Carol Taylor… Writings

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Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on May 3, 2009

 

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I have been writing for many years and am just beginning to create a compilation of my writings.  Here you will find my writings on diverse subject matter.  

Please feel free to comment and check back often as new posts will appear frequently. ink-pen5I’ll be interested in your response,

Carol Taylor

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Happy Easter, Everyone!

Posted in RE: Religion by caroltaylor on April 5, 2015

mary-magdalene-and-the-other-mary-at-the-tomb-carol-taylorIn the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: For he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead, and, behold, he goeth before you onto Galilee; there shall ye see him: Lo, I have told you. And they departed qulckly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Matthew 28:1-10 KJV

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead and redeeming us from our sins. Accept this gift from Him… He’s waiting to receive you.

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb, Carol Taylor, Charcoal Pencil

Shouldn’t a SIN in the ’60s still be a SIN in the 2000s?

Posted in RE: Religion, Uncategorized by caroltaylor on August 17, 2014

Shouldn’t a SIN in the ’60s still be a SIN in the 2000s?

God doesn’t change… or does He?

Since mid-last century, much appears to have changed in the SIN realm of the AG (we know who we are).  Back then, in addition to the 10 Commandments, there was a laundry list as long as the arm of the SINS that could not be committed by a female member of the AG. Women were to be “set apart” from the world–to not look like worldly women.  The “worst” SINS were:

  1.  Wearing makeup–lipstick specifically – Rationale:  ”The Looking Like a Harlot Problem” – But it was not considered a SIN to wear tinted lip gloss, mascara, or pale nail polish.
  2.  Wearing earrings – Rationale:  ”The Looking Like Jezebel Problem” – But it was not considered a SIN to wear a necklace, bracelet, watch, ring or pin (brooch).
  3.  Wearing a sleeveless dress or blouse – Rationale:  ”The Wearing Sleeveless Clothing was Immodest Problem” –  But it was not considered a SIN to wear a v-neck, low-cut dress or blouse, or even a dress with a semi-low-cut back.
  4.  Wearing slacks, pedal pushers or shorts – Rationale:  ”The Wearing of Men’s Apparel Problem” – But it was not considered a SIN to wear 3-inch heels when you were 12 years old.
  5.  Dancing – Rationale:  ”The Dancing Led to Sex/ Pregnancy Problem – A Very Serious Problem” – But skating was not considered a SIN although rollerskating and ice skating in a skating rink were performed to music.
  6.  Movies at the theatre – Rationale:  ”The Contributing to the SINful Lifestyle of Hollywood Actors and Mingling with SINners/ Appearance of Evil Problem” – But watching movies on your TV was not considered a SIN because you were at home with your family.
  7.  Smoking, Drinking, Playing Cards and Gambling (Drugs would be added later) – Rationale:  ”The Harming Your Body Problem” for the 1st. two, “The Playing with Face Cards Problem” for the third, and “The Trusting Luck Rather than the Lord Problem” for the fourth – But over eating was not considered a SIN and we always went out to eat or for ice cream after every church service, event, or choir practice.
  8.  Swimming with the opposite gender even though swimsuits were quite modest – Rationale:  ”The Attracting Boys which would Lead to Sex/ Pregnancy Problem” – But playing softball with boys while wearing a skirt was not considered a SIN.

Contemporary changes in what is considered SIN have diminished the “set apart” appearance of AG women to the extent that they now tend to wear makeup and color their hair, wear earrings, sleeveless fashions and slacks, and may even attend some movies in theatres, swim with the opposite gender, and even play the Lotto.  As for dancing, smoking, drinking and playing card, some may dance at weddings and drink wine with dinner, but for the most part find participation in these SINS a bit more questionable.

If every SIN on the above list was truly a SIN, the list would have remained in force.  Exceptions would not have been an option.  Have the 10 Commandments been updated?  We are taught in scripture that there are no “small” SINS or “large” SINS–that SIN is SIN…

 

 

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Naysayers Falsely Accuse Dancing of Leading to Pregnancy

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on April 9, 2014

Naysayers Falsely Accuse Dancing of Leading to Pregnancy

“Dancing leads to pregnancy,” they exclaimed, adding, “and it’s a sin, too.”

As a 14-year-old who loved rhythms and thought dancing was beautiful when performed well, it was very difficult to comprehend why dancing might be considered sinful. After all, ballet wasn’t considered a sin, only ballroom and jitterbug forms seemed to be under such scrutiny.

“They” were those of Christian faith, although not all Christians held to this proclamation, I soon discovered. It seemed that the most pragmatic were those of Baptist congregations and the Pentecostals.

