CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 30, 2008

MY LABOR DAY WEEKEND

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MY LABOR DAY WEEKEND

It’s Labor Day weekend, and, for me, there are several reasons to celebrate. Monte and I celebrate our 42nd anniversary September 3. Although it doesn’t fall on the holiday this year,  the year we were married the wedding was on Labor Day weekend. I recall (more…)

August 28, 2008

PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

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PENNSYLVANIA WEDDING, (LAMOINE) MAINE ROOTS

ANNOUNCEMENT
The bride in a Pennsylvania wedding is a descendant of the first settlers in Trenton (which included Lamoine), Massachusetts (now Maine).

WEDDING
Sandra N. Holland and Michael R. Murawsky were married July 12, 2008, at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Sandra is the daughter of Monte W. and Carolyn (Cornell) Holland, Laurel Mountain Borough, Pennsylvania. Michael is the son of Ronald and Sheila (Marien) Murawski of Houtzdale, Pennsylvania.

The bride wore (more…)

August 21, 2008

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

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CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS 

While traveling along the road on a work/vacation trip to New England, we met many people in libraries, courthouses, beaches, stores, and restaurants. Interactions with children provided many wonderful moments. Below are stories of some of these meetings.  Carolyn

the JOY…of something other than McDonald’s food…Monte and I ate a buffet lunch at an Indian restaurant in Brunswick. We chose to sit outside and then discussed which customers were tourists and which were locals. As I began a survey, a couple with two young sons entered. They said they were from Canada. I said I hoped the boys liked the food, and the mother responded that they did, they were used to it, that she cooks it at home quite often. In fact, the boys preferred it to (more…)

August 19, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-9 August 15, 2008

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BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-9  August 15, 2008

CHILDREN’S SLEAZY BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING STYLES
BLAME IT ON FRANCE

CHILDREN’S SLEAZY BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING STYLES

It’s back to school for the youth and children in America.

Last year, fashions allowed in the schools were appalling. Young children WERE ALLOWED to (more…)

August 18, 2008

BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

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BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

On May 31, 2007, the moon turned full at 9:04 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (6:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, according to The Truth Behind This Month’s Blue Moon, authored by Joe Rao, an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium.

“…(it is) the second of two full Moons for North Americans this month. Some almanacs and calendars assert that when two full Moons occur within a calendar month, that the second full Moon is called the “Blue Moon.”… The phrase “Once in a blue Moon” was first noted (more…)

August 16, 2008

RAINBOW’S END Conclusion

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RAINBOW’S END Conclusion

To read previous segments click on: RAINBOW’S END Part 1 &  RAINBOW’S END Part 2 & RAINBOW’S END Part 3

     Rushing Waters tipped his cup, lightly sipping its contents. As his pain abated, he laid back, thinking about several European men whose spirit, like his, was moved by Mountain-Laurel.

     In 1749 he’d met Peter Kalm, from a country named Sweden across the big waters. Peter favored (more…)

August 13, 2008

RAINBOW’S END Part 3

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RAINBOW’S END Part 3

To read previous parts of Rainbow’s End click: RAINBOW’S END Part 1 and/or RAINBOW’S END Part 2

     He separated from the others, who continued their journey without him. He could follow the rough path later. Lowering himself onto soft pine needles, he saw a stunning stand of Mountain-Laurel under a nearby canopy of maple leaves. He sipped a small cup of weak tea to sooth his body, sore from the trek. Refreshed, he lit his pipe before symbolically depositing his pain in the thick, unpassable Mountain-Laurel branches and inhaling hope from the slight scent of a myriad of blossoms. Watching the smoke swirl upwards, he saw visions (more…)

August 11, 2008

RAINBOW’S END Part 2

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RAINBOW’S END Part 2

To read Part 1 of Rainbow’s End click: RAINBOW’S END Part 1

    Although Rushing Waters never again tried to eat Mountain-Laurel leaves he did discover the joy of climbing the crooked, twisted plant trunks. He sought out shrubs less tangled than the one he had attempted to crawl through at age two, and discovered he should bypass the shrub’s dark brown red-tinged flaky rough bark in favor of the newer stems with their smoother, rather fuzzy bark. One day in his fourth summer, when he climbed an older stem, its brittle branch (more…)

August 10, 2008

RAINBOW’S END Part 1

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RAINBOW’S END Part 1

     Rushing Waters hobbled away from the fire, stumbling occasionally as sweat prevented his wrinkled hand from grasping a walking stick. Although he took care not to lose water from the cup he held in his other hand, sporadic droplets spilled onto the rich soil or escaped to moisten one of the many rocks cropping up from the pits of the land.

     From the fire to the oak tree roots was only twenty paces. This distance would have meant nothing to his former strong muscles, but now…now, in his fortieth spring, he wondered (more…)

August 9, 2008

THUNDER MOUNTAIN LENAPE NATION POWWOW

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THUNDER MOUNTAIN LENAPE NATION POWWOW

Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation will hold its 2008 powwow August 16-17 (http://www.thundermtlenape.org/ ) in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. It held its ninth Annual Native American Festival on August 18-19, 2007. My husband and I attended, with our granddaughter, Jordan. Click on http://www:flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/   to view illustrations.

The last lap to get to the Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation 2007 festival grounds was driving over a narrow dirt road on which one hopes not to meet a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. We were fortunate, both arriving and leaving.

When the grounds came into view, in a valley below, we spied teepees set up against a backdrop of green trees.

After parking, we wandered over to where the ceremonies were taking place. There was a circular arbor made from tree limbs and a few four by fours. Shade was provided by (more…)

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