Dear Justin

Dear Justin,

Thank you for your hug at my first Blue show. Thank you for signing my copy of An Open Book. It still means a lot to me. It was very sweet of you to hug me.

You’re one of the coolest and sweetest guys I know. I love your music because it’s helped me understand my depression and anxiety over the years. I love your music because you continue to lift me up daily. Your lyrics are insightful, powerful, and poetic. 

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Dear Jim Cummings,

Your voice is my childhood.

Ever since I found out who voiced Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, I learned that you’ve given your voice to so many characters I recognize from my childhood.

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Dear Lin Manuel Miranda,

Thank you so much for writing about “the ten dollar founding father.” Your acclaimed Grammy, Tony award-winning, Pulitzer Prize musical Hamilton has not only educated but inspired thousands of people, including me.

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Mother’s Day Heroes: My Parents, Doctors & Nurses

Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom is one of my heroes. With the help of my amazing doctors and nurses, she brought me into this world via a c-section, at 24-and-a-half weeks, a very tiny babe weighing only 1 pound, 1 ounce. I was the size of standard typing paper. I was a micro preemie, a very tiny premature baby. With the birth of premature babies, there’s so many things that could go wrong. With preemies, you have to worry about everything: lungs, heart, brain, eyesight to name a few. I was extremely lucky. I’m forever grateful to the men and women at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis who helped keep me alive and safe during the first 6 months of my life.

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Dear Mary Oliver,

I never did get to write you when you were here, on this Earth. I regret not telling you how much your poetry calms and inspires me to love the natural world. Still, this is me making up for it.

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