CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

January 30, 2013

2013 National Wear Red Day®: Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

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2013 NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY®:

HEART DISEASE SYMPTOMS IN WOMEN

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It’s true: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in women.
Yet, only 1 in 5 American women believe heart disease is her greatest health threat.

Christie Brinklie Red Dress 2005

Christie Brinklie Red Dress 2005

February 1, 2013, is the tenth annual 2013 National Wear Red Day®, when heart disease awareness is brought to the fore by any person wearing red.

And I’m doing something I rarely do—I’m “lifting” today’s two-part post directly from the National Wear Red Day® web site —because I cannot improve on what they have done. Please visit their site for in depth information on heart disease in women.

Human Heart

Human Heart

SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK
Sweating. Pressure. Nausea. Jaw pain. Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of a heart attack in women. They are also symptoms that women often brush off as the flu, stress or simply feeling under the weather – which could put their lives in jeopardy.
“I really couldn’t believe this happened to me,” says survivor Amy Heinl. “I thought of myself as a healthy person, and was exercising when [my heart attack] happened.”
Whether it’s disbelief, lack of awareness or misdiagnosis, dismissing the symptoms of a heart attack can delay critical, life-saving actions. Being able to recognize the warning signs and act quickly, however, can save a life.
Causes of a heart attack in women
Heart attacks occur when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked by a buildup of plaque in coronary arteries. While the initial causation can often be pinned on the usual suspects – heavy smokers, people with high-stress lifestyles, or those who are excessively overweight – the not-so-usual suspects can also be at high risk for heart attack.
“I think we all get used to doing too much and learning to ignore minor ailments or fatigue because that is what women are programmed to do,” says survivor Rekisha Harris. But because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, it is imperative that women (more…)

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January 29, 2013

Groundhog Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

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GROUNDHOG DAY—CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Groundhog Day entertainment, especially when waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow or not. Most of the illustrations are coloring pages.

Punxsutawney Phil's mug shot

Punxsutawney Phil’s mug shot

Read the 2015 article: Groundhog Day Recipes & Pictures

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Additional reading: 11 Facts About Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2)

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JOKES

  • What do you get when you cross a groundhog with a pistachio?
    A green beast who predicts a dry spring, and acts like a nut.
  • What happened when the groundhog met the dogcatcher?
    He became a pound hog!
  • What do you call a Punxsutawney Phil’s laundry?
    Hogwash.*

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STORY

GROUNDHOG DAY
written by Debbie Williamson

“Fawn,” said Spot, noticing that her friend was getting ready to go outside.
“What are you doing? It’s freezing outside today.”
“Don’t you know what day it is?” asked Fawn.
“Let’s see,” said Spot, looking at the calendar that hung on the wall of the barn.
“It is February 2. Oh, it’s Groundhog Day! Wait for me. I’ll come too.”
“Okay,” said Fawn. “But hurry.”
Fawn and Spot walked over to what they know as Groundhog Hill, where every year on February 2, a groundhog pops up through his (to continue reading click on http://rosaezquerra.blogspot.com/2011/02/groundhog-day-on-line-story.html )
Cpoloring page
The real story of Groundhog Day occurred a long, long time ago. It began with Philbert the Groundhog, and, of course, it began while he was sleeping.
Yellow was Philbert the Groundhog’s favorite color. Philbert’s birthday was in March and his friends hoped that he’d wake from hibernation to a grand birthday surprise. Philbert always ended his hibernation on his birthday, and his friends wanted to be ready.
They all worked together. Underground, the bunnies and the squirrels and the mice pushed sleepy (more…)

WP Daily Prompt: Through the Window, What Do I See?

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WP DAILY PROMPT:

THROUGH THE WINDOW, WHAT DO I SEE?

I like the table on my back porch off the kitchen, which is surrounded by windows. The table abuts one window, making it the perfect spot for seeing the outdoors, especially in the winter chill when the snow falls gently. The snow is doing that now, adding to the blanket of snow already accumulated on several previous days during much wilder snowfalls.

The forest green of the hemlock pines offers a good contrast to the unstained purity of the country snow. Rocks, sufficiently big that their exposed sides add a grayish color to the world, are covered by about six inches of the soft powdery mix. One of the birch trees is bent over, not from this snowstorm. It never recovered from last April’s wet snowfall.

But the best thing I see out the window is a filled bird feeder surrounded by birds whose food is covered by thousands—no, probably millions—of crystalline flakes that create a four-inch cover on the feeder. They flit about the feeder, providing me with plenty of entertainment.

Hey, what’s that? A (more…)

January 28, 2013

WP Daily Prompt 1/28/2013: Ode to Three Playgrounds in Portsmouth, N. H.

