Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : child abuse 
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messag...
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Bullies and a Change of Heart

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Bullies 
I enjoyed my monthly lunch with my sister, Amy, yesterday. It is always pleasant to revisit our past and to look at the things our adult children have accomplished, the challenges they have overcome and to champion them on as they continue to face obstacles in their lives. I had the privilege of meeting Amy's new puppy, Tytan. He promises to provide future fodder for my column "Out of the Ark." 
  

Amy is older than me by five years. I have always depended on her counsel. When we were growing u...
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Good News and Bad Bugs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Kurtis 
I received word today that the author's copies of the new edition of the God Makes Lemonade books will be delivered anyday. My contribution to this book "The Little Biker That Could," was my first attempt at writing. It has been a long wait getting it published. It is a delightful story about Tom, a wonderful physical therapist, teaching my son, Kurtis, to ride a bicycle. Kurtis essentially only has one functional leg and teaching him to ride was no simple task. I hope to be able to take Kurt...
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Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
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Validations

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : health 
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
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Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : child abuse 
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messag...
Continue reading ...
 

Bullies and a Change of Heart

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Bullies 
I enjoyed my monthly lunch with my sister, Amy, yesterday. It is always pleasant to revisit our past and to look at the things our adult children have accomplished, the challenges they have overcome and to champion them on as they continue to face obstacles in their lives. I had the privilege of meeting Amy's new puppy, Tytan. He promises to provide future fodder for my column "Out of the Ark." 
  

Amy is older than me by five years. I have always depended on her counsel. When we were growing u...
Continue reading ...
 

Good News and Bad Bugs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Kurtis 
I received word today that the author's copies of the new edition of the God Makes Lemonade books will be delivered anyday. My contribution to this book "The Little Biker That Could," was my first attempt at writing. It has been a long wait getting it published. It is a delightful story about Tom, a wonderful physical therapist, teaching my son, Kurtis, to ride a bicycle. Kurtis essentially only has one functional leg and teaching him to ride was no simple task. I hope to be able to take Kurt...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Validations

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : health 
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : child abuse 
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messag...
Continue reading ...
 

Bullies and a Change of Heart

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Bullies 
I enjoyed my monthly lunch with my sister, Amy, yesterday. It is always pleasant to revisit our past and to look at the things our adult children have accomplished, the challenges they have overcome and to champion them on as they continue to face obstacles in their lives. I had the privilege of meeting Amy's new puppy, Tytan. He promises to provide future fodder for my column "Out of the Ark." 
  

Amy is older than me by five years. I have always depended on her counsel. When we were growing u...
Continue reading ...
 

Good News and Bad Bugs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Kurtis 
I received word today that the author's copies of the new edition of the God Makes Lemonade books will be delivered anyday. My contribution to this book "The Little Biker That Could," was my first attempt at writing. It has been a long wait getting it published. It is a delightful story about Tom, a wonderful physical therapist, teaching my son, Kurtis, to ride a bicycle. Kurtis essentially only has one functional leg and teaching him to ride was no simple task. I hope to be able to take Kurt...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Validations

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : health 
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : child abuse 
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messag...
Continue reading ...
 

Bullies and a Change of Heart

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Bullies 
I enjoyed my monthly lunch with my sister, Amy, yesterday. It is always pleasant to revisit our past and to look at the things our adult children have accomplished, the challenges they have overcome and to champion them on as they continue to face obstacles in their lives. I had the privilege of meeting Amy's new puppy, Tytan. He promises to provide future fodder for my column "Out of the Ark." 
  

Amy is older than me by five years. I have always depended on her counsel. When we were growing u...
Continue reading ...
 

Good News and Bad Bugs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Kurtis 
I received word today that the author's copies of the new edition of the God Makes Lemonade books will be delivered anyday. My contribution to this book "The Little Biker That Could," was my first attempt at writing. It has been a long wait getting it published. It is a delightful story about Tom, a wonderful physical therapist, teaching my son, Kurtis, to ride a bicycle. Kurtis essentially only has one functional leg and teaching him to ride was no simple task. I hope to be able to take Kurt...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Validations

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : health 
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Browsing Archive: March, 2013

Observations and Ramifications

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : child abuse 
I was running errands yesterday and while I waited at a red light Kurtis walked across the intersection. He doesn't recognize our new car yet, so did not see me watching him. He is such a handsome young man - as attractive as any male model you would find on a magazine cover. But he limps,...badly. It is his unusual gait that sets him apart. When Kurtis' abusive father hit him over the head with a chair, a large portion of his brain on the right side was damaged and did not send growth messag...
Continue reading ...
 

Bullies and a Change of Heart

Posted by Karen Hessen on Saturday, March 23, 2013, In : Bullies 
I enjoyed my monthly lunch with my sister, Amy, yesterday. It is always pleasant to revisit our past and to look at the things our adult children have accomplished, the challenges they have overcome and to champion them on as they continue to face obstacles in their lives. I had the privilege of meeting Amy's new puppy, Tytan. He promises to provide future fodder for my column "Out of the Ark." 
  

Amy is older than me by five years. I have always depended on her counsel. When we were growing u...
Continue reading ...
 

Good News and Bad Bugs

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Kurtis 
I received word today that the author's copies of the new edition of the God Makes Lemonade books will be delivered anyday. My contribution to this book "The Little Biker That Could," was my first attempt at writing. It has been a long wait getting it published. It is a delightful story about Tom, a wonderful physical therapist, teaching my son, Kurtis, to ride a bicycle. Kurtis essentially only has one functional leg and teaching him to ride was no simple task. I hope to be able to take Kurt...
Continue reading ...
 

Traditions

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, In : traditions 
St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays - not because I'm Irish - I'm not. It is because I really enjoy corned beef and cabbage.

I remember when I was a little girl asking my dad what nationality he was. "English and Scotch," he said.

"Then I must be Butterscotch," I answered.

I know Daddy was also "Pennsylvania" Dutch. Mother was German and Jewish. Her cousins say the family is Prussian. I am probably other nationalities I am not aware of. My husband, Doug, Is half Syrian, half French-...
Continue reading ...
 

Validations

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, March 17, 2013, In : health 
We are just completing a week that was filled with doctor's appointments dealing with health issues my husband has been facing. Four out of the five weekdays we were at medical facilities somewhere in the Portland area. While nothing has changed as far as how Doug manages day-to-day, we did get a diagnosis. As I suspected for a long time, there is a reason he feels so bad so much of the time and why his overall condition has seemed to deteriorate. It is not - as his family has accused, that I...
Continue reading ...
 

Daylight Savings

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : child abuse 
I always have to remind my son, Kurtis, that time has changed. I probably don't give him enough credit. Most likely he would remember and take care of changing his clocks and watch without me prompting him.  But he has some disabilities as a result of his child abuse and I am used to checking and double checking to make sure all Kurtis' T's are crossed and his I's are dotted. Kurtis' employer would like to fire him, just because he does not work as fast as other workers. My fear is, he will f...
Continue reading ...
 
 
 
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