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About Kristen Carson

Kristen Carson was born in Idaho. She has lived in Utah, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently resides near Indianapolis. She and her husband are the parents of four adult children. Carson's stories and articles have appeared in Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, and Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought.
14 01, 2018

Clear Your Schedule for This One

By | 2018-01-14T19:56:12+00:00 January 14th, 2018|good fiction|0 Comments

While you know I love reading, you may not know that I approach it like patient, measuring out dosages. Must finish this book by Thursday, which means I must read this many pages at lunch time. This method started when I attempted Don Quixote, which was so challenging that I had to break up the not-very-engaging story into bearable pieces. And now I have [...]

7 01, 2018

Cabin Fever Sets In

By | 2018-01-07T20:54:33+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

January 6, 2018 This one’s gonna be a rant. It’s only the first week in January and I’m already quaking with a bad case of cabin fever. Four days buttoned up inside my house, wearing no make-up, and I’m rattling the bars. I could have gone out. We just endured a year of unemployment. We got through it by Ignoring Problems. Now that the [...]

31 12, 2017

Tex Mex Chopped Chicken Salad

By | 2017-12-31T15:18:18+00:00 December 31st, 2017|salads|0 Comments

Roast chicken photo by on / CC BY-ND I can't believe this Tex Mex Chopped Chicken Salad got away from me before I snapped a picture. Somebody called a party for a snowy night. "Bring soup, salad or bread," they said. I'd been dying to try this one. I threw it together. We ran out [...]

24 12, 2017

Chopped Cashew Salad

By | 2017-12-24T15:50:20+00:00 December 24th, 2017|salads|0 Comments

Merry Christmas to my Read Fast Eat Slow readers! If you've had your fill of Christmas cookies and candies (and I never really get my fill), you might get back to eating your veggies with this Chopped Cashew Salad.   We tried it at Thanksgiving. Every year, it's not Thanksgiving without the roast turkey, the Stove-Top Stuffing and the Grandma Jello. But I like [...]

17 12, 2017

Let’s Go To Amerikay

By | 2017-12-17T20:42:40+00:00 December 17th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

I’m working my way through a list of ethnic museums in Chicago. Got the Ukrainians and the Greeks checked off. (Hey, Latvians, I tried, but if you’re going to tell Google Maps you’re running a museum, might be nice if you find a nice little volunteer to open the place up. Or you could try posting your hours on the door. I don’t like [...]

10 12, 2017

What Shall We Give The Children?

By | 2017-12-10T20:31:17+00:00 December 10th, 2017|good nonfiction|0 Comments

I got some curious reactions when I read Douglas Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe. I carried it into a doctor appointment and the doctor proceeded to ask me about and then confess, in hushed tones, that he was worried about Europe’s immigration crisis happening here. Then I thumbnailed a few highlights to a European friend and she said the author was right on [...]

3 12, 2017

Less Depressing than Jane Eyre

By | 2017-12-03T19:13:54+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|good fiction|1 Comment

It’s been a while since I read a story wherein someone wore a “frock.” Frocks were how heroines dressed back when I learned to read, so that should tell you the era of this week’s book. In Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting, Linda Martin leaves an English orphanage to accept a governess position in a French manor. (To be clear, she’s an orphan at [...]

28 11, 2017

Up Your Cookie Game

By | 2017-11-27T19:15:14+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I own one single, round cookie cutter and I'm happy. One and done. You, however, might be the kind of cookie baker that buys them by the barrel. You've got leaves, pumpkins, Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men, hearts. But do you have snowflakes? The cookies might be a little hard to frost, unless you're handy with a pastry bag. But I'll bet cookie lovers [...]

26 11, 2017

Irishness 201

By | 2017-11-26T18:58:43+00:00 November 26th, 2017|good fiction|0 Comments

Remember when we talked about this book? Author David Lynch filled us in on all the fortunes and misfortunes of today’s Irish.   Lynch showed us what you might see on the Irish street, or in the Irish bureaucrat’s office. Getting in to the Irish head and heart is a job for another author and, fortunately, Lynch tells us which one to look for: Roddy Doyle. [...]

19 11, 2017

The Biggest Loser, Mormon Style

By | 2017-11-19T19:49:53+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the comic novel, The Fattest Mormon, by Tyson Abaroa, lovable loser Phil Carroll travels the country in his Winnebago, entering contests and living off the prize money. The novel gets off to a rough start with a comic bit about granny who drives like a bad stock car racer. But by the time Phil and his ‘Bago pull into tiny Taylor, Arizona, to [...]