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November 15, 2010

Rhode Island: Part 1

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Carolyn Cornell Holland

RHODE ISLAND Part 1

     What comes in the smallest packages, the cliché inquires.

     And the cliché answers: the best things.

     Egotist that I can be, I note that I must be a “best thing” since I was introduced to the world in Rhode Island, the smallest state.

     A 2010 Rhode Island election issue made me realize how ignorant I am about my natal state. The controversy was, and remains, the state’s name: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Some Rhode Islanders want to drop and Providence Plantations—making the official name just Rhode Island. Of course I wrote a post about it: Change the Name of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations?

     But then I wondered what else I didn’t know about the state, which is a whole lot, starting with the names of the Native American tribes.

MIANTONOMI HILL IN NEWPORT

     I was familiar with Miantonomi Hill in Newport (to view photo click on http://www.flickr.com/photos/beaneryonlineliterarymagazine/2294677309/). But did the name Miantonomi belong to an Indian tribe or was he an Indian Chief?

     The first Indian tribe, alphabetically, was the Cowesetts. So that’s the source of the name of the Cowesett Cemetery in Brocton, Massachusetts, where my grandmother Cornell is buried. Then there is the Narragansett tribe, familiar because of Narrangasett Bay. The homestead of my 1600 ancestors, Thomas and Rebecca Cornell, fronted on this bay. I was slightly familiar with the Niantic, Nipmuc, and Pocasset tribal names. However, I’d never heard of the Manisses, Moswansicut, Pawtuxet, Sakonnet, Tunky, or Wampanoag tribes.

     Further research uncovered the fact that Miantonomi was an Indian chief, one of two (the other was Canonicus) from whom Roger Williams purchased land. Williams named his settlement (more…)

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June 12, 2010

Flag Man (Bob Cornell) Shivers

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FLAG MAN (BOB CORNELL) SHIVERS

Sonny Schwartz*

FLAG DAY IS ALWAYS JUNE 14. This year I’m posting a newspaper column Sonny Schwartz wrote about my father, Robert William Cornell.

Yesterday was Bob Cornell’s day.

Nah, not his birthday. That was May 28.

Nor the anniversary of his retirement from the Navy after 30 years of active and inactive service. That was June 4, 1971.

Flag flying on (or near) the original Cornell homestead, Portsmouth (Middletown), R. I.

Yesterday was Flag Day.

And on Flag Day, the former U. S. Navy chief aviation photographer stands tall.

Tall-ship tall…

Cornell, you see, is a flag fanatic, though he winces at the categorization.

And it’s the American Flag, good Old Glory, that turns Cornell on and sends star-spangled bannered shivers down his spine.

Now don’t think for a moment that Bob Cornell is your ordinary inveterate flag buff.

He’s much more than that. Much more.

He eats, drinks, talks, walks, breathes and sleeps the American Flag.

Cornell’s a veritable human book of knowledge when it comes to the U. S. Flag, a subject he’s studied with intensity since (more…)

May 11, 2010

Immigration is Positive for the USA

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IMMIGRATION IS POSITIVE FOR THE USA

I observe with regret that the law for the admission of foreigners was not passed during this session, as it is an important moment to press the sale and settlement of our lands. From a letter written by William Bingham to Gen Henry Jackson, April 9, 1793*

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     From the birth of the United States into the present time, immigration has had advocates. In the 1790s, immigration was supported by land speculators, who hoped to make it rich by settling their lands with immigrants.

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     My interest in immigration issues was piqued during my research for a historic journal paper and a historic romance novel, both set in the 1790s. Many of the characters in my novel—including Gen. Henry Knox, Col. William Duer, Gen. Henry Jackson, Madame Rosalie de Leval, even Pres. George Washington—were land speculators. Except for Washington, they favored immigration to supply the settlers to fulfill their land purchase contracts.

     In Roy L. Garis’s book on immigration** I discovered the “great immigration” controversy that existed in the decades immediately following the American Revolution.

