Week 2

Book Excerpt Assignment: (see excerpt on page or click here):

Glennon Doyle is one of the most cherished “Self Help” authors of today. She writes with a vulnerability and eloquence that truly exposes the human soul, without a glimmer of pretentiousness. I found this excerpt to be so incredibly powerful, especially in times like these when we are left scrambling to find a way back to the light; back to dancing in the festival of life instead of dodging shrapnel in a fear-mongers war zone.




  1. Do you believe as Glennon does that there is a visible and an unseen order of things? If so, how would you define your “better, truer, wilder way?” 

  2. How in touch are you with your imagination and/or what does that word even mean to you?

  3. What part of the excerpt would you highlight or better yet, write on a post it for a daily reminder? (Do it!)


Lyrical Analysis (see page for lyrics and video/audio links or click here):

I LOVE these two selections because I feel like the first one is a snapshot of America’s weathered past; the second being the present day pandemic. In my eyes, we are a country in a state of healing and we all play a role in that.

Both selections are backed by a stellar cast of musicians and a whole lot of raw spirit. 


Song 1. Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen


"Originally written as the title track of Springsteen’s 1995 solo album, this song deals with the complications of American capitalism. The song uses the character of Tom Joad from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath to symbolize those who embody America’s idealized self-reliance, yet still fall prey to capitalism’s perversions – a contradiction ignored by those who extol the benefits of a free market as if such a system is devoid of downside. The speaker is trapped between crippling poverty and a crushing realization that they have no place in this changing America."


1. What is the first emotion you feel when listening to this song? 


2. What part of this song resonates with you and why? 



Song 2. Eachother by Grace Potter


“Grace Potter on the inspiration behind “Eachother”: “The chorus of the song just kind of exploded out of my heart all at once. It was about five days into the quarantine, and I had just gotten off the phone with a friend who was having a really tough time with the isolation. I was in our living room, watching my son & husband fixing our broken train set and found myself flooded with an overwhelming sense of gratitude & contentment. The onset of COVID-19 was a shock to humanity’s system and has brought on so many reality checks. We may not all be affected in the same ways, but we are all going through this pandemic together as a human race. It is incredibly humbling. It’s invited me to really take account of the things that matter most, which aren’t things at all…they’re people.”


1. What is the first emotion you feel when listening to this song? 


2. What part of this song resonates with you and why? 


Let's Riff!


 Writing and Visualization Exercise:

This week, I would like you to explore what, in the current world landscape, has left scars on you as well as what has inspired you to prevail through a very precarious time for the human race Also, what has been your “guiding light” through it all?

Lastly- if we are all stitched into the fabric of history, what does the quilt look like so far? Colors, textures, patterns etc. -write, paint or draw your fabric of human's history.

Definition of riff.

1 : an ostinato phrase (as in jazz) typically supporting a solo improvisation also : a piece based on such a phrase.

2 : a rapid energetic often improvised verbal outpouring especially : one that is part of a comic performance.

3 : a succinct usually witty comment.