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“100 ways to make everything okay”: TJ Larum on how to make our insignificance, significant

“100 ways to make everything okay”: TJ Larum on how to make our insignificance, significant

TJ Larum is a behavior analyst who works in Waite Park, Minnesota, providing therapy for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mostly 4 and 5 year olds. He is also a drummer and a songwriter, striving to create a culture in central Minnesota where everyone feels connected to their creativity, either as a maker of a creative product, or an appreciator of what is made in their community.

Why Lyricality chose Paige Riehl’s SUSPENSION to launch “Read Poetry Central Minnesota”

Why Lyricality chose Paige Riehl’s SUSPENSION to launch “Read Poetry Central Minnesota”

Why we chose Suspension by Paige Riehl Muriel Rukeyser, in her 1949 book of essays, The Life of Poetry, tells us contemporary poetry is important, especially in a climate of divisive political polarization. When contentions and divisions worsen into mass hatred, which shows its ugly face in mass incarcerations, mass killings, wars and genocide, the ability of poets to illuminate the emotional...

The Recovery of Simplicity: Songwriter Adam Hammer on “The Love You Take”

The Recovery of Simplicity: Songwriter Adam Hammer on “The Love You Take”

For Adam Hammer, songwriting is necessary because he simply cannot not do it. Although his recently released single “The Love You Take” is finding significant airplay on Minnesota’s public and independent radio stations, and that’s exhilarating, of course, success or popularity is not what drives him to write. “Songwriting is just something I can’t seem to put down,” he said.

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