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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Letter from the Editor: A Few of Our Favorite Things

When the dog bites, when the bee stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad The last year has been very hard on our country and our psyches; many of us are entering the holiday season reeling from shock at what has happened and fear […]

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An Open Letter to America

Dear America, First let me say that I will always love you, no matter what you do.  You were and are a grand experiment, but like all experiments there are tremendous variables, mistakes and necessary trial and error.  You have just made a terrible, terrible mistake, but that doesn’t mean I will write you off […]

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Letter from the Editor: The Sound of Music

Part of our family lore is a story about me celebrating a very early birthday; I had the exact same response to each and every gift I received that year:  “It’s just what I’ve always wanted!”  That is to say, I was not very discriminating at a young age.  But my Mother claims that even […]

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Female Seeks Power

My reasons for joining a gym were simple: after the birth of my third and final child, my body was a war zone. My identity was sunk somewhere in the extra weight and folds. My thoughts were lost as easily as my breath. I needed to reclaim myself. But it went deeper than that. After […]

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