irritating.” –Joy

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My trip to North Korea

How am I doing? I have been escaping the pandemic by traveling to North Korea. Really! My friend Jane gave me two books about people who escaped the horrors of North Korea—The Girl with Seven Names and A River in Darkness. No matter how long this virus crisis lasts, I won’t run out of books. […]

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Notice the beauty

Now is a good time to notice all of the beauty around you. The trees and flowers, the blue sky, the moon and stars at night. As the artist Nam June Paik once said, “Open your window and count the stars.”

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