I want to keep publishing books, and writing and spreading my heartsong through the world.
We’re divorced from my father because he did some mean and scary things to us.
Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings – happy, sad, angry, caring. It’s also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.
I write to express my thoughts, my feelings. I want people to think.
God gives me hope that there is something greater than us, something better and bigger than the here and now, that can help us live.
The way of life is not as easy as some people think… like me.
There can be many different views of what Heaven is like, because Heaven is whatever makes each person eternally and fully happy.
You can’t lie down in the ashes of another person’s life.
People will come up to me everywhere and say, ‘Ah, I saw you on ‘Larry King,’ and, ‘Ah, I saw you on ‘Oprah.’ And it’s really nice, and a lot of people say, ‘Is it a pain?’ And I say ‘No.’ And it’s not annoying.
Maybe I wanted to have kids because you want to leave behind lessons, leave behind everything that matters to you. That’s how you touch the world. But I have to reconsider what it’s like to leave a legacy.
You know, it’s kind of hard because I really – I see kids on their Rollerblades and their bikes, and just running around, climbing trees, and I used to do that. And I loved doing that.
Every year, once a year, in Maryland, I go for a week and overnight camp with about 50 to 60 kids with muscular dystrophy, all ages, seven to 21. And it is really fun. I have some great friends there and wonderful counselors.
A heartsong doesn’t have to be a song in your heart. It doesn’t have to be talking about love and peace. It can just be your message. It can be your feeling. Some people might even call it a conscience, even though that’s not really what it is. It’s your message, what you feel like you need to do.
Expressing my feelings and then the opportunity to share it with others is just such a gift.
I think I may have to grow up without growing old. I think we’re going to have to define differently what I’m going to be. We’re going to have to define my growing up differently.