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Let our love be loud

“Let our prayers be silent,” says Chett Pritchett. “Let our work be visible. Let our love be loud.” My friend Kerry Smith, a Methodist minister, quoted Pritchett in her church’s weekly online newsletter. –Joy

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Female-female alliances

When Ashley Judd studied at Harvard, her favorite course was Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice, taught by Diane Rosenfield. The class learned about bonobo apes, “who over the course of evolution have eliminated male sexual coercion in their communities. If a male does get aggressive toward a female bonobo, she lets out a special […]

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Think

“Evil comes from a failure to think,” Hannah Arendt wrote in her book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. “It defies thought for as soon as thought tries to engage itself with evil and examine the premises and principles from which it originates, it is frustrated because it finds nothing there. […]

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Just the way you are

“I like you just the way you are,” Mr. Rogers once said. That is my favorite Mr. Rogers quote—one of many on my new Mr. Rogers mug. A photo of Mr. Rogers in his dark coat is on the mug. However, when I add hot tea, his dark coat magically turns into a yellow sweater! […]

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Judging people

“I … try to teach through my opinions, through my speeches, how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like, color of their skin, whether they’re men or women,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said. For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks […]

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Real change

“Generally, change in our society is incremental, I think,” says Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” For Christmas, I received a copy of the book Pocket RBG Wisdom—and some RBG socks and an RBG mug. –Joy

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Don’t count sheep

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful, reads a gratitude prayer every morning. At night, she suggests following one psychologist’s advice: “Count blessings, not sheep.”

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The wine of the soul

I am reading Diana Butler Bass’ book Grateful again—this time with my Sunday School class. And, I am feeling grateful for many things, but especially for my book club, which has been meeting for 33 years. We met this week and made a list of 12 good books to read. Diana Butler Bass repeats a […]

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The spirit of Christmas

Christmas is over! New Year’s Day is past. It’s time to return to our normal routines. I am going to remember, though, in the coming days the spirit of Christmas. Love and peace and hope. As Scrooge said in Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol,” “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep […]

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The magic of beginnings

“And suddenly you know. It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings,” Meister Eckhart once said. Happy New Year!

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