Karen Mulder

Recent Articles

Caring for a Friend Whose Mother Died


“The second Sunday in May is probably one of the least favorite days of the year for those whose moms are no longer living,” writes Laura Goldman on the Care2 blog. Laura shares that even though her mom passed away in early 2001, “sixteen Mother’s Days later, it’s still a difficult time for me.” I […]

Protect Your Friend


How can you be a friend to a friend who is going through a divorce? Wendy Paris is a journalist who runs the website Splitopia, which explores how to navigate a divorce. In her book of the same name, she writes, “If you are a confidante of a friend in the midst of a divorce, […]

Name It to Tame It


by Rodger Price Twenty years ago my mother went through two days of waiting for test results that would tell us if she had terminal liver cancer. It was a tough two days. When the doctor told us the results were the worse-case scenario, her first words were, “Well, at least now I know.” She […]

Inside Looking Outside


Editor’s Note: The following blog post is written by Randy Simpson, an inmate at a correctional facility. One of the ways you can care well is to write to someone who is incarcerated, to show them that someone cares. Randy’s address is listed below if you are so inclined. Perhaps you have spent some time […]

Search for Common Ground


It can be difficult to care for someone when we are at odds with their point of view. But I encourage you: remember your common ground. Remember the ties that bind you together. Remember your history with this person. Sometimes we allow one aspect of who a person is to color our opinion of the […]

Be Renewed


Spring is, among other things, a metaphor for renewal, and renewal often involves taking risks. On our blueberry farm, when the buds swell early on our blueberry bushes, they are a pleasant sign of tasty things to come. But . . . if the budding occurs too early in the year because of a mild […]

An Easter Reflection


by Reverend Beverly Zell It’s hard for me to talk about Easter without speaking of Lent. Growing up it was strictly a Catholic practice and since we were radically protestant we skipped all the darkness of Lent in the rush to Easter. My first encounter with Lent occurred in my early 30s while attending a […]