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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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Yes, blogging (particularly when that blogging is heartfelt and honest) can change lives. I agree completely.

Further, I think living honestly does exactly the same thing. I'm a lesbian woman working in a white-collar profession made up mostly with straight white Republicans. Just living my life, honestly and without apology, has changed the mind of more than one colleague.

Thanks, Karen, for giving yourself a voice and for giving many of us a chance to overcome our own stereotypes.


I see what you're saying, but I don't blog to have any sort of influence, but if that sort of influence happens, than great.


This has nothing to do with your post, but I saw some footage of Angelina Jolie carrying her daughter through the airport. And her daughter was dressed in this white bunny suit, I think it's the one you were going to buy for Alex for Halloween last year.. or were thinking of buying.

dave / higher powered

Living by certain principles is what matters to me. By living them, I try to practice them, all day through each waking moment. Am I perfect at this? Hell, no! But I try, usually my best. This goes for my writings. ie: my Gratitude list.
What are these principles?
service to others
and a conscious contact with my Higher Power


Yes, you are talking out the side of your neck...just kidding. I think what you have to say does make a whole lot of sense. Like I said, I had no idea people were digging the quotes I would post. Hell, I did that for me so that I was uplifted. Knowing that someone else was also lifted by the words was icing.

Words can be empowering and influence people. I guess that means we all have a responsiblility, right?


Karen, I think you are so right on this one! I hold a particular religious/political worldview about which people have a LOT of negative stereotypes, and it really blows my mind when I get an email or comment saying "If I met someone with your background outside the computer I would never listen to a word she had to say, but you have helped me understand that your people are not evil." (Or something like that.)

It's awesome, but also a bit daunting, because it makes me more conscious of the power I have to create an image with my words. Which is exactly what you were saying, I think. Way to go on this discussion.


Beautiful Karen - I agree with everything you said except one thing:

"And I’m not special"

Yes, you are. You are delightful, eloquent, and open-minded. Unfortunately, not all bloggers are such. Some perpetuate stereotypes and not everyone is so honest as you.

That said, I think that there are far more good people blogging (and far more good people in the world) than there are people who are deceptive. And I have some wonderful - very different from me - blog-friends (blends?) who I wouldn't have met without this wonderful, funny medium.

Margaret in Germany

I think you definately hit the nail on the head with this one.

There are so many bloggers posting about everyday life and their obstacles. These are the ones that keep me returning daily (sometimes more than once a day) to read what they write. Do they influence me in some way or another...of course!!

My family does not know that I blog. I think that if they did, I would censor myself, something I promised myself that I wouldn't do.

There IS power in the written word...in both cyberspace and on the bookshelf.


I decided to BLOG to initially update family member and friends. We live in California and most of our friends and family live on the East Coast (New Jersey). I missed a few days of blogging and I received emails from people asking if we were ok and that they look forward to receiving the updates. Soooo with that said, you never know who you're touching with your words/lifestory. You've definitely touched me with your blog!


Karen, As a general matter, I believe blogging expands our individual sphere of influence beyond what we can do in our physical realm, both deliberately and unintentionally. With regards to you, your words always provoke and usually enlighten me. What keeps me coming back to your blog, among the millions on the Internet, is the extraordinary power of your photographs. I love learning about you and the world you live in by peaking through your viewfinder with you.

Blessed be,


I have begun thinking that stereotypes go beyond ignorance. I think they're the unfortunate fallout of a brain that uses shorthand to navigate the world. We need to 'learn' and organize quickly to go through our day, (you can't keep re-learning the aspects of 'chairs' or 'doors', you learn them, group them, and move on). This is fine for many things, but it's a blindness we have to work to overcome. I think it leads to stereotypes. ('like us' - 'not like us')
As an aside, it also can fool us into thinking we 'know' something we don't. When we name an illness a 'cold', we are deceived into believing we know what it is - we don't. We have only named it, not understood it. Sorry for the length.

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