CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

April 7, 2009

The Cycle of Abuse in Domestic Violence

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THE CYCLE OF ABUSE

 

     April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. (to view photo click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3412621389/). I will be continuing my posts on child abuse and domestic violence throughout the month. Please be there for children whom you suspect are being abused. Sometimes, all you can do is hold out a loving hand and pray for them.
     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.

     Abusive relationships usually involve a pattern of behavior. Since abuse is often directed against women, it will be referred to that way: however, women also abuse men.
     After a battering incident a honeymoon stage occurs, often including apologies, gift giving, promises, and (more…)

October 7, 2008

FROM A FIRST DATE TO A 42nd ANNIVERSARY

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FROM A FIRST DATE TO A 42ND ANNIVERSARY

     Monte and I celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary September 3, after we left home to travel along the Atlantic coast. Because the computers were not accessed as easily while traveling this time, I did not get this item posted in a timely manner.Actually, we spent eight hours on September 3 in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, toured the ghetto in Camden, New Jersey in the evening and ended the day having dinner at the Bahama Breeze in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings With People #3) gives a short story on these three events).
     Below is a short piece I wrote for a writers conference competition a few years ago. The subject was “a life changing moment.”

     As I reached for the phone that quiet evening in February, 1966, I wiped sudsy hands on my apron.
     “Hello.” 
     “Hi,” answered the man I dated the week before. The call surprised me because nervousness made me behave rudely on our first date. During the bad movie I made snide remarks, and over pizza I taunted him about teaching physics and being religious. His call was also unexpected because the guys I liked usually didn’t call me back. And I liked this man.
     Suddenly a voice superimposed itself (more…)

March 29, 2008

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

Genesis provides two human creation stories. In Genesis 1 God creates humans, male and female, to be fruitful and multiply. The Genesis 2 version relates it a little differently—Adam is created first and then Eve is created from his rib.

Which ever way we read the Scripture, either as man and woman being created as equal partners or the man being created first and the woman second, we have a sense that God puts married couples together to be a team, a team that is challenged to be fruitful and multiply. The marriage of Aquila and Priscilla is an example of a relationship that personifies teamwork.

Below is a radio script my husband Monte and I presented while living in Connellsville, PA.

Tom: Aquila and Priscilla—they’re a couple that doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but they are mentioned in a number of places as a team.

Sue: The names sort of rhyme, don’t they? A rhyming pair of names like that ought (more…)

March 13, 2008

ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

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ABRAHAM, SARAH, HAGAR

and sons ISHMAEL and ISAAC

 The following is a five-minute radio script my husband and I presented in Connellsville, PA., while he was serving as pastor of a church in that community.

Moderator: Sarah and Abraham were among God’s faithful servants. Abraham, because of his faith, was to be the father of nations, although he was childless. He was viewed as a father figure—dignified, firm in his faith, humane and respected by local rulers wherever he went.

Then God told Abraham: “Leave your home and travel to (more…)

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