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Birthday Shenanigans Begin

January 8, 2023

Facebook: “In honor of your birthday this week, Marie, why don’t you set up a charity in your name? We will do all the work and waive the fee.”

Me: “Uh…big, fat NOPE. How about I celebrate all month with friends and family like I always do—phone calls, presents, games, going out to eat, maybe some Häagen-Dazs rocky road ice cream—instead, and you mind your own business.”

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.