CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

November 15, 2014

My Writing Achievement Photographed

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MY WRITING ACHIEVEMENT:

FLIGHT OF VALOR—

PHOTOGRAPHED

The November 14, 2014, WordPress photo challenge is challenge/achievement: show us a photo that says “achievement” to you.

My writing is where I’ve recently achieved much. So how do you show writing in photographs?

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I’m constantly asked when I will complete my novel. It’s coming. Slowly. Because this historical romance uses real names (from the post-American Revolution)—General Henry Knox, General Henry Jackson, William Duer among them—I must use caution in my historical detail. This takes time and concentration.

It was likewise with my magazine article that was published just last month. It took me almost four years to write.

The article, about a musical piece, Flight of Valor, which was commissioned by the Somerset County Community Band and honors Flight 93. I’m certain you recall that the September 11, 2001, Flight 93 crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

I took the music, which follows the events of the day, and interspersed stories of Westmoreland County persons involved in the after-crash activities. I interviewed many persons, and verified their statements with documents. The article is just under 4,000 words. This is my latest writing challenge/achievement, published in Westmoreland History, a publication of the Westmoreland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania.

Back to the photography. I turned to my art workshop editing and made collages of the article against a backdrop of the original Flight 93 memorial site. This is the result: FLIGHT OF VALOR 02BE

FLIGHT OF VALOR 04E

Read about the music  Flight of Valor: Honoring United Airlines Flight 93 Victims . To purchase the expanded article in Westmoreland History contact the Westmoreland County Historical Society, (724) 532-1935, history@westmorelandhistory.org  or stop in at their location at 362 Sand Hill Road – Suite 1,  Greensburg, PA 15601

On a smaller scale, I achieved writing a story about (more…)

July 3, 2012

July 4th, 2012

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JULY 4TH, 2012

The sound of firecrackers exploding in the distant night sky accompany my thoughts about two World War II veterans.

I read about Chester Lapa of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in the local newspaper. He will march in the Greater Latrobe Fourth of July parade, one of seven veterans who are members of the Battle of the Bulge: Western Pennsylvania Chapter 14.

His age, 86 years old, is the youngest age a veteran of the Battle can be. He laments the toll of time that is bringing Chapter 14 to an end.

The Latrobe parade will be the Chapter’s final march.1

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FYI, year 2012 is the 236th anniversary of the birth of this nation.

It is also the birthday celebration of my youngest sister, Sally June.

And it is the 126th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, given to the United States in by France in recognition  of (more…)

October 11, 2011

Mother Nature’s Creatures Predict Winter Weather

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MOTHER NATURE’S CREATURES

PREDICT WINTER WEATHER

     A couple of weeks ago I spent a Sunday doing laundry. As I explained to my husband, if we are functioning according to Mother Nature’s dryer (the sun), and Mother Nature only provides that dryer on a Sunday, then, unfortunately, we end up doing laundry on the Lord’s Day.

     In today’s world meteorologists make use of complicated equipment, such as satellites, to forecast the weather.

     Even before this equipment was developed people had an interest in the weather. This included (and is) farmers, sailors and others, whose livelihood depended on it.

     Mother Nature provides signals used by many persons to predict upcoming weather. Today we celebrate some of these signals. Most notably, here in Pennsylvania, is Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog who predicts the weather for the final six weeks of the winter season.

     On the opposite end of the spectrum is the (more…)

October 9, 2011

Wooly Worms Predict the 2011 PA. Winter Weather

(To view the 2012-2013 winter forcecast click on

The 2012-2013 Weather Prediction from the Woolly Worm & Accuweather  )

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PREDICTING THE 2011 PENNSYLVANIA WINTER:

Wooly Worms

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     I have yet to see one. Perhaps it’s because of the rainy, wet, beginning of the autumn season. Whatever, I’ve been looking for them. After all, it will be nice to know what snows and storms Mother Nature will deliver between December and April.

What I’m looking for is the wooly worm, an autumnal predictor of the next season’s severity. The woolly bear is a fuzzy larva of the tiger moth found in the Midwest and Northeast.* It is the antithesis of Punxsutawney Phil, who predicts the final six weeks of winter. The wooly worm predicts the severity of the winter season:

  •  The way to “read a caterpillar” is: the smaller the brownish-red bands are the harsher the winter will be. The black stripes indicate (more…)

January 5, 2011

Chemicals Injure Children in Child Care Facilities: Abuse or Accident?

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CHEMICALS INJURE CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE FACILITIES

Abuse or Accident?

     It reads nonsensical, almost SciFi: A child care worker places a Drano-soaked diaperon a seven-month-old girl, Brielle…burning her abdomen, backside and legs. Not mildly burning her—chemical burns are the worst—they eat the skin…and they worsen with exposure. . A lawyer representing the infant and her mother, Kimberly Spriggs, understates it mildly: This is clearly somebody’s negligence. Another understatement by Dr. Bruce Dixon, director of the Allegheny County Health Department: It’s unfortunate that this happened.

     Regardless of who brought the Drano into the Butterfly Garden Early Learning Center (McKees Rocks, Allegheny County, PA) December 30, 2010, no matter how the product managed to soak the Center’s diapers, a question remains: How does a person (more…)

February 2, 2010

Joseph R. (Smokey) Greshok: In Memory—January 19. 2010

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JOSEPH R. (Smokey) GRESHOK: IN MEMORY January 19, 2010

    Smokey. Gentleman’s gentleman. Skilled at sleight of hand card tricks.

    Words people use to describe Joseph R. Greshok, who passed on January 19, 2010, at the age of 85 years. He was the owner of the Eastwood Inn on Rt. 30 east of Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     His grin spread from ear to ear as he flipped his cards, sharing a trick with me while I interviewed him for a newspaper article. His smile, casual attitude, and gentle demeanor belied his business side, characterized by a sternness and dogged firmness.

     “Smokey” didn’t know the origin of his nickname, although he knew it had been his moniker “forever.” His older brother, Frank Greshok, filled in the story:

     When Joe was (more…)

August 2, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-7 July 15, 2008

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BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-7  July 15, 2008

  HISTORY RISES FROM THE ASHES

 

HISTORY RISES FROM THE ASHES

SPEAKING OF ASHES…

SPEAKING OF ARSON…

      It’s always sad to have a popular social site destroyed, and it’s a double whammy when that site is also a landmark with historical significance.

      The Hollow Tavern, located between Latrobe and Ligonier on the Lincoln Highway (RT. 30, PA, near Arthur St. Clair’s homestead), burned on February 23. It wasn’t in operation for the previous few months, because (more…)

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