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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Pixar Short Films
Remember Luxo Jr--one of the early celebrated animated films?

Handy Site
Of The Month:

Safe Ride Helpline Online
Make sure your child car seats are being used properly with this checklist.

Web Page Design Site
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Flash Kit Community
A Forum for new and veteran Flash developers.

Seasonal Site
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Harlem Globetrotters
Celebrating 75 years of fun and challenge.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:
If you discover the secret of how it's done, don't tell!

NEW! Scientific Site
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Sounds of the Magnetosphere
Care to listen to what an aurora might sound like?

Historical Site
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Welcome to Pirates!
Traditional sailing pirates, modern computer-hacking pirates, and more.


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January Events
Festivals For January Travelers

January 4-5, 2002
Central Florida BBQ Festival
Highlands County Fairgrounds,
(at Kenilworth Boulevard),
Sebring, Florida.
BBQ, BBQ contest, amusement rides, flea market, arts and crafts, big belly contest, beauty pageant, cow chip bingo. No admission charge.
Further details: Call 863-382-2255.

January 6, 2002
Port Hudson State Historic Site,
Zachary, Louisiana.
Not technically a festival, this is a demonstration of weapons used during the Civil War, and will run from 1-3 in the afternoon.
More: Call 888-677-3400 or 225-654-3775.

January 11-13, 2002
Old Town Jubilee Arts and Crafts Festival
Main Street Plaza,
Yuma, Arizona.
Over 100 arts and crafts vendors.
Additional Information: (unable to locate phone contact).

January 11-19, 2002
Slamdance Film Festival
unknown venue(s),
Park City, Utah.
Films presented are done mostly by first-time directors who didn't have a lot of money. There are traditional films and also digital videos. Films scheduled for showing include Holy Land (directed by Eitan Gorlin), My Father, The Genius (directed by Lucia Small), and Rocks With Wings (directed by Rick Derby).
Additional Information: 323-466-1786.

January 12, 2002
Kumquat Festival
Pasco Fairgrounds,
Dade City, Florida.
10k walk, gospel sing, quilt and antique show, flapjack breakfast, Kumquat Queen contest, dapper diaper design contest, cooking contest, Chicken Pilau dinner, children's activities.
Further information: Call 352-567-3769.

January 12-13, 2002
Bonita Springs National Art Festival
Promenade Center,
South Bay Drive,
Bonita Springs, Florida.
200 juried artists, food and beverages.
Further details: (unable to locate phone number).

January 12-13, 2002
Florida Manatee Festival
downtown area,
Crystal River, Florida.
Manatee tours, educational talks and displays, seafood, entertainment, children's activities, arts and crafts.
More information: Call 352-795-3149.

January 12-13, 2002
Cape Coral Festival of the Arts
Cape Coral Parkway,
Cape Coral, Florida.
Arts and crafts, entertainment.
Details: Call 941-945-1988.

January 13, 2002
International Festival
Madison Civic Center,
211 State Street,
Madison, Wisconsin.
International foods, music and dance.
More: Call 608-258-4177.

January 17-27, 2002
Florida Citrus Festival
Festival Grounds,
Florida Route 540,
Winter Haven, Florida.
Now in its 78th year the festival offers exhibits, rides, parade, pageant, karaoke contest.
Additional Information: 863-292-9810.

January 18-20, 2002
Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival
Downtown area,
Carefree, Arizona.
175 artisans display and sell their wares, and wines and micro-brews are offered for tasting.
Further information: Call 480-837-5637.

January 18-21, 2002
Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival
Fellsmere City Complex,
at SR 512 and Broadway,
Fellsmere, Florida.
In its tenth year, the festival offers dinners, a carnival, arts and crafts, a frog jumping contest, sloppy boot races.
More: Call 561-571-0008.

January 18-20, 2002
Flake Out Festival
Noah's Art Waterpark,
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
Snow sculpting, pony rides, kite flying demonstration, tricycle races turkey bowling, hot air balloons, fireworks.
Further details: Call 800-22-DELLS, Extension INT.

January 18-21, 2002
Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival
Community Center,
(and other venues),
Morro Bay, California.
Bird workshops, lectures, fieldtrips (some events have a fee and require advance registration).
Additional information: Call 805-772-4467 or 800-231-0592.

January 19-20, 2002
Casa Grande Heritage Tourism Days
historic downtown area,
Casa Grande, Arizona.
Tours of historic homes and downtown buildings(fee), and a street fair with art and crafts, food and entertainment.
Details: Call 520-836-8744.

January 19-20, 2002
Downtown Delray Festival of the Arts
E. Atlantic Avenue at U.S. 1,
Delray Beach, Florida.
300 juried artists, music and food.
More information: Call 954-472-3755.

