Karen Milioto is a former Bostonian who now resides on a small farm just north of Baton Rouge. She cannot do math in her head and is a terrible cook, but she did recently catch a disgruntled goose with her bare hands. Grounded by her firm belief in God and a deep-rooted fascination with scripture, Karen heads to the garden in her debut memoir to seek healing after the Great Flood of 2016.
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Gathering Strength: Memoirs of Resilience
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Mustard Seeds and Water Lines
It wasn’t a hurricane, a monsoon, a typhoon, or a tropical storm. It was just a rainy Friday. Until it wasn’t. When nearly thirty inches of rain fell on the little town just north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in August 2016, the rivers in the area, swollen from weeks of wet weather, reached record-breaking heights in a matter of hours. Water poured onto Karen Milioto’s property, and suddenly everything she loved about her country home threatened to kill her. When the water receded, Karen surveyed the scene with grief-stricken contempt and asked God, point-blank: These are Your plans? With those four words, Karen began the journey that helped her emerge from the darkness that engulfed her and that, in time, taught her:
• Mustard seeds are small, but they are something
• Nothing beats a good set of roots
• Yielding is essential to more than highway driving
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