Carol’s Ramblings (Blog)

Companies Acting Badly

A Travel Company Named Tauck Acting Badly During the Pandemic

Why are some travel companies, like Tauck, ruining travel during the pandemic? Here is my story. Please feel free to copy it or repost it. Stories, a small wooden black and red train with a cotton ball smokestack, and a crystal heart on a blue velvet ribbon. These are all my daughter has left of her father, aside from the flag that draped his coffin. Eric was a US Air Force F-15 fighter pilot and…

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Goings On

From Despair to Hope: Another Blog About Living with COVID

I haven’t written about COVID, other than to encourage people to get vaccinated and wear masks. What could I say that hasn’t already been said? That I was sad or lonely or full of despair? Boring. I feel your eyes glazing over now. So, I didn’t write about that, but I did write. I published two books in 2020, and I tried to keep busy. I was lucky, after all. I had a house, a…

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Uncategorized

My holiday newsletter is available!

Greetings, friends and readers! My holiday newsletter is now available. It’s the last one of 2021, so if you did not receive it, email me or sign up on my website at the bottom of the page. The newsletter is completely free and I blind-copy everyone on my list. Your email address will never be sold or traded for any reason. I don’t do that, ever! And, you will only get one email from me,…

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Book Signings

Visit me at the Tucson Festival of Books!

The March 12-13, 2022 Festival Of Books in Tucson, Arizona is a GO!! I will be in the Children’s Indie Pavilion on Saturday March 12 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30p.m (subject to change). If you are one of the first 10 people to buy the entire “Skye Van Bloem Trilogy” at the special festival price of $30, you will receive a FREE beautiful, zippered, forest-green, canvas bag with a full-color picture of the protagonist and…

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COVID-19

Is the COVID Vaccine Distribution Fair?

Like most Americans, I want to see fairness in our country—in the courts, in hiring, in job pay, in access to affordable housing, in higher education . . . I could go on and on. Injustice is a difficult thing to watch without becoming disillusioned, bitter, and angry. I’m seeing a lot of unfairness with the vaccine rollout. Let’s start with communities of color and underprivileged neighborhoods. Have they been given access to the vaccine?…

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Newsletter

Win a FREE Autographed Copy of Any of Carol’s Books!

Everyone likes receiving free stuff, especially when it’s an autographed book! How to Win Sign up for Carol’s newsletter Expect the March/April newsletter on the first day of spring (March 20) Read it and look for the hidden contest question Find the hidden hint to help you answer the simple question Email skyevanbloem@gmail.com with your answer before April 1. A winner will be chosen from the entries. Carol contacts the winner, who picks which book…

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Elections

My Final Thoughts on the Election and the Importance of Voting

It’s difficult to know what to say about the election and the importance of voting that has not already been said. Vote like your life depends on it, because it does. Everything is in jeopardy: the climate, women’s rights, black lives, biodiversity, our environment and public lands, our healthcare, our democracy, science and truth and facts. How Bad Can It Get? When Trump came down that escalator years ago, I knew it would be bad,…

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Free eBook to Honor Test Pilot Eric Fiore

Get a Free eBook About a Courageous Test Pilot

Everyone loves a free eBook, particularly one about a test pilot. Today, Oct 10, and tomorrow, Oct 11, 2020 get a free eBook of Flight through Fire on amazon. October 10, 2020 marks the 20 year anniversary of the crash of an experimental Challenger 604 at Mid-Continent Airport. Three brave men died as a result. Test pilot Eric Fiore died in the burn unit of Via Christi hospital 36 days later. Watch the live video…

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COVID-19

An Open Letter to the Airlines

An Open Letter to the Airline Industry Dear Airline Industry, You want us to fly again, right? The thing I miss the most since the pandemic hit is flying. My family lives too far away to make driving feasible, and I adore traveling and meeting new people. I don’t think anyone really loves being squished into small airline seats, but we like where planes can take us and the speed (generally) with which they do…

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