Author Archives: Karena

When the End Becomes the Beginning

He’s gone? My Finn? Could he really be gone? My one-of-a-kind dog. My lifesaver. My everything. Nothing about the moments after Finn died was tangible except my grief and my longing for his deep, warm eyes to look at me lovingly just once more. Even though I didn’t plan it or know I needed it, […]

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What Are You Ashamed Of?

Growing up, my mom often said “shame on you” when I did something she didn’t approve of. Back then it was a common phrase I heard from mothers all over the neighborhood. (As an added bonus, we also got the simultaneous index finger rubbing motion.) At the time, I didn’t really understand what the shame […]

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One Roof or Two? Love in the Time of Solitude

My husband, David, does irritating things. Most of them are your typical, run-of-the-mill guy things, such as leaving his dirty dishes near the dishwasher, but never in the dishwasher, and throwing his stinky socks near the hamper, but never in the hamper. I’m sensing a pattern here, are you? (One thing he never does though […]

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Why Does It Take So Damn Long to Make Good Stuff? 

I’m writing a book and it’s taking me forever. I write good stuff and then my editor sends it back with all sorts of comments. Had I considered this? Or that? Can we make it deeper? More vulnerable? And back to my computer I go with new ideas and a box of tissues. (Getting deep […]

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Trying Something New This Year?

This year I made a resolution…no more resolutions! Instead, I decided to try something different. I’d immerse myself and learn something new. So I signed up for a 30 day yoga teacher training course. Yep. Every day, all day, I’d learn the history of yoga. I’d learn Sanskrit and how to chant. I’d meditate for […]

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How Lovable Are You?

How lovable are you these days? Are you happy? Are you in love? Wishing for love? Feeling love? Spreading love? Or, do you wish Cupid would call in sick and they’d take Valentine’s Day off the calendar indefinitely? If you’re feeling blah about love, it’s time to be honest about how much you love yourself. We […]

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Blankets and Other Thoughts on Security

Not so long ago, I was a six year old girl who wanted a Star Wars sleeping bag for Christmas. I wrote Santa a letter asking for it. And just in case my letter got lost in the mail, I pestered my mom until she took me to Higbee’s department store to sit on Santa’s […]

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Lost Your Holiday Cheer? Here’s How to Find It

I haven’t felt like putting up a Christmas tree this year. It may be December, but I sure haven’t been feeling the Christmas spirit. I couldn’t help but wonder – where was my holiday cheer? This would be the first year I didn’t celebrate Christmas with a tree. Even in my busiest and most emotionally trying […]

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Younique 3D Fiber Lashes ~ For Longer, Thicker, Fuller Eyelashes

Do you want longer, thicker, fuller lashes without the harsh chemicals of lash extensions and lash tinting? Well then, Younique 3D fiber lashes are an absolute game changer if you want longer, thicker, fuller looking eyelashes. Before trying Younique fiber lashes, I tried everything to give my lashes that full, sexy look. But, the adhesive used in […]

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