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After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.'

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.

There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control. Both are good things. But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons are a solution to world hunger.

I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated thing about life in America.

Children should have enough freedom to be themselves - once they've learned the rules.

People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it.

Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker. That is one of several reasons why it must be given rein instead of suppressed.

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them?

Women who marry early are often overly enamored of the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures and passes the maid of honor his telephone number.

If there is anyone who's living the work of the New Testament, it's the nuns of the Catholic church and not the Catholic hierarchy.

A finished person is a boring person.

Here is the real domino theory - gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you.

The future is built on brains, not prom court, as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you'd never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools.

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear. Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.