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Host, Creative Mornings Field Trip

By |2019-10-09T13:17:56-04:00November 1st, 2019||

From Karen's LifeKraft series ~ GIVE IT UP!: Quit What You’re Doing for What Wants to Be Doing You ABOUT THIS FIELDTRIP WORKSHOP We’re all born gifted and talented. It isn’t important when we follow our inner voice but that we follow it. Learning to trust ourselves is what much of this game of life is about. As we step [...]

Message in A Bottle – “Don’t Put Anything Off”

By |2019-09-16T11:47:27-04:00November 3rd, 2016|Life Arts|

"Don't put anything off," is the advice of a dear friend who recently lost his wife to cancer after a long battle. Together they had been grand patrons of art in my community. I pause to assess my life. It's rich with all that I hold dear - my marriage, family, singing, directing, coaching, traveling, gardening, reading, learning. Still, I [...]

On Integrity: Scaling Rocks, Rocking Scales

By |2019-09-12T18:56:53-04:00July 10th, 2016|Life Arts|

One of the first really conscious tastes I had of being fully aligned and integrated as a woman occurred during a wilderness training exercise when I was 39. I had opted into the challenge of scaling a 40-foot high rock face with many purchase points, both real and deceptive. Safely harnessed and belayed from below with lots of eyes on [...]

Seed Your Soul

By |2019-09-13T16:58:33-04:00June 13th, 2016|Life Arts|

If you search for your soul you won’t find it. Search for anything — power, talent, time, romance, riches, God — they will elude you. Instead evoke them. Call them forth. In the case of your soul — recall it and then seed it. Uncover who you already are. Bring forth who and what you already possess. Who you are at birth is given. There [...]

Leave Breadcrumbs

By |2019-09-15T16:22:13-04:00April 2nd, 2016|Life Arts|

I believe in breadcrumbs. Since the night I snuggled up to my Oma’s bosom to hear her read Hansel and Gretel for the first time, breadcrumbs have fueled my imagination. Haunted and yet mesmerized by this tale of witches and evil stepmothers, it was the breadcrumbs I remember most. And I began leaving them too. I didn’t do it consciously, but then neither did Hansel [...]

Money, Money, Money

By |2019-09-13T18:51:08-04:00February 1st, 2016|Life Arts|

Back in November, I was interviewed by Lizzie O'Leary, host of NPR's Marketplace Weekend who was querying different kinds of folks about their relationship to money, including me the artist. Our short chat was inspiring and has prompted more writing on the subject. Lizzie asked me to explain why I believe it isn't noble to be a broke artist. We have to [...]

Give Your Gift Before You Go

By |2019-09-15T16:01:47-04:00January 1st, 2016|Life Arts|

This New Year's morning, my man and I were talking about the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. And about how I have enough decades behind me now to weigh and measure. I've been here long enough to attend births, to steward some into their own becoming, and be with others at the doorway to their deaths. [...]

A Glorious School for the Heart

By |2019-09-12T18:33:45-04:00February 24th, 2014|Life Arts, Writing|

 "Nature is a glorious school for the heart! I shall be a scholar in this schooland bring an eager heart to her instruction. Here I shall learn wisdom, the only wisdom that is free from disgust; here I shall learn to know God and find a foretaste of heaven in His knowledge. Among these occupations my earthly days shall flow [...]

The Seed Within

By |2020-01-13T11:52:01-05:00January 4th, 2014|Life Arts|

Within us all there is a seed of resplendent life force. We artists feel it especially. This seed lies in its casing, a hard exterior shell.  We have to let the flowering take place. For an artist this is always a necessity...this having to bloom. We cannot help it. We can hinder it, prevent it, stifle it, go another way. It does not go [...]