CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 4, 2013

Falling Into Glass Doors Can Be Fatal

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
FALLING INTO GLASS DOORS CAN BE FATAL

Glen Brunken, 69, tripped and fell through the glass door of Bob’s Sub & Sandwich Shop in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Although conscious when the ambulance arrived, he died later.

My husband Monte said he taught at Slippery Rock University during the time Monte taught physics there. In fact, both arrived to teach in 1969.

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Although Monte retired in 1982 to change careers, Glen retired in 2009.

At the time of his death he walked with a cane. It isn’t known he fell.

Reading about Glen brought to mind a bizarre experience I had while traveling on a Greyhound bus.

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Monte had traveled to Berkeley, California, for a 6-week Department of Energy workshop. My children, Sandra (4) and Nolan (2), and I planned on joining him the last week.

Our friends, Shirl and Wayne Murray, drove the kids and me to the bus station in Youngstown, Ohio. We boarded the bus to begin an interesting journey.

Only we didn’t know how interesting it would be.

As we were settling in we noticed a woman who appeared to be (more…)

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February 17, 2010

I Lost My Son on a Greyhound Bus

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

I LOST MY SON ON A GREYHOUND BUS

Part 1

In 1974 my husband, Monte, was employed in his first career: a university professor teaching physics. That summer he attended a six-week workshop in Berkeley, California.

I planned on traveling to Berkeley with our two young children, Sandy, four and Nolan, two and a half.

Actually, it was supposed to be a vacation for Monte and I. The plan was to let the children stay with our friends, Wayne and Shirl Murray. Our two families had adopted each other as family, and the children often stayed with them. However, Sandy and Nolan missed Monte, his being away so long, so we decided I should bring them with me to California. A cross-country Greyhound bus trip would be an adventure. Little did I know how much of an adventure it would be!

Shirl drove us from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, to (more…)

May 22, 2009

The “Meow” Chorus: A cat symphony on a Greyhound Bus

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THE “MEOW” CHORUS:

A Cat Symphony on a Greyhound Bus

     The bus passenger carried a suitcase—an ordinary enough looking valise, dark brown with stains and stickers identifying places its age and destinations. It was one of several unmatched pieces she was traveling with.

     She was returning to her hometown after a years sojourn in a strange city. All her worldly goods were in these bags. Ordinary items. Clothes, a few books, financial records, photos and a favorite glass from the state fair.

     But another bag held one thing that was not ordinary. She held it tight to her side as she stood in the bus line, waiting to board.

     As the line shortened, she grew nervous. Could, she, would she, be successful? After all, there were rules. And she was intentionally and uncharacteristically breaking one of them. (more…)

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