Deb's Monthly Review
bullet June 2001 bullet Festivals for Travelers,
Sites of the Month,
Special Feature, Quotes,
Opinions, Rants, Praises.

New: What Do Writers Do All Day? (web cam)
Special Quote
"Sixty years ago I knew everything, now
I know nothing, education is a progressive
discovery of our own ignorance."
--Will Durant
The Other Side Of The News: To parents, teachers,
and other guardians
of children:

The Review is a place where adults or kids should be able
to stop by and browse comfortably.
But, remember - I have no control over outside links.
For happiest results, please surf the Web with your kids!


The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
Presented by the New York Public Library.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

Chess Reference
Learn to play, improve your game, or just enjoy chess trivia.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

The Top Ten Reasons Visitors Leave Your Site
They want to market their web tools, but the basic tips are solid help.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

Packing Tips
Especially useful for European/foreign jaunts.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

Clock Magic
Quite fun! One could spend some time wondering how they do this.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

Thunderstorms and Camping Safety
Before you camp in the great outdoors, take note of your surroundings.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Helicopter History.
The FW-61 helicopter, piloted by German female
aviator Hanna Reitsch, first flew 75 years ago this month.


Logo 125x125
Much more than
a card shop.
Click on the logo
to see for yourself!


Think you know it all?
Prove it at
And if you don't know
something you can get
some answers there.

bullet bullet bullet bullet bullet bullet bullet


June Events
festivals For June Travelers

June 1-2, 2001
Rhubarb Festival
Aledo, Illinois
Rhubarb recipe contest, rhubarb treats to sample, craft show, antique show, entertainment.
More information: Call 309-582-3125.

June 1-2, 2001
Greek Food Festival
Saints Constantine & Hellen Greek Orthodox Church,
Boise, Idaho.
About 5000 people attend to sample Greek cuisine and enjoy the music of Greek culture.
Details: Call 208-345-6147.

June 1-2, 2001
Magnolia Festival
Sooner Park,
Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
This is essentially a really big outdoor picnic with storytellers, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, children's games, skydiving entertainment and ethnic foods.
More information: Call 918-331-0456.

June 1-3, 2001
Viva Elvis VII Festival
Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (and other foods which were favorites of Elvis'), Elvis look-alikes, lip sync contest, Elvis parade and arrival of the Skydiving Kings.
More information: Call 757-491-7866.

June 1-3, 2001
Blackbeard Festival
Downtown area,
Hampton, Virginia
It's the second year for this event. There is a Theater in the Round, Pirate's Ball, block party.
More: Call 757-727-1540.

June 1-3, 2001
Dallas Festival of Arts & Jazz
City Hall Plaza,
Dallas, Texas.
Some forty thousand attend. Art gallery, 20 restaurants, commercial exhibits, plus jazz by the likes of Spyro Gyra, Earl Klugh, Bob James and others. Gated admission
Further Details: Call 214-855-1881.

June 1-3, 2001
Egg Festival
Main Street,
Mentone, Indiana.
Flea market, parade, rides, crafts, tractor pull, car show, entertainment, food.
Additional information: Call 219-353-7417.

June 1-3, 2001
Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Jackson Blvd and Columbus Dr,
Chicago, Illinois.
About 200,000 attend this event in its 17th year. Those appearing will include Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC's, and returning special guest Lou Rawls. Admission is free.
Details: Call 312-744-3315.

June 1-3, 2001
Ojai Music Festival
Libbey Bowl and Ojai Art Center,
Ojai, California.
This is the festival's 55th year. Dawn Upshaw and British pianist Paul Crossley are among those scheduled to appear.
Further information: Call 805-646-8126.

June 1-3, 2001
Bank Alley downtown,
Longview, Texas.
10k, 5k and 1-mile runs, volleyball, kids activities, music, three-on-three street basketball tournament, bicycle tour, arts and crafts, food.
More: Call 903-753-3281.

