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We were reading an anthology on the predictions of 2012. Whether accurate or not, it stirred within us a sense of incredible connections— between us, the universe, ancestors and ancient traditions.

The story emphasizes the connections built throughout a lifetime, and over many lifetimes. As we age, those links to the past appear on our faces, indicating the depth of our experiences and the power of the universal web we all exist within. They are "life-lines" and are extraordinarily beautiful.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


Lifelines run between us
Include and link everything
Each move, weaving and spinning
Yet another thread, whether we know it or not

Lifelines form the patterns
We know, so they comfort us
Daily habits and customs
Mesh into a net, each a perfect design

Hidden, concealed from view
Pressed inside
Carved by repetition
Softly, steady, an engraving

Unobserved—these lines of connection
Breathing, radiating
Animated, strongly binding

Vibrant and dynamic
We sense something words cannot describe
Held within that certain closeness
Somehow we feel more alive
Ever-changing, never-ending web

Laugh lines frame our faces
Reflect who we have become
Echo more than time passing
Not another crease
Clearly it’s a lifeline


from Masterpiece, track released February 1, 2010
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering


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Cheryl and Emerson Martlage San Diego, California

At the age of 48, and after 25 years of marriage, we headed to a secluded town for 6 weeks, to create a new relationship and begin again.

When we arrived as if by magic, we co-wrote our first song ever— "Never Sleep," evoking the mystery and magic of the new adventure. Twenty years later, we're still making music. Join us on our musical storytelling as the adventure continues to unfold
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