Deb's Monthly Review
February 1998

Special Quote
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

What Is A Carillon?
Learn about these musical instruments, and how they are played.

Cyber Grandma's Home Sweet Home
Warm fuzzies available right here.

The Webworx
Go see old Honest Har.

Inaugural Addresses of U.S. Presidents.
We celebrate Presidents Day this month.

The M&M's Studios Tour.
Silly stuff!

Weather Safety
A lot of the news has been weather lately!

The Toaster Museum Foundation Page
Mmmmmm, light or dark?

The True Story Of Valentine's Day
Two or three explanations of how this holiday came to be.

February Events
word festivals for February travelers

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:

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

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
Indio, California
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:
You might also try contacting the local Chamber of Commerce
Secretary/Manager Pat Grouleff by email:

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

February 27-March1, 1998
12th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Alpine, Texas
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


Love Matters
Things we say we love when we really mean we like them a whole bunch
Sleeping late
Chocolate Pie
That certain rock band
Going to the zoo
Theme/Water parks
High interest rates on savings
Low interest rates on credit cards
Mail someone a virtual chocolatedessert!

Make a Heart-shaped box.
Heart-shaped Box Directions

Make Heart-shaped ravioli for someone special!
Ravioli Recipe

The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:30 to 10:37
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him he had compassion on him.
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, "take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."
Which now of these, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among thieves?
And he said, "He that shewed mercy on him." Then said Jesus unto him, "Go, and do thou likewise".

Things That Make You Feel Loved

Getting a note in the mail from someone just because they are thinking about you.

Eating a dessert someone who loves you made for you, while they watch you enjoy it.

Knowing your parent(s) did without something they wanted so you could have that pair of shoes like your friends, or go on a trip you've dreamed of, or take music lessons so you can become a famous singer someday

Someone bringing you warm soup or tucking a blanket around you when you have chills and fever.

Feeling a pet curl up at your feet or on your lap.

Having someone not point out your latest mistake, even though you know they know.

Being handed a picture drawn by a child who says, "That's you and me together."

Thinking about John 3:16 in the Bible.

Windows Multimedia Valentine Greetings
Definitely not subtle.

Do You Keep Dating The Same Type Of Person Over And Over?
Maybe you need some help analyzing your dating patterns.
Try this!

It's easy to love your own kids, but how about this story?
Hannah And Her Kittens: A Tale Of Puppy Love

Long, Long Ago, Before We Had Email, Express Mail, Or Voice Mail...
People shared their undying love on paper. Check out these
Love Letters From The Civil War.

What some famous people have
said about love

Mahatma Gandhi:
"A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."
Iris Murdoch:
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real."

C.S. Lewis:
"Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up save in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket--safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable."

William Wordsworth:
"The best portion of a good man's life
is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of
kindness and of love."

G.K. Chesterton:
"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people."

George Washington Carver:
"Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough."

Frederick Buechner:
"The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too."

"Love truth,
and pardon error."
Mother Teresa:
"We can do no great things;
only small things with great 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
day now."

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.

If it happened to Oprah Winfrey it can happen to you.
Know your rights and exercise them.

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