June 1-3, 2001
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
Unknown venue,
Little Chute, Wisconsin.
Cheesecake contest, cheese breakfast, parade, cheese carving competition.
More Details: Call 920-788-7390.

June 2-3, 2001
All American Hoe-down Festival
Unknown venue,
Campbellsburg, Indiana.
Baking contest, antique tractor show, crafts, fireworks, entertainment, food.
Additional information: Call 812-755-4274.

June 2-3, 2001
Chisholm Trail Celebration
Chisholm Trail Historical Museum,
Waurika, Oklahoma.
Displays and demonstrations depicting life on the Chisholm Trail, including a Western melodrama, Buffalo Soldiers re-enactment, Chickasaw dances.
More: Call 580-228-2166.

June 6-10, 2001
Jubilee Days
Drake Harbor,
Warsaw, Missouri.
This event is in its 35th year. There will be crafts, fiddler's contest, parade, country entertainment, magic show.
More information: Call 800-WARSAW-4.

June 8-9, 2001
Georgia Peach Festival
Downtown area,
Fort Valley, Georgia.
Music, fireworks, arts and crafts and lots of peach treats, including the world's largest peach cobbler.
Additional information: Call 877-322-4371.

June 8-9, 2001
King Kamehameha Celebration
Various venues,
Honolulu, Hawaii.
Floral parade with the statue of King Kamehameha having been draped in large floral leis. I have gotten conflicting information on the date(s) for this event, so please double-check before you attend.
More: Call 808-923-1811

June 8-9, 2001
Irving Heritage Festival
Historic Downtown Irving,
Irving, Texas.
Annual Old Time Fiddler's Contest, arts and crafts, Square Dance demonstration, entertainment.
More: Call 972-253-9700.

June 8-10, 2001
Texas Blueberry Festival
200 East Main Street,
Nacogdoches, Texas.
Classic car parade show, blues concert, blueberry farm tours, dominoes, horseshow tournament, showing of silent movies, arts and crafts, blueberry treats, entertainment.
Additional information: Call 888-564-7351.

June 8-10, 2001
Rhapsody in Green Festival
Unknown venue,
Elkhart, Indiana.
Sports tournament, antique car shows, children's activities, art, music.
More: Call 219-295-7375.

June 8-10, 2001
Sparta Butterfest
Sparta Memorial Park on Rusk Avenue,
Sparta, Wisconsin.
Carnival, parade, quilt show, antique car show, milking contest, bicycle races, entertainment, food, arts and crafts.
Details: Call 608-269-4759.

June 8-16, 2001
Riverbend Festival
Downtown along Tennessee River,
Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Over half a million attend. Those currently scheduled to perform include Travis Tritt, Al Jarreau, Starship, Karla Bonoff, Trailer Park Troubadours, John Paul Williams, Carman, and Rhapsody in Blues. There is also a physical endurance race called the Riverbend Challenge, a 5k run, a one-mile run, and a closing fireworks show. Food and drink are available on-site. Please leave your coolers, glass containers and pets at home. Admission is charged, and you are given a pin to show admittance.
Ticket Information: Call 423-756-2211.

June 9-10, 2001
Pink Tomato Festival
Unknown venue,
Warren, Arkansas.
Tomato-eating contest, arts and crafts, food, Kidlands, 5k walk and run, softball tournament, contests, street dance.
More information: Call 870-226-5225.

June 9-10, 2001
44th Annual Allentown Art Festival
Historic Allentown District of Downtown,
Buffalo, New York.
Outdoor art, with exhibitors from both the U.S. and Canada.
Further Information: Call 716-881-4269.

June 14-17, 2001
Pecan Festival
6th and Morton,
Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Children's area, carnival rides, arts and crafts, world's largest pecan pie.
Details: Call 918-756-6172.

June 14-17, 2001
Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival
various venues
Buffalo, New York.
Coco Montoya, George Benson, guitar master class, blues and rock guitar music, classical brunch and recital, fireworks.
Ticket Information: Call 716-845-7156.