     My intention is not to indicate any personal preference or bias in the immigration issue. It is to present both sides of the issue as found in early United States documents. This post offers immigration pros. To read the negative views of immigration click on Immigration is Negative for the USA.

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In William Penn’s time (starting 1682), all immigrants, regardless of their religious or ethnic background were welcomed. (In Philadelphia) Quaker immigrants arriving in need of financial assistance were given or lent money interest free, but the others (who were not Quakers) became the responsibility of the city. The Friends established the first alms house in the city in 1713…Poor of all faiths lived there in cottages and were encouraged to work. In 1717 the Assembly ordered that a “workhouse” for the colony be built in Philadelphia within three years. With the Friends’ alms house meeting much of the need, public officials continuously delayed construction. The first public alms house finally opened in 1732…it had separate facilities for the indigent and the insane, and also an infirmary…#

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     As early the 1730s, Samuel Waldo encouraged immigration: (due to) certain difficulties having arisen in regard to the Muscongus Patent (Maine)…thirty miles square—about a million acres…between the Penobscot and Muscongus Rivers…one-half the patent…set off in 1762…was bestowed on (Samuel Waldo)…he subsequently became proprietor of five-sixths of the entire patent…thereafter known as the Waldo Patent…he planned and executed measures for peopling (this land)…(he) invited immigration

(to continue reading, click on http://intertwinedlove.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/immigration-is-positive-for-the-usa/ )

ADDITIONAL READING:

Intertwined Love: Novel Synopsis— http://intertwinedlove.wordpress.com/intertwined-love-the-novel/

Immigration is Negative for the USA

Doing Historical Research in Philadelphia

Eyes in shades of purple

Dog Fighting & Cock Fighting: Cultural Phenomenon?

From the Bastille to Cinderella

February 17, 2010

I Lost My Son on a Greyhound Bus

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I LOST MY SON ON A GREYHOUND BUS

Part 1

In 1974 my husband, Monte, was employed in his first career: a university professor teaching physics. That summer he attended a six-week workshop in Berkeley, California.

I planned on traveling to Berkeley with our two young children, Sandy, four and Nolan, two and a half.

Actually, it was supposed to be a vacation for Monte and I. The plan was to let the children stay with our friends, Wayne and Shirl Murray. Our two families had adopted each other as family, and the children often stayed with them. However, Sandy and Nolan missed Monte, his being away so long, so we decided I should bring them with me to California. A cross-country Greyhound bus trip would be an adventure. Little did I know how much of an adventure it would be!

Shirl drove us from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, to (more…)

January 22, 2010

Earthquakes in Maine?

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EARTHQUAKES IN MAINE?

     On January 12,2010, Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake that measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale. It was followed by some one hundred aftershocks, the worst of which, registered 6.1 and occurred on January 21.          Amidst the reports of the tragedy, I pondered what earthquake risks existed where I currently live: Southwestern Pennsylvania. I have a faint recall of minor tremors occurring one time while living in Slippery Rock (between 1969-1982). In 1998, while living in New Castle, a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Western Pennsylvania*. Of this, I recall people telling of their china closets and windows rattling.    Between fall 2006 and spring 2007, a sequence of earthquakes took place near the town of Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine**. We were traveling along our typical coastal route between Newport, Rhode Island and Lamoine Beach, Maine. I was a little bit nervous about it, but we went anyway. Below is the journal entry I wrote about being there at that time. 

     October 10, 2006: from the Ellsworth Public Library, in Ellsworth, Maine.

     Although I really wanted to travel to Lamoine, Maine, this visit was filled with trepidation and apprehension.

     While in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a town we always visited during our New England travels because it was my childhood hometown, my husband and I heard rumblings on news reports about an earthquake on Mount Desert Island—the location of Bar Harbor. The island is just across the Narrows, the strip of water separating Mount Desert Island from Maine’s mainland. Lamoine Beach, our final destination, is on the eastern end of the Narrows, where it borders onto Frenchman Bay.

