Posts by Karen DeBonis
May 2022 Newsletter
Dear Friend, I’m sitting on the couch icing my knee as I write this. Recovering from joint replacement surgery has been slow but steady, and I can almost taste the freedom of walking without pain, gardening, and doing a little yoga again. Did you notice the fresh look of this newsletter? I’ve updated my website,…Continue Reading
April 2022 Newsletter
Dear Friend, You’ve taken the time to subscribe to my mailing list and have allowed me to pop into your inbox from time to time. For that, I’m truly grateful. As a thank you, I’m giving you a sneak preview of my memoir–my first chapter! Chapter 1. A Reckoning I hope reading this chapter entices you…Continue Reading
Were you an orchid child? Are you an orchid parent?
For the first several years of my married life, I tried to grow a few houseplants from time to time, but I forgot to water them and they died. When I got pregnant, my husband joked that if I couldn’t keep a plant alive, I’d never be able to care for a baby. Then I…Continue Reading
March 2022 Newsletter
Dear Friend, As soon as the new year rolls in and the days start getting longer, I get Spring fever. In March, even with patches of snow still on the ground here, I feel the change of seasons in my body and my psyche. This year, the feeling of change is profound, perhaps because of…Continue Reading
Self-care in the empty nest.
When I was a young, working mother of two, I would not have recognized self-care if it tied me to a massage table and kneaded my back.Continue Reading
January 2022 Newsletter
For me, it’s the circle of life on steroids. That’s how I experience things–deeply and profoundly.Continue Reading
Does a “getting things done” mindset interfere with relationships?
Have you ever had what seems like an aha moment, but as soon as the lightbulb switches on, you realize it was a truth you’d always known? This was one of those times.Continue Reading
The Year We Almost Ruined Christmas
“Did Santa come already?” my five-year-old asked on Christmas Eve, his eyes shining.Continue Reading
November 2021 Newsletter
The day after my 63rd birthday, my Tiny Love Story “Meals are Bland, Life is Good,” appeared in the NY Times online. The following week, it ran in the print edition.Continue Reading
October 2021 Newsletter
As a member of the Hudson Valley Writer’s Guild, I entered an essay in their nonfiction contest, and it won an Honorable Mention! I’ll be reading A Tale of Two Tumors at their virtual annual meeting next month.Continue Reading