Essay

Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

It's been 16 months --almost the duration of two full-term-pregnancies--since I left the blogosphere. It's been an Beyond the Looking Glass wild kind of adventure. Please forgive my mysterious non-disclosure about the details behind my disappearance. I'm keeping them quiet for 2 reasons: It's too freshly painful to recount sensibly and sensitively--memoir needs a lens of distance to achieve objectivity; And more… Continue reading Hello world, I’m back; I’ve changed.

The Way I Was

B is for Breath: living well, despite everything

This series is an alphabetical exploration of 26 options for living well, despite everything. It answers the question-- How can a person live well with an unsolvable, unfixable problem?  B is for Breath! Breath--the inspiration of oxygen and exhalation of toxins--performs marvelous healing work in the body and for the soul. Breathing is natural. Babies do it… Continue reading B is for Breath: living well, despite everything

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5 Positive Reactions to a Major Life Shake-up

See the problem as an impetus for change; Consider what it means to live your best life, then assess whether you are, right now, living the life you always wanted; Forsake playing-it-safe, because you suddenly understand that being conventional, so you can have financial security, is not what you want--you want to share deeply of your… Continue reading 5 Positive Reactions to a Major Life Shake-up

Tracy Lee Karner
Poetry

Easter Morning

I've been told that repeating the same ritual twice makes it a tradition. Today we visited Conimicut Point in Rhode Island, making it our new tradition to spend Easter listening to the crash of waves. Here's the poem I wrote when we spent Easter morning in Rockport, Massachusetts. Toward Daylight We face the sun we cannot… Continue reading Easter Morning

Photo by Ken Gallager
The Way I Was

If Chronic Pain is a Journey, then Hope must be North

The Appalachian Trail, a hiking path from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, over two-thousand miles long, is like chronic pain. They both go on and on until they become grueling. Strangely, oodles of people have chosen, of their own free will, to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Their stories inspire thousands… Continue reading If Chronic Pain is a Journey, then Hope must be North

photo by Tracy Lee Karner
The Way I Was

I’m color blind, and 9 other random things about me

I adore a gentle breeze, a nice little hair-ruffling tickle, especially on a warm day, with butterflies flitting around in the wild flowers. The audiologist who tested me said I hear like superwoman. Don’t whisper if I’m in the same auditorium--I just might understand every word. My preferences are wide-ranging and quirky. I (and two… Continue reading I’m color blind, and 9 other random things about me

Tracy Lee Karner
The Way I Was

Smiles–when you can’t muster them, make them!

There are days when the absolute last thing I want to hear from a perky person is, "Cheer up." When I don't feel like smiling, I really don't feel like smiling.When life is going the wrong way (meaning it's going a different direction or a different speed from the way I want it to go)… Continue reading Smiles–when you can’t muster them, make them!