January 12, 2014

11 Facts about Martin Luther King

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 In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He was 35 years old.Martin Luther King,Day is celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January, which means it is celebrated on January 20th in 2014.

How much do you know about Martin Luther King, Jr.? Perhaps you will do well on the following quiz.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


  1.  In 1939 Martin Luther King, Jr. sang with the choir at his father’s church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, for the gala premier of what movie?
  2. As of this date, Dr. King is the only American (excluding U.S. Presidents) to be honored with a ( type? ) holiday.
  3. As of 2013, there are more than (how many?) 900 streets named after Martin Luther King in the United States.
  4. The 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King was the second assassination attempt on his life. When and at what event did the first assassination attempt occur?
  5. Describe King’s favorite meal.
  6. King was the reason Nichelle Nichols stayed on ( what show? ) that he was a fan of?
  7. Did King attend the actual screening of Gone With the Wind?
  8. In what two fields did King have Bachelor degrees?
  9. In 1955 King received his PH. D. from what university?
  10. When King was 5 years old his parents discovered his name was recorded wrong on his birth certificate and they had to go to court to change it. What wrong name was on that first birth certificate?


From 1957 until his death in 1968, King traveled more than (number of miles). He gave over (how many) speeches during his travels. He also wrote (how many) books and had published countless numbers of articles in newspapers and magazines.

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November 14, 2012

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):


November 12, 2012

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.


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…)

May 22, 2014

French Artist Houel Featured in Ligonier Art Walk



Cecile made it through raindrops to Conte's Gallery

Cecile made it through raindrops to Conte’s Gallery

The on and off inclement weather couldn’t cloud the enthusiasm that greeted portraiture artist Cecile Houel during her May 10, 2014 visited to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Rain poured down as I arrived at the last minute at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, located at One Boucher Lane on Rt. 711 south of Ligonier. The buffet brunch I attended featured Cecile copying a painting of an intriguing woman. The painting will be auctioned on May 31 at SAMA’s 13th Annual Spring Garden Party, The Thrill of the Hunt for Art. Proceeds will benefit SAMA.

Cecile (left) with Gretchen Griffith, co- chair of the SAMA Garden Party

Cecile (left) with Gretchen Griffith, co- chair of the SAMA Garden Party

Cecile, an international portrait artist, currently exhibits her work throughout France and the United States. She says

  • “I paint more portraits because I’m fascinated by humanity, in a spirit of tolerance, respect and love for the other. If I can express those feelings in my paintings, I will consider I have accomplished an important act as an artist.”
  • “…there is two processes in my proposition, one is esthetic and the other is ethical. It forces me to think deeply my choices, and be very demanding when I paint. But most of all, I listen to my heart simply and faithfully and the beat that I hear gives me all the inspiration I need.”

Before she started painting she explained that she used varying types of Pastels and rough paper. “…Pastel, is very subtle, and needs a light hand most of the time, fewer strong strokes rarely.”

Those attending the event watched in awe as the woman’s picture emerged with strokes of Cecile’s skilled fingers: first in black lines, then in with color.

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“It was amazing how fast she worked, two hours…,” said Sommer Toffle, SAMA coordinator.

IMG_4801While Cecile completed her painting, being titled The Portrait, her husband, artist David Garrison, was on the Ligonier Diamond competing with the weather in a attempt to (more…)

January 21, 2014

WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 2




(Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

This article continues the WP Daily Prompt for 1/7/2014, colors : Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, and the WP Weekly Writing Challenge 1/6/2014, Cliffhanger! : …write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. (So) readers will have their curiosity piqued sufficiently to wait expectantly for the second part.

In  WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 1 I wrote about the issues that red, orange, and yellow ribbons make people aware of. This post will discuss green, blue, indigo, and purple ribbons and the issues they make people aware of.



Green awareness ribbons bring support for and awareness to isues that include childhood depression, missing children, bipolar disorders, ovarian cancer and tsunami victims.


Human Heart

Human Heart

Green is an international symbol of support for organ and tissue donation.  Awareness recognizing both the dire need for more organs to save lives and hope for those waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation, as well as thanking the donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of life so another can live on. Wearing a green awareness ribbon brings attention to the cause and initiates conversations to share information, according to the London Transplant Gift to Life organization.

National Organ Donor Day, celebrated on February 14th, coincides with Valentine’s Day, a coincidence chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1998. Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show love by signing up to be an organ donor.

