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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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

happy book lovers

Rosie, Holly, Jill, Me, and Maureen
Five of the 24 authors in "Still Me...After All These Years" presenting at Bookworks, our fabulous independent bookstore in Albuquerque.

 I told the story of how the anthology came to be.

Maureen talking about "Aging Into Orphanhood"

our very attentive audience

Holly telling how she's "Marking Time"

Jill discusses the "X" factor

Rosie hates gray - loves color!

We had a lively and inspiring discussion after the presentation with these lovely folks.

me showing the pic of me on the cover tap dancing at six years old 

Most of the folks attending bought the book, but for me, the most gratifying thing was women coming up to us to thank us for writing the book. They feel alone with their thoughts and concerns about aging and the essays in the book let them know they are not alone.

Makes me know that following my heart and writing what my heart and soul seem to want simply feels wonderful when you hear that you've touched someone else's heart with your words.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome. Sounds like a success all the way around. And cool you had so many of the authors there at the event.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen - well done, and obviously a fun workshop at the bookstore. I'm so glad your audience felt empowered to have the book with the essays - I'm sure you're on the right wave-length helping everyone write their stories. Congratulations ... cheers Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

That's awesome that 5 authors were able to be there. Glad you felt it was a success.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What a wonderful opportunity for all of the authors involved. Congrats.

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Alex. I was very pleased.
Hilary,thanks so much
Natalie, yes, after several that didn't go so well at retirement communities, it was nice.
Diane, yes, they did a great job

Patricia Stoltey said...

Looks like you had a nice turnout, Karen and gang....and I'll bet you had a fun time with the presentation.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

This looks like a great event...and you must have felt so good afterwards hearing what an impact your book has had so far!

Bish Denham said...

Ooo, sounds like you had some good dialogue. Hopefully the people who were there will spread the word!

Karen Walker said...

Pat, we did have a nice turnout -I'm tickled
Elizabeth - it was wonderful to hear
Yes, Bish, it was.

Stephanie Faris said...

YAY. This warms my heart! I love that you're getting such a great reception.

Nicola said...

How wonderful, Karen. I am sooooo happy for you and the writers, and happy that the readers had such a good time with you all. Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing. Thinking of you often. Take good care.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Karen

HOW WONDERFUL! SO happy that you had such a lovely experience at the bookstore. AND, how amazing to have FIVE authors there. LOOKS like it was quite the event.

I finally managed to pen out something for the WEP blog hop. It was therapeutic to write about my feelings of the journey on am on... The prompt is Bridges... and my piece is called INVISIBLE BRIDGES. Would love for you to read it when you get a chance, please drop by my blog.


Julie Flanders said...

Wow, what a fantastic event you had!! Made me smile so much to read through your post and see the wonderful pics of you and the other ladies. Congratulations on such a successful event - both in sales and in touching the lives of the women you met. Well done!

koi seo said...

I'm sure you're on the right wave-length helping everyone write their stories.