June 15-16, 2001
Lakefront Festival of the Arts
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Arts and crafts, fashion show, food. Up to 70,000 attend.
More Information: Call 414-224-3850.

June 15-16, 2001
Stonewall Peach JAMboree & Rodeo
Peach Street,
Stonewall, Texas.
Auction, Fiddler's contest, 5k walk, arts and crafts, parade, baking contest, barbecue, Peach Show, rodeo, dance, breakfast at fire station.
Details: Call 830-644-2735.

June 15-17, 2001
Juneteenth On Greenwood
Greenwood & Archer,
Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Arts and crafts, children's entertainment, foods, plus music by local and national jazz, blues and gospel entertainers.
Further Information: Call 918-596-1001.

June 16-17, 2001
26th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Martin Luther King Jr. Park,
Best and Fillmore Streets, Buffalo, New York.
Celebration of African-American freedom and culture with 5k race, health fair, job fair, ethnic foods, Underground Railroad tours.
Additional Details: Call 716-857-2121.

June 16-July 14, 2001
Watermelon Days Festival
various venues,
Cordele, Georgia.
Parade, arts and crafts, fireworks, photo contest, watermelon seed spitting contest, fishing rodeo, pool tournament, golf tournament, watermelon decorating contest, dog show, horseshoe tournament, gospel sing, 5k run, entertainment.
More Information: Call 912-273-1668.

June 18-23, 2001
Mermaid Festival
Unknown venue,
North Webster, Indiana.
Queen contest, parade, midway, nightly entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 219-834-2554.

June 19-24, 2001
Swedish Days
various venues,
Geneva, Illinois.
Music competition, Grand parade, carnival, kids' day, art and craft show, food booths with Swedish and American dishes.
Further Details: Call 630-232-6060.

June 20-23, 2001
London Strawberry Festival
Downtown area,
London, Ohio.
Parades, 5k race, concessions and carnival rides, games, motorcycle show, entertainment, strawberry recipe baking contest, climbing wall.
More Information: Call 740-852-6321.

June 21-24, 2001
Oregon Summer Fest
Kiser Park,
Oregon, Wisconsin.
A family-style festival with sports tournaments, bingo, 50 arts and crafts booths, helicopter rides, carnival, high school marching band competition, and entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 608-835-3697.

June 21-24, 2001
Lake Mills Festival Days
Downtown Commons Park,
Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
American Legion Carnival, beer tent, live music, food, sidewalk sales and Big Wheel races.
Additional Information: Call 920-648-3585.

June 22-24, 2001
El Paso/Juarez International Mariachi Festival
One Civic Center Plaza,
El Paso, Texas.
Mariachi groups, food and drink.
More: Call 915-566-4066.

June 29-30, 2001
South Shore Zuma Days
Zuma Park,
Montezuma, Ohio.
Games, auction, barbecue, lawn and garden tractor pull, fireworks, food, entertainment.
Additional Information: Oops! I was unable to obtain a contact phone number.

June 29-30, 2001
Buffalo River Elk Festival
Downtown area,
Jasper, Arkansas.
Arts and crafts, music, elk calling contest, Dutch Oven cooking contest, Old West reenactments, block party at night, fireworks.
More: Call 870-446-2693

June 30-July 7, 2001
Linton Freedom Festival
unknown venue,
Linton, Indiana.
Large parade, arts and crafts, lip sync contest, fireworks, carnival, music, classic car cruise-in, horse pull.
More: Call 812-847-4846.

It's always best to call ahead to verify festival information.

Looking for information on travel agents and other travel assistance?
Want to find the search engines that focus on travel needs?
Need to know what to do about extra insurance on a trip?
Are you trying to find out how to convert currency?
You can get information on all these plus sign-up for a bi-monthly magazine at Travigator II

American Spice has old-fashioned candies!

Root Beer Barrels
Horehound Candy
Clove Drops
Licorice Hard Candy

Click on the Great American Spice icon to order!

