CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 11, 2011

My Mother’s Secret: An Adoption Story

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

MY MOTHER’S SECRET: An Adoption Story

I’m certain my mother would have strongly opposed SB335 as it progressed through the New Hampshire Senate and House in 2004. The Bill, which became law effective January 1, 2005, concerned access to records available to adult adoptees who were born and adopted in New Hampshire. These adoptees now can gain access to their own original, pre-adoption birth certificates…

 Why would she have opposed this law?

Because she had a secret.

Her secret was revealed to her family on January 19, 2011. (more…)

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April 25, 2010

Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Children

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT FOR CHILDREN

About Carolyn: I wrote, received, and administered a Pennsylvania Children’s Trust Fund grant, which was designed to heal adults of their childhood abuse, enabling them to break the chain of abuse with their children. Within the grant I taught community members how to be first-responders to domestic violence/child abuse, ran a family support program and counseled adults to aid them in the healing process.

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What do the following statements have in common?

 “I got real angry and flipped out… I started to freak out.

“I blew up.”
“I have a short temper. I just lost it.”

     They all include an uncontrollable rage resulting in (more…)

March 16, 2010

Reaching Full Potential: Crime or Church?

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REACHING FULL POTENTIAL: Crime or Church?

      The headline read: Clinton alludes to human rights in arrival speech.

     Former President, Bill Clinton, visiting China, was giving a “gentle reminder of U. S. disapproval of China’s human rights abuses.”

     “…the commitment to providing all human beings the opportunity to develop their full potential is vital to the strength and success of the new China,” he stated, according to the USA Today’s report.

     Isn’t that commitment a key to the vitality of all governments, all countries, all organizations—and all churches?

     I have to ask: What is (more…)

February 23, 2010

Dog Fighting & Cock Fighting: Cultural Phenomenon?

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DOG FIGHTING & COCK FIGHTING:

CULTURAL PHENOMENON?

     On July 17, 2007, Michael Vick was charged with owning and operating an illegal dog-fighting organization, aptly called Bad Newz Kennels, in rural southeastern Virginia. Not only was excessive violence applied to “losing” dogs—allegedly, there was substantial gambling.

     Vick was suspended indefinitely from the National Football League, where he was a quarterback with the Atlanta Falcons. He also lost his lost his contract with Nike and endured the wrath of animal rights groups. The allegations were investigated by local and federal authorities. Vick was defended by a legal defense team consisting of five top-notch lawyers.

     Vick admitted to killing six to eight dogs whose demonstrated poor performance during training sessions. He also admitted to financing the Kennels and bankrolling gambling on the dog fights. When he entered his plea in federal court, he apologized and asked for forgiveness. On December 10, 2007, he was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Approximately fifty persons attended the sentencing hearing, some siding with animal rights activists, some supporting Vick.

     Vick mustered a short speech, apologizing to some people and admitting “I’ve used poor judgment.”    

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    According to Whoopi Goldberg, the problem may be cultural. On the television program, The View, she defended Vick by stating that “from where he comes from” in the South, dogfighting isn’t that unusual.

      “It’s like cockfighting in Puerto Rico,” she said. “There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country.”

     Co-host Joy Behar looked horrified at Goldberg and asked, “How about dog torture and dog murdering?” Goldberg replied that for many people, dogs are sport, and it appeared it took awhile for Vick to realize that he was up against serious charges.

     “I just thought it was interesting, because it seemed like a light went off in his head when he realized this was something that the entire country didn’t appreciate,” she said.

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      According to historical journals, Whoopi has a point. During America’s early days, cock-fighting, was commonplace. A French military man touring the United States between 1780-1783 wrote this about the Americans:

“They have another sport, which is (more…)

May 25, 2009

Why women stay in abusive relationships: Is this the right question?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSTITIONS

WHY WOMEN STAY IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS:

IS THIS THE RIGHT QUESTION?

      Why would a woman who’s been savagely beaten by her boyfriend run right back into his arms?

     That was the question people asked when singer Rihanna, who not only didn’t press charges after her boyfriend (singer Chris Brown) allegedly assaulted her in February, but may have even reconciled with him.

     It’s a question asked repeatedly by persons familiar with any abuse situation where the victim returns to a dangerous situation. And it’s a hard situation for most people to understand.

     Most often, the abused woman’s self-esteem is (more…)

May 10, 2009

Reflections on motherhood

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REFLECTIONS ON MOTHERHOOD

     I lost my mother six and a half years ago. We had just reached a point where she would talk to me about happenings in the past, and we had had numerous conversations over the previous eighteen months. I grieved the loss of getting to know the woman who, I often say, taught me how not to live life. In spite of being a the matriarch of a typical dysfunctional family, she did (more…)

February 21, 2009

A Singapore Pine Tree & Kampong Buangkok, Singapore

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A SINGAPORE PINE TREE & KAMPONG BUANGKOK, SINGAPORE

     A pine tree grows on our property in rural Slippery Rock, PA. It’s not just any pine tree. It has a nickname. It is our “Singapore pine.”
     Lest you think that there is a species of tree called Singapore pine, let me correct you. We refer to this particular tree (more…)

February 16, 2009

FIRST, DO NO HARM…THE SULEMAN OCTUPLET CASE

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FIRST, DO NO HARM…THE SULEMAN OCTUPLET CASE

     Much controversy surrounds the birth of octuplets born to Nadya Suleman on January 26, 2009.
     Suleman is a single mother of six children under the age of seven, that she suffered a work-related back injury, and that she receives food stamps are undisputable facts. Suleman and her parents relate conflicting stories about (more…)

November 7, 2008

CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

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CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

 

     When I was director of a Children’s Trust Fund program in a former community, I discovered that my enthusiastic board members had no idea how to define “abuse.” I think this is a common situation, and not unique to this community.
     The term “child abuse” can be defined on several different levels. The LEGAL definition of abuse is provided by (more…)

July 30, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 7)

To read previous segments of Bob Mendler’s story of being a Holocaust victim, click on:

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

Today’s post is a little different than my usual writing.

The remainder of Mendler’s story isn’t written for the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM), because he is not well enough to help edit the final copy. He is very discouraged. He had knee surgery in January 2007, and is still experiencing a lot of pain.

“I’m so miserable, so unhappy,” he said several months after the surgery. “I just don’t want to do (more…)

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