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This and That

Posted by on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : writing 

            Doug and I and Kurtis had a speedy, but wonderful trip to Placerville. We went to present a copy of When God Makes Lemonade to Tom, Kurtis’ pediatric physical therapist of thirty years ago. “The Little Biker That Could” is published in that collection of inspirational stories and tells how Tom taught Kurtis to ride a “two-wheeler.” We had a great reunion with Tom and enjoyed meeting his wife Tina.



            As a bonus, before heading back to Oregon, we had breakfast w...


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Grieving for My "Kidney Friends"

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : grief 
I have two women friends of long-standing - women I raised my children with. The three of us have four children, no twins, that our forty years old. I call these women, "My Kidney Friends," because I believe we care enough for each to give up one of our kidneys should one of us need it. We have laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, dieted, worked, played, cleaned, and worshiped together. We have rafted a class IV river and pulled enough weeds to earn the fees for the rafting trip. These women were ...
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 ...
 

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 ...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Lighthouse 



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading ...
 

Consumer Alert

Posted by Karen Hessen on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : humor 
My husband has been wanting a minute timer to use in the bathroom. He rinses his mouth with some anti-plaque stuff and he is supposed to rinse for a minute. It isn't easy to find a minute timer. He didn't want a little plastic hour glass type timer. He wanted wood and brass. So the hunt was on. We finally settled on one we found online. I ordered two, one for his bathroom in each house, in time for them to be here for Father's Day. The package arrived last week. They were worth waiting for. V...
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I am nearly finished with the Apprentice Course offered through the Christian Writer's Guild. It has been, on some levels, challenging, but on all levels rewarding. I plan to continue on with the Journeyman course, but first I have to decide whether to concentrate on fiction or nonfiction. I am leaning towards fiction since that is what "real writers" write.

My manuscript for Infinitely Trees is coming along. It is emotionally challenging to relive some of the more painful parenting moments of...
Continue reading ...
 

Reading and Writing

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : writing 



This is a picture of our "little cabin in the woods," which is not in the woods at all, but in Seaside, Oregon. It didn't look anything like this twelve years ago when we bought it. If it had we wouldn't have been able to afford it. It was a true "fixer-upper." Now that we are retired, we spend half of our time here, logging three and a half days each in Seaside and Forest Grove. The weather in Seaside this weekend has been absolutely perfect. Beachy!!

Check out my updated schedule on the "sch...
Continue reading ...
 

May Flowers

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Spring 


Isn't this gorgeous? A field of red clover near our home.

I look forward to this every spring. The area we live in grows crops for seed. Red clover is one of those crops and undoubtedly the most gorgeous. 

The big May birthday event is over for our family. Doug is busy trying out all of his new gismos and gadgets. 

I have had a devotional published in the Secret Place, Summer, 2011 edition. You can pick up a Secret Place at any American Baptist or First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.

Tin...
Continue reading ...
 

A Busy Week

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : writing 



This is a very dark picture of my sister, Amy, my aunt, Francie, and I enjoying lunch at Claim Jumpers a couple of weeks ago. My aunt was visiting her grandson and family in Portland. Amy and I then drove Francie to Susanville, CA where she finished her vacation with her son and another grandson's family. We had a wonderful visit.

I found out this week that I sold one of my favorite pieces of writing, "A Match Made in Mud," to Lemonade Books. The book will be published and available in Septemb...


Continue reading ...
 

Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Easter 
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story ...
Continue reading ...
 

A Good Read

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : reading 
I just finished reading Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin. What a great book! Good job Henry!

Journey to Riverbend is a little bit romance and a lot western but every bit enjoyable. Henry Mclaughlin was the winner of the 2009 Christian Writers Guild First Novel Competition with Journey to Riverbend. An honor well bestowed.

Sorry, I can't lend you my copy. It's autographed. Pick up a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry. Published by Tyndale.
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I have been working on the book proposal for Infinitely Trees. Finally, It is finished and emailed to the potential publisher. Now two months of nailbiting while I wait to hear.

My uncle, Sid, passed away in San Diego over the weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with him in September. His death was not a surprize but it still leaves a hole in my heart. Sid was a Christian and I know that he is waiting by the gate for his loved ones. Our pastor often says that this life here on earth...
Continue reading ...
 

