Welcome to Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe and its predecessor, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS.

My name is Carolyn Cornell Holland. I live in a small Southwestern Pennsylvania community where the letters of its name, Laurel Mountain Borough, are almost as plentiful as its population count!

In my current life, I’m a writographer—writer/photographer. Although I began writing at Kensington High School in Buffalo, New York (as my press card attests to: (, my writing was only an ancillary and supporting aspect of my “real” work (medical lab technician, human service worker—adoption, domestic violence), craft business, and family day care proprietor.

My photography began when I was a teenager and evolved into having a trigger-finger on the camera’s snap button.

Currently my writography focuses on a historical romance novel based on real-life characters unearthed through genealogical research. Its settings include Revolutionary France; Alexandria, Virginia; British Guiana, and the New England coast—particularly, Lamoine, Maine. Its time frame is 1785-1845. The historical background involves the Scioto (Ohio) Land Grant, a sub-grant of the Ohio Land Grant, and land grants in Maine. Posts relating to this work-in-progress are located at in the category HISTORIC NOVEL. Additional posts concerning this article are in the categories 1790s BACKGROUND, 2008 NEW ENGLAND, and NEW ENGLAND. In the spring of 2010 I created a blog specifically related to the novel:, which contains posts pertinent to the novel background, the novel characters, and the novel writing.

My paid writing credits extend back to 1990. I’ve been a freelance photojournalist at the Greenville Record-Argus; the Meadville Tribune; the Greensburg Tribune-Review (the Fay-West, Ligonier-Latrobe and Focus Magazine sections); the Ligonier Echo and the Latrobe Bulletin. At this time, because of the novel, this aspect of my writing is on the so-called back-burner.

The September 2014 issue of the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine published my article on “Flight of Valor”, Flight 93 and Westmoreland County.

I am published in the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine; Penned from the Heart, Vols. 9 & 10; Entourage; Farm Show; the Lincoln Highway Journal; Devo’zine; the Loyalhanna Review, and Virtue Magazine.

During my first year of working with blogs I managed the former Beanery Writers Group site. The site was sold, and its new owner changed it so drastically that I felt it could no longer meet the needs for the Beanery Online Literary Magazine. However, that site ended its first year with 48,000 hits. An additional 7,000 hits was accrued at my personal writing site with the same host.
It took time to reestablish these two sites, CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS & the Beanery Online Literary Magazine ( ), with the new host,, but again, readership again grew steadily and strongly.

By January 2015 CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS was about to outgrow the WordPress space limitation. Thus, it moved to a new WordPress site, Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe).

The posts on this site are primarily written by me. Recently I acquired permission from enough siblings that I can post my late mother’s writings on my site, in the category NANCY Briskay Cornell Lipsius. My husband has also contributed posts. 

I invite visitors to comment on the posts on both sites, and to submit writing to the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (through email to with “SUBMISSIONS” in the subject line). Email for Carolyn’s Compositions can be sent to .

Photo illustrations for my current posts are in the articles themseves, and in earlier posts are located at .


  1. Hi Carolyn,

    It is so interesting that you are setting one of your next novels in Lamoine Maine. I am the manager of our blogging section on The Ellsworth American web site and I thought that posts about your research, process, and progress could be very interesting to our readers. I also think it would increase exposure to your new novel.

    Please contact me if this would interest you or if you have any questions.

    Keep up the great work and hope to hear from you soon,

    Comment by Nicole Ouellette — March 3, 2008 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  2. I am the child of a holocaust survivor – first generation. Is there a market to hear a first-hand account of the life and upbrining of a child by holocaust survivors?
    Thanks tg

    Comment by Terry Goldmeier — October 13, 2009 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Carolyn: You do and have done interesting work. My son, David Applefield is also a writer. He has published two novels. I am writing my memoir. I am waiting for Bob to call.

    Comment by janet singer applefield — December 10, 2009 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  4. Hello Carolyn,
    I am the Communications Coordinator for an engineering firm in Philadelphia, PA called Urban Engineers. We are located on the site of Walnut Street Prison, aka “Beggar’s Prison.” We are in the middle of our 50th Anniversary, and as part of our celebration, we would like to use the article you wrote on the “first untethered manned balloon flight”that took flight from the site of our company. Your article would be seen by nearly 30,000 plus as part of our marketing campaign, and we would give you full credit as the sole owner of this information. We want to use this article within the next week or two, so please contact me with your thoughts! My email is

    Thank you very much for you time,

    Cody Lowry

    Comment by Cody — March 9, 2010 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  5. Dear Carolyn,

    I’m a Cornell descendant and tried to leave a comment on your piece about your visit to the Cornell homestead site with the book Killed Strangely. Somebody from Cornell University seems to have located the Cornell burial ground but the graves seemed fairly modern but it’s overgrown and unmaintained. What a pity since the Cornells were founders of the place.

