April 3, 2014

11 Facts About Easter

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Easter is a Christian celebration the resurrection of Jesus. As I watch the trees bud, the lilies and daffodil leaves rise up from the ground, the dandelion-yellow of the cold’s feet, I am reminded that Easter celebrates new life and rebirth.
Below is a quiz on Easter. Enjoy.

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Read about the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania


  1. What do virtually all languages refer to Easter as?
  2. What tradition did displays of green, yellow, and white flowers replace?
  3. What was the first symbol of Easter?
  4. What is nature’s most perfect container?
  5. What is the origin of the word Easter?
  6. How did ham come to be a traditional favorite for Easter dinner?
  7. What is Pysanka?
  8. What is the origin of the Easter bunny?
  9. Who brought the tradition of the Easter bunny to colonial America?
  10. Who brought the Easter Tradition of sunrise religious services to America?


Among ancient Egyptians, the original (or “world”) egg is the joint production of the god ___________, whose body is the earth, and the goddess ________  , the sky. From this first egg was born the _____________—the bird of Phoenix, the sun symbol.**

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March 4, 2014

11 Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Filed under: HOLIDAYS — carolyncholland @ 3:00 am


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On March 17 most Americans consider themselves Irish.

My personal Irish heritage is pretty washed out—it goes back to Patrick Googins, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland in the mid-1700s (My Tinge of Irish Heritage: The Googins Family). A woolen weaver by trade, he entered the service of William Pepperrell, a native of Kittery. He married into the Rogers family, and his sons migrated to the pioneer country of Trenton, Maine (the Massachusetts Territory of Maine).

Thus I celebrate this drop of Irish blood running through my veins on March 17.

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  1.  When did the shamrock become a very well-known symbol representing Ireland and the Irish people?
  2.  Many people go to Lough Derg (Red Lake) on pilgrimages between June first and the fifteenth of August. What is Lough Derg supposed to be a cure for?
  3.  What was St. Patrick’s given name at birth?
  4.  What did St. Patrick consider himself at age 15?
  5. When and where did the first parade honoring St. Patrick take place?
  6.  What happened to St. Patrick when he was 16?
  7.  What river is dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day?
  8. What did St. Patrick do after he escaped from slavery?
  9.  What does legend say St. Patrick did at Lough Derg?
  10. What happened to St. Patrick while he was a prisoner?


Beer and St. Patrick’s Day go together—Irish pubs—but this wasn’t always the case in Ireland’s history. Why?  _______________.   What was the effect of this “why”? _________________.  When change was made, allowing beer and St. Patrick’s Day to go together? _____________________

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March 2, 2014

11 Facts About Lent



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Lent is a period of time before Easter, a time to delve into God’s word. CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS posted three different studies you can follow during Lent:

Post List for the Lenten Study: The Seven Deadly Sins
Post List for A Daily Online Lenten Study

and/or one 27-day study:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction


The Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania

The Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania

  1.  What is the origin of the word Lent?
  2. Lent begins Ash Wednesday and spans how many days?
  3. The object of Lenten fasting is self-discipline. In ancient times what else was a person supposed to do?
  4. In 2011 the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) launched a website offering what?
  5. What is the color that symbolizes Lent?
  6. When did it become legal for Christians to celebrate Lent?
  7. In 2010 what did Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz say Catholics should abstain from during lent, as a form of sacrifice?
  8. What differentiates Lent between Western Christianity and Eastern Christianity?
  9. What exceptions does the church make in their Lenten fasting standards?
  10. In some cultures the day before the start of Lent is called Mardi Gras (Carnival). It is one last time to do things not permitted during the fast. This day is also known as Shrove Tuesday. Why?


Lent lasts 40 days because 40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian Scripture. What four events lasted 40 days?

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February 14, 2014

2014 Valentine’s Day Card From Carolyn to You




 To all my loyal and all my new readers, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Welcome to our home

Welcome to our home

Laurel Mountain Borough's snowfall today---over 4 1/2 inches

Laurel Mountain Borough’s snowfall today—over 4 1/2 inches

Hubby Monte clears the driveway

Hubby Monte clears the driveway

Valentine from Monte to Carolyn

Valentine from Monte to Carolyn


February 9, 2014

11 Facts About Share a Smile Day (March 1)

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 March 1 is Share a Smile day. Who can you share a smile with, give a smile to?

  •  What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. —Joseph Addison
  •  Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love…Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other….Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family. —quotes from Mother Teresa

How many smiles will you give away today?


  1.  To smile is to use how many muscles?
  2.  How can you discern a fake smile from an authentic smile?
  3.  At what age does a baby learn to smile?
  4.  What is the scientific name for genuine smiles?
  5.  Which expression uses more muscles, a frown or a smile?
  6.  At what distance can people recognize a smile?
  7.  How many different types of smiles are there?
  8.  How is the response to a slow onset smile different than the response to a fast onset smile?
  9.  Is smiling the byproduct of happiness, or is happiness the byproduct of smiling?
  10.  What are the two muscles that create a smile, and the only two that create a genuine, involuntary smile?


What three ways does smiling improve our health?

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January 23, 2014

11 Facts About Valentine’s Day


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The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.****

NOTE: February 1, 2014, is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first #1 hit, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Enjoy the day by reading Submarines, the Beatles, Sloops, and Apples.


  1.  In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl for what purpose?
  2. What two alternatives exist for St. Valentine’s Day?
  3.  What is the Valentine’s Day significance of the church “Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church” in Dublin, Ireland?
  4.  How did the action of wearing your heart on your sleeve develop?
  5.  If a person is considering five or six names of suitable marriage partners, how can he determine which one to pick?
  6.  Three the name Valentine (Valentinus) belonged to at least three men. What countries were they from?
  7.  What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a squirrel on Valentine’s Day?
  8.  When was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
  9. Why was Valentine’s feast day removed from the ecclesiastical calendar?
  10.  What does it mean if a person seeking a mate sees a flock of coves on Valentine’s Day?


