I met John Emile Bouchard in church youth group in the early ’70s. I was 14 and he was 16. We were friends, but weren’t sweet on each other until after he joined the Navy at 17. In boot camp and on various ships, he kept my picture taped above his bunk. Continue reading “How I Met the Man of My Dreams (Twice)”
My dad had emergency surgery 40 days ago. He is still really sick. Sometimes the doctors tell us he is dying, sometimes they tell us he will pull through. My sisters are really great at doing medical research on the internet and telling the hospital staff how they should be doing their jobs. Actually, sometimes my sisters come up with pretty impressive stuff, like music that stimulates the brain, aromatherapy, a Continue reading “How Precious Are You, Really?”
Want to hear Karen speak in your town? Great! In fact, you can help make it happen. Let’s start by getting one of Karen’s books and a Speaking Information Packet to whoever is in charge of planning events for your church, company, or community. (Who knows? Maybe it’s you!)
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I think I’ve finally come up with a surefire way to actually follow through with the New Year’s resolutions I make this year. Best yet, I’m going to share my secret with you. In fact, by following my instructions, you, too, can wow your friends in April by Continue reading “The Secret to Foolproof New Year’s Resolutions”
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I say it starts with a trip to the bathroom. Or maybe a visit to the ATM.
The other thing that can launch a journey of that magnitude is an epiphany.
I had that kind of moment recently. I was sitting at my desk with a computer mouse in one hand and a box of Lucky Charms in Continue reading “Hungry for Change? Hope for Emotional Eating”
My children have attached their holiday wish lists to the refrigerator. Actually, I have to lift the lists to find the refrigerator.
A lot of us parents complain that, when it comes to the holidays, our kids want too much. Unfortunately, the same can often be said for you and me. Continue reading “Are you longing for “The Perfect Christmas”? Well, stop it.”
What comes to mind when you think the holidays? Food, for starters. We put away generous servings of everything from sweet potatoes to snowman-shaped cookies with globs of frosting. But oftentimes the family part is the hardest. You may fortunate enough to have a Norman Rockwell family complete with scores of smiling relatives at your table and Continue reading “Craving Connection”
I hate to break the news to you, but grudges make really lousy pets.
For starters, they grow WAY too fast. Give them a little TLC and they quickly become too big to keep comfortably in the average-sized suburban home. When furious family members start glaring at each other and snarling, “This house isn’t big enough for the both of us!” what they’re really saying is “the three of us.” The real problem is the Continue reading “You Can’t Snuggle with a 4000-Pound Gorilla”
I can honestly say I have GREAT habits that are empowering me to succeed at all my goals. This happened the moment I decided I actually WANT to be overdrawn, overweight, and overwhelmed by household clutter.
Hey, don’t laugh. Why CAN’T these be my goals? After all, when we’re not willing to change our habits to match our goals, why not pick goals that match our habits? Voila! Instant Success? Hmmmm. So why am I not celebrating?