On Second Glance

February 5, 2013 | Karen O'Keefe

Karen O'Keefe of "On Second Glance"

SNAP Challenge Day Two: Calmer But Still Afraid

On Day Two, I am calmer. I realize that all that stuff in yesterday’s blog was a manifestation of anxiety – even panic.  I saw that no longer would I have practically unfettered – regardless of time or location – access to food. I worried I could possibly run out of food.  Unthinkable. I worried […]

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February 5, 2013 | Karen O'Keefe

Karen O'Keefe of "On Second Glance"

SNAP Challenge Day One: Action Almost Replaces Fear

Thank goodness, the SNAP Challenge has begun. For days, I have been dreading this week. I have completed the first of five days on our $5-per-person food budget (my husband and I are doing this together so we had $50 to work with for today and the four days to come), my stomach is full […]

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January 29, 2013 | Karen O'Keefe

Man on the Street

A man I know is seeing a neurologist. He recently lost consciousness — suddenly and for an unknown reason — while walking in Rockville. Now he says his neurologist is doing some  intensive MRI studies, beginning to explore and feel around the edges of his brain, carefully tiptoeing in on the few neural paths the specialists […]

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November 1, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

Yellow school bus

Death of a Bully

Word came yesterday, through my virtual portal, that she was gone. A woman called “Jillian,” whom I never knew, died in a city where I once lived. We went to school together and maybe had two conversations – or exchanges – over those years. We had no classes together – I was “advanced” and she was not. […]

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October 25, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

Eva Longoria

Why Does Eva Longoria Want Me to Vote “Yes” on Question 7?

Just when I thought I’d heard it all, read it all and scrutinized it all about Question 7 – Maryland’s Expanded Gaming Referendum – and I had just about decided to vote “No” because I can’t see expanding the state’s economic reliance on gambling… The unexpected happened. Eva Longoria called to ask for my “Yes” […]

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October 3, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

St. Pius X H.S. Class of 1972


I left my sister’s house in Atlanta at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning. My flight home to BWI Airport was at 6 a.m. Her suburban neighborhood was silent except for the pattering sounds of soft rain, and the gritty sound of my plastic sandal soles clipping along on the wet pavement as I walked under a […]

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September 10, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

image of Cape Cod Sandy Neck Dunes

Cape Cod Journey

When I can, I go to Cape Cod. I like visiting new places too, and I know that time spent in unknown places stretches my brain and my outlook. But there is something special about going away to the familiar place, the place of childhood memories, the place where I brought my own children – […]

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August 26, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

Karen O'Keefe's dog Ruby

Deer Postscript and Literary Angst

The two trapped fawns are free. Two county employees came to the locked gate at the county storm water management pond and cut the heavy chain.  They opened the gate wide – staking each side to a nearby sapling — and freed the two fawns. The twins were spotted yesterday munching something in my yard.  […]

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August 14, 2012 | Karen O'Keefe

baby deer

“Deer” Me — A Warning About Assumptions

Have you ever assumed a situation was hopeless because “the government” or “somebody” besides you – you being powerless — has determined that things are not going to change? I have. Take the case of the baby deer locked in a small, chain-link-enclosed, densely wooded area around a stormwater management (SWM) pond at the top […]

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