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At home on the hill

ABC’s Diane Sawyer recently sat with the 20 women elected to the US Senate. She asked them what advice they have for children. People of any age can benefit from their wisdom: “Read, read, read” advises Senator Kay Hagan from North Carolina and “Once you’ve gone 100 miles, you can always go 10 more,” says Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, wisdom she learned on her long-distance bike trip with her dad.

These women have traveled more than 100 miles in their metaphorical journeys to the hill. They have taken risks, followed dreams, ignored the naysayers and arrived…and they continue to work hard on behalf of the citizens who voted them all the way to Washington.

(S-R archives photo:U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks at a field hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, which she chairs, on April 4 in Tacoma.)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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