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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Finding inspiration – The Open Road, a novel

By Carol / 25 April 2017 / 9 Comments

I’m pleased to welcome M.M. Holaday to my blog today. You may remember Holaday (aka Nan Johnson) from the story she wrote about Perkins Corner, a post that struck a chord with many readers. Holaday…

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Food will win the war – Campaign on the WWI home front

By Carol / 18 April 2017 / 6 Comments

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War later known as World War I. To mark the anniversary, I’m sharing some information I uncovered as I researched my…

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What can we learn from annoying, repetitive TV ads?

By Carol / 11 April 2017 / 6 Comments

Have you ever been watching your favorite show and wanted to throw a brick through the TV when the fifth Burger King commercial plays in the course of one hour? My husband changes the channel.…

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Who knew color would be such a challenge?

By Carol / 05 April 2017 / 8 Comments

Anxiety. Hopelessness. Despair. These are the feelings I experienced a couple of months ago, not because of some major life crisis, as you might expect; instead because of the pastels art class I’m taking. This…

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Haiku to the arrival of spring

By Carol / 30 March 2017 / 6 Comments

Spring inspires poetic thoughts and emotions. Here’s a Haiku tribute to the migrating birds I saw during a recent walk. Cedar waxwings come. Aristocratic bandits, Harbingers of spring The Cedar Waxwing is a social bird…

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Ten million years – Sandhill cranes awe and inspire

By Carol / 22 March 2017 / 8 Comments

Ten million years Sun shimmers on a river one mile wide, three inches deep. The Platte River stretches wide beneath the skies, offering refuge to weary travelers, as it’s done for 10 million years. And…

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Writing fields lie fallow – Where will this lead?

By Carol / 14 March 2017 / 12 Comments

When I sent my manuscript off to find an agent, I looked forward to taking a breather from the intense writing regimen I’d maintained for the last several years. In the past, each time I…

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What are you afraid of? How do you move past fear?

By Carol / 02 February 2017 / 14 Comments

I’ve never thought of myself as a fearful person. Sure, butterflies are normal before I speak, and alone on a dark street at night, adrenaline races and I’m particularly watchful. But I’m not afraid as…

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This is what democracy looks like – Women’s March

By Carol / 25 January 2017 / 10 Comments

Marching to support a cause is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. The suffragettes marched more than 100 years ago to secure the vote for women. Civil rights activists marched in the 1960s to…

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Word of the year for 2017? – Wonder

By Carol / 03 January 2017 / 14 Comments

Choosing a word of the year is popular. The Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘post-truth’ as their word in 2016, while Merriam-Webster settled on ‘surreal,’ and Dictionary.com tapped ‘xenophobia.’ All  good choices given the year’s events. A…

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