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Make a difference

“We are here to make a difference, a day at a time, an act at a time, for as long as it takes to make the world a place of justice and compassion,” Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once said.

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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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I ask no favors

“I ask no favors for my sex,” wrote Sarah Grimke, who was born in 1792. “All I ask of our brethren is that, they will take their feet from off our necks and permit us to stand upright on that ground which God designed us to occupy.” I am reading about Sarah Grimke, an early […]

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A fierce voice

Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, is serving as interior secretary, a member of President Joe Biden’s cabinet. “A voice like mine has never been a cabinet secretary or the head of the Department of Interior,” Haaland said. “Growing up in my mother’s pueblo household made me fierce. I’ll be […]

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Go to bed

I feel most discouraged at night. When I share my anxiety with my husband Jerry, his refrain always is: “Go to bed.” And, I always feel better in the morning. As the writer Barbara Kingsolver says, “Hope is a renewable option. If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get […]

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Don’t be afraid

I received my first dose of the COVID vaccine last week, but now I am worrying about getting the second dose. “I feel anxious,” I told my husband Jerry. “Don’t be afraid,” Michelle Obama advises. “Be focused. Be determined. Be empowered” Okay. I’ll drink some tea. I’ll take a walk. I’ll think about the peace […]

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Look for the light

“For there is always light,” writes poet Amanda Gorman. “If we’re brave enough to see it If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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A union with purpose

This country isn’t pristine and it isn’t perfect, Amanda Gorman said in her poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. We the successors of a country and a time When a skinny Black girl Descended from slaves and raised by a single mother Can dream of becoming president Only to find herself reciting for one And […]

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Dream with ambition

Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president, told girls –and boys—to dream with ambition and lead with conviction. “But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities,” Kamala Harris said. “And to the […]

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