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December 31, 2009

A Blue Moon On New Year’s Eve 2009

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A BLUE MOON ON NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009

    On New Year’s Eve, 2009, an infrequent yet common occurrence is happening—a “blue moon.” Persons living in areas with clear skies can observe the moon’s brilliance. In area like ours, where cloudy skies will probably hide the moon’s brilliance, this brilliance will be obscured.

     Myths surround the blue moon, which isn’t truly “blue.” The term, derived from the middle English word “belew,” meaning “false,” refers the full moon that occurs a second time in a particular month.

     Although each month is supposed to have only one full moon, a second moon in a particular month occurs on average thirty-seven times in a century, or once every 2.7 years—every thirty-three months.  It occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1990.

     And at 12:13 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2009, the last purported year of the first decade of the 21st century, there will be a blue moon.

     One interpretation of the appearance of a second full moon comes from Medieval Christianity, whose members considered its  appearance as the devil taunting humanity. Since these religious folks used the moon to identify the correct date for Easter, the appearance of a second moon in Easter’s month was seen as the devil’s doing: Satan was sending the false moon to confuse them, tricking them in their determination of the real date of Christ’s Resurrection.

     Since the term “blue” can also mean sad, songs such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (written and sung by Bill Monroe in 1946) and “Blue Moon” (recorded by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1933), are melancholy. According to Gregory McNamee, an Encyclopedia Britannica writer, “it is interesting that no positive songs to my knowledge exist about blue moons…”

To continue reading about the blue moon and nature’s other blues, click on BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

SOURCE of some of the above information: Blue moon’s link to rare events, Satan or finding a great love dispelled, written by Mike Cronin and published in the December 31, 2009 in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA).

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BLUE BUTTERFLY and STAR GAZER LILIES

OBITUARY FOR BLUE BUOY (A Blue Lobster)

LOBSTER-TALES

December 29, 2009

The Antiquarian Library: Worcester, Mass.

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THE ANTIQUARIAN LIBRARY: Worcester, Mass.

     One of my goals for our September, 2008, trek from Newport, Rhode Island to Lamoine Beach, Maine, was to visit the Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.

     Monte was impressed at the Antiquarian Society building. with its ease of access and the street signs with hearts on them.

     On to the Antiquarian Society. We were required to show the staff two forms of ID, one with a picture, and to fill out two forms, prior to gaining entry. We also had to be working on a specific project. My project— (more…)

December 21, 2009

Christmas Letter 2009

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CHRISTMAS LETTER 2009

     I began 2009 waiting for word about the New England Journal competition I had entered. The notification that someone else won extended my break from writing my novel.  I finally returned to writing, and have set up some writing goals for the first half of 2010.

     While stalled on the novel, I continued writing, as my blog’s many posts testify to.

     While Monte attended the wrestling matches in State College, I explored the town. The college library, where I wanted to do some research, was (more…)

December 19, 2009

Christmas Memories

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CHRISTMAS MEMORIES

Suzy, guest writer*

      It has to snow in time for Christmas in Wisconsin. It’s the law! And snow it did, & snow it does. Dry, blowing snow, dancing across streets & highways, swirling around stop signs & lamp posts. Heavy, wet snow, sticking to your mittens & catching in the neck of your jacket. Snow drifts, snow banks, snow plows, snow shovels, snow balls, snow forts, snow men, snow angels: you can’t have Christmas in Wisconsin without snow.

     But when you get to your grandparents’ home, for Christmas, after driving 4 hours in the cold & snow, with only the sound of your own voice or that of your mother & younger sisters for company, you find that your grandmother smells just the same – White Lilac is her fragrance – & that your grandfather has lit a fire in the family room fireplace in anticipation of your arrival.

     And your grandmother hasn’t forgotten to (to read the rest of this post, click on http://sldeitrich.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/christmas-memories/ )

     *Suzy is a fourth cousin, both of us being descendants of Louis and Mary Googins des Isles from Lamoine, Maine.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

Noel

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2006

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

IN WINTERSCAPE…COMES THE SONG

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELVES & REINDEER WANTED: Please apply—Application #1

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED: Application #2

DEER HEAD FOUND IN MAILBOX—A GIFT?

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

(SANTA) SUED FOR NON-SUPPORT

SANTA IS DEAD!

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

December 18, 2009

How to Count the Gifts Given in the Twelve Days of Christmas

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HOW TO COUNT THE GIFTS GIVEN IN THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

A Simple Question…Right?

      A teacher assigned a project to my Whipple Elementary School class: Who can cut the longest strip of paper from a sheet 8 ½ by 11 inches?

     Simple, I thought, and cut a strip 11 inches long before sitting back smugly.

     When the results were shown, I discovered my naivety. Some students knew to cut around and around the paper, making lengthy strips. It was an eye opener for thinking creatively and out of the box.

     I had the same sensation when I was reviewing information on the Twelve Days of Christmas for this year’s Christmas card/ornament. I came across a simple question: How many gifts would a person have to purchase if they bought every gift in the ditty’s list?

