The State of Alabama

Yesterday, I listened to a woman here in Alabama say in ‘quotations’ as if she did not claim it, ‘as a white privileged woman’. This was in reference to the School district’s inability to put a new high school on this side of the mountain as it is ‘too white’.  Her reply was that we… Continue reading The State of Alabama

Mom Says Enough. And That She is Not Picking a Side. We Are a Circle.

I just got back from a weekend in the Smokey Mountains with my family.  We were at dinner the night before leaving, and at the table next to us, an older gentleman almost got into a physical fight with the restaurant owner over the waitresses not wearing their masks up. Things are getting very tense… Continue reading Mom Says Enough. And That She is Not Picking a Side. We Are a Circle.

With a Little Bit of Weird Thrown In for Good Measure

‘You’re denying your inner witch.’ Come again?  Now my boys and my husband would tell you I don’t deny her at all.  She comes shining through quite often. But that is what my friend told me. She considers herself a ‘witch’, is comfortable calling herself that and believes in the sacredness and seriousness of all… Continue reading With a Little Bit of Weird Thrown In for Good Measure

Happiness Sits on My Shoulder

Yesterday in the car, my four year old daughter informed me that she was worried ‘about a lot of things.’ I asked her what they were. She told me, ‘well, Georgia for one – that she will wander off or get hurt.’ Georgia is her 17 month old sister. ‘What else?’ ‘My toys,’ she says.… Continue reading Happiness Sits on My Shoulder

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My Everybody Loves Everybody, Feel Good Bubble – the Dance of Peace Bismallah

When I was growing up, in a sing-song voice with an expression of distaste, my no-nonsense, practical mother would say to her dreamy, sensitive, overly-emotional daughter: Jeez, Karen.  Stop living in your ‘everybody loves everybody, feel good’ world. The real world is not like that. Please support my writing and elephant journal by going here… Continue reading My Everybody Loves Everybody, Feel Good Bubble – the Dance of Peace Bismallah

Note to Self for Christmas 2014

Do more of what brought you Joy. Ice skating on the boat basin while the white, peaceful, frozen river murmurs ‘I am still here’.  You may not see me skipping over stones and babbling around curves, but underneath the stillness of the ice, here I am.     The snowman in the backyard that was… Continue reading Note to Self for Christmas 2014