CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 25, 2012

Welcome To Georgia in Downeast/Northern Maine

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WELCOME TO GEORGIA IN DOWNEAST/NORTHERN MAINE

My family roots extend deeply into the coastline of Maine, extending from Kittery in the south to East Lamoine in Downeast region.

But what if Thomas Coram, an English Sea Captain, had been successful in founding a colony between the Kennebec and St. Croix rivers on one side and the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic Coast on the other side, in a philanthropic venture?2 Would we then be visiting the northeast Atlantic coast in Georgia instead of Maine?

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Coram, born 1668, operated a ship building business at Taunton, Massachusetts between 1694 to 1705. He then became a successful quier (sic) in London.4

In 1702 Europe entered a dynastic war, the War of the Spanish Succession.

Although the detailed development of the war is very complex, the basic aim is clear. Both France and Austria were attempting to take control of the territories which made up the bequest of Charles II, the king of Spain, who was childless and had no cousins in the immediate Spanish Habsburg line.

The question of the day was: who will (more…)

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November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

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THANKSGIVING 2012

One of my friends suggested that beginning January 1 we should get a mason jar (or any other kind of jar with a lid) and place in that jar something we are thankful for each and every day. At the end of the year, take the lid off the jar and begin to read all those “thankful” messages.

Maybe we shouldn’t wait until January. Maybe we should begin on Thanksgiving Day and then take the lid off next Thanksgiving. I don’t think we even need to limit ourselves to one “thanks” a day.2

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I’m posting this late, I admit, due to the holiday’s hectic nature and to fighting off a mild headache.

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On Thanksgiving Day both our children visit their in-laws, which leaves my husband Monte and I alone. A neighbor and friend, Joanne, invited us to join her family. Monte wanted to relax at home, but I went. One of her guests teaches fifth grade science and was fascinated that Monte changed from teaching college physics to being an ordained pastor. He regretted that Monte hadn’t come with me.

The day ended with excitement. Joanne’s four (one her daughter’s) dogs escaped at dusk. Three were retrieved. The oldest one, the arthritic female, couldn’t be found. Off Joanne and numerous guests went to search for her. One man saw her but was unable to retrieve her. The dog remained missing and Joanne was quite worried.

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On Friday because my daughter had to work, and our son didn’t plan to arrive until into the afternoon, leaving us free to participate in Black Friday—even when it began on Thursday. However, there was no temptation to participate in this consumer madness.

When my son, his wife, and two grandsons arrived on Friday I was immediately immersed in playing flip Uno, computer-induced word searches, and (more…)

November 20, 2012

Winning Approach to Black Friday Shopping 11/22/2012

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WINNING APPROACH TO BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

November 22, 2012

I unashameably stole the title of this post from a newspaper headline.1

As I scanned the article I thought this is too much like work.

So what is the winning approach to Black Friday?

AVOID IT! Avoid Black Friday, Black Friday Week (a new phenomenon in 2012—businesses pushing the shopping season earlier and earlier to gain a competitive edge.

Avoid anything to do with the marketing rush involved in the Black days shopping events.

How? you ask.

My younger sister Sally, who works at a major department store, once commented that people can do better by (more…)

November 18, 2012

A Record for the Most Santa Hats on Two Continents Simultaneously

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RECORD FOR THE MOST SANTA HATS ON TWO CONTINENTS SIMULTANEOUSLY

BROCTON, MA. & MULLINGAR, IRELAND

QUESTION:

What have Brockton, Massachusetts and Mullingar, Ireland had in common?

ANSWER:

A competition to see which community can gather the most people together wearing Santa hats.

THE COMPETITION STARTS IN 2009

In 2008 Brocktonians gathered together to set a world record for the most people wearing Santa hats. Over 500 persons participated.

The following year the Irish Echo reported that Mullingar had joined in on the fun and broken Brockton’s record with a gathering of 780 persons.

The competition was on. In 2010 Brocton reclaimed its record with 982 participants, and maintained the record in 2011 with 1780 participants. This year the two communities are collaborating rather than competing. They aim to set a world record for the most simultaneous Santa hat wearers on two continents. Readers can view a live simulcast with a CLICK HERE FOR LIVE SIMULCAST at 1:00 p. m. today, November 18, 2012.

NOTE: If you live in Ireland click on the site at 6:00 p. m.1

PERSONAL NOTE

I must confess that even though the competition turned into a collaboration intrigues me, I have an ulterior interest in Brocton. My father, Robert William Cornell, was born and raised on Cross Street in that city.

My husband Monte and I visit the community when we travel through New England.

In 2003 Monte and I raced a storm and reached Brocton a half hour before the mid-February blizzard. We were there for the funeral of my aunt, Nyllis Gardner.

On another note:

QUESTION:

What do Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and Brocton, Massachusetts have in common?

ANSWER:

Mary Rugh Cubbage Cornell, the granddaughter of Michael Rugh, one of the original pioneer settlers in Westmoreland County (my home county), married Broctonian Irving Cornell and lived out her post-marriage life in Brocton.

Let me explain. Michael and Elizabeth Rugh’s daughter Elizabeth migrated to Iowa and Illinois in the mid-1800s. She wed William Cubbage. Mary, one of their daughters, when grown, took a vacation to San Francisco, California. While there she shopped for a pair of shoes. At the shoe store she met a shoe distributor from Massachusetts, Irving Cornell. It must have been love at first sight, because they married and moved to his hometown, Brocton. Mary is buried in Coweeset Cemetery.

One of Mary and Irving Cornell’s three children, William Cornell, wed Ida Victoria Berg. One of their children, Robert William Cornell, is my father. That makes Mary my great-grandmother.

