2020 is the year that I, truly and completely, learned. Finally. I hope. That things not turning out the way I had planned, is the most glorious part of the ride.

This year, my heart has been cracked wide open. By the customers I have talked to from the drive-thru…


Today will forever mark the day in my mind when both the vaccine, and my band’s pandemic song were ready for release. I am feeling hopeful again. For creativity. And for my mom.

I started writing “Howl” on the evening of April 4th, 2020. In my living room. Alone with my guitar. It had been a beautiful day in Denver. A high of fifty-nine degrees and a low of nineteen. …


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Knew Name Calling is Not Okay

I am not Karen, but I am Karen’s ugly stepsister. I am female. I am white. And I have asked to speak to the manager. I don’t drink the pumpkin spice latte, but only because it is too sweet for me…


A Story of Racial Anxiety and How My Husband and I Powered the Speakers at the Denver Black Lives Matter Protest

The microphone for the speakers at the Denver protest against racial violence.

I am a woman. I know what it is to not feel heard. And as a person with a lifelong hearing impairment, I also know how it feels to struggle to hear. So when my husband and I brought a sound system and microphone to the people who were speaking…


Social distancing is my thing. At least it was up until a year ago. Now social distancing is everyone’s thing. Except mine. Now, I am essential.

Before COVID-19, when people at social gatherings asked me what I did, I often responded with a question, “My chosen profession, or the one…


Joe Biden’s not perfect. But still, I have to admit, Biden has been my guy for a while. He stole my heart in his speech on Super Tuesday. With that big honest expression of emotion. You can’t fake that kind of happy. …

Meagen Svendsen

Denver-based artist, mom, singer-songwriter, and nature-freak

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