I originally started this blog at the end of 2011 – at a time when I was in a weird transitional space between one gig and the next – I’d just left a career of twenty years and launched myself into the Great Unknown. I was feeling sort of adrift… aimless… I felt the need to get a routine in my life, bring some kind of structure and discipline to my days. I cleaned out the garage, organized the pantry, began writing a couple books, edited another one, and I started blogging. I created a photo blog where I could share with others the visual beauty of my part of the world (bellinghambayblog.wordpress.com – and, in 2016, opentothemagic.wordpress.com), started a humor blog where I could share the stuff in my life that cracks me up (humoristianity.wordpress.com), and began the blog you’re reading right now to share… well… everything else. It has become a sort of journal for me – a record of my adventures (and misadventures), my foibles and progress, and the evolution of my thought over the last several years. This blog has brought me much good – I have come to meet some really amazing fellow bloggers, made some new friends, and had the opportunity to learn new perspectives and ways of looking at the world. And it is all good. 🙂
Karen Molenaar Terrell is the author of Are You Taking Me Home Now?: Adventures with Dad, The Brush of Angel Wings, Finding the Rainbows: Lessons from Dad and Mom, A Poem Lives on My Windowsill, Blessings: Adventures of a Madcap Christian Scientist (now available as an audiobook, as well as a paperback and an e-book), The Madcap Christian Scientist’s Middle Book, and The Madcap Christian Scientist: All Things New. Her stories have appeared in Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor, and Pack and Paddle Magazine, and her photos are featured in the spring 2014 edition of the Bellingham Review and can be found on the “Photos from the Field” page in the April/May 2017, December/January 2018-19, and April/May 2019 issues of Mother Earth News.
Karen enjoys tromping around in the mountains (she’s made it to the summits of Rainier, Baker, Adams, and Hood in the Pacific Northwest), singing (she’s one of those wedding singers – stop laughing!), gardening, writing, reading, and photography. She has two grown sons and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.
Karen’s photos can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60803140@N06/