CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

February 14, 2010

Valentine’s Day

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSTIONS

VALENTINE’S DAY

Jordan

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Jordan, 12, stayed at my house one during the week of the “snowmageddon” (as President Bush labeled the storms). I assigned her the task of researching St. Valentine’s Day to earn time on the computer. Below is what she discovered.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14th by many people throughout the world.  St.  Valentine’s Day is a day for people to show affection and confectionary.

The romance of this celebration began with the (more…)

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February 13, 2010

Preparing for a First Date with Carmena

PREPARING FOR THAT FIRST DATE WITH CARMENA

Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach

Cochran peeked in the mirror. His wings shimmered, having just been washed in the late evening rainfall.
 
     Remember me? I’m Cochran, the Cantankerous Cockroach. Actually, I’m Carolyn’s alter ego.And I’m preparing for my first date with Carmena.

     If you can recall your first date with a dream of a woman, you will understand how nervous I am. And of course, as I find myself scittering by a mirror, I cannot help but stop (more…)

May 25, 2009

Why women stay in abusive relationships: Is this the right question?

CAROLYN’S COMPOSTITIONS

WHY WOMEN STAY IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS:

IS THIS THE RIGHT QUESTION?

      Why would a woman who’s been savagely beaten by her boyfriend run right back into his arms?

     That was the question people asked when singer Rihanna, who not only didn’t press charges after her boyfriend (singer Chris Brown) allegedly assaulted her in February, but may have even reconciled with him.

     It’s a question asked repeatedly by persons familiar with any abuse situation where the victim returns to a dangerous situation. And it’s a hard situation for most people to understand.

     Most often, the abused woman’s self-esteem is (more…)

May 8, 2009

The French military in America during the American Revolution: Part II

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THE FRENCH MILITARY IN AMERICA

DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Part II

French relations with women in America

 Newport, Rhode Island, played an important part in the American Revolution by housing military personnel who arrived from France to help the Americans. Excerpts from three journals, kept by Jean Francois Louis Clermont-Crèvecœur, comte de; Jean Baptiste Antoine de Verger, and Louis Alexandre Berthier, provide material for this second post on Newport, Rhode Island and American women. To read Part 1, click on The French military in America during the American Revolution Part 1.

      In 1780 women in America were very pale and seemingly frail. The men were “tall and well-built,” although some were big, fat and lacked vigor.

     This was according to diarist Jean Francois Louis Clermont-Crevecœur, one three French military officers in M. le Comte de Rochambeau’s army who kept journals which extensively described their observations and thoughts about Revolutionary America. The army spent the winter of 1780 in Newport, Rhode Island. Along with the other two diarists, Jean Baptiste Antoine de Verger and Louis Alexandre Berthier, Clermont-Crevecoeur recorded his keen observations about Americans and their dating/marriage habits. Observations from two other diarists, Prince de Broglie (in 1782) and Comte de Segure, add to the word picture painted by Clermont-Crevecoeur, Verger and Berthier.

     Americans had a lifespan of sixty years, Clermont-Crevecoeur wrote. Some rare residents lived to be (more…)

February 12, 2009

CANDIED VIOLETS: Remembering My Mother on Her Birthday

     While living in the home we built in Slippery Rock, in the midst of seventy acres, part of our experience is what many would describe as “back to earth.” We gardened, canned, kept chickens. We also had lots of violets that bloomed in the spring and in the fall. (click to view photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3271288076/ )
     It was the early seventies when I discovered that one could make what was considered a delicacy: candied violets, a violet blossom preserved by (more…)

July 17, 2008

SHOULD I REVEAL OR BURY THE FAMILY SECRET?

At the end of this post there is a question, which you can respond to. Thanks!

My head shot up as I unsuccessfully tried to hide my shock at my aunt Julia’s statement.
Had I heard her right? Noting my surprise, she repeated her statement.

“You know, Gary isn’t really John’s father,” she repeated.

I collected my thoughts by numbing my swirling emotions. I wanted to rehear the story my aunt just told me about my mother Melissa, my father Gary and my brother John.

“Your mother, Melissa, came barging into our house one day, chasing after Gary,” she began.  “She yelled out at him (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 14, 2008

BLOOD TYPECASTING: A TOOL FOR CHOOSING A MATE

Their eyes met across the room. He maneuvers slowly through the crowded bar to her side, and offers to buy her a drink. Things appear good.

Suddenly she asks: By the way, what’s your blood type?

Not your standard question, but it is a routine question (more…)

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