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

Friday, July 29, 2011


If you'd like to win a signed copy of my memoir, Following the Whispers, please leave a comment and please give me your email address, too.

Today, we are auditioning an "understudy" for Sugartime. Who could believe we've gotten to a place where we can't cancel a gig because someone is sick or can't make it. We need to show up. I never could have imagined when I broke my ankle in January/2006 and started taking singing lessons that I'd end up here. But it sure is a blast.

Did I tell you we're singing at the State Fair?



Manzanita said...

Oh what fun you are having. If I lived closer, I'd audition for Sugartime. Ha


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The State Fair? That's really cool, Karen!

Sue R (Lauracea) said...

Good luck with finding an understudy and the gig. What a wonderful life you lead :)
Knew I should've been born in the States LOL.

GigglesandGuns said...

Great success at the State Fair!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Wish I could see you at the fair! New Mexico's state fair was one of the best.

Karen Walker said...

Manzanita, wouldn't that be fun!
Alex, yeah, I think so, too!
Sue R, so odd to hear that about my life - but it's true - now.
GigglesandGuns, me, too.
Diane, why don't you come visit?

Siv Maria said...

What fun it will be singing at the state fair! Good luck :) You know I would love to read your book and whether I get a signed copy or not I am still going to read it! Have a great week-end :)


Suze said...

I already have o-o-o-o-o-one, (she sings.)

Karen Walker said...

Oh, Siv, thank you...
Suze, I knowwwwwww(she sings back)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Have fun at the state fair. Geez, I'd love to audition for your group, but that commute would kill me.

af4fo AT aol.com

Claudia Moser said...

What a lovely idea! But since I have a copy, I wish all the luck to the others! And I wish I could listen to you!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats on all your successes: your blog, your book, your giveaway, your blog tour, your musical group! I wish I lived nearby, I'd audition!

Karen Walker said...

Susan, that would be so cool!
Claudia, we're working on getting a video onto the blog and Youtube.
Mary, thank you

Sharon Lippincott said...

The State Fair - whoopee! How I'd love to see the ways it's changed in the fifty some years since I was last there. I recall the earthy stench of the livestock area, row after row of breads, pies, and other baked goods arrayed on tables, tantalizing in their perfection and unavailability for tasting, garments and crafts proudly displayed in the textile area, and cases of rocks (including radium that glowed eerily in a black box). Best of all were the savory aromas from the food concessions: tacos, hotdogs, hamburgers, chili, ice cream ... The rides capped off the day. Surely they were surely simpler then: a big ferris wheel and a smaller one for little kids, a wimpy roller coaster, some whirly things, a merry-go-round, kiddy cars, and bumper cars. There might have been entertainment, but with our two hour drive back to Los Alamos, we kept busy moving around.

Have a ball!

The Old Silly said...

Awesome! You're just having TOOOOO much fun, Karen!

Marvin D Wilson

Michelle Fayard said...

I've just gotten to the part in your book about your singing lessons, so this post was particularly apropos!

Karen Walker said...

Sharon, sounds like it's still very much the same. Wish you could come!
Old Silly, welcome back -
Michelle, oh yes

Helen Ginger said...

Yay, Karen! The State Fair, huh? When?

Karen Walker said...

September 14 at 1:30 pm

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