About Karen Loethen

About Me

Hi, I'm Karen and I'm glad you found my little place in Blogland. I'm a super happy woman who just happens to have the best husband and children on the planet. Coincidence? 

This page is designed to give you a slightly better view of just who I am...so let's see...I would say that if I had to pick a few words out of the air I would describe myself as individual, honest, open, happy, friendly, funny, and a bit awkward in my TMI ways. In a good way.

I am a very open and out atheist. I used to be a Catholic but I took the looooooong way out of the fun house in my 20's, the very long way. And now I'm in a place where I truly believe that the world would be a better place without any religion of any kind.

I am always learning. At some point of every day I'm researching something...I'm good that way. Today it was the Revolutionary War, Wittgenstein, and lighting/photography.

I write because I think. If I could stop thinking I might not blog. Instead I have three blogs.

Why Blog?  

Well, I started because of the thing about feeling the need to have a presence online as an Open Atheist. Now I just love the people who visit and I like stretching myself. I will continue to blog about being an atheist, being parenting, and just about anything else that strikes me.

My Background

I'm a small town girl from Middle America. We are St. Louisans, recently returned from living a year and a half in Brisbane QLD Australia. My husband is a brilliant computer geek who was invited down there to do some work—we jumped at the chance! 

I have a couple of undergrad degrees and an graduate degree in Social Work. Most of my professional work was in therapy and mental health or substance abuse treatment. After all of that I had two kids and knew that I had to stay home with them. We started homeschooling in 2002.

Australia 2013

Random Facts About Me
  • My bra is ALWAYS uncomfortable
  • Laundry from two days ago is still in the dryer...and the washer, now needing rewashing
  • Ask me for directions; I have an internal gyroscope
  • I learn something from everyone I meet
  • Most of my disposable income goes to my ereader
  • If, when my palm itches, I have money coming, when my feet itch, do I get new socks?
  • I will step over the clutter
  • I wrote some blog posts last night in my mind and, this morning, forgot every word of them
  • If I have an addiction it is probably hot tea
  • I'm an escapism junkie: books and films
  • It takes a thimble-full of alcohol to make me feel buzzed
  • I am the one in the movie theater with that hideously loud laugh...
  • I still love to color and hang my pics on the frig
  • Not using periods in this list is bugging the shit out of me
  • I'm annoyed by your misspellings, but I'm certain that my own are fairly understandable.  LOL
  • I have a couple of friends that I have been friends with since we were very little elementary girls playing hop scotch and listening to The Partridge Family.

My Favorite Things

My favorite author: Barbara Kingsolver
My favorite vacation: New Zealand
The most beautiful place I have ever seen:  NEW ZEALAND
My favorite ice cream: Vanilla with Hershey's chocolate sauce
My favorite actor: Hmmmm...
My favorite actress:
My favorite movie: Chocolat
My favorite song: Almost anything by Luther
My favorite shoes: Ugly Crocs
My shoe size: 9EEEE
My vehicle: A grey van.
My favorite social media: Pinterest
My favorite color: Aqua
My favorite island resort: Tangalooma Island, QLD,  Australia
My favorite earrings: diamond studs my husband gave me
My favorite book: Too many to choose from!
My favorite pie: Pumpkin and Apple Pie a la mode
My favorite pizza: tomato and spinach
My favorite person in history: Galileo
My favorite planet: Saturn
My favorite comedians: Eddie Izzard and Tim Minchin
My favorite voice: Harrison Craig
My favorite card game: Solitaire
My favorite word board game: Scrabble
My favorite board game: Settlers of Catan

I hope you stick around and read more.
Comment all you want; 

I do love to hear from readers!

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