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October 19, 2023

Carol, Emilia, me, and Bobby

We took the scenic route back through Winthrop.

I know people are going to ask me when I get home, “What did you do?”

We didn’t do anything spectacular. What we did do was play games, games, and more games; ate too much junk food; and walked all over the place.  But aren’t those the best kinds of vacations?

I was just happy not to have to clean toilets or vacuum for four days. I know, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Most of all, we just hung out and talked, and treasured what a wonderful thing friendship is.

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.