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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.

Finding inspiration – The Open Road, a novel

By Carol / 25 April 2017 / 9 Comments

I’m pleased to welcome M.M. Holaday to my blog today. You may remember Holaday (aka Nan Johnson) from the story she wrote about Perkins Corner, a post that struck a chord with many readers. Holaday…

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Food will win the war – Campaign on the WWI home front

By Carol / 18 April 2017 / 6 Comments

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War later known as World War I. To mark the anniversary, I’m sharing some information I uncovered as I researched my…

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Writing fields lie fallow – Where will this lead?

By Carol / 14 March 2017 / 12 Comments

When I sent my manuscript off to find an agent, I looked forward to taking a breather from the intense writing regimen I’d maintained for the last several years. In the past, each time I…

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What are you afraid of? How do you move past fear?

By Carol / 02 February 2017 / 14 Comments

I’ve never thought of myself as a fearful person. Sure, butterflies are normal before I speak, and alone on a dark street at night, adrenaline races and I’m particularly watchful. But I’m not afraid as…

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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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