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : writing 
I'm excited about reading at the "Lend an Ear, Come and Hear" event on Saturday, March 12.

For this family friendly event, sponsored by Writers in the Grove, I have written a children's story, "The Tail of Scrappy Doo."  This is my first children's piece. I am pleased that the jury accepted it for inclusion in the program. 

When my daughter, Tina, was a young child and her father and I were having a tough time financially, I made her a stuffed dog named Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Doo became her favor...
Continue reading ...
 
 

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This and That

Posted by on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : writing 

            Doug and I and Kurtis had a speedy, but wonderful trip to Placerville. We went to present a copy of When God Makes Lemonade to Tom, Kurtis’ pediatric physical therapist of thirty years ago. “The Little Biker That Could” is published in that collection of inspirational stories and tells how Tom taught Kurtis to ride a “two-wheeler.” We had a great reunion with Tom and enjoyed meeting his wife Tina.



            As a bonus, before heading back to Oregon, we had breakfast w...


Continue reading ...
 

Grieving for My "Kidney Friends"

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : grief 
I have two women friends of long-standing - women I raised my children with. The three of us have four children, no twins, that our forty years old. I call these women, "My Kidney Friends," because I believe we care enough for each to give up one of our kidneys should one of us need it. We have laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, dieted, worked, played, cleaned, and worshiped together. We have rafted a class IV river and pulled enough weeds to earn the fees for the rafting trip. These women were ...
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 ...
 

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 ...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Lighthouse 



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading ...
 

Consumer Alert

Posted by Karen Hessen on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : humor 
My husband has been wanting a minute timer to use in the bathroom. He rinses his mouth with some anti-plaque stuff and he is supposed to rinse for a minute. It isn't easy to find a minute timer. He didn't want a little plastic hour glass type timer. He wanted wood and brass. So the hunt was on. We finally settled on one we found online. I ordered two, one for his bathroom in each house, in time for them to be here for Father's Day. The package arrived last week. They were worth waiting for. V...
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I am nearly finished with the Apprentice Course offered through the Christian Writer's Guild. It has been, on some levels, challenging, but on all levels rewarding. I plan to continue on with the Journeyman course, but first I have to decide whether to concentrate on fiction or nonfiction. I am leaning towards fiction since that is what "real writers" write.

My manuscript for Infinitely Trees is coming along. It is emotionally challenging to relive some of the more painful parenting moments of...
Continue reading ...
 

Reading and Writing

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : writing 



This is a picture of our "little cabin in the woods," which is not in the woods at all, but in Seaside, Oregon. It didn't look anything like this twelve years ago when we bought it. If it had we wouldn't have been able to afford it. It was a true "fixer-upper." Now that we are retired, we spend half of our time here, logging three and a half days each in Seaside and Forest Grove. The weather in Seaside this weekend has been absolutely perfect. Beachy!!

Check out my updated schedule on the "sch...
Continue reading ...
 

May Flowers

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Spring 


Isn't this gorgeous? A field of red clover near our home.

I look forward to this every spring. The area we live in grows crops for seed. Red clover is one of those crops and undoubtedly the most gorgeous. 

The big May birthday event is over for our family. Doug is busy trying out all of his new gismos and gadgets. 

I have had a devotional published in the Secret Place, Summer, 2011 edition. You can pick up a Secret Place at any American Baptist or First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.

Tin...
Continue reading ...
 

A Busy Week

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : writing 



This is a very dark picture of my sister, Amy, my aunt, Francie, and I enjoying lunch at Claim Jumpers a couple of weeks ago. My aunt was visiting her grandson and family in Portland. Amy and I then drove Francie to Susanville, CA where she finished her vacation with her son and another grandson's family. We had a wonderful visit.

I found out this week that I sold one of my favorite pieces of writing, "A Match Made in Mud," to Lemonade Books. The book will be published and available in Septemb...


Continue reading ...
 

Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Easter 
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story ...
Continue reading ...
 

A Good Read

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : reading 
I just finished reading Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin. What a great book! Good job Henry!

