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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.

Would you speak up? Are you that strong?

By Carol / 16 January 2018 / 16 Comments

The senators who met with President Trump when he used “tough” language by his own account, racist language according to others, faced a character challenge. Speak up or not? Speaking truth to power is no…

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Happy 10th Anniversary – Growing Up Country – Memoir

By Carol / 02 January 2018 / 11 Comments

I turned on the car radio last week and was surprised to hear the announcer introduce me. The Iowa Public Radio interview, which focused on growing up in Iowa, had aired in October. The now-taped…

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Simple Truth – Cover Reveal

By Carol / 20 December 2017 / 12 Comments

I’m pleased to share the cover of my upcoming novel, Simple Truth. The design is the work of Jenny Toney Quinlan, the talented designer who created the first edition cover of Go Away Home. A…

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What’s Your Dream Reading Space?

By Carol / 28 November 2017 / 14 Comments

Do you have a dream reading space? someone asked me. A place with just the right furniture, light, atmosphere, to allow you to enjoy a good read? I had no immediate response because I’d never…

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When did you start to read? How did you learn?

By Carol / 21 November 2017 / 10 Comments

I don’t remember how I learned to read. What I do know is that I could read from earliest memory. Books were part of my life, from comics in the daily paper to Saturday-morning trips…

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Armistice Signed & My Grandfather Died – 99 years ago

By Carol / 07 November 2017 / 10 Comments

Ninety-nine years ago, on November 11, 1918, the Allies and Germany signed the Armistice to end fighting in the First World War. On that same day, my grandfather Carl died. My grandfather did not, however,…

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Rolling out a new website design – Come take a look

By Carol / 01 November 2017 / 16 Comments

Drum roll, please. Today I’m excited to unveil a fresh new, mobile-friendly look for my website – www.carolbodensteiner.com As I move closer to the launch of my next novel, it’s time to revisit all my…

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Celebrating Indie Authors – Check out these four

By Carol / 13 October 2017 / 10 Comments

October 14 is Indie Author Day, a day recognizing and encouraging authors who choose to publish independently. As you may know, I indie published my first book Growing Up Country, and am in the process…

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Have you found yourself amidst a kaleidoscope?

By Carol / 07 September 2017 / 16 Comments

Painted ladies dance In joyful kaleidoscopes Through warm autumn days This morning as I walked, I found myself surrounded by butterflies. There were so many, I stopped in wonder. And in joy. They flickered in…

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Poverty or Privilege – What do clothes mean?

By Carol / 30 August 2017 / 9 Comments

“Dress for success.” “Clothes make the man/woman.” “Dress for the job you want.” I had cause to re-think these oft-heard phrases in the context of poverty and privilege when I read a memoir about a…

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