Author: Karen O'Keefe

The Miracle of Family Reunion

When I was a child and learned that some kids were adopted, I did not understand why anyone would want to find their biological parents. My world was one of fantasy and the happily-ever-after dramas of children’s literature. I’d never…

Fear of Dancing

Last Saturday, a friend invited my husband and me to join her for a swing dancing lesson followed by an evening of dancing at the Black Rock Arts Center. I have never learned to dance, but I know many people…

Summer Scoop

I’m not too proud to say it. I was in Rockville, I was having a bad day and I needed an ice cream cone. I spotted an ice cream place up the street and had a sudden, triumphant vision of myself…

Oil Industry Oversight Is A Job For Everybody

From 1975 through 1978, I worked for a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on legislation designed to (among other things) prevent disasters like the tragic loss of human life and human injuries — and the ongoing, incalculable other losses that continue…