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Sonflower Lives – Writings from Carolyn Thomas Temple

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Welcome To Sonflower Lives, where words are used to inspire, encourage, and/or educate in order to evoke up-lifting thought and life…

Words to enrich the spirit of Mankind.

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Ms. Temple can be reached at: carolynthomastemple@gmail.com

Four-Footed Saviour

By |August 2nd, 2017|

Dogs.  Do you have one?  I do.  His name is Lewis, after C.S. Lewis, one the foremost writers of the Twentieth Century.  Lewis, AKA Lewie, came to our home about […]

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” – Malala Yousafzai

By |June 23rd, 2017|

The mute button was invented by an engineer in 1955 (Polley by name) who worked for Zenith… Although a man named Robert Adler, who invented the television remote, should also be mentioned…  i.e. No […]

A New Vision

By |May 17th, 2016|

All this time, I’ve been quoting other people whom I believe to have said something worthwhile.  We need to hear and read things that are worthwhile, as this is a […]

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Author – Carolyn Thomas Temple

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No Words

I often see the following added on one or so Face Book posts now and again…  “No Words.”  And, each time I’ve seen it, I’ve wonder, “If you had no words, why are you telling us you have none?  Just say nothing at all.”  Then one day I found myself posting the same thing… I read a column that was shared by a friend and what did I say?  “No words.”  And, as I hit Enter, it occurred to me that I had just said the thing I thought was unthinkable.  Why did I do that?

Why indeed.  Did I need […]

By |February 17th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

More Than an Expression

Keep it clean.  As a child, that meant I was approaching potty mouth and my mother would go for the soap.  (Needless to say, I cleaned it up… Who wants to eat soap?)  As an adult, I’ve learned that the meanings to “keep it clean” are endless, because there is always a plethora that has to be cleaned!  Clean up the house. Clean the children (on multiple fronts, mind you).  Plus, somewhere in there I have to make sure I get cleaned up…  Hair, body, face, and all!   Now, because I’ve tried to be responsible,  add volunteer organizations, office […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Saddle Up

A rewind moment… Ostensibly a kid, and I’m about to take that long walk to the piano, not my piano but the one in the little concert hall where a recital is being held. Every year I’d go through the same thing, sitting there in an inner sweat, rehearsing my piece in my head, dressed to the nines in my best dress and my T-strap shoes. I’d be almost the last to play or the last, sitting there… Learning how to wait under stressful situations. And then my name would be called, I’d walk to the piano listening to the […]

By |June 25th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author

Carolyn Thomas Temple
Carolyn Thomas TempleAuthor

Carolyn’s walk has been the test of fire. Her experiences give credibility to her story, empathy to her listening ear, compassion to her hugs, and a knowing light behind the twinkle in her eyes. She understands the tender-to-the-touch parts of people’s lives and generates in those same people a confidence and a capacity to live through whatever challenges that life might throw at them, growing in strength through faith, trust, and personal accountability.

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Over the Mountain

A true story of the journey I took when life fell apart after the death of my only brother.

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Highlights

Carolyn is the author of Sonflowerlives, a “conversation” with her readers that speaks to both the common place and the unusual aspects of our human existence. Her exposés resonate with readers’ emotions and generate a deep sense of oneness with her.

In Over the Mountain, Carolyn chronicles her life through exceedingly difficult times and how her faith led her through trying times. Over the Mountain is written as a series of letters composed to her brother / friend / confidant who passed away while they were both in their twenties.

Carolyn is also contributing columnist to the La Junta Tribune Democrat and ImagesAZ Magazine and has made numerous presentations to schools, churches, civic and religious organizations.

Carolyn’s experience has positioned her to provide leadership, both formal and informal in many organizations and roles:
President – Jamul-Dulzura PTA / PTSA
Founder – Gifted Students Recognition Program – Jamul-Dulzura Union School District
Regional Director – University of Denver Alumni Admissions Counsel
Officer / Member – PEO
Coordinator / facilitator – Alpha – Christ Church Anglican
Director of Music – St. Philips Episcopal Church
Director – Kids of the Kingdom – St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

Her leadership extends to the work environment where Carolyn has been leading children as Director of Music for schools in Ohio, Arizona, California, and Colorado where she has developed “world-class” music programs everywhere she has been. Carolyn has also touched the lives of hundreds of children as a private music educator, integrating the lesson of music with the melodies of life.

Carolyn has received accolades for her work over and over. As head of the music curriculum for three private elementary schools in the San Diego area, she received commendations from faculty, administration and board members for her leadership and devotion to the best educational interests of the student body. She has also been a mentor, friend, coach, confidant, and very positive influence for literally thousands of children through her private music practice of over 40 years.

Other commendations have included:
Accommodation from the U.S. Army, European Theatre – USO performance
Letter of recognition from the New York Metropolitan Opera Company
Letter of Accommodation and Appreciation from Vestry, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Denver, Lamont Conservatory of Music. In addition, she has completed post-graduate studies at the University of San Diego and in counseling and family studies from San Diego State University. Additionally, she has participated in Graduate Seminars at Pepperdine University. Carolyn received Certificate of Completion from the Paul Christiansen Choral School.

Through authors Gary Smalley and John Trent, Carolyn received her certification in Personality Assessment.