‘Looking from Here’ Show with Jen Hajj, July 9th; Surgery; Poison Apple Medicine
On another note: I’m having oral surgery next Tuesday. Then I’m hoping to be able to declare independence from this issue with my teeth. It’s kind of a long story but the short version is that about 12 years ago I had invasive jaw surgery to correct a minor underbite. My reasons for having the surgery were skewed by the eating disorder I had at the time, I wanted to have a perfect body and a perfect face. The surgery messed with some nerve endings and couple of teeth died after the surgery. One of my root canals was done wrong, but not discovered until now through a wicked infection that showed up right after Kerrville. So, it has to be fixed. It’s an involved process that includes multiple visits to the office. That’s why next week I’ll be wincing at the novocaine shots once again and hoping that all goes well. I want this next visit to be the last one. The endodontist seems to know what he’s doing and I’ve calmed down about it significantly, but I’d still appreciate your thoughts and prayers. Please send them over to Salt Lake City next Tuesday at 11:30 am Mountain Time.
Queer feminist author Audre Lorde said “You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for.”
It sucks when some issue from the past comes back to collect like this. But I’ve been trying to turn it around. I feel clearer now about my greater purpose. I want to make a difference not only by writing songs and sharing them, but also by working for eating disorder and addiction recovery, prevention and awareness as an advocate and activist. I am already doing this is some ways. But I want to do it in a bigger way, maybe by starting a non-profit. Though I don’t know exactly how to make that happen, I know what to call it: Poison Apple Medicine. What do you think? I welcome your advice and feedback. I have never done this before. It feels daunting to start something like this, but I think I still want to do it. I’ll be presenting at the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association ) conference in Chicago in late September. I’ll be teaching a creative writing workshop and facilitating an art installation. So I guess my first event is already booked.
I’ll tell you more about it all in August. Happy 4th of July! I hope you and your family have a joyful and relaxing holiday weekend. I’m heading up to the Cottonwood Canyons, singing for a beautiful spiritual community in Sugarhouse Park, maybe attending a parade, going to a bbq with friends and then watching fireworks. It’s going to be a good weekend.
May you find your strength by doing the things you need to be strong for.
PS – Craig and I went to the Grand Canyon on our way back to Salt Lake City from Flagstaff a couple of weeks ago. There’s not really a better place to remind us of the scale of life. Good call, Divine powers, for making these natural wonders that help us put things in perspective.
PPS – Thanks to Laurie Jan Bray for the cool black and white photo on top.
Sunday, July 3rd
Guest Artist at Unity Salt Lake
Unity Spiritual Community of Salt Lake
1610 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Saturday, July 9th
Jen Hajj and Mindy Dillard in Concert: ‘Looking From Here’
The Acoustic Space
124 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
7pm doors; 7:30pm Show
$10 tix online in advance/$15 at door
Groups of 6 or more get $10 tickets at the door
Bring some cash for the bar!
Friday – Sunday, July 15th – 17th
Princess Fearless at The Wallsburg Music Festival
I’ll be doing my kids’ music show from 1 – 2pm on Friday; 2 – 3 pm on Saturday and 1 – 2 pm on Sunday. This sounds like a beautiful spot, 13 miles from Heber City and 23 miles up Provo Canyon. Only $15 per day! Plus opportunities to jam, perform and compete in a songwriting contest. Click here to learn more about the festival.
Wednesday, August 10th – Wednesday, August 31st
Pacific Northwest SummerTour
8/10 – Boise, ID – TBA
8/11 – TBA
8/12 – Portland, OR – West Hills Friends Meetinghouse w/Jim Nail – 7pm
8/13 – Hillsboro, OR – Influence Music Hall *Performance Workshop* 10 – 2pm; $20; E-mail Skip at firstname.lastname@example.org
8/13 – Hillsboro, OR – Influence Music Hall Concert – 7:30 pm
8/14 – White Salmon, WA – Guest Artist at Bethel UCC
8/14 – Hood River, OR – House Concert
8/15 – Portland, OR
8/16 – Portland, OR
8/17 – Hoodsport, WA – Tall Timbers House Concert – 7:30pm
8/18 – Olympia, WA – TBA
8/19 – Conway, WA – The Conway Muse w/Jaspar Lepak
8/21 – 8/28 – Stanley, ID – Songwriting Retreat
Full details on my website under shows.