Life is fast!  Days and months just fly by and sometimes I’m left holding the bag of regret about what I had hoped to do, or accomplish, in the aftermath of that season. For most of us, the start of a new year comes with a future-focused mindset. So, I wanted to capitalize on this … Read more


What do you think of when you hear Sanctuary? Does an image of a towering cathedral come to mind? Maybe a beautiful field of wildflowers? What about sitting by a stream or the ocean? Or maybe a special place or person? This question is what the Sisterhood TogetHER leadership team began to tackle a few … Read more


I distinctly remember the call when it came in. The surprising, lopsided, and inconceivable call that ruffled my feathers. Ten years ago, I was mindlessly shopping at an Office Depot in Chicago after a long day at work. As I was tiredly hanging on to my shopping cart and shuffling through the store, a call … Read more


Happiness is like a little pixie all of us like to chase.  She can be elusive and sometimes even stubborn.  In her absence she leaves our soul cluttered with emotional debris that we kick out of the way in our attempt to forge through life. We become bogged down in circumstances and relationships that seem … Read more


I’m sure if I asked you to recall a time you didn’t have enough of something, you’d come up with an example pretty quick.  I know I can!  It’s easy for me to think of times I needed more money, energy, knowledge, talent, time, and so much more. I remember a specific time, though, when … Read more


“Karyn! There are a hundred kids out here, so why is it I only hear your voice?” That bellow came from the front porch of my house, across the street from the parkway where I was playing with friends.  This area of the parkway was where neighborhood children would come to play 16” softball, Red-Rover and … Read more


“Get out! Get out!” The words ripped through my throat as I stood paralyzed, thigh high deep in the ocean.  I screamed over the roar of the waves and the din of vacationers to my, then, 10-year-old son, floating on his boogie board. Unbeknownst to him, a few yards deeper, a dark fin was steadily slicing through … Read more


I love to road trip, and my favorite partner to road trip with is my husband.  Through the years we’ve developed traveling rhythms and travel roles. I arrange the luggage in the trunk, he shuts down the house.  He fills the car with gas before we leave, I route the GPS.  We both share the … Read more


I was stirred from my nap by a creepy sensation.  Something wasn’t right. Too groggy to identify it, I opened my eyes and saw my uncle’s friend at the foot of my bed. I was 16, and he was 28. He was quietly making his way up the side of the bed with a handful of … Read more


In a conversation with a co-worker many years ago, she described me as religious and I found myself deeply offended.  She didn’t accuse me of it, or even compliment me of it; it was part of a deeper conversation surrounding death, illness and suffering.  She just sort of made note of it. I was initially thrown for … Read more