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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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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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Summer reading

Summer is a wonderful time for reading a good book. Henry Stevens once said, “Books are both our luxuries and our daily bread.” We found that quote in the Interabang Books online newsletter.

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Freedom

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves,” Abraham Lincoln once said. I found this quote recently when I visited the “With Liberty and Justice for All” exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit. –Joy

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Resist!

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman, who is celebrating his 200th birthday this year. “Resist much, obey little,” Whitman once said. He was a life-long abolitionist and also a proponent of women’s rights.

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Speak with certainty

When you have an opinion, don’t say “I think” or “I feel,” advises Connie Schultz, a Pulitizer-Prize winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University school of journalism. “Those throwaway phrases…telegraph uncertainty and give others permission to ignore us.” Be confident. Say what you mean—with certainty.

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Ain’t I a woman?

Sojourner Truth becomes frustrated when men say women need to be helped into carriages and over puddles, but, really, are talking only about white women who lead sheltered lives. “Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or give me the best place!” she said. “And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look […]

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Tall within

This is my favorite Sojourner Truth quote: “I felt so tall within.” Sojourner Truth was tall—six feet tall, and she also was confident and courageous. She was tall within. Sojourner Truth was born a slave and sold from her parents when she was nine years old. Even though she never learned to read or write, […]

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