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.

Cleaning out, letting go, starting fresh

By Carol / 04 January 2016 / 14 Comments

I ended the old year as I often do – by cleaning out my office. This December gave me an even better opportunity to clean out, though, since my husband and I agreed to tackle…

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Top 10 Reasons To Love the Iowa State Fair

By Carol / 31 August 2015 / 6 Comments

Our state fair is a great fair, acclaimed in book, movies, and song. As a 4-H member I yearned to go. Alas, that desire was unfulfilled. Now that I live within four miles of the…

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On the other side of the table – Iowa State Fair

By Carol / 18 August 2015 / 4 Comments

With every presentation I made as a 4-H member, getting to the Iowa State Fair was my goal. Each year, I did my best, yet it was never enough to go beyond the county level.…

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Can you believe your eyes?

By Carol / 26 February 2015 / 2 Comments

Seeing something with your own eyes is proof. Right? At one time or another, most of us have said: “Seeing is believing.” or “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We’ve also said the opposite…

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Marketing a book with a "Use By" date

By Carol / 29 January 2015 / 0 Comments

This  cartoon circulated on Facebook, and I laughed because it hit me where I was. When I indie published Go Away Home this past July, I geared up for intensive marketing over the long term.…

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I'm thankful – Today and everyday

By Carol / 27 November 2014 / 4 Comments

Thanksgiving Day gives us a reason to say thanks. It’s a little sad we may need a reason, though I understand how it happens. We’re busy. Too much to do. Not enough time. Because I…

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They did me wrong! Now what?

By Carol / 29 September 2014 / 0 Comments

Someone cut you off in traffic. Cheated you out of a promotion. Stole your big idea. Or worse for us writers – Reviewed our books with words that stung. Then gave us a One Star…

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How do you hold on to first-time awe?

By Carol / 25 August 2014 / 14 Comments

My granddaughter started kindergarten this past week. When she told her dad about her first day in school, she could barely contain herself. “Guess what? We played in the gym!” “Guess what? We had music…

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Peppers – vegetable or fruit?

By Carol / 13 August 2014 / 8 Comments

There are NO vegetables. Everything we call a vegetable is actually a fruit. So said the host of the TV show On The Spot this past weekend. What? I’m a farm kid. I grew up…

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What could you learn about leadership and teamwork from geese?

By Carol / 09 June 2014 / 4 Comments

Unexpected visitors to our home last night brought the delights of nature and deeper lessons in leadership and teamwork. As darkness fell, a gaggle of Canadian geese came walking up our drive. Four adults and…

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