During my teen years, dancing was a most important activity for the girls at my school. In fact, dancing was our activity of choice during junior high school. We would bring our own 45s and dance in the school gymnasium to the 3-4 minute songs by Elvis (Don’t Be Cruel”) and other, lesser-known groups, preferring the faster tunes to which we could do “The Bop” during our lunch hour. “The Bop” was a newer form of the jitterbug of an earlier era, and the Black girls seemed to be best at it, so emulating them was our goal. They weren’t as stiff as the white girls and we liked their style. We also danced “The Walk,” a slow dance where a couple slowly, very slowly, taking one step with each beat, danced side by side, and moved counter clockwise in a huge circle, one couple following the next. When the slow song ended, the dancer who was leading (taking the boy’s position) would “dip” the girl backward. We practiced dipping as we didn’t want to fall backwards onto the dance floor if and when we were dipped. Dipping was considered a form of intimacy, and we only allowed our boyfriends to dip us if we were “going steady.”

The girls danced with each other as the boys had no interest in dancing. Boys were perfectly happy to stand against the walls of folded bleachers and watch us.

After school every day, we watched “American Bandstand” on TV and were strongly influenced by “the regulars,” couples from Philadelphia who were on Dick Clark’s daily program. They set the standard for our dancing style.

On Monday evenings, we had Teen Club in the gym for two hours, and a disk jockey who had an excellent collection of 45s came in each week to provide music for us. He would play our requests, and even play our records if we asked. By 9th. grade, we had boyfriends who were in high school and were very good dancers. However, high school boys weren’t allowed at Teen Club, so we girls danced together while the boys our age played basketball in another part of the gym. We often wondered just when the high school boys learned to dance as none of the boys our age did so.

We never missed Teen Club. It was an opportunity for us to perfect our dancing style while looking forward to the weekends where we would be able to dance with our boyfriends at THE DANCE.

One Friday night each month, a 3-hour neighborhood teen dance was held in the neighborhood elementary school gym. Here, unchaperoned with only an adult DJ present, the lights were dimmed and only a few red and blue lights shone from the ceiling, creating a dark, cavernous space devoted soley to serious dancers and onlookers. The absolute center of the gym floor was considered the place for the really good boy/girl couples to perform, and whenever a couple danced especially well, the DJ would shine a spotlight on them. That was a signal for all the other dancers to stop and watch that couple. It was an honor, a huge popularity boost, to be “in the spotlight,” and we loved it.

On Saturday nights, a dance was held at one of the community centers and the schedule rotated. This dance, considered THE BIG DANCE, was broadcast live on the radio. This was a 4 to 5-hour teen dance and “the event” of each week. We could make song requests and dedications over the air, and teenagers from all over the city attended this dance. As with our Friday night neighborhood dances, the lights were dim, shining red and blue, and to be in the spotlight dance was our goal.

Dancing was our life. When without a partner, we would practice fast dancing with the door to our rooms, holding the doorknob and swinging the door as we bopped. The local am radio stations played “our music” and we danced and danced, alone, with each other, and with our boyfriends. Occasionally, we even enlisted our younger siblings as dance partners (which would account for some younger boys knowing how to dance even if they chose not to do it in public).

Now, with all of this dancing going on in our young lives, there was absolutely no time for it to lead to pregnancy. In my mind, it wasn’t even close to being a sin. There were, however, several girls who attended our 9th. grade prom in white dresses and as we later learned, eloped to Angola, Indiana later that night (we lived in southeastern Michigan where a 14-year-old couldn’t marry without parental consent). This was an interesting phenomenon, eloping on freshman year prom night, since our school administration prohibited our dates for the evening being anyone from high school. As a result, only 2 of the girls had dates for the prom. The rest of us whose boyfriends were high schoolers, attended without dates and danced all evening with each other—nothing new to us, though. We’d been dancing with each other all year, and were very good at it by prom night. It turns out that the girls in white were pregnant by older boys, and these girls weren’t even good dancers (a fact that refutes the “dancing leads to pregnancy” line). Mysteriously, these girls had found another route to becoming pregnant.

From my experience, dancing didn’t even lead to closed-mouth kissing–Number 3 on the strictly followed sequential list of the moves boys made toward intimacy with girls. Number 1 was holding hands and Number 2 was when the boy put his arm around the girl. It’s true that in dancing with a boy, both Numbers 1 and 2 are performed, but the fact that this is for the purpose of dancing cancelled it out as leading to Number 3: Closed-mouth Kissing.

I can, however, tell you what leads to pregnancy: It’s SITTING! Sitting leads to pregnancy. I’m certain you’ve never heard this before now, but sitting is the culprit and it includes both sitting on a sofa and sitting in a car with a boy. God forbid a girl should sit on a boy’s lap—a most direct path to pregnancy. I suggest that every parent forbid his or her teenager from sitting with the opposite gender. It can only lead to trouble. Allow your teens to dance and walk only, and dance preferably. As long as they are dancing, all is well. It’s when they stop and sit that the potential for pregnancy increases.

The occasions for teenage sitting are numerous and include attendance at after school events, i.e., sports events, concerts, plays, clubs; boy/girl parties (unchaperoned or chaperoned as the parents rarely remain in the room with the teenagers); inviting the boyfriend over while babysitting; riding in cars; doing homework together; single or double dating; going to movies or watching videos at home; researching at the public library; hanging out in the food court at the mall… the list goes on and on.

