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.

Oh Quack!

By Carol / 28 June 2009 /

“Go away and come back in three years.” That’s what my contact at Ion Exchange told me when I shared my concern about the quack grass taking over my prairie garden. I’m sure he gets…

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Good news, Bad news – June prairie update

By Carol / 18 June 2009 /

It’s been almost a month since I sowed the seeds of my prairie garden. (This picture shows the spot before planting.) The last four weeks have been a good news/bad news story. Good news: It’s…

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Great Intel Ad

By Carol / 14 June 2009 /

I spend far more time complaining about TV ads than praising them, but I just saw a new Intel ad I must applaud. The ad spotlights Ajay Bhatt, co-inventor of the USB, and uses the…

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The past & the future – an Iowa prairie

By Carol / 27 May 2009 /

Returning part of our acreage to native flowers and grasses has been on my mind since we moved to this acreage four years ago. Interviewing sources for the article I wrote recently on Iowa’s endangered…

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The wild things

By Carol / 13 May 2009 /

“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 /

“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 /

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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A mature garden is like …

By Carol / 16 April 2009 /

I took advantage of the beautiful weather – spring at last? – yesterday to clean up one of my perennial gardens, the first I planted when we moved to this acreage four years ago. In…

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Salute to Librarians

By Carol / 09 April 2009 /

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 /

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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