The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
- Helen Hayes
THE ARTSY SITE OF THE MONTH:
What Is A Carillon?
Learn about these musical instruments, and how they are played.
PERSONAL HOME PAGE OF THE MONTH:
Cyber Grandma's Home Sweet Home
Warm fuzzies available right here.
WEB PAGE DESIGN SITE OF THE MONTH:
Go see old Honest Har.
SEASONAL SITE OF THE MONTH:
Inaugural Addresses of U.S. Presidents.
We celebrate Presidents Day this month.
JUST FUN SITE OF THE MONTH:
The M&M's Studios Tour.
DOWNRIGHT SERIOUS SITE OF THE MONTH:
A lot of the news has been weather lately!
HISTORICAL SITE OF THE MONTH:
The Toaster Museum Foundation Page
Mmmmmm, light or dark?
REVIEW-RELATED SITE OF THE MONTH:
The True Story Of Valentine's Day
Two or three explanations of how this holiday came to be.
January 30-February 8, 1998
St. Paul Winter Carnival
This the the 112th year for this event, which grew out of some reporter's
reference to the city as the "Siberia of America". The people decided to
celebrate their very active winter months by building an ice castle from
area lakes. Through the years events have been added, including car
racing on ice, ice sculpting and carving, hocky, bridge, music, food and
parades. The whole thing is woven with legends of King Boreas, the
Queen of Snows, and the fiery Vulcanus Rex, who has a token
showdown with the king.
This all gives the citizens a chance to get out and experience their city
even under the most adverse weather conditions. A 15-story ice castle
is a nice start!
More information: Call 800-488-4023.
You may also email: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 5-8, 1998
Reggae Sunsplash Concert Festival
Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
In Reggae Park on the White River
Dancehall Concert with Lady Saw and Main Street Crew, and a Gospel
Concert on Sunday with Papa San and Grace Thrillers and others.
The concerts are held in connection with the celebration of local hero Bob
Marley's birthday, and in addition to plenty of music, the area holds many
beautiful scenic areas to explore.
More Information: Call 876-960-1904.
Or email email@example.com
February 7, 1998
Eagle Days Festival
Held in Pueblo, Colorado. View wintering Bald Eagles, plus
gulls and scoters.
Information: Call 719-561-4909
February 13-22, 1998
Newport Winter Festival
Held city-wide in Newport, Rhode Island
Winter party with skating, hayrides, food, music, snow sculptures,
ice carvings, and hot air balloon demonstrations. Over 100 events.
For details: Call 401-849-8048
February 13-22, 1998
National Date Festival and Riverside County Fair
Arabian Nights, camel and ostrich races, date exhibits and date tastings.
Additional information: Call 800-811-3247.
February 13-16, 1998
Second Annual Salton Sea International Bird Festival
Imperial Valley, California.
The $65 fee covers most of the tours and seminars, although there are
extra charges for things such as photography classes. There are a lot of
early morning viewings, but also sunset viewings, and seminars going on
throughout the days.
The festival covers a wide area if you consider the boat tours and walks
involved. There is lodging available in the nearby towns.
Information: I was unable to find a voice phone contact, but this email
address was given for registration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You might also try contacting the local Chamber of Commerce
Secretary/Manager Pat Grouleff by email: email@example.com
February 20-21, 1998
Hot Chocolate Days
Spearfish, South Dakota
Winter fashion show, sporting events, art show, kids' carnival.
This town of about 8000 is also the center for the Black Hills
Passion Play in the summer months.
More Information: Call 605-642-2646.
For more information on the Passion Play email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 27-March1, 1998
12th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Held on the campus of Sul Ross State University. Music and storytelling,
dancing and food, and poetry, of course. The Museum of the Big Bend
will add to the atmosphere with its opening of the Trappings of Texas
exhibit on February 28. Exhibits will include work by saddlemakers,
silver engravers and other artists, and will feature demonstrations and
seminars spotlighting their work.
More information: Call 915-837-8191
February 28-March1, 1998
Shiprock Balloon Festival
Shiprock, New Mexico
Eighth annual event. This area is part of the great Navajo Nation
and is rich in heritage and culture, and the panoramic views don't hurt a bit.
More information: Call 505-368-4998
Make a Heart-shaped box.
Heart-shaped Box Directions
Make Heart-shaped ravioli for someone special!
Windows Multimedia Valentine Greetings
Definitely not subtle.
It's easy to love your own kids, but how about this story?
Hannah And Her Kittens: A Tale Of Puppy Love
Because it's on my mind...
Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry To A Beef Lobbyist
Texas, T-Bones, and Talk Show Terrorism
I have a lot of respect for talk-show host Oprah Winfrey. I feel her show is one of the few that encourage us to look toward taking our own experience of faith and spirituality, and spreading that experience to others in whatever corner of the world in which we find ourselves at this moment.
For that reason, I was very disappointed to hear that there was a lawsuit against Ms Winfrey for comments she made on her show concerning the consumption of beef, and because of the guest she had on the show who expressed concern over the possibility of the "mad cow" disease becoming a reality in this country at some point in the future.
I also feel it insults the intelligence of the American public to assume that one talk show host's opinion or editorial slant can make that much difference in what they choose to purchase and consume.
The following is an excerpt from an email I recently sent to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association. The email is not a reflection on the Association in particular, and implies no involvement in the case on the part of the Association. I was only expressing an opinion and my hopes that they would take the "high road" in any information they might give out concerning this lawsuit.
"I firmly believe that all information should be relayed to the public
concerning beef and other products, including statistical risks of
consuming the product. I can then use *all* the info gathered from
many sources (not just one) to make my decision on what to
purchase and consume. I hope that your organization will be open
and forthcoming (without being anti-Oprah) with information so
that I may continue to view your information in confidence and
It is just very sad that one can (even a *celebrity*) now be sued in
America for giving an opinion. That being the case, half the teachers
of America, three-quarters of all performers, and virtually
one-hundred-percent of Congress, should be in litigation any
The restriction of freedoms often begins with some "famous" person, and it is only a few steps from that to restriction for all citizens. Freedom of Speech is a basic right, and if one cannot express one's opinion, we all have a lot more to worry about than "mad cow" disease.
Know your rights and exercise them.
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