There is nothing calm about baptizing a baby, either. (David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters)
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“There is nothing calm about having a baby,” Letisha Ghanbari, who has helped to deliver two babies over the phone.

“I know what it’s like to be a mom at a playground with a kid who has to go,” Jennifer Kuhr Butterfoss, an elementary-school principal, on why she opens the bathrooms of her school on the weekends.

“We shouldn't be taking 10 days off as a dangerous virus threatens this nation. And it is threatening us,” Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate minority leader, on the Zika virus.

(Previous quotes from our sources here.)