Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


taken at Earlham College this weekend

In life I have been bullied, misunderstood, betrayed, heart-broken, appalled, disappointed and haunted. 

As well, I have been rescued, mentored, celebrated, healed, forgiven, inspired, lifted up, challenged and loved.

Oh, I have been loved.

All of this (isn't this the human condition?) has brought me to this very moment, where I take a deep breath, relax my shoulders and step into the very next moment. And the 59th year of my life. Filled with possibilities. Outstretched before me, just waiting for what comes next.

Come with me, dear readers? Everyday is a new beginning for each of us.


  1. Congratulations on this first day of your 59th. year in life!
    - Count your garden by the flowers
    Never by the leaves that fall
    Count your days by golden hours
    Don't remember clouds at all
    Count your nights by stars not shadows
    Count your life by smiles not tears
    And with joy on this your birthday
    Count your age by friend not years -

    Sending blessings, love and a big Dutch hug!


  2. Happy Birthday Karen! I hope you have a wonderful day spent doing the things you love to do. :-)

  3. Blessings on your special day and on your new year ahead.
    Look how far you've come just since your last birthday. Kind of makes the heart soar, yes???
    All my best wishes.

  4. Enjoy your new year, happy new year Karen.

  5. Happy Birthday, Karen! I gladly join you on your journeys. :)

  6. Happy birthday! I am turning 59 on the 29th. It's a wonderful time of year for a birthday. By the way, have you read The Nightingale? Absolutely wonderful book.