Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 1, 2015, Tepoztlan, Mexico
Key to images:
1. Ceramic mask
2. My home altar
3. Anne Walker, lover
4. Frances Karp Mom
5. Tom, younger brother
6. Arthur Victor, friend
7. Grandma & Grandpa Trotsky
8. Leon Karp, Dad
9. Mike Novak (not seen in this image), uncle
10. Lead in path of flower petals to Zocalo altar
11. Zocalo (town central plaza) altar
Monday, October 26, 2015
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Thursday, January 8, 2015
From Paranoid Schizophrenic to a Life of Service
by Don Karp at http://donkarp.blogspot.mx/
I was labeled "paranoid schizophrenic" back in the '70's and had multiple hospitalizations of about a month each over a ten year period. Having survived this battle with my demons, I wondered if I could help others with similar problems. Since I do a lot of journaling, I decided to start writing about my experiences.
It took me 18 years until I finally published my memoir: "The Bumpy Road". This was “gutsy”, but “I got a little help from my friends”, as the Beatles song says. Meeting an award-wining writer, who asked me to provide her with my manuscript was the beginning of making this publication a reality. She read it and told me, along with many editorial suggestions, “I was so absorbed in the story that I forgot to go to my yoga class! “
Things just seemed to fall into place after that—I was in the “zone”--meeting an artist who did my cover, a web designer who introduced me to social media after designing my page, and a graphics person to do the formatting, and then finally self-publishing in March 2012.
I began to ride the wave of many book events. Getting up in front of a crowd to speak about my life was scarry! “Who cares about me?”, I thought. I managed to get some sales. But was I really helping those in need?
In October of 2014, I took a gutsy leap and enrolled in a course in online marketing. On my very low social security budget, this was a huge leap of faith. I have designed a landing page, and am offering a free ebook for those who sign up for my blog, leveraging my memoir and life experiences to offer comparisons of digital self-help programs to boost self-esteem. In the future I will create products based on what my readers tell me they want. The blog launch will be around the fall of 2015.
Now I feel I am finally pursuing a way to help others based on my own life experiences.
Couldn't you do the same?