Journey to Riverbend is a little bit romance and a lot western but every bit enjoyable. Henry Mclaughlin was the winner of the 2009 Christian Writers Guild First Novel Competition with Journey to Riverbend. An honor well bestowed.

Sorry, I can't lend you my copy. It's autographed. Pick up a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry. Published by Tyndale.
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I have been working on the book proposal for Infinitely Trees. Finally, It is finished and emailed to the potential publisher. Now two months of nailbiting while I wait to hear.

My uncle, Sid, passed away in San Diego over the weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with him in September. His death was not a surprize but it still leaves a hole in my heart. Sid was a Christian and I know that he is waiting by the gate for his loved ones. Our pastor often says that this life here on earth...
Continue reading ...
 

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : writing 
I'm excited about reading at the "Lend an Ear, Come and Hear" event on Saturday, March 12.

For this family friendly event, sponsored by Writers in the Grove, I have written a children's story, "The Tail of Scrappy Doo."  This is my first children's piece. I am pleased that the jury accepted it for inclusion in the program. 

When my daughter, Tina, was a young child and her father and I were having a tough time financially, I made her a stuffed dog named Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Doo became her favor...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "in" (Show all posts)

This and That

Posted by on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : writing 

            Doug and I and Kurtis had a speedy, but wonderful trip to Placerville. We went to present a copy of When God Makes Lemonade to Tom, Kurtis’ pediatric physical therapist of thirty years ago. “The Little Biker That Could” is published in that collection of inspirational stories and tells how Tom taught Kurtis to ride a “two-wheeler.” We had a great reunion with Tom and enjoyed meeting his wife Tina.



            As a bonus, before heading back to Oregon, we had breakfast w...


Continue reading ...
 

Grieving for My "Kidney Friends"

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : grief 
I have two women friends of long-standing - women I raised my children with. The three of us have four children, no twins, that our forty years old. I call these women, "My Kidney Friends," because I believe we care enough for each to give up one of our kidneys should one of us need it. We have laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, dieted, worked, played, cleaned, and worshiped together. We have rafted a class IV river and pulled enough weeds to earn the fees for the rafting trip. These women were ...
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 ...
 

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 ...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Lighthouse 



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading ...
 

Consumer Alert

Posted by Karen Hessen on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : humor 
My husband has been wanting a minute timer to use in the bathroom. He rinses his mouth with some anti-plaque stuff and he is supposed to rinse for a minute. It isn't easy to find a minute timer. He didn't want a little plastic hour glass type timer. He wanted wood and brass. So the hunt was on. We finally settled on one we found online. I ordered two, one for his bathroom in each house, in time for them to be here for Father's Day. The package arrived last week. They were worth waiting for. V...
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I am nearly finished with the Apprentice Course offered through the Christian Writer's Guild. It has been, on some levels, challenging, but on all levels rewarding. I plan to continue on with the Journeyman course, but first I have to decide whether to concentrate on fiction or nonfiction. I am leaning towards fiction since that is what "real writers" write.

My manuscript for Infinitely Trees is coming along. It is emotionally challenging to relive some of the more painful parenting moments of...
Continue reading ...
 

Reading and Writing

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : writing 



This is a picture of our "little cabin in the woods," which is not in the woods at all, but in Seaside, Oregon. It didn't look anything like this twelve years ago when we bought it. If it had we wouldn't have been able to afford it. It was a true "fixer-upper." Now that we are retired, we spend half of our time here, logging three and a half days each in Seaside and Forest Grove. The weather in Seaside this weekend has been absolutely perfect. Beachy!!

Check out my updated schedule on the "sch...
Continue reading ...
 

May Flowers

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Spring 


Isn't this gorgeous? A field of red clover near our home.

I look forward to this every spring. The area we live in grows crops for seed. Red clover is one of those crops and undoubtedly the most gorgeous. 

The big May birthday event is over for our family. Doug is busy trying out all of his new gismos and gadgets. 

I have had a devotional published in the Secret Place, Summer, 2011 edition. You can pick up a Secret Place at any American Baptist or First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.

Tin...
Continue reading ...
 