    There’s a Richard Cornell burial ground in the Far Rockaways which is on the National Historic Register but the headstones have been lost. He was one of the sons of Thomas and Rebecca Cornell.

    At the New York Historical Society I read Rev. John Cornell’s genealogy book on the family with photographs of the well maintained Cornell homestead in RI and well maintained burial ground. What a difference a century makes.

    Comment by bessfones — July 21, 2010 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  6. Hi, nice to meet you !

    Comment by ReadersHeaven — September 21, 2010 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  7. Nice to meet you too—e-mail me something about yourself at

    Comment by carolyncholland — September 21, 2010 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  8. HI,
    I’m not sure HOW I found you and not sure where to write this, but PLEASE CONTACT ME. My mother is adopted, and I recently helped her get her REAL birth certificate (she was denied in earlier years) and we JUST got her REAL birth certificate. She was born in…(comment edited due to private information…Carolyn)

    Comment by Sara Gayle Aslam — January 19, 2011 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  9. Carolyn, I am of the same mind as you are. Negro Mountain’s name is not slander to a race. I replyed on ligonierlivingblogspot.I get tired of “political correctness” that pervades our societies common sense. Like calling illegal immgrants “undocumented workers”. We are neighbors, I live in Ligonier Borough.

    Comment by Ormond (Butch) Bellas, Mayor — February 5, 2013 @ 11:42 am | Reply

    • Yes, we are neighbors, and we have met, but I am so unmemorable that few people remember me if meeting me in passing (LOL). I’ve done soem writing for the Trib (lots when they had the Ligonier-Latrobe section, on rare occasions with the Ligonier Echo) and the Westmoreland County Historical Society magazine. Thanks for commenting… Carolyn Cornell Holland
      P. S. I have the reputation for always wearing a hat and carrying a camera.

      Comment by carolyncholland — February 5, 2013 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

      • Hi Carolyn, I am the great, great, great grandson of William and Margaret O’Neal Cornell of Bedford PA. I’m trying to figure out if I belong to the New England family line or the French Huguenot family line or a lesser known family….Maybe you could help!

        Comment by Patrick — July 23, 2013 @ 7:29 am

  10. Carolyn, I am Jonathan Applefield, and my mother was born in Nowy Targ, Poland – the same town as the late Robert Mendler’s. I know you emailed my mom just around the time of Mr. Mendler’s passing.

    I’ve begun to develop an interest in writing about Nowy Targ and our family’s paths and dead-ends during WWII.

    I wonder if you recall Mr. Mendler’s stories about Nowy Targ? Or, if he had any children, if they might recall Mr. Mendlers recollections of Nowy Targ and the war.

    As a nervous want-to-be writer, I mostly wanted to reach out and connect with you. I hope to hear from you. Jonathan

    Comment by Jonathan Applefield — September 3, 2013 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

    • Sorry—I replied to your last comment before reading your first comment.
      I was devastated when Bob died (on my birthday, no less) before ever conversing with your Mom.
      I have lots of notes I can go through. It’s been a while but I should have some of his reflections on Nowy Tag.
      Don’t be nervous. I now all would-be writers are.
      I’m working on a complex historical novel ( with roots in France.
      Please keep in touch. Will be traveling through New England for a month.
      Hoping to hear from you.
      Carolyn Cornell Holland

      Comment by carolyncholland — September 4, 2013 @ 9:55 am | Reply


    Comment by BERNICE CASE — September 8, 2013 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  12. My husband sent me the link to this bio on you, from the Upper Room’s devotional, first thing this morning. His words, “She looks like someone you would like.” I have always had writing aspirations, but even though I write a commentary daily on the day’s devotion, I have little time left over to write more.I have not been published and my few attempts were unsuccessful. Your book sounds like something I would enjoy. I am writing this to you because my husband thought you reminded him of my interests.God bless.

    Comment by Ronda Morelock — March 12, 2014 @ 7:09 am | Reply

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