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One word frees us

A friend sent me a card with a quote from Sophocles: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.” –Joy

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The Way Things Are

“There is no way things should be, only the way things are—and the way things are going to keep changing,” writes Kirstin Valdez Quade in The Five Wounds.

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We are not free

We all need to struggle for a world where we are all free of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, gun violence, poverty, inequality, hatred and every single form of oppression, says Lisa Congdon in her book You Will Leave a Trail of Stars. “We are not free until everyone is free,” Congdon concludes.

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Should we outlaw sex?

Jonathan Mitchell, one of the architects of Texas law SB 8, which severely limits abortions, wrote this in a “friend of the court” brief to the Supreme Court. “Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sex.”

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Let’s get angry

We have good reasons to be angry—abortion, Ukraine, the pandemic, climate change. “Anger is often totally appropriate,” writer Roxane Gay says. “It can be incredibly productive.” I heard Roxane Gay speaking on the PBS evening news. –Joy

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Get angry

Our anger is positive—if it leads to action. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” the activist and author Gloria Steinem once said. –Joy

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We can go forward again

The world seems dreary. It is easy to feel despair. However, the author Margaret Atwood advises us to hang onto hope. Atwood likes to point out that the world has seen worse pandemics and worse political turmoil. “People wring their hands in despair when we have things happen that we consider going backward,” she says. […]

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Prudence?

Molly Ivins sometimes—often—was outrageous, but she always spoke the truth. “I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years,” she once said. I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist.

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The source of evil

“I believe that ignorance is the root of all evil,” Molly Ivins once said. “And that no one knows the truth.” I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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Be outrageous

“Keep fighting for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t forget to have fun doin’ it,” Molly Ivins once said. “Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce.” I recently watched a PBS documentary about Molly Ivins, the sometimes outrageous journalist. –Joy

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