A Busy Week

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : writing 



This is a very dark picture of my sister, Amy, my aunt, Francie, and I enjoying lunch at Claim Jumpers a couple of weeks ago. My aunt was visiting her grandson and family in Portland. Amy and I then drove Francie to Susanville, CA where she finished her vacation with her son and another grandson's family. We had a wonderful visit.

I found out this week that I sold one of my favorite pieces of writing, "A Match Made in Mud," to Lemonade Books. The book will be published and available in Septemb...


Continue reading ...
 

Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Easter 
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story ...
Continue reading ...
 

A Good Read

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : reading 
I just finished reading Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin. What a great book! Good job Henry!

Journey to Riverbend is a little bit romance and a lot western but every bit enjoyable. Henry Mclaughlin was the winner of the 2009 Christian Writers Guild First Novel Competition with Journey to Riverbend. An honor well bestowed.

Sorry, I can't lend you my copy. It's autographed. Pick up a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry. Published by Tyndale.
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I have been working on the book proposal for Infinitely Trees. Finally, It is finished and emailed to the potential publisher. Now two months of nailbiting while I wait to hear.

My uncle, Sid, passed away in San Diego over the weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with him in September. His death was not a surprize but it still leaves a hole in my heart. Sid was a Christian and I know that he is waiting by the gate for his loved ones. Our pastor often says that this life here on earth...
Continue reading ...
 

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : writing 
I'm excited about reading at the "Lend an Ear, Come and Hear" event on Saturday, March 12.

For this family friendly event, sponsored by Writers in the Grove, I have written a children's story, "The Tail of Scrappy Doo."  This is my first children's piece. I am pleased that the jury accepted it for inclusion in the program. 

When my daughter, Tina, was a young child and her father and I were having a tough time financially, I made her a stuffed dog named Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Doo became her favor...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing Tag: "in" (Show all posts)

This and That

Posted by on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : writing 

            Doug and I and Kurtis had a speedy, but wonderful trip to Placerville. We went to present a copy of When God Makes Lemonade to Tom, Kurtis’ pediatric physical therapist of thirty years ago. “The Little Biker That Could” is published in that collection of inspirational stories and tells how Tom taught Kurtis to ride a “two-wheeler.” We had a great reunion with Tom and enjoyed meeting his wife Tina.



            As a bonus, before heading back to Oregon, we had breakfast w...


Continue reading ...
 

Grieving for My "Kidney Friends"

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : grief 
I have two women friends of long-standing - women I raised my children with. The three of us have four children, no twins, that our forty years old. I call these women, "My Kidney Friends," because I believe we care enough for each to give up one of our kidneys should one of us need it. We have laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, dieted, worked, played, cleaned, and worshiped together. We have rafted a class IV river and pulled enough weeds to earn the fees for the rafting trip. These women were ...
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 ...
 

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 ...
 

Fifteenth Anniversary

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Lighthouse 



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
Continue reading ...
 

Consumer Alert

Posted by Karen Hessen on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : humor 
My husband has been wanting a minute timer to use in the bathroom. He rinses his mouth with some anti-plaque stuff and he is supposed to rinse for a minute. It isn't easy to find a minute timer. He didn't want a little plastic hour glass type timer. He wanted wood and brass. So the hunt was on. We finally settled on one we found online. I ordered two, one for his bathroom in each house, in time for them to be here for Father's Day. The package arrived last week. They were worth waiting for. V...
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I am nearly finished with the Apprentice Course offered through the Christian Writer's Guild. It has been, on some levels, challenging, but on all levels rewarding. I plan to continue on with the Journeyman course, but first I have to decide whether to concentrate on fiction or nonfiction. I am leaning towards fiction since that is what "real writers" write.

My manuscript for Infinitely Trees is coming along. It is emotionally challenging to relive some of the more painful parenting moments of...
Continue reading ...
 

Reading and Writing

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : writing 



This is a picture of our "little cabin in the woods," which is not in the woods at all, but in Seaside, Oregon. It didn't look anything like this twelve years ago when we bought it. If it had we wouldn't have been able to afford it. It was a true "fixer-upper." Now that we are retired, we spend half of our time here, logging three and a half days each in Seaside and Forest Grove. The weather in Seaside this weekend has been absolutely perfect. Beachy!!

