CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 31, 2008

HALLOWEEN WISHES

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CAROLYN’S CREATIONS

 

CAROLYN

HOPES YOU

HAVE A

GOULISHLY

HAPPY

HALLOWEEN!!!

 

HALLOWEEN STORIES:

JOURNEY’S END

THE HAUNTED CABIN IN THE WOODS

EMILY AND MR. SPIDER

 

ADDITIONAL STORIES:

IS THIS CHEERS?

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

TIMES CHANGE: FROM A KITCHEN TO AN OFFICE GRANDMOTHER

I HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY

RIDING THE RAILS: A True Story

“DATING WHEN FIFTY-SOME:” A Guy’s Version

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

October 29, 2008

REACHING FULL POTENTIAL: Crime or Church?

 

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REACHING FULL POTENTIAL: Crime or Church? 

     The headline read: Clinton alludes to human rights in arrival speech.
     Former President, Bill Clinton, visiting China, was giving a “gentle reminder of U. S. disapproval of China’s human rights abuses.”
     “…the commitment to providing all human beings the opportunity to develop their full potential is vital to the strength and success of the new China,” he stated, according to the USA Today’s report.
     Isn’t that commitment a key to the vitality of all governments, countries, all organizations—and all churches?
     I have to ask two questions. What is “full potential?” It can be developed but used

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October 28, 2008

ECOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES AND ENVIRONMENTAL DANGER

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ECOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES AND ENVIRONMENTAL DANGER

     The relationship between ecological techniques and environmental damage is very complex.
     During the decade when there was a mandate to clean up the “stinking Boston Harbor,” Massachusetts curtailed dumping raw sewage into the water and cleaned the effluent pumped into the ocean. But there was a price. Lobstermen believe that the treated water now being pumped from the several towns contains chlorine and other chemicals that may be killing the lobsters.
     While the water being sent into the harbor “now looks like a moonscape,” “lobsters, an icon in New England, and other non-commercial species have (more…)

October 24, 2008

THE REWARDS OF BEING A LANDLORD

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THE REWARDS OF BEING A LANDLORD

      My husband Monte and I have always prided ourselves on maintaining low rents in the apartment units we manage. This allows couples to live reasonably enough that they can use our property as a steppingstone on their life journey.

A Chinese couple seemed pleased with our rental rate on a two bedroom apartment. He’d been paying well over $500 for a small apartment outside Pittsburgh, but wanted to move to Slippery rock so the wife could (more…)

October 21, 2008

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4

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SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4

 

As we traveled along the New England coast (a journey that began by way of Philadelphia) I periodically posted Snapshots of meetings with people we meet along the way. I will continue to post these Snapshots as I post additional “journals” of our vacation.

WARNING! CHECK YOUR DRIER LINT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!
BLUE ROOF MOTEL IS FOR THE DOGS
COFFEE AND BETS AT THE BLUE ROOF MOTEL

WARNING! CHECK YOUR DRIER LINT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!

     Undated, prior to September 16, 2008: The news media reported that a Lexington, Massachusetts, mother of three died in a fire. She’d gone to bed that night not knowing that a fire was brewing in her drier lint. According to the news, a thousand deaths a year can be blamed on fires caused by drier lint.
     I hope each and every one of you are (more…)

October 16, 2008

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

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LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

     “Are you going to peek at the fall leaves?”
     This was the first question most persons asked when they learned my husband Monte and I were traveling to New England in September.
     “No,” was my response. “I can see fall leaves just (more…)

October 15, 2008

DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

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DOING HISTORICAL RESEARCH IN PHILADELPHIA

In September, my husband Monte and I spent twenty-eight days traveling along the northeastern seacoast. My journaling began in Philadelphia and ended in the mountains of New Hampshire. As I look back, three strands braided themselves together, forming the story of our travels: first, research, second cemeteries and third, people— family, old friends and new friends. The post below relates our experiences doing research in Philadelphia. It will be followed with posts on research in Maine, cemeteries and people.

     Our research journey began in Philadelphia, where I’d seen a reference listing the Historical Society of Pennsylvania as being the repository of the Bingham Papers. In the 1790s, William Bingham had purchased the Penobscot lands in the Maine territory of what was then Massachusetts. When Henry Knox and William Duer, the previous land proprietors, had gone “belly-up,” the land was returned to the state, freeing it as a land speculation for Bingham.
     However, the Bingham purchase wasn’t my only interest. I’m writing a historical journal article profiling a female French émigré, Madame, whose goal it was to create a French colony in (more…)

October 9, 2008

THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS

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THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS

     I fingered the olive green dress hanging on the children’s clothing rack. An inappropriate color for a three year old, I thought, too militarish and dull.

As I malingered, my thoughts took me back forty years to a ten year old balking at an ugly olive green dress given to her by her mother.

“I never want to wear it!” I thought. “Why couldn’t my mother have (more…)

October 7, 2008

FROM A FIRST DATE TO A 42nd ANNIVERSARY

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FROM A FIRST DATE TO A 42ND ANNIVERSARY

     Monte and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary September 3, after we left home to travel along the Atlantic coast. Because the computers were not accessed as easily while traveling this time, I did not get this item posted in a timely manner.Actually, we spent eight hours on September 3 in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, toured the ghetto in Camden, New Jersey in the evening and ended the day having dinner at the Bahama Breeze in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings With People #3) gives a short story on these three events).
     Below is a short piece I wrote for a writers conference competition a few years ago. The subject was “a life changing moment.”

     As I reached for the phone that quiet evening in February, 1966, I wiped sudsy hands on my apron.
     “Hello.” 
     “Hi,” answered the man I dated the week before. The call surprised me because nervousness made me behave rudely on our first date. During the bad movie I made snide remarks, and over pizza I taunted him about teaching physics and being religious. His call was also unexpected because the guys I liked usually didn’t call me back. And I liked this man.
     Suddenly a voice superimposed itself (more…)

October 6, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-10 September 1, 2008

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BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-10 September 1, 2008

 

SEVENTH HEAVEN THEME MUSIC

CHEERS THEME MUSIC

CONNECTEDNESS

 

THEME MUSIC FOR THE SIT-COM SEVENTH HEAVEN
     When I hear the theme music to the sit-com Seventh Heaven, it makes me ponder:

There’s no greater feeling than love of a family
Where can you go when the world don’t treat you right
The answer is home
That’s the one place you’ll find, Seventh Heaven

     As I listen, thoughts of the many persons whom I’ve counseled come to mind. Many of them couldn’t go home. Away is where they escaped. Their “love of a family” sometimes—no, often—taught them (more…)

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