Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

January 15, 2011

Marilyn Van Derbur & Erika Dunlap: Past Miss Americas


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

(January 15, 2011–5:45 p.m.: 33 degrees, overcast, no falling precip)

MARILYN VAN DERBUR & ERIKA DUNLAP:

PAST MISS AMERICAS

     There she was, Miss America…

     The headline announced the 90th Miss America Pageant, airing at 9:00 p.m. tonight on ABC-TV. Not that I’m a fan of the contest. I do recall that in the past I’ve viewed a few of them. However, there are usually more preferable things to do in life that watch a beauty pageant. But then, that’s just me.

     However, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet two past Miss Americas in person.

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MARILYN VAN DERBUR: 1958 MISS AMERICA

     My video tape collection contains a Marilyn van Derbur message on her experience as a survivor of child incest. I was accompanied with two members of the Jamestown (PA) Family Support Program when I attended her personal presentation in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s. She continues her message of hope for incest victims today. Her April 17, 2009, videotape can be viewed at: http://www.123people.com/ext/frm?ti=person%20finder&search_term=marilyn%20van%20derbur&search_country=US&st=person%20finder&target_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.masterzico.com%2F2010%2F11%2Fmarilyn-van-derbur-atler-sex-abuse.html&section=blog&wrt_id=262

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ERIKA DUNLAP: MISS AMERICA 2004

 
 

Carolyn, Erika Dunlap, Monte

 

     On January 19, 2009, my husband Monte and I attended a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania).  Miss America 2004, Erika Dunlap, presented an address titled Higher Expectations: Encouraging Young Women to Soar to a Higher Level.  Erika, a country music entertainer, is an active advocate for diversity who conducted seminars at the University that day.

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     Holding the title Miss America provides a woman with a venue to instill a chosen message to women and American citizens. These two former Miss Americas are doing just that.

     As you view the 90th Miss America broadcast, remember that us “common” women, who have no such titles enabling us to pass on healing and growth messages to young people, can still have an influence on others—one drop at a time, perhaps, rather than ponds full of drops. However, even one drop ripples out into the world in a butterfly-wing effect. I suggest we can all take our lead from these women, and work to pass our best on to future generations.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

 When Children’s Service Agencies Won’t Respond to Complaints

How to Get Help for a Child

Skidding on Thin Ice Camouflaged by New-Fallen Snow

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

Statistical Analysis of My WordPress.com Blog 

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com

 

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