Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

March 23, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Just after 5:00 p. m. March 23 a tremendous early spring storm passed through Westmoreland County, in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Below are two photos:

Ice Pansies and Spring HailHail From an Early Spring Storm

Hail Dots a Woodsy Path

     To read more and view another photograph, click on http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/giant-hail-pounds-homes-dots-landscape/

 

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February 15, 2011

Witches to be Taxed in Romania & Memorialized in Scotland

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WITCHES TO BE TAXED IN ROMANIA

&

MEMORIALIZED IN SCOTLAND

 

Superstition is a serious matter in the land of Dracula.

     Romania’s beleaguered witches—soothsayers and fortune tellers—are “cursing a bill that threatens fines or even prison if their predictions don’t come true,” saying that they shouldn’t be blamed for the failure of their tools. “They can’t condemn witches, they should condemn the cards,’ said Queen Witch Bratara.

     The bill comes on the heels of the witches being taxed for their trade.

     According to the Associated Press article, Romanian officials are turning to witches to help the recession-hit country and crack down on tax evasion, while critics say the bill is a (more…)

February 9, 2011

Closing in on the Elusive Beatles

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CLOSING IN ON THE ELUSIVE BEATLES

On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles, with their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, made their first American television appearance—LIVE—on The Ed Sullivan Show.

    My friend Lois is considering visiting Liverpool, England, the birthplace of her beloved Beatles.

       

     I handed her an article describing the first person, a Canadian woman, to earn a master’s degree in Beatles studies. Lois now wants to (more…)

February 8, 2011

Snippits of Post Super Bowl XLV Conversation

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SNIPPITS OF POST SUPER BOWL XLV CONVERSATION

as heard in the local diner

I stopped at a local diner the morning after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV, and typed the following snippits of conversation about the game:

Didn’t you like the way the woman sang? (sarcastically)…It’s all part of the dumbing down of America…I thought they (the Pittsburgh Steelers) would win right up to the end… Big bodies hitting big bodies…He fumbled the ball…Bradshaw is (more…)

February 7, 2011

Protect Yourself: Photocopy the Cards in Your Wallet

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PROTECT YOURSELF:

PHOTOCOPY THE CARDS IN YOUR WALLET

     That time of year has passed—and my husband Monte and I haven’t done our “assigned task.”

     That is, the first month of 2011 is now history. Our task is  to (more…)

February 4, 2011

Are You Wearing Red Today?

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ARE YOU WEARING RED TODAY?

Today, February 4, 2011, is National Wear Red day is February 4, the day is when people wear RED to raise awareness for women’s heart health and the effect of heart disease on women.

While doing genealogy, I learned of a number of women in my ancestry who (more…)

February 2, 2011

His Highness, Punxsutawney Phil

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HIS HIGHNESS, PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL

     Just because Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, lays claim to the most famous groundhog of all, doesn’t mean that other groundhogs don’t exist. They are simply overshadowed by His Highness, Phil. A lesser creature, Indy-Andy, will make an appearance at a Groundhog Day breakfast being served this morning at St. Andrew’s Village in Indiana, Pennsylvania, a short distance from Punxsutawney. I wonder if Indy-Andy is a poor relation to His Highness?

      I wonder how many of the groundhogs in Southwestern Pennsylvania have personality complexes because they don’t have the (more…)

January 26, 2011

Fess Parker and the Coonskin Hat Craze

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FESS PARKER AND THE COONSKIN HAT CRAZE

     This week I received the following question by my new-found sister, Darlene: So, tell me about your “hats”.  I notice you almost always are wearing a hat   So begins our saga of getting to know one another… I referred her to my post Hats Make a Statement (since that answered her question).

     Although I am kind of late (I had the date wrong…) I am posting the following in celebration of National Hat Day, which was January 15, 2011:

The rugged six foot six inch actor, Fess Parker (1924-2010) sparked a (more…)

January 25, 2011

Horchata: What is It?

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HORCHATA: WHAT IS IT?

     While cleaning a kitchen cupboard, I pulled out a package that claimed to be horchata flavor drink. Like the tamarindo flavored drink mix, the only justification I can consider in having this is curiosity—what does this mysterious drink taste like? and what is it?—and that the price was marked down from an already sale price of $2.30 to $.0.75.

     Delicia, the package said. Makes 1.4 gallons.

     Instructions for this beverage were given in an unknown foreign language, and English. It appeared to be similar to the powdered drinks we are more familiar with.

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     A liquid craze is sweeping across our nation from the south.  This infectious drink has been carried across continents and language barriers, through millenniums, and by all types of people.  I also hear it is trendy in (more…)

January 23, 2011

National Pie Day

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January 23, 2011–11:11 p.m.: -2 degrees, clear,

part of day was sunny

NATIONAL PIE DAY

     ‘Twould be nice to be in Rockland, Maine, today, where their seventh annual National Pie Day event is featuring more than twenty-two venues serving pie samples. This is not the average pie-in-the-sky event. Rockland’s inns and restaurants are serving everything from Shepherd’s Pie to a number of gourmet Pizza Pies to sweet and savory Italian Galettes and seafood pies. Proceeds from the event will support the food pantry.(for further info, see link at end of this post).

     Meanwhile, while clearing out old magazines, I came across the following pie statistics in the November 2007 (yes, 2007, page 39) Redbook Magazine:

  • 24 % of Americans say their favorite pie is (more…)
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