CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 29, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-4 JUNE 1, 2008

BRAMBLES 1-4 includes pieces titled WEATHER IS RELATIVE, YOU’RE TOO OLD TO DO WHAT…?, and LOST DREAMS

WEATHER IS RELATIVE
   In mid-June the temperature was just under forty degrees. As I prepared a hot cup of tea, wrapped up in a cozy robe, and hunted for the book I am reading, I thought back to the time not long ago when forty degrees seemed such (more…)

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June 25, 2008

LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILIAN BORDER

Through the years, the logging industry has played a major role. Below are four scenerios, from the Peru-Brazilian border; Sullivan, Maine; the Penobscot Million lands in Hancock/Washington counties, Massachusetts (Maine) in the 1790s, and Maine’s unorganized territory in 2008.

SCENERIO 1

The amazing pictures were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an ‘undiscovered tribe’ in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them. These photographs were published to make a political point, to perhaps (more…)

June 23, 2008

BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

Eight years after purchasing our retirement home, and five years after moving in full time, I finally am doing some very belated “landscaping” work.

Lest you consider us slothful, we had done some outside work in previous years—two years ago my husband, Monte, and son, Nolan, removed big rocks in our woods, then  made a path between (more…)

June 19, 2008

PLANT FOOD RECIPE: Making Compost

SUPPLIES
One 4 foot x 4 foot x four foot container
Pitchfork
Watering can or hose

INGREDIENTS

2-3 wheelbarrow loads of green stuff such as grass clippings, weeds, kitchen plant material
2-3 wheelbarrow loads of brown stuff, such as fall leaves, corn stalks, dead plants, chopped grasses
Water

DIRECTIONS: (more…)

June 17, 2008

PARIS CAFE’s

According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper article, “If coffee is the fuel of France, then the cafe may be the soul of France — a place to (more…)

June 15, 2008

A FATHER-DAUGHTER REUNION

TV talk shows often feature “reunion” experiences, usually between adopted children and their bio-parents, but sometimes between children of divorce and their “lost” parent. My experience is in the latter category.

My “excursion” only lasted two days. The bus left Butler, Pennsylvania late Friday afternoon, and left New Jersey to return to Butler late Sunday. But this two-day “vacation” enriched—and overwhelmed—my life more than I expected.

My parents divorced when I was very young. Unfortunately, all I knew about my father was that (more…)

June 12, 2008

AN ADOPTION EXPERIENCE

Infertility.

An experience I never expected to have, considering my husband and my family histories. I, the product of divorce, had parents who each created seven children. My husband was the youngest of ten. What was more natural than (more…)

June 11, 2008

RIVER (Specifically, the Youghiogheny River)

I maneuvered through the fast flowing river, sandle-clad feet gingerly stepping from rock to rock, feet barely maintaining their hold on the silt- covering blanketing the stones. I concentrated on not falling as I sought the perfect rock I’d found on past explorations.

It’s flat surface, perfect as a seat, would jut slightly above the river surface, providing a dry surface for sitting as I delved into a quiet, calming, spiritual break in my hectic lifestyle. Its gentle slope on the downstream side acted as a footstool to rest my weary legs, allowed the rapid river flow to wash over them. Its other sides juttied into the flowing waters (more…)

June 7, 2008

LOBSTER-TALES

     My daughter Sandy loves lobster. Being inland, she’d eat at Red Lobster restaurant a dozen times a month if she weren’t budget-challenged.

     Personally, lobster’s not my favorite, but (more…)

June 5, 2008

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

The editor’s words stick in my memory.

“I don’t care (more…)

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