Buy great spices at great prices


Summer School

It's June and once again we're doing summer school. Every link is optional and so is homework!
Have fun, and learn something new whether you are 9 or 90!
Each weekday has a lesson, with weekends left free for other pursuits.
June 1
Anchor Site: Trees of the States & Provinces
What trees are common in Florida that are not common in Colorado?

Optional Field Trip: Take a walk and see how many trees you can name. If you find one you cannot identify, try to get a leaf sample from the tree and look it up in the Tree Key
June 4
Anchor Site: Fresh Baked Fractions
Brush up on your ability to work with fractions.

Additional Practice: Converting Percentages to Fractions
June 5
Anchor Site: Christmas Bird Count
Each year in December people work together to count the species of birds in U.S. locales. Click on the "Results" link to go to the page where you can look up birds counted in your area. (You can also look up individual species of birds and find out how many, if any, were observed in your area in December of 2000.
Further Sleuthing : Do all birds migrate during the daytime hours? See Questions and Answers to find out.

June 6
Anchor Site: Music Theory For Songwriters
Find out what makes up chords and how you can use them as the basis for writing your own songs.
June 7
Anchor Site: Paul Revere's Ride
This poem tells of Paul Revere's ride at the time of the American Revolution.

More on the Author: Here is a biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Connecting Poetry With History: Can you think of any other examples where authors wrote poetry, books or screenplays about current events? You can find some film examples here.
June 8
Anchor Site: Water Properties
Water can exist as a liquid, a solid and or gas.

Experiments To Try: Try the Dry Paper Experiment and the Over the Rim experiment.
June 11
Anchor Site: Art Timeline
Early art among humans was as much a reflection of the world they lived in as our art is today. What kind of art medium might Michelangelo have worked in if he had been alive now?

Additional link: Long before today's TV news crews, people sometimes put their own lives at risk in the interest of using art to preserve a picture of history. Take a look at the work of Civil War era artist Alfred Waud.
Modern-day criminal and civil trial judges do not always allow photography in courtrooms during proceedings. Artists have managed to "get around" this particular restriction by doing sketches of the events. You can see some examples of courtroom sketches at Art of Eve.
June 12
Anchor Site: Internet Backbone Maps
Information gets from my computer to yours through a series of connections, the widest of which is usually called a backbone. These may be made of T1, DS-3 or OC (fiber-optic cable).

Internet Geography: They have now begun to "map" internet connections much the way we map buildings and streets. See more at An Atlas Of Cyberspace.
June 13
Anchor Site: Cotton's Rise Through The Years
Easy-care fabrics almost squeezed cotton out of the American market for a time.

Fabrics and Genetics: Now growers and scientists are seeking ways to make cotton more durable and useful as a fabric. One way to do that is through genetically engineering cotton plants to include other properties, such as those found in polyester.
June 14
Anchor Site: My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir.
John Muir's observations and writings have done much to turn both young and old minds to the mysteries and treasures awaiting us in the outdoors.

Focus on Another Naturalist: Another famous naturalist was Henry David Thoreau, who wrote Walden. Thoreau also was an inventor of sorts.
June 15
Anchor Site: New Species: Keep On Counting
Scientists continue to find "new" plants and animals we have not known of in the past.

Spotlight on One New Species: Some of the newly discovered species live in conditions we would not have previously thought inhabitable or conducive to life, One example comes in the creatures living in the Thermal Vents.
June 18
Anchor Site: Fruit of the Boom
More about marketing to groups: Neighborhood Lifestyle Segmentation
Where do you and your friends/family fit into this mix? What do you think might be some of the differences between trying to sell books to you and books to someone in one of the other groups?

June 19
Anchor Site: Mars: Missions
Plans are underway to send more Rovers to Mars in 2003. One of the things to be explored is a possible history of water on the planet.

