March is Women’s History Month and one has to wonder why half the race gets its history sorted out separately. To be fair, the history of just men seems equally odd to me.

But for inspiration, there is no better source than some of the ladies who have seen challenging times. Often, when I stand in front of an audience to speak I take a deep breath and recall the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, a woman who understood the secret of overcoming your fears:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

BTW, if you missed me the last couple of days, come join me today at the Borders Express in the Mall at Columbia. I’ll sign books there from 2 pm to 5 pm. The store is at 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD.

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