The Fuzzy-Faced Guru – Part 1

By Christina Carson Another Chapter from Northern Exposure Meets James Herriot: You know you’re green when even your stock knows more about running the farm than you do. Our big Komondor, Dali, took it upon herself to show us how we might all survive the life we’d chosen since we had no idea what we’d signed on for, and she obviously did.   Learning, in my book, has always felt as essential to life as breathing or...

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The J. K. Rowling Primer for Writers

by Caleb Pirtle III As you can see from the by-line, this blog I am about to share was not written by me. And though it is entitled a primer for writers, I would say it is actually a wise primer for life. So I am sending it on to you, dear readers, because, from your comments to me, it is clear you enjoy thoughtful, inspired blogs such as Caleb’s. Bert and I met Caleb Pirtle III through social media over a year ago. He lives in east...

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Another Gift from Mary Oliver- Blue Pastures

by Christina Carson I am not given to review books very often, partly because I don’t get to read as much as I would like, and partly because I’ve been around for a while, and it now takes a deeper order of thought to get my attention these days, a writer who makes me sit back, scratch my head and comment, “Wow, that’s fascinating.” Having been a fan of Mary Oliver since the very first volume of her poetry I read...

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Human Connection – The Pearl of Great Value

by Christina Carson Human connection is a pearl of great value, and, like an exquisite gem, it hangs around few necks. We crave it; oh we do, for somewhere inside us we know it’s the way things were meant to be. In our part of the world, many have given up on the notion of deeply committed connection and have gotten a dog or cat to fill that void. Yes, honest relationship, for honesty is a necessity in this case, is vanishing from our...

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We Are, None of Us, Cute

by Christina Carson He was brindle-colored as a pup; that’s where he got his name, Tigger, but he headed toward black as the years worn on. Our first meeting was memorable. I had driven down from northern Alberta in search of a guard dog. The legacy he had to follow, whoever this pup turned out to be, was a mighty one, a pack of Hungarian Komondorok, the protectors of our sheep, led by a 130 pound bitch, thirty inches at the shoulders,...

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What a Character

by Christina Carson Have you ever read a book, fallen in love with it, but been completely unable to figure out why? To Kill a Mockingbird has always been one such book for me. I have read it several times solely to understand why it captures me so, but only when I sat down to write this blog the other day, did it finally hit me. The characters are so authentic, so utterly real that not once in the entire story do I ever trip over anything in...

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Finding Your Voice

by Christina Carson I don’t know why I remember that particular afternoon, but when I read the writing exercise about developing voice that asked me to scan back over my life and think of things that have stuck in my mind for no obvious reason, not the monumental things, just small ones, there it was. It always comes to me as a picture. It was fall. The barley was that rich golden color ripe barley gets when it’s ready for harvest....

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