Fiction and Truth Are Sometimes One and the Same: Fictional stories (including science fiction) often reflect current thinking and speculation in space exploration. Myth and Science Fiction at the Close of the Twentieth Century gives some good examples of this.
June 20
Anchor Site: 21st-Century Musical Instruments: Hardware and Software
What is music?
Focus On Rock: One of the more modern popular forms of music is commonly referred to as "Rock", and early versions were called "rock n' roll". Rock n' roll grew from older influences of blues and jazz, which had become highly evolved in American black culture. Rock and Racism goes into further detail about the implications of black music becoming a mainstream part of white culture in America at a time when black citizens struggled for acceptance in other areas of society. A publication called The Jews Who Rock Around The Clock explores how Jews figured into the early rock n' roll equation.
June 21
Anchor Site: Jet Propulsion
The first actual jet "engine" was invented before the time of Christ.

How Do They Work?: More on jet propulsion from Professor Awatef Hamed
June 22
Anchor Site: Split Cherry Tree.
This short story was written by Jesse Stuart, who was born in the early part of the 20th Century. The setting of such a story might change today, but the values and the issues could be the same in any given era.

Writing Experiment: Try writing your own short story, including themes and issues that are as timeless as the ones Jesse Stuart addressed. Here are some trips on writing short stories. And here are more tips
June 25
Anchor Site: The Solar Wind
The Ulysses spacecraft has been measuring solar wind.

Does the Sun Have Limits in Its Influence?: The heliopause represents the outer reach of solar wind.
June 26
Anchor Site: Art Historical Eras
Ancient art works and contemporary art works have both differences and similarities we can study while we enjoy the art works themselves.

Art Made New: New forms of art emerge all the time. One example is Hyperspectral Imaging. Look around you and imagine what might turn into a new art form in your home, school, workplace or the outdoors.
June 27
Anchor Site: Geometry in Motion
Geometry is useful not only in making forms, but in learning the relationship of one form to another.

Geometry at Work: Geometry in Action points to ways that geometry is used in industry and science.
June 28
Anchor Site: Insects in the Wet Tropics
We believe there are more insects than any other type of animal on earth.

The Disappearing Bug: Many animals, including insects, appear on the endangered species lists of states in the United States.
June 29
Anchor Site: Broadcast Newswriting
Though we often think of broadcast news as straight news, it is just as subjective as many other elements of programming.

Married to the Job?: Would you think of TV news work as a stable profession in which work, marriage and family would be easy to balance? See this survey.
New Ways to Get News: Will news on the internet replace the popularity of TV news shows? Here's The Myth of Convergence

That's it for Summer School!
I hope these tidbits will be a good starting point for you to want to learn something new everyday!

bullet bullet bullet


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 see much of him for awhile.
We wondered if he would ever come to sing for us again.

Michael Parks is not only singing, but he recorded 17 songs for us to enjoy.

If you haven't closed your eyes and dared to dream for a long while, take heart. These are songs to dream by.

And you'll believe he sings just for you.
This one was worth waiting for.

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

Michael Parks - Coolin Soup' - Listen Recordings


A Little Browsing...

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.
Check out Joan's zucchini/squash casserole recipe.
This busy lady also began her TV stint this past spring, and is sharing her cake decorating and candy-making skills on a local Chattanooga station.
She is spending this spring doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

bullet bullet bullet

The summer heat makes gardening tough if you have plants that dry out easily. You might consider Container gardening to have more control over where plants sit and how much sun and water they get. We rarely get summer rain in this part of California, but if you live in a location that tends to get rain in spurts, you might consider using something like The Rain Barrel to catch rain for watering plants.

If you are always on the prowl for new fonts for your web site or other graphics projects, you'll enjoy browsing through the goodies at Fonts & Things. There are some freeware fonts and some shareware ones. You download them in compressed mode and then use something like WinZip to extract them for use on your computer. All they currently have are fonts for the PC (sorry, Mac fans!)

If you're looking for promotional items to introduce your website, small business or organization Promotional Products Co., Inc might be just what you are looking for. There are many others on the internet, but these folks have a really wide range of products.

