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.

Soaking in natural beauty

By Carol / 09 February 2015 /

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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It's magic. Spring prairie emerges as old growth melts away

By Carol / 13 June 2014 /

I tend to take fewer prairie pictures in the early spring. What’s to see? It’s brown. Tall fronts of dried prairie grasses wave in muted contrast to the new green of surrounding trees and grass.…

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What could you learn about leadership and teamwork from geese?

By Carol / 09 June 2014 /

Unexpected visitors to our home last night brought the delights of nature and deeper lessons in leadership and teamwork. As darkness fell, a gaggle of Canadian geese came walking up our drive. Four adults and…

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Bears, turkeys, deer & butterflies

By Carol / 14 May 2014 /

Great Smoky Mountains make “amazing” an overused word My friends told us to keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as we drove along the Cades Cove loop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We…

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The Art of War – The Art of Loving

By Carol / 26 February 2014 /

Movies, reading & walking across Iowa uncover surprising connections. Art and history, love and war intersect as I continue my virtual trek across Iowa. There can’t be many who haven’t heard about the movie Monuments…

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What can we learn from Fall? New book shares wisdom & gratitude

By Carol / 20 September 2013 /

Do see fall as the end or the beginning? For me, it’s both. The fall equinox arrives this weekend and with it, the end of green leaves and grass and the beginning of reds and…

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Forging paths in the prairie and in writing

By Carol / 12 September 2013 /

Since my granddaughters were born, I’ve taken them to the prairie every time they visit us. As little ones, they were carried in. As they grew older, I led the way.   On her last…

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A bird's eye view of hawks

By Carol / 01 August 2013 /

Five years ago, we planted a prairie patch in our front yard. Since then, we’ve noticed an increase in raptors. We hear more owls hooting in the night. We see more hawks soaring high above.…

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In the morning light – A Prairie Update

By Carol / 22 July 2013 /

The days are breathtakingly hot and humid nationwide this July. Yet in the early morning, as the sun crests the horizon, temperatures are more tolerable and the air still fresh. The more forgiving, early sun…

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Ready to take flight? – A robin update

By Carol / 14 May 2013 /

Only a couple of days ago, the baby robins – their little heads marked by wild bits of hair – could barely peek above the edge of the nest. Only when Mama flew in with…

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