Ways to become an organ donor include:

  • Joining the National Registry of potential volunteer marrow and blood stem cell donors.
  • Donating, at childbirth, your baby’s (more…)

November 14, 2013

Kristallnacht Service 2013 at Seton Hill University (PA)



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November 12, 2013

Burning synagogue on Kristallnacht in Nazi-Germany

Burning synagogue on Kristallnacht in Nazi-Germany

When Fritz Ottenheimer was asked what the most terrifying experience in his life was he didn’t have to think long.


  • Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938, throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.
  • Instigated primarily by Nazi Party officials and members of the SA (Sturmabteilungen: literally Assault Detachments, but commonly known as Storm Troopers) and Hitler Youth, Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence.

Ottenheimer and three other Holocaust survivors, Yolanda Willis, Shulamit Bastacky, and  Solange Lebovitz, were acknowledged during the interfaith Kristallnacht memorial service at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Synagoge of Siegen, Germany, burning during Kristallnacht (9 November 1938) in Nazi-Germany

Synagoge of Siegen, Germany, burning during Kristallnacht (9 November 1938) in Nazi-Germany

Ottenheimer was 13 on November 9-10, 1938, when, across the Third Reich,  267 synagogues were burned, 700 Jewish businesses were looted, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps, and 91 Jews met death.

Early in the morning of November 10 a synagogue was blown up near his home. A few hours later there was a knock on the door. Two Gestapo were there to arrest his father.

Jews are being forced to walk with the star of David during the Kristallnacht in Nazi-Germany in the night of 9-10 november 1938

Jews are being forced to walk with the star of David during the Kristallnacht in Nazi-Germany in the night of 9-10 november 1938

“How could that happen?” he wondered. His father had committed no crime. “We did not know what was happening to us. I felt hurt, helpless, (more…)

September 3, 2013

25 Mottoes People Live By


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Buried within human interest stories and life-end stories on the obituary pages are clues to who people are, their beingness, as opposed to what they’ve done, their doingness.

When interviewing for newspaper feature stories I view it as an opportunity to know the person and to present his/her beingness to the story’s readers.

For example, I’ve written numerous articles on pastors new to a community, which I then compare to write-ups in other newspapers. Many—if not most—of the other articles presented the pastor in terms of denomination,   education, previous pastorates. If this is all the article does, it presents the pastor in a doingness point of view.

The doingness data is important in that it offers clues as to who a person’s beingness. But it isn’t enough. A key question is What was the journey that brought you into the life of the ministry?  Its answer, along with other probing questions, provides information about the person’s beingness.

I challenge you to write a Tweet-length motto (or mottoes) that defines you, describes your being. In my attempt I created the following:

  • Life is a journey of relationships
  • The only failure is the lack of trying
  • Failure is not an option


Below is a list of 25 beingness quotes gleaned from articles or obituaries. I aim to continue this list on beingness  on my

Twitter site…Carolyn C. Holland…by posting one doingness Tweet each day.



  1. He sought the defining moment to photograph.—Chuck Martin
  2. True friends are difficult to find, hard to leave, and impossible to forget. Unknown
  3. In my friend I find a second self.  Isabel Norton
  4. Put your heart at His feet; it is the gift He loves best. St. Elizabeth Seton
  5. She was the type of person who thought the glass was not only half full, but three-quarters full. —said of Beverly Eisenberg breast cancer victim, Dedham MA
  6. She inspires loyalty. —said of Beverly Eisenberg, breast cancer victim, Dedham MA
  7. Always ready to laugh, and her generosity seemed to have no limit. —Mary Accettulla obit, (130820 Tribune-Review)
  8. She was unconventional, carving her own path. —Mollie Michala Lyman
  9. She saw life as chapters filled with new challenges, so she lived not one but many lives. —Mollie Michala Lyman
  10. His architecture blended utility, artistry.  Robert B. Irwin, 86, obituary  Tribune-Review 130827
  11. Locals remember her not for the lottery money she won, but for how she spent it.  —Sheelah Ryan obit, New York Times
  12. If you had her for a friend you really only needed one friend. —Sheelah Ryan obit, New York Times
  13. He taught us that nature was to be respected and loved. —Robert M. Brenza obit, Tribune-Review 130828
  14. Take the high road, maintain respect and dignity above all else. —Robert M. Brenza obit, Tribune-Review 130828
  15. Our motto is ‘eat, drink and share. —motto of Bohem Bohemian Bistro
  16. it is not of so much consequence what you say as how you say it. —Colin McNickle
  17. Regardless of how tough life gets, (parents0 have to love your family and your children.  — Dr. Pascal Spino:  Doctor’s legacy: Love kids  Luis Fabregas, Tribune-Review, August 12, 2013,pp B1
  18. Work Hard. Be Nice. —Kevin Sousa, Restaurant owner-chef
  19. You can only take with you what you give away. —Lewis M. Lynn obit, Tribune-Review 8/30/2013
  20. He was very witty, had a wonderful dry sense of humor, but it was wrapped up in compassion.—John E. Brownell, Jr. obit, Tribune-Review 8/30/013
  21. I have a dream… —Martin Luther King
  22. Don’t waste people’s time … ultimately, it’s all we have. —Ben Opie, Saxophonist
  23. The harder you work the luckier you get.  —Suzie McConnell-Serio, Pitt women’s basketball coach
  24. Be Inspired. Be Strong. Be You.  —Darieth Chisolm , WPXI anchor and entrepreneur
  25. Reasoning undergirds every successful professional project.  Colin McNickle



