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September 28, 2011

Celebrating Good Neighbors in Different Communities

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CELEBRATING GOOD NEIGHBORS

IN DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES

Won’t you be my neighbor? —Mr. Rogers

     I did locate a holiday site, which stated that National Good Neighbor Day is always September 28 (initially, it was the fourth Sunday in September).

     The site* informed me that In the early 1970’s, Mrs. Becky Mattson from Lakeside, Montana recognized the importance of good neighbors, and started the effort to make this a National day. With the help of congressman Mike Mansfield, she succeed in getting three presidents (Nixon, Ford, and Carter)  to issue proclamations, along with numerous governors. 

In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day. Previously, this day was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of September.

     My husband Monte and I have moved a number of times. Although I can rejoice in many good neighbors we’ve experienced through the years, I can celebrate many good next-door neighbors we’ve had.

     When we moved to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, at the close of the 1960s our home we were the only persons not in the silver-haired golden years. My initial reaction was to be friendly with the neighbors, but to choose relationships from Slippery Rock University, where my husband was a physics professor. When our daughter Sandy entered our family, I felt somewhat cheated at not having other (more…)

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September 5, 2011

Annual Labor Day Picnic is a Dog’s Delight

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ANNUAL LABOR DAY PICNIC IS A DOG’S DELIGHT

     Today, September 4, 2011, my husband Monte walked the path through the woods to my son-in-law’s Annual day-before-Labor-Day Picnic. 

 

     It was hot and humid as Michael prepared barbecued ribs (using three different barbeque sauces) on the grill. Unfortunately, by the time he grilled the hamburgers and hot dogs, the ribs had been gobbled down by the guests and he didn’t get any. 

 

     Michael and Sandy’s dog, Cocoa (a chocolate Labrador retriever), couldn’t get enough water so granddaughter Jordan tried to quench his thirst:

     By mid-afternoon picnickers were forced into the garage by a (more…)

March 31, 2011

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

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THE ORIGIN OF APRIL FOOL’S DAY

Cochran Cornell, the Cantankerous Cockroach,

 contributed to this post

     As I recall, way back in time, the unicorn (I’ll call him Sanno) refused to board Noah’s Ark. Sanno was having too much fun bouncing about in the waves of the coming flood. His black, gold, and red horn bobbed up and down through the waves as he splashed, and was splashed, becoming more energetic as the waves increased in size.

     His joy was so great that he didn’t hear Noah’s last call. Noah reached a point of desperation, having to decide whether to sail on, leaving Sanno behind, or to try to rescue him. However, Sanno, swimming about, had swum so far from the ark that Noah realized, finally, that no matter what, he  couldn’t save Sanno, so he sadly sailed on, saving the other animals for future generations.

     Sanno didn’t realize he was missing the boat as he continued to dive in and out of the waves, nary a care in the world. What fun! That is, until he saw a giant wave moving towards him. Suddenly, he realized he might be endangered. He looked about for Noah’s Ark, but all he could see was a speck in the distance. Was that the Ark? It was impossible to tell.

     It didn’t matter. Sanno couldn’t get to the Ark, nor could he avoid the huge wave, one unlike he had ever imagined. It rolled upon him, over him, lifting him higher than he’d ever experienced before. He looked up—he was riding the top of it, and could see for miles! And all he saw was (more…)

February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day: Bah, Humbug

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VALENTINE’S DAY: BAH, HUMBUG!

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SCENE: Victoria and Losen are conversing in the grocery store in the aisle where greeting cards are sold.

Victoria: Hello, Losen! Nice to see you out on this nice day. The winter’s been so cold and snowy I haven’t been out much. Oh, are you looking for a Valentine card? I’m looking for just the right one for a neighbor whose husband just died.

Losen: Ugh! Valentine’s Day is here. What hogwash.

Victoria: Er. What caused this outburst? I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day…why, as a child we made Valentine boxes…

Losen: Yeah, I remember those boxes…everyone else’s was decorated better than mine was.

Victoria: I always enjoyed the Valentine’s we exchanged.

Losen: You must have had your box filled with cards. While everyone else gushed over their full box, mine was (more…)

February 13, 2011

Cochran Cornell Responds to the Bronx Zoo (N. Y.) Fundraiser

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COCHRAN CORNELL RESPONDS TO

THE BRONX ZOO (N. Y.) FUNDRAISER

     “I don’t believe it!”

     Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach irately jumped up and down on the brim of his creator’s hat, from where he’d been reading the Saturday newspaper. Before she turned the page to the article on the Madagascar hissing cockroach, he’d been rejoicing at the front page headline: ‘Egypt is free!’

     It was amazing how quickly his joy turned into rage.

     “How could they?” he shouted.

     Carolyn shifted her eyes toward the ceiling. “Calm down, calm down,” she told him.

     “Calm down? Do you see that picture? My ugly cousins are crawling all over that woman’s head, and she’s (more…)

October 25, 2010

Orange is so Passe—Go for the White Pumpkin!

