Articles by Karen Foley

 
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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, …
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Conservatives continue to vote for candidates who are robbing us all blind!

on Aug. 02, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
You know what really frustrates me? What is really frustrating me this week is watching my conservative friends back candidates who are simultaneously screwing them over! (Yes, I have a few Conservative friends)! Maybe it’s time we all take a step back and look at the big picture here, common …
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Oh my goodness, you are how old?

on July 26, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Lots of people in my life are having banner birthdays this year! You know the ones that bring you from one decade to another and although you are only a year older yet again, you somehow feel like you’ve made a much bigger leap in time. Friends and family all …
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In a Perfect World . . .

on July 12, 2014, at 9:51 p.m.
“I’m fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara I could save the world.” Author Unknown If only I were in charge. A dear friend and I have discussed this often, our need to try to fix everything. Is it a character flaw or just a loving desire …
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With one signature, our forefathers changed the world. What difference have you made?

on July 03, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
The world we live in is a beautiful, miraculous place. It can also be a vile and hateful place as well, given both the day and our perceptions. The battle between good and evil, my interests and yours, their power and our power, is a battle that began on the …
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Dear Eliot Cutler: Please do the right thing.

on June 21, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.
I like you, I really do. I even voted for you in the last election. I share your frustration with the two-party system. Unfortunately, it is the only system we have to work with at the moment. Now I’m not a political blogger. I leave all the heavy hitting facts and …
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Are colleges and universities failing our veterans?

on June 19, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
Colleges and universities have long been known as places of tolerance and understanding. They have been the first battlegrounds in many of the fights for equality in this country. Colleges are places were movements for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights flourished and grew and helped change our culture. …
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When there are no words, silence and cookies will do!

on June 12, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
When there are no words, silence is okay. And cookies always help, preferably chocolate chip! I’ve had several friends lately going through really, really rough times. I mean like WTF is going on in the Universe rough. Often, when we want to comfort and help a friend going through something …
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How an extrovert copes with an empty nest!

on June 09, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
I was an only child. This might sound like heaven to folks who have visions of only children being waited on hand and foot by doting parents. Let me assure you that never happened. If fact, my mother, when asked why she didn’t have more children, will always unashamedly admit …
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Veterans and their families have been angry for a long time. It’s time for the rest of you to get angry too.

on May 24, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.
For the rest of the world, the news of the most recent VA scandals is shocking.The media this week is filled with outrage and indignation, including replays of President Obama, in 2008, vowing to get to the bottom of the issues with the VA. For veterans and their families this news …
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The only way to end inequality is to keep pointing it out! Every! Single! Time!

on May 17, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
We live in a society still awash with inequality. It is all around us, every single day. We think we’ve overcome it. We think women are treated the same as men, but we aren’t. We think racism is a thing of the past. It isn’t. We think we’ve almost won …
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Those kids and that damn music – again!

on May 13, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
Parts of this post were originally published last summer, but I thought it worth repeating this week!  Why is it that once some of us hit a certain age we forget that we also were once “those damn kids.” Why don’t folks remember when we were the ones who enjoyed music that drove …

Motherhood is about choices, and the first one is the most important!

By Karen Foley on May 10, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Over and over I’ve started and back-spaced and restarted this blog. As the mother of four children by birth, and others by love, I usually write something heart-felt and moving on this weekend, about the experience of being a mother. This year especially, as my own mother turns 80 on …
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Motherhood is about choices, and the first one is the most important!

on May 10, 2014, at 11:16 a.m.
Over and over I’ve started and back-spaced and restarted this blog. As the mother of four children by birth, and others by love, I usually write something heart-felt and moving on this weekend, about the experience of being a mother. This year especially, as my own mother turns 80 on …
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What’s missing in my empty nest life?

on May 04, 2014, at 12:58 p.m.
Awkwardly this afternoon, my neighbor’s eyes met mine on her way out of the elevator, and then darted down as she softly said “hello.” Her little girl, unaware of the uncomfortable history the two of us grown-ups share, came to a full stop directly in front of me and presented …
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Rights are not only guaranteed to the intelligent!

on April 24, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
I was so excited to be quoted in Aaron Prill’s latest blog. Of course, my words were completely taken out of context, but he included a link to my blog and I always enjoy more hits! This was part of the quote: “Life happens and there are so many things in …

Rights are not only guaranteed to the intelligent!

By Karen Foley on April 24, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
I was so excited to be quoted in Aaron Prill’s latest blog. Of course, my words were completely taken out of context, but he included a link to my blog and I always enjoy more hits! This was part of the quote: “Life happens and there are so many things in …
 
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