When my husband and I retired we decided to move into the Westmoreland County (PA) community where my daughter lived, the very same county where Mary’s grandfather Michael was born and raised.

So I’ve brought the circle to a close by returning to the ancestral roots Mary Rugh brought to the Brocton Cornell family.

BACK TO SANTA HATS

The Santa hat event was inspired by the story of the first department store Santa, Brockton native (more…)

November 16, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Thousand Words

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: A THOUSAND WORDS

As I flipped through my photo file searching for something I came across a few pictures that fit the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. I thought I’d post them even though it is a recent challenge, not of this week.

Do the following photographs “say a thousand words?”

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November 15, 2012

WP Daily Prompt 11/15/2012: Write an Op-Ed About a News Item

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WP DAILY PROMPT 11/15/2012:

WRITE AN OP-ED ABOUT A NEWS ITEM

The WordPress Daily Prompt for November 15, 2012, is: Link to an item in the news you’ve been thinking about lately and write the op-ed you’d like to see published on the topic.

A regular part of this magazine blog, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, is responding to items in the news. So instead of writing a new item today I will list those I’ve written during the past six weeks (October and November):

Screaming Babies End Up Dead. Why?

The 2012-2013 Weather Prediction from the Woolly Worm & Accuweather

In the News: A Calf, A Pig, and An Osprey

Navy White Coming to Town

The Quantico Marine Corps Concert Band: Ligonier (PA) Days 2012

Are You Prepared for Frankenstorm’s Onslaught?

Stock & Money Market Speculation Today and in the 1790s

Pittsburgh Photos the Day After Martin Luther King’s Assassination

Enjoy!

(Now to get back to my cleaning and novel writing—I’m a participant in the National Novel Writing Month.)

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What If…I’d Not Changed My College Major?

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WHAT IF…I’D NOT CHANGED MY COLLEGE MAJOR?

WordPress.com provides a daily writing prompt to encourage post writing. On November 14, 2012 the prompt was as follows:

Revisionist History: Go back in time to an event you think could have played out differently for you. Let alternate history have its moment: tell us what could, would or should have happened?

Easy. I could choose several life events. Here’s one:

“We have a plum assignment for your internship,” my occupational therapy professor said when I told her I was changing my college major. “You shouldn’t change your major due to marriage.”

She must have believed I was a worthy student, believed in me, because she took my interests at heart. For example, a final exam in an activities class ended with an activity: students were to make (more…)

November 14, 2012

Pittsburgh Photos the Day After Martin Luther King’s Assassination

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PITTSBURGH PHOTOS 

THE DAY AFTER

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S ASSASSINATION

The evening of November 13, 2012, Chuck and Sal Martin sat in the comfort of their living room with their neighbors Rock and Elaine. They watched Horizons on WQED-Ch. 13.

I wonder: did Chuck wonder who that “old guy” on the television was, like he expected to?

Recently Chris Moore, host of the show, drove from Pittsburg to the tiny community of Jones Mills on Route 31 just east of Route 711, to interview Chuck (to read more about that visit click on Chris Moore Was in Jones Mills (PA) to Interview Chuck Martin ).

Below are several photographs from the aired interview (taken on my simple camera with difficulty):

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November 13, 2012

Alphabet News Stories: November 11, 2012

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ALPHABET NEWS STORIES: NOVEMBER 11, 2012

The following lines, extending from A to Z, are taken from the Sunday, November 11, 2012, Greensburg (Pennsylvania) Tribune-Review newspaper.

Just a fun thing to do with newspaper stories.

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Amur Falcon

A is for Amur: “this is probably the single largest congregation of Amur falcons recorded anywhere in the world, and it is tragic that they meet such a fate (A12  Steve Newman’s Earthweek, Migration hazard)

B is for blighted:  Through bulk purchasing power, Scott Avollo, Jeanette’s solicitor, said the land bank law could help reduce red tape and costs associated with repurposing blighted residential properties… (C3—Law gives municipalities upper hand in war on blight)

C is for cradle: The funny thing, of course, is that nothing puts a baby to sleep better than a gently rocking cradle, the “old-fashioned,” time-tested solution. (G7—Old-fashioned cradle a time-tested method of helping infant sleep)

D is for demolition: Demolition work continues on a block of row homes along Formosa Way in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. (C3—photo caption)

E is for electricity: The Homer City coal-fired power plant continues to generate electricity as up to $750 million in new pollution control equipment is installed… (E1 Businessbriefing)

F is for fiscal, financial: Fiscal cliff overhangs financial abyss (E1 headline)

G is for Grace: The neighbors—not to mention fans of (more…)

November 12, 2012

Chris Moore Was in Jones Mills (PA) to Interview Chuck Martin

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CHRIS MOORE WAS IN JONES MILLS (PA)

TO INTERVIEW CHUCK MARTIN

Sal and Chuck Martin often attend Mello Mike in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, where they enjoy meeting with friends, dining on Ligonier Tavern food, and listening to music and readings by local musicians and writers. Often, they themselves read work that they’ve written.

However, on November 13th they will not be attending Mello Mike. They will be sitting in the comfort of their living room, with neighbors Rock Foster and his wife, watching television.

And Chuck will be wondering who that “old guy” on the television is.

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Truth be known? It’s Chuck Martin himself.

Recently Chris Moore, host of Ch. 13-WQED television show Black Horizons, drove from Pittsburg to the tiny community of Jones Mills on Route 31 just east of Route 711.

Chuck is a person of interest because of a series of photographs he took on April 4, 1968—-the day after Rev. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

At the time, many major cities were in flames and rioting was rampant, according to Chuck.

He felt compelled to document what happened in Pittsburgh when (more…)

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