AN IRON WILL AND A WANDERING SOUL: Michael Jackson’s Power Part 4

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Am I homeless? I asked myself this question a few days ago. In my recent move across the country, an unexpected work offer pushed me past California and dropped me off in Oregon. Now I’m living in a tent in Ashland, doing farm work to pay the bills and looking for housing in a town with skyrocketing rents. I’m thrilled to be in this small artist community because it feels like the right place to continue developing my work on … Read More

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STICKY MESSAGES AND OPEN HEARTS: Michael Jackson’s Power Part 3

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  Michael Jackson knew that open hearts are everything. I discovered this as well when I interviewed a minister who’d given a riveting sermon on how children will save the world (Michael spoke repeatedly on that theme, and I wanted to know more). On the day of the service, the minister’s heart was wide open: you could feel it in his tenderness, passion and delight, and you could feel the open-hearted audience soak up his message. Yet when I showed … Read More

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BE NOT AFRAID OF WEIRDNESS: Michael Jackson’s Power, Part 2

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    Difference is power. This is one of the greatest lessons Michael Jackson tried to teach us. And we need to understand it if we are going to fix anything in this crazy world. The media threw the worst kind of insults at Michael—they criticized his color, his face, his love of nature, his lack of a lover, his falling in love, his vulnerability and tenderness, his off-stage shyness, his confident advertising, the time he spent with children, the … Read More

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KING OF MIRACLES: Michael Jackson’s Power

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Artist credit: drawingyourattention This is repost from one year ago. It still gives me hope today, so I am sharing it again : ) There is a crazy woman moving to California today in a car with an engine light on. She doesn’t have enough money to pay this month’s bills, so she will need a job as soon as she lands in this town where she knows no one. In the midst of a severe drought, with wildfires raging … Read More

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