Kara writes about the divide that is mothering children while still mothering her spirit and the sacred. She aims to see life as holy and for her, motherhood has been like a camera lens coming into focus. Kara’s style is literary in nature and her roots as an English teacher show in all of her creative nonfiction. She lives by these lines from Mary Oliver, famous American poet, “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” She pays careful attention to her life; she is genuinely astonished; she writes about it.
Kara has written regularly for The Huffington Post, The Today Show, Parenting.com. Scary Mommy, and Mamalode and has also been published on Club Mid, Mamapedia, Your Tango, Pathoes, and other sites. In addition, much of her work has been featured on the Today Show’s social media sites and Kara has over 2 million readers on her Today Show webpage. In 2015, her essay, “To the Mom at the Water Park,” was the third most viewed article on Today Parents for the year. Kara’s work has also been seen in other ways, as she was the Contributing Editor at Cargo Literary, a travel magazine, and was on the advisory board for the film, Zero Weeks—a film discussing the lack of paid parental leave in the United States.
She’s been married to her high school sweetheart for 15 years, is a mother of two small children who inform all of her writing and her perspective, and has been an English teacher for 16 years. Together with her family, she does small scale farming on the family homestead, Aisling House (Aisling is Irish for “dream”), a southern-style farmhouse located in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania. Much of her work draws on the natural world found just right outside her door.
The divide to her is mothering all of these parts of her life, as she mothers her children. As she sees it, the divide is trying to balance it all and embracing the beauty of mothering, in general. Kara writes about children and identity with a spiritual, reverent tone. Often, her work is a form of prayer, as she truly believes that observation is a form of prayer. She says “thank you, Jesus,” over and over again, all day long. This has helped her realize how beautiful her life really is, despite its relative disappointments and hardships. Her writing is honest and authentic, and while she acknowledges, openly, that parenting isn’t easy, she truly believes that nothing worth doing usually is easy. Being a mom can be work, but that very work she considers to be vocational. Becoming and being someone's mother has been a journey for her--a journey of self-discovery as she mothers these pieces of my heart.