Karen Ulm Rettig

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Karen Ulm Rettig was born and raised in Ohio and attended a small liberal arts college there. She majored in Fine Art but indulged her love of language by minoring in French. She also minored in Philosophy, evidence of a reflective streak that would later cause her to reach for a pen.

She always loved reading, and in her mid-30's she abandoned visual images for verbal ones. While her first efforts were short pieces, her works lengthened when she began to observe human nature and detect shared experiences. One of them grew into Finding God: Our Quest for a Deity and the Dragons We Meet On the Way, a book that took two decades to complete.

Unlike so many creative authors today, Rettig did not learn to write under academic tutelage. Rather, sh
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Karen Ulm Rettig Renee, the concierge and Ozu, the Japanese man in "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barberry. Because Renee couldn't be loved until someone saw…moreRenee, the concierge and Ozu, the Japanese man in "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barberry. Because Renee couldn't be loved until someone saw past her self-imposed reclusiveness, and Ozu was able to do that.(less)
Karen Ulm Rettig I think it’s important to write several times a week, even if only to play with old insights or revisit unfinished pieces. Working regularly seems to…moreI think it’s important to write several times a week, even if only to play with old insights or revisit unfinished pieces. Working regularly seems to lubricate ideas. When life gets busy and I don’t write for a couple of months, ideas dry up. If I’m working on a specific piece and words balk, I find it helpful to stop writing and begin a task that requires motion: take a shower, vacuum the floor, chop vegetables. Words usually flow as soon as my hands start moving. If that doesn’t work, I put the project away for a week or two. By the time I return, words are waiting for me.(less)
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This was a wonderfully readable history. I’m ashamed to say that most of my previous knowledge about Augustus Caesar came from “I, Claudius “, which was more entertainment and period gossip than hard history.

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This was published in 1944 and is part of a series, but the language and attitudes seem a lot earlier. I have read books from the nineteenth century that felt more modern. The plot of the mystery was clever and engaging, but I probably won’t read oth ...more
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I read this book twice, and that was OK because it’s a meaty book. I realized after the first reading that I’d missed a lot and, while most books would be dull on an immediate second reading, this wasn’t. The author’s convoluted and lengthy sentences ...more
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