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.

The Salvation Army gets Down!

By Carol / 05 December 2011 / 0 Comments

  There’s no more competitive environment for the public’s dollars and attention than New York City. Visualize Rockefeller Center with its massive Christmas tree, ice skating rink, and high end shopping and you get the…

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Addicted to stats

By Carol / 18 September 2011 / 0 Comments

My name is Carol. I’m addicted to web stats. There. I’ve said it. Every day, I look at the statistics for my blog. How many visitors? Which countries do they live in? Which browsers do…

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A dog named Butch

By Carol / 29 August 2011 / 0 Comments

I’ve never been all that much of a dog person. Cats are my preference. But growing up on a farm, we always had a dog. For most of my years on the farm, that dog…

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Are indie bookstores the future?

By Carol / 19 August 2011 / 0 Comments

Bestselling author Ann Patchett just announced that she and her business partner will open a bookstore in Green Hills, Tennessee. The area needs a bookstore, she says. Some will no doubt wonder if Patchett is…

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Walking for more than a cure

By Carol / 28 April 2011 / 0 Comments

I joined the PurpleStride Iowa pancreatic cancer walk on Saturday, in memory of a friend who died of the disease, and to offer moral support to his wife and children. There were hundreds of us…

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E-books for low vision

By Carol / 08 November 2010 / 0 Comments

One of the benefits of e-readers is the ability to change font type and size on any book you download. I had not considered the real advantage this could be to anyone with low vision.…

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High Tech – An e-book at last

By Carol / 20 October 2010 / 0 Comments

The smallest things entertain me. But I suppose it can be argued publishing my book in a new format is not really small. So, come celebrate with me!  I just published my memoir: Growing Up…

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A believer at last

By Carol / 16 September 2010 / 0 Comments

I enjoyed my first Blizzard this past week.  Yep, that’s right. Twenty-five years after Dairy Queen introduced the candy-laced ice cream treats so thick they can serve them upside down, I finally had one. Since…

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Making social media work

By Carol / 11 May 2010 / 0 Comments

I’m a real neophyte when it comes to social media. I stumble around to discover paths that others have traversed easily for ages.  So I was surprised that American and former colleague Drew McLellan welcomed…

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Keep asking

By Carol / 30 September 2009 / 0 Comments

“Failure is the path of least persistence.” So here we are at the same store, more than a year later. As I picked up my packages, I said, “This store would be the perfect place…

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