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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.

What’s Your Dream Reading Space?

By Carol / 28 November 2017 / 14 Comments

Do you have a dream reading space? someone asked me. A place with just the right furniture, light, atmosphere, to allow you to enjoy a good read? I had no immediate response because I’d never…

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Poverty or Privilege – What do clothes mean?

By Carol / 30 August 2017 / 9 Comments

“Dress for success.” “Clothes make the man/woman.” “Dress for the job you want.” I had cause to re-think these oft-heard phrases in the context of poverty and privilege when I read a memoir about a…

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Haitus over …. Did you miss me?

By Carol / 08 August 2017 / 24 Comments

I realize asking, “Did you miss me?” after such a long absence opens me to the possibility of all sorts of disappointing, maybe even disparaging, responses. All of which I’d deserve. I dropped out of…

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What can we learn from annoying, repetitive TV ads?

By Carol / 11 April 2017 / 6 Comments

Have you ever been watching your favorite show and wanted to throw a brick through the TV when the fifth Burger King commercial plays in the course of one hour? My husband changes the channel.…

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Who knew color would be such a challenge?

By Carol / 05 April 2017 / 8 Comments

Anxiety. Hopelessness. Despair. These are the feelings I experienced a couple of months ago, not because of some major life crisis, as you might expect; instead because of the pastels art class I’m taking. This…

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Writing fields lie fallow – Where will this lead?

By Carol / 14 March 2017 / 12 Comments

When I sent my manuscript off to find an agent, I looked forward to taking a breather from the intense writing regimen I’d maintained for the last several years. In the past, each time I…

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What are you afraid of? How do you move past fear?

By Carol / 02 February 2017 / 14 Comments

I’ve never thought of myself as a fearful person. Sure, butterflies are normal before I speak, and alone on a dark street at night, adrenaline races and I’m particularly watchful. But I’m not afraid as…

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This is what democracy looks like – Women’s March

By Carol / 25 January 2017 / 10 Comments

Marching to support a cause is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. The suffragettes marched more than 100 years ago to secure the vote for women. Civil rights activists marched in the 1960s to…

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Word of the year for 2017? – Wonder

By Carol / 03 January 2017 / 14 Comments

Choosing a word of the year is popular. The Oxford Dictionaries chose ‘post-truth’ as their word in 2016, while Merriam-Webster settled on ‘surreal,’ and Dictionary.com tapped ‘xenophobia.’ All  good choices given the year’s events. A…

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Will the real Donald J. Trump please stand up? #WordsMatter

By Carol / 21 November 2016 / 18 Comments

The election outcome has a lot of people wondering what Donald J. Trump as president will be like. The reason: President-elect Trump has taken widely different stances on the same topics, sometimes within hours. I…

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