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.

Thelma & Louise hit the road again

By Carol / 12 May 2014 / 0 Comments

You know you’re in the south when … The people at the next table are drinking Coca Cola for breakfast Dairy Queen serves the best biscuits and gravy for breakfast Corn pudding is a side…

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The Art of War – The Art of Loving

By Carol / 26 February 2014 / 6 Comments

Movies, reading & walking across Iowa uncover surprising connections. Art and history, love and war intersect as I continue my virtual trek across Iowa. There can’t be many who haven’t heard about the movie Monuments…

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Walking through Iowa; reading through Europe

By Carol / 20 January 2014 / 14 Comments

Goals to keep mind and body fresh. I’ve set two goals for myself this winter: one walking and one reading. In just the first few weeks of the year, I’ve found some interesting links to…

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The value of a fresh look at writing? Priceless

By Carol / 08 April 2013 / 21 Comments

A fresh read of a manuscript points out all kinds of problems: flat characters, scenes that though beautifully written go nowhere, leaps in logic that were clear to me in the writing but not to…

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A memoir told in geology

By Carol / 18 March 2013 / 12 Comments

A drive through the southwest United States invariably inspires my interest in geology. The seismic power of uplifts reveals sheer walls of stone. The layers of red, white, green rock tell of eons of floods,…

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Timing is everything

By Carol / 14 March 2013 / 6 Comments

With so many things in life, timing matters. In my experience, that’s never more true than when it comes to seeing the wonders of nature. My travels this week have brought me to the desert…

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Profiles in teenage courage

By Carol / 10 March 2013 / 4 Comments

Could I have been so brave? That’s the question I found myself asking yesterday as my travels took me to the Clinton Presidential Library, to sculptures like this one of Civil War abolitionist Harriet Tubman…

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A high-class problem

By Carol / 09 March 2013 / 2 Comments

If you could choose to do anything, what would you do? That’s a question life coaches ask to encourage their clients to explore where their passion really lies. What would make them the most happy/satisfied/fulfilled.…

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New California weight loss plan

By Carol / 20 September 2012 / 6 Comments

Remember Edith Ann, the little girl in the great big rocking chair played by Lily Tomlin on Laugh In? Yesterday I got to be Edith Ann. Or at least I got to sit in a…

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What is it about BIG?

By Carol / 29 August 2012 / 0 Comments

Big things fascinate me. Maybe that’s true of most of us. The biggest anything is almost always a draw. At the Iowa State Fair, the Biggest (fill in the blank) will always have a line…

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