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Would you hire Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

In 1959, RBG graduated from Columbia Law at the top of her class, but she could barely get a job. No one wanted to hire a woman lawyer. In 1963, RBG became the second woman to teach full-time at Rutgers School of Law. She didn’t get paid as much as the men on the faculty. […]

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The nights of work

I’m sharing another quote from Maya Angelou. It’s one that my friend Lynn shared with me. “The nights of work, the hours of hope amount at last to this day of joy,” Angelou once said. –Joy

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Mediocre at housekeeping

Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. I found this quote while browsing at Barnes & Nobles: “I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty mediocre at housekeeping.” That inspiration about what’s most important comes from Anne Taintor’s 2016 engagement calendar. –Joy

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How’s your physiology?

Katie Karlovitz, a public speaking coach, says that your effectiveness as a speaker depends 55 percent on your physiology, 38 percent on your tonality and 7 percent on your content. I checked and physiology refers to a branch of biology that deals with the functions and activities of life or of living matter. Karlovitz is […]

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Barely domestic

I’m behind on my spring cleaning. Of course, I have a good excuse this year—my broken leg. But, this is not the first year I’ve been behind. That’s why I appreciate this quote from Phyllis Diller. “My husband says the only thing domestic about me is that I was born in this country.” I found […]

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Smuggling mice and working hard

Rita Levi-Montalcini once smuggled a pair of mice on a plane to Brazil by tucking them in her purse or maybe it was her pocket. She needed the mice for research. In 1986, she was award a Nobel Prize for her research on nerve cells. When Levi-Montalcini died in 2012, she was still doing research, […]

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Keep working

Yikes! I had another birthday. But I’m not worried. I saved an article titled “The Art of Living” from the September 23, 2013, issue of Time magazine, and it contains some encouraging news. It pays to keep working—especially if you’re doing work that requires you to remain nimble, adaptive and solve problems. If you’re working, […]

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Girls can do everything

It was 1872, and Blanche was 12 years old when she announced: “I am going to be a steamboat captain someday.” Mr. Blackstone, captain of the J.P. Whittaker, raised his big eyebrows. And then he laughed. “Girls don’t grow up to be steamboatmen,” he said. Judith Heide Gilliland tells the true story of Blanche Leathers […]

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How Georgia O’Keefe worked

Georgia O’Keefe drove her Model A across the desert and back, and up and down over the hills, says Jeanette Winter in her children’s book My Name Is Georgia. Even in winter, she “went far out into the faraway and painted in the bitter cold.” She painted when the wind was so strong it nearly […]

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“Be not afraid to work”

Alma Whittaker, whose mother prayed that she would grow up healthy, sensible and intelligent when she was born in 1800, was devastated when her marriage failed. “One must bear what cannot be escaped,” Hanneke, Alma’s nursemaid, advises in Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel The Signature of All Things. “ “You will not die of your grief—no more […]

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