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PASSAGE TO LOVE: an Ellis Island Story By Carolyn Caines
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It is the year 1905 in the village of Puolanka, Finland. More and more young men and women are pulling up roots and following the lure of land and a new life in America. Here we meet headstrong... More > Reeta, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a landowning family. Her mother is upset with her because she shows no interest in the eligible young men of their social class. Thomas Juntunen has convinced Reeta’s two older brothers that they should go to America with him. Reeta’s parents, however, send Thomas away when he professes his love for her, because he is merely a tenant farmer. Reeta must choose whether to obey her parents or follow her heart. Could God change their minds? Is it really love she feels for Thomas? And is she brave enough to leave her parents and homeland? There would be no going back. Reeta’s PASSAGE TO LOVE is one of self-discovery and of faith that is tried every step of the way.< Less
When Sheep Can't Sleep: lessons from the animal kingdom By Carolyn Caines
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Inspiring and educational, here is a family or classroom daily devotional where spiritual lessons can be learned from the animal kingdom through poetry, related Bible verses, and thought-provoking... More > discussion questions.< Less
Longview in the 50's By Carolyn Caines
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Anyone who grew up in the 50's in most any small town will relate to these poems, photos, and brief accounts of life back then. The Longview '23 Club is a social organization originally formed by... More > lineal descendants of the founders of Longview but is now open to all who share a love for the city, its beauty and history. Each year the club holds a dinner meeting in October with a theme and program coordinated by the president. In 2017 president Carolyn Caines has gathered memories from members of the club. What was it like to grow up in Longview in the 1950's? Enjoy a look at the city of Longview, Washington as told by members of the Longview '23 Club.< Less
COMING TO AMERICA: a Finnish Family Story By Carolyn Caines
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The lives of Thomas and Reeta Juntunen are traced through historical records and family stories. They were immigrants from the village of Puolanka, Finland, in the early 1900's, passing through Ellis... More > Island, cross-country to Astoria, and then to Souhtwest Washington. In the hills above Longview and Kelso, they settled in a community of Finns, many of whom came from the same small village. This is the factual account of their lives which was also chronicled in the novel PASSAGE TO LOVE.< Less
SUNSHINE IN MY SUITCASE: travels with a poet By Carolyn Caines
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Who hasn’t once thought how lovely it would be to bring home the sunshine in your suitcase? In this volume of poetry you can share the feeling of standing near a volcano, riding a catamaran in... More > Hawaii, or eating reindeer stew in Finland. You may swim with turtles, go parasailing, or climb the Eiffel Tower. Even as travel photos evoke memories of places you have been, so do lines of poetry. They stir up the joy and laughter of another time and even cause one to contemplate new revelations or mysteries discovered along the way. I’ll take a patch of blue sky to sew into this gray morning, a warm breeze around my shoulders, a bit of sun-washed sand under my feet when I get up. Why can’t I bring home paradise? I’d let you feel it before it sinks back into the lining of my suitcase.< Less
The Obstinate Apple By Carolyn Caines
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Food. Ah! Both the pleasure and the bane of our existence! Many poets have written about food, both seriously and with humor. Perhaps the humorous angle can lead us into more serious contemplation.... More > That is my observation. The first section of poems is titled Silliness. It begins with the title poem, “The Obstinate Apple.” An apple that would not let someone eat it. Really? True story. Many of these silly poems come from experiences with children who are prone to playing with their food. Ever think you could learn something from food? Next, we venture into Simple Life Logic, where food can reach out with a bite of life lived along the way. And finally, if you are up to it, food can actually do a little Sermonizing. Here are poems that emphasize Biblical truths. These poems will give you something to chew on.< Less
MY SUBSTITUTE LIFE By Carolyn Caines
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I began MY SUBSTITUTE LIFE instead of retiring after twenty-five years in the classroom. This book of poetry is inspired by the next five years of my new life as a substitute teacher.
A STRING OF PERILS: poems of hurt and hope By Carolyn Caines
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Life comes with its share of perils: family drama, physical trauma, betrayal, pain, death, and plain trouble, trouble, trouble. We've all been there. Just as it takes time to form a pearl from... More > irritation and pressure, finding hope and healing from the pain of life is a process. Here are poems to encourage you as you experience the making of your precious pearls.< Less

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