Words We Heard: ‘Everyone has creativity in them and it’s so often quashed’

Everyone I know is so busy. All the time. Scheduling a get together with a friends is like solving a complicated math problem: “Well, if Mychal can take Casey to gymnastics I might be able to squeeze that in between meeting with the photographer and helping my friend move.” How can we juggle all of our commitments and maintain healthy relationships and find time to stay informed and involved in our community? It seems impossible, but I always try to remind myself that bouncing from task to task is not what it’s all about. At least once a week, it feels amazing to take a few minutes and read about something just because it interests me. Imagine that! -Kiersten

  • “Even in the face of grave danger, Malala Yousafzai has shown an unwavering commitment to the rights of women, girls and all people.” -António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General, in a statement published in The Washington Post
  • “I want to raise my son so that he leaves a larger legacy than I could have ever imagined. I am pouring love and compassion into my son…compassion and love will always win.” -Sharon Ford, Warrior Moms‘ Avondale winner, at the prize announcement at People’s Liberty
  • “The number of Kentucky children in out-of-home care hit an all-time high of 8,188 this April. Another 2,284 children in Ohio’s Hamilton County alone were in out-of-home care as of this past February.” -the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky in a statement about their new #DuffleShuffle campaign
  • “I could have happily lived my entire life in Cincinnati, married to a proper Cincinnatian, living in a big old Victorian house, raising a brood of offspring, but preordination … had other plans for me.” -Doris Day in her autobiography, Doris Day: Her Own Story, as reported by Cincinnati.com
  • “We felt that’s what’s missing: that safe, kind of non-judgmental place where kids can discover. Everyone has creativity in them and it’s so often quashed by the realities of a hard life.” -Libby Hunter, co-founder of WordPlay Cincy, in an interview with Women of Cincy’s Hillary Copsey
  • “I had never heard about women who don’t work. Under Mao, men and women had equal pay and equal jobs.” -Zhang Xin, Chinese businesswoman, at The Women in the World Summit, as reported by girlboss
  • “To the mom with the toddler having a meltdown in the cereal aisle: they always seem to pick the most embarrassing places to lose their minds don’t they? We’ve all been through it. You’re a good mom.” -Ashle Potter, as reported on Love What Matters’ Facebook page
  • “Cincinnati is a city of neighborhoods, and it’s entirely possible to live your life in one circle of neighborhoods and never run across people living in another circle, even if they’re separated by just a mile.” –Hillary Copsey, founder of Make America Read, in her latest newsletter “Reading to understand your home