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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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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 new spirit of patriotism

“So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other,” President Barack Obama once said.

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A new spirit of patriotism

“So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other,” President Barack Obama once said.

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We are all Americans

Black and white, homeless people and people living in McMansions, Democrats and Republicans. We are all Americans. The poet Langston Hughes wrote: I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong. Tomorrow,I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody’ll dareSay to […]

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Set the world on fire

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire,” St. Catherine of Siena once said.

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Get started

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing,” Frederick Douglass once said. I just finished David Blight’s long book Frederick Douglass—Prophet of Freedom about a remarkable man who lived his first 20 years as a slave and then became a leader in the abolitionist movement, orator, writer and statesman.

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Power and change

“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” Frederick Douglass once said. “It never did and it never will.” I just finished David Blight’s long book Frederick Douglass—Prophet of Freedom about a remarkable man who lived his first 20 years as a slave and then became a leader in the abolitionist movement, orator, writer and statesman. –Joy

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Struggle and progress

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” Frederick Douglass once said. I just finished David Blight’s long book Frederick Douglass—Prophet of Freedom about a remarkable man who lived his first 20 years as a slave and then became a leader in the abolitionist movement, orator, writer and statesman. –Joy

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