Karla Araujo

Karla Araujo Karla Araujo is a freelance writer in Washington, DC and on Martha's Vineyard. She's written everything from Triscuit boxes to interviews with personalities like the late Walter Cronkite and Carly Simon. Most important of all, she's been assured she's way Better After 50.


Plugged In, Stressed Out

January 14, 2014
Plugged in, Stressed Out

I’m so plugged in I break out in something startlingly akin to a hot flash when I realized I’ve headed to the grocery store without my cell phone.
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New Year’s Resolutions – Screw It!

December 24, 2013
bad new years resolutions

At fifty-seven, I guesstimate that I’ve made and broken about one hundred and fifty resolutions. I have not, to date, lost the cumulative four hundred and fifty pounds, run the fifteen thousand miles, embraced Buddhism ….
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The Most Frustrating Gender Difference

December 3, 2013
gender differences

Every few months I come across this dismaying statistic: women utter 20,000 words a day; men, 7,000.
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Holiday Heartbreak and Healing

November 26, 2013
thanksgiving heartbreak

The wheels didn’t fall off the holiday food cart until I was twenty-two years old, engaged to a guy my mother later called “the sociopath.”
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Friendship Amidst the Sweat and Sarcasm

August 14, 2012
workout buddies

We find ourselves lying side-by-side on thick mats, squeezing a ring made of flexible rubber, about thirteen inches in diameter, with molded pads that rest between our inner thighs.
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Father of My Dreams

June 12, 2012
father of my dreams

For fifty years, our relationship was tense and volatile...I have to admit that my new father, the one who emerged from his chrysalis, is the one I’ve always wanted.
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Lies She Tells Her Mother

March 20, 2012
Lies She Tells Her Mother

I had lunch today with a writer friend who, like me, is going through the heart-wrenching chapter of The Failing Parents.
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The single life: Some people never find the love of their lives. And live to tell about it. (Washington Post)

February 13, 2012

Interesting feature about women – and men – 50+ who have never married. It explores the myths and realities of remaining single into mid-life and beyond. Food for thought for both the uncoupled and the coupled. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/some-people-never-find-the-love-of-their-lives-and-live-to-tell-about-it/2012/01/13/gIQAB0S43Q_story_4.html Return Home
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The Unmarrying Kind

November 11, 2011
i-am-becoming-holding_hands-2

I got engaged in 1979 when I was 23 because I fell in love – with an antique sapphire and diamond ring. I know, I know, I was supposed to be in love with the man who bought it for me but, looking back, I’m not sure that was the case.
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