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December 31, 2010

I’m Posting Every Day in 2011!

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I’m Posting Every Day in 2011!

     I’ve decided I want to blog more.

     No, that’s not correct.

     I’ve decided I need to develop the self-discipline for blogging daily. Therefore I’ve signed on to participate in the wordpress.com challenge to post every day. I’ve even set up a blog to fulfill this committment: www.carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com.

     Why? Because I’m insane!

     I already manage (more…)

December 30, 2010

Air Raid Signal Responses

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AIR RAID SIGNAL RESPONSES

Monte Holland

Individual Action: Air Burst of an Atomic Bomb.

     This statement from a picture of a 1950 Government Printing Office card, posted on Pennsylvania’s Ligonier Living blog by blog manager Diane Cipa, reminded me of the days when we thought more about nuclear attacks than we do today.

     Another reminder of those days is a sci-fi program The Shelter. This Rod Serling tale is part of the annual New Year’s Day The Twilight Zone’s marathon. The episode will air at 10:00 a.m., January 1, 2011, on the Syfi TV Channel.

     These reminders bring me back to when I was a kid many years ago, in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.  I was growing up in Gouverneur, a small town in Northern New York. Like other towns, ours had a volunteer fire department. Red call boxes were located around the town, to be tripped in case of (more…)

December 27, 2010

Paying the Penalty for Retail Theft and Deception

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PAYING THE PENALTY

FOR RETAIL THEFT AND DECEPTION

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     All I needed was an eight by ten manila envelope for an immediate project.

     I entered the dollar store, probably the only source in our small community, to purchase this item. I asked a clerk where to find the envelopes, headed to the appropriate counter, and located the product.  I quickly picked up the only one package on the shelf. Then I noticed its condition.

     The plastic wrap was torn. Counting the envelopes in the package I discovered that two-thirds of the contents were missing—there were four envelopes, not the six designated on the sticker.

     I took the package over to the clerk I’d spoken to and asked her if she was the store manager.

     “Yes,” she said.

     I showed her what I’d found, fully expecting a reduction on the price of the package.

     “I’ll have to put it in with the damaged goods,” she said, indicating the product was no longer purchasable.

     “I’m willing to pay for the envelopes that are there,” I said.

     “I can’t do that. I have to (more…)

December 25, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter P

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  P

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter O to read the previous post on the letter O.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER P

     Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)

     As we begin, let us look at the scripture passage:

    35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

    36But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were faint and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

    37Then said He unto His disciples, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.

    38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:35-38 (KJ21))

     Today is Christmas Day. We are in the season of giving and receiving while celebrating the birth of Jesus. We gather together with friends and family. May each of you have a Merry Christmas!

     What an appropriate time for this verse and the accompanying passage. I am sure most of you have shown compassion in one or more ways during this season. Jesus was moved with compassion for the multitudes. As followers of Christ, we have a similar challenge to compassion.

     I joined eighteen other people in Rector (PA) earlier this month, standing outside on a snowy day, distributing Westmoreland Food Bank’s “Fresh Express” items to needy persons. Others ring bells for the Salvation Army. The list of good things that we do in this season (and other seasons) goes on and on.

     Jesus says in this passage that the people need more—they need to be part of  (more…)

December 21, 2010

A List of Christmas Stories for Your Reading Pleasure

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A LIST OF CHRISTMAS STORIES FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE

The best gift is the gift of ourselves.

MAY YOU HAVE MANY BLESSINGS THIS 2010 CHRISTMAS SEASON!

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The following posts are gifts of writing, for your reading pleasure,  from myself and members of the Beanery Writers Group, which meets in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Today is the first day of WINTER. Cuddle up with a hot drink, a warm fire, and enjoy the following posts.

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On this site, my personal writing blog: Carolyn’s Compositions—

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

Stockings for Jesus

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

SANTA IS DEAD!

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On the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, sponsored by the Beanery Writers Group—

Christmas 1998—A Memory Embraced

Mary’s Special Day

The Christmas Stocking Legacy

Noel

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

A Not So Gooey, Syrupy Christmas Tale

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Prohibited Visit to Santa’s Shrine

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?

(SANTA) SUED FOR NON-SUPPORT

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December 20, 2010

Memories in a Bank and Three Chairs

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MEMORIES IN A BANK AND THREE CHAIRS

      Sitting on my living room shelves is a three-column brass bank, waiting for quarters, nickels and dimes to be deposited.

     The bank has a story. I acquired it at in Connellsville, on a nice fall afternoon when my neighbor, Pet Saylor, and I were out “yard saleing.”  The bank, priced at one dollar, caught my eye. When I picked it up, and I turned it over in my hand, I discovered it was filled with change.  Pet and I took it (more…)

December 18, 2010

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter O

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  O

Monte Holland

 

 Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter N to read the previous post on the letter N.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

 

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER O

 

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor fulfills the law. (Romans 13:8)

 

9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10 (NKJV))

     We are a debtor nation. Our federal government seems to always need to print more money. China owns a lot of our nation’s wealth.

