I am a writer who ended up a reality TV producer. A designer who woke up a business owner during a recession. And a wife who found herself a personal chef when her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Then I became a mom, ended up in the ER, and decided it was time to stop letting stress control my life. Some would say, "my life is a lemon." I say, I love Lemonade :)

STEP UP TO THE PLATE… FOR BOSTON

Once again, the hustle and bustle of an American work day was brought to a grinding halt by another tragedy.  A day
that should be filled with joy and celebration was literally brought to
its knees by a senseless act of cowardliness. There are very few
traditions left in our culture that bring out the spirit of brotherhood
and humanity, The Boston Marathon is one of those traditions. 

 

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Carlos Arredondo carrying a bloodied US flag at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions. Photograph: Darren Mccollester/Getty Images

I think we all knew on September 11, 2001 that our lives were changed
forever but I don't think any of us fathomed how deep the penetration
of violence would now be embedded in our culture.  At first we all
banned together. We flew flags. We introduced ourselves to our
neighbors.  We prayed for strangers.  As time went on, however, we
locked our doors.  We closed our shades. We tuned into CNN.  

We drifted farther and farther away from our fellow Americans slowly becoming desensitized to Anthrax scares, heighten security alerts, and
images of war.  Little did we know the score had just become 2 points Terrorist, 0 America.  Americans were oblivious to the fact the terrorists had just turned our living
rooms into a battle field without using a gun.  We were, however, acutely
aware of the media and our quest for justice. We watched the news
religiously.  We spent money and resources to find whoever was
responsible because we thought killing the source of evil
would wash America clean and restore normality.

When I was a kid life certainly was not perfect.  The country had a long
ways to grow in respect and support of equal rights for all Americans.  I am proud to say I have seen that change in my lifetime. However, my school was never a war
zone. My yard was my utopia. And I spent more time interacting with my
neighbors and family than I did a video game.  I felt loved by my
community. I felt safe. My teachers had the resources and support to nurture my
growth.   I honestly remember being excited to say the Pledge Of Allegiance every morning. I would  jump up and down waving my hand in hopes of the
teacher choosing me to lead it. There was support in our
community. People were not only willing to help foster the future of the
children but when something did happen, it happened to all of us, as
Americans.

 

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A simpler time with my mom as a child.

Now as mass shooting after mass shooting occurs we spend hours
debating on television as to where to point the finger.  The
mother?  The teacher?  The law?  Anything to deflect a sense of
responsibility as a community. As more places become unsafe for us to congregate and love one another we deny we are drifting away into a world
where we have abandoned our children and each other.  We no longer need the terrorist to create terror, the seed was
planted and we watered it.  

We find ourselves once again looking for one source of evil to pinpoint the
violent act on so we can wash ourselves clean and move on with our day.
Terrorist 3,  America 0. 

The Boston Marathon had thousands of charity runner participants. People much like myself who run to raise awareness and
money for diseases like Cancer.  And a half a million people lined the
streets to cheer on all the runners.  Many of the participants
were complete strangers to the supporters yet they cheered and yelled,
"You can do it!"  They were selflessly supporting one another to show the younger generation and the world that love is limitless.

Someone or some group tried to destroy that example of community.  As we
see the  injury and casuality reports,  I know it seems impossible to
overcome the anger and not seek revenge. I want justice like we all do.  But if we lose sight of our neighbor I believe we
are doing a disservice to every hero involved.

So what do we do?  How do we turn such soar lemons into lemonade? It
won't be easy but we
could start by doing something different to really start fighting back.  I say we turn off our TVs and ipads and instead find time to volunteer in our community.
If that is not possible, how about we just simply display a random
act of kindness to a stranger everyday this week.   Introduce yourself to that neighbor you have never met or maybe have avoided
because you are "too" busy to talk.  Let's promise not to forget, but let's also promise to not be
afraid.  We can use this tragedy to get motivated to make a difference.   What happened won't
destroy or shadow one of the greatest traditions in American culture–
the Bostonians are too strong for that… but it could inspire us to make more.