Becoming alert to the activities that allow for sitting is a first step in preventing pregnancy. Let every Baptist and Pentecostal that you encounter in on this fact: That sitting causes pregnancy, not dancing. They should be relieved to hear this news, and may find personal enjoyment in dancing as a means of birth control in their own lives, as well.

 

Disclaimer:  This article is not meant to disparage any denomination nor to discourage any individual from pursuing any denomination.

© Carol L. Taylor and Carol Taylor, Writer, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material, including artwork, without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Carol L. Taylor and Carol Taylor, Writer with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

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Do You Have a Master’s Degree and Want to Teach in Higher Education? 5 Tips That Your College or University Probably Won’t Tell You

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on September 25, 2013

Do You Have a Master’s Degree and Want to Teach in Higher Education?

 5 Tips That Your College or University Probably Won’t Tell You 

1.   The college or university faculty hierarchy in descending order is typically as follows:

Professor (Full Professor)

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor

            Lecturer, Instructor, Clinical Professor, Research Associate or Research Professor (non-tenure track positions)

Adjunct Professor (part-time faculty)

2.  If your goal is to teach at the college or university level, you can typically do so as an adjunct or lecturer with a master’s degree in your field of study.  You DO NOT need a bachelor’s degree in education.  The bachelor’s degree in education is reserved solely for teaching in kindergarten through 12th grade.

3.  As an adjunct, you may be hired to teach only one course at first and that course may be offered infrequently, i.e., once per year or less often.  However, it is possible to be offered two or more courses on a consistent basis (particularly if you are eligible to teach in more than one department), which will typically make you eligible for benefits.

4.  Even as an adjunct, if you identify the need for a course that isn’t offered in your department that you are qualified to teach, you can create that course.  Once the course is approved, you should be able to teach that course in addition to your other course(s) on a regular basis.  The course that you create may be cross-listed with another department.  This will increase the number of students enrolling in your course.  If your course becomes a required course in a program within your department and/or the cross-listed department, enrollments will increase dramatically.

5.  Adjuncts are typically contracted and paid per course per semester without a guarantee of being offered another course in subsequent semesters.  Lecturers are typically contracted for the academic year (fall and winter semesters) to teach four courses per semester and are paid an annual academic salary with benefits.

For additional information and job search, see The Chronicle of Higher Education at http://chronicle.com/section/Jobs/61/

Dear Wall Street Fighters

Posted in Sephron, Uncategorized, Visiting Writer by caroltaylor on November 17, 2011

Visiting Writer, Sephron, says:

Dear Wall Street Fighters:

Shut up! “Instead of occupying wall street, you could be occupying a desk!”? Are you kidding me? You know, I’m glad you are able to occupy your cozy little desk that was paid for by taxpayers, because most of us don’t have a desk to call our own. College graduates are left to hop between drive thru windows, waiting tables, cleaning your office, or standing alone as they lose their homes, then are forced to pay back their student loans with their nonexistant jobs. Hope you enjoy occupying your desk, because the rest of us will continue to occupy wall street, America, and the world. Sincerely, Sprucetuck

My Legal Paper is Calling Me…

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on August 7, 2011

Go Back

to Writing on Paper

I have been making attempts to write a manuscript on the computer, but have found it extremely difficult to pull it together.  I have written an outline, preface and several documents that are to be part of this manuscript.  However, having 4 or 5 documents open on my monitor at the same time is less than optimal.  It is impossible to see or read more than a few lines of each as they overlap one another and they create visual confusion.  More often than not, I have simply closed down my project and left it for another time.  Organizing the outline, and adding information into the chapters has been manageable, but the actual writing of the chapters on the computer has been arduous.

My original creative methods are calling me… “Go back to writing on paper.”  We all have our ways of pulling our thoughts together, and as for mine, the physicality of writing on legal paper with an extra fine Precise V5 pen is sublime!  When it comes time for editing, the color coding of written passages and the physical cut (w/ scissors) and paste (w/ Scotch tape) method is highly visual and satisfying.  Lastly, moving the edited manuscript to the computer and into Word is the signal that the manuscript is finished.

Even as I write this on legal paper, I am experiencing a definite flow that is impossible when composing on the computer.  We all have our methods.

Note:  Many thanks to Sephron… always an inspiration!

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Available to Review and Edit Your Blog, Article or Paper

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on June 5, 2011

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Centrifuge in Gulf

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on June 28, 2010

My first thought when the oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico was that since oil and water don’t mix, that a separator and container would solve the problem of oil containment while stopping the leak… I imagine that many of you had the same thought. I just came across Kevin Costner addressing this very thing with his and his brother’s centrifuge machine. Interesting!

See:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts2851

for details and videos.

Feed My Fish

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on June 29, 2009

Feed My Fish

  (created by A. Bowman)

A bit of fun while you are visiting my blog.  You may feed my fish by clicking your cursor on the water; the fish food will appear and the fish will eat it.

Check Out the Checklist for Organizing Your Office

Posted in Uncategorized by caroltaylor on June 16, 2009

Organizing?  Simplifying?

Then check out the checklist for organizing your office!

It’s a winner!