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 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!


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


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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Karla’s Korner: The Reality of Judgment


The Reality of Judgment The Reality of Judgment: Fear of Being Different Walking into the local grocery store I follow a twenty-something young woman dressed in a leather jacket and knit hat. It’s winter and I find myself wishing I could pull off wearing a hat like that; maybe I could. Walking past the deli I notice a familiar face and as I prepare to smile and acknowledge the acquaintance and her husband I nearly stop in my tracks as the rolls her eyes, gets her husband’s attention, points ...

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Karla’s Korner: Finding Victory in Struggle

victory in struggle

Karla's Korner: Finding Victory in Struggle Finding Victory in Struggle English American author and political activist Thomas Paine wrote: “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.” In 2014 Kayla Montgomery clinched the North Carolina high school state title in the 3,200-meter race ...

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