Recent Entries

  • Karma, Mame, and Vera

    It's been about two weeks since my last post.  Why the delay?  For the first week I was on vacation; for the second, on stay-cation.  Even we "retired" folks need some time to kick back and recharge our batteries. So what does a genteel senior citizen such as myself do for relaxation...
  • Karma and Funny Cat Pictures

    Let’s agree that none of us will admit that we really like those silly cat photos or videos. There is something in either the cuteness or the snootiness of cats that strikes a chord with us. We’d all love to behave like a cat – aloof, independent, giving our affection as a precious...
  • Karma and New York

    I love New York. I’ve traveled around the world and have favorite cities everywhere, but none has the energy of NYC. Sadly, few have as tarnished a reputation for rudeness, incivility, and general hostility as do the citizens of this magnificent city. Let me tell you – it ain’t tru...
  • Karma and the Responsibilities of Aging

    We ain’t getting any younger. Day by day, hour by hour, our lives are heading toward the inevitable end. So what is our responsibility to ourselves, our families, and our society as we age?   I vividly recall reading years ago about a community in the old West who advertised for a schoo...
  • Karma and the Incarcerated

    No family is perfect; mine certainly isn’t, and I suspect that if you think yours is, you may be sadly disillusioned at some point in the future.   Between us, Ken and I have six kids/stepkids. They are all over the spectrum, from GED to nursing school, from well-employed to…jail...
  • The Karma of Tea

    Consider the humble cup of tea: fragrant, warm, comforting. We associate tea with relaxation, with the lovely ritual of English afternoon tea, with the wisdom of Asia, with the mystery of India. It’s one of the easiest beverages to prepare: for most Americans, all we have to do is plop a teaba...
  • Karma of a Young Hero

    You’ve probably never heard of Iqbal Masih. Very few people have. He is a true Karmic hero because he did the right thing, and ended up being murdered – at the age of twelve.   Iqbal was sold into slavery by his parents in Pakistan when he was only four years old. He was sold to a...
  • The Karma of a Stranger’s Smile

    Like many people, I’m often guilty of crawling into my own little bubble when I travel on public transportation. I pull out my book or put in my headphones, and that’s it until I reach my destination. Shame on me, especially since I wrote an entire book about how to increase one’s ...
  • Karma and Jury Duty

    Let’s face it: we all flinch when we get that letter from the government telling us we’ve been selected for jury duty. We all have better things to do with our lives, right? Right? Uh…wait a minute…   As it happens, I, Karma Dar, am on jury duty. Since I am now techn...
  • Karma Cat and Other Heroes

    There are thousands of wonderful animal shelters in the US. Today I’m going to highlight a very special one: the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York.   They are the largest no-kill shelter in the world – not just the US – and since 1944 they’...
  • Karma and the Food Cowboy

    We’re all guilty of food waste; it’s a fact of our fast-paced, consumer-driven life. A podcaster I love used to refer to “aspirational vegetables” – you know, the ones you buy intending to add to your healthier eating plan, but somehow forget until you have to throw the...
  • The Karma of Creating Joy

    The best Karma of all comes from making others happy in the most miserable of situations.   I have always followed George Takei’s stories of his childhood experience in an internment camp during World War II. The very existence of those camps should bring a flush of shame to us all. Did...
  • Health and Karma

    Have you ever thought about the connection between Karma and health?   It’s scientifically proven that a positive attitude helps strengthen your immune system. And a negative attitude? Well, I have a personal story about that.   My mom was a class A hypochondriac. She literally c...
  • A Red Karma Card Story

    Many people are initially more excited about the red Karma Cards, because, let’s face it: we all run into jerks every day and telling them off isn’t always a healthy option. Then, on reflection, these same people who wanted a large supply of red Karma Cards become worried that giving one...
  • A Teacher's Karmic Legacy

    If you’ve been very lucky in life, you’ve had one very special teacher who changed your life.  I was fortunate enough to have that person in my life, and to his embarrassment I’m going to name him:  Pete Silva was my high school drama and English teacher…well, let&...
  • The Karma of Bullying

    Good morning!   Today’s Karma…well, let’s call it a rant…is about something there is little disagreement on: bullying is ALWAYS bad Karma – not for the recipient, but for the bully him/herself.   Like many of you, I was regularly bullied as a kid and had...
  • Karma Dar's Blog - January 18, 2017 -- Dogs On Deployment

    Welcome to Karma Dar’s blog! I’ll be looking for stories, people, and organizations who epitomize good – or bad – Karma in our everyday life. If you have a story to share, please send it to me!   Today’s story is about a truly selfless organization which quietly ...