"A need to tell and hear stories is essential to the species Homo sapiens — second in necessity apparently after nourishment and before love and shelter. Millions survive without love or home, almost none in silence; the opposite of silence leads quickly to narrative, and the sound of story is the dominant sound of our lives, from the small accounts of our day's events to the vast incommunicable constructs of psychopaths." —Reynolds Price.
Karen, an avid reader since childhood, is particularly drawn to the forgotten stories of everyday people found in 19th-century newspapers. She began reading the historic newspapers just for fun in the early 1990s when microfilm was the only option. Today she reads newspapers online and shares her favorite funny, sad, interesting, weird, amazing, and scary stories in her books.
Karen and her husband of fifty years lived 13 years full time in an RV. Today they live in Colorado in a house without wheels, play old time music with friends, garden, and tend a few spoiled chickens, a cat and a beehive.