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The Essence of Spring

by Karen on April 16, 2009

Living life to its fullest sometimes means stopping to notice the little things at our feet. These sweet, little blue flowers are growing all along the side of my yard. Since I am not a gardening person (philodendrons in the house are about all I can do!), I am very grateful to the dear person […]


Springtime in Franklin – My Pink Dogwood

by Karen on April 13, 2009

We were having a lovely lunch on the porch this afternoon when a man pulled up to our front house and asked if he could take a picture of our pink dogwood tree. He had never seen one (he had some sort of a foreign accent) and I thought it was a great idea! For […]


Easter in Franklin

by Karen on April 6, 2009

Happy Easter!


You Just Can’t Make This Up…

by Karen on March 31, 2009

(This is a true story that happened when I was a child. I always wanted to send it in to Reader’s Digest for the “Laugh” section because I think it’s too funny!) Some relatives from the Midwest came to visit us in the DC area and were eager to go to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where the […]


Hindsight: Steve Jobs Looks Back

by Karen on March 16, 2009

Commencement address by Steve Jobs CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios delivered on June 12, 2005 I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to […]


My friend Kelly O’Neill is an incredible artist — her art is truly extraordinary.  Here’s her Hindsight story of how she came to realize her life’s work and passion. “Have you always wanted to be an artist?” This is the most common question I get at art shows or when people see my work for […]


Hindsight: The Two Week Delay

by Karen on March 3, 2009

(Note from Karen: This is a true story but my friends asked if I would change their names to protect their privacy. I was happy to comply.) Eric walked into the kitchen as his young wife, Annie, was preparing dinner. The air was fragrant with the aroma of spaghetti sauce and garlic bread. After a […]


images-1Okay, friends. I fell off the wagon again… that is the diet wagon.

I had been attending a wonderful conference all week hosted by my friend/neighbor/blogger Randy Elrod. It was wonderful, stimulating and exhausting all at the same time. I did great all week. Salmon with no rice, salad with dressing on the side, no desert, I even ordered milk for my coffee instead of cream. But by the end of the week I was toast.

My downfall started with a simple glass of red wine…


When I’m stressed out I go for food (or bored or tired or whatever). This is super satisfying soup I eat usually in the afternoon. For added flavor, I buy soup bones in throw in. It really needs about an hour to cook down. I make a big pot then put it in individual size […]


Speaking the Same Language

by Admin K on January 11, 2009

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