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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.

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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Haiku to the arrival of spring

By Carol / 30 March 2017 / 6 Comments

Spring inspires poetic thoughts and emotions. Here’s a Haiku tribute to the migrating birds I saw during a recent walk. Cedar waxwings come. Aristocratic bandits, Harbingers of spring The Cedar Waxwing is a social bird…

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Ten million years – Sandhill cranes awe and inspire

By Carol / 22 March 2017 / 8 Comments

Ten million years Sun shimmers on a river one mile wide, three inches deep. The Platte River stretches wide beneath the skies, offering refuge to weary travelers, as it’s done for 10 million years. And…

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Unidentified flying objects inhabit prairie

By Carol / 05 July 2016 / 14 Comments

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 / 22 Comments

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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Saying Good-bye to an Old Friend

By Carol / 28 September 2015 / 16 Comments

When my husband I moved to our acreage 10 years ago, I loved all the trees, but particularly the big old willow.  I frequently carried a chair and a book to the tree where I’d…

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Going deep inside – Perspective 3

By Carol / 24 March 2015 / 8 Comments

Recently, I’ve considered perspective from high up in a hot air balloon and up close at Cadillac Ranch. I also had a chance to go deep with a visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.…

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From high above – Perspective

By Carol / 04 March 2015 / 6 Comments

Hot air balloons float over my house in Des Moines with some regularity in the summer. I’ve watched from the ground and wondered what it would be like to go up in one. What would…

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Can you believe your eyes?

By Carol / 26 February 2015 / 2 Comments

Seeing something with your own eyes is proof. Right? At one time or another, most of us have said: “Seeing is believing.” or “I’ll believe it when I see it.” We’ve also said the opposite…

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Soaking in natural beauty

By Carol / 09 February 2015 / 14 Comments

Some places encourage – perhaps even demand – that a person stop thinking, stop talking, and simply soak in nature. Sedona, Arizona, is one of them. I had the pleasure of spending two days this…

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