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The TueDo List: Weepy Tunes, Tearjerkers and Cathartic Yoga

When was the last time I cried?

Yesterday. A friend was so kind to me and so empathetic about something that I was experiencing that I let the tears come and didn’t stop until I was good and done, thank you very much. Sometimes it’s the best and healthiest thing I can do for myself, before I dust myself off, fix up my lipstick and move on. So pass the tissues, please – and never underestimate the healing power of a good cry. Just don’t let it last all weekend.

Crying Songs

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If you like your music with a chorus of tears, two recent releases will hook you up.

I heard an unfamiliar Sarah McLachlan song in a store recently, and when it immediately bummed me out I had to admit I admired her decades-long commitment to depressing music, even if I dive for the remote every time I hear her start to sing “Angel”. I have seen those puppies one too many times, can’t lie. Her May release Shine On  ($11.88, Amazon) kicks off with this first line from “In Your Shoes”: “You turn the radio on, play your favorite song and cry.” Tears right out of the gate, and I’d expect no less. By the time she gets to the chorus on “Broken Heart”—“I should be thinking with my head, not with my broken heart”—it’s sobs, sobs all around.

Meanwhile, Lana del Rey’s newest total lovely downer of a release, Ultraviolence, ($11.88, Amazon) is all you if you’re looking for a collection of songs to save for an especially dreary day. Songs like “Sad Girl” and “Pretty When You Cry” are so pretty I almost forgot to be depressed. Almost. I’m sure Pharrell would be pleased that I had “Happy” on repeat for awhile afterwards.

Cry in Your Beer

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TueNight volksfest 2014

Maybe you don’t like to cry in public, but if you’re into the adult beverage that seems to spur more mentions of tears than any other, this is the weekend for you. Per the Beer Advocate calendar, you can check out the 2nd annual Cincinnati Craft Brewer’s Volksfest (that’s “festival of the people” in this city that has some serious Germanic roots) featuring lots of local beers.

In Austin, you can celebrate the really fun spot Banger’s 2nd anniversary Saturday with what they’re calling the Greatest Beer List of All Time. I’ve been there on a regular day, and I don’t doubt it.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and their 12 collaborating brewers hit Philly this weekend with Beer Camp Across America Mid-Atlantic edition. 82 brewers are expected to pour on the latest stop in a seven-city traveling beer festival, and all craft brewers in the region were invited.

If you have to cry it out at all, this is probably the place to do it.

Tearjerker

I’m not into any of the summer blockbuster releases this week, but Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is on my list of weekend activities. Filmed over 12 years with the same actors to show how main character Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane grows up from age 6 to 18, the film also features Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his divorced parents. With early serious Oscar buzz for this coming-of-age film, I’m predicting tears.

Sweat it out Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 8.40.01 AM Isak Dinesen said “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” And since a girl can’t cry all the time, and nor do I live by the ocean (sadly), I’m headed back to hot yoga this weekend. I’m trying a new studio with a class called Kick Your Asana, which is just the right attitude I think I need for my latest communion with my chakras. I’m also picking up a new pair of Sanuk Yoga Sling flip flops — made out of recycled yoga mats — to celebrate. (Sanuk.com, $38) They have a few rad new patterns, and I’m going for purple peacock. Because I can.

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Laurie White

Laurie White is a writer, editor, photographer, and occasional college professor and counselor. She found the internet in the late 90s and has not emerged since. A contributing editor at BlogHer.com, pop culture writer for Babble.com, and community and communications manager for Mom2.0 Summit, she is a professional aunt who lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. You can find her at LaurieMedia (lauriemedia.com), on Twitter @lauriewrites and on Instagram @laurieanne.

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