     I thought about the California folks who routinely experience earthquakes, then about the Maine people for whom the natural phenomenon is not common. It couldn’t have been anything to be concerned about. There were no news reports about further earthquake events that (more…)

December 7, 2009

Pearl Harbor: A 1942 Radio Broadcast Script

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PEARL HARBOR : A 1942 RADIO BROADCAST SCRIPT

My files on my grandfather, Albert C. Briskay*, include a script from an NBC radio broadcast that contained interviews from non-military personnel, including my grandfather, at the Navy Yard in Pearl Harbor. Below is the text of Briskay’s part of the interview.

View photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3899210556/in/photostream/

NAVY YARD BROADCAST

KGU to NBC

1100-1115 – Wednesday, March 18, 1942

WAHL: Remember Pearl Harbor? This broadcast comes to you from the pulsating heart of that gigantic mid-Pacific naval base, 2200 miles west and south of San Francisco. Until three months ago, Pearl Harbor was just a name! Today it is a legend…..the place where our war began.  Here are all the complex activities that comprise a naval base.

And there are men – thousands of them – civilian workers – who ready the ships for new jobs at sea when they come in from scouring the seventy million square miles of this Pacific battle front. For every man at sea there must be (more…)

March 11, 2009

Kathy Kelly, of Voices of Wilderness: On Peace

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KATHY KELLY, of VOICES OF WILDERNESS: ON PEACE

     Today’s e-mail brought an announcement that peace activist and educator Kathy Kelly will be the Sister Mary Schmidt Lecture Series speaker on March 24, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. (See end of this post for further information). Kathy helps coordinate the Voices for a Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic warfare against Iraq. This three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has participated in nonviolent direct action teams in Haiti, Bosnia, and Iraq.
     When my husband Monte and I were traveling New England in the fall of  2003, we found ourselves in Lewisberg, Maine. There, I spotted a meeting announcement on a grocery store bulletin board. The speaker was Kathy Kelly. Below is my journal entry on that evening.

 
     One night I suggested to Monte that we attend a meeting where a woman from Iraq was speaking about her experiences being in that country during the war. Since the meeting was preceded by a pot-luck dinner, we purchased an adorable yellow-iced cake with brown mice on it. After all, we were traveling and our cooking facilities were limited.  (view photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3347179523/in/photostream/ )
     When we arrived, the activity seemed very loosely run, so much so that I felt uncomfortable. No one seemed to know what was (more…)

February 16, 2009

FIRST, DO NO HARM…THE SULEMAN OCTUPLET CASE

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FIRST, DO NO HARM…THE SULEMAN OCTUPLET CASE

     Much controversy surrounds the birth of octuplets born to Nadya Suleman on January 26, 2009.
     Suleman is a single mother of six children under the age of seven, that she suffered a work-related back injury, and that she receives food stamps are undisputable facts. Suleman and her parents relate conflicting stories about (more…)

January 21, 2009

PORTAPOTTY PROBLEMS DURING THE 2009 INAUGURATION

Click on PONDERING THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION PORTAPOTTY PROBLEM or visit www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com  to read about the porta-potty problem in Washington, D. C. on January 20, 2009.

Now that the Inauguration is over, would anyone who was there care to comment (in the comment box below) on the ease or difficulty of this problem during the event?

ADDITIONAL READING:
www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/
www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com
I HAVE A PERMIT TO CARRY…

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS & WRITER’S EVENTS: January 9, 2009

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part I: VOCABULARY TEST

WORDS OF THE YEAR 2008 Part II: VOCABULARY DEFINITIONS

INTEGRITY: A JOURNALISTIC CODE OF ETHICS REVIEW

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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

December 3, 2008

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES

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THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES    

 

     When I wrote THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There? I had just completed a historical journal article, and found I needed to renumber the footnotes. A simple task. However, I discovered I had numourous errors, including having two items footnoted in my article but not locatable in my list. Thus, I was unable to complete editing the footnotes before Thanksgiving. Sad, since one of my landmarks was to (more…)

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