KATE CARPENTER

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One good thing about winter

I am not a fan of cold winters. As a teenager I dreamed of going to college in a warm, sunny locale. Even now, on particularly chilly days, I search for property listings in New Mexico, Arizona, southern Utah. But here I am in Missouri, where the sky is overcast and drizzling, and my front […]

True/False 2013

This weekend, my husband and I headed to Columbia, Missouri, for the True/False Film Festival. For the uninitiated, True/False is a documentary festival. It has grown from a tiny upstart in 2004 to an highly regarded event featuring more than 42 films, more than 100 screenings, and more than 40,000 ticket sales. The last time […]

The seeds are here

This is my seed order for the year, spread out on our dining room table. I might have gotten a little carried away with the seed catalogs, but what can I say? After two summers of moving, I’m eager to get a garden going again, even if I have to stick with container gardening for […]

One month down

This is my view today, almost one month into 2013. The flowers were my reward for reaching my latest writing goal, and behind them you can see a few pages from a draft that I’ve been revising. Today, everything feels slow–the words come slowly, it takes extra-long for the teapot to whistle, I plod from […]

Satisfy a craving…and invite in the muse

Some days, you really need a cookie. Baking has long been a go-to source of therapy for me. When I’m stressed, or frustrated, or even if I’ve hit a writing wall, whipping up a batch of cookies seems to do the trick. It’s a dangerous habit, though. All I wanted was a little mindless time […]

The perseverance of squirrels

Crazy squirrels cavort in my front yard. To be fair, I’ve never heard a squirrel described as anything but nuts, if you’ll forgive the bad pun. But you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you that these squirrels are particularly crazy. I spend an inordinate amount of time watching their antics. […]