Karla’s Korner: An Airplane Conversation


An Airplane ConversationAn 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 ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Fence

The Fence

The FenceThe 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 ...

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Karla’s Korner: A Love Letter


A Love LetterTwenty-Six Years: A Love LetterThey 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 ...

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Karla’s Korner: Ordinary Miracles of Life


Ordinary Miracles of LifeEmbracing 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 ...

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Karla’s Korner: On Being Positive

Being Positive

On Being PositiveOn Being Positive: Turning I can’t into I can…. He was just a normal middle school boy full of energy and mischief; his red hair adding to his unique country boy personality. His name is Bruce. Life for him, for all of us was pretty normal; as normal as life could be in a small farming community in rural Virginia. Summers were spent working on the farm with our families. Vacations were few and far between, because farm life never stops. The cows still produce milk, the ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Persistence


The Importance of PersistenceThe Importance of Persistence…. It’s March and that means it is a pretty serious time for college basketball. Being the parent of a college student I find myself drawn to games that involve my daughter’s college team but do not really follow college sports as closely as my husband or other family and friends do. As those around me pick their favorites, fill out brackets and sneak peeks at smart phones, televisions or games streamed online during the middle of ...

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Karla’s Korner: Facing Life’s Obstacles

Happy little girl

Facing Life’s ObstaclesFacing Life’s Obstacles: Lessons Learned From a Little Girl…. Every afternoon around 4:30 p.m. she begins her ritual. Always dressed in pink workout gear, sneakers and a headset, and her long black hair falling loosely down her back she runs up and down the hill by my house time after time. This ritual began many months ago; first just a few trips up and back and now many more. By the looks of it she will continue this process for quite some time. I don’t know her. I ...

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Karla’s Korner: Learn to Love Yourself

Learn to Love Yourself

Learn to Love YourselfLearn to Love Yourself Right Now. One of my favorite spots in my house is the chair by my bed. The nearby window allows the morning sun to shine through and the moonbeams to peek through the shades in the dark of night; and if I’m lucky I will experience both the sun and moon each day giving me a beautiful beginning and end to each day. As much as I enjoy my time in my special spot I have not always taken the time to do so. For so many years I filled my time with tasks ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Power of a Hug

the power of hugs

The Power of a HugThe Power of a Hug: The Perfect Expression of Love, Affection and Acceptance. It’s Saturday morning, the sun begins to rise as I sit in the quiet of my home with my little family still tucked in their beds. The past six weeks or so have been incredibly draining on my emotions as I have watched my daughter struggle with an undiagnosed illness. Multiple trips to the ER, doctor’s appointments and sleepless nights of worry have caught up with me as I struggle with the fact ...

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Karla’s Korner: The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of Relationships

The Importance of RelationshipsThe Patchwork Quilt of Our Lives: Combining the Past With the Present to Make Our Future.Hunkering down in an overstuffed chair to write, I caught a glimpse of two framed photographs sitting on the table in my living room. Two simple wooden frames containing photographs of me and a friend sit side by side to remind me of time spent together. To some these pictures are ordinary, but to me each one represents a very important piece of my life. As I stare at ...

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