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June 4, 2011

We Were Off

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WE WERE OFF

G. David Schwartz

To a foreign county we were off

We don’t know their lingo enough

And as everybody answers

You can’t know it ‘til you life the words

So off to the villas and towns

To speak in the native surrounds

Ready? Here we are. Get out of (more…)

August 1, 2010

A Trip From Long Ago

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A TRIP FROM LONG AGO

Fran

     I must hurry and brush my hair, my teeth, get dressed and wake up my sister. Today we leave for a train trip to California!  I’m 7 so this seems much more exciting to me than to my parents. We pile into the Kaiser (it’s a wonderful green/yellow hard top), and get to Boston early in the morning.

     I have to have help to climb aboard the train, it seems very large to me at the time. The Porter, named Bill, explains to me that the ice cream vendor will (more…)

September 21, 2009

Destination: Ligonier (PA)

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DESTINATION: LIGONIER (PA)

Sally Shirey

     It is difficult to trace the growth of the hospitality industry in the Ligonier Valley without noting the attendant development of transportation across the region as well.

     The Ligonier Valley was the first stopping place west of the Allegheny Mountains for settlers seeking new lives after the defeat of the French in 1758.  Those earliest pioneers followed the primitive Forbes Road, rough and barely wide enough for their wagons.  Settlements and towns first developed near (more…)

July 13, 2009

Oh, no! Stranded in India

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OH, NO! STRANDED IN INDIA

Joney

     I was almost stranded at a station in a village whose name I couldn’t pronounce. I was teaching in the southern part of India, in a place called Tamil Nadu, at a small village. It was at a 7,000 foot level in the mountains. Mountains are called “ghats.” The village was Kodaikanal and the school was Kodaikanal International School.

    We had a long Christmas vacation so students could travel to their home country for their vacations. The students were all boarding students from many countries. I wanted to see as much of India as I could at this time. A young Indian piano teacher, Roger, friend of mine, said he lived in Kalimpong. Kalimpong is on the boarder of Napal.  

    “Sure, I would love to meet your family.”

     Roger already had his train ticket. I bought a train ticket. I was put in a cabin with three men!—–in a different car than my friend was in. The trip lasted four days. I had a top bunk. I climbed up and watched the men. One was an (more…)

November 21, 2008

MOTHER TERESA: IN MEMORIAM

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MOTHER TERESA: IN MEMORIAM

Mustang Sally

On one anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death, Mustang Sally sent the Beanery Writers Group members an excerpt on her from the book  Mustang Sally’s Guide to World Bicycle Touring. It was a telling of Mustang Sally’s meeting with Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa was born in Skopje Macedonia. She was seven years old when her father was murdered and her family fell into poverty. She decided to follow in the footsteps of the Irish missionary nuns who educated her. She trained in Dublin Ireland at age 18. Her first assignment was in Calcutta, India, where she taught high school and worked her way to principal.
One day she found a woman dying in the street and sat with her, stroking her head until death came. This experience inspired her to found a new religious order. The Order of the Missionaries of Charity devoted itself to anyone who was “unwanted, unloved and uncared for.” By the time she died the Order included more than 5,000 nuns and brothers who operated over 2,500 orphanages, schools, clinics and hospices in 120 countries, including the United States.

     10.18.95  Calcutta. Tomorrow is to be the last day in Calcutta and I will spend it going to the Lepers’ colony.  It is fairly far from the city and is quite extensive when you get there. The ill are given a place to stay and work so that they can be self-supporting.   Linda wants me to go to the Varinasi with her and I would like to do that but I have my schedule.
     The place we visited today was for women from a prison. These women were in terrible condition when Mother Teresa got them out of prison. They had been kept in (more…)

November 19, 2008

SHORT TRIP FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON To Ligonier, PA

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SHORT TRIP FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
To Ligonier, Pennsylvania
JOAN W.

     Recently, I flew to Seattle to visit my sister in a retirement home.
     They have a guest room but it can be rented for four days only. I stayed there for that time and enjoyed the many elderly people I met. While there, I was asked to give a fifteen minute talk about (more…)