Author: Karyn E. Johnson

  • A Picture and a Story III

    This is Turtleshell Cabin at Sylvania Tree Farm in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. I just visited the website and it appears that the cabin is no longer available, which makes me incredibly sad. (Their other cabins are still available, though, and I recommend a stay there if you ever get the chance.) October 2013/2014 For our 10-year […]

  • A Picture and a Story II

    Istanbul, 2005 I was excited to go to Istanbul as part of a tour organized by the Turkish members of the International Women’s Club. (In short, IWC was a spouse’s club for those of us living near the NATO base in Germany.) While Istanbul was not one of the places on my bucket list during […]

  • A Picture and a Story

    I haven’t written anything creatively for several weeks. But to flex my creative muscles, I thought I’d share a photo along with a story. I may do this regularly. I have a lot of photos with back stories to share.  Venice, 2006 My friends and I arrived in Venice just in time for Carnevale. That […]

  • You’re Invited

    You’re Invited

    As we turned into the parking lot near One Observatory Circle, the butterflies in my stomach began fluttering faster and harder. I saw the shuttle that would drive us to the Vice President’s Residence, but before we could board, we had to be cleared by a Secret Service Agent. Once we were seated on the […]

  • July 16

    July 16

    I feel guilty about this, but July 16 passed this year without me remembering it as the anniversary of Grandpa’s death. I think that’s the first time that has ever happened. Nineteen years. *** I was studying in Bath, England that summer, my senior year at Ohio State. It was the most exciting thing to […]

  • Fruit Forward

    Fruit Forward

    The Craigslist ad beckoned to me – pouring and selling wine as an independent contractor around Southern Maryland? I’ve never been much of a salesperson, but how hard can that be? Wine practically sells itself. All I had to do was invite people to taste. I responded to the ad and received a request days […]

  • The Accidental Gardener

    The Accidental Gardener

    We closed on our house two years ago today, and with the house came a decent-sized vegetable garden. It was all a bit intimidating. I had only been a homeowner once before and never got around to doing much in the way of gardening. Throughout Lance’s military career, we lived in a lot of rental […]

  • Antioch Writers’ Workshop

    Antioch Writers’ Workshop

    I’m not even sure where to begin about my experience at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop last weekend. A writing workshop has been on my bucket list for years. Antioch just happens to be a well-known one, and it’s fairly local – just over an hour’s drive from Columbus to the University of Dayton. I only […]

  • Writing and Life

    Writing and Life

    I will post about my experience at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, once I find some quiet time to actually do so. There was a lot packed into just the day and a half I was there. I even met a U.S. senator, which was icing on the cake. (I mean, I like this senator, so […]

  • Sheep Shit Shirt: An Oktoberfest Story

    Sheep Shit Shirt: An Oktoberfest Story

    As I glanced at the empty seat next to me on the luxury coach and then gazed out the window, I knew without a doubt that the man exiting the hotel was going to be my seatmate. The first thing I noticed was his t-shirt, which advertised sheep manure. A minute later, he slid into […]