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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…)

September 10, 2010

The Twin Towers

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THE TWIN TOWERS

M. I. Marcum

     The World Trade Center, from its earliest conception, held a unique place in the heart of New Yorkers. There were many opposed to the project because it would diminish their cherished landmark, the Empire State Building. Others were excited by the challenge of building, not one but two monuments of such unknown scale.

     The Twin Towers, as they became known, slowly rose higher and higher until they overshadowed the skyline of Manhattan. They could be seen for miles. It was difficult to encompass the scale of their massiveness as you stood looking up from ground level.

     Still, many were reluctant to embrace them as part of the New York City, which they knew and loved. Others streamed to take the ride to the very heights. My sister was one of those people. She described to me an adventure, an experience of incomparable wonder. She insisted I visit the restaurant located on the very top floor to enjoy what she had seen. I promised I would one day.

     The years went by. The Towers became not just tourist attractions but an important piece of New York’s business and commerce, employing thousands of people that streamed to its offices from surrounding states and boroughs and Long Island. People you saw on the Long Island Railroad, on the expressway, in the restaurants, at the hot dog stands, shopping at Macy’s.

     Then on that beautiful September day, the Towers (more…)

March 8, 2010

A Chilean’s Thoughts on the Chilean Earthquake

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A CHILEAN’S THOUGHTS ON THE CHILEAN EARTHQUAKE

Rafael Alejandro Jara

Rafael is one of the Beanery Online Literary Magazine contributors. A student in Florida, he was born in Santiago, Chili, which he left as a young child. Watch for his profile in the May 1, 2010, Beanery Writers Newsletter. Below is his response to the question asking his thoughts on the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that occurred February 27, 2010.

     I imagine that the Chilean earthquake disaster has consumed the concern of all Chileans this week, especially the million of them who live abroad and watch with frustration and pity at the plight of their country. They also watch the dissipating media attention that encourages the aid and support that is necessary to avert a situation of rapid and fatal deterioration, particularly in Concepcion and the coastal towns ruined by flood. 

     I have spent many hours already in shame and frustration at the inaction of my fellow Muslims in responding to the situation, especially after showing such rigor in assisting Haiti after its monstrous earthquake.  But I have also been warmed by 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…)

October 20, 2009

G-20 Poem

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G-20 POEM

Kathleen Clark

Oh, the G-20. 

My thoughts for a penny!

Here come the troopers

Those party poopers!

We were just hangin’ around

Not makin’ a sound

All peaceful and quiet like

Still we got a strike!

Just lettin’ our banner speak for us

So really – – – what’s all the fuss?

(Then there were all the others who really proved nothing by breaking windows & causing havoc – to the tune of $50,000)

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