     Simple, I thought. There are two ways of counting. One gift for each  day, twelve total. Or, one gift the first day, two the second, three the third day, and so on.  Just add the total. It’s 364.

     Or, 376, if you count (more…)

December 16, 2009

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

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A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

     It was just before Christmas, 1983. My friend, Shirl, her husband Wayne and I were ushering at the Alliance Theater in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, for a production of The Music Man.

We ushered at this theater regularly and at other smaller theaters occasionally. It was a way for the wife of a graduate student and mother of a preteen and teenager to afford theater tickets (price, free) while spending three years in that city.

This December day I’d dressed for the holidays, including high heel shoes. I was yet to learn I had high foot arches that made for ankle instability.

I’d seen the play—and the movie—several times before, but really enjoyed the story. The first part of the play was wonderful, as usual. At intermission the three of us joined the throng of theater goers descending the marble stairway leading to the lobby (we’d been assigned balcony positions). Shirl was behind me. I heard her say something and turned slightly to respond.

All of a sudden, I was (more…)

ROBERT (REIBEISEN) MENDLER: Laid to Rest Dec. 15, 2009

Filed under: HOLOCAUST,JOURNAL — carolyncholland @ 11:16 pm

My husband and I attended Robert Mendler’s funeral today. Return later for a journal page.

December 13, 2009

AN UNEXPECTED VISIT WITH BOB MENDLER ON DECEMBER 8, 2009

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AN UNEXPECTED VISIT WITH BOB MENDLER ON DECEMBER 8, 2009

Robert Mendler’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, December 15. For details, click on: ROBERT MENDLER: IN MEMORY December 10, 2009 or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2009/12/11/robert-mendler-in-memory-december-10-2009/

     On Tuesday, December 8, my husband Monte and I had an unexpected visit with Bob Mendler. The opportunity arose following a comment on the Bob’s story, which was posted in installments on my writing site, www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com*:

     I and my family are from Nowy Targ. My father’s name was Alojzy Singer. I was a hidden child. I and my father survived. The rest of the family did not. The Singers had a large hardware store on the Rynek. I would love to be in touch with anyone from that town. I am sure that my father and Mr. Mendler knew each other.”

     I knew I had to get this comment to Bob, who lives in an adjacent town. Fortunately, I had a (more…)

December 11, 2009

ROBERT MENDLER: IN MEMORY December 10, 2009

My neighbor Betty Lou just called me with the sad news that Robert Mendler died last evening. The 84-year old was born July 6, 1925, in Nowy-Targ, Poland.

Bob was the only surviving Holocaust survivor in Latrobe, PA. We will all miss this heroic man whom my husband, Monte and I, had the privilege of visiting on December 8. He spoke of his plans to cover the desk at Latrobe Hospital on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, something he had done for twenty-five years. He and his wife wanted Christians to have the day to celebrate with their families. 

To view photos, click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/beanerywriters/4176070939/in/photostream/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/beanerywriters/4176070939/in/photostream/

His story is posted in the HOLOCAUST folder on this site, with the first installment at 

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1) 

or https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2008/04/22/the-holocaust-story-of-a-teenage-victim-part-1/

Bob is survived by two sons, Michael (wife Stacy) Mendler Stacy of McClean of VA, and Mark (fiancee Shelly Piper) Mendler of Greensburg, PA. Other survivors include family members of his late wife, Joan.

He was preceded in death by 89 family members who died in the Holocaust, and his wife Joan Pretter Mendler, who died April 6, 1009.

Robert Reibeisen Mendler’s funeral is scheduled on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 in Beth Israel Synagogue*. Visitation time is 10:00 until noon, the time of the funeral. Interment at B’nai Israel Cemetery** will follow the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the following:

Beth Israel Synagogue*

The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education***

I would invite any of you who would like to remember Bob to do so by clicking the Leave a Comment link  below and filling in the comment box. Your E-mail address will not be publicized.

I will forward any comments to Bob Mendler’s family.

Carolyn C. Holland

*Beth Israel Synagogue is located at 414 Weldon St., Patrobe, PA., 15650

**B’nai Israel Cemetery is in Hempfield Township.

***The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, Attention Sr. Lois Sculeo—Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, PA, 15601

ADDITONAL READING: AN UNEXPECTED VISIT WITH BOB MENDLER ON DECEMBER 8, 2009 or https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2009/12/13/an-unexpected-visit-with-bob-mendler-on-december-8-2009/

December 9, 2009

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Rustie Earle

Today, December 10, is my birthday—I won’t say which one, but I’m well over 18 years old. Rustie, a blind poet who composes on a tape recorder  wrote an acrostic poem about me, titled simply CAROLYN, to celebrate my birthday one year. (a link to another of Rustie’s posts is included in the ADDITIONAL READING list below)

C is for character, no matter how you mean it.

A is for (more…)

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