CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 30, 2013

About the Eagle on the National Seal

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ABOUT THE EAGLE

ON THE NATIONAL SEAL OF AMERICA

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Madame paused as a pair of bald eagles soared in the sky, their outstretched wings enhanced by their white-capped heads. They swirled and swooped through the air, flying high above her and low beneath her.

“They advance like a great ship cleaving to the swells and thrusting aside the smaller waves,” noted Madame.

“The Indians say that the eagle is the only bird that flies so high it can see and watch over people. That characteristic enables it to act as a liaison between the people and the Creator,” said the guide.

“Their wings seem to embrace the air in their bold flight…I wonder how wide their wingspan is,” said Madame.

“It can stretch up to eight feet…Eagles are fascinating. They can tell you when a storm is approaching long before it breaks. They fly to a high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, they set their wings so that the wind will pick them up and lift them above the storm, where they will soar while the storm rages beneath them.”

Madame imagined herself soaring with the eagles, high above the storms of her life…. excerpted from my novel-under-construction, Intertwined Love.

Madame and Monsieur, French émigrés,viewed the American bald eagles from the top of Schoodic Mountain in Hancock County, Maine, in mid-October, 1791. Excerpted from my novel-under-construction, Intertwined Love

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The eagle received its initial, unofficial, recognition on June 20, 1782, when the Great Seal of the United States was adopted.

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As majestic as Madame and Monsieur found the American bald eagle not everyone in their time agreed. Four kinds of birds were suggested in preliminary Great Seal designs: a two-headed eagle, a (more…)

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June 27, 2013

Breaking a Confidence to Protect a Friend

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BREAKING A CONFIDENCE TO PROTECT A FRIEND

When is it OK to break a confidence? My teenage daughter Sandy was confronted with this dilemma when her friend was at risk in an abusive relationship.

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One day, my teenage daughter Sandy sadly confessed that she had to break a friend’s confidence. Her friend, Tracy, trapped in an abusive relationship that she didn’t know how to free herself from. While sharing her difficulties with Sandy over the months Tracy always instructed Sandy not to say anything to anybody.

But the burden became too heavy for Sandy, who believed that her friend was in real danger. She reluctantly shared pertinent details of Tracy’s story with me, all the while feeling like a traitor.

As we helped Tracy out of her situation I told Tracy that Sandy felt she had betrayed her. Tracy’s response surprised us: “I told Sandy because I knew she would tell you.”

Sometimes, what someone says is the opposite of what he or she means. Abuse victims often send hidden cries for help. Identifying the real message (more…)

June 25, 2013

July 4th—Children’s Stories & Poems

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JULY 4TH:

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 July 4th entertainment, especially when waiting to see what sweetheart messages await the reader.

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4th-of-july-bbq-coloring-pageJOKES

What did King George think of the American colonists?

He thought they were revolting!

Where did George Washington buy his hatchet?

At the chopping mall.

What happened as a result of the Stamp Act?

The Americans licked the British!

Link http://www.theinertia.com/comedy/happy-fourth-of-july-jokes/

Why did the British soldiers wear red coat?

So they could hide in the tomatoes.

How was the good at the Fourth of July picnic?

The hot dogs were bad, but the brats were the wurst!

Why did the duck say, “Bang”?

He was a fire-quacker.

More http://academictips.org/funny-jokes/fourth-of-july-jokes/

What would you get if you crossed a patriot with a small curly-haired dog?

Yankee Poodle!

Why were the early American settlers like ants?

Because they lived in colonies. (more…)

June 20, 2013

This WordPress Site Is Malfunctioning

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THIS WORDPRESS SITE IS MALFUNCTIONING

Update: The problem isn’t completely resolved, but I discovered I can access the edit icons. The continuing problem is that only one icon shows, and only when the little arrow is over it. I’d like to get the edit row to be completely visivle as I do posting, but I can manage as it is.

Have you read this post:

WP Daily Prompt 3/4/2013: A Story Written Using No “N”, Another With No “E”

To my steady and other readers: Please be patient.

I apologize for the interruption in posting. CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS is temporarily (I hope) disabled. The edit bar and its correction, as well as the kitchen sink icon, are missing from my post and edit post locations.

In checking, my other two wordPress blogs (Intertwined Love @ http://www.intertwinedlove.wordpress.com and the Beanery Writers Online Literary Magazine @ http://www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com) are experiencing the same problem.

My husband and I have spent quite a bit of time attempting to solve the problem, with no success.

Is there any other wordPress blog experiencing this difficulty?

I had hopes post 995 would be completed on schedule on June 18. However, there has been no resolution to this problem thus far. I am waiting patiently to hear from the wordpress folks.

Please enjoy some of the older 994 posts during this disruption.  Thank you.

Carolyn Cornell Holland

June 18, 2013

WP Daily Prompt 1/16/2013: Bookworm—The Coquette

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WP DAILY PROMPT 6/16/2013:
BOOKWORM
THE COQUETTE: The History of Eliza Wharton
by Hannah Webster Foster

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The Coquette is a short novel, a tragic romance I found on the computer. This eBook has no copyright restrictions.

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I always enjoy it when the wordPress daily prompts coincide with my own plans, as did the June 16, 2013, prompt, Bookworm, did: Tell us about the last book you read.

On June 16th I had just finished reading The Coquette: The History of Eliza Wharton, written in 1797 by a minister’s wife.

I chose to read it for several reasons:

  • the date it was written coincides with the time frame of my own historical romance novel
  • although I married a physicist, I became married to a minister when he changed careers
  • much of the romance here following is truth, veritable truth
  • this book precedence in interest as well of all American novels, at least throughout New England, and was found, in every cottage within its borders, beside the family Bible, and though pitifully, yet almost as carefully treasured

For this post I opt to review the views of marriage in the late 1700s as presented in The Coquette.

