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Orlando, FL
Karen Hall, tv writer and producer, blogs about Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ (RIP) and other brave priests, the current state of the Catholic Church, and the dangers of modernism.
Interests: God, the Church, books, movies, horses, writing
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Weighing In I am closing in on the first draft of the book about Fr. Mankowski. I have two research trips left to make and two chapters left to right. Then, as all professional writers know, the REAL work will commence. It took me a year to be able to... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2022 at Some Have Hats
Long time no update. Sorry. I have been insanely busy. Aside from working on the book and college professing, I've been... Frankly, I don't know what I have been doing. One project that had to be tackled after another, the latest being 2021 taxes. Writers' brains were not made for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2022 at Some Have Hats
I'm in Facebook jail, and I am incapable of shutting up for fourteen hours, so I'm over here. Fr. James Altman has just been fired by his bishop. The guest priest at Fr. Altman's parish read a statement from the (cowardly) bishop to the congregation, and then immediately started extolling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at Some Have Hats
I fell in love with books at age six. That is when I read Charlotte's Web and decided that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Books saved my childhood. Long story, I won't bore you with it. Let's just say that I wasn't one of the... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2021 at I Need Something to Read
Let's discuss "Unity!" Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2021 at UMA
An update: I am now in the process of writing a book about Fr. Mankowski for Ignatius Press. I will keep you posted on it. The other day a friend of mine said, "We need this book." She meant "we" the friends of Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ. We do need... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at Some Have Hats
Here is an excellent article: Catholic Claims and the Witness of Fr. Mankowski by David Deavel. It begins with this pull-out quote: "For those of us who believe in the claims of the Catholic Church but are disheartened by her sinking into chaos and corruption, what are we to do?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Some Have Hats
The picture that follows this post was taken in Rome in 2007. It was an extraordinarily lovely evening in late May, and I had taken my two dear friends, Fr. Mankowski and Catholic author Mary Jo Anderson, out to dinner at my favorite restaurant, the dearly departed Il Passetto, of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2020 at Some Have Hats
I will eventually put these in chronological order. For now, I just want to get them up so people can read them. Why the Immaculate Conception? What I Saw at the American Academy of Religion The Priest as Evangelical Witness What Went Wrong? Jesus, Son of Humankind Liberal Jesuits and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Some Have Hats
Years ago, I had a blog called Some Have Hats. Some of you might remember it. I shut it down and deleted it so as to remain employable. I have no time or desire to start it again. But I wanted a place where I could collect all of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Some Have Hats
Not that anyone is reading this blog, but I feel the need to explain my absence. I've been unpacking. And unpacking. And still more unpacking. And I'm not done yet. Things have been coming together nicely, though. I'm very happy with the rooms that are finished, even though there are... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
Today my writing prompt asked me what was most important to me, in choosing a house. Every time we move, I make a list of what we have to have at the new place, but the list is mostly about not wanting to miss things that were at the old... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
I bought turquoise chairs (part of my turquoise/gray/etc. pallet) as a relatively inexpensive way to make my Flat Rock kitchen table fit into the Florida scheme of things. I'm really happy with the result! Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
When I ordered the dressers, I didn't pay for the "expert assembly" in the room of my choice. Big fail. See, I thought, "It's a dresser. You screw on the feet and insert the drawers." Well, no. If you order the dresser from Wayfair and can't believe the great price... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
Today I worked on my 15 year old son's room. He needed a dresser and a nightstand. His bed is a platform with no headboard, so I could get any colored furniture. Wouldn't you know it? I ended up liking a gray dresser? I guess that's good, as I will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
I have spent many hours on many websites, trying to find something to hang over the bed. It (or they) had to be the right colors, and, I thought, something tranquil. But after looking at a zillion tranquil beach scenes, it finally occurred to me that I'm not a person... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
So. I sold all the Flat Rock hickory furniture. I highly recommend Flat Rock Furniture, should you ever buy a cabin in the woods. It's very pricey, but it is built to last for several generations. And it's really gorgeous. But it doesn't look good in Florida. So I sold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
First, a little back story. I am, much to my on-going surprise, a "woman of a certain age." As most people my age will tell you, I feel like I'm about 35 or 40, but the mirror says otherwise. (However, as "women of a certain age" go, I get along... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
I love to look at websites for ideas. It's the modern version of window shopping. (And, if you have a PC instead of a Mac, it is window shopping.) My husband becomes twitchy when he sees me browsing websites. He doesn't understand that putting it on your "wish list" or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
I'm about to decorate a house from scratch. I've done this many times. I've done it many times while living with two men (my husband and my son.) I love them, so I can tell you who is currently the points leader in both Nascar series, who is playing tonight... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Porcelain Blue
DON'T FORGET: Game of Thrones Party on April 22nd from 7-9 pm. Join us for refreshments, special discounts and general celebration of the return of Game of Thrones. Come in costume and win a prize! Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Black Bear Blog
We're sure that all you diehard Game of Thrones fans have marked your calendars for April 24th, when the show will return for its 6th season. We want you to save an additional date: April 22nd from 7-9 pm, we will be hosting a medieval feast in honor of our return to the Seven Kingdoms. No, there will not be any jousting. But there will be food, GOT gifts and books to purchase at a discount, and, of course, a costume contest. We will be serving items from the Game of Thrones cookbook and giving away prizes to the best... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Black Bear Blog
The best thing about fall, if you ask us, is the book list. The fall list is the one most prized by authors (since it means their books will sell as Christmas gifts) so there are always big names on it. In case you want to start planning your Christmas list, or if you're a big fan of one of the authors, here are the names and publication dates of the Big Fall Books. (You can pre-order them now and get a 20% discount.) Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon -- September 22nd Killing Reagan by Bill O'Reilly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Black Bear Blog
We hope everyone enjoyed their summer, which seemed to go by faster than ever. Right now we having an End of the Summer Sale so we can make some room for the new fall books. Selected children's and adults books are 50% off through the weekend. We have titles by Sue Grafton, Brad Thor, Lee Smith and many more. We have children's picture books and step books and even a few board books. Come grab some great books at bargain prices! We know you are looking forward to the new fall books as much as we are. Stay tuned for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Black Bear Blog
I have been too busy to blog, but I'm going to try to be better. I'm currently writing a movie and a miniseries, running the store, raising a 14 year-old and teaching screenwriting at Appalachian State University, so I have an excuse. Last June (2014) we came within 15 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at It's Got a Blue Cover