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Be a lady

This week, I am remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago in September—and I am remembering one of my favorite RBG quotes. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent,” RBG once said. –Joy

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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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Your own map

“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end,” writes poet Joy Harjo. “You must make your own map.”

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Be yourself

“For so long, I tried to be what they wanted me to be. But now I just want to be myself.” 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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Strength from the morning

“Take the breath of the new dawn and make it part of you. It will give you strength.” That’s a quote from the Hopi. I always fill better—stronger—after my early morning walk—especially in the summer when the morning air is still fresh and cool—and I know the heavy heat will blanket the air later in […]

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Hope and confidence

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence,” Helen Keller once said.

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Be yourself

One of my favorite quotes—which I found on a bumper sticker—is: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” I just found another, similar quote that I like. I have edited it, changing all of the “his” words to “her.” “It is the fate of every human being to be a unique individual, to find her […]

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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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Speak up!

I found a great Martin Luther King quote somewhere this week. It’s a quote I’ve heard before, but it’s one that’s worth repeating. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” Martin Luther King once said. –Joy

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Listening and validation

In Sue Monk Kidd’s book The Invention of Wings about the Grimke sisters, early advocates of women’s rights and abolition, Sarah Grimke asks Lucretia Mott, “Do you think I could become a Quaker minister?” Lucretia responds, “Sarah Grimke, you’re the most intelligent person I know. Of course, you could.” In an interview, Sue Monk Kidd […]

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