Kindred Spirits: Mary’s Story

Kindred Spirits: Mary’s Story

I met Kara when I was 14. She and Jason had moved to town to take a job as the youth director at my church. My home church was not the easiest to jump in to; long lines of family ties had sewn us together, and breaking into that proved to be difficult. But I didn’t realize this until Kara told me years later—it had seemed so natural to her! She had immediately jumped in, befriending and loving us angsty teens. I remember chatting with my girlfriends about Kara—how we thought she was funny and so different. She was straight-forward and fun in ways that our small southern town wasn't. We laughed when she didn't understand the rules, but it ended up being one of my favorite parts of who she was.

Kara's Collection: What about Bob?

Kara's Collection: What about Bob?

From an article originally posted December 11, 2012…

Who remembers the Bill Murray movie, What About Bob? Remember the scene where Bob is tied to the mast of the sailboat and he keeps screaming, I’M SAILING! I felt like that yesterday. All day I kept thinking, I’M CLEANING! I’M DRIVING! I’M IN TARGET! I know it sounds ridiculous, and I certainly had opportunity to do some of these things along this journey, but with each new day I feel such gratitude for the ability to do more, and a greater gratitude that I don’t have to go back into the chemo room again.

Sit Down Next to Me and Let’s Talk About the Playlist

Sit Down Next to Me and Let’s Talk About the Playlist

A guest post by Don Morgan

So, several people have expressed interest in the playlist I created for Kara’s book release party, as mentioned in my previous guest blog. At Blythe’s request, I have posted said playlist below—but first a few disclaimers:

Kara asked me to put the playlist together at the last minute. All of the songs are from my own iTunes library—hence the embarrassing preponderance of 1980s artists. Given more time to think and prepare, I probably would have made some different and more varied selections.