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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 can we learn from annoying, repetitive TV ads?

By Carol / 11 April 2017 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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How much does the truth matter? Too little in politics.

By Carol / 15 November 2016 /

Count me among those who were rocked by the vitriol of the presidential campaign and shocked by the outcome. I suggest one of the reasons for public dismay was an inability to believe what we…

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68 years – 68 reasons to be grateful

By Carol / 11 October 2016 /

October 11 is my 68th birthday. I’ve had – am having – a great life. Borrowing another idea from Laurie Buchanan, author of the soon-to-be-released Note to Self, and to recognize the years with which…

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How old do you feel? Time to Reflect.

By Carol / 04 October 2016 /

Recently, I felt the need to journal and reflect. But where to start? I recalled a social media post I read a few months ago that offered a list of questions. As usually happens, though,…

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