Essay — This Week in Carpenter Country

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Wondering what’s been going on in Carpenter Country lately?


This week, the English heritage rose started out like this:

Image by HL Carpenter
Image by HL Carpenter


and ended up like this:

Image by HL Carpenter
Image by HL Carpenter


and hosted this visitor:

Image by HL Carpenter
Image by HL Carpenter


We clicked on these links:

Anatomy of a Credit Card

Hidden Hotel Fees

How to Protect Your ATM card

Audio Artist Interview


These words and phrases caught our attention:

Wanderlust of the mind (from a Wall Street Journal article Monday 7/28/2014)

Ohnosecond (from How-To Geek) – An Ohnosecond (short for Oh no! Second) is the very short moment of time it takes you to realize that  you just messed up in a big way while working on your computer.


We learned that:

July 31 is the birthday of JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter. She doesn’t have a middle name and the “K” is for Kathleen, which is her grandmother’s name. She received an advance of $2,500 for the first Harry Potter book, which was published in 1997.


We revisited a poem by our favorite author, Anonymous:

Early one morning, late at night,
Two dead boys went out for a fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard their noise,
And came and shot the two dead boys.
If you don’t believe this lie is true,
Go ask the blind man, he saw it, too.


What bloomed during your week?




HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at



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