Karla’s Korner: Who Needs Labels?

Karla's Korner: Who Needs Labels?

Karla's Korner: Who Needs Labels?Who Needs Labels? When my son was little he would insist that I remove the tags from his shirts. “They itchy” he would complain until I removed them. Those tags or labels bothered him to the point where at that moment nothing else mattered. I remember when he was maybe five he asked me to remove a label at which point I asked “what if I want to give your shirts to someone else after you grow out of them and don’t know what size they are?” Looking at me as if ...

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Karla’s Korner – Don’t Hide: Lessons From A Skunk

Karla's Korner

Karla's Korner - Don’t Hide: Lessons From A SkunkDon’t Hide: Lessons From A Skunk…Sometimes in the midst of an ordinary day a blessing pops up or a reminder that makes one stop, re-focus and remember not only our own relevance and place in this big world but that of others as well. This week I found that message in a children's book as I read to my preschoolers. It's the story of a skunk, Sassafras, who avoided others because he was different. Poppy, the wise old skunk shared his ...

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Karla’s Korner: Step Stool Moments


Karla's Korner: Step Stool MomentsIn September 2007 country music singer Kenny Chesney released his hit song “Don’t Blink”. The song revolves around a television interview of an elderly gentleman sharing his secret to life; what he believes is an important life lesson. “Don’t blink, just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and you’re 25…..” The song goes on to include thoughts of how quickly our children grow up and how we should pay attention to those growing ...

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Karla’s Korner: Soul Food

Karla's Korner: Soul Food

Karla's Korner: Soul FoodSoul Food…..A soul is defined as the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body. The soul is our energy force, the thing that we see when we take time to really notice someone; it is I believe what makes us beautiful. It is the soul that reflects our energy, happiness and is the “light” that we shine on the world around us. ...

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Karla’s Korner: Digging for Treasure

Karla's Korner: Digging for Treasure

Karla's Korner: Digging for TreasureDigging for Treasure…A treasure is defined as “a concentration of riches, often one which is considered lost or forgotten until it’s rediscovered.” Quite often when we speak of a treasure we refer to material objects such as precious metals and gems often accompanied by a treasure map with “X” marking the spot. In searching for various definitions of the word treasure I stumbled upon a beautiful poem titled “What Is Treasure” (written by T. Lee). In ...

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Karla’s Korner: Lessons from the Beach

Lessons from the Beach

Karla's Korner: Lessons from the BeachLessons from the Beach…..As I sit down to write this week I find myself curled up in the corner of a hotel suite sofa with the sun setting on my final night of vacation; Myrtle Beach has been good to us. Having spent the last several days “tooling around” town with my husband taking in the local flavor I wanted to share a few lessons I’ve learned from our beach experience: ...

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Karla’s Korner: Choosing Happiness

Choosing Happiness

Karla's Korner: Choosing HappinessChoosing HappinessSaturday morning 7:30 a.m. I find myself standing outside on my deck wearing a t-shirt, athletic shorts and barefoot. The rain is gently falling down around me splattering in the small puddles at my feet. Having been awaken by the heavy rains in the night I gather that the gentle drops falling now are the leftovers of the night’s storms leaving behind refreshed earth and all that lingers in the tree tops and bushes. Life at this point ...

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Karla’s Korner: Life and Lemon Crackers

Karla's Korner: Life and Lemon Crackers

Karla's Korner: Life and Lemon CrackersLife and Lemon Crackers…My grandmother used to make lemon crackers when I was a young girl. Not really a cracker, more like a round lemon shortbread cookie with little holes from the tines of a fork pressed gently into the top of each one, she made these delicacies several times a year. At the time I had no idea just what an tedious process it was to make these tasty treats; I always thought it was just another cookie. While the ingredients were ...

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Karla’s Korner: Opens Minds…Open Hearts

Open Minds..Open Hearts

Karla's Korner: Opens Minds…Open HeartsOpens Minds…Open HeartsAuthor Steve Aitchison once wrote “Open minded people do not impose their beliefs on others. They accept that we all have a different perspective on life and do their own thing in peace without judgement.” Having read this particular quote several times this week as it circulated on social media in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide I pondered what it ...

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Karla’s Korner: A Letter to the Joneses

Karla's Korner: A Letter to the Joneses

Karla's Korner: A Letter to the JonesesA Letter to the Joneses….We all know that one family who somehow manages to make life seem perfect. Social media is saturated with pictures of exotic vacations, kids perfect grades, new cars, houses, lavish shopping trips; the list is endless. And if we admit it we have all found ourselves feeling a bit envious and try to keep up with them from time to time; they are the “Joneses”. Having had several conversations about “The Joneses” recently and ...

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