CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

October 13, 2013

Free Hugs & Gold Lions in Portsmouth, N. H.

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Hugs for students at the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty

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Hug for Jeremy, the Lion Man

FREE HUGS & GOLD LIONS IN PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

(also read Winter Destination: Portsmouth, New Hampshire )

As many of you know, my husband Monte follows the Upper Room Online Devotional, and also interacts chat-room style with others who do likewise.

On September 25, 2013, the Upper Room devotion, written by Nola Passmore (Queensland, Australia), was titled: The Ministry of Hospitality. It was based on the Scripture 3 John 1-12. She wrote that Hospitality is sometimes undervalued, but it has been an important ministry from the first days of the church.

Monte and I experienced many brief—and some not so brief—-hospitality encounters while we journeyed our way through New England in September 2013. At the time that Nola’s devotion was published we’d just experienced two unique hospitality encounters. Monte shared them on the devotional site in his comments.

He wrote (While strolling through the downtown area of Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Carolyn and I…(experienced) …Two hospitality events:

  • a group of (black-clad) students from a beauty school* and their teacher were celebrating National Free Hug Day on a downtown street corner (it was in front of the Athenaeum). They had (more…)
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May 16, 2013

Raspberries Lead to Enterpreneurship

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RASPBERRIES LEAD TO ENTERPRENEURSHIP

bramble: a collection of a group of plants — such as blackberries and raspberries — that have thorns.*
They contain dietary fiber and high levels of antioxidants— substances that health experts believe protect cells in the body from damage that they say can lead to diseases such as cancer.
Production and consumption of blackberries, in particular, have been increasing in recent years,…*

Ahh—that last part, that production and consumption of blackberries…have been increasing…would have been good news for a young child who lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the time when the 20th century was changing decades from the 1940s to the 1950s.

That child was me.

MalinaAt the upper end of Spring Street, my home, there was a thick rambling thorny fruit patch. At some point I discovered its succulent blackberries and raspberries, and also discovered there was a market for them. I started picking blackberries and raspberries and selling them.

That was the second step in my entrepreneurship.

I had already discovered, at the age of 7-years-old, that I had another marketable item: a scar received from a severe appendectomy.

I don’t remember this marketing ploy but my older sister Nancy does. She tells me that after I recovered I offered to show the scar to people for a couple of pennies.

Inflation has raised the price in today’s world. Today I’m willing to show you my unique scar for  (more…)

October 9, 2012

Navy White Coming to Town

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NAVY WHITE COMING TO TOWN

Soon I’ll no longer have to travel to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to see the white coats. That’s because the white coats are coming…to Moon.

Moon, Pennsylvania, that is.

I’ll only have to travel ninety minutes to be surrounded by white uniforms when a new Navy Operational Support Center opens in Moon., Pennsylvania, in February 2014. The ground breaking ceremony was held on October 6 at the 911th Air Force Reserve.1

Growing up in Portsmouth I lived among Navy personnel stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The presence of white uniforms was the norm, nothing special. At the time, my uncle, John (Jack) Walker Briskay, was enlisted in the Navy. I remember how attractive he was in his white uniform.

Then when I was eleven years old we (more…)

January 20, 2011

Lions Still Guard Majestic Buildings

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LIONS STILL GUARD MAJESTIC BUILDINGS

SCRIPTURE: And twelve lions stood there on one side and on the other side on the six steps…   (1 Kings 10:20   KJV)

REFLECTION: I try to visit to my childhood home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, every few years. Each time, I trace the roads I traveled as a child. On one street is the former Rockingham Hotel, now a more permanent residence for local persons. One corner of the building holds a restaurant called the Library.

     Two sets of eight steps lead to the entrances of the hotel. Each stairway landing is guarded by (more…)

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