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Karen is a yogini, writer, student, teacher and meditator. She founded Garden Street School of Yoga in 2000. Karen lives with her husband Chris. They have two amazing sons, Eli and Leo (both of them young men).

Feb 10, 2009

The Wage of Sin is Death

I don't know quite what happened to me last night but in the middle of the night, I woke up to a painful bite on my finger. This is pretty much an expected thing anymore, but last night I lost it. I got out of my mosquito net, I grabbed my sleeping sheet/bag and violently shook it because I wasn't sure if the foe was a mosquito or a bed bug, and then I grabbed the "mosquito zapper" (which Eli and I used to think was a dumb idea and now we love it) and I began a rampage against mosquitoes, killing every mosquito in sight. No matter that it was only one or two that deserved it. No matter that I couldn't possibly prevail against the 10 trillion mosquitoes in the neighborhood. I was wrathful. Maybe it was because I had listened to a presentation by Viviene the bible woman from Virginia, talking about "the wages of sin is death" (shouldn't it read the wages of sin are death? I have always wondered about that bad syntax). Or maybe it was because that stupid bug had bitten my "angry finger" - you know, the one in the middle. Finally the tide of wrath receded. I returned to my senses and saw the carnage around me -- 3 dead mosquitos.


  1. It's an excessively literal translation from Greek. It's alright to use a singular verb with a neuter plural noun as the subject in that language.

  2. LOVE this story--I have been a crazy bug hunter myself--I believe it is an artform and takes great skill to find and conquer mosquitoes in the dark! Love you!