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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.

A holiday story

By Carol / 26 November 2009 /

I have always believed that Thanksgiving dinner is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult meal to make. Easiest because there is no wondering what will be on the menu. At least at our house, the…

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Happy Birthday, Alaska!

By Carol / 03 August 2009 /

Alaska became our 49th State 50 years ago in January this year. I’m a little late sending them greetings, but I was reminded of the event when my brother-in-law in Anchorage sent me this picture.…

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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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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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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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Just right

By Carol / 21 January 2009 /

Along with many millions of other residents of Planet Earth, I was glued to my TV yesterday watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama.  As a public relations counselor for more than 30 years, I…

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