Welcome to Following the Whispers blog

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Launching "Following the Whispers"

On Friday night, February 20, I stood in front of 50 or so people, mostly family and friends, and shared my story of writing and publishing "Following the Whispers." As I started to speak, feeling anxious, I felt flooded with a loving energy and my nervousness evaporated. I felt so comfortable in front of the room. All the work I've done over the years to overcome self-doubt and improve self-esteem culminated in that moment and it was as if I stepped into the person I was meant to become. It was magical.

A few years ago, my sister of the heart, Clara, and I, stood in a bookstore in Portland, Oregon and visualized the book I was writing on the shelf. Seeing the bookstore manager at Page One bookstore place my book on the shelf that night was a dream come true and my heart just about leapt out of my chest with joy.

Blessings and love,
Karen
www.followingthewhispers.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Teaching an old dog new tricks

I thought the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks was true until Aunt Charlotte called me Saturday morning. Aunt Charlotte is 93 years old, weighs more than 300 pounds and is a stubborn, tough, Hungarian Jew. I've known her my entire life and have never heard her say she's wrong. She didn't speak to her own brother for 20 years, because he slighted or insulted her in some way.

First, she asked if I would please send her another copy of my memoir. "My nieces grew up with an alcoholic mother," she said, "and your book might help them." Then she blew away that old adage. "I haven't spoken to one of my nieces because she never calls me, "Aunt Charlotte said. "But I'm wrong. I'm going to write her a letter and tell her how much I love her and want her in my life."

As I put the telephone down I told my husband, Gary, that my book was already successful, no matter how many copies are sold. My intention was to inspire others to look inside themselves to heal, and my 93-year-old aunt did just that.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Following the Whispers is here!

Wow! After 10 years, my memoir, "Following the Whispers" is available for sale. Please visit my website: www.followingthewhispers.com. I can hardly breathe, I'm so excited.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Following the Whispers update

The books are almost here. I'm hoping they will be available for purchase on my website: www.followingthewhispers.com as well as Amazon and other distributors within the next two weeks. I can't wait to hold one in my hands. A 10-year-long dream is about to be realized.