These days, everyoneâ€™s on some kind of health kick. Weâ€™re working out at gyms and yoga studios, talking about health and wellness, and experimenting with all types of fitness regimens and diet plans. We are aware of the challenge to keep in shape and maintain our weight, and the vigilance that it takes to stick to our goals. If we work out at home, we better stick to our exercise channel because with one click of the remote, our resolve can be destroyed by the junk food commercials shown regularly on prime time.
Of the ten commercials we witness during our favorite half-hour sitcom, six of them are urging us to snack on food items that we do not need. Our temptation to visit the fridge during these ads is aided by the increased loudness in the volume of the television. We can still hear how good the snack...
By Karen Williams Published: April 18, 2013
I am a birthmotherâ€¦one part of the adoption triad that consists of birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees.Â Honored to be the closing keynote at the 34th Annual American Adoption Congress International Conference on Adoption, presented in partnership with Adoption Network Cleveland, I entertained the audience with anecdotal humor about the...
By Karen Williams Published: April 4, 2013
â€śSometimes, reaching out and taking someoneâ€™s hand is the begining of a journey.â€ť This quote by Vera Nazarian, author of The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration, makes me think about my mom. She held my hand to cross the street. I have pictures of her as a young mother with three...
Connectionsâ€¦Where Itâ€™s At!!!
By Karen Williams Published: March 21, 2013
I am so excited!!!Â Shoving aside my fears, doubts, and anxieties about my life and exercising my true belief that my dreams are my reality, I decided to take the initiative, use my connections, and create a comedy tour. I simply put it on my Facebook page that I want to...
Shout Out for International Womenâ€™s Day!
By Karen Williams Published: March 7, 2013
Thank goodness for Google and Wikipedia!Â When I need a little refresher on my important dates to remember and the origin of the celebration, I can rely on the World Wide Web to deliver.Â With International Womenâ€™s Day coming up, I thought Iâ€™d take a look at its beginnings and share my...
Monopolize Small Businesses!
By Karen Williams Published: January 24, 2013
When I grew up, we were taught in school about monopolies.Â It was considered a symbol of free enterprise that local communities would support businesses in their neighborhoods.Â In other words, no one expected to have their lives in the hands of SUPER supermarkets, telephone networks, gas companies or two political...
By Karen Williams Published: January 10, 2013
I am always a bit annoyed at the prospect of making New Yearâ€™s resolutions just because it seems like the thing to do.Â As a Buddhist practitioner, I am in the habit of making goals for myself on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Somewhere around October of each year,...
To Be YGBC&S
By Karen Williams Published: December 20, 2012
To be Youthful, Gay, Black, Clean and Sober...
Not exactly lyrics to a song, but certainly words to a saga. I am attending yet another social function for black lesbians where the music is jamming, the cards are being slapped down on the table, and the drinks are flowing...
Laugh and Count to Ten
Published: December 6, 2012
By Karen WilliamsMy dear friend and fabulously suave singer, Suede, often opens her set by stating that â€śDiva is in a dangerous mood...â€ť Well, Iâ€™m not about to sing, and Iâ€™m hoping that my recent encounter with TSA officials has possible future comedy value. However, Iâ€™m feeling slightly dangerous and...
By Karen Williams Published: November 15, 2012
Itâ€™s a crisp fall day and I am outside of The Healing Place sweeping leaves into the street.Â Cars drive by hurriedly onward, with drivers occasionally glancing at me.Â Some folks smile sheepishly while young children unabashedly wave.Â I wave back, wondering what itâ€™s like for them to see me with my broom...
The Creative Life
By Karen Williams Published: October 18, 2012
â€śI feel so alive in a deep way these daysâ€¦alone yet not lonelyâ€¦youthful though not youngâ€¦ I have a freedom of spirit I longed for, in the midst of real challenges. I feel so happy and so fortunate.â€ť
This is an excerpt from a text I sent to a...
By Karen Williams Published: October 4, 2012
Home is where the heart is, so the saying goes. Recently, I read that we can feel at home wherever we find ourselves in the world. Since I travel so much for performance work and speaking engagements, both of these statements about home resonate deeply with me.
The Real â€śFâ€ť Wordâ€¦Festival!
By Karen Williams Published: August 23, 2012
How many lesbians does it take to have a fantastic fun-filled feminist festival? Anywhere from three to ten thousand, if youâ€™re referring to the Michigan Womynâ€™s Music Festival! I spent a year there last week, camping in a tent that I decked out like a New York City studio apartment....
Does Anyone Cook Anymore?
By Karen Williams Published: July 12, 2012
I love to cook. Itâ€™s therapeutic for me. Itâ€™s my passion to make my own food. I grow organic vegetables in raised beds in my backyard at home on the North Coast, where the black soil and earthworms make for a nutrient-rich harvest. I braise kale in my wok, roast...
Say It Loud! Iâ€™m Gay and Iâ€™m Proud!
By Karen Williams Published: June 21, 2012
â€śSay it loud! Iâ€™m Black and Iâ€™m proud!â€ť Thank you Mr. James Brown because now I can adapt the lyrics to suit myself.
â€śSay it loud! Iâ€™m Gay and Iâ€™m proud!â€ť While some lesbians may protest my use of the word â€śGayâ€ť to describe myself, keep in mind...