Check out my updated schedule on the "sch...
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May Flowers

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Spring 


Isn't this gorgeous? A field of red clover near our home.

I look forward to this every spring. The area we live in grows crops for seed. Red clover is one of those crops and undoubtedly the most gorgeous. 

The big May birthday event is over for our family. Doug is busy trying out all of his new gismos and gadgets. 

I have had a devotional published in the Secret Place, Summer, 2011 edition. You can pick up a Secret Place at any American Baptist or First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.

Tin...
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A Busy Week

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : writing 



This is a very dark picture of my sister, Amy, my aunt, Francie, and I enjoying lunch at Claim Jumpers a couple of weeks ago. My aunt was visiting her grandson and family in Portland. Amy and I then drove Francie to Susanville, CA where she finished her vacation with her son and another grandson's family. We had a wonderful visit.

I found out this week that I sold one of my favorite pieces of writing, "A Match Made in Mud," to Lemonade Books. The book will be published and available in Septemb...


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Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Easter 
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story ...
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A Good Read

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : reading 
I just finished reading Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin. What a great book! Good job Henry!

Journey to Riverbend is a little bit romance and a lot western but every bit enjoyable. Henry Mclaughlin was the winner of the 2009 Christian Writers Guild First Novel Competition with Journey to Riverbend. An honor well bestowed.

Sorry, I can't lend you my copy. It's autographed. Pick up a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry. Published by Tyndale.
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Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I have been working on the book proposal for Infinitely Trees. Finally, It is finished and emailed to the potential publisher. Now two months of nailbiting while I wait to hear.

My uncle, Sid, passed away in San Diego over the weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with him in September. His death was not a surprize but it still leaves a hole in my heart. Sid was a Christian and I know that he is waiting by the gate for his loved ones. Our pastor often says that this life here on earth...
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Lend an Ear, Come and Hear

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : writing 
I'm excited about reading at the "Lend an Ear, Come and Hear" event on Saturday, March 12.

For this family friendly event, sponsored by Writers in the Grove, I have written a children's story, "The Tail of Scrappy Doo."  This is my first children's piece. I am pleased that the jury accepted it for inclusion in the program. 

When my daughter, Tina, was a young child and her father and I were having a tough time financially, I made her a stuffed dog named Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Doo became her favor...
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This and That

Posted by on Saturday, June 8, 2013, In : writing 

            Doug and I and Kurtis had a speedy, but wonderful trip to Placerville. We went to present a copy of When God Makes Lemonade to Tom, Kurtis’ pediatric physical therapist of thirty years ago. “The Little Biker That Could” is published in that collection of inspirational stories and tells how Tom taught Kurtis to ride a “two-wheeler.” We had a great reunion with Tom and enjoyed meeting his wife Tina.



            As a bonus, before heading back to Oregon, we had breakfast w...


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Grieving for My "Kidney Friends"

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : grief 
I have two women friends of long-standing - women I raised my children with. The three of us have four children, no twins, that our forty years old. I call these women, "My Kidney Friends," because I believe we care enough for each to give up one of our kidneys should one of us need it. We have laughed, cried, prayed, cooked, dieted, worked, played, cleaned, and worshiped together. We have rafted a class IV river and pulled enough weeds to earn the fees for the rafting trip. These women were ...
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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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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...
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Fifteenth Anniversary

Posted by Karen Hessen on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Lighthouse 



Doug and I spent a couple of days at the Point No Point lighthouse in Hansville, Washington to celebrate or fifteenth anniversary. Surely there is not a more peaceful, romantic, scenic place on this continent.

We found the "Cup of Joy" in Hansville to be a delightful place to get a bite to eat. The pastries looked yummy and the panini were scrumptious. Kathy, Katrina, and Joy are a companiable and competent trio who make you feel right at home in the inviting environment. The sign above the do...
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Consumer Alert

Posted by Karen Hessen on Monday, August 15, 2011, In : humor 
My husband has been wanting a minute timer to use in the bathroom. He rinses his mouth with some anti-plaque stuff and he is supposed to rinse for a minute. It isn't easy to find a minute timer. He didn't want a little plastic hour glass type timer. He wanted wood and brass. So the hunt was on. We finally settled on one we found online. I ordered two, one for his bathroom in each house, in time for them to be here for Father's Day. The package arrived last week. They were worth waiting for. V...
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Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, July 24, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I am nearly finished with the Apprentice Course offered through the Christian Writer's Guild. It has been, on some levels, challenging, but on all levels rewarding. I plan to continue on with the Journeyman course, but first I have to decide whether to concentrate on fiction or nonfiction. I am leaning towards fiction since that is what "real writers" write.

