CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 26, 2014

The Mysterious Christmas Gift

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THE MYSTERIOUS CHRISTMAS GIFT

NOTE: This article is being reposted due to a major error on the first posting. I apologize for the mishap. Carolyn

As I drank my morning coffee my eyes glanced over to the bookcase across the room, to a post office envelope sitting on the shelf, partially hidden by an a red poinsetta and an 8 x 10 picture of myself as a child in my mother’s arms, before my father beat and choked my her, almost killing her. That the picture frame had a cracked glass was appropriate, symbolic of the broken family that resulted from my father’s final attack on my mother, who was aided by a woman’s shelter in reframing a life without violence.

The envelope was addressed to the United Way of Westmoreland County in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Janelle, a friend of my neighbor, was taking the envelope and mailing it in a community unknown to me. The intent was to prevent the envelope being traced to me.

As I listened to my favorite Christmas carol, Adeste Fideles, I reflected on the envelope and the strange circumstances in which its contents came to me.

Ten days previously I’d been at a party where Santa Claus was a special guest. I couldn’t discover who this jolly old man was, and with so many men impersonating Santa this white-bearded white-haired gentleman wearing the traditional red costume it was (more…)

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April 23, 2013

Men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in Greensburg, PA

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
MEN WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES® IN GREENSBURG, PA

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At least 30 football players slipped their feet into red high heels before taking a one mile walk.

Insanity?

Perhaps.

Impressive?

Yes, according to my husband, Monte (we live in Laurel Mountain Borough), who walked the same mile as the football players did—but without the high heels.

DSCN2135EThey Seton Hill University football team and Monte were among 650 participants in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event sponsored by the Blackburn Center at Lynch Field in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The event is a men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.

The Blackburn Center, domestic violence center, invited men to become actively involved in their mission—to use their feet to raise their voice and speak out against the social norms that perpetuate domestic and sexual violence.

Monte was grateful he met some friends to walk with, Jim Galik and Jean Slusser of Strangford (near Blairsville). Together they completed the entire mile.

You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Although Monte wore his street shoes, Jim walked in a pair of size 12 wedge heels.

What was it like walking in women’s high-heel shoes?

“The feeling was very (more…)

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