Creating Ripples ... Making Waves
Storytelling Concert About Transformation:
Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, I met my husband during the weeks before Mardi Gras when I was seventeen, and we’ve been together ever since. For the past sixteen years we’ve made Houston, TX our home. Our daughters, Heather and Crystal, are grown, and in recent years we’ve added son-in-law Johnny, and granddaughter Genevieve to the family. After having our lives rearranged by Hurricane Katrina, my parents now live here in Texas, and my five siblings are spread across four different states. Fortunately, some of them were already settled in other places before the storm. Currently I work as an Elementary School Librarian, and travel with my husband on his job during breaks and summer vacation.
M.S. Candidate in Library and Information
Someone once told me that others might be
blessed with the “gift of gab” by kissing the Blarney Stone, but
that I must have swallowed a piece as a child, because I could
talk and tell a story at the drop of a hat. In a way I suppose
this is true - no matter what happens or where I am, I find
myself recounting bits and pieces of my life to other people I
meet. I also collect stories that I hear in exchange, and pass
them on when appropriate. This habit of exchanging tales with
other folks in passing led one teacher to comment, “Karen, I
don’t believe you’ve ever met a stranger”. I firmly believe that
sharing stories can have that effect - even if the tale is
borrowed or modified, storytellers still pass on a bit of
themselves in the telling, and as a result connections are made
with those who listen.
My husband and I have many varied interests, which sustain us and enrich our lives. I studied art, and worked as an Assistant Animator for two years. I’ve also done murals for homes and businesses, covering entire interior and exterior walls, in recent years with the help of my daughters. My husband worked for years as a Radio Announcer and Program Director, leading to our extensive record collection. I play guitar, piano and some organ, our daughters play French Horn, and percussion, my son-in-law plays trumpet and guitar, and my husband plays the guitar exceptionally well. He also produces original music by mailing audio files back and forth between musicians who add different tracks, which he then orchestrates into a final product. Our entire family reads avidly, and one of our favorite aspects of having grown children is that we can all share books with each other. We are currently enjoying passing this on to our granddaughter - she grabs a basket at home, dresses up, and announces, “Mommy, I’m going to the library to get a book”.
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