What is the date of the oldest surviving love poem, what was it written on, and what time era was it written?

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January 19, 2014

11 Facts About Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)



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Punxsutawney Phil's mug shot

Punxsutawney Phil’s mug shot

UPDATE—FEBRUARY 2, 2014: Expect 6 more weeks of winter. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow,

Falling midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, February 2 is a significant day in several ancient and modern traditions.

The first official Groundhog Day celebration took place on February 2, 1887, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It was the brainchild of local newspaper editor Clymer Freas, who sold a group of businessmen and groundhog hunters—known collectively as the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club—on the idea. The men trekked to a site called Gobbler’s Knob, where the inaugural groundhog became the bearer of bad news when he saw his shadow.^

NOTE: February 1, 2014, is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first #1 hit, “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” Enjoy the day by reading Submarines, the Beatles, Sloops, and Apples.

To entertain children click on Groundhog Day—Children’s Stories & Poems .


  1. The groundhog’s cleanliness protects them how?
  2. A groundhog’s life span is normally 6-8 years. Why has Punxsutawny Phil’s add 7 additional years to his life each year?
  3. The movie Groundhog Day, released in 1993, had what effect on the 1994 Groundhog Day ceremony on Gobbler’s Knob in Punx Pennsylvania?
  4. Why don’t groundhogs drink water?
  5. Punxsutawney Phil has hobnobbed with which famous persons?
  6. What is Punxsutawney Phil’s full name/title?
  7. By what other terms is a groundhog known?
  8. Why did the Germans start asking the groundhog about spring?
  9. What did groundhogs discover in Ohio?
  10. Groundhogs are simple creatures who build small burrows. True or false?


When groundhogs hibernate during the winter their body temperature drops from 99 degrees F. to what? Their heartbeat rate drops from 80 beats a minute to what? And their breathing drops from 12 breaths a minute to what?

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January 12, 2014

11 Facts about Martin Luther King

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 In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was 35 years old.Martin Luther King,Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January, which means it is celebrated on January 20th in 2014.

How much do you know about Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps you will do well on the following quiz.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1.  In 1939 Martin Luther King, Jr. sang with the choir at his father’s church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, for the gala premier of what movie?
  2. As of this date, Dr. King is the only American (excluding U.S. Presidents) to be honored with a ( type? ) holiday.
  3. As of 2013, there are more than (how many?) 900 streets named after Martin Luther King in the United States.
  4. The 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King was the second assassination attempt on his life. When and at what event did the first assassination attempt occur?
  5. Describe King’s favorite meal.
  6. King was the reason Nichelle Nichols stayed on ( what show? ) that he was a fan of?
  7. Did King attend the actual screening of Gone With the Wind?
  8. In what two fields did King have Bachelor degrees?
  9. In 1955 King received his PH. D. from what university?
  10. When King was 5 years old his parents discovered his name was recorded wrong on his birth certificate and they had to go to court to change it. What wrong name was on that first birth certificate?


From 1957 until his death in 1968, King traveled more than (number of miles). He gave over (how many) speeches during his travels. He also wrote (how many) books and had published countless numbers of articles in newspapers and magazines.

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December 26, 2013

11 Facts About New Year’s Eve & Day



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The birth of a New Year is celebrated in most of the world’s countries, making the celebration of the eve and the day an occasion of global celebration.
What do you know about the New Year?

  1. The oldest of holidays, it was first celebrated when?
  2. Where was the first celebration of the New Year?
  3. Do all countries celebrate New Year’s on January 1?
  4. Where in the world do the first celebrations of the New Year occur?
  5. Where in the world do the last celebrations of the New Year occur?
  6. Traditionally, it was thought that people could alter the luck they would have throughout the coming year. How could they do this?
  7. Why is New Year’s celebrated with noisemaking and fireworks?
  8. What feast does the Catholic Church observe on New Year’s Day?
  9. Why are ring-shaped foods favored on New Year’s Eve and day?
  10. When did the very first Times Square ball lowering occur?

The traditional New Year Eve midnight song, Auld Lang Syne, is a ( nationality) song written by (author) in the (era), and its words literally mean (meaning).
It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year’s Day


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December 24, 2013

Santa Claus Christmas

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Snowflakes fell gently and lazily while we rang the Salvation Army bell. Occasionally the breeze would pick up, offering us a wind chill factor. One breeze was sufficiently strong to knock over the kettle support, which we caught before it fell.

Ringing the Salvation Army bell for Heritage United Methodist Church was just one of our Santa Claus gigs this 2013 Christmas season.


Up to two inches of rainfall, causing some flooding. High winds toppling trees and power lines. Temperature varying between 72o and 60o Fahrenheit.

Typical, if not perfect, spring weather.

Except this was December 22, 2013, the day after the Winter Solstice, in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

For a complex combination of reasons the Salvation Army kettle campaign wasn’t reaching its goals this year, making their work challenging. But an additional challenge was met by the Salvation Army Mon Valley Citadel in Monessen, Pennsylvania, the rains brought added complications. In the midst of a Saturday afternoon downpour their basement experienced a flood that destroyed $3,000 worth of toys stored there, toys collected for needy children.

Lt. Joel Thwaite  and Lt. Susan Thwaite, husband-and-wife team leaders of the Citadel, were amazed when they arrived at the Citadel was again filled with toys donated, overnight, by community members, including three truckloads from the Mon Valley Leathernecks (sponsors of the Toys for Tots campaign).

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