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alex's life book

  • In early 2006, I began creating a life book for my daughter, Alex. Click here for links to articles describing my experience.
  • And for those of you who are more digitally inclined, in late 2006, I recreated key pages of Alex's lifebook for an article I wrote for AlphaMom, using Scrapblog.

    You can see the final digital result (and leave comments, if you'd like!) here.

what's been on my nikon lately

  • And you can view my favourites here.

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Glad your friends & family are getting out of harm's way! That's one scary storm.


I'm sorry that you and yours had to cancel your trip, this Rita seems like a major b*tch. I'm in Houston and this town is going through a serious freak-out. It's a 6-8 hour drive to Austin, 12 to Dallas, People are filling up their tanks and hitting the highway and running out of gas or overheating as they sit in traffic. It is very scary. Not to wish bad news on LA, but the only good news in the last 24 hours is that the eye is scooching towards the east. I'm heading to the family house in Richmond to hunker down, wish Houston luck and good thoughts when you can.


I'm sorry that you had to cancel your trip!


I don't mean to gloss over the content of your post, but I wanted to comment on your BEAUTIFUL chess set! I have never seen one like it. Absolutely amazing! And a lovely photograph too with fantastic depth of field, etc.!

Thank goodness your family and friends are heading out of town. I am still so saddened about the potential death and destruction that will result from Rita... And to have two really strong storms in a row hit the same area really seems to cement in my mind the idea that we are seeing the effects of global climate change right now.

dave / higher powered

10:30am CDT Houston -- the storm is gradually tracking to the east towards Beaumont/Pt. Arthur. This trend should continue into western Lousiana. We may not even experience hurricane force winds her in Houston.


I'm flying into Austin this weekend, for a supposed outdoor wedding. Thank God I made my hotel reservations weeks ago. Friends from Houston attending the wedding have a room too, and it now looks like we both will have people bedded down on sleeping bags all over our rooms. In a way, it relieves some of the helplessness I felt being in California and so far away from being able to do anything for the victims of Katrina.

I was looking forward to a nice peaceful trip- my own hotel room, plenty of lazy time in between wedding commitments, but now? How can I be selfish and keep all that space to myself? No way man- SLUMBER PARTY!


Karen, I love the new incarnation of your blog. I've decided to add you back into my blogroll. Can't wait to see what's next!!


Well I tried to get out of town and it took me 3 hours to go 25 miles. I came back home and boarded up and am online for as long as our electricity stays up. Scared *&^%$#@% but have all my little ducklings here with me. Son and Daughter in law and bun in the oven are here too. So I have the crock pot and pressure cooker going for some use up of the stuff in the freezer and supplies in the utility room ready to go.
Pray for us! Dave is at the Chronicle so everyone can have their newspaper. Ya know like the mail, the newspaper is delivered come hell or highwater. They will put them up in hotels downtown and keep them for the duration.
Anyway thats the scoop from houston (spring) TX. See ya when you get here next month :)


Fantastic photo!


Hi from Austin. I left Houston at 8pm Wednesday night, slept in the car in Smithville from 3-5am, then arrived in Austin at 6am. Yes, you got that right, it took me 8 hours to drive 150 miles. It took my aunt 18 hours from Houston to my Mom's in Trinity (80 miles). But, by far the worst is my cousin Bruce, who is travelling with an elderly aunt and uncle and their 3 dogs. He ran out of gas, had a flat tire and finally had to call 911 for the uncle who was then taken to the hospital in Cleveland. Another relative from Huntsville was going to pick him up last night.

My personal decision was to leave Houston, but my company also wanted me where I would have connectivity next week if electricity is still out in Houston. It is quarter-end close after all. However, they have now taken down our Houston systems as of midnight which includes my email, so I will just catch up on the emails in my inbox today and stay tuned to the news.

Glad you are safe in Trinidad. Where are your parents?


Twyla -- Glad you're okay. I got a call late last night saying that my parents had landed safely in San Francisco, where they'll wait out the storm with my sister and her family.

Hope your cousin's family is okay.



Well, it's an awesome feeling of responsibility. I've been doing alot of praying. I elected to not get on the road and spend 24-36 hours in a car without gas. So my five little people and I are staying hunkered down on the west side of Houston and praying that our windows stay put and the flooding happens elsewhere. I have food/drinks/batteries/puzzles/first aid/wine/snacks, etc.... So I pray that I have made the right decision by staying put. Please pray that my children and I are safe as well as all the residents of the gulf coast. Fondly, Dawn


We had many of the same conversations as friends and family were coming to Houston to celebrate little Miss' 1st Birthday. We headed out of town yesterday morning and took a "scenic" drive through Texas; Houston to San Antonio only took 8 hours! I think the storm will end up passing Houston by, but I didn't want to be stuck in a flooded neighborhood with no electricity with a one year old. Stay safe, our best to your family.


Looks like its about to be SHOWTIME in Houston and Texas in general :(


Oh my gosh, I have that chess set! Only mine is green and orange. What a fabulous picture, Karen. I love the new Choonk incarnation (although I'm all about the Alex pictures, too).

I'm looking at the latest satellites of Rita and sending positive vibes towards the gulf. Let's hope the damage is not as bad as feared - I'll keep my fingers crossed.


Dear Karen,

I don't know if you remember me but I am your loyal SAfrican fan. I just want to say how glad I am that your family is safe in Trinidad and not exposed to the dangers of Texan hurricanes.Alex's growing-up has been fascinating to me and my granddaughter who looks like Alex will look in 4 years time - still cute. She is also a huge fan and always wants to look at "Alex pictures". That being said, and a supply of new Alex pix being assured, I am very impressed by your decision to let your blog reflect the huge changes that have happened in your life and person.Congratulations and, as long as you are willing to let it all hang out, you will still have the same "drawing power" to thousands of people, definitely including me (and the granddaughter)as you have always had.Best wishes to you all.


Sorry to hear you had to postpone your trip, but very much looking forward to seeing you all when you do come. It's been too long.....we got very lucky here but are thinking of the poor souls who were dramatically effected by Rita...New Orleans remains devastated...

Missed out on a great training weekend..half iron man four weeks away..eek!

Now it's cleanup....damage control with all of my SYSCO customers...hospitals and nursing homes that were not able to get sufficient food and water due to the lack of personnel and traffic conditions preventing our trucks from getting to our very needy facilities....

Take care and we'll see you very soon...can't wait!

Love to you all....

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