For those of you who, like me, enjoy choral and ensemble singing, you will have great fun at Musica International. For example, I didn't know (or had forgotten) that "The Theme From Moulin Rouge" by Georges Auric (also called "Where Is Your Heart?") had lyrics (I always seem to hear instrumental versions). I had fallen in love with the song allover again after hearing the lyrics on the latest CD Michael Parks did, and wondered if there might be any choral arrangements of the song. I used their database search with "Auric", "moulin" and "rouge" and got back three results, including one listing arranged for SATB. So if there is a piece of music you've been hunting for details on, give them a try. (hmmm... now all I have to do is figure out how to ask for the sheet music to "Moulin Rouge" in French, since the publisher is in France...)
By the way, this "Moulin Rouge" has nothing to do with the film coming out this summer. This song is from John Huston's "Moulin Rouge" film from 1952, I believe.)

bullet bullet bullet


Find great restaurant reviews and more at


A Good Investment Of Time And Money...

Registration for is quick and free!
You can also write your own courses and if
your course is chosen to be published
for public viewing, you can earn too.

Rotating Courses
Learn to write a better resume.
Improve your English grammar skills.
Learn to maintain a sewing machine.
Get tips on day trading.


Rubber stamp collectors!
Did you send for yours yet?

Anne-Made Designs has a 258-page catalog.
To get yours, you'll need a check for $8.50.

(if you are new to stamping, I should tell you
it's a common practice to pay for catalogs)

This will get you a full catalog and supplements,
plus first-timers
get a 3-by-5 card of assorted unmounted stamps to
enjoy (Anne's choice).

Why pay full price for
new clothes?
Visit today!

Send your $8.50 to:
Anne-Made Designs
Anne Olney
PO Box 697-D
Erwin TN 37650

You can tell Anne I sent you,
but she'll give you prompt, professional
service anyway--it's just her style.

Put some unusual color in your spring meals with the Exotic Grain Sampler,
which includes Purple Thai Rice, Himalayan Red Rice Black Japonica Rice and Black Barley.
Get yours at Indian Harvest.

Gourmet Gifts @ Indian Harvest! Click to Shop!


bullet Graphic Hunters, take note! bullet

All graphics on this page (except the links to other sites, the Home and the email graphics below) are original. If you want to use any for your non-commercial page, please do.
A thanks on your page and a link back to this page would be great. Do drop me a line or two of email so I can see and enjoy your page.

Deb's Monthly Review is copyrighted!
Do be a dear and ask before you lift whole portions of the Special Review or something.
Remember! Those of us who publish on the web are not saying our work is in the public domain.
When in doubt about your use of someone's else's writings or graphics, ask!
If you want to use graphics or text on a commercial page, contact me first, please, and we'll work something out.

Please don't link back to the graphics on these pages - copy them to your own server! Thanks!


Deb's Monthly Review Archive

Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec

Jan   Feb
Mar   Apr
May   Jun
Jul   Aug
Sep   Oct
Nov   Dec


Note: The issue that had the original Special Feature on clothing for people with special needs is here.

Note: Links on past Monthly Review Pages are NOT kept up-to-date!
If I have linked to your site in the past and you make a change, I will attempt to update
the link if you let me know about it.

Fill out this Form to be notified
when the next Monthly Review is up.
You can also use the form to be taken off
the Notify List, or to send me comments
and suggestions.

    When you send me information via the form,
it's only for my use and for the Notify List.
This means you'll get an email from me once
or twice a month, mostly to let you know the
new issue is in place.

I do not sell or share your information with
people who compile mailing lists.

Visit My Other Pages

sign that says home imageHome Page
(though I spend little time there)
Deb's Mystery (And Other) Books Page
Deb's Favorite Movies Page Deb's TV Page
Deb's Selected Bookmarks Deb's List of WWW "Of The" Sites
This Page Was Last Updated On May 31, 2001

Send me email
envelope image

Deb's Monthly Review copyright Deb Thompson©