Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 21, 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

with Monte W. Holland

 Earth has hosted more than seven billion persons…

Earth has been decorated by an uncountable number of snowflakes…

Only God could create each uniquely.

Each year since 1972 I our family has substituted a handcrafted ornament for a Christmas card. This year, 2011, I chose a snowflake cutout for a theme (it truly is truth that all we need to know we learn in kindergarten…so true, I thought, as I cut out paper folded snowflakes).

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     The snowflake is noted for its uniqueness. Each of us is made in the image of God, but are still quite unique. As startling as the similarities of appearance of Darlene to her newly discovered family members, these folks are distinctly different. You all know how different Carolyn and I are. And we are enriched by differences. When it comes to hockey, don’t expect to converse with Carolyn. I have to talk to my friend Lois. When it comes to writing, Carolyn can count on conversing with a number of friends. And yet in spite of our differences we never lose sight of the fact that we are created in God’s image and called to live responsible lives. If we celebrate Christmas, we acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh and made all the difference in the world for us and all of humanity.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

Christmas Letter 2009

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 20, 2011

Journal: December 20, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

JOURNAL: DECEMBER 20, 2011

     Today began slowly, since I woke up three times last night. My plans for the day included picking up a book I’d ordered—a neighbor’s brother wrote it, she picked it up from him, and it will be a Christmas present for my son-in-law. Then I planned on heading to a drugstore in Latrobe where they have a print sale, fifty pictures for $5.99. It works well with my Christmas gift for the grandsons. I had run through seven years of their pictures last night, and before I left this morning I weaned them down to twenty five photos each. The  album I purchased for them holds ten, so each will have fifteen more for another small album after choosing which ones they would like to speak to in the gift album (it has the capability to speak into it, recording a story for each photo).

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     Arriving at the drugstore, I positioned myself at the kiosk, slipped my flash drive in, and discovered that the machine didn’t consider folders. The pictures were jumbled with a great many more on the drive, and it was impossible to sort through them. This, after I had carefully sorted what I needed to print into neat folders (the drugstore I usually use will present pictures by folders, but it didn’t have the great sale price and it was much further away).

     Perhaps due to the great number of pictures on my flash the kiosk crashed. It had to be turned off and rebooted. Meanwhile, I renumbered the fifty pictures so I could identify them in the masses of other pictures.

     I removed the flash drive and attempted to drop the unneeded pictures onto my laptop, but the laptop is full. No room for the pictures.

     After the machine rebooted I tried again.  The kiosk crashed again, so I pulled out the flash drive and thought of another way to accomplish my goal. Meanwhile, before the busy store clerk could reboot again, the kiosk set itself back to the beginning step.

     I pulled out another flash drive. I was lucky. It had lots of space so I dumped the pictures I wanted onto it, and removed the few pictures it contained onto the original flash. Then I chose the particular pictures, edited them, and ordered them.

     The kiosk wasn’t printing the pictures. Help, I notified the clerk. She reassured me that they were being printed in the back of the photo area, not on the kiosk up front. It would take a half hour or forty-five minutes.

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     I decided to go to the Chinese restaurant several stores down from the drugstore. The Goldenwok (in the Latrobe 30 Plaza) treated me very well, even when I said I just needed a place to relax, and perhaps to write, while I waited for the pictures. I ordered a pot of tea and an egg roll, with apologies, and then discovered my phone was dead, so I couldn’t call Monte. I took it to the car to charge it and returned to the Goldenwok.

      The egg roll was delicious, just the touch I needed for comfort eating. The atmosphere was calming and pleasant.

     As I readied to leave the Goldenwok the waitress presented me with a fortune cookie, which I didn’t expect because I wasn’t behaving like a regular customer, but someone who just needed a place to crash for almost an hour.

     I spent my time in the restaurant writing this post.

     I left, picked up my pictures and went on my way.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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December 19, 2011

Seeming Pauper Donates Two Million to a Church

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SEEMING PAUPER DONATES

TWO MILLION TO A CHURCH

     He was a simple man who drove an old pickup truck, lived in a trailer without running water, and kept to himself.

