What Janis Joplin Taught Me

Janis taught me that we all have as many phases as the moon.

Sam Ripples
5 min readMay 24, 2019

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I first heard Janis Joplin crooning as a child, on the radio. We drove to my great-grandmother’s house that day through the roads that carved the Everglades in half, windows cracked in the balmy summertime air. Sweat prickled on my forehead, intensified by the humidity. Being in South Florida felt like a soup.

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