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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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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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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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Only the truth

President Biden visited Tulsa recently on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot. “Some injustices are so heinous, so horrific, so grievous, they cannot be buried, no matter how hard people try,” he said. “Only with truth can come healing….We can’t just choose what we want to know…. I come here to help fill […]

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Love is stronger

“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain,” the priest and writer Henri Nouwen once said. ”The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves […]

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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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Inherently good

“People at birth are inherently good,” says Chloe Zaho, the filmmaker. I am reminded of my friend who teaches courses in child development. Once, when we were talking about a politician who had done somethings we thought were reprehensible, she said, “I wonder about his childhood.” –Joy

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