about me

I grew up on a farm in central Nebraska and have lived in the Midwest all my life. In the mid-1980s, I was one of the first students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to earn a degree that combined interests in Home Economics (now called Family and Consumer Sciences) with Journalism. Early chapters of my life had me writing for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri, recruiting volunteers for the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross, and working with teen parents in the Parents As Teachers program in Rolla, Missouri. My interests, today, remain rooted around family and the home. 

Read about My Karna Bookshelf
You can learn a little more about me by browsing the books on the bookshelf to the right, the reviews I've posted at GoodReads, or by reading my thoughts on turning 50, below. 

my read shelf:
Karna Converse's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)

50 Things I've Learned in 50 Years

There’s always time to sit down and eat together as a family.
Hold hands with your spouse.
Balance your checking account every month.
A comma is the most important piece of punctuation. Exclamation marks are overrated.
Introduce yourself to your neighbors, then talk to them and get to know them.
You don’t have to be the best but you should always do your best.
Sweep the kitchen floor, rinse the toothpaste from the bathroom sink, and make your bed every day.
You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend but you do have to be friendly.
Take lots of pictures.
Give the camera to someone else so you’re in the photos too.
Read one cookbook every year.
Keep an umbrella in your car.
Shake hands like you mean it.
You only get better if you practice.
Nothing good happens after midnight.
If you’re wrong, apologize.
Teach Sunday School; you’ll learn lots.
Newspaper stories are the first drafts of history.
Get your news from sources that are balanced in their reporting.
Make new friends but keep the old.
Don’t go to the grocery store if you’re hungry.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Don’t be afraid to say yes.
Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
Fly the American flag year-round.
Family reunions are an investment in the future.
Send Christmas cards and personalize each with a short note.
Use a pencil.
See your doctor, dentist, and optometrist regularly.
Touch base with your spouse every day.
Read your letter, email, or social media post out loud before you send it.
Before quoting someone, learn the context—the story--behind the quote.
Teach your daughter how to mow and check the oil; teach your son how to cook and dust.
Teach your children how to read music.
Go to church even when—especially when—you have questions about your faith.
Write thank-you notes even if your handwriting is hard to read.
Read for pleasure.
If you haven’t worn it for a year, give it to someone who will.
Not winning doesn’t always mean you lost.
There’s always time for a family vacation.
The newest toys aren’t always necessary.
Wear slippers.
Read the Bible in chronological order at least once.
Interfaith dialogue is more effective when it turns into a collaborative effort.
Choose your words carefully, then say them with confidence.
The world is bigger than your backyard but sometimes, it’s just as small.
There’s great satisfaction in crossing items off a to-do list.
Meetings start on time when you arrive 5 minutes early.
Don’t just say “Happy Birthday.” Tell the birthday boy or girl what you appreciate about him or her.

There’s always something new to learn and someone new to meet.

Email me:  karnaconverse (at) gmail (dot) com