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Carolan Ross

Updated on January 21, 2015

AKA Cross Creations

She's had dozens of jobs and occupations, has been a writer and reader, teacher and student, rich and poor, happy and desperate, thick and thin, mother and child, wife and ex-wife, extremely wise and extremely foolish.

She is both a self-made woman and a self-unmade woman, a perfectly imperfect paradox.  She doesn't owe successes to others, nor blames others for failures.

Teacher, writer, entrepreneur, mom of teens, collectoholic, optIiMYSTIC skeptic, cyberspace junkie, political atheist, aging hippie chick, wannabe beach bum.... 

Me at Age 3

In one of the few photos I have from my childhood, I'm wearing a cowgirl outfit I got for my birthday. I wanted to be a cowgirl when I grew up, but since I was afraid of horses...I became a teacher instead.

The Queen of Sheba

I brought Sheba home when she was 7 weeks old and could be held in one hand...many moons ago. At that time my sons were 'bout knee high to a grasshopper.

Sheba remained my best friend for 14 years, the most gentle and sweet canine EVER! Sheba taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.

Sheba went over the rainbow to doggie heaven in June of 2010. Two years later I finally adopted another dog.

Katie came from a rescue and could very possibly be a descendant of Sheba since they both are 'Siever's Retrievers' dogs.

Carol Ross Photography

NOT me ==> but it IS one awesome photographer!

This gal named Carol Ross is a photographer (so am I) and she photographs golden retrievers and nature (so do I).

Carol Ross Greeting Cards #Flower Girl"
Carol Ross Greeting Cards #Flower Girl"

Now that's one PRETTY flower girl!!!

Go Get One! and tell her this ...that Carol Ross sent ya! LOL!

Goldens + Gardens = Gorgeous


* I've given birth twice. Son #1 took nearly two entire days of labor to arrive, while Son #2 was almost born on route to the hospital. He came so fast I called him my torpedo baby.

* Most of my adult life I've been a teacher, but have had lots of other jobs including retail, hospital unit clerk, travel agent, antiques & collectibles dealer, eBay seller, waitress, photographer, writer and internet marketer.

Ross Brothers

My Sons

That's my sons when they were maybe 2 and 3 years old.

Cute kids, eh? Yes, they were.

VERY cute indeed.

* I was the 8th child (in a family of 10!), born on 08-08 and my first born son was #8 grandchild. Wanna guess my lucky number?

* I love golden retrievers and have been owned by three of them, Leo and Sheba are now in doggie heaven and Katie carries on that tradition of life being blessed by goldens.

* Warm sunshine and water makes me happy. Lake, river, swimming pool, ocean...bring it!

* I love music of just about all kinds. A few favorites would include Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, Santana, Bob Marley, Chuck Berry, Aretha... and MANY more...

Member of online networks with people all around the world.

Many earn online with online sales at Amazon or eBay. Others blog or do affiliate marketing or a combination of the above.

Art and Creativity

That's ME - CrossCreations

* I like to play with creating unique photos and have had a few pics published.

* Seeing "the big picture" comes easily to me more than the smaller details. I'm intuitive and enjoy creative thinking, can often 'sense' things not obvious to others.

* I am a recovering collectoholic. I collect so many things... coins, rocks, seashells, crystals, books, vintage jewelry, quotes, craft items like rubber stamps and scrapbooking supplies, photographs...

*Art lover who enjoys creativity of all kinds, especially adore the books and art by SARK and also her friend Marney over at Artella.

*I enjoy playing with web tools for creating logos and banners and also playing with fun fonts like below.

* I've always loved dolphins and wanted to swim with dolphins in the wild and finally did just that in 2011. Bliss!

* I once spent the Christmas holidays in Colorado and another time on a Caribbean island. Those were some of my favorite holidays ever.

* I belong to several online networks, most of them writers and Amazon sellers.

* I used to run and play competitive sports, played some sand volleyball, and am a swimmer.

* Favorite sport is Baseball - Go Cardinals!


Favorite Art crosscreations loves all sorts of art & creativity SWIRLS like those in the art to the right are common in my world. Collage too!

Print: "The Tree of Life" by Gustav Klimt - available at


Humor * Comedy * Satire * LOL *

Laughter is the BEST Medicine!

* LOVE humor! I worked in a psych ward while in college. That was often like 'One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest' and I aced Psych 101 while working in the Cuckoo's Nest.

*So with my comedy writer hat on... ya might find some really CRAZY stuff! Redneck Humor and WILD adult Halloween costumes and even some Vino Humor for Wine Lovers.

*It's all wrapped up inside the Laugh Outloud Lounge. Most is mild, some might border on what you'd be wise to view with young ones around, that's just how I roll...

Favorite Quotes

Carolan Ross is a Quote Collector

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind." ~Bob Marley

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." ~ Anais Nin

"We don't see things as they are. We see things as WE are." ~ Anais Nin

"The difficulties of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change."

"Marriage is a wonderful institution.

But who wants to live in an institution?"

— Groucho Marx

Say HELLO to Carolan! :-)

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @dellgirl: Hey thanks so much! I wanted it to 'dare to be different' so glad that worked. Cheers!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      You have a fun and interesting lens, itâs really different. You did a great job presenting this, thanks for taking time to put this together and for sharing it.

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Virginia Allain: Hi Virginia. Thanks so much, that's high praise coming from a writer like yourself. Best to you!

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      Carolan Ross 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Margaret Schindel: Awwww now that's sweet! Thanks, you ANGEL you!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love this fun, funny, informative, and engaging "About Me" page, which does a great job of communicating not only your interests but also your delightful personality. Blessed!

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Very funny lens !

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I like to peep into other people's lives, so enjoyed very much your "about me" page. I'm a mid-western girl too, but one of six children. Love the way you gussied up this page, most attractive.

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Great lens, had fun along the way!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Nice to know more about the face and name. You are indeed an eclectic person and talented too. Good job on your lens.

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      passionatehouse 7 years ago

      Great, fun and funny lens!.... (Wish I had a boyfriend that hot!)

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @AuthorNormaBudden: Thanks for the paw prints to my favorite purple queen lady!

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      Thought I'd leave my paw prints here to let you know that I stopped by. I enjoyed your lens...

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Hi Cross... I just came back from visiting your Thanksgiving lens for RocketMoms, was on your bio page and found this lens. It's terrific! Love the way you talked about who you are and what you like about your life. Great picture of Sheba -- I've had one dog in my life (mostly cats) AND it was a golden retriever named Baron. Best kind of dog there is! My daughter now lives in St. Louis, so I'll have to go check out your St. Louis lens next :-). 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for visiting with me on some of my lenses Cross. I like visiting lensographies because there is so much to see about the person who created it. You sound like a wonderful lady and I'm glad to get to know more about you. I must say you are quite good with words.

      Best wishes to you and blessing from an angels. I'm lensrolling this to some of my lensographies and will be featuring it on my Squid Angel page, because I really like this and hope that it will help it rise to the top. You've done a very good job with this and I will referrence it to visit more of your lenses. I like you!


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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Nice getting to know you through this lens!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Very good to get to know you a bit more - loved, loved your humor ;)

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Hiya! Welcome to Rocket Moms and Happy Squidooing! :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Hey Carolan--Nice to meet you. I look forward to visiting more of your lenses.

      Mary Beth

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Nice to know you, Carolan!