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On a trip to Scotland, our friend wanted to drive up to Skye to see the area where his ancestors came from. The journey would have been several hours into the Highlands. Concerned about foggy weather and driving the narrow roads (on the left side), Emerson questioned the advisability of such a trip.

The night before we were to leave, Em was fitful, dreaming, and woke up disturbed by the prospects of the drive. In November, the possibility of encountering snow in the Highlands loomed large.

The next morning, Em announced that he could not go with the group to Skye. He didn’t want to stand in the way, but he couldn't remain silent. Everyone decided that being together was more important than anything else. If Em wasn't going, then no one would go. Instead, we shared a couple of wonderful days in Glasgow at museums and local sites. Good friends like that are hard to find!

What are the implications of telling the truth and following intuitions and feelings? What if doing that disappoints others?

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


Night fitful, restless
Uneasy dreams filled with what could go wrong
Gray dawn creeps in to signal night is done
At long last

Skye-bound this morning
Driving that far somehow doesn’t feel right
Doubts fill my head but I don’t want a fight

So I must select words, taking care
To share all of my misgivings
Trying desperately to salvage plans we’ve made
While remaining true to myself

Surely we can make the best of things
Together with our close friends

Plans shift and vary
Reminding us that it’s never too late
As another prospect falls into place
Just standing by

Limits up to the sky
All is ours to decide

Ours to decide


from Moment of Truth, track released March 1, 2009
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
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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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