Deb's Monthly Review
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Festivals for Travelers, Sites of the Month, Special Feature, Quotes, Opinions, Rants, Praises.
Unless otherwise noted, opinions are solely that of the editor.

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Special Quote
"It was the best
of times, it was the
worst of times."
--Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
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For happiest results, please surf the Web with your kids!

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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

The Incredible Art Department
links to school art departments, arts jobs, more.

Personal Home Page
Of The Month:

The Eye of the Storm:Steve's Page
Philosophy, poetry, weather, more.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

Mouseover Tutorial from Bruce Hamilton
Tutorial plus links to other web design tips.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

Spring Cleaning for the Brain
Don't be content to dust only a house this year.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

How To Grow Pineapple
Grow your own pineapple plant.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

Think you can't make a difference right
from your computer chair? Think again.
(I re-checked this link Feb. 29 and had trouble reaching them...)

Historical Site
Of The Month:

19th Century Scientific American
Many volumes now online.

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March Events
festivals For February Travelers

March 1-25, 2000
Napa Valley Mustard Festival
Napa Valley Expo Center (and other venues), Napa, California.
The festival actually began in January, with events
in many venues throughout the area The Marketplace is on March.
11 and 12, with mustard tastings, art, music and more.
Details: Call 707-259-9020.

March 2-5, 2000
Dixieland