• "Oh, if I could only put things into words as I see them! Mr. Carpenter says, 'Strive, strive -- keep on. Words are your medium -- make them your slaves -- until they will say for you what you want them to say.' That is true, and I do try, but it seems to me there is something beyond words -- any words -- all words -- something that always escapes you when you try to grasp it -- yet leaves something in your hand which you wouldn't have had if you hadn't reached for it. ... I have written myself out for tonight, and am going to bed."
    - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Emily Climbs

    This is my place to "write myself out" -- sharing both my day-by-day thoughts and my artistic output. Thank you for visiting! - Carmen Pauls Orthner
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My name is Carmen Pauls Orthner, and I am a journalist who has worked as a reporter for weekly and daily newspapers and an Aboriginal radio station, and owns and operates a freelance business called Pen for Hire. I am also an enthusiastic scrapbooker and budding mixed media/paper craft artist, a doting new mom, a devoted wife, and a lover of stories. I live in a small northern Canadian town on the shores of a vast freshwater lake, surrounded by forest, bedrock and muskeg. And I am happy to welcome you to my blog.


  1. HI Carmen,
    I am so excited to see you join into the attitude of Gratitude challenge for October. Thanks for taking the time to add your link. Looking forward to sharing what I am thankful for with you!

    Mary Ann

    Comment by Mary Ann Hounsell — September 20, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
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