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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2017.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

THE BLESSINGS OF EASTER




                   The blessings of Easter are profound and yet simple:

                                   *Forgiveness: a freeing and uplifting experience for you, not        
                                                   the person who you are forgiving. And, how often we need
                                                   to forgive ourselves. 

                                   *Love: without love for others and ourself life can be empty
                                                   and without joy.

                                   *New Life: the Resurrection gives hope and perspective as
                                                    we experience life's challenges; to live a life that is good 
                                                     and noble.




                       

                    My health challenge of having ovarian cancer reinforced how important it was for me to forgive and let go; to live each moment with gratefulness and joy; and my responsibility to do what is best for another.


                          I WISH YOU A MOST BLESSED EASTER.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

AGING OR SAGE-ING: WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?



     From the time we take our first breath we are in the process of aging. How long we age and what we do during those years determines how content or peaceful we are with our lives. Sage-ing International defines sage-ing as "...a way of living the second half of our lives that is joyful, fulfilling and meaningful...involves personal and spiritual growth, making deeper connections with our friends and family, developing new passions and giving back through service to others.

     We recently watched the short documentary "King's Point." It is about senior citizens who moved to Florida from New York City to get away from the harsh winters, higher cost of living, and stressful life style. The film highlighted 5 or 6 people who shared their accepting or not accepting their present situation and future. Keeping busy with activities from card playing to dancing was very important to each of them. Some searched for companionship by re-marrying, while others were content to remain single.

     What struck me was that not one person talked about the deeper meanings of their lives. They did not speak about their faith; did not seek out more knowledge; nor did they share their wealth of knowledge and experience with their children, grandchildren, or younger citizens of Tampa. Perhaps the producers purposely left out any element of what I see as sage-ing. My grandmother lived her 92 years as a sage...she never stopped learning and sharing her knowledge about many aspects of life. She sought out spirituality, history, social and political issues, and wrote and talked about her views and experiences.

     I believe it was Mark Twain who said that we are only as old as think we are if we did not know how old we are. A Chinese doctor I went to for many years asked, "How young are you?" not how old. Life is God's gift to us, and what we do with it is our gift to God, is a paraphrase from Emmet Fox, a 20th century theologian and philosopher.

    I think of people like Harriet Hodgson, a renowned author of more than 30 books, who spends her elder years helping people through the grieving process;

   Shirley Corder who works to enrich the lives of those facing breast cancer with her book, Strength Renewed, presentations, and blogs;






and Milt Adams, the inspiring founder of Beavers Pond Press, who at the age of 70 "wanted to give something to others," and "change the world for the better."

I invite you to the websites of these sages:

                                  http://www.harriethodgson.com

                                          http://www.shirleycorder.com

                                                 http://www.BeaversPondPress.com

Thursday, March 14, 2013

INSPIRATION AND HOPE: HOW I FACED OVARIAN CANCER

     In June 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage IIC ovarian cancer, and was given a 50% chance to survive 5 years. The key factors that offered inspiration and hope to me then, and continue to this very day are:

                                                     *Faith in God

                                                           *Prayer and meditation

                                                               *Family and friends




      My belief in God began at the age of 17 when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. Prior to that I had not been raised in a Christian home, but my maternal grandmother was a devout Christian, who represented love, kindness, and wholesomeness. She was and still is a very important role model for me. I believe that God did not cause the cancer, but allowed it to happen. My recovery was based on His wisdom in knowing what was best for me.







     Shoulders to cry on, ears to listen, mouths to speak words of encouragement, and hands to help me were some of the ways family and friends assisted me in facing this cancer challenge. Sometimes it was laughter, or tears, or laying-on-of-hands. The food, cards, visits, flowers, gifts, telephone calls, or emails were encouraging and comforting.




 







                 I wrote Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir to reach out to women offering them information and inspiration. 

         Proceeds go to ovarian cancer research. Order at www.BeaversPondBooks at 40% discount...use "outshine" in coupon.

                                                   www.outshineovariancancer.com
   



Thursday, March 7, 2013

BUTTERFLIES: SYMBOLS OF HEALING & LIFE


HEALING:

Such a wonderful journey this butterfly has been on to become one of God's most beautiful creatures. 

In my book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, I share how imagery and meditations helped me face the cancer, and put my body in a balanced state. One of my favorite meditations leads me in visualizing butterflies healing my body. At the conclusion I see the butterflies leave my body carrying with them any disease or imbalance or negativity.


HUMAN LIFE:

We spend time in our mothers' wombs gathering nutrition, forming our bodies, and maturing to an age where we can live in the world. Then as children and adults our lives are filled with joy and sorrow, fear and courage, disappointment and enrichment, and so many more times of valleys and mountains. Once our earthly lives are over, I believe we go to be with God.

                               FOR THE BUTTERFLY:



The egg is tiny, oval or round, and is often deposited on a leaf, a great source of food for the soon to be caterpillar.






The caterpillar gorges himself with food preparing to go into a cocoon in order for the butterfly to be born.  It is a time of growth and it often sheds his skin three or four times to accomodate his growing body.







The pupa or chrysalis is a time of rest and the tissues
of what once was the caterpillar are broken down...
and the legs, wings, and body of the butterfly are formed.



  The mature butterfly lays her eggs to begin the cycle again.








                 A dear friend of 93+ years young watched his wife lying in her chair often sleeping during her last days on earth. Harry said, "I believe we are like the butterfly. We live as the caterpillar; then become like the cocoon as we enter the "dying phase;" and then we go to heaven where we are like a butterfly that radiates beauty." After his wife passed away, Harry said "I miss Annabelle now, but I know she is a butterfly waiting for me."







March 5th I celebrate the one year anniversary of my book's publication. Thank you for your support and encouragement. 

March 7th I celebrate my 72nd birthday. I am so grateful that I have had the last 4+ years to share with my family and friends.

March 14th marks the 49th birthday of my first-born. I will always be thankful that I had the privilege to be a Mother, not just once, but three times.

March is Women's History Month, so I invite you to let a woman know what she has meant to you. 

March 31st is Easter Sunday...a time of rebirth and renewal.