Sonflower Lives – Writings from Carolyn Thomas Temple

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It lasts Until It’s Over

I am thinking that I should get back to work with writing, which I pretty much dumped after the death of our third son a short time ago...  Almost five years to be exact.   At that time, I had a manuscript almost finished to publish, had a possible publisher that I liked and who liked my work, and well...  Our son died.  There was the actual event, family arriving to support one another, planning the service, his burial, and then back home where I proceeded to just sit.  I continued all the daily things like laundry, Bible study, laundry, meals,

By |March 1st, 2020|Blog|

An Intermezzo on Opinion

There was a woman who had a coffee date with someone whom she thought she knew well.  (Hmmm....   Is that an opinion?)  After polite greetings to one another and seating themselves, the conversation began.  It wasn't long before her friend's finger was in her face, as her friend told her what she ought to believe and what she should think.  The woman was  surprised to say the least.  (Like I said, she thought she knew her friend.)  The woman's reply was, "I'm not sure how I feel about your finger in my face", to which  Mrs. Finger Pointer excused herself

By |August 27th, 2019|Blog|

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

By |February 17th, 2016|Blog|

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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.

Download Carolyn’s Book

Over the Mountain

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


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.