Karla’s Korner: The Hole in the Fence

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Karla's Korner: The Hole in the Fence The Hole in the Fence: Staying Focused on Life’s Journey Earlier this week while I was on the playground with my preschoolers I noticed a couple of birds frolicking around in the wooded area just beyond the fence. Several students noticed the commotion in the mulch and ran to the fence to watch. In a few quick seconds the birds were perched on the fence and then on the inside of the play area. Flying back and forth, seemingly chasing one another across … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Embracing Change

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Embracing Change Embracing Change: Celebrating the Milestones in Our Children’s Lives It’s graduation season and social media is filled celebratory pictures. From preschool to high school parents are uploading scores of pictures to share with the world of their graduate. One picture posted this week settled deep within my soul as I studied it not for its pomp and circumstance but for what it wasn’t; it wasn’t celebratory rather random and simple. This photograph was of a young man who … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Happiness is a Choice

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Karla's Korner: Happiness is a Choice Happiness is a Choice Throughout the past several days I have read numerous articles about happiness and joy. Carolyn Gregorie, writing contributor for The Huffington Post recently wrote that there is scientific proof that happiness is a choice. Citing that there are eight ways to take control of your own happiness, I found myself questioning her theory and wondering if it is truly possibly to choose to be happy. Posing the question to my panel of … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life

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Karla's Korner: Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life Setting Goals for a Fruitful Life American author and novelist Richelle Goodrich wrote "Goals are my north star. My compass. The map that guides me along the road I wish to travel. Goals are motivations with wind in their sails - they carry me forward despite the storms." Every once in a while I come across something that sticks in my head days after I read it; this was one of those things. Searching my mind for inspiration I take a break … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: My Sister….My Friend

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Karla's Korner: My Sister….My Friend My Sister….My Friend. Once in a while, quite often when it’s least expected, we meet someone who changes our lives and makes it better. As I sit down to write this article I am not in my usual writing spot. As a matter of fact, I am 450 miles away from my comfy chair sitting on the guest room floor of my brother and sister-in-loves home. The house is quiet and the Cincinnati sky is filled with sunlight, songbirds and a cool spring breeze that comforts my … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner – Reflections: Twenty-One Years

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Reflections Reflections: Twenty-One Years She came into this world on a Friday evening weighing just eight pounds. The first sound of her voice, a wailing cry, melted her momma’s heart; she waited for that melodic sound for nine long months. Their eyes met as she was gently placed on her mommas chest; a bond had been formed that in time would be tested but would overcome any and all adversity. It was Mother’s Day weekend, a first for both, one that would be the beginning of many more … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: An Airplane Conversation

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An Airplane Conversation An Airplane Conversation…… As I stumbled through the crowded airplane aisle trying to stuff my carry-on in the overhead compartment I spied my seat; 17B. It was there that I realized I was going to spend the next two hours sandwiched in between two strangers; one a young unshaven man with ear buds jammed in his ears and the other an older gentleman with white hair and a somber look upon his face. Tired, hungry and ready to be reunited with my husband and children I … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: The Fence

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The Fence The Fence: Taming our Tempers, Finding Forgiveness and Changing Our World one Nail at a time The following story came across my “inbox” this week and after having read it multiple times I felt compelled to share it this week. The Fence There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: A Love Letter

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A Love Letter Twenty-Six Years: A Love Letter They met while working at a small liberal arts college in August 1987; she was just 19 and he was 25. Both had known love before and both had lost. Drawn to one another from the beginning it seemed that their “chance” meetings became more frequent; less chance and more purpose. Small chats turned into long talks, weak knees, fluttering hearts and hopes that she would spot him on her walk to the campus post office. He was quiet and nervously … [Read more...]

Karla’s Korner: Ordinary Miracles of Life

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Ordinary Miracles of Life Embracing the Ordinary Miracles of Life…. Hans Christian Andersen wrote “The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.” Born in 1805, I am certain that Andersen’s every day ordinary things were quite different than those we have today, however, ordinary for him none the less. Thinking about the many ordinary things that occur every day in my own world I am reminded that quite often the ordinary is not ordinary at … [Read more...]