The Old Fashion Chain Letter as Blog

  Pat Zick contacted me about participating in this Author Blog Chain. Being a child during the old chain letter era, I told her it made me feel 16 again, so I would. Pat and I met when she invited me to write a guest blog for her Author Wednesday blog post, and we’ve kept in touch since. I relate to her love of natural places and her voice, often speaking through her novels, which encourages greater stewardship of the natural world....

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What Is It We See in Each Other

by Christina Carson Well ask them. If we only could. The magic that draws life toward itself from boy meets girl to these sweet creatures above is still one the universe’s great mysteries. Sometimes we call the attractive force gravity. Other times symbiosis. We really go out on a limb when we call it love for that’s the most mysterious word of all. Who really knows or understands what it is that calls us to each other in harmony,...

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Calling All Indie Writers- Success in 2014

by Christina Carson Yesterday I received a thoughtful blog from Jim Ainsworth, fellow Venture Galleries Authors Collection writer, a group of serious-minded indie authors who blog for Venture Galleries, determined to find a way to success in this brave new world of writing and publishing. Jim refers to the challenge that owns us all—how to translate promotion into sales and sales into a successful career—primarily through internet related...

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A Christmas Eve Contemplation – What We Don’t See

by Christina Carson In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking: Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage. So goes the Bible in the traditional Christmas story. A far more mystical account of these men and their star-led journey is preserved in an eighth-century C.E. Syriac manuscript...

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WHY? WHY? WHY?

by Christina Carson We wonder why? Why can’t I succeed? Why can’t I be well? Why can’t I sell books, stop arguing with my kids, lose weight, have a job I love, find the person of my dreams, the list goes on and on…There is an answer to the why question and the beauty of that answer is no matter what the why, the answer is always the same. In life, where you place your attention brings to you what you ultimately experience...

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A Fare Thee Well to One Great Man – Nelson Mandela

by Christina Carson Though I am tad late posting this blog, I am compelled to stop and honor the extraordinary Nelson Mandela. I have long had a soft spot in my heart for South Africa. I first came in contact with the South African culture when Canada took in many South African professionals fleeing the height of that country’s violence in the mid-1980s. Those who were willing to offer their services in rural areas were given the nod....

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Northern Exposure Meets James Herriot – Episode 9

by Christina Carson WE SHALL FEAR NO EVIL In yet another chapter from Northern Exposure Meets James Herriot, I will once again stand my ground that sheep are not stupid. I have always felt it to be a strange admonition anyway coming from a species that finds itself in so many pickles of its own making. So even though I refer to the fellow who stars in this story as “little daft lamb,” trust me, he knew something about how the world...

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What Can I Tell My Granddaughter

by Christina Carson One short section in the first Travis McGee novel, The Deep Blue Goodbye, by John D. McDonald gave me pause more than anything I’ve read in a while. It wasn’t the only such passage by this extraordinary author that sucked the breath right out of me, but one which spoke in its own way to an age-old dilemma that women have faced throughout time—should I be intimate with this man or not. Increasingly today the...

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