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ORANGE IS SO PASSE—GO FOR THE WHITE PUMPKIN!

New England Discovers the White Pumpkin

Ligonier, PA, Discovered it First

      Orange is so…yesterday.

     Here in New England, white pumpkins, once a novelty, are becoming increasingly common…*

     Hmmm…I never thought I’d say this, being a New Englander, but Green Mead Farm in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, was ahead of the race, by seven years, at the time I wrote an article for the Ligonier-Latrobe section** of the Tribune-Review about the lunar pumpkin.

     My husband Monte had just retired. By July 1, 2003, we were starting our full-time life in Laurel Mountain Borough, about five miles from the Green Mead Farm in Ligonier Township farm in Ligonier Township. By the end of July we on the road to New England for three-month vacation that would include much genealogy/writing research.

     My daughter Sandra had discovered the white orb a couple of years earlier. In 2002, she took me on a pumpkin excursion with her then six year old daughter, and so I had my first view of the Lunar Pumpkin. I had made arrangements to write the news article before we left

      The farm is a growing mecca for people seeking the unusual—an unbelievable, spooky white pumpkin… I wrote.**

     Meanwhile, Beckius linked to a Martha Stewart Living picture of a white pumpkin, noting that they’re elegant unadorned as a table centerpiece. The picture was taken in 2003. She’s always ahead of the curve! Kim Knox Beckius, editor of the About.Com: New England Travel e-mail newsletter, wrote, noting that these intriguing white orbs are all the rage when it comes to (more…)

February 14, 2010

Valentine’s Day

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VALENTINE’S DAY

Jordan

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Jordan, 12, stayed at my house one during the week of the “snowmageddon” (as President Bush labeled the storms). I assigned her the task of researching St. Valentine’s Day to earn time on the computer. Below is what she discovered.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14th by many people throughout the world.  St.  Valentine’s Day is a day for people to show affection and confectionary.

The romance of this celebration began with the (more…)

December 16, 2009

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

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A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

     It was just before Christmas, 1983. My friend, Shirl, her husband Wayne and I were ushering at the Alliance Theater in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, for a production of The Music Man.

We ushered at this theater regularly and at other smaller theaters occasionally. It was a way for the wife of a graduate student and mother of a preteen and teenager to afford theater tickets (price, free) while spending three years in that city.

This December day I’d dressed for the holidays, including high heel shoes. I was yet to learn I had high foot arches that made for ankle instability.

I’d seen the play—and the movie—several times before, but really enjoyed the story. The first part of the play was wonderful, as usual. At intermission the three of us joined the throng of theater goers descending the marble stairway leading to the lobby (we’d been assigned balcony positions). Shirl was behind me. I heard her say something and turned slightly to respond.

All of a sudden, I was (more…)

November 26, 2009

The Thanksgiving Baby

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THE THANKSGIVING BABY

Rustie Earle

It was great to feel your baby kick, to feel it move around.

I hope that it’s healthy and happy, born weighing seven and one half pounds.

May you always remember, this is God’s gift from above,

And may each become guilty (more…)

April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

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HAPPY EASTER!

 

SHALOM! MY LORD AND MY GOD! The Easter Story as told by Mary

11 Facts About Easter

Easter—Children’s Stories & Poems

 

READINGS TO BE ENJOYED FOLLOWING THE FESTIVITIES:

DEVOTIONS:

God’s form of communication? Lent Devotion #20

Feasting At a Welcome-All Table

ARE YOU LIVING IMPAIRED?

Feasting At a Welcome-All Table

BUSY—I’M SO BUSY!!! Lent Devotion #28

Who will take our church from us? Lent Devotion #30

Ashes to Ashes: A Devotion for Ash Wednesday

The Red Tuque

And who will reach the downtrodden? Lent Devotion #18

Belonging to Jesus: Lent Devotion #7

OTHER BIBLICAL WRITINGS:

God’s Message to the World

Jesus

Easter Surprise

A PASTOR’S ROLE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Part 2

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 1

Basic Biblical Teachings for the Godly and Moral Life: 2

CHILD ABUSE AND SCRIPTURE

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

WHAT? MARRY A PROSTITUTE, HOSEA ASKED GOD

DRESSING FOR BLESSING: GOD AND FASHION Part 1

FAITH THROWN OVERBOARD

I BELIEVE GOD INVENTED DANCING

Everyday angels

It’s spring---and the bears and birds are returning---

CANDIED VIOLETS: Remembering My Mother on Her Birthday

Battling squirrels at bird feeders I: to fight or join them

Battling squirrels at bird feeders II: to fight or join them

Battling Squirrels at Bird Feeders III: Types of bird feeders

BEAR CONFRONTATIONS: SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

BEAR CARNIVAL IN CONNELLSVILLE, PA.

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS

BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

THE AMAZING BEAVER

A DOVE STORY RETOLD: JASMINE AND JEWEL

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