Life. Pared Down.

For Folks with Everything Except Peace of Mind

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Do you have it all but instead of feeling Successful and ‘At Peace’ you’re just OVERWHELMED?

I know how you feel.

I also know that it doesn’t have to be that way.

And there IS a way out.


Simply by getting your life Pared Down so you can achieve INNER CLARITY and focus on things that matter most!

You’ll be more energetic, motivated, effective, & focused and less distracted and stressed out.

Imagine that!

Here’s what you can do to get started:

Step One – Take a good, honest inventory of an area in your life that needs fixing and write it down.

Step Two – Examine your inventory.

Step Three – Do one little thing to adjust it.

Or as Third Century A.D. Roman Plotinus stated:

Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful; he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also…Never cease chiseling your statue.

If you need some help digging deeper, email me at I’ll hold up that mirror for you by asking the right questions.

In the meantime, check out my Helpful Hints page.

There are even some Pared Down activities for the kiddies that’ll get them unplugged from their electronic devices while sparking their imagination!

Puppet Scripts For Kids  are downloadable scripts for children ages 4-12 (and anyone young at heart). They start at only $4.00 and are available in Etsy. Select scripts come with FREE puppet characters!

      Kids’ Stories Read Aloud  for FREE, inspiring stories. Hit Play and Enjoy!

And get a copy of my latest book: A Childhood Missed: Stories and Poems to Read to Your Children So They Don’t Miss Theirs. It’ll help cultivate  your child’s imagination.

You can order it here.

My Story


‘Swimming’ in our ‘Pared Down’ pool during those very ‘Pared Down’ (short) summers!

Originally a New Yorker (the Upstate version), I grew up in an Irish-Italian, Catholic family and loved hanging out with my siblings, especially during those long, cold winters when we were all stuck indoors driving our poor mother crazy.

Author, speaker, coach, radio contributor, former teacher & lifetime lover of all things literary, I can be reached at I’d love to hear from you!


Karen J.

2 Replies

  1. Dear Karen, Have just seen the list of c.d’s of your conferences. They are ALL needed for the great G.K.C. archive here in the centre of Oxford. Can you arrange for them to be sent to me, and I shall pay either by VISA card or by cheque drawn in $ on U.S. Bank?
    My address is: 1, Stubbs Avenue, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8RT, England. Dale Ahlquist will commit perjury on my behalf.
    I am 94, and crumbling by the da… hour, so please delay not, forsooth.
    My senile salutations,
    Aidan Mackey

    1. I will get right on it! Thank you for your inquiry, Aidan!