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WP DAILY PROMPT 1/28/2013:

ODE TO THREE PLAYGROUNDS IN PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

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 THE RASPBERRY PATCH

Raspberries_(Rubus_Idaeus)The berries were large and lush—and delicious. I daren’t eat too many, though. The berry patch wasn’t huge, but picking the sweet sucklings produced scratches that were sometimes bloody. Picking them was a challenge for anyone whose purpose wasn’t to enhance her own breakfast cereal but to sweeten the food of her customers. You see, even at the age of seven and eight this child, me, was a budding entrepreneur.
Each time I traveled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I checked out the raspberry patch at the high end of Spring Street. It always amazed me that it was still there, even though I never visited during berry picking time.
My husband and I were enjoying our travel to New England in 2008, when we did our routine check of the berry patch.
Oh, my—there was a small house sitting on the piece of land where the berry patch was all those years. It was sad to see the demise of this small location which provided sweetness and a source of income.

THE ISLINGTON STREET APARTMENT

For a short time we lived on a corner of Islington and another street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a short time. My sister recalls more about it than I do. She said it was a mammoth old-fashioned house broken down into several apartments. Our apartment had three floors and two staircases. One, a circular style, was by the front door. We never used it. We used a back door by the alley. There were two bedrooms on the second floor, connected by a long hallway. The first floor had a kitchen, dining room and living room.

Although we weren’t in this residence long it was my last home in New England. The most memorable experience the apartment held for me was the arrival of my sister Jane in July 1955. What fun to have a newborn to play with!
In late October 1955 my mother traveled to the Buffalo, New York, home of Jane’s father. My sisters and I didn’t go—we stayed with one of my mother’s friends.
Mom returned late in the evening in November, and instead of taking us home to the apartment we traveled all night. The next morning we were introduced to our new home, our first home in Buffalo, the home of my new step-father’s mother.
It’s been years since that apartment on Islington Street was demolished. I remember trying to locate it in 1996 and finding a gas station on the corner (if I identified the correct corner).

WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
DO MY CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND BEACHES HAVE MUCH MORE TIME?

My sister and I spent many childhood hours on the New England Atlantic Coast beaches, most often Wallis Sands and Hampton Beaches in New Hampshire. We daringly climbed the rock cliffs when the tide was low, sometimes at the risk of the tide beating us to it. We frolicked in the waves that sometimes banged at the shoreline and occasionally took a life (I recall watching a drowning victim but not understanding what it meant). We buried ourselves in the sand, made sand castles that we knew would be washed away with the incoming tide. We searched for crabs and other critters in pools of water when the tide ebbed.
There are many threats in today’s world. One is global warming, which is predicted to raise the level of the ocean. The net effect will be a major loss of coastline. With that loss will come the loss of my sandlot and salty water playgrounds.
Perhaps I won’t live long enough to see this. But I regret that my future generations will miss out on walking along the path I journeyed as a child.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Destination: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Jellyfish Sting Wallis Sands Beach Visitors

Surfing at Hampton Beach (N. H.) With Hurricane Irene

THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS

IMAGE SOURCE

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Raspberries_%28Rubus_Idaeus%29.jpg

January 27, 2013

January Birthstone: The Garnet

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JANUARY BIRTHSTONE: THE GARNET

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Noah reportedly used a lantern made from garnet to safely steer his ark through the night’s garnet.***

The garnet is the January birthstone and the second wedding anniversary gemstone.** It is the gemstone of truth and purity, and a symbol of love and compassion.*** It symbolizes constructiveness, and mystics believe it brightens dark souls and brings hope to people. It signifies eternal friendship and trust.****

It is associated with Mars, and is the stone of Scorpio, Capricorn and

When I first read about the garnet I thought about people whose persons with varied interests because, like Joseph’s coat, it is a stone of (more…)

January 26, 2013

Daily Prompt: Dearly Departed—Writing My Own Eulogy

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DAILY PROMPT: DEARLY DEPARTED…

WRITING MY OWN EULOGY

This post is a response to the January 25, 2013, WordPress Daily Prompt: Dearly Departed.

 

Carolyn at East Lamoine Cemetery, East Lamoine, Maine

Carolyn at East Lamoine Cemetery, East Lamoine, Maine

I always say I want to attend my own funeral. After all, a good party is hard to pass up.

Besides, it could be interesting, especially if all my siblings showed up—it would be a first meeting for most of them, since they are so fragmented:

  • the sister I spent my childhood with
  • my mother’s second family of five
  • four members of my father’s second family of five (one deceased)
  • the two sisters my mother released for adoption (both of which found us, their bio-family, through this blog
  • and I mustn’t forget, my three surviving  step-brothers (one was lost in Viet Nam)

If I counted corerctly, the total is fifteen surviving siblings that could attend the celebration of my demise. It could make quite an interesting party, one which I certainly don’t want to miss.

