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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.

The Mystery of a Mystery – M.K. Tod

By Carol / 06 September 2016 /

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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Happy birthday, National Park Service

By Carol / 27 August 2016 /

The National Park Service marks 100 years this week. One hundred years of preserving our amazing natural resources. One hundred years of educating people on our great outdoors. One hundred years of giving joy to…

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The Seven Year Dress – Devastation & Resilience

By Carol / 09 August 2016 /

Today, I introduce you to Paulette Mahurin and her new WWII-era novel, The Seven Year Dress. The Seven Year Dress covers one of the darkest times in human history from the perspective of one Jewish…

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How have you chipped away at glass ceilings?

By Carol / 02 August 2016 /

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.” Hillary Clinton NOTE – This is not a political post, so if Clinton’s name inspires you to rant, take a breath, relax, and hang with me…

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Unidentified flying objects inhabit prairie

By Carol / 05 July 2016 /

The prairie is a strange and wonderful place. Each time I visit, I discover wildlife from both the plant and insect kingdoms I’ve never seen before. I’m not nearly as good at identifying the insects…

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After the fire – Beauty

By Carol / 01 July 2016 /

We burned our prairie this spring, and the fire my husband lit spread rapidly through the dried residue of the previous year’s grasses and flowers. Within minutes, we were left with nothing but a bare,…

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Language barrier? Don't the Irish speak English?

By Carol / 14 June 2016 /

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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Clocks, stoves and life & death coincidences

By Carol / 07 June 2016 /

As a child, I grew up singing a song about a clock that counted the seconds of a man’s life. “My Grandfather’s Clock” – Are you familiar with it? The refrain goes like this: “Ninety…

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Murals fuel & memorialize Irish conflict

By Carol / 31 May 2016 /

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 /

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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