My sister and I have different (and sometimes opposing) views on many topics. Despite our differences, we manage to have honest, respectful conversations. (And we end our phone calls, with 'I love you'.) Last week, she asked me why I thought there was so much hate in the world. I've been thinking about this a … Continue reading Why We Hate
My best friend in elementary school was Catholic. I was a bit envious. I envied Saturday afternoon church and a relaxed dress 'code'. I envied First Communion dresses and drinking wine in second grade. I envied the mystery of her church...dipping fingers into water when entering the sanctuary...touching knees to the floor before entering the … Continue reading I’m Tired of Politics, Let’s Talk Religion
I've never been one to make waves. Okay...I may have a couple of times. Once in the mid 90's and again in the early 00's. Neither ended well. Even hearing people argue is incredibly uncomfortable. As a result, I avoid conflict. I hold my tongue, hide my feelings, and provide too much space and too … Continue reading What’s Better Than an Uncomfortable Conversation?
2019? Action. 2020? 2020. T-w-e-n-t-y-t-w-e-n-t-y... Hmmm...no idea. Checking... Ah, yes! Relationships. In hindsight (you betcha that was intentional), an interesting word choice for 2020. Despite not remembering my 2020 word, I wasn't an abject failure. At any rate, here we are. New year (thank goodness), new word. I believe 'one word' should be about change. … Continue reading What’s Your One Word for 2021?
Really. Certainly would lay no claim to this unless it were true. I've got to hand it to my mom. She really must have wanted a Karen. When my older siblings were born, there already was a Karen with my last name, so she waited another ten years just to have me (her favorite). I … Continue reading My Name is Karen
Aren't you amazed at how political posts on social media completely change your views? (insert eye rolling emoji here)
You are so in luck. You would not believe the helpful advice I have for you this week. Just doing all I can to make the world a better place to be.
I'll start with a little confession. Shortly after moving into the neighborhood, my husband and I took Quinn for a walk. (That's not the confession.) On our walk, we saw a sign similar to this in a neighbor's yard: Now we had not yet met this neighbor, but that did not prevent me from making … Continue reading Be Part of the Solution
Values. You know, your personal beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. Those non-negotiables in your life. Want to know what other people value? Just sit back and observe. Want to know how others can identify your values? Yep. You got it. The words you speak, the actions you take, how you spend … Continue reading Careful! Your Values are Showing