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The surprises of the day

I went to the Dallas Arboretum two days in a row last week—once with my friend Susie and again with my husband Jerry and our son Jay, who was home for Father’s Day. And, surprise! When I saw flowers the second day that I hadn’t noticed the first day, I remembered a line written by […]

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It’s time to act

I recently marched in the streets of downtown Dallas for reproductive rights. Our rights to safe, legal abortions are threatened. It’s time to take action. March in the streets. Write letters to Austin and Washington—to those men who are trying to take away our rights. Give money to Planned Parenthood and other organizations. –Joy

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Dragons can be defeated

“Fairy tales are true,” says Rachel Held Evans in her book Inspired. “Not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.”

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Keep reading

I love this quote! “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once said. Books certainly have taken me on lots of adventures and to lots of places. –Joy

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Infinite dignity and worth

“The soul is the piece of us that gives each person infinite dignity and worth,” writes David Brooks in his new book. “Slavery is wrong because it obliterates a soul. Rape is not just an assault on physical molecules; it obliterates another soul. The soul yearns for goodness.” Brooks’ new book is The Second Mountain—The […]

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A deeper question

One of her best friends, Killian Noe, has a question that she has made famous among her friends, writes Melina Gates in her new book The Moment of Lift. The question is: “What do you know now in a deeper sense than you knew it before?” “I love this question,” Gates says, “because it honors […]

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The shady side of 50

“The heyday of a woman’s life is the shady side of 50.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Keep up the fight

“I shall not grow conservative with age.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Created equal

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men and women are created equal.” Those are words of wisdom from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist and abolitionist, who died in 1902.

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Talk and talk and talk

What can we do to help rid our own communities of the shame surrounding menstruation? That’s the question that Megan Lierley, managing editor of the blog Blood and Milk, asks Anna Dahlqvist, author of It’s Only Blood. “Talk and talk and talk,” Dahlqvist answers. “For me, it took the longest time to even say the […]

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