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

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

By |March 24th, 2016|

John Quincy Adams:  A statesman who served this country as the sixth president of the United States of America… He also served this country as a diplomat and a senator […]

Jingle Bells, and All That Jazz

By |November 30th, 2015|

I walked into a large department store around the middle of November, and what did I hear…  Jingle Bells!  And, I do mean bells ringing, not the song.  I stopped […]

“A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist.” – Stewart Alsop

By |November 3rd, 2015|

We’re all familiar with that moment when we just can’t keep our eyes open another second, some may fight it, (and I am one of them who has) but in […]

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Author – Carolyn Thomas Temple

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The Clear Picture

Yesterday was a very uncomfortable day for me. One of those days that one hates to answer the phone because things are already not good and yes, here’s another person just raining on the already horrible day. When the sun finally set and I sat watching the clouds change color in the sky, I thought back on just how many really bad days I’d ever had in my life.

Death always ruins the day. I recall when my brother died, then my grandmothers, my father and most recently my mother… All days that seem to last a year before the stars were […]

By |June 2nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

In Limbo

It’s a cool comfortable evening as she went to the computer at the end of long and busy day. The woman opened up her Facebook account and there she began to read various clips from this website and that news cast. About five items down there was a personal post about a friend who was in her last hours of life; and would those seeing this who knew this person, please say a blessing or pray for her. The post had been made by a family member who was probably present and helping the dying person go […]

By |April 18th, 2015|Blog|1 Comment

Two of a Kind

Many people eat two eggs for breakfast with two pieces of toast. Almost everyone has two feet, two hands, and two eyes and ears. Some garages have two cars in them, while some houses have two bedrooms or two bathrooms. Two. A pair. And then we can add to that looking in the mirror and seeing another person just like us… Not real of course because it is a reflection of ourselves. But ears and ears match, don’t they? They look the same, right to left or left to right? And there are […]

By |March 5th, 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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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.