Rebecca Solnit

Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit

The incisive essay, “The Mother of All Questions,” by writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit, left me reflecting back on times when I was asked questions that caught me off guard, were offensive, or merely unfriendly, and how I would have more wisely answered them if I had another chance to respond. Continue reading “Ruminations on the Essay, “The Mother of All Questions” by Rebecca Solnit”

adventure

What an Adventure It Was!

On May 23rd I posted about an upcoming three-week adventure to Croatia and Slovenia, topped off with stops in Prague and Vienna. What a great trip it was – I even added a short trip to Mostar, Bosnia, and had lunch in Italy (Slovenia is so close to Italy)! I finished both books I wrote I’d take with me – will post on them soon! They were:

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the print book

On the Love of the Print Book

I recently enjoyed The Huffington Post‘s books and culture writer Claire Fallon’s post, “11 Simple Reasons the Print Book Doomsayers are Wrong.” According to the New York Times, she writes, “print book sales are holding steady in 2015 — and ebook sales have hit a wall. I admit, I fall into #9 on her list – I buy and read both. Here are three more from her list I particularly like: Continue reading “On the Love of the Print Book”

Laura Carroll, nonfiction

True Stories on: Like That – Gone!

There’s nothing like a great true story. Sooner or later we all have one that may sound unbelievable, but it’s true. Tracing old steps in the Northwest recently sure brought one to mind from my life. It starts with a little cabin on the Sandy River at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon. Continue reading “True Stories on: Like That – Gone!”

Musings on What it Means to Live True

I am sitting in a sweet mountain cabin at the base of Mount Hood, Oregon. It is near a cabin, a home really, that I lived in ten years ago. It is on a forested three acres, split by a river. Whenever I return to this area, I walk my old property (not trespassing mind you – the owners have given me permission to do so), and many memories come flooding back. I am reminded that the years I lived in the woods I learned a lot about what it means to “live true.” Continue reading “Musings on What it Means to Live True”

Laura Carroll, childfree choice

Kid Me Not , and a Slice of my Own Story

Have you seen the recently released book, Kid Me Not: An Anthology by Childfree Women of the 60s Now in their 60s.  Is that a clever book idea or what. And the life accounts in it give readers a good look into a generation of women making the childfree choice at a time when it was not as accepted as it is today.  Reading the women’s stories made me think of  my interview with the gals at “Fab Over 50” awhile back.

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