About



My name is Kara and I live in Kalamazoo, where I work, play, and walk in the woods drink coffee and sleep whenever possible. I spend most of my days with two life-giving children (or life-sucking, depending on the hour). I write and design things professionally, too.

The Sut Nam
part of this blog is deliberately misspelled and comes from the phrase Sat Nam in Sanskrit that points to the true self, the part of a person that is forever untouched and whole. The Bonsai part of the name comes from a little box my partner Tim gave me that contained the kit for a ready-made bonsai tree. Someone had given him the kit, and it had been sitting in a junk crate in his office for as long as I had known him. Then he gave it to me and it sat on a junk shelf in my office for a good number of years. I finally admitted to myself that I did not want to grow a bonsai tree, so here is my bonsai, the very real project I do want to tend. 

Most of the photos are taken by Tim, except the ones that suck. Those are taken by me.

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Thanks so much for visiting. I'm very glad you're here.
Kara