iOS app Android app

Karen Paperno
I opened Boing Boing, the 1st breastfeeding shop in the USA in 1996. I have always been passionate about women's issues, and it was my own breast reduction which led me to open a one stop shop that would rent & sell breast pumps, with a knowledgeable woman on hand to answer questions. I have been a NYC substitute teacher, a roofer, a telemarketer and have always pursued my creative pursuits secondarily.
After nearly losing my mind, and certainly losing my soul, from the constant stress of managing a 21st century retail store, I closed it 10/2014 after 18 years.
Now I am free!
I am free to pursue my passions about women's issues, rape culture, Unschooling, treating boys better in classrooms, fracking, water rights, domestic violence, the normalization of porn, how schools don't handle bullying, and how laws regarding social media need to reflect the modern crisis of our time; sex trafficking and pedophilia.
I no longer have the platform of my shop to blog from, and am no longer tethered to just parenting issues.
Besides, I was never a mommy blogger :)

Entries by Karen Paperno

What Do You Do?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 1:51 PM

Chop wood, carry water. Now that I have left the city behind and headed for the mountains, have I, like the Buddha found enlightenment in my life? I am no longer burdened by the 24/7 vice grip of owning my own business, as I wrote about here, when I was...

Read Post

I Am a Nothing Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 4:48 PM

I am a nothing mom.

I am not a hockey mom, a soccer mom, or an as seen on TV and cheerily frazzled drive-my-kid-everywhere-after-school mom. My kids do nothing. Well, let's back up a bit. Because they were born into the Race to Nowhere and Obama/Bush's NCLB...

Read Post


(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 11:38 PM

The other day, a guy rode up behind me on his bicycle. As soon as I heard him say something I quickly looked down. It's not a regular holla-back when you know you look much older from the front then behind. And I got a good behind! But the long...

Read Post

Rockin into the Future!

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:28 PM

A mother's touch allegedly saved a life.

Holding my baby also saved mine.

It's funny that as the owner of a breastfeeding joint, I wasn't able to nurse my own children without supplementing. But everyone has their story, and mine is one of many. Due to a...

Read Post

POOPS: Priced Out Of Park Slope

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:55 PM

My posts have polarized readers. Do they read it as a cautionary tale of a small business owner or as a the whining of a privileged white person? Let's get this straight, I do not feel sorry for myself. In no way should anyone compare my situation to...

Read Post

Milk Bar Rescue

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:00 AM

Today, I hung up on the CEO of a major consulting, branding, marketing, capital advisory firm who had called after reading my blog.

It was an accident.

This is what happens when you swim in uncharted waters. You are so used to swimming alone, you don't even...

Read Post

Hiding in Plain Sight: Life Under the Wheel of a $1,000 Stroller

(224) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:32 PM

I am standing in a Mandee's, looking at necklaces for my daughter for Christmas. They are buy one get one half price, and I'm debating if it's worth the $14. Will she wear it? Or should I buy socks and underwear instead because she needs that more? I've never stolen...

Read Post