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 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 husband 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 number of years. I finally admitted to myself that I did not want to grow a bonsai tree. Here is my bonsai, the very real project I do want to tend. 

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

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