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.

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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I geek libraries

By Carol / 16 September 2009 / 0 Comments

I love the new library site that lets you share your passion and lets you see what sends others to their local libraries. I’m thinking more about libraries because I take to the road again…

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Great Intel Ad

By Carol / 14 June 2009 / 0 Comments

I spend far more time complaining about TV ads than praising them, but I just saw a new Intel ad I must applaud. The ad spotlights Ajay Bhatt, co-inventor of the USB, and uses the…

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