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Karo & Victor

My husband, Victor Tsaran, and I have just been featured at
From Youtube: “What an inspiring couple! These are two people from whom we can learn what COLORS of life is all about. They are visually impaired but that does not deter them from being what they wanted to be! Victor Tsaran is a Sr. Accessibility Program Manager at Yahoo!, singer, writer and a Guitar whiz. and Karo is a holistic life coach, writer and researcher at LifeinJoy.”
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In Pursuit of Her Dreams: A Woman’s Bargain with Fate

Women’s Ways of Knowing
by Mary Field Belenky at al

In grad school, I had to read a book called Women’s Ways of KnowingCrazy and too feminist, I thought before I picked it up. Once I began reading, I fell in love with it. The authors explored various ways in which, due to cultural and social expectations, women gain their knowledge and understanding of the world. The book turned out to be very empowering, since the authors showed how over time, women consciously chose the way they perceived and responded to the world. For instance, they could have began their journey with so-called received knowledge (they learned the information they were given without questioning it), but then could, because of a transformative experience, question authority and assert more of their own knowledge. They would become more self-reliant and independent. Continue reading »

2011: A year of Flowers

Victor and I were very fortunate to see flowers year round–from Maine to San Francisco to Seoul. Sometimes they were staring at us from the ground, sometimes we wore them, sometimes they were peaking from a painting or a mural. In any form, they were a link that tied other moments shared in the picture.

It is not that there were no enjoyable moments with friends, but I did not want to post anyone’s pictures without their permission. So the picture is a bit skewed. 🙂

And Happy 2012! Continue reading »

Shaking Buddha’s Hand & Awakening Wonder

Shaking Buddha’s Hand

A splash of vibrant yellows appeared before my eyes. I stared at and then touched and shook what I was told was called Buddha’s Hand, a vegetable that adds zest to salads. For a moment, all the familiar vegetables around me faded as I was marveling at the multitude of fingers in the vegetable I have just encountered for the first time in my life of several decades. Continue reading »

Happy Thanksgiving 365 days of the year!

fruits & chocolate covered nuts
Mandarines & Chocolates

Even though I have no childhood memories of Thanksgiving as it was not celebrated in Poland where I was born, I love this holiday the most. I am not religious and absolutely hate the kitschy, plastic or porcelain santas, angels and the like, not to mention the shopping frenzy. I associate Thanksgiving with peace and gratefulness for everyone and everything that surounds us, a concept that can be applied to all religions and cultures, virtual and otherwise; a concept that I like to extend to daily life, 365 days of the year. So, Tweeters, Facebookers, bloggers and everyone else, Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow and each day of the year!

A Sweet Interlude

white chocolate

While browsing the Narrative, a cool, innovative, literary magazine, I came across this beautiful piece of writing. I am quoting from an essay by Aleksandra Crapanzano, entitled The Magic Piano:

The piano was a masterpiece. A dark chocolate body so smooth it glistened. It should have been on a stage. White chocolate keys, minor notes of a chocolate so dark as to be almost black, foot pedals brushed in gold leaf. The lid of the piano was propped open on a thin chocolate rod, revealing an interior of milk-chocolate mousse so light it vanished on my tongue, leaving an echo, sublime and pure, that lingers even thirty years later.

I just love how she blends the description of the piano with the description of chocolate. Creative and beautiful!
Btw, you have to subscribe to the Narrative to read the magazine, but the subscription is free.
Have a sweet day!

We Learn From Stories, Not Theories


As children we revere and emulate the heroes of books and cartoons: Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Nancy Drew, to name a few. As we grow older, we look for a more “scientific” solution to our problems and seek help in books or individuals who advocate the use of theories that are the key to solving our problems. “If you do x, y, and z, and if you stick to them, you will resolve situation a,” they proclaim. And if you do not manage to follow through the x, y, or z, it is your own failure, not the theory’s. Continue reading »