Karen & Kurt 
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Mother's Day - or not

Posted by karenandkurt on May 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM Comments comments (1)

So let me tell you about my Mother’s Day:


My mom lives in Florida, so I can't celebrate with her. Cards, phone calls and a box of chocolate covered fruit delivered a day late have to suffice.


My husband’s family are truly lovely people and I am fortunate to share holidays with them.  But celebrating with them makes me very aware that I am not with my family. My sister also celebrates with her husband’s family, so I don’t get t...

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Ten Years

Posted by karenandkurt on May 2, 2011 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (2)

For two months I have been trying to find the time – and headspace – to write about post-surgery. I’ve thought about blogs on Lilly & Marshall from How I Met Your Mother and today’s news of Osama bin Laden’s death continues to compete with anything I had planned.


So, I’ll work backward from one and save the other for later.


Kurt and I ...

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Surgery, Monday Feb. 28

Posted by karenandkurt on February 27, 2011 at 10:11 PM Comments comments (1)

I have surgery on Monday, Feb. 28. For most of you reading this, that's today. I'll be in the hopsital until Tuesday and I plan to be home for the next two weeks. Emails, FaceBook, Second Life, phone calls are great. I'm not sure I'll be ready for visitors until next week, so please call me ahead if you want to stop by.

Thank you, everyone, for your thoughtful comments and well-wishes and prayers. You have bouyed me up during this storm, and the hurricane is not over yet.

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The Rock and the Hard Place

Posted by karenandkurt on February 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (5)

I am waiting for a phone call. It’s not one I want to get but one I have to get. Basically, at some point today one of my surgeon’s schedulers will call and tell me what day I will have a mastectomy. Or breast replacement surgery as I wryly think of it when I’m not pondering the absurdity of this.


The only way to get rid of the DCIS, to become, as the phrase is, “cancer-free,” is to remove my breast. In other words, to save the village we must ...

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Crowd Control

Posted by karenandkurt on January 26, 2011 at 8:02 PM Comments comments (4)

I put my pajamas on and went to bed at 1 p.m. today – or Wednesday, January 26, 2011, since you’re reading this sometime after today. It’s taken me five hours to start typing about why, though.


I’m 38-years-old (which several medical professionals have recently told me is very young) and I’m dealing with DCIS. The Latin letters translate to “duct cancer in place&#...

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A crazy man's rhetoric

Posted by karenandkurt on January 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM Comments comments (0)
“Rhetoric is the art of using language to communicate effectively and persuasively. It involves three audience appeals: logos, pathos, and ethos, as well as the five canons of rhetoric: invention or discovery, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery. Along with grammar and logic or dialectic, rhetoric is one of the three ancient arts of discourse. From ancient Greece to the late 19th Century, it was a central part of Western education, filling the need to train public speakers...
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Owning this message...

Posted by karenandkurt on December 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM Comments comments (12)

In media, public relations and crisis management we talk about “owning the message.” You present your information first in the way you want it known – and usually, present it clearly, concisely and show that you have control of the situation. If you don’t own your own message, other people and agencies will be happy to own it for you. And they most likely don’t have your viewpoint or well-being at interest.


As a media person, I have had to thin...

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Seeking Julia

Posted by karenandkurt on August 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM Comments comments (0)

Two Thursdays ago I remembered the tale of Sleeping Beauty: A beautiful young woman was enchanted as a child by a wicked fairy who had been denied an invitation to her baptism. The child, the wicked fairy declared, would not live to see her adulthood. Instead, on the cusp of it she would prick her finger on a spindle used for spinning flax into thread and die in her mother’s house. Horrified, the queen begged the other fairies present for help and one stepped forward, quickly spinning a...

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Zoom-zoom with style

Posted by karenandkurt on July 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the House on Misty Lake, brought to you by a shiny red PT Cruiser!


Last week Kurt and I bought a new car for me, a bright red 2009 PT Cruiser. The wonderful Saturn SE 3-door coup was starting to show its age and presented us with the options of a bunch of money to tune up/replace tires/repair whatever kept that darn dashboard light coming on and an oil change or decide it was time for a new car. After debate (“I’m not sure I’m ready for a ne...

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Punching people for fun: The Martian buys a Routan

Posted by karenandkurt on July 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s been a while since I’ve written, I know. Life gets busy. Last weekend was Kurt’s cousin’s graduation; one of the two sisters who played violin for our wedding.  Weekend before that was Scott Hargrove’s annual 4th of July party. In between I’ve canned two sets of pickles, summer and winter, and five jars of Kurt’s homemade salsa from our garden. I plan to start freezing some of what we get from the CSA soon. We are in the process of writing o...

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