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Karla’s Korner: Removing the Chains

Karla’s Korner: Removing the Chains

Karla's Korner: Removing the Chains

Born in the wild, captured and chained to a trailer for over twenty years ago mountain lion Mufasa was forced to perform in an illegal circus his entire life. With a heavy harness strapped around his body, chained to the back of a pick-up truck amongst piles of rusty circus equipment for 20 years Mufasa endured a life of misery. Although the Peruvian government banned circuses from using wild animals in their performances Mufasa remained chained and neglected. Recently Animal Defenders International (ADI) diligently worked to rescue Mufasa and after a lengthy standoff with circus officials he was released back into the wild to a protected wildlife reserve nestled in a secluded area of Peru. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: There’s No Place Like Home

Karla’s Korner: There’s No Place Like Home

Karla's Korner: There’s No Place Like Home

There’s No Place Like Home….

In 2010 Miranda Lambert released “The House that Built Me” a song about wanting to go back to a childhood home wishing one last visit to re-live or share the stories and memories that were created in that old house. The singer shares memories of where her dog was buried, the little room she did her homework in and much more. The idea of going home, to remember or possibly re-live some of those memories, a walk down memory lane if you will, seemed appealing as if going back made life better. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Life and Legacies

Karla’s Korner: Life and Legacies

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Life and Legacies

Author and missionary Steve Saint one wrote “Your story is the greatest legacy that you will leave to your friends. It’s the longest lasting legacy you will leave to your heirs.” and famed poet and avid gardener Ray Bradbury wrote “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies….it doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away”. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Seeking Balance

Karla’s Korner: Seeking Balance

Karla's Korner: Seeking Balance

Seeking Balance

Every once in a while I find myself in need of pulling out my proverbial “soap box; it’s every once in a while. For those who follow my writing know that I made a significant lifestyle change 23 months ago. That lifestyle change I believe saved my life and made me a better person physically and spiritually. Losing nearly 100 pounds in those 23 months has been nothing short of hard work, sacrifice and digging deep within my soul finding a degree of mental toughness that I didn’t know I had. Knowing that this lifestyle change is not just about weight loss but rather a combination of work that involves the mind, body and soul it is I believe necessary to acknowledge that there are sometimes adverse effects of that weight loss. Those adverse effects, I believe, are outweighed by the positive effects brought on by physical weight loss. Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Can’t Never Done Nothin’

Karla’s Korner: Can’t Never Done Nothin’

Karla's Korner: Can’t Never Done Nothin’

Can’t Never Done Nothin’

She’s three years old, and cute as a button. Every morning she walks in dragging her bigger than her backpack and exclaims “I can’t do it Ms. Karla” as she stands glaring at the hook on the wall; the place where her backpack belongs. “Try” I tell her, “use both hands, one on the bottom one on the top”. “I just can’t Ms. Karla, please help me.” Continuing to encourage her I insist that she try and up until this past week I’ve had to give a little boost and help her reach the hook. Even after I assist I thank her for trying and tell her that she CAN and WILL do it soon because she’s growing up and getting stronger. This week, for the first time, she struggled but was able to hang her backpack on her hook all by herself. “I did it Ms. Karla I did it all by myself…I’m a big girl now!” Sweet success.Continue reading

Karla’s Korner: Leaf Moments

Karla’s Korner: Leaf Moments

Karla's Korner: Leaf Moments

Leaf Moments….

Sometimes our greatest lessons come from the unlikeliest of places. Sometimes when we least expect it we find ourselves seeing through an ordinary event in an extraordinary way; almost as if we’ve adjusted the lenses of our life’s looking glass. Finding myself learning lessons on a pretty regular basis this week was no different. Deciding to pitch in and help my son with a little yard work while the husband is away, I offered to use the leaf blower. Leaf blowing is not something I do often but thought I would give it a try; be a team player if you will. It seems as if all of the sudden there are leaves everywhere and while I realize that Fall is upon us the leaves have fallen rather quickly this year I think. Continue reading