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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.

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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Perkins Corner – love and comfort in a package “to go”

By Carol / 13 December 2016 / 28 Comments

My mother had a tradition. Whenever we visited, when it came time to leave, Mom put together food for us to take along for the drive. It didn’t matter if we’d just eaten and the…

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How do we handle rejection? Find a new path.

By Carol / 06 December 2016 / 29 Comments

This past week rejection hit me right between the eyes. While I was not altogether surprised by the rejection, I was still disappointed. To the point of tears. In that moment, it helped to be…

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What traditions make the holiday for you? – A Thanksgiving story

By Carol / 24 November 2016 / 18 Comments

Thanksgiving is a time laden with tradition as family and friends gather to share food, fellowship, and fond memories. As I texted my nieces this year, sharing our plans for turkey and all the fixings,…

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How old do you feel? Time to Reflect.

By Carol / 04 October 2016 / 10 Comments

Recently, I felt the need to journal and reflect. But where to start? I recalled a social media post I read a few months ago that offered a list of questions. As usually happens, though,…

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Making way for new – Prairie & Writing

By Carol / 20 September 2016 / 12 Comments

We lost a grand old willow tree a year ago. Age and weather took their toll, and it finally had to be removed. Though losing the willow with all the associated memories was sad, the…

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The Mystery of a Mystery – M.K. Tod

By Carol / 06 September 2016 / 10 Comments

M.K. Tod wrote and indie-published two successful historical novels set during World War I. Her newest novel Time and Regret – published this month by Lake Union Publishing – stays true to Tod’s historical expertise…

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Language barrier? Don't the Irish speak English?

By Carol / 14 June 2016 / 9 Comments

International travel can be a challenge, especially if you don’t speak the local language or do so minimally. One of the advantages to traveling to Ireland is that they speak English, right? Yes and no.…

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Murals fuel & memorialize Irish conflict

By Carol / 31 May 2016 / 8 Comments

Murals as a form of political, social, and cultural expression rose in importance during “The Troubles” – a 30-year conflict that began in 1968 and divided Northern Ireland. Though The Troubles more or less ended…

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How important is “place” in writing?

By Carol / 24 May 2016 / 12 Comments

My recent trip to Ireland has me thinking again about the importance of place to a writer. Ireland has a rich written history, including literary greats James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yates. Those names…

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