William & Louisa Cornell's Bible, a wedding gift in 1853

William & Louisa Cornell’s Bible, a wedding gift in 1853

Thus, it seems appropriate, a next step, to write my own eulogy. However, I prefer to leave that to others—but it should be written before my passing so I can edit it and approve it.

And it should contain the following points:

My unfinished to-do list indicated that I was fully living up to the last minute. She delighted in her family, doing crafts, photography, writing, genealogy, travel, and exploring new ideas.

She took pride in her craft work, which led to a three-year business in Atlanta, Georgia.

She related to life situations through her camera, which also encouraged her to look at things in a new way in order to take the unique picture. Her first entry into photographic creativity occurred when she placed the bowl of a child’s potty seat on her sleeping mother’s (more…)

January 24, 2013

Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen Expectations

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DAILY PROMPT: SWEET SIXTEEN EXPECTATIONS

This post is a response to the January 21, 2013, WordPress Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen.

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When I look back at my Sweet Sixteen I recall my life expectations. There were two. First, I planned to be a teacher. Second, I wanted to have twelve children.

A half-century later the better part of my life is past. How did it go?

ON BEING A TEACHER

My first dream was shattered when Buffalo State Teacher’s College rejected my application. In light of the fact that they allegedly rejected few applications, I was stymied, and still am, over that rejection. But life being what it was, I had to move on.

I was sixteen when I received a prestigious (high school) research fellowship at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, where I volunteered in the patient library. I knew this would set my path for life—or at least guarantee me a proper job with the right degree. So I signed up for the medical laboratory program at Erie County Technical Institute. And I was right—listing the fellowship on my first job applications secured me positions.

However, I soon learned the chemicals I was dealing with weren’t good for me, so I returned to school, the University of Buffalo, to study occupational therapy. After I met my husband, Monte, I applied for a part time job in his research lab. I didn’t take the job, but I did accept a date. When we married I changed my major to sociology.

The multiple paths I took after being rejected by Buff State took me into medical fields and human service fields. I’ve been heavily involved in the adoption and domestic violence fields. My medical background proved valuable to both.

Ironically, I found myself teaching classes in domestic violence and child abuse. I offered preschool classes to children when I operated a family child care home, and I taught others about family child care under a community grant. Ultimately, I did become a teacher—as we all do when we teach something to another person.

ON PARENTING TWELVE CHILDREN

Yes, I was only sixteen. But twelve children?

Me holding sister Cynthia...

Me holding sister Cynthia…

I was very comfortable around children, since my mother began her second family when I was eleven—having four children in five years (her fifth was born after I left home). I was competent doing child care, a major source of income in my younger days.What happened to that expectation? It didn’t seem unreasonable considering my mother’s fertility.

However, I hadn’t downloaded some pertinent information. An emergency (more…)

January 22, 2013

Pa. House Bill 162: Adult Adoptees Right to Access Original Birth Certificate

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

PENNSYLVANIA. HOUSE BILL 162:

ADULT ADOPTEES RIGHT TO ACCESS THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE

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Sign to Support Adoptee Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates

CURRENT STATUS OF ADOPTEES RIGHT TO

ACCESS THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH RECORD

UPDATE: HB 162 will be heard in the

Senate Committee on Aging & Youth

on March 18 at 10:00 a.m. 

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NOTICE:

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS moved to

Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe) in January 2015.

I invite you to visit the new site and encourage you to Follow it.

New and updated articles on adoption will be posted on COMe

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: Support HB162 by contacting

  • Bob Mernsch, chair of the PA Senate, Aging and Youth Committee:www.senatormensch.com , 717-787-3110 or 215-541-2388
  • LeeAnna Washington, minority chair: Washington@pasenate.com , 717-787-1427 or 215-242-0472
  • Kim Ward, Westmoreland County, vice chair
  • Your PA state Senator

UPDATE 140212:

A letter to the editor was published in the Greensburg Tribune-Review (southeast of Pittsburgh)—read Open Birth Recordshttp://triblive.com/opinion/letters/5540321-74/adoptees-adult-birth#axzz2sxbs4fI1

UPDATE 01/24/2014:

On October 23, 2013, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed HB 162 (Benninghoff), which allows Pennsylvania-born adopted adults to obtain their original, factual, birth certificate. There were no “no” votes. It is currently currently in the PA Senate, Aging and Youth Committee.

