Karla’s Korner: Living Life in the Present

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Karla's Korner Living Life in the Present Living Life in the Present: Lessons From a Friend He’s 16, a high school junior and unsure what he wants to do when he “grows up”; he is my son. In a recent conversation about graduation, college, what he wants to study and a possible career choice, Christopher threw his hands in the air and said “I just don’t know mom. I have no idea.” Taking a deep breath trying to gather just the right words of assurance for him my heart broke a little bit. As … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Be the Light

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Karla's Korner: Be the Light Be the Light St. Francis of Assisi once said “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” Sitting in the quiet early morning hours with the flickering light of a single candle breaking into the darkness allowing the warm glow to penetrate and ignite my spirit deep within my soul I reflect on this quote and wonder what it all means to me and the world around me. With each flicker of the tiny flame that dances in the darkness of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Celebrating the Choice of Love

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Karla's Korner: Celebrating the Choice of Love Celebrating the Choice of Love Twenty-five years ago a young farm girl met a handsome fella from North Carolina in front of a little country church, exchanged a few vows and set out on a journey that would tell the story of their lives. This past weekend that former farm girl fancied up her hair, put on a new dress, pointy toed shoes and walked up the aisle again with that handsome fella from North Carolina wearing a suit, tie and great big … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Hello Fall

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Hello Fall Hello Fall…Embracing Life One Season at a Time… It’s 6:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning as I trudge down the steps with bed head and sleep still wanting to linger in my eyes; somehow my husband convinced me that it was my turn to take the dog out. Opening the sunroom door, I stepped outside with bare feet and was met with a cool breeze blowing across my face as a slight chill slipped up my spine. Ahh fall, how I’ve missed you. Most mornings I encourage my dog to hurry up and “go” … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – Roots: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

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Karla's Korner Roots: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Roots: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Once in a while I take a few minutes to walk around my yard, watch the critters that live there and pull a few weeds from the mulched ground. Recently I noticed a small pine tree growing in the rocky area near the side of my house. Not much taller than an inch the little evergreen stood tall in spite of it’s not so ideal living conditions. Reaching down to pull it out of the driveway something tugged at my … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Living in Grace and Forgiveness

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Karla's Korner Living in Grace and Forgiveness Living in Grace and Forgiveness…. My Sunday school class has been focusing on membership and what it means not only to be a member of the United Methodist church but what it means to be a member of a group, team, club etc. Like everything in life, my faith journey is an ever evolving lesson. At the end of our study, our church will welcome new members into our church. It is an exciting time to say the least. Focusing on what it means to be a … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Planting Seeds

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Planting Seeds…. Living in a rural community brings about a lot of opportunity to see nature up close. One of my greatest joys is being able to ride for miles along country roads and enjoy the scenery; hay bales dotting the fields, baby deer frolicking along behind their mother, squirrels darting back and forth gathering their winter harvest and wild flowers sprinkled along the edge of the road. Wild flowers always intrigue me because they just happen to pop up quite often in rather unusual … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Power of Music

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The Power of Music The Power of Music… Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote "Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body". Quite often I perform my not so great musical talents in the shower, car or in the solitude of my bedroom as I sit and write. There’s something about music that like Holmes expressed bathes our soul; it reaches beyond the depths of anxieties, worries and stresses and touches our soul in a way that mere … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: My Gym Sister

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My Gym Sister…My Inspiration As I sat down this week to write I took a detour to check the latest “news” on Facebook. Flipping through numerous posts about ice bucket challenges, birthday posts for friends, college moving in pictures and more, one particular post stuck out. Staring back at me on the screen was a post written by my gym sister Angel. She had just completed 7.01 mile run. My heart was filled with pride for Angel knowing just how hard she has worked to get to this point and what an … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Reaching Out

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The Importance of Reaching Out The Importance of Reaching Out….. With the news of Robin Williams taking his life this past week I have found myself filled with questions and in discussion with friends and family about this tragic loss. There are many views on suicide and whether or not it is a selfish choice made by someone who believed it’s the only way out of the darkness or the result of feeling that death is the only way to lighten the burden of those we love, the truth of the matter is … [Read more...]