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As old as you feel

A British magazine wanted to honor Queen Elizabeth, who is 95 and will celebrate 70 years as queen in 2022, as “Oldie of the Year.” Elizabeth declined the honor. “Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to […]

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Sustained rage

One of my favorite quotes from journalist Molly Ivins is this: “What you need is sustained outrage.” She also said, “You can’t ignore politics no matter how much you’d like to.” Dave Lieber included both of these quotes in his column in the October 17, 2021, issue of The Dallas Morning News. –Joy

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Immense opportunities

This country faces immense peril, says Congressman Colin Allred, my representative in Washington. But, we also have immense opportunities to work for change, he stresses, urging us to take action and reminding us of a quote from President Obama: “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” –Joy

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Speak up!

What can we do? Jane Goodall believes there is hope. But, we all must take action—and speak up! Malala Yousafzal says, “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

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Hope or disaster?

If the earth continues on it current warming trajectory, the average six-year-old will experience three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents. A new study predicts these children will see twice as many wildfires, more than three times more river floods and 36 times the number of heat waves as someone born in 1960. […]

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Just start in and sing

When Jane Goodall reads a poem by Edgar Albert Guest to a reporter from Time magazine, she recites with “the joyful, kindly spirit of a grandmother speaking to a child.” “Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that ‘cannot be done,’ and you’ll do it,” Goodall says. Goodall is featured on the […]

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Hope is necessary

Jane Goodall says that hope is necessary for the survival of humanity. “If you don’t hope that your actions can make a difference, then you sink into apathy,” she stresses. Goodall is featured on the cover of the October 11/October 18 issue of Time magazine. Inside is an article about her new book The Book […]

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Four reasons for hope

Jane Goodall lists four reasons she has hope—“the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people and the indomitable human spirit.” Goodall is featured on the cover of the October 11/October 18 issue of Time magazine. Inside is an article about her new book The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide […]

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I heard an interview with the author Anthony Dorr recently, and he referred to an old saying that is worth repeating. “Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.” –Joy

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Take a stand

“I think we’ve got to take a stand and fight,” Cecile Richards says. “We have to organize. No one’s coming to save us.” Cecile Richards, former Planned Parenthood Federation of America president, spoke September 22 at the annual Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas awards ceremony.

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