Why I Choose to Remember My 50th Blood-Bath of a Birthday Instead of Trying to Forget It

In celebration of Karen Hunt’s birthday on June 6, I want to share her raw and moving post about her fiftieth. Unforgettable, it will leave you with a better understanding of who she is, as well as reinforcing the power of words.

Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray.  She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food.  She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.   

Karen Alaine Hunt

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Looking back, what is the birthday that stands out most in your mind?

How about someone else’s birthday that is especially memorable?

Are they remembered with love or regret?

Laughter or tears?

Why do you remember these birthdays in particular?

On June 6th I will turn 59. Birthdays always make me think back to the ones before. I’ve had some doozies. Especially my 50th. In a perfect world (according to the media and celebrities and self-help gurus), turning fifty should be some sort of meaningful Zen-like epiphany, where you realize how wise you have become; you should be pleased because you are still in great shape; you have saved enough in a steady job to be looking forward to retirement, and/or those alimony checks are substantial because you weren’t one of those stupid women who signed a pre-nup; and maybe you even have a loving relationship with…

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About reneejohnsonwrites

I have recently returned from University of Iowa's Novel-Writing Intensive during their Summer Writing Festival. Other credits include two stints at The Essoyes School in France, two terms at a writer's residency at Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha's Vineyard, and a retreat in Italy. Join me in 'writing the world.' -- Renee Canter Johnson, author of "Herald Angels", "The Haunting of William Gray", and "Acquisition" published by The Wild Rose Press. Coming soon--an international intrigue set in Venice, Italy--where adventure and danger are as masked as the characters.
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11 Responses to Why I Choose to Remember My 50th Blood-Bath of a Birthday Instead of Trying to Forget It

  1. Wow, what a story! Thanks for re-blogging, Renee.

  2. Karen Alaine Hunt says:

    Thanks Renee!

  3. rangewriter says:

    Wow. That was powerful. Now I have to go investigate Jugalo

  4. Wow. Karen’s story blew me away. Thanks for sharing it with us, Renee.

  5. Inspiring story that tugs the heart. Thanks for sharing this.

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