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February 27, 2010

ANGER!

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ANGER

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     All of the anger is gone. The passionate, unreasoning, unstructured anger no longer exists. And it disturbs me.

     There is growing terror that over the years, anger has been replaced by an acceptance, a compliance.

     The anger at injustice, immoral acts, prejudice, the complacency of others when faced by nuclear armament all seems to have dissipated and it frightens me.

     I see apathy all around me and feel that somehow I myself have fallen into that apathetic state. It is as though a fine gauze curtain has been draped over my mind allowing my eyes to see through a (more…)

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December 6, 2009

My December Birthday: Reflections on Fifty Years of Bonus Life

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MY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY: REFLECTIONS ON FIFTY YEARS OF “BONUS LIFE”

“Appendicitis gives Councilor Lown the sign he was seeking.”

     The newspaper headline came from the Portsmouth Herald (N.H.) newspaper, September 12, 2003. I was cleaning out my files from the three month New England vacation my husband, Monte, and I had taken (OK, so it’s 2009—and the files were stuck in a box, in a corner, like so many papers are in this house!). Portsmouth (N. H.) Councilman Brad Lown was pondering on whether or not to run for another term as councilman when his appendix provided the answer—no.

     It is likely Lown’s appendix was removed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, the same hospital where mine was removed.

     I don’t recall the fateful day when I entered (more…)

November 6, 2009

SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

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SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     Have you ever walked into a room anticipating an enthusiastic greeting and some lively conversation, only to be greeted by a blank wall of inert bodies, eyes glued to a piece of furniture lighted by miniature figures darting across a square that might be anywhere from 12 inches to 25 inches wide? If you listen carefully and closely their response to your greeting may be a ‘oomph’ or “Oh wow, what a play!”

     It could be Saturday, Sunday, or, in mid-fall and winter, almost any evening. Of course, that doesn’t leave much (more…)

August 31, 2009

Honey went home—She’s romping in animal heaven

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HONEY WENT HOME

She’s romping about animal heaven

 It looked good for Honey’s recovery when I posted Honey’s Coming Home! Our cat must recuperate. What happened a few days later was surprising. Honey’s story continues below. 

     Honey lay on the table in the examination room at Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic, Inc. I sat and observed her closely, looking to see if her heart was demonstrating the same rapid and hard rhythm I had seen during the previous evening.

     At about 8:45 a. m. Saturday morning I’d called the vet’s office to share my concerns. Following her visit to the clinic on August 20, when she’d been diagnosed with two fractures on the top of her leg near her hip bone, she’d done fine. She didn’t like being confined, but it was a minor price to pay for her recuperation time. She ate, slept, purred and accepted her medication: prednisolone.

To see pictures of Honey, click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3872399797/  & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3873184126/in/photostream/

      On Thursday, the 27th, I cut her medication in half. The morning dose went fine, but she fought the evening dose. Not just fought it. She (more…)

August 20, 2009

Vicious dog or man’s best friend?

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VICIOUS DOG OR MAN’S BEST FRIEND?

      Often dog owners often have a less-than-realistic opinion of their pet’s personalities. An owner’s loyalty to their dog precludes any insight into its degree of viciousness.

     Bob Petrillo, a Jeanette (PA) dog owner, believes authorities “overreacted” when they shot and killed his pet. Rocky was a one hundred fifty pound Rottweiler. Police justified the shooting because, they claim, Rocky (more…)

July 31, 2009

Come celebrate my funeral

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COME CELEBRATE MY FUNERAL

 SCRIPTURE: Genesis 15:15     And you shall to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old (hoary) age.  (Amp)

REFLECTION: My friend Norma Leary wrote in jest that perhaps we ought to take the “fun” out of the word “funeral.” Might I add that since most funerals are somber occasions a more realistic word would be “somberal?”

     Funerals, for the Christian, should have an element of (more…)

May 13, 2009

Eavesdropping—the good and the bad of it

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EAVESDROPPING—THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF IT

       I entered an office today to see if they had any news story updates. While waiting for the director, I heard an employee on the phone: THAT’S NOT MY JOB! Hmmm, I thought, good prompt for the writers group. It wasn’t totally eavesdropping—the office was small and the employee was speaking in a loud voice.

     However, writers are instructed to (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…)

October 29, 2008

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, countries, all organizations—and all churches?
     I have to ask two questions. What is “full potential?” It can be developed but used

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October 9, 2008

THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS

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THE OLIVE GREEN DRESS

     I fingered the olive green dress hanging on the children’s clothing rack. An inappropriate color for a three year old, I thought, too militarish and dull.

As I malingered, my thoughts took me back forty years to a ten year old balking at an ugly olive green dress given to her by her mother.

“I never want to wear it!” I thought. “Why couldn’t my mother have (more…)

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