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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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Standing for DACA

In 2018, Nancy Pelosi took advantage of a House rule that allows the Speaker to talk for “one magic minute.” As long as she keeps speaking and doesn’t take a break, she can keep going as long as she keeps standing. Nancy gave the longest filibuster-style speech in the House in at least a century. […]

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Women are leaders

“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household,” Nancy Pelosi once said. “Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” I am reading Susan Page’s splendid book about […]

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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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Wonderful and terrible

There are good days and bad days. It turns out that yesterday was not a good day. I realized that I can see better with my old glasses than I can see with my new glasses with a new prescription. My husband Jerry is still ill. I found out that my neighbor has leukemia. I […]

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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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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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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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Dreams

In honor of Juneteenth, I offer one of my favorite poems by Langston Hughes. Hold fast to dreams  For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. –Joy

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