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Welcome to the blog.

Hi, my name is Carol Ann Ross, and I am an author.

I live on beautiful Topsail Island on the North Carolina Coast. Life is good when you get to do what you love, and I love writing about the people who surround me and this island where I spend most of my time.

Through my writing, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the magic of this amazing place--and it is amazing. As a child it was my "never, never land"--as an adult it still is.

Here on the blog, you will find a variety of topics from beach posts, to writing tips and everything in between.  I invite you to follow along on this fascinating journey of a self-published author

By Carol Ann Ross

The first fishing pier on Topsail Island was Surf City Fishing Pier – as far as I can determine, Barnacle Bill’s was the second – it came about in either ’56 or ’57 –  It was owned by a group of investors, but Lewis Williamson ran the pier for several years. The place offered all kinds of things for everyone to do – fishing, games, food, beach access – every summer there was a lifeguard on duty at the pier. It was definitely the place for families to go,  This picture was taken during the early 1960s  – during fishing…

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Topsail in the 1930s

By Carol Ann Ross

This is what the island looked like in the 1930s. WOW! I wasn’t around then, but I do remember when the northern part of Topsail resembled this. There were practically no houses. One of the favorite past times for many of the people (especially wives) was to drive the length of the island. I remember riding with my mom and going mile after mile and passing nothing but sand and an occasional house. In the 60s McKee’s Fishing Pier was built at the north end. That was a big deal. Wish I had a picture of that!

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Hurricane Donna

By Carol Ann Ross

As a child I carried around a little Brownie camera  and took pictures of various things. The above picture is of Barnacle Bill’s after Hurricane Donna. The bottom picture is a picture of the flooding caused by Donna. The date at the top of the pictures is the date they were printed. Often I kept one roll of film in my camera for months.

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By Carol Ann Ross

Another bit of history about Topsail Island. Many I know are all ready aware that the military installed the pontoon bridge in 1940. But did you know that the status of one’s tail pipe was contingent on the tide? When crossing the bridge extremely high or low tide could cause one’s rear end to slam against the pavement.  No wonder the islanders were happy to see the new swing bridge installed in 1956.

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By Carol Ann Ross

      Just a little history –     October 15, 1954 Hurricane Hazel hit the southeast coast of North Carolina. She hit at high tide and during a full moon. A category 4 hurricane, she wrecked more havoc than most cat 4s because of the aforementioned facts. Hazel was one of the most dangerous hurricanes in recorded history cutting a swath of destruction reaching the northeast coastal areas of the United States.     Before 1953 hurricanes were not named but were numbered. During that year, there were none of any magnitude. However, the following year, on August 31, 1953,…

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By Carol Ann Ross

Posted the mini commercial for THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY – just click on   copy of The Days of Hairawn Muhly  and the ad will run. Please let me know what you think – I need all the feedback I can get.For those of you who are authors – this is such a great way to get the word out – and it’s free. So many thanks to my friend DSM – she is the brains behind my madness.

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Copy of The Days of Hairawn Muhly

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Copy of The Days of Hairawn Muhly click on  Copy of The Days of Hairawn Muhly to see commercial

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By Carol Ann Ross

In 1953 hurricane Hazel hit Topsail Island. One of the reasons the hurricane was so devastating was that it hit during a high tide and a full moon. Talking to various old timers that remember Hazel and the havoc she wrecked, is so very interesting. It is amazing how varied the stories are – how many different points of view there are. Talking to several people about one incident reminds me of the old children’s story – the one where 7 men are blind folded and then told to describe the part of an elephant they are touching. You can…

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By Carol Ann Ross

THE DAYS OF HAIRAWN MUHLY is now on Kindle!

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