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What happens next?

“Your moment will come because you’ll make it come,” Yaltha tells Ana in Sue Monk Kidd’s fascinating book The Book of Longings about Ana, Jesus’ wife.

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Jane Goodall remains hopeful

Yes, we need to know all the gloom and doom about climate change, Jane Goodall said in a July 30, 2021, Time magazine article. “But traveling the world I see animal and plant species being rescued from the brink of extinction, people tackling what seemed impossible.” Those stories need to be told, too, Goodall says, […]

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Standing for DACA

In 2018, Nancy Pelosi took advantage of a House rule that allows the Speaker to talk for “one magic minute.” As long as she keeps speaking and doesn’t take a break, she can keep going as long as she keeps standing. Nancy gave the longest filibuster-style speech in the House in at least a century. […]

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Be prepared

Before she was the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi was the mother of five. She had five children in the span of six years and one week. In her book Madam Speaker—Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, Susan Page reports that Pelosi drilled into her children an unofficial family motto—“Proper preparation prevents poor […]

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Women are leaders

“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household,” Nancy Pelosi once said. “Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” I am reading Susan Page’s splendid book about […]

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Why we speak

“We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think. Speech is a part of thought,” neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said.

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Orange juice for the ear

“Music can lift us out of depression or move us to tears,” the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks once said. “It is a remedy, a tonic, orange juice for the ear.”

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Be better

I heard these four words from someone on PBS recently, and they have been circulating in my head. I am not sure who said them on PBS or why. The words: “Be better—not bitter.” I checked online and found a quote from the writer Jennifer Williamson. “If you’re here now, trying to be better for […]

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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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Are you grateful?

This is a trick question. Somehow, everywhere, we get the message that we’re supposed to be grateful—all the time. The writer Kate Bowler says, “I am here to give you permission. You don’t have to be a permanently grateful person. You can just be you. And sometimes you’ll have good days and sometimes you’ll have […]

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