If you study the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, will you become a better person? (inspiration from Tony Burgess Blog and JohnCOYOTE blog)

If you bring your experiences to the surface, can you be a better actor? (inspired by RIVRVLOGR blog)

If you study another human being, the way they walk, the sparkle in their eyes, will you like what you see? (inspired by fauxcroft)

If we force ourselves to unchain our words, will be become better writers? (inspired by Scribbled to Paper)

If you want to understand colors and shading, can you watch a tutorial for inspiration and create something beautiful? In this case, yes. (inspired by Stoneronarollercoaster)

If you study your image in that reflected glass, do you like what you see? (inspired by Lifelessons)

And, how I could go on with how you all, dear bloggers, inspire me.

I did not study up on how to be a grandmother.

But being one has inspired a new creativity inside my very core.


Explore outside the box and BE PERFECT IN YOUR IMPERFECTIONS!


via Study

This Moment is for You

I just want to take a moment to thank you, all my blogging buds, for the time you have spent looking at my posts and for following me. For a writer, there is no greater compliment. (I know I ramble about all kinds of things)

I also thank you for your postings. They make me laugh, cry, think, learn, and fill me with inspiration. Looking forward to more!

—Carolyn D-W

IMG_2460                         —also known as Me-Maw cropped-resized-granny


Good news and not so good

Here’s the good! I’m in Mexico with three other couples celebrating my hubbies B-Day. It’s so beautiful and the friendships are rock solid easy!


Although I still have internet, I have no email access (even thru the host site) and, for some reason, the “Reader” site on WP is not as easy for me to navigate as my email so I’m missing the easy access to my blogging peeps! (and I can’t see if any agents have responded to my query letters for my latest novel, The Moonshine Thicket)


Hope all is well!!!!

Margarita anyone?   🙂 🙂

My gift to you

I painted this on the first day of the Iraqi war and named it “Peace Bubbles.” (I sold this painting and believe it is hanging on a wall in a yoga studio in NYC)

Whatever traditions you celebrate this season, I hope your life is filled with peace, acceptance, grace, hope, kindness, joy and LOVE.

All the best to you, my blogging buds! – Carolyn



The truth about my blogging “friends”

I blogged many years back and stopped. Maybe I didn’t understand it or maybe I just didn’t care. But I came back into “your” fold this past August because  I was on a mission. I had a goal and I haven’t done such a good job achieving it.

But, as I like to say, “there goes that universes again” — because blogging has taught me things I didn’t expect.

I have to tell you. A few people in my life, including an attorney friend of mine, worries that “exposing” myself to the cyber world could be unsafe. That “many of those bloggers are not true to who they really are.”

If that’s the case with any of you, back up, Jack, and hit the unfollow button.

(But I think I “know” you.)

Unless I’m traveling, my world is a bit of a bubble. You know, routines and such. Not that I’m complaining. For the most part, I like my sac of familiar air.

But now I have cyber friends like you, who come from all over the world, who tell me through words or photographs about their life, and interests. Many of you share the same thoughts and ideals as me. And the ones who differ, teach me.

You are writers, strugglers, rebels, photographers, dancers, chefs, visionaries, travelers, poets, doctors, animal lovers, readers, humorists. You are mothers, fathers, new adults, aging adults, “in-between” adults.

And, here is the common thread: You are all thinkers who ponder and share the world as you know it.

So what’s not to like?

It’s not you. It’s me. I’m not so good at promoting my novels to make a “difference” in sales while sitting at this particular table.

But I like this wooden table. There is plenty of room for everyone.

And it’s round. 



(And yes, it’s an electronic cigarette)



Mystery Blogger Award


Yippee! I was nominated for something! Thank you Andrei for giving me this challenge!

Okay, three things about me – I’m not much of a mystery. Since I wear my heart on my sleeve, what you see is what you get (for better or worse). I have published two novels, No Hill for a Stepper in 2011 and The Last Bordello in 2016. I have a third novel, The Moonshine Thicket, that is ready to be sent out to an agent but, so far, my finger can’t seem to press the “send” button. Another thing about me – I’m a pacifist but when I get to the gym, I plunk on my boxing gloves and pound the crap out of the pads the trainer holds for me.

Favorite blog posts?  A Gift to Frame is one of my favorites. It’s awesome knowing that someone enjoyed my novel so much, they wrote me a hand-written letter. My very favorite was/is Remembering Who You Are. It includes a letter written by my sister for my milestone birthday. I also have a lot of fun going through my old journals, scanning various pages, and posting them in Raw Journal Kernels.

Okay, now on to answering Andrei’s questions:

  1. What makes you bored?

I don’t really get bored. If I do it’s because my creative juices have either been used up or are on short supply. Might mean I need an adult beverage or a nap.

2. What is my favorite pastime and why?

Spending time with my children and grandchildren. Why? Because I love them with every once of my being.

3. What is that one thing you would happily do again?

Helicopter rides are out. Hot air ballon ride? Nope. But I would happily return to Italy. I love the culture —  the art, the artitechure, the food and mostly the people (who say what they mean and mean what they say). I studied Italian for over 4 years but I have forgotten SO much.

4. What is your favorite body part of the human body and why?

I could be snarky and ask for which gender. But I realize it doesn’t matter. Eyes. The eyes tell me all.

5. (Weird Question) If you were a bird, who would you sh*t on?

That’s a tough one. I’ve heard that it’s good luck to have a bird poop on your head . So if that’s true, the red cardinal would poop on the head of my kids and grandkids.

But, if it’s NOT good luck,  I would gladly take a mighty Turkey Vulture dump on any politician that does NOT speak out against racism.


Now, for my nominations: It was hard to choose since I have so many cyber friends. For now, I nominate:

 Cindy       GC     PuppyDoc

Here are my questions:

  1. If you could go back to one of your favorite pastimes in your childhood, what would it be?
  2. When you close your eyes, which of your favorite landscapes do you see? Describe.
  3. If you could make peace with someone in from your past, who would it be and why? (no need for a name)
  4. If someone wanted to recreate you from a recipe, what ingredients would they need?
  5. (Weird question) Can you tie a cherry stem using only your tongue?



Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.– Okoto Enigma


  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Can I serve my server an arrest warrant?

ERG! Woke up this morning to discover my server wasn’t delivering emails. That meant not being able to accurately keep up with my fellow bloggers. 😦

It seems to be working now, so tomorrow, I have three main items on my agenda list.

  1. Go through a gazillion emails and respond to the tried and true bloggers.
  2. Hit some pads in  various combinations including the One, Two, Three! (jab, cross, hook)


Me at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn several years ago.

3. Do a little Santa work.

Hope to catch up with y’all (you, you guys, you all) tomorrow!