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“Organize, don’t agonize” is one of Nancy Pelosi’s mantras.

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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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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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A flood of kisses

Rebekah Taussig, writing in the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, says that she has a tradition of giving her partner Micah and her son Otto a flood of kisses every morning when they leave the house. “I hope we are teaching Otto to be brave and also kind,” she writes, “to take good […]

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Be brave

Rebekah Taussig wonders how to teach her son to be true to himself. In the May 24/May 31 issue of Time magazine, she writes, “How do I teach him to be brave? To hold on to himself when the opinions of others are loud and everywhere.”

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Everything will be okay

This is an interesting quote to think about!? John Lennon once said, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”

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Fire for the mind

I miss Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but her wisdom continues to inspire me. (And, my friend Susie recently gave me an RBG mask. It has a lace “collar” across the top!) Here’s another RBG quote I found recently. “A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as for […]

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Be an RBG lady

I found a great RBG quote—a reminder to me that there are different ways of being a proper “lady.” “My mother told me to be a lady,” Ruth Bader Ginsberg once said. “And, for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” –Joy

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Remember your duty

Sarah Grimke’s mother tells her daughter, born in 1792, “The truth is that every girl must have ambition knocked out of her for her own good….Sarah, darling, you’ve fought harder than I imagined, but you must give yourself over to your duty and your fate and make whatever happiness you can.” I am reading about […]

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Susan B. Anthony votes

Susan B. Anthony and more than 150 other women around the country voted—illegally—in 1872. The judge at Susan B. Anthony’s trial was federal Judge Ward Hunt. Anthony described him as “a small-brained, pale-faced, prim-looking man.” Judge Hunt made one BIG mistake when he asked: “Has the prisoner anything to say why sentence shall not be […]

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