CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 10, 2008

SANTA IS DEAD!

COCHRAN’S SHENANIGANS

SANTA IS DEAD!

     SANTA IS DEAD! (or he will be if he doesn’t give up his idiotic planned travel on Christmas eve).
     OK, all you gullible people out there, it’s time to write your annual letter to Santa Claus.
     But do you really believe Santa Claus really exists? It’s a cadgy idea, but how do you think Santa accomplishes his

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November 19, 2008

THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
THE WRITING LIFE
There’s a World Out There?

      At 4:30 p.m. I closed the word document I was working on. I lifted my head, relieved, and looked around me. The wind was blowing outside. The house was a mess.
     Then it hit me: There’s a world out there!
     Several years ago I was presented with a one hundred year history of an ancestor, who emigrated from France to the Maine territory of Massachusetts, during the French Revolution. Its numerous love stories inspired me to write a historical romance novel. I set the first of January, 2003, as my starting date.
     That February, while playing around on the Internet, I came across an (more…)

July 30, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 7)

To read previous segments of Bob Mendler’s story of being a Holocaust victim, click on:

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

Today’s post is a little different than my usual writing.

The remainder of Mendler’s story isn’t written for the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM), because he is not well enough to help edit the final copy. He is very discouraged. He had knee surgery in January 2007, and is still experiencing a lot of pain.

“I’m so miserable, so unhappy,” he said several months after the surgery. “I just don’t want to do (more…)

July 22, 2008

HIKING THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY Part 1 of 2

What better way is there to celebrate summer than to hike the entire Lincoln Highway (route 30 through Pennsylvania), which extends from New York City to San Francisco.

One man did that a few years ago. I caught up with him as he entered Laughlintown, PA., after descending Laurel Mountain. After interviewing him, the story of his adventures was published in two parts in the Lincoln Highway Journal. Below is the first segment.

HIS DREAM
Andy Olson yearned to take a long walk—somewhere. But where?

“I was in college, age 20-21 and was driving on the Highway when I heard a Woody Guthrie song, ‘Hard Travelin’,” he said: (more…)

June 11, 2008

RIVER (Specifically, the Youghiogheny River)

I maneuvered through the fast flowing river, sandle-clad feet gingerly stepping from rock to rock, feet barely maintaining their hold on the silt- covering blanketing the stones. I concentrated on not falling as I sought the perfect rock I’d found on past explorations.

It’s flat surface, perfect as a seat, would jut slightly above the river surface, providing a dry surface for sitting as I delved into a quiet, calming, spiritual break in my hectic lifestyle. Its gentle slope on the downstream side acted as a footstool to rest my weary legs, allowed the rapid river flow to wash over them. Its other sides juttied into the flowing waters (more…)

June 7, 2008

LOBSTER-TALES

     My daughter Sandy loves lobster. Being inland, she’d eat at Red Lobster restaurant a dozen times a month if she weren’t budget-challenged.

     Personally, lobster’s not my favorite, but (more…)

June 5, 2008

THE LEGACY FROM MY EDITORS

The editor’s words stick in my memory.

“I don’t care (more…)

June 3, 2008

SEVENTY YEARS OF LOVE

Seventy-nine years ago, Carl and Mary Pincheck said their wedding vows. I interviewed them in 1999, on their 70th anniversary. Since then, I’ve read Mary’s obituary and I’ve lost touch with Carl’s status.

 

At the time I met this couple, Mary was very ill, and Carl’s severe arthritis made it difficult for him to move. He had only recently hired help in order to care for Mary in his home. 

 

Mary’s illness was long term, starting with a series of strokes that hit her beginning April 1, 1950.

 

“When she sat on the couch and opened the paper, I saw her (more…)

May 28, 2008

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 6)

This is installment 6 of the series on Holocaust Survivor Robert Mendler, 82 years old. For previous segments click on

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 2)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 3)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 4)

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 5)

Seven months later Mendler was in the first group of prisoners assigned to Krakow Koncentration Camp in Plaszow, Poland. This is the site of the movie, Shindler’s List. (He wasn’t (more…)

May 23, 2008

FLASHY MOON EXPLOSIONS

—written by Monte W. Holland and Carolyn C. Holland

My husband responded to a recent USA Today news article titled “That’s flashy: 100 explosions recorded on the Moon,” written by Tony Phillips,  [5/21/08]

“In 1959,” my husband began, “I was required to do a research project in my senior year at Union College (Schenectady, New York) where I majored in physics. My partner was Chuck Bruce, another physics major and an electronics person who had been into ham radio.

“We signed up to work with Professor Curtis Hemenway, in Albany, New York, at Dudley Observatory—which is owned by Union College. Professor Hemenway lived over in a residence attached to the observatory, which he maintained. The observatory also had a bedroom where researchers could sleep when not actively using the observatory.
 
“The professor’s idea was for us to look for meteors hitting the dark side of the moon. He believed these could be seen if we looked for flashes of infrared light.”

Not so long ago, anyone claiming to see flashes of light on the Moon would be viewed with deep suspicion by professional astronomers. Such reports were filed under “L” … for lunatic. (more…)

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