Articles by Karen Foley

 
POSTCARDS FROM A WORK IN PROGRESS

It’s been great talking to you!

on April 25, 2015, at 5:25 p.m.
I remember the very first blog I ever wrote for the Bangor Daily, it was exactly four years ago. I was so excited to write it. Over the years it has been an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience. I have grown, personally, and professionally. I have grown as a writer. …
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The View from Unemployment

on March 28, 2015, at 3:46 p.m.
Some days writing a personal blog is harder than others. Despite the fact that it looks like I share everything about my private life for the benefit/entertainment of others, I don’t. I actually keep a pretty tight lid on most of it. Usually by the time I’ve shared something, whether …
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I’m getting rid of everything in my life that’s uncomfortable and I’m starting with these shoes!

on March 08, 2015, at 11:12 a.m.
I’m turning 50 in a few months and I’ve been declaring myself free from many of the things in my life that make me uncomfortable. I mean if we can’t stand up for ourselves, for what we truly want and believe in, when we are 50, then when can we? …
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No, the bartender’s name is not “Baby”

on Feb. 28, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
When I was younger, I never thought I’d be an angry feminist at this age, a feminist, of course, but I never thought that in 2015 I would still have to be calling people out on blatant discrimination. My oldest daughter was always a very vocal feminist. She was not …

No, the bartenders name is not “baby.”

By Karen Foley on Feb. 28, 2015, at 3:18 p.m.
When I was younger, I never thought I’d be an angry feminist at this age, a feminist, of course, but I never thought that in 2015 I would still have to be calling people out on blatant discrimination. My oldest daughter was always a very vocal feminist. She was not …
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I’m turning my phone off

on Feb. 07, 2015, at 4:22 p.m.
There, I did it. It’s off. It’s not on mute, and it’s not on vibrate. It’s off, just off. Well this is slightly terrifying. Okay, breath deep, you can do this. Don’t even pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. I see you, right now, checking your phone. You …
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Put on your own oxygen mask first!

on Jan. 24, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.
This week I was interviewed by a BDN reporter for an upcoming story on divorce in Maine. Apparently, being divorced more than once, and having the nerve to write about it in my blog, makes me an expert of sorts. So, I guess that makes me an expert at failure! …
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I don’t love all my children the same!

on Jan. 09, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
I just heard it, the collective “gasp” of all the parents reading that. Of course I LOVE all my children the same. Young parents often don’t believe that they could ever feel the overwhelming love they feel for their first baby for anyone else. Then they have another, and they …
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I got a lot of problems with you people!

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
“Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” Frank Castanza, Seinfeld While I usually try to keep my online presence, and my life in general, very positive, I think the …
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There’s no place like home, especially when home is in Maine!

on Dec. 07, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
This morning I opened my email and was going through the usual process of deleting anything that looked unfamiliar or suspicious when one caught my eye. I cautiously clicked on the unfamiliar name and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was simply an email from a fellow blogger, …
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Like a sink full of Thanksgiving dishes, anything worth doing in life makes a huge mess!

on Nov. 23, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Thanksgiving dinner makes such a huge mess, doesn’t it? The thought of that mess in my kitchen is sometimes enough for me to just wish it would be over with already! But to wish it away, would be to miss the best parts, which we all know have nothing to …
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Every veteran is someone’s husband or wife, daughter or son.

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
This encore piece originally appeared in the November 2012 edition of this blog.  This Tuesday is Veteran’s Day and many of us have the day off from work because of it. Like many of you, for years this day passed with little notice from me except for the time off …
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Boom! There it is – winter!

on Nov. 02, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
Some years winter comes in slowly. You get a few chilly days and you can feel it in the air. You have a rain storm and for a few minutes you notice it has turned to flakes and then back again. But oh no, not this year, this year New …
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“Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
That’s a Benjamin Franklin quote and it’s a handy one to keep in mind in both politics and in life in general. My friend and fellow blogger Jim LaPierre and I were discussing our writing this week and he expressed frustration that the world is not pounding at our doors …
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A Tale of Two Faircloths: A refreshingly positive political story!

on Oct. 06, 2014, at 7:36 a.m.
Bangor and Penobscot County residents may be wondering why two of the folks running for office this election season have the same last name. Amy Faircloth and Sean Faircloth are great friends. They also happen to be ex-spouses, and the proud co-parents of two grown sons, and each is very …
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Making ourselves vulnerable is so hard, and so worth it!

on Sept. 28, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
I am in awe lately of Alex Steed’s blog. His columns about his struggle with alcohol, and with himself, are so honest and raw I can’t read them without tearing up. As a blogger who also writes about very personal issues, I know the sheer courage it took to put …
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We are all afraid!

on Sept. 13, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
Do you ever wake up afraid in the morning, I mean really afraid? You don’t have to answer that, because I know that sometimes we all do. I did today. I’m not sure why, but I have a few guesses. It’s been a hard week over here. I’ve had some …
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Dear Summer 2014

on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
Wow, you have been a pain in the ass! Seriously, what was wrong with you?  Clearly you were not meant to be a summer of leisure, of long drives and grand vacations. Almost every attempt at enjoying you was met with resistance or road blocks. You, apparently, were meant to …
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Things I’ve learned, or been reminded of, this summer!

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
I’ve learned that for both my physical and my mental health the two most important things I need to do every single are day are take a long walk, and get a full night’s sleep! I’ve been reminded that nothing tastes better on the planet than a warm tomato fresh …
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
It is almost unbearable. It is unbearable and yet we have no choice but to bare it. I woke this morning, like almost all of my dearest friends and neighbors, and thought “it simply cannot be, all of that could not have been real.” But it was, and it is, …