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May 29, 2010

Save Those Hair Clippings!

SAVE THOSE HAIR CLIPPINGS!

DON’T THROW THEM IN THE GARBAGE

Calling all salons, groomers, wool & alpaca fleece farmers, hairy individuals, & pet owners to sign up to donate hair, fur, fleece, feathers… A huge International Natural Fiber Recycling mobilization is currently taking place…**

     I read a blurb in a local paper that reported hair was being collected to help clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.*It led me to the Matter of Trust website, ** where, sure enough, hair, human and animal, is being used to make (more…)

March 29, 2010

The Maltz Museum in Beachwood, Ohio

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THE MALTZ MUSEUM (Beachwood, Ohio)

We ended a 2006 “vacation” with a visit to the Maltz Museum outside Cleveland Heights, Ohio, stopping as we headed home after visiting our son’s home in Cleveland Heights. Members of Nolan’s church were speaking about an exhibit there. Since I was working on an assignment to write an article on a holocaust survivor, we decided it was worth visiting. At the time, there the museum had a special exhibit: Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land.

     The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is a world-class institution, a living testament to the courage and achievements of Cleveland’s Jewish community. Personal stories of individuals and families – past and present – come to life in the exhibition galleries through state-of-the-art technology, films, computer interactives, unique artifacts, compelling oral histories, art and images.

     In addition, The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery presents an internationally -recognized collection of Judaica.

     The Museum also hosts special exhibitions of national and international acclaim. The exhibit on display when we visited was Cradle of Christianity: Treasures from the Holy Land, a presentation of Jewish and Christian treasures from the Israel Museum. The exhibit, which began April 1, 2006, was ending October 22, 2006. Among the visitors were groups of school children with museum tour leaders.

     Some items were displayed for the first time in the United States. One of the most important of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Temple Scroll, was on view for the first time anywhere in the world. 

     The exhibit covered the time of Jesus through (more…)

December 31, 2009

A Blue Moon On New Year’s Eve 2009

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A BLUE MOON ON NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009

    On New Year’s Eve, 2009, an infrequent yet common occurrence is happening—a “blue moon.” Persons living in areas with clear skies can observe the moon’s brilliance. In area like ours, where cloudy skies will probably hide the moon’s brilliance, this brilliance will be obscured.

     Myths surround the blue moon, which isn’t truly “blue.” The term, derived from the middle English word “belew,” meaning “false,” refers the full moon that occurs a second time in a particular month.

     Although each month is supposed to have only one full moon, a second moon in a particular month occurs on average thirty-seven times in a century, or once every 2.7 years—every thirty-three months.  It occurred on New Year’s Eve in 1990.

     And at 12:13 p.m. on New Year’s Eve 2009, the last purported year of the first decade of the 21st century, there will be a blue moon.

     One interpretation of the appearance of a second full moon comes from Medieval Christianity, whose members considered its  appearance as the devil taunting humanity. Since these religious folks used the moon to identify the correct date for Easter, the appearance of a second moon in Easter’s month was seen as the devil’s doing: Satan was sending the false moon to confuse them, tricking them in their determination of the real date of Christ’s Resurrection.

     Since the term “blue” can also mean sad, songs such as “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (written and sung by Bill Monroe in 1946) and “Blue Moon” (recorded by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1933), are melancholy. According to Gregory McNamee, an Encyclopedia Britannica writer, “it is interesting that no positive songs to my knowledge exist about blue moons…”

To continue reading about the blue moon and nature’s other blues, click on BLUE MOONS AND NATURE’S OTHER BLUES

SOURCE of some of the above information: Blue moon’s link to rare events, Satan or finding a great love dispelled, written by Mike Cronin and published in the December 31, 2009 in the Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA).

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BLUE BUTTERFLY and STAR GAZER LILIES

OBITUARY FOR BLUE BUOY (A Blue Lobster)

LOBSTER-TALES

May 17, 2009

Don’t let the bed bugs bite…

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DON’T LET THE BED BUGS BITE…

 Good night,

Sleep tight,

Don’t let the

Bed bugs bite!

      A children’s ditty, but filled with history. Travelers used to sleep on rope-boxprings (rope woven together, tightened by twisting a wood piece attached to the bedframe). Several travelers shared the same bed. It was fertile territory for bedbugs to thrive.

     According to the Harvard School of Public Health, bedbugs are small, wingless insects. They are parasitic, and seek out the nests of warm-blooded animals, whose blood they feast on.  Although some types of bed bugs (and their relatives) inhabit bird nests and bat roosts, others seek out human “nests,” eg., people’s homes.

