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.

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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Writer's Block

By Carol / 11 August 2009 / 0 Comments

A writing buddy and I just spent four days sequestered at LaCorsette Maison Inn, a wonderful bed and breakfast in Newton, Iowa. Our intent was to write, and write we did. After an early morning…

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A week spent writing

By Carol / 26 July 2009 / 0 Comments

I just returned from a week at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Reveling in the energy and inspiration of spending an entire week with people who think about writing, talk about writing, love writing, and…

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The wild things

By Carol / 13 May 2009 / 0 Comments

“Carol! Look out in the horse pasture!” my husband yelled one morning last month. “I think that’s a coyote.” I scrambled to the window just in time to catch a clear glimpse of what was…

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Playing in the sky

By Carol / 26 April 2009 / 0 Comments

“You have to make your own fun,” Dad told me. His comment embodied both a life philosophy and the financial reality of our eastern Iowa dairy farm in the 1950s. So as often as not,…

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Helping the blind to read

By Carol / 24 April 2009 / 0 Comments

My mother had macular degeneration, a disease that destroys straight ahead vision but leaves peripheral vision. She could no longer sew or read or see the faces of people right in front of her. But…

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Salute to Librarians

By Carol / 09 April 2009 / 0 Comments

This coming week – April 12-18 – is National Library Week. An annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. The theme this year: “Worlds connect @ your library. I am personally…

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Our stories connect us

By Carol / 23 March 2009 / 0 Comments

After taking a couple of months (the really cold, really snowy ones) off, I’m back on the road again, doing readings, discussions and signing events at Iowa libraries. Three weeks ago, Maquoketa; last week, Bettendorf,…

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Failure worries dog life insurers

By Carol / 06 March 2009 / 0 Comments

“Failure worries dog life insurers”  This was a headline in the Des Moines Register yesterday.  When I read this, I thought that with all the economic woes the country is facing, the failure of people…

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