OVERVIEW

Eliza Wharton a woman with strangely fluctuating moods, as the truly gifted ever are, and of a wild, incomprehensible nature, little understood by those who should have known her best…
This creative woman, who wrote poetry, found herself making a choice between two men, one virtuous, the other a (more…)

June 16, 2013

Father’s Day…I Have No Dad

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FATHER’S DAY…I HAVE NO DAD

 

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Father’s Day.

A regular day, a day without significance for my older sister and me.

The ads for gifts were ignored, the search for the perfect tie unimportant, the drawing of cards meaningless.

What was there to celebrate? We had no father living in our home, nor did we even know who our father was.

Granted, we lived with our grandfather for my first 8 years, and when I was 11 my mother remarried, providing us with a stepfather. Neither man brought the significance of Father’s Day into our lives—I don’t recall my grandparents celebrating holidays except for Christmas, and my mother didn’t encourage our celebrating Father’s Day with our stepfather—with whom we didn’t have a positive relationship anyway.

I don’t recall feeling left out or feeling pangs of pain over the situation. It was what it was.

Father’s Day didn’t hold any significance for me until my husband and I had our first child, a daughter named Sandy. Then less than two years later we had our son, Nolan. Now Father’s Day became a day to celebrate.

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There are many children like us, children who have no (more…)

June 14, 2013

500 Flags Line the Streets in Mercer, PA

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NOTE: CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS now located at

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500 FLAGS LINE THE STREETS IN MERCER, PA.

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On May 25, 2013, my husband Monte and I had occasion to drive through Mercer, Pennsylvania, a borough, having a population of 2,391 in the 2000 census. This seat of Mercer County is named after a physician, Brigadier General Hugh Mercer, who was a close friend of General George Washington.*

Through the years since we moved to Pennsylvania (in 1969) I’ve traveled to and through Mercer numerous times. I worked at the Mercer County Children’s Home for nine months when we first moved to Slippery Rock. It was also on the route between Jamestown and Slippery Rock, which we traveled when Monte worked in Jamestown for five years.

However, on May 25th the borough had a unique appearance. There were flags lining the streets surrounding the courthouse and other streets as well. Flags, flags, and more flags. I became curious about them and searched the Internet for information.

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Ten years ago Mark Brown and his wife Linda decided to create a permanent Memorial Day salute to veterans by installing (more…)

June 13, 2013

Countdown to Post 1000 on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

COUNTDOWN TO POST 1000 ON CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS is counting down to a landmark 100th post. Help Carolyn celebrate by sharing links to these countdown posts with Tweets or posting on your blog or Facebook.

Using the comment box below let me know which post on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS you consider the best reading, the most helpful or the most memorable.

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1000   Celebrating 1000 Posts on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

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990  WP Daily Prompt 6/3/2013: My Dream “Tourist” Destination

991  Flag Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

992  Father’s Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

993 500 Flags Line the Streets in Mercer, PA

994 Father’s Day…I Have No Dad

995  WP Daily Prompt 1/16/2013: Bookworm—The Coquette

996  This WordPress Site Is Malfunctioning

997  July 4th—Children’s Stories & Poems

998  Breaking a Confidence to Protect a Friend

999  About the Eagle on the National Seal

June 11, 2013

Father’s Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

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 FATHER’S DAY:

 CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

thumb_hammer_saw_wrenchFor children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Father’s Day entertainment, especially when waiting to see what sweetheart messages await the reader.

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JOKES

Father’s Day always worried James. He was afraid that he will get a gift he can’t afford.

More http://www.freetimejokes.com/latest-jokes/jokes/165-fathers-day-jokes/

What did the father ghost say to the naughty baby ghost?
Spook when you’re spooken to!

Teacher (on phone): You say Michael has a cold and can’t come to school today? To whom am I speaking?
Voice: This is my father.

More http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/jokes_for_fathers_day.htm

Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?
Science student: When my father sees my report card!

Pee Wee: How is the baby bird like its dad?
Westy: How?
Pee Wee: It’s a chirp off the old block.

Jacob: I have a lot of my dad’s genes.
Dave: Really? I bet they (more…)

June 9, 2013

Flag Day—Children’s Stories & Poems

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS is now located at Carolyn’s Online Magazine.

After reading about Flag Day I invite you to visit the new site.

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
FLAG DAY
CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS

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FLAG DAY (also see 11 Facts About Flag Day: June 14 )

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide Flag Day entertainment and information.

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american-flag-in-flowers-coloring-277x300JOKES

What did one US flag say to the other?
(Nothing, it just waved!)

More   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/usa.shtml

Where is there an American flag which is never lowered never raised and never saluted?

Link   On the moon, left by the astronauts.

What’s red, white, blue and yellow?
The Star-spangled Banana!

What did the patriotic dog do on Flag Day?
He flagged his tail!
More http://www.kidsjokes.co.uk/jokes/holiday/flagdayjokes.html

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic pickle.

More http://academictips.org/funny-jokes/fourth-of-july-jokes/

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Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. —James Bryce

True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going. —Robert Reich

MORE http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_memorialday.html

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YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
For the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

MORE http://www.songsforteaching.com/folk/youreagrandoldflag.php

AMERICAN FLAG  (sung to “Frere Jacques”)

What is red? What is white?
What is blue? What is striped?
What has many stars? What has many stars?
Can you guess, how many there are?
Then the kids shout 50.

FLAG SONG  (sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)

Our flag is red, white, & blue red,
white & blue red,
white & blue
Our flag is red, white, & blue
in the U.S.A.

Our flag has 50 stars,
50 stars, 50 stars,
Our flag has (more…)

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