     While clearing out information from my New England travels, I came across an article headlined “Couple claims room infested with bed bugs.” A couple was (more…)

March 11, 2009

Kathy Kelly, of Voices of Wilderness: On Peace

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KATHY KELLY, of VOICES OF WILDERNESS: ON PEACE

     Today’s e-mail brought an announcement that peace activist and educator Kathy Kelly will be the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series speaker on March 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. (See end of this post for further information). Kathy helps coordinate the Voices for a Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. This three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has participated in nonviolent direct action teams in Haiti, Bosnia, and Iraq.
     When my husband Monte and I were traveling New England in the fall of  2003, we found ourselves in Lewisberg, Maine. There, I spotted a meeting announcement on a grocery store bulletin board. The speaker was Kathy Kelly. Below is my journal entry on that evening.

 
     One night I suggested to Monte that we attend a meeting where a woman from Iraq was speaking about her experiences being in that country during the war. Since the meeting was preceded by a pot-luck dinner, we purchased an adorable yellow-iced cake with brown mice on it. After all, we were traveling and our cooking facilities were limited.  (view photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3347179523/in/photostream/ )
     When we arrived, the activity seemed very loosely run, so much so that I felt uncomfortable. No one seemed to know what was (more…)

March 6, 2009

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath

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FATHER’S, DO NOT PROVOKE YOUR

CHILDREN TO WRATH

This post is part of a continuing series about child abuse and parenting. At the end of this article are links to the other posts on this subject. If the links do not work, go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , click on the folder CHILD ABUSE, and scroll down the posts to find answers to your questions. Also click on the DEVOTION folder for child-abuse specific devotions.

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

DEVOTION:  Fathers—and mothers—can and must direct and discipline their children. This may anger the child like we ourselves become angry with someone who corrects us. Eventually, however, appropriate discipline will strengthen us and out relationships.
     Wrath is, however, violent anger, rage, fury, resulting in inappropriate discipline styles that leave a child feeling worthless and inhuman. Wrath physically or verbally “kills off” parts (more…)

March 2, 2009

Online Sites for Caretakers & Families of Brain Injury Victims

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ONLINE SITES FOR

CARETAKERS & FAMILIES OF BRAIN INJURY VICTIMS

 

     During the past year, both my sister and the spouse of my high school friend of many (and I won’t say how many) years fell victim to brain injuries. My sister experienced a stroke, which left her with apraxia, eg. speech problems. My friend’s husband fell on thin ice (black ice?) covered with a dusting of snow. Both my sister and my friend asked me to look up Internet sites for them. Below are some sites that might prove valuable for caretakers of those persons who have experienced a brain injury. (Later, I will write something on apraxia.) Following the site list are two excerpts, including one on personality changes that occur in brain injury victims.
     I hope that my readers will never have to experience being caretakers of a brain-injury victim. However, if the unthinkable occurs, if you know anyone who is a caretaker of a brain-injured person, or if you simply want to learn about this situation, these sites might be helpful. At the end are two excerpts that should prove useful, if a bit lengthy.
     DISCLAIMER: I am not advocating any of these sites, nor do I (more…)

February 18, 2009

ARE YOU PUNISHING OR DISCIPLINING YOUR CHILD?

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ARE YOU PUNISHING OR DISCIPLINING YOUR CHILD?

This post is part of a continuing series about child abuse and parenting. At the end of this article are links to the other posts on this subject. If the links do not work, go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , click on the folder CHILD ABUSE, and scroll down the posts to find answers to your questions. Links to the posta are listed at the end of this post.

     Confusion exists among both parents and professionals when it comes to differentiating between punishment and discipline.
     Webster’s dictionary defines punishment: “a penalty for a crime or offense; to injure or hurt.” It defines discipline: “training intended to produce a specified character or pattern of behavior.”
     The goal of punishment is control, its basis is (more…)

February 9, 2009

THOSE WHO DO EVIL HAVE NOT SEEN GOD: A Devotion on Child Abuse

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THOSE WHO DO EVIL HAVE NOT SEEN GOD

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

 


     SCRIPTURE: III John 11 states: “Anyone who does good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.” For “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” (I Corinthians 14)
     DEVOTION: Child abuse results in destruction and confusion for its victims, who often state a belief in God but share confusion over His presence and love in their personal lives.
     Adult survivors question: If God is good and all-powerful, then where (more…)

February 7, 2009

CHARACTERISTICS OF ABUSIVE FAMILIES

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CHARACTERISTICS OF ABUSIVE FAMILIES

This post is part of a continuing series about child abuse and parenting. At the end of this article are links to the other posts on this subject. If the links do not work, go to www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com , click on the folder CHILD ABUSE ISSUES, and scroll down the posts to find answers to your questions. Also, check the folder: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Since families consider alcoholism and/or abusiveness a “family secret,” homes with these issues present teach children and other family members three key lessons: DON’T TALK, DON’T TRUST, DON’T FEEL.
TALKING enables individuals to both share ideas and approach problems—stating them, defining them and solving them.
Alcoholic and abusive homes deny k (more…)

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