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SURVIVOR'S GUILT Lent Devotion #25 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from...

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LOVE BY SERVING Lent Devotion #29 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Mark 12:33 To love him (God) with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. (NIV) REFLECTION: The English language can be confusing. This and other...

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GENERATIONS OF BLESSINGS #26 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 5:10 “but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (NIV) REFLECTION: An interview with Lieutenant Mary Powell of the Pennsylvania State Police alerted me to this scripture. She used it in reference to genealogical...

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WHO WILL TAKE OUR CHURCH FROM US? Lent Devotion #30 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Lamentations 1:1 How solitary and lonely sits the city (Jerusalem) that was full of people! How like a widow has she become ! She who was great among that nations and princess among the provinces has become a tributary----in bond service! (Amp) Five months after we moved to...

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HAVE VISIONS, DREAM DREAMS Lent Devotion #31 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Joel 2:28 And it will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, and Your young men will see visions. (NAS) REFLECTION: My mother, though not an young “man,” envisioned...

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THINGS REALLY HAVEN'T CHANGED Lent Devotion #33 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Haggai 1:5-6 5. Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hoses, Consider your ways, 6. Ye have sown much, and bring little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it...

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BURNT FAT OFFERINGS Lent Devotion #35 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Leviticus 4:8 'He (the priest) shall take from it (bull) all the fat of the bull as the sin offering.....10. as it was taken from the bull of the sacrifice of the peace offering, and the priest shall burn them on the altar of the burnt offering. " Related Scripture: Leviticus 4:26, 31...

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WITH AGE COMES WISDOM Lent Devotion #45 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland SCRIPTURE: Job 12:12 There is wisdom, remember, in age; and long life brings understanding. (NEB) REFLECTION: When my mother called me on August 1, 1997 I asked her if she would write something for my daughter Sandy, a new mother. I was looking for some great-grandmotherly advice. She hemmed and...

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From Portsmouth, N.H., Library 10/2/06 - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland This comes from the VERY timed Portsmouth Library computers. It took me 3 of my 15 minutes to sign onto this point. The stress and pressure of knowing I will be CUT OFF at the moment the timer hits zero is inducive to mistake making, so I apologize ahead of time for errors and typos. The...

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A 2nd Try...from Kennebunk, ME - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Greetings from Kennebunk, Maine Thursday I very carefully typed in a journal note for the blog, and as I went to strike " post " the computer shut off! It was mine to use for 30 minutes, and it had a timer that shut it off automatically at that time. This was in my hometown library, Portsmouth...

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THE OVENS - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Oct. 8, 2006. Like Hansel and Gretel, Monte and I headed towards THE OVENS on our trip to New England. Only we weren’t being chased there by the wicked witch---we were visiting a place where my ancestors---and very likely, the main character in the first part of my historic romance...

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Oh, to Climb Schoodic Mtn. - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland On Saturday, October 7, 2006. Monte and I climbed Maine’s coastline Schoodic Mountain with my niece Erin, her husband Greg and their two children, Paige (seven) and Morgan (five), who live in a coastal Maine town. It was my suggestion. I wanted to see and experience what the main character...

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Lizzie Borden---A Reenactment - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Lizzy Borden took an ax, And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done,

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The Time is Now... - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland The time is now…to overcome arachnophobia! Not because Halloween is coming with its myriad of spider decorations, but because I had a special guest this month. Rachney, as I dubbed this orb spider, presented me with a museum-style display of her life when she wove her web outside a window...

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What Food Would You Reject? - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland This piece was one of several submitted to a fair display from a former writers group. I interviewed friends and participants in a chat room for responses. WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU REJECT IF IT WERE THE LAST FOOD EARTH PROVIDED FOR YOUR SURVIVAL? The tentacles of our family's environmental interest...

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THE SNITTY CAT - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland It was a beautiful October day and I appreciated the need to meet my granddaughter, Dana, 8, at her school bus. My son Nolan and husband Monte had completed a path through the woods between our house and Dana’s house, and I enjoy the peace, calm and daily changes of nature I experience...

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KUDZU BLACKOUTS - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Our family lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia (an Atlanta suburb) for three years in the 1980s. I was sole proprietor of a craft etc. company and wrote a booklet about a prolific southern plant, KUDZU, to accompany the craft line. Below are excerpts. ---NEWS BULLETIN!--- The southeastern section of...

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THE THANKSGIVING TURKEY - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland I found the perfect card for my granddaughter’s ninth birthday---one that will make her eyes roll. The front has a sepia picture of a girl whose hair, dress and boots are quite old fashioned. She is holding a platter with a small cooked turkey on it. Inside it says Happy Birthday You Turkey...

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Tradition!!! Turducken??? - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Tradition! Our family is like many others during the holidays. We have traditions. For instance, a turkey adorns our Thanksgiving table, and often stuffed Cornish hens appear on our Christmas or New Years day menu. We also have another tradition---Thanksgiving and other holidays---are usually...

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Better Dead Than Alive? - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland It’s reputed that many persons are worth more dead than alive. Their insurance clears up their debts and offers survivors resources unavailable to them while the loved one remains alive. This seems true of residents in the Chinese Cemetery in Manila, the Philippines. There creature comforts...

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Whose Season? - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Among the items in my files: a holiday skit I wrote in the 1970s while I was sole proprietor of the Holland Child Care Home (family child day care). SETTING: Children in a choir setting at a school are learning seasonal music. TEACHER: Good morning children. Today we’ll start by singing...

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A Broken Leg at Christmas Time - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland It was just before Christmas, 1983. My friend, Shirl, her husband Wayne and I were ushering at the Alliance Theater in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, for a production of The Music Man. We ushered at this theater regularly and at other smaller theaters occasionally. It was a way for the wife of a...

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CRITTERS IN THE WALLS - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland I co-wrote this poem with my three-year old granddaughter (Dana). One person critiqued it with the comment: Don’t you think this will scare children? Perhaps some might not like it, but considering that the most creative words came out of the mouth of a three-year old, I’m not...

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The Twelve Days of Christmas - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland One of my complaints about Christmas is it’s secularization, its evolution into a “holiday” to outdo gift-giving, overdo partying and optimize marketing, all hoopla that takes Christ out of Christmas. I attend church to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, Christ’s...

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My Christmas Letter - CarolynCHolland(9,534) CarolynCHolland Edited excerpts from my section of our family’s annual Christmas letter: Year 2006 included a “maternity watch,” for grandchild Marcus, son of Nolan and Tammy, born July 8. We arrived in Cleveland right after his birth. Marcus is a happy baby, has a big smile and lots of...

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