     Our personal credit cards are often maxed out.

     We have a hard row to hoe. With the current financial crisis, many have tightened their belts and credit card debt may have shrunk some.

     Things may put a noose of debt around our neck, but they don’t have eternal value. If, on the personal level, we reach the point of owing no one any money, does it mean that we are we debt free?

     The answer is a resounding “NO!” We will always be indebted to  (more…)

December 16, 2010

Deceptive Pricing Practices

 

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DECEPTIVE PRICING PRACTICES

Monte Holland with Carolyn Cornell Holland

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Below is the copy of a letter of complaint sent to a store following a careful shopping experience.

Greetings:

     Rite-Aid just lost one…no two…no three…customers in a five minute period on December 9, 2010.

     Their experience must be repeating itself in store after store, time after time.

    I’m one of those customers.

     I attempted to contact the e-mail of the Rite-Aid consumer rep without success. Maybe it is just as well that my comment goes to you (a secretary) and the board of directors.

     On December 9th, 2010, I purchased a number of items at the Latrobe (PA) Plaza store. My concern is not the store or its employees. My concern is with the UP program which (more…)

December 15, 2010

Carolyn’s Photographs for Sale

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ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS FOR SALE

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL:

FREE SHIPPING/HANDLING FOR DECEMBER 2010 ORDERS!

All unframed photographs are $25.00 plus $2.50 shipping/handling.

For ordering information:

e-mail Carolyn C. Holland, chollandnews @ yahoo.com.

Photographs copywritten by Carolyn C. Holland

Click on photo to view enlargement…

This gazebo in the center of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, is surrounded by maroon dogwood blossoms. This photograph graced the cover of the 2009 Ligonier Calendar.

The Penn State band marched in the 2009 Ligonier Days parade. Reflections enhance the photograph. The Ligonier Gazebo in the distance sets the site for this photograph, which was featured in the 2010 Ligonier Calendar.

This graceful unicorn, featured in a stained glass window at the Olmstead Manor (a United Methodist Church retreat center) in Ludlow, Pennsylvania.

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December 13, 2010

Six Camels for Your Wife, Sir…

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SIX CAMELS FOR YOUR WIFE, SIR…

     “Is that your wife?” the Omen* citizen asked the West Virginian I’ll call Tom.

     “Yes, she is my wife.”

     “I’ll give you six camels for her.”

     Tom declined the offer.

The country OMEN

     Tom and Joan were on a cruise to the Mideast. Their bus passed a desert area where the women were totally covered except for the slit of their eyes and their fingertips. There was a line of camels off the roadside. The driver stopped and told the tourists they could get off the bus to have their pictures taken with the camels.

     Tom further explained that a few days earlier his wife had visited an Asian beauty salon where the beautician didn’t speak English and Joan didn’t speak the Asian language. The net result was that she entered a brunette and exited a blonde, a hair color which she retained well after the cruise ended.

     While Joan posed with a camel, the Omen man approached her and gently ran his fingers over her golden curls, after which he offered Tom his barter.

     Later, Tom wondered if he should have bartered—perhaps the Omen man believed his wife, whom I’ll call Joan, was  really worth ten to twelve camels.

     He also wondered what the logistics would be had he accepted the offer. How many camels would he be allowed to keep in his cabin? Where would the other camels be kept? What would he feed them? Would he be allowed to keep them on his property in Southwestern Pennsylvania?

     This story entertained me while I volunteered at a Ligonier Valley (PA) Historical Society fundraising event, the Festival of Trees. There were only a few persons visiting the event at the time. While I was talking with some of them, Tom asked me if I wanted to hear a story. Since camels are reported to have been present at Jesus’ birth, and are an item in every Nativity set, it seemed appropo to hear a story about camels.

     Bizarrely, though, the afternoon included four more camel stories.

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     Camels seemed to like Tom’s wife. On another cruise, this time in Australia, Joan and another female traveler accepted a camel ride.

     “Camel rides aren’t smooth, like horse rides,” Tom noted, elaborating that when the women dismounted the camels at the end of their ride they were vibrating. Even so, each woman claimed a camel cheek and stood there stroking it. The women invited Tom over to join them.

     “I noticed the camel’s mouth was juxta-positioning to spit,” Tom said. “Since the camel was giving me the eye, I knew it was preparing to send a burning spitball at me. I backed off.”

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“Watch out for camels or they’ll spit on you when you aren’t looking!”

     There are two misrepresentations in the statement above. First, camels do (more…)

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