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A singer's life

"A singer's life" Continued...

Issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

"Maybe you're not spinning lies, maybe you're sincere

You say I'm pretty and could you buy me another beer

Maybe there's a lot that I could learn if I stay

But, honey, not every lesson in life's

Gotta be learned the hard way."

BettySoo acknowledges that many of the stereotypes about the music business are true. When she started out, she explains, "I thought of it as a particularly dark world. There was so much complacency about things that are unethical. But now I think that's a fallacy. The whole world is that dark. There are so many layers of deception in other parts of the world or in other businesses."

The difference, she says, is that the music business is more honest: "It's true that a lot of the stereotypical temptations that people associate with the musician lifestyle are there, but it's also there in other arenas, and people don't acknowledge it. . . . It's kind of refreshing that in the musician's community it's just kind of out there. It can be shocking, but it's changed my heart. It's possible to love people well and to not judge them or their soul or their person, while at the same time not agreeing with them . . . or even liking them."

She concludes, " I find myself caring very deeply for people I have a lot of dissimilarity with-and that's been freeing. If I really believe it takes one grain of yeast to spoil a whole loaf, then God views you as equally wretched or equally lovable. Equally fallen and equally redeemable. It takes away so much of the separation and puts you in a much more compassionate place regarding other people. It's such a good mirror. I really don't have it together and that's OK."

-Listen at bettysoo.com/listen.html

Stunning photos

By Susan Olasky

Each day NASA posts an Astronomy Picture of the Day (apod.nasa.gov/apod/). Some days the site features photos taken from Earth (the full moon and Jupiter over a church steeple, for instance). The site also features stunning photographs taken by various satellites and space telescopes. An explanatory paragraph written by an astronomer accompanies each photograph.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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