CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

January 30, 2010

Replace Punxsutawney Phil with a ROBOT?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

REPLACE PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL WITH A ROBOT

 IS MY ILK TO BE NEXT?

Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach

     OK, so you haven’t heard from me for a while. Writer’s block. That’s what I suffer from. Just when I thought it was hopeless, I was injected with a jolt of verbal energy…just as you would be if someone suggested replacing all humans with robots.

     I’m so shocked!

     I had pulled myself out of my doldrums just enough to scoot over the local newspaper that my creator Carolyn was reading. And what did I spot? Why, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is campaigning to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot

     (Carolyn has this illustration for Punxsutawney Phil—

http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2493962362/ . He is so cute as a Beany Baby that someone adopted him.)

     Who do those folks think they are? Personally, I think it’s just a publicity stunt. But if the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals manages to succeed in their quest to robotize my friend…well, fat chance of that…

     PETA claim that humans should treat Phil with compassion. That drew the ire of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, and drew battle lines with the thousands of people, perhaps millions worldwide, who rise early each February 2nd to find out what the near-future weather will be.

     When I heard PETA was campaigning for humans to be compassionate to Phil, I thought to myself, “Rubbish!” But to get the real scoop, I scooted off Carolyn’s newspaper onto the road. Fortunately, I was able to hitch a ride to Punxsutawney, not too far from Carolyn’s Pennsylvania home, in (more…)

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February 2, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S 2009 WINTER FORECAST

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL’S 2009 WINTER FORECAST

 

     February 2, 2009, was a bittersweet morning for a crowd estimated at 13,000, waiting in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to see Punxsutawney Phil predict the weather for the final six weeks of winter. The sweet was the Pittsburgh Steelers football team win 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals the previous evening.

     The bitter was that, following a especially blustery first half of winter, Punxsutawney Phil (more…)

February 1, 2009

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL, WEATHER PROPHET EXTRAORDINARY

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PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL:

WEATHER PROPHET EXTRAORDINARY

     Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is a quiet rural community ninety miles northeast of Pittsburgh, where routes 36 and 110 intersect. On February 2, all eyes are on this town, waiting for an unlikely critter to predict whether the second half of winter will be blustery or mild.
     The legend of Punxsutawney Phil is tied in with the Native Americans, the German settlers, and the Roman Catholic tradition.
     It was 1723 when

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