Author Archives: Carolyn Dennis-Willingham, Author

About Carolyn Dennis-Willingham, Author

Author of two published books – No Hill for a Stepper, 2001, and The Last Bordello, 2016. My third novel is set in 1928 and is currently enduring a professional edit. When not on my laptop, I'm the "lap top" for my Grand-babies. I'm a retired Early Childhood Specialist, a fitness boxer, artist, and a ball thrower for my ever-persistent mini Aussie. In addition to her blogging website,, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter and on Instagram as CdwWrites.

Children Giving to Children

by Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

This past weekend I attended Austin’s 29th Annual Children Giving to Children Parade – a collaborative event with the Operation Blue Santa Program.

Their goal? To collect toys for the children whose parents can’t afford to buy them.

Since 1987, the concept of a parade grew. This weekend, thousands of spectators arrived to view the giant balloons, holiday floats, mariachi bands, jugglers and more.

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The Deceptive Eye

We all know that our eyes can be deceptive. Most of the time, we see what we want to see …  until someone points us toward the truth.

“No, that’s not possible,” I told my friend on our visit to Florence, Italy.

“Oh, my dear, but it is. They mastered it well during the Renaissance.”

“But it’s a sculpture.”

“Nope. It’s flush with the wall. It’s all paint.”

That’s when I realized I was a neophyte to the art of Trompe l’oeil.

Classical Trompe loeil

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