My manuscript for Infinitely Trees is coming along. It is emotionally challenging to relive some of the more painful parenting moments of...
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Reading and Writing

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, June 26, 2011, In : writing 



This is a picture of our "little cabin in the woods," which is not in the woods at all, but in Seaside, Oregon. It didn't look anything like this twelve years ago when we bought it. If it had we wouldn't have been able to afford it. It was a true "fixer-upper." Now that we are retired, we spend half of our time here, logging three and a half days each in Seaside and Forest Grove. The weather in Seaside this weekend has been absolutely perfect. Beachy!!

Check out my updated schedule on the "sch...
Continue reading ...
 

May Flowers

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, May 27, 2011, In : Spring 


Isn't this gorgeous? A field of red clover near our home.

I look forward to this every spring. The area we live in grows crops for seed. Red clover is one of those crops and undoubtedly the most gorgeous. 

The big May birthday event is over for our family. Doug is busy trying out all of his new gismos and gadgets. 

I have had a devotional published in the Secret Place, Summer, 2011 edition. You can pick up a Secret Place at any American Baptist or First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church.

Tin...
Continue reading ...
 

A Busy Week

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : writing 



This is a very dark picture of my sister, Amy, my aunt, Francie, and I enjoying lunch at Claim Jumpers a couple of weeks ago. My aunt was visiting her grandson and family in Portland. Amy and I then drove Francie to Susanville, CA where she finished her vacation with her son and another grandson's family. We had a wonderful visit.

I found out this week that I sold one of my favorite pieces of writing, "A Match Made in Mud," to Lemonade Books. The book will be published and available in Septemb...


Continue reading ...
 

Easter Musings - Discipline

Posted by Karen Hessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Easter 
Well, Doug and I totally missed Easter this year. We both had some viral thing which, for Doug, became pneumonia. We are blessed to have family that entertained our adult children fron Grant's Pass and made sure Easter happened without us.

This was not my worst Easter. 19 years ago on Easter, my then husband asked for a divorce. It's hard to top something like that.

I was telling a story yesterday about a problem we had with door slamming when the children were young. The listener to my story ...
Continue reading ...
 

A Good Read

Posted by Karen Hessen on Sunday, April 3, 2011, In : reading 
I just finished reading Journey to Riverbend by Henry McLaughlin. What a great book! Good job Henry!

Journey to Riverbend is a little bit romance and a lot western but every bit enjoyable. Henry Mclaughlin was the winner of the 2009 Christian Writers Guild First Novel Competition with Journey to Riverbend. An honor well bestowed.

Sorry, I can't lend you my copy. It's autographed. Pick up a copy for yourself. You won't be sorry. Published by Tyndale.
Continue reading ...
 

Infinitely Trees

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Infinitely Trees, 
I have been working on the book proposal for Infinitely Trees. Finally, It is finished and emailed to the potential publisher. Now two months of nailbiting while I wait to hear.

My uncle, Sid, passed away in San Diego over the weekend. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with him in September. His death was not a surprize but it still leaves a hole in my heart. Sid was a Christian and I know that he is waiting by the gate for his loved ones. Our pastor often says that this life here on earth...
Continue reading ...
 

Lend an Ear, Come and Hear

Posted by Karen Hessen on Friday, March 4, 2011, In : writing 
I'm excited about reading at the "Lend an Ear, Come and Hear" event on Saturday, March 12.

For this family friendly event, sponsored by Writers in the Grove, I have written a children's story, "The Tail of Scrappy Doo."  This is my first children's piece. I am pleased that the jury accepted it for inclusion in the program. 

When my daughter, Tina, was a young child and her father and I were having a tough time financially, I made her a stuffed dog named Scrappy Doo. Scrappy Doo became her favor...
Continue reading ...
 
 
 
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