Author Archives: karenesteslowry

Birthing a New Baby

  I feel like I’ve been in this exact same place before. It’s a place where I’m waiting for something important to happen. Everyone seems to be looking at me as if I’m the one who is supposed to make … Continue reading

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Join me in sending a Thanksgiving message

Have you ever had to adjust the meal time for your holiday gathering or have an empty spot at the table because a family member had to work? We all have. And when the family member who has to work … Continue reading

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Happy Veterans Day

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I’m sorry to admit that until a few years ago, I hardly ever noticed Veterans Day on the calendar. When you work for companies that don’t recognize the day as a holiday it’s too easy … Continue reading

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A Spilled Secret

My senior year of college, a friend who had graduated the year before and gotten a job and an apartment in town invited a whole gang of close friends over for a Thanksgiving dinner before we all left town for … Continue reading

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Chambers County Alabama Stew—Smith Estes Version

Other than politics and religion one of the most controversial topics in the Deep South centers around the origins of Brunswick Stew. That topic ranks right up there with whether barbecue sauce ought to be sweet or tart, how you … Continue reading

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One Really Good 9/11 Memory

One Really Good 9/11 Memory Despite the unspeakable horrors of one of the worst days in American history, I cling to one precious, precious memory of the impact of those attacks. Maybe it was the day after or maybe it … Continue reading

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My fearless protectors

Life in a Forest is not without adventures. Two very large owls share the yard and they keep surprising me with how well-hidden they are when sitting in the trees and how startling they are when they suddenly take flight. … Continue reading

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