Sonflower Lives – Writings from Carolyn Thomas Temple


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

“I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What voice does silence have in all of this?” – Federico Fellini

By |October 20th, 2015|

A good question… This idea that silence is a part of our process.  It is the yang to the ying, the rests to the notes, and the pause to the […]

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

By |October 12th, 2015|

I knew a wise little boy who said that when he sat very still and the clouds moved, he could see angels.  Who knows if he really did, but the […]

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

By |September 30th, 2015|

My mom use to quote Bambi frequently with the “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”…  And, it always came after I’d opened my mouth with […]

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Author – Carolyn Thomas Temple

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Dry Land

I just recently turned a corner, recovering from a terrible bout with illness. Headache, throwing up, lots of coughing, aching all over, no sleep… Pretty much everything I didn’t want or need. The worst thing, though, was that I knew I had so much I wanted to give, and I couldn’t do a thing but lie there and be sick as a dog.

Giving has always been a forte in my family… Give to the neighbors, give to family, give to strangers, give to animals, give to plants. Give and give some more. My grandmothers […]

By |December 11th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Excellent Moments

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln said that. And, nothing will test a person’s character more than the face of poverty during the holidays. Odd that I should say that, but making a decision about poverty has in itself a kind of power.

So here you are toddling down the road in your nice new car and you come upon a man huddled on the street with nothing, absolutely nothing but a sign that says, “Need food. Please give,” and he’s asking […]

By |December 9th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Christmas Is…

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
I wonder if he’d still think that if Peale could see us today with our Black Fridays and Christmas specials at spas, all demanding we spend more, have more, be more. Hmmm… I have an advantage in that I remember when he was right.

Thanksgiving, which comes just before the Christmas Season, once was celebrated with no Christmas decor up and no raving sales to buy buy buy before it’s all gone. (And really, how […]

By |December 3rd, 2014|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.