I was returning Sunday afternoon from a remarkable connection experience at the Word Shark Writers' Conference in Newark, Delaware, with several women, all writers, who had in common that we'd each worked with editor Karen R. Sanderson, the Word Shark. We had crossed virtual paths, but had never met in person, and in the two-and-a-half days that we spent together (sharing ideas, resources, and war stories, as well as enjoying four talented presenters), we had a chance to get to know each other. I can only describe the experience as magical, because far from being just a gathering of women writers, it was truly a gathering of kindred spirits (more on this in a later post).

So the power of connection was on my mind when a song came on the radio I hadn't heard in years: “Love Can Build A Bridge,” sung by Wynonna and Naomi Judd. Here is the refrain, but I hope you'll watch the video below and hear the haunting harmonies of these two wonderful voices.

Love can build a bridge
Between your heart and mine
Love can build a bridge
Don't you think it's time?
Don't you think it's time?

( Full lyrics here) *

I sang along, tears streaming down my face, tears of both joy and sadness.

Tears for the exquisite and simple beauty of the message.

Tears for the bridges my writing friends and I had built over the weekend.

Tears for relationships in my life whose bridges need some shoring up.

Tears for the brokenness of mankind.

The world is desperate for bridge builders, my friend, and “it all begins with you and me.”

The song itself begins at 1 minute, 30 seconds:

Writer(s): Paul Overstreet, John Jarvis, Naomi Judd, Naomi Ellen Judd, Paul Lester Overstreet
Copyright: Scarlet Moon Music Inc., Inspector Barlow Music, Words And Music Copyright O.B.O. Scarlet Moon Music, Mike Curb Music

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