     But he wasn’t poor. Upon his death he left a small rural church two million dollars.

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     John Ferguson died in January 2007 at the age of seventy-one. The recipient of his gift was eighty-member Hopewell United Methodist Church in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

     The frugal man’s will was short and simple—one paragraph—that said everything should go to the church that his mother attended faithfully until (more…)

December 18, 2011

Birthday Dinner at Mountain Palace in Bolivar, PA

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BIRTHDAY DINNER AT

MOUNTAIN PALACE, IN BOLIVAR, PA.

 

     A light snow fell as we traveled to Bolivar, Pennsylvania, about a twenty minute drive from our Laurel Mountain foothills home. My husband Monte suggested we have dinner there because the weekend of my birthday was filled with meetings and engagements, thus we couldn’t fit it in.

     The Mountain Palace is a new Chinese restaurant hidden in the rural region about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. Located in a former home, it specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine. The house also contains a small Chinese art museum.

     While we were eating a young couple entered, bearing a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts for the mother of owner Lacy Cai, M. D., Ph. D. I was able to capture the event on camera:

     I hope to do a post on the restaurant later, on my regular writing blog site, but for now I wanted to share the happy occasion.

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 17, 2011

Sam McDowell and Cheers Character Sam Malone

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SAM McDOWELL AND

CHEERS CHARACTER SAM MALONE

     I don’t know why, but I enjoy the television sitcom Cheers. Its characters and introductory song appeal to me. A somewhat different appeal is its setting—Boston—although other shows are set there and I do not watch them.

     What I didn’t know is that the character Sam Malone is based on a real life person, Sam McDowell, a six-foot five-inch man having a sixteen-year Major League Baseball career.

    He pitched his first game for the (more…)

December 16, 2011

Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS 2011

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE:  SELF-PORTRAIT

 

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

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December 15, 2011

Warning About Fires at Christmas Time and in Cold Weather

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

WARNING ABOUT FIRES

AT CHRISTMAS TIME AND IN COLD WEATHER

      “Get out of the house!” says 5 year old Matthew King.  He knew what to do when his mom woke him up Tuesday morning.* 

      Their house was in flames following an explosion caused by gas surrounding a furnace when it clicked on. To read the post, a warning about fires during the Christmas holidays and when the cold weather season begins click on Christmas…Time for Food, Fun, Gifts, and…Fires .

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

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December 14, 2011

The Name Carolyn

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THE NAME CAROLYN

 What’s in a name?

   My name, that is.

Carolyn.

      It is uncommon enough to be somewhat unique, but it is common enough so it does not get confusing and is not considered weird.*

    All through my school years, including college, I never had a classmate with the same name. Then I lived in Atlanta, Georgia, for three years. While shopping in a department store I heard my name called over the loudspeaker. I looked around and several other women were also were looking—their name was also Carolyn!

     Now, in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, when I shop at the local grocery store I’m apt to hear my name called over the loudspeaker. I do a double take before I recall that one of the store personnel is named Carolyn…to continue reading click on December 13, 2011 at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

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ADDITIONAL READING:

A Story Using The Letters in My Name

CAROLYN

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December 13, 2011

All’s Not Lost Re Bernie Fine

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

 ALL’S NOT LOST RE BERNIE FINE

     Sex abuse allegations against Bernie Fine, fired assistant men’s basketball coach at Syracuse University, cannot bring charges. The legal statute of limitations on the claims of two men bar prosecution.

     In spite of this a New York district attorney found the two men who brought the charges are credible.

     However, all is not lost. People are now (more…)

December 12, 2011

Three Simple, Healthy Horderves

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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

THREE SIMPLE, HEALTHY HORDERVES

     In reading the newspaper this month I came across the following recipes I thought would be useful if I need to create some horderves:

SMOKED SALMON ON ROASTED POTATO ROUNDS

Roast sliced potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper at 375-degrees ntil golden. Cool. Top with smoked salmon, low-fat Greek yogurt, and fresh dill.

SALAD IN A GLASS

 Pour a bit of your favorite (more…)

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