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As old as you feel

A British magazine wanted to honor Queen Elizabeth, who is 95 and will celebrate 70 years as queen in 2022, as “Oldie of the Year.” Elizabeth declined the honor. “Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to […]

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Sustained rage

One of my favorite quotes from journalist Molly Ivins is this: “What you need is sustained outrage.” She also said, “You can’t ignore politics no matter how much you’d like to.” Dave Lieber included both of these quotes in his column in the October 17, 2021, issue of The Dallas Morning News. –Joy

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Just start in and sing

When Jane Goodall reads a poem by Edgar Albert Guest to a reporter from Time magazine, she recites with “the joyful, kindly spirit of a grandmother speaking to a child.” “Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing that ‘cannot be done,’ and you’ll do it,” Goodall says. Goodall is featured on the […]

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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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Who’s to blame?

Cecile Richards places blame for Texas’ new restrictive abortions law on the state’s Republican leadership and Governor Greg Abbott. “This is not what Texans want, and that’s what I think is so important because, of course, as a Texan I try to explain to people what you are seeing happen here is not because of […]

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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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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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They were clueless

In Susan Page’s biography, Nancy Pelosi tells about women’s struggles to be heard in Washington—especially in the early years after she was elected to the House in 1987. In the early 1990s, there were a few women in the House. These women met with a group of Democrats once a week for dinner and conversation. […]

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The dreams of a grandmother

Big Nancy—the mother of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi—wanted to go to law school. In fact, when three of her children were in school and she had only two at home, she enrolled in law school. However, when several of her sons developed whooping cough—a dangerous disease at the time, her dream ended. Nancy […]

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