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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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Life’s light

“I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me,” Sojourner Truth once said. 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, she dictated her autobiography. She traveled for many years as […]

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Oysters like honeydew

In Dallas, I dunk an oyster in red sauce before I plop it in my mouth and swallow it. All I taste is the red sauce. In Bellingham, Washington, I ate Stellar Bay oysters, which tasted meaty—and Kumamoto oysters, which tasted like cucumber and salt—and Shigoku oysters, which tasted like honeydew. A new experience! Another […]

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Remember Dumbledore?

“Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy,” Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter series, once said.

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Seat assignment?

I was packing for a trip to Vancouver when I noticed that we didn’t have seat assignments. And, then, when I tried to get assignments online, American Airlines wouldn’t let me. And, I tried to call American Airlines, and its computer told me that I needed to call back because the airline was receiving so […]

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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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