April 19, 2014

WP Photo Challenge 4/18/2014: On Top



WordPress Photo Challenge 4/18/2014:

 The WP Photo Challenge for April 18, 2014 is on top—your take on a monument (broadly defined)…anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.

On top of Schoodic Mountain—215 years after the main character of my novel-under-construction climbed to the top. Madame de Leval wanted to view her promised land, land she had a tentative contract to purchase, up to 220,000 acres in Downeast Maine, Hancock and Washington Counties. This photo was taken when my husband, niece’s family, and I climbed Schoodic Mountain to see Madame’s promised land. It was a monumental climb for both Madame and myself. [Read more: OH, TO CLIMB SCHOODIC MOUNTAIN (Maine)]

The view was captivating

The view was captivating

How can a cat feel powerful, monumental? By sleeping on her master’s paperwork. (Read more: Little Dog (a cat) Adopts Us)

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Perhaps we are all sacrificial beings in this world. This photo (which I obviously didn’t take myself) is me lying on the sacrificial table at Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire. How monumental is that?  (Read more: Stonehenge in Salem, New Hampshire)



January 17, 2010

November 4, 2009

Climb Mt. Everest? Not Me!



     High at the top of my list of the things I won’t accomplish in this lifetime is joining the minority part of humanity, an estimated 2,000 persons, who successfully scaled Mount Everest. Climbers, including a 71-year-old Japanese man, a climber with an artificial leg, and a teenaged boy, have reached the summit since 1953.

     In 2007 more than “239 people had already climbed the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) summit from the Nepali side and the rest from Tibet,” according to Sherpa. The previous record was 470 people who made their journey in the 2006 spring climbing season.
     Historians say that many people have conquered the summit more than once, meaning that the number of ascents is likely much higher than 2,000. At least 202 people have died trying to reach the top. (To read this article click on

     Living in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains I do climb Laurel Mountain on a regular basis (click on That is, I drive or ride up the twisty paved road to the top of the mountain, which is close to (more…)

February 10, 2008



Carolyn’s Online Magazine (COMe) in January 2015.

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I am writing a historic romance novel in which one scene will be about an independent French land speculator, Madame Rosalie de la Val, seeking to purchase land in Lamoine, Maine. In order to see the land, she climbs Schoodic Mountain. Thus, the last time my husband Monte and I visited Maine, we too climbed Schoodic Mountain. Below is a journal of our trek up the big hill.  —Carolyn C. Holland

On Saturday, October 7, 2006. Monte and I climbed Maine’s coastline Schoodic Mountain with my niece Erin, her husband Greg and their two children, Paige (seven) and Morgan (five), who live in a coastal Maine town. It was my suggestion. I wanted to see and experience what the main character in the first part of my novel, Madame Rosalie de la Val, saw and experienced when she climbed the mountain in 1791 to survey lands she was speculating on.  (to read the rest of this article, click on  
Oh, to Climb Schoodic Mtn.) (more…)

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