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Want to Feel Differently? Art Can Change Your Life In An Instant

One time, I wanted to help take my cousin’s mind off her father’s cancer diagnosis and, under the impression from the trailer that the movie was a straight-up comedy, I took her to see Terms of Endearment. (*sigh*)

So much for that! Yet, all these years later I stick to my original premise. Art can make us feel different – perhaps even better.


As I was preparing to go to Costa Rica last week to see my daughter, who is volunteering there,

a song from They Might Be Giants popped up in my music feed. It’s been AGES since I listened to They Might Be Giants! Was so fun to be reminded of their silly, witty lyrics. Also, I have a place for them in my heart because one of them was from Sudbury, MA, where my kids were born and where they sang their little hearts out to “Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas)” in a kindergarten performance.

So there I was, last week, packing for Costa Rica. I heard this song and was...

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