WordPress Daily Prompt July 7, 2013: The Nomadic Life?

A Meeting of Chat Room Friends

Celebrating 1000 Posts on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

November 15, 2012

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


WP DAILY PROMPT 11/15/2012:


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


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

January 19, 2012

Is Your Table Big Enough? If not, add a leaf…



If not, add a leaf…

     Are you seeking persons to whom you can demonstrate God’s love?

     STOP! You don’t have to seek. In fact, if you are seeking you might just miss the persons that God intends you to give love to.

     Unless you are a hermit living in a cave, isolated from communication with any other human being, a multitude of opportunities to express God’s love crosses your path each day. You don’t have to seek them…they are ever present: the grumpy waitress, the mother maneuvering two young children and multiple shopping bags, the bored face in the doctor’s waiting room, the person in a wheel chair who is unable to reach the item on the shelf, the isolated and the lonely, the overworked and overstressed…


     Recently, I was in Cleveland Heights “window” shopping at an upscale mall. I wandered into a store to be greeted by a clerk asking if I needed help.

     “No,” I said. “I’m just passing through.”

     Then I hesitated.

     “You know, there is one thing I’m looking for. I don’t know it you have it, but I’ve looked everywhere for it, and just cannot find it.”

     “Well, perhaps I can help,” she said. “What is it?”

     I paused before answering: (more…)

March 10, 2011

Lenten Study: 7 Deadly Sins—Greed #1: Greed or Generosity






     The following study is a journey through Lent, the forty-day pre-Easter season (which excludes Sundays).  Easter’s date, determined by the time of the first full moon after the Spring equinox, is very late this year.

     Traditionally, many Christians use Lent for self-examination and a renewal of their commitment to their faith.

     This year I  chose to do a devotional study on aspects of the Seven Deadly Sins, sins identified by very early Christians as key behaviors separating man from God and God’s will. The seven sins are not listed together in the Bible—each is, however, spoken about in various Scripture sites.




#1 Breaking the Mosaic Law

#2 Defying God or rebelling against God

#3 Acts of violence to others

#4 Failing to make proper sacrifices or worship

#5 Not living up to or reflecting God’s glory (not living as one created in God’s image)





SCRIPTURE:  You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox, or his ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:17)

DEVOTION: Greed is about accumulating. The dictionary definition is: selfish and grasping desire for possession, especially of wealth; avarice; covetousness. The last synonym, covetousness, leads us directly to our key verse, the tenth of the Ten Commandments.

     We all have a natural tendency to accumulate. I expect I’m worse than many, considering my Great Depression roots. Those of us from that era are concerned with saving for a rainy day. Unfortunately, the boundary between adequate preparation for hard times and excessive accumulation is narrow and easily crossed.

     I’ve yet to be able to follow the if you haven’t used it in a year,  you don’t need to keep it rule. It isn’t just financial records for the IRS that I keep beyond the seven year requirement—it’s other things too.

      Excessive accumulation is one aspect of greed that we don’t do well with—witness the growth of the storage shed industry.

     A second aspect of the unending pursuit of possessions is the limit of (more…)

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