Karla’s Korner: Dancing Through the Storm

Dancing Through the Storm

Karla's Korner: Dancing Through the Storm Dancing Through the Storm….. Growing up on a farm provided me with a lot of life lessons. I may look like a “city girl” now, but I still have country roots that keep me grounded in those lessons learned. While the main element of our small farm was poultry there were plenty of other animals to take care of. One of my favorite times of the year was when the momma hogs would deliver their piglets; lots and lots of piglets. We also had cows (one for ...

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Karla’s Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections

Karla's Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections

Karla's Korner: Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections Scars, Scuff Marks and Imperfections As a preschool teacher I am constantly wiping things; faces, noses, hands, bottoms. In my arsenal of wiping tools I have a magic eraser. As I stood over the bright yellow table in my room the other day scrubbing black crayon marks left behind by an enthusiastic three year old who missed the paper a time or two, I found myself thinking about how easy the eraser makes it to remove the crayon and restore ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Promise of Spring

The Promise of Spring

Karla's Korner: The Promise of Spring The Promise of Spring….. There’s something magical about the arrival of spring. The harshness of winter seems to wear on our emotions; quite often the “winter blues” set in and we buckle under the cold dismal heaviness of darker days, clouds and precipitation. And when we think we can’t bear it any longer the time changes (if you live in a state that participates in daylight saving time) and the sun begins to thaw the cold hard ground and often our ...

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Karla’s Korner: Write On

write on

Write On…. It was my husband’s birthday this week and a large envelope arrived in the mailbox; it was from his sister Diane. Intrigued he carefully opened it to discover four children’s birthday cards, one for each of a child’s first four birthdays. A bit confused he opened the first one and read the following words: “To our darling little David. From Mummy, Daddy & Diane. 28/2/64. With tears filling his eyes he shared these treasures with me; I choked back a flood of emotions knowing ...

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Karla’s Korner – Being Vulnerable: Living with Our Hearts Wide Open

Hearts Wide Open

Being Vulnerable: Living with our hearts wide open This week it seemed as if my inbox, social media newsfeed and conversations were filled with the idea that vulnerability is a good thing. As much as I tried to shove this topic aside, I finally gave in and took a dive deep into thought, prayer, conversation and little online research. What I found was a wealth of information that not only clarified but solidified the idea that vulnerability, while complex is a necessary element of life. I ...

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Karla’s Korner: Picture Perfect Memories

Making picture perfect memories

Picture Perfect Memories… They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s the case, I probably have several hundred thousand words stored on my computer. When my children were first born, I had the camera nearby all of the time. As they got older, it seemed that the camera stayed put more often and only came out on special occasions. As they approached adolescence I was not quite sure where the camera was. Now that they are practically grown, I find myself trying to capture their ...

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Karla’s Korner: Love Beyond the Valentine

love

Love Beyond the Valentine…. Love, defined by the Webster online dictionary is “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person; an attraction that includes physical desire or the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship.” I’ve also heard love referred to as a verb, an action or way of behavior. It’s no secret that I am head over heels in love with my husband David. He is my heart, soul and the love of my life. Our love is just that, it’s ours and completely ...

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Karla’s Korner: Oh Joy!

joy

Oh Joy! On Thursday this week I sent a text to a friend (extended family member) wishing her a happy birthday. Her response left me a bit sad and humbled “Thanks! I have two funerals to go to today for young friends so I am very happy to be celebrating LIFE!” My heart grew heavy for her knowing that on a day of great celebration for her she would be remembering the life of two people who are special to her. As I checked in on another friend whose granddaughter awaits pathology reports from a ...

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Karla’s Korner: Living Intentionally

happiness

Living Intentionally… Searching for something to pass the time while on the exercise bike this week I discovered the documentary “Happy”. This film takes the viewer on a rather intriguing journey from the swamps of Louisiana to Kolkata India interviewing people who have found happiness. What I found interesting is that happiness is defined in many different ways by many different people, yet all claim to be happy. Following what many would consider an extremely poor man in Kolkata as he wakes ...

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Karla’s Korner: Hum a Little

share a smile

Karla's Korner: Hum a Little Hum a little….. She stands a little over five feet tall, has long dark hair flowing down her petite shoulders, wears glasses and is humming every time I see her. I don’t know her name but every time I shop at the local K-Mart I find myself trying to get in her checkout lane. Like most folks I find holiday shopping exhausting. The crowds of people pushing and shoving their way through stores searching for the “perfect” gift takes a toll on me. I’m not a fan of ...

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