Author: resolutewoman

  • Tired?

    Last night, I remembered some advice from Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could,” Emerson said. Last night, I was tired. So, I went to bed. Today, I’ll begin again. –Joy

  • Helping one another

    When do we help someone else? When it’s easy? When it requires some sacrifice on our part? When it would be easier not to help? In Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These, the main character is confronted with a difficult decision.  Should he help if helping might carry negative consequences for him and his…

  • Courage

    In her book Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan calls for us to act with courage. “Was it possible to carry on along through all the years, the decades, through an entire life, without once being brave enough to go against what was there and yet call yourself a Christian, and face yourself in the…

  • Chance

    “It seemed both proper and at the same time deeply unfair that so much of life was left to chance,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Silence

    ”Many’s the man (or woman) lost much just because he (or she) missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Small things and love

    Reading Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These reminded me of a quote from Mother Teresa—one of my favorite quotes. “ Not all of us can do great things. But, we can do small things with great love.” –Joy

  • Questions and answers

    I found this quote in a museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, and thought about it as I finished reading Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These. “A work of art does not answer questions. It provokes them, and its essential meaning is the tension between contradictory answers,” the musician Leonard Bernstein once said. –Joy

  • The value of a friend

    As Cervantes writes in Don Quixote, “He (or she) who loses wealth, loses much. He (or she) who loses a friend, loses more.” I visited the Cervantes Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, recently and was inspired to read Don Quixote again. –Joy

  • The truth

    As Cervantes writes in Don Quixote, “The truth may be stretched thin, but it never breaks. It always surfaces above lies, as oil floats on water.” We hope what Cervantes says is true today in the age of splintered media. I visited the Cervantes Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico, recently and was inspired to read Don…

  • The Right Fight

    Eddie Bernice Johnson “taught me that the fight for good is rarely easy, but it is always right,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in his eulogy for Eddie Bernice Johnson. Eddie Bernice Johnson overcame many of the obstacles faced by women and by Black women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from…