Powerful Stories of Courage and Hope
April 23, 2013
Here is the background story on Sarah Weddington:
After graduating, Weddington found it difficult to find a job with a law firm. She instead joined a group of graduate students at University of Texas-Austin that was researching ways to challenge various anti-abortion statutes. After deciding that a woman should helm a lawsuit to challenge Texas’ statute, Weddington volunteered.
Soon after, a pregnant woman named Norma McCorvey visited a local attorney seeking an abortion. The attorney instead assisted McCorvey with handing over her child for adoption, and after doing so, referred McCorvey to Weddington and Linda Coffee. In March 1970, Weddington and her co-counsel filed suit against Wade, the Dallas district attorney and the person responsible for enforcing the anti-abortion statute. McCorvey became the landmark plaintiff, and was referred in the legal documents as “Jane Roe” to protect her identity.
Weddington first stated her case in front of a three-judge district court on May 1970 in Dallas. The district court agreed that the Texas abortion laws were unlawful, but the state appealed the decision, landing it before the United States Supreme Court.
Weddington appeared before the Supreme Court in 1971 and again in the fall of 1972. Her argument was based on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th and 14th amendments, as well as the Court’s previous decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized the sale of contraceptives based on the right of privacy.
Of the experience, Weddington later stated, “There was a sense of majesty, walking up those stairs, my steps echoing on the marble. I went to the lawyers’ lounge — to go over my argument. I wanted to make a last stop before I went in — but there was no ladies’ room in the lawyer’s lounge.”
The Court’s decision was ultimately handed down in January 1973, overturning Texas’ abortion law by a 7-2 majority, and legalizing abortion within the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy. By then, Weddington had been elected a state legislator. At the age of 27, Weddington remains the youngest person to argue a successful Supreme Court case.
In 1992, Weddington compiled her experiences with the case and interviews with the people involved into a book titled “A Question of Choice.”
April 22, 2013
Can you say “No.” as a full and complete sentence without feeling guilty or having the urge to apologize? I’m still working on this one.
Most people I talk to tell me that saying “No” is one of the hardest things to do in their daily lives. Why is it that the word “No.” is so hard to say without launching into an explanation of why? Why can’t we say “No.” without worrying what other people are thinking or whether we hurt their feelings?
IS SAYING “NO” IMPOSSIBLE?
It seems that this habit is so ingrained in us that we are almost unconscious of it. We seem to feel that we have to care others over ourselves, that we must take care of other people’s feelings over our own.
Enough is enough.
Next time you have the urge to say “Yes” when what you really mean and want to say “No” try this:
5 WAYS TO SAY NO
5 BENEFITS OF SAYING NO.
1. You’ll get more time for yourself.
2. You’ll get more time the work you really want to be doing.
3. You’ll get more time for your creative ideas and the creation of them.
4. You’ll get more time for the opportunities you really want to be doing and the time to pursue them.
5. You’ll get more time to be with the people who are most important to you.
So begin by putting yourself and your needs first and then take care of others- It’s like putting the oxygen mask on your face first on an airplane before putting the mask on your child . You can only truly care for others when you look after yourself first.
SAYING “NO” IS POSITIVE AND POWERFUL
Those two letters “NO” are very powerful and actually life enhancing! Saying “No” is not actually negative. The word “No” is actually a positive affirmation of your needs and desires.
Once you start saying a firm “No” instead of the conditioned and automatic response of, “Yeah sure,” or the guilt induced “Uh…..OKaaaay.” you might discover saying, “NO.” actually gets easier the more you practice it. If you start saying “No” to requests from others that you really don’t want to do or requests that don’t meet your needs you might just feel a teeny tiny bit less stressed and resentful!
LET’S ALL LOSE THE GUILT!
So let’s all lose the guilt. Let’s all start saying “No.” as a full and complete sentence and without apology.
Why do you think the word “No” is so hard to say?
April 18, 2013
April 4, 2013
Photo Credit: Claire Soper Faughan
Claire Soper Faughnan and her daughter Libby Faughnan were the first readers to make my family scone recipe after they read my book, “Words to Thrive By: Powerful Stories of Courage and Hope.”
The Diamond Mines: Gems From Our Readers
This story is a true gem!
My earliest friend was Claire Soper Faughnan. My mother, Joanne Condrey Dorward and Claire’s mother, Susie Soper were dear friends. Thanks to our mothers, Claire and I attended each others first birthday parties, were classmates in school, joined the same campfire girls troupe and went to the same Camp Augusta. Later in our lives, Claire and I were a bridesmaids in each others weddings. We even delivered our children very close in time to each other. Claire has been a very dear friend to me for many years.
Last year, Claire was one of the first people to purchase a copy of my very first book, “Words to Thrive By: Powerful Stories of Courage and Hope.” Her purchase of my book and her positive, encouraging feedback gave me hope that others would find comfort and inspiration in it too. Claire told me that she loved my book and couldn’t wait to try the scone recipe.
This past Christmas, I received a photo via email from Claire. Her daughter, Libby Faughnan and she had just finished making my scone recipe (pages 30-31) from the chapter entitled, “COMFORT: Fresh From The Oven.” Once again, Claire’s words were of delight and encouragement. “That recipe is amazing and Libby had so much fun making the scones!” Claire also enjoyed the fact that my cherished family recipe occurred within a book that wasn’t even a cookbook!
Recently I heard that Claire had won First Prize for her jam in the Piedmont Harvest Festival. I wrote her a note to congratulate her and today I heard again from Claire about her delicious jams and fruit butters: “Yes, I’m an experienced jammer! I entered three of my creations: Apple Butter (with apples from Shirley’s trees at the Ranch), Mixed Berry and Peach Apricot. I almost didn’t enter the Peach Apricot, and that’s the one that got a first prize. The other two got thirds. In 2011 the Apple Butter got a first.”
I’m hoping Claire and I will try the scones again with her award winning jams and fruit butters on top! I’m sure it will be a delightful and delicious combination, just as out friendship has been for nearly 55 years.
If you want to try these scrumptious scones, the recipe is on pages 30-31 in the chapter, “COMFORT: Fresh from the Oven.”
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