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About Elena Karplus

Elena is originally from Argentina and has lived in seven cities on four continents around the world. She is a writer, an artist, the mother of four, and grandmother of 10. She travels extensively and lives in Coconut Grove, Miami. She writes about topics of interest to herself and her peers.
Latest Posts | By Elena Karplus
Yes, I Decided to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine
1 month ago

Yes, I Decided to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

After almost 11 months of isolation and watching the devastation this virus has created in our world, I gratefully accepted to take the Covid-19 vaccine when it was offered to my age group. It happened last Sunday…
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A New Look Back at a Year in Solitude
2 months ago

A New Look Back at a Year in Solitude

I spent the last day of the year on my own, as I have been since March 11th and the arrival of this pandemic. Dramatically different to my usual holidays when I am visited by my children, their families, and a parade of friends and relatives…
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Adopting and Celebrating Traditions from Around the World
4 months ago

Adopting and Celebrating Traditions from Around the World

Halloween was not celebrated in Argentina when I was growing up. The only dress-up holiday we took part in was “Carnival,” which takes place in February, right in the middle of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer…
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Shopping for Youth and Beauty Pre-Pandemic
6 months ago

Shopping for Youth and Beauty Pre-Pandemic

Miami has lovely malls and one of them, the Shops at Merrick Park, is a few blocks away from my house. I could walk there if I lived in a normal “walking” city, but the reality is that in this town, much like in Los Angeles, nobody walks…
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Pandemics, Hurricanes… Oh My!
7 months ago

Pandemics, Hurricanes… Oh My!

Not all hurricanes are created equal, but in Miami, we take all of them very seriously, especially since August 16, 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated our city. After being in self-isolation since March, it was alarming for me…
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The Best Part of Journaling: Bearing Witness to Your Life
7 months ago

The Best Part of Journaling: Bearing Witness to Your Life

By  •  Mindset

It was my father who encouraged me to “write about it” when he gave me that first pink and turquoise diary when I was 10 years old. You know the kind, the ones with a little lock and key that hold a young girl’s many secrets…
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The Corona Chronicles: Beware the Cycle
8 months ago

The Corona Chronicles: Beware the Cycle

I’ve been a bit of an insomniac lately. Possibly because my life, like the lives of most citizens of the world, has been turned upside down by this pandemic. Nondescript days flow into nights of wondering how it got dark so fast…
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Mercury Retrograde? What’s the Fuss All About?
8 months ago

Mercury Retrograde? What’s the Fuss All About?

Yesterday, I was on the phone with my sister, who lives and is quarantined in Buenos Aires. She was complaining that so many different things around the house needed fixing. As she was telling me about her broken electric oven…
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The Post-Menopausal Artist – Never Too Late to Start Doing Something You Love
9 months ago

The Post-Menopausal Artist – Never Too Late to Start Doing Something You Love

I think of myself as a “post-menopausal artist.” I was a little over 60 when I surprised myself and started painting. I walked into an art supplies store and bought some acrylic paint, paper, and brushes…
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The “W” Word – What Being a Widow Means to Me
9 months ago

The “W” Word – What Being a Widow Means to Me

By  •  Family

The realization that I was going to be known as “a widow” was one of the aftershocks of losing my husband. The power of the word itself, the images and feelings…
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