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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.

Bountiful Monarchs – A very good year in the prairie

By Carol / 14 August 2018 / 6 Comments

When we planted our prairie patch 10 years ago, one goal was to provide butterfly habitat. In the ensuing years, we’ve seen an uptick in pollinators. Bees of many varieties. A wealth of dragonflies. Yet…

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Inspired by bravery – Ireland’s Holocaust Heroine

By Carol / 07 May 2018 / 7 Comments

People who risk it all to help others are inspiration for all of us. Some of these brave souls are well known – Schindler, Tubman, Esther – while others slip quietly into history. Irishwoman Mary…

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Waking up to white privilege

By Carol / 24 April 2018 / 3 Comments

The recent arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks raised again the issue of how people of different races are treated in the United States. It’s highly unlikely two white men sitting in…

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Is “Place” also a character?

By Carol / 10 April 2018 / 5 Comments

Author and blogger M.K. Tod and I met through our mutual interest in historical fiction. This year, she’s exploring the themes of time and place. She invited me to join that discussion, and my post…

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Launch Day Gratitude

By Carol / 21 March 2018 / 14 Comments

My new novel, Simple Truth, launches today, and gratitude tops the list of emotions I’m feeling as I celebrate bringing my third book to readers. A writer doesn’t travel the often rocky road to publication…

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Thank you Oscar Wilde – Simple Truth

By Carol / 14 March 2018 / 10 Comments

“The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde. Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde spoke with insight and humor on many topics. The fallacy of believing truth to be…

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Women who teach and encourage – International Women’s Day

By Carol / 08 March 2018 / 6 Comments

On International Women’s Day I salute the women who made the greatest impact on me. They were teachers and encouragers. All of them. My mother, Ruby Denter. She was strong and determined. Until she married…

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Marketing on My Mind – Simple Truth Launch

By Carol / 23 February 2018 / 10 Comments

My new novel Simple Truth is a reality. I know this because an advance shipment of books sits in my garage. Marketing this new book has been on my mind for some time, but there’s…

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From Hate to Reconciliation – The Little Rock Nine

By Carol / 06 February 2018 / 12 Comments

I visited the Little Rock Central High School Historic Site this past week. The courage and bravery of “The Little Rock Nine” – teenagers who dared to face down angry mobs of segregationists – brought…

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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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