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Four reasons for hope

Jane Goodall lists four reasons she has hope—“the amazing human intellect, the resilience of nature, the power of young people and the indomitable human spirit.” Goodall is featured on the cover of the October 11/October 18 issue of Time magazine. Inside is an article about her new book The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide […]

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The end of Roe vs. Wade?

Roe vs. Wade has essentially been eliminated in Texas, Cecile Richards says. Richards hopes the U.S. Supreme Court justices will take their responsibilities seriously. “I hope that this court understands their responsibility not to their own personal, religious or political views, but to the good of the people of this country,” she stresses. Cecile Richards, […]

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RBG made the world a better place

This week, let’s remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September, and continue her work to make the world a better place. RBG once said, “To make life a little better for people less fortunate than you, that’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself but […]

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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The news is depressing,” I tell my husband. “Too many bad things are happening.” This week, let us remember the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this month. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who helped make the world a better place, once said, “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a […]

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Three arguments for women

I write in memory of my friend who went to a cheap motel to get an illegal abortion back in the 1970s when abortions were illegal in Florida. I quote from Katha Pollitt’s book Pro—Reclaiming Abortion Rights. Pollitt begins: “In this book, I make many arguments, but let me mention three. First, the concept of […]

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A new church

On September 4, 2021, Edward J. Solon’s letter to the editor was published in the Dallas Morning News. “I believe it is time for the women to Texas to create a church that happens to provide services for women,” Solon wrote. “All the services that are provided to women would be considered religious activities and […]

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A better literary infrastructure?

Tracy Dahlby, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, argues, in an article in The Dallas Morning News, that this country needs a better literary infrastructure. Today, no worker in words rates the kind of status that Ernest Hemingway had during his lifetime, Dahlby says. “Our quicksilver, digital lives don’t easily tolerate […]

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“Anger requires no effort. Kindness is tough to show.” My book club just read Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Book of Longings, and this is one of my favorite quotes from the book. –Joy

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The reality of change

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” James Baldwin once said.

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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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