Tag Archive for ‘music’

So Strange It Must Be True

This post is alternately titled, “Katy Perry Never Gives Up.” Bless you for reading. You are a brave soul. ** I had an out-of-body meditation experience once that showed me how weird it is to be human. (The out of body thing happened more than once, but let’s just start with this one time.) It was like I died and was suspended for a while, and then dropped back into […]

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FirstDay Sermon: The Power of Hugs

I have recently adapted with my kids “the 20-second hug,” something I heard about in an article by Thich Nhat Hanh. Instead of a flimsy hug where you barely connect and just pat a person’s shoulders and move on to your next thing, this hug requires you to stay still in another person’s arms for a while. 20 whole seconds. Once someone knows they’re in the hug for 20 seconds, […]

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I Was Seventeen and Had a Car

I didn’t feel like I had a lot of freedom growing up. Most of the time, the only way I could take a deep breath was when I was reading a novel or listening to a good song. But when I was 17, I got a car. And I loved to drive. The thing about a car is that when you get in, you know you can go anywhere you […]

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Music Will Save You

Music has saved me so many times. Not long ago, I wrote a short story about a 12-year-old girl who was sad and lonely. She didn’t know what was what in her life, and she had already been through several heartbreaks. But she put on her Walkman and pressed Play, and the woman’s voice that sang in her ear told her she was not alone in her struggle. And at […]

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