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September 11, 2010

9/11

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Cathi Rhodes posted the following poem in the comments box at the end of FLIGHT 93 CRASH SITE MEMORIAL posted on www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com . I took the liberty of posting it in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine.  Carolyn

You have to understand that at the time, I lived in the peaceful country in Stahlstown, not far from Shanksville. I quite often admired the open sky and used my telescope frequently. On this particular night, I was so moved that I HAD to write, as a catharsis, to help me deal with this tragedy. This is my poem.

9/11

Cathi Rhodes

The sky is quiet…and eerie…and still.

Only the stars give their light

For the innocent and uncounted souls

That ascended to Heaven before night.

A world in shock of a nation’s attack

Finds it so hard to believe

That evil (more…)

August 4, 2010

Post World War I Issues

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POST WORLD WAR I ISSUES

Ashley

     Many issues rose to the surface during the aftermath of World War I. This time span, from 1918 to 1929, was filled with chaos and conflict. Three of the most eminent problems, ranking from the worst to the least problematic, were the issues of labor, the “red scare”, and racial tensions. 

     The most problematic issue after World War I was the unrest of the labor force. Labor problems reflect the unstableness of the economy, which clearly points out the weakness during this era. At the end of World War I, government agencies withdrew their control from the American economy, which released the restricted demands. While people hurried to buy goods which were rationed during the war, businesses increased the prices of their products. The result of this difference was swift inflation, or price increases, on the economy.

     An epidemic of strikes swept across the nation as a result of (more…)

February 2, 2010

River Song: Part 3

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RIVER SONG Part 3

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. To read Part 1, click on: River Song: Part 1 .  For Part 2, click on: River Song: Part 2

     Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the final post of  River Song. Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

          The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

      After graduating from high school, Joan matriculated at Pomona College, a small college in California established to educate westerners in the New England liberal arts tradition.  Here she majored in sociology and art.

            After completing her degree, she and several friends went to Europe.  Eventually she settled in Paris for two years, where she studied etching at a private studio.  Having finished her course of study, she decided to stay on for two more years, working as a secretary in the American Consulate.  When her job was upgraded to that of personnel assistant, she was able to take a position with the State Department in Germany.

            Finally returning to the United States, she soon met her future husband, Charles, a native of Western Pennsylvania.

            “After I married, my focus was on my family,” she says.  I wasn’t ready for a career in art.”

            These days, having reared two sons and two daughters, Joan has more time to (more…)

January 21, 2010

River Song: Part 2

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RIVER SONG Part 2

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. To read Part 1, click on: River Song: Part 1 . Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the final post of River Song.

     Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

          The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            While most gardeners despise the ubiquitous weeds, Joan welcomes these unwanted guests with open gloves.  Smiling, she says, “Everything was a weed at first.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a garden of weeds!  When I go out in early spring, I see everything bare.  I start to plant seeds and I can feel the weed seeds saying, ‘We were here first!’”  

            Her present reading list includes Weeds of the Northeast.  But unlike the authors, who wrote the text to help readers identify and destroy unwanted plants, Joan uses the book as a field guide, locating one of her favorites, the Pennsylvania smart weed, which, to her delight, has taken over the pumpkin patch across the road from the farmhouse.

            “When you give a weed a name, it acquires (more…)

January 18, 2010

River Song: Part 1

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RIVER SONG Part 1

Tim Landy

     Tim’s story is posted in three parts. Revisit the Beanery Online Literary Magazine to read the coming two posts that complete River Song.

     Or, for your convenience, subscribe to this site by typing your e-mail address in the SUBSCRIPTION box in the upper right hand column of this site. You will receive a return e-mail asking you to confirm the subscription. Your e-mail will not be publicized.

     The subject of this article is a fascinating woman who lives on the line between nature’s chaotic and man’s organized worlds.

            When friends stop by Joan Patterson’s weathered farmhouse in late summer or early autumn, more than likely she’ll be in her garden, puttering with her perennials or picking vegetables or resting in her favorite spot: a shadowy bower at the end of a winding path.

            For Joan, this dome-shaped shelter, formed from bowed saplings and cloaked in spiraling bean plants and morning glories, is the center of her miniature Eden.  The garden, in turn, is the (more…)

January 14, 2010

Deborah Nelson: Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

DEBORAH NELSON: PULITZER PRIZE WINNING JOURNALIST

Carolyn C. Holland

 ANNOUNCEMENT:

Deborah Nelson is speaking in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Investigative Journalism in a Democracy

Friday, February 5th

7:30 to 9:30 p. m.

Open to the public. No fee

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley

Rt. 3 east of Ligonier

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Still Untitled Lecture

Thursday, February 4th

7:00 p. m.

Open to the public. No fee

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Revisit this site for updated information

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     Deborah Nelson, co-winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a report on abuses in HUD’s Indian housing program (Seattle Times), also worked on two other Pulitzer-winning projects: the deadly accident record of the Harrier jump jet (Los Angeles Times), and the children who died while in Washington D. C.’s child welfare system.

     In autumn 2006, Nelson opted to leave her newspaper job, the Washington investigative editor for the Los Angeles Times, in order to take a faculty position at the Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. She had spent thirty years (more…)

November 2, 2009

Apologize to a Vet

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APOLOGIZE TO A VET
Joe F. Stierheim

     Last year I attended a meeting on Veterans’ Day. Before the meeting started, one of the attendees came up to me, hand extended in friendship. “Thank you,” she said.
     “For what?” I asked, genuinely confused.
     “You’re a veteran, aren’t you? Veterans are supposed to be thanked on Veterans’ Day.”
     It wasn’t until after the end of the meeting—after I had had a chance to get my thoughts in order—that I talked to my friend a second time.
     “I appreciate you doing what you thought you should,” I said, “but next Veterans’ Day, don’t thank me or any other veteran. Instead, (more…)

May 18, 2009

History reridden—The Pony Express

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HISTORY RERIDDEN: THE PONY EXPRESS

Ronald J. Shafer

        The morning sun still hung low in the sky as the Chevy pickup pulled into the parking area, where a small sign read “Pony Express Stop.” Rider 278 looked at one of the spaces near the front, then remembered the trailer he towed. He eased the truck and trailer onto the grass at the edge of the lot, walked to the back of the trailer, and lowered the ramp, before glancing toward the intersection of routes 30 and 981. Not many cars on the road today, he thought, running a hand through his blond hair. Maybe folks are celebrating the Fourth of July a day early.

     He walked inside, talked to his horse and patted the pinto before backing the animal down the ramp. As usual, the gelding didn’t (more…)

March 11, 2009

The Battle for Peace: A Book Review

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THE BATTLE FOR PEACE: A Book Review

Joe F. Stierheim    

 

     In the book The Battle for Peace by Zinni & Koltz, it tells about a man who went from a young lieutenant in Vietnam to Commander-in-Chief of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Retired Marine General Tony Zinni has viewed combat from every perspective. He has also had direct involvement in humanitarian efforts in nations suffering from the onset of disease and natural disasters as well as political strife. All of these experiences have led him to advocate (more…)