January 26-27, 2002
Yuma Lettuce Days
Main Street Plaza,
Yuma, Arizona.
Over 30,000 people attended this event in 2001. the festival includes farm equipment displays, the World's Largest Garden Salad, lettuce basketball, an onion-peeling contest, art, food and more.
Details: Call 928-782-5712.

January 26-27, 2002
Arti Gras
Shopko Hall,
Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Arts and crafts, entertainment and food.
Additional details: Call 920-435-2787.

January 31-Feb. 3, 2002
Oklahoma Garden Festival
Myriad Convention Center,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Floral and horticultural demonstrations and displays, experts on hand for advice, vendors.
More information: Call 405-528-2996.

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.
Please tell them you saw the information in Deb's Monthly Review.

Please don't write and ask for personalized information on upcoming festivals,
(unless you want to hire me!) I do not have time to do free searches
for everyone who asks.

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New Year Attitudes
If Not Now, Then When?

January is a great time to work on ideas for improving one's own life and brightening the lives of others.

I have decided that this year I plan to work on my use of words. Words can be a habit, a trap, or even a hurtful blow. But words can give us hope and a glimpse of Heaven. I'm going to consciously look at using better words in place of negative words.



low class






in a rut




between a rock and a hard place


bare necessities


sitting on the sidelines




pat answers





class act




give (or share)


ready for something new




on a stepping stone


little luxuries






more questions

benefit of the doubt


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Speaking of attitudes...

Would you get upset if your local firefighters showed up on your street and then you found out they were there for a marriage proposal?

Some folks in Longview, Texas got a bit hot under the collar when firefighters used a ladder truck to help off-duty fellow worker Adam Deary reach an upper story apartment so he could propose to his lady love, Andrea.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but after the things firefighters (and other emergency personnel) have been through lately, I think it's kind of nice to see them have a little fun at taxpayer expense. I may just send them a little donation to help cover the expense of their night out.

Let them know how YOU feel about it at
Longview Fire Department (click on Contact Longview FD).

By the way--the lady said

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Quotes On Attitude

"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."
--Glenn Turner

"Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist."
--Edgar Watson Howe

"In the long run the pessimist may be proved right, but the optimist has a better time on the trip."
--Daniel L. Reardon

"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to."
--W. C. Fields

"When the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it may be that they take better care of it there."
--Cecil Selig

"Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why."
--Bernard Baruch

"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things...I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind."
--Leo Buscaglia

"Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."
--Og Mandino

"The best way to predict your future is to create it."
--Peter Drucker

"If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done."
--John Lubbock

"Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right."
--Mario Cuomo

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself."
--Harriet Nelson

"Peace begins with a smile."
--Mother Teresa

"No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
--Niels Bohr

"The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next."
--Mignon McLaughlin


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Once upon a time there was a man with a gentle voice and quiet charm. He made several movies and worked in a TV show playing a character who rode a motorcycle from town to town, touching lives, and singing a little here and there. Then some of us didn't hear much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is singing, and he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy.

Included are:
Where Is Your Heart (Moulin Rouge)
Basin Street Blues
Don't Go To Strangers
On The Street Where You Live

This CD was a long time
coming, but it was
worth waiting for.

Take a trip to Listen Recordings
where you can order your copy.

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


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A Little Browsing...

Above: Metallic Choker Necklace

Left: Dreamcatcher Earrings

We're pleased to host the work of artisan Joan Garnand on our little patch of light on the web. Joan's creations are finally finding their way out of her Tennessee community and into the hearts of admirers everywhere.

Joan spent last summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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See the man in the banner below this text?
                Go ahead--take a look.
                                 Take a good, long look.
Memorize his face.
This man is Scott L. Schwartz.
If you ever get into trouble, you'll want him on your side.

This guy means business.
And his business is playing big and bad.
Big may come easy, because he's 6'10" and weighs about 300 pounds.
I'm not sure how he pulls off the bad part though, because he actually seems to be very...

Well, never mind. Just click on the banner and get ready for some action.

You can see some of Scott's work as "Bruiser" in Ocean's Eleven,
which opened December 7, 2001.

He'll also be appearing in The Scorpion King next spring.

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Have plenty of cans of mushroom soup and stalks of celery in the house, but no milk or onions? Try going to search by Ingredient. You can search the entire recipe collection at the site, or you can narrow things down to one category, such as appetizers.
And speaking of appetizers, Super Bowl is usually in January, but will be February 3 this year. So you have some extra time to hunt down recipes for great munching during the game.
Find out more about Super Bowl XXXVI at

I say "to-may-to" and you say "to-mah-to"! The Linguistic Atlas Projects would like you to participate in their Online Survey of Amercian Pronunciation.

This is a funny link for you guys out there who read the Review and have a female in (or close to) your house: What Women SAY and What It Really MEANS!.

And this link is for All The Other Debs On The Web.

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