WEbooker of the Week is 101 Things Love Guru04:22
But first, about Karen: She can type about 180 wpm, which is a big part of why she’s been able to catch up on a writing obsession that’s been brewing since she was a kid. “I’m late to the party,” she says, “but I’m ready to dance.” In addition to her contributions to 101 Things (“Be a Chef in the Bedroom” and “Know How to Cook One Thing Well”), she is finishing up a suspense thriller and a non-fiction manuscript about raising a child with Asperger’s.
It gets better. Karen is also gifted in front of the camera. We asked all the contributors to 101 Things to create low-budget short videos about their essays—and guess who was the first to answer the call? Before you read on, click below and you’ll see why we love Karen so much. In case there is any doubt, the vid is her take on “Be a Chef in the Bedroom.” We think you’ll find it very, um, enlightening.
Post-production, we caught up with Karen to ask her about her experience as a contributor to 101 Things, her tips for Valentine’s Day, and her advice for men trying to navigate the holiday.
1. What was your favorite part about contributing to the newly published 101 Things Every Man Should Know How to Do?
One of the best part of contributing to 101 Things was the ability to read everyone else's entries as they came along and get my laugh for the day. I love, love, LOVE the Mr. Man entries. Also, having fellow writers read it, especially the men, and say, "That's bullsh--!, you can do better by us" was refreshing!
2. In 101 Things, there’s a culinary theme to your two contributions. Are you trying to send a message to the men of the world?
Yes! If you want to get things cooking, learn your way around a kitchen. With the popularity of the Food Network, it's not that unusual to see a man in the kitchen, anymore. But I come from a generation where men were chefs and women were cooks. Thank God that's changed. In the same token, I think we need to realize that although equality is appreciated in the workplace and in society as a whole, men and women ARE different. Viva la difference! Sometimes, I think intimate relations between men and women have become too casual and I mourn that. I want to bring back passion in relationships. It doesn't have to end with the honeymoon!
3. What was the funniest/best Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received?
Well, with all the above being said, my husband couldn't spell romantic when we got married. Through some very arduous trial and error, after 22 years of learning each other, things are much better. But one early Valentine's Day, he came home with flowers, a box of candy and a teddy bear. Awwww, right? However, what he SAID was, "Okay, I got the flowers, here's your candy and a cute stuffed animal. Happy Valentine's Day, baby! How's that?" Lesson 2 was on "the art of presentation". He's much, much better now ;)
4. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, what advice would give to men struggling to do something special for their significant other?
Don't rely on the traditional unless that is exactly what she likes and wants. Valentine's Day is all about showing your special someone WHY they are special to you and how thankful you are to have them to share your life with. So, if she just wants YOU to order the pizza and snuggle under the blanket and watch a chick flick with her, then that's the best gift you could give her. When it comes to women, the best gift is your attention. That's what women want most, in my humble opinion. Just bottom lining it for all the men out there.
5. If you could invent a new holiday, what would it be?
A new holiday? Acts of Random Kindness Day. On that day, everyone would perform as many acts of random kindness as they could from sun up to sun down. What a great day that would be, huh? And I think that once everyone realized how great that made them feel at the end of the day, they would do it more often and not need a holiday. Kind of like shopping other days other than the week before Christmas. You can do it anytime.
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