CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

September 6, 2011

Flight of Valor: Honoring United Airlines Flight 93 Victims

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

FLIGHT OF VALOR:

HONORING UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93 VICTIMS

Scene of Flight 93 crash viewed from a side road

As the Somerset County Community Band approached its fifteenth anniversary occurring in 2004, its board discussed commissioning a celebratory piece of music. Then the United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in their “back yard.” The band’s board changed its focus on the commission from its anniversary to commemoration of the 9/11 event. In 2002 they commissioned James Swearingen, from Capital University in Ohio, to compose the piece. Swearingen based his composition on a well-known hymn, It is Well with my Soul.*

It was in this darkness that the Community Band played Flight of Valor, which received a standing ovation.**

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     Jim Swearingen, a music professor, always wanted to create a composition around one of his favorite hymns, It is Well with my Soul. However, he was waiting for the right circumstance and setting.

Jim recognized that this hymn as a hymn of choice that is universally accepted during a period of grieving. “It has provided me comfort during these times.”

Then David Breen called him, asking if he would be interested in (more…)

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February 3, 2010

Will you wear red on February 5, 2010?

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WILL YOU WEAR RED ON FEBRUARY 5, 2010?

INCREASE AWARENESS OF HEART DISEASE IN WOMEN

 

     In 1997, when my sister Jane was 42, she experienced a massive heart attack that left her wondering whether some of the life-saving technology is truly beneficial.

     While I was exploring my genealogy, I learned that my maternal family has a history of heart attacks. The most recent fatality was my mother, who died early on the morning of January 3, 1998.

     When I experienced what I thought might be signs of heart problems, I took this family history to my physician. It was obvious this knowledge helped cut corners on my treatment, in which I ended up with a heart stent.

     When people scoffingly ask why I, and others, do genealogy, my first response is: Do you know your medical history?

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      On September 24, 2009 the Pechin 5K Red Dress Run/Walk held in Dunbar, Pennsylvania, invited men to run in red dresses.

     This Friday the United States population will explode with red, making the unaware wonder if red is a new fashion fad.

     It isn’t. Friday, February 5, 2010, is (more…)

January 30, 2010

Replace Punxsutawney Phil with a ROBOT?

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REPLACE PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL WITH A ROBOT

 IS MY ILK TO BE NEXT?

Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach

     OK, so you haven’t heard from me for a while. Writer’s block. That’s what I suffer from. Just when I thought it was hopeless, I was injected with a jolt of verbal energy…just as you would be if someone suggested replacing all humans with robots.

     I’m so shocked!

     I had pulled myself out of my doldrums just enough to scoot over the local newspaper that my creator Carolyn was reading. And what did I spot? Why, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is campaigning to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot

     (Carolyn has this illustration for Punxsutawney Phil—

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/ . He is so cute as a Beany Baby that someone adopted him.)

     Who do those folks think they are? Personally, I think it’s just a publicity stunt. But if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals manages to succeed in their quest to robotize my friend…well, fat chance of that…

     PETA claim that humans should treat Phil with compassion. That drew the ire of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, and drew battle lines with the thousands of people, perhaps millions worldwide, who rise early each February 2nd to find out what the near-future weather will be.

     When I heard PETA was campaigning for humans to be compassionate to Phil, I thought to myself, “Rubbish!” But to get the real scoop, I scooted off Carolyn’s newspaper onto the road. Fortunately, I was able to hitch a ride to Punxsutawney, not too far from Carolyn’s Pennsylvania home, in (more…)

May 10, 2009

May celebrations: Part II

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MAY CELEBRATIONS: PART II

Click on May Celebrations: Part 1 to read about special May days in the first half of May.

May 11 is my day, Eat What You Want Day. Perhaps I should make Monte take me to that restaurant I haven’t been to, that serves prime rib and lamb chops. An exclusive place. And I have never been. This is what I want to eat on this day. What would you like to eat today? Of course, if you are trying to lose weight, you might find yourself in (more…)

April 5, 2009

April Days to Celebrate

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APRIL DAYS TO CELEBRATE

     It’s April 1. I’ve had six different persons wish me a happy birthday. One wished me a happy fake birthday. Another wished me a happy unbirthday.  
     OK. So it is not my OFFICIAL birthday. It’s an alternate birthday celebration in response to having been born at a time of the year when a birthday is secondary to a holiday celebration. Thus, when I turned forty, and considered it my right to reveal my hidden eccentricity (OK, so not so hidden), I chose an alternate day to celebrate. My criteria: a date (more…)

March 24, 2009

Found: Flash Drive. What should I do?

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FOUND: FLASH DRIVE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

     As my college friend Michael stood in my living room, preparing to leave following his first visit to my home after fifteen years, he pulled a blue flash drive from his pocket.
     “I found it in a parking lot,” he claimed about the electronic gadget that is so small it is easier to lose than to keep. Such a thing can slip out of a brief case, get misplaced in (more…)

August 9, 2008

THUNDER MOUNTAIN LENAPE NATION POWWOW

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THUNDER MOUNTAIN LENAPE NATION POWWOW

Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation will hold its 2008 powwow August 16-17 (http://www.thundermtlenape.org/ ) in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania. It held its ninth Annual Native American Festival on August 18-19, 2007. My husband and I attended, with our granddaughter, Jordan. Click on http://www:flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/   to view illustrations.

The last lap to get to the Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation 2007 festival grounds was driving over a narrow dirt road on which one hopes not to meet a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. We were fortunate, both arriving and leaving.

When the grounds came into view, in a valley below, we spied teepees set up against a backdrop of green trees.

After parking, we wandered over to where the ceremonies were taking place. There was a circular arbor made from tree limbs and a few four by fours. Shade was provided by (more…)

April 27, 2008

A KUDZU COVERED VEHICLE GRAVEYARD

Summer is vacation time. This item is a warning for Northerners visiting the southeastern states…

Among America’s many enemies, none is more disastrous than Pueraria Lobata, commonly known as KUDZU.

Residents of the southeastern United States, where it grows prolifically, must prepare for sporadic, unpredictable energy blackouts not caused by (more…)

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