My friend Henri's cousins were among the victims severly injured in this tragedy. The family could use your help and support.  Please click on this link to learn more and donate. http://www.gofundme.com/CelesteandSydney

 

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An emergency responder and passerby tend to Sydney Corcoran, a Lowell High School student who was injured by shrapnel in Monday's bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, David L Ryan) Read more:

 

Love and Light to everyone in Boston,

KK

(Kara Kurcz)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SURVIVING …SURVIVING

Survivor is a funny word. It has this
ring to it that implies all you need to do is earn the title and
suddenly everything is OK.

 My husband, Brian, is an easy going guy. Not much fazes him.

 

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NOTICE HE IS WEARING MY SCARF

 

I
would go as far to say that even when he was diagnosed with cancer he was practical and succumb to the
fact that most likely… he had no control of his destiny.

However, all bets were off once Brian became a "survivor". You see, when you have any major hardship happen to you, your life
becomes a fish bowl. 

 

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WHY IS EVERYONE LOOKING AT ME?!

 

At first everyone cheers as you swim in
and out of that tiny plastic castle.  You feel special. 
People enjoy nurturing you. They never forget to feed you or change
your "water". 

 

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LOOK AT US! WE ARE SO HEALTHY!!!

 

 

Then slowly the novelty wears off…

You wake up one morning to find that the world is no longer
cheering. Instead, everyone is just staring.  So you feel depressed.

 

 

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I"M A LOSER. NO ONE LOVES ME

 

If you had cancer; you might feel judged on your appearance. 
"Should you be eating that?"

 

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OMG!!! HE IS EATING MEAT!!!!!!!!!

 

 If you were mourning; you might feel people are judging
you on your ability to move on. "Is she actually dating?" "

If you were broke; you might feel people judging you
when you do something nice for yourself.  "Did you buy a new dress?" 

 

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THAT WOULD BE PRADA WITH A "P"

 

As your bowl swirls with everyone's opinions you wake up one morning to find your water cloudy. You are starving because no one has fed you in weeks.  And you start to wonder… "Is everyone just waiting for the morning they find me belly up in
the bowl???"

 

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PLEASE DONT FLUSH ME!!!!

 

So what happened? You overcame insurmountable
obstacles to earn the title of survivor. I mean you did the
unthinkable;  you beat cancer, you clawed your way out of debt, you
overcame the loss of a loved one, you got through a divorce, you lost
100 pounds now… YOU'RE looking at a toilet bowl anticipating someone will flush you!?!?!??!?

I would love to say, "People suck that is what happened!" 
However, then I would have to throw out my whole "Life into
Lemonade" stick and hit the bottle.

 

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I DID THINK ABOUT IT… FOR A SPLIT SECOND

 

Instead, lets make lemonade. (you can add vodka later if you wish)

 

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KK-TINI: 1/2 LEMON JUICED, 1 OUNCE VODKA, .5 OUNCE CHAMBORD AND A REAL FRIEND TO SHARE IT WITH

Everyone has a light inside and I believe people, like moths, are attracted to "light."  Some people have to climb mountains and swim oceans because it is a necessary part of their journey. Their light shines outward, so others can be guided. It is like a gigantic flashlight! Your life is meant to be shared with the world!

 

 

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WE DID IT! SO CAN YOU!!!!!

 

 However, when we believe
we are defined by what "this life" has put us through
instead of who we are inside…moths start eating our clothes. We allow them to poke holes in our truth and our flashlights start to dim.

 So what do you do????? Well, first it's time to change the batteries in your flashlight:)  You need to take a step back and look at WHO you
are asking to clean your fish bowl.

My guess is if they are
questioning your candy bar, they just ate two. If they are judging
how you spend money, they have a fear of being broke. If they are
smack talking your ability to laugh or love, they wish they could do
both.

Next eat a twinkie if you feel like it.  Then kindly tell them you appreciate their concern but you are a
survivor and you know how to do just that.

 

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MAKEUP GENIUS KRISTINA DUFF KNOWS HOW TO SHINE INSIDE AND OUT WITH HER ATTAGIRL ORGANIZATION!!!

