Karen Foley has been writing her blog successfully for the Bangor Daily News since 2011. By successful, she means a few people read it, and she has not been sued, stalked or fired from her day job since starting it. Originally from Rhode Island, she has lived in Maine for over 25 years. Like many flatlanders, she came to live in the woods and “raise chickens, vegetables and babies!” When she had her fill of that, she packed up her clan and moved to Bangor where she raised four of her own children and a few extras who showed up at the house. Now divorced, with children all grown, she’s living in an apartment in downtown and trying to figure out what adventures the second half of her life will hold. Foley, a life-long, non-traditional student, completed an Associate Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies at age 43 and recently finished a Bachelor of University Studies degree with minors in both English and Women’s Studies at age 49! She works as a Communications Coordinator and Technical Editor at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. Karen is also a contributing writer to another blog, “Not Your Mother’s Menopause,” hot flashes of information, inspiration and humor for cool women!