“Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost”

For school last year, my son had to read one of the most epic journey stories of all time, Homer’s The Odyssey.   This sweeping poem chronicles the hero Odysseus’ 10-year struggle to return home following the Trojan War.   He battles with mystical creatures and faces the wrath of the gods in his determination to recapture […]

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Charlottesville: We Cannot Wash Our Hands of This

Hello, we are white America, and we have a problem. We are equal opportunity haters; we hate Republicans or Democrats or foreigners or our neighbors or taxes or religion or technology or inconvenience with equal passion and aplomb. We have convinced ourselves that OUR personal preference trumps the common good and have dug in our heels about the fact that YOUR belief system, sexual orientation, religion and skin color has to be as wholly right by me as my very complicated Starbucks’ drink order.

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Some Like it Hot

It was a crisp fall day when I got the wonderful news that I was pregnant with my son;  shortly thereafter, however, I received a bit of information I felt more ambivalent about…he was actually due on MY birthday. I immediately knew that was not what I preferred.  To have the one day a year […]

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Gone Cruisin’ with The Beach Boys for Summer Break

In the meantime, go ahead and luxuriate in the lazy, hazy, crazy days–make some memories to share and remember–these are the good old days!

**Let’s get there fast the take it slow -#Beach Boys -#Kokomo

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At Home in the Past

I have the proverbial “memory of an elephant”.  I never forget a face, rarely forget an experience and only occasionally forget a conversation.  In my small circle of life I was Google before there was a Google…as in, “Go ask Kara, she’ll remember!” As I wade deeper into middle age, of course, the once steel-trap […]

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Tell Me Who You Walk With

Tell me who you walk with and I’ll tell you who you are ~Esmeralda Santiago   When we think of the word heritage, whether our own, our country’s or our species’, it is natural to think of the past, how it has accumulated and informed our collective destiny. My paternal Grandparents were first generation Americans, […]

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You Say You Want a Resurrection

The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking. ~Deepak Chopra We all want to change the world.  It is something intrinsic to the human condition to always be seeking for better conditions; more light, more love.  Whenever we perceive […]

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Empowering Women: We Got Your Back

Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.  ~Maya Angelou I grew up in the mystical, magical, far-away place known as “the 1970’s”.  If there is a decade with more conflicting eyewitness reports from survivors, I would like to hear about it.  […]

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Why I Like (LOVE) Life!

LOVE recognizes no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.  ~Maya Angelou Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, […]

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Turning Over a New Leaf

For most of us the beginning of a New Year feels, symbolically at least, like an opportunity for a fresh start.  We reflect on the past with a mixture of pride and melancholy and look forward to a future of learning and growing and building on the progress we have made. There seems to be […]

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