 

Finally, ask them,
"What is really up your butt?"   Something is most likely bugging them and you can
shine some light on how they too, can learn to be a survivor:)

 Now…speaking of "Asses" and "Survivors" this month is Colon
Cancer Awareness month!!  WHOOO HOO! So in the spirit of
shining lights up butts….we have asked some of our fabulous celebrity friends to support the cause!

 

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STEVEN KRAMER GLICKMAN AKA GUSTAVO FROM BIG TIME RUSH KNOWS WHAT'S UP!

 

 We are happy  to support our buddies at the Colon Cancer Alliance .  
We are donating a portion of every Solas bag purchased to raise
awareness for this cause! Check out www.solasfashion.com
and listen to Stan!!!!!

 

 

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LESLIE DAVID BAKER AKA "STAN" from THE OFFICE


Now go buy a purse that will light up just like you! www.solasfashion.com

 

xoxox

KK

 

 
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WHATS UP YOUR BUTT?

Some important information:

 

1.) Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.

2.) Although there has been a significant rise in the number of young people diagnoses with this cancer in the last 5 years recommended screenings are not until age 50.

3.)Colorectal Cancer is a slow moving cancer and if caught early has a 90% recovery rate.

4.) You can have colon cancer and feel great. Symptoms are non specific like stomach discomfort,rectal bleeding or slight blood in and around your stool.

4.) Over 9% of MEN AND WOMEN will be effected by colorectal cancer. This is not a man's disease.

 

 
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LIAR,LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE

Nobody likes a liar.  In fact,I have never met a single person who has ever told me, "I enjoy people who lie."

According to Wikipedia; a lie is a known untruth expressed as a truth often with the further intention to maintain a secret or a reputation.

 Hmm, well who wants to have a bad reputation?  Not I!

 So with that in mind some lies aren't as bad as others, right?

 I mean there is the Noble Lie; when you lie for the sake of honor, whether it be your own or some else's.

So if someone asks you :  "When are you due?" (and the only baby your birthing is all that birthday cake you ate)

and you happen to stutter in a panic, "uhhhh…."5 months".

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This is not a lie!  You were clearly protecting your honor.

(Side note:  Ladies write your local congress.  Questions like that should be punishable by law.)

Another example, as my good friend Kala pointed out, is when you tell a sympathy lie in order to make your friend feel better.  Maybe…she happened to gain a few lbs over Xmas and you lost a few.  You don't want her to feel bad!

"I totally gained 5 lbs too! Don't worry about it, it's winter."

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(Come to think of it maybe skinny samaritans like Kala should be punished as well.  Their offense?  They have the ability to be skinny samaritans!)

Then there is the ever so popular, White Lie.  The "white lie", in the 21st century, has become a right of passage in relationships. Therefore making 80% of people in relationships…absolved of the sin of lying.

Ladies, your man TOTALLY remembered to drop your mother's card in the mail on the way to work.

I mean, why would he lie?

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Now my favorite word for lying is Puffery; which is an exaggerated claim.  Why?  Because everyone does it, politicians, sales people, marketing executives…women…

"I have no idea why these jeans don't fit!  I have been the same size since high school."

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Oh!  How about Lying By Omission…commonly used by teenagers and some adults…

Listen, when my best friend Carolyn and I went to our alma mater IOWA for a football game, it was not our fault those boys assumed we were seniors.

…I mean we are seniors…(to them)

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And the devil of all categories of lies is…

 Lying Through Your Teeth

I mean who could ever do that?  What a horrible person!  GROSS!

Yes, we have conveniently categorized lying so that some of us can do it when we deem ABSOLUTELY necessary…and others…well…they are L.I.A.R.S!!!

So why am I babbling on and on about lies?  And what does this have to do with your closet?!  The way I look at it, in some way shape or form, we are all…liars.  (GASP!  I KNOW!)  And the majority of our lies stem from how we think we look…and how we want to look to the world. 

So next time someone is having a hard time telling the truth, don't get mad right away.  Think about all the times you have have total a little fib and why. Maybe it is your job to help them feel comfortable in their own skin. So they don't find the need to "lie".

When we are able to light the way for others that is when we are being true to ourselves…that is when we feel fabulous…and the rest my friends just has a way of falling into place.

 

Have a great weekend,

KK

 
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