I encourage you to support HB 162 by contacting your state senator.

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If the Senate passes HB 162 it will allow Pennsylvania adult adoptees the same access to their original birth certificates as non adoptees have, and as my sisters had in New England.

A child adopted in the state of Pennsylvania receives an altered (or amended) birth certificate to make it appear as though the adoptive parents actually gave birth to the adoptee. There is no indication on the amended birth certificate that an adoption even occurred.

The original, factual birth certificate is sealed away.

This original birth certificate is not legally recognized. Thus, Pennsylvania-born adult adoptees (age 18+) are not allowed to access it.

PRIOR TO 1984

Prior to 1984 things were different. Adult adoptees born in Pennsylvania were able to access their original birth certificates just as all non-adopted adults who were born in Pennsylvania.

In 1984 this equality under law changed upon the enactment of the Adoption Act 195, which took away the right for adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates.

UPDATE 2010-2011

In 2010-2011 Pennsylvania created an Information Registry for the receipt and retention of medical and social history and the distribution of authorization forms. Adoptees (18 and older) and birth parents may authorize or refuse the release of identifying information. If no authorization form is on file, a state-trained representative shall use reasonable efforts to conduct search. The law provides for the release of a summary of the (more…)

January 21, 2013

Sign to Support Adoptee Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates

SIGN TO SUPPORT

ADOPTEE RIGHTS

TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES

Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE

IMG_1041eI invite adoptees, their families (both adoptive and biological), friends, and professional workers who support OPEN ADOPTEE RECORDS to add their names to the list below by placing the appropriate information in the comment box at the end of this post. Strength is found in numbers. Show our strength.

Feel free to distribute the link to this post Sign to Support Adoptee Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates on your FaceBook or other social network accounts, and/or to copy this post and email it, including the link, to persons on your email list.

The request is supported by a years-long Adoption Institute examination of relevant judicial and legislative documents; of decades of research and other scholarly writing; and of the concrete experiences of states and countries that have either changed their laws to provide these documents or never sealed them at all (see below for further information).

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THOSE IN FAVOR OF ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES FOR ADULT ADOPTEES

(e-mail chollandnews@yahoo.com , with ADOPTION NAMES in the subject line, to obtain an electronic or a  paper copy to collect names to add to this list):

Adoptees and bioparents, please add your signature on the list by adding the appropriate information in the comment box below—your email address will not be published).

List your name and status (adoptee, their families (both adoptive and biological), friends, and professional workers)

Adoptee and bioparents: please include the state of the adoption. Others should include the state holding the records you are concerned with.

I will move your information to the appropriate listing below:

PENNSYLVANIA

1/21/2013         Adoptive-Parent       Carolyn Cornell Holland

1/22/2013         Adoptee                     Sandra Murawski

1/28/2013        Bio-parent                 Thomas Furman

2/16/2013        Adoptee                     Hewlet Jerry Harris

5/1/2013          Adoptee                      Kay

11/20/2013      Adoptee                      Mary Berenics

GEORGIA

2/3/2013          Bio-parent        Linda Marie Bondurant

NEW YORK

OTHER STATES

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The lengthy study by the Adoption Institute (For the Records II: An Examination of the History and Impact of Adult Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates) noted that efforts to accelerate the rights of adoptees to their original birth records is impeded by misunderstandings about the history of this controversial issue, misconceptions (more…)

January 20, 2013

Adoptees Right to Original Birth Certificate in Pennsylvania

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
ADOPTEES RIGHTS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE

IN PENNSLYVANIA

In mid-January 2011 I was contacted, through CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, by a sister my mother released for adoption. In early February I was contacted again, through this online magazine, by a second sister my mother released for adoption.

They were able to locate their biological family—mine—because they were released for adoption in the two states which have opened original birth certificate access to adult adoptees over 18 years of age—New Hampshire in June, 2007 and Massachusetts since May 2007.

MY EXPERIENCE IN ADOPTION
Since my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania in 1969 I have been involved in many aspects of the state’s adoption process.

  • In August 1969 my husband and I became involved in the adoption process in Butler County. We endured the necessary home study, completion of documents, and waiting period. A tiny three-week old baby girl was placed in our home on June 10, 1970.
  •  Between September 1969 and June 1970 I worked part time at an adoption agency in Mercer County. My job was to decrease a backlog of adoption homestudies.
  • For three years I served on the board of Catholic Charities in Butler County. Adoption—working through the adoption triangle—was one of their services.

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Looking back I consider it strange that in my pre-1984 experience in the adoption field I was totally unaware that Pennsylvania adult adoptees had access to their birth records. I assumed, wrongly, that records were (more…)

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