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The situation now

Nearly 60 percent of women in this country—about 40 million—live in states that are “hostile to abortion rights,” according to the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the situation now, reports Ms. Magazine in its winter 2022 issue. If the Supreme Court abandons Roe v. Wade, 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

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Get angry

Our anger is positive—if it leads to action. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off,” the activist and author Gloria Steinem once said. –Joy

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Be tenacious

Don’t give up! “We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves,” Marie Curie, the Nobel Prize winning physicist and chemist, once said.

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We can go forward again

The world seems dreary. It is easy to feel despair. However, the author Margaret Atwood advises us to hang onto hope. Atwood likes to point out that the world has seen worse pandemics and worse political turmoil. “People wring their hands in despair when we have things happen that we consider going backward,” she says. […]

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Behave yourself?!

I behave myself most of the time. However, I appreciate these words from author Margaret Atwood. “If you don’t think of yourself as an august person, you don’t have to behave yourself,” Atwood says. I found this quote in the March 11, 2022, issue of The Week. –Joy

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Hope and love

With these words, Pete Seeger sang of hope and love. Oh, had I a golden thread And a needle so fineI would weave a magic spellOf rainbow design… In it, I would weave the courage Of women giving birth And in it I would weave the innocenceOf the children of all the earthChildren of all […]

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A walk in nature

I love my walks in my neighborhood in Dallas, but I love even more walks in New Mexico. And, I’m in New Mexico visiting my brother—and we are taking walks! As John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” Or, she seeks, of course! –Joy

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No simple solutions?

Of course, there are no simple solutions. But, are our problems too complex to solve? Here’s what Madeleine Albright once said: “I have spent a lifetime looking for remedies to all manner of life’s problems — personal, social, political, global. I am deeply suspicious of those who offer simple solutions and statements of absolute certainty […]

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A place in hell

We need to help each other. As Madeleine Albright, this country’s first female secretary of state, once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

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The heart of empathy

What is empathy? Christopher Myers, in his introduction for Home Is Not a Country, offers one answer. “It seems to me,” he says, “that this knowledge—that you could have just as easily been any one of a hundred other people—is at the heart of empathy. It’s the realization that every person you meet, or see […]

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