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Karen from Chookooloonks

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Karen Walrond is a (nonpracticing) attorney, writer, photographer, and creator of the award-winning site Chookooloonks. Karen is also the author of The Beauty of Different, a book that will convince you that the thing that makes you different might just be your superpower. She's also the creator of Lime Retreats, a retreat for that helps attorneys discover their superpowers, and use their forces for good, and not evil. She loves dark chocolate, a good rum, and she's wildly convinced you're uncommonly beautiful.


on why starting friendships is like a home entryway

Six-and-a-half years ago my husband Marcus and I were preparing to move from Trinidad & Tobago to Houston, Texas and we were in the throes of house-buying.  Actually, Marcus was in the throes of changing jobs and employers, so I was the one charged with buying the house.  ”I don’t care what you choose,” my English MORE »


starting a daily photo project for the summer

As a photoblogger, even though  I don’t generally take photographs every day with my large dSLR camera, I do find that I shoot every day nonetheless, if you count the other cameras I have in my arsenal (including, of course, my trusty iPhone).  And I don’t make any secret of the fact that photography has been MORE »


the death of photojournalism? I don’t think so

This week, I’ve been obsessed with the news that the Chicago Sun Times has laid off its corps of photojournalists.  Their reasoning, apparently is because “the business is changing” and “readers want more videos with their news.”  (Rob Hart, one of the photojournalists who was laid off, says he was “replaced by a reporter with MORE »


the summer family vacation

When I was a kid growing up in Trinidad, my dad was a workaholic petroleum engineer, who often left for work before I woke in the morning, and would frequently return late at night.  It wasn’t surprising, really.  He loved his job, and was passionate about what he did.  That said, there was one thing MORE »


do you set summer goals?

Well, another school year has come and gone in our house:  yesterday was my daughter Alex’s last day of school, and today we had our final parent-teacher conference with her third grade teacher, confirming that she’s ready to move on to fourth grade.  We thanked her teacher for her hard work this year, and we’ve MORE »


on being interconnected

Last weekend, my husband and I went to the west Texas Big Bend National Park to spend a few days.  To say that we stuck out like sore thumbs would be the understatement of the century:  in a world of cowboy hats and Texan drawls, Marcus and I, with our funny accents and city-slicker ways MORE »


how to remain youthful: look for the wonderful

Years ago, when I was interviewing one of my friends for my book, I asked her how she remains so youthful.  Pam was almost 60 years old, a good 15 years older than I am, but she inevitably gets mistaken for my age, and often younger.  But it’s more than the fact that she looks younger MORE »


what really matters, on mother’s day

I will admit that I rank up there with some of the most uptight of moms — I’m certainly the most fretful parent in my house.  While my husband is far more laid-back, I’m the one who worries that homework is done (neatly and on-time, thankyouverymuch), that the bedroom is picked up, that “pleases” and MORE »


10 highly awesome things to do in houston

Although I’m not originally from Houston, I’ve lived much of my life in this city.  It has always surprised me that most people never consider visiting this incredibly cosmopolitan city, especially since it’s the fourth largest city in the United States.  But recently, Houston has been receiving some astoundingly great press: last year, Forbes touted MORE »


20 ways to boost your mood today

Earlier this week I got some disappointing news that had me in a bit of a funk.  It was one of those funks that required a bit of wallowing, but after a while, I was starting to get on my own nerves: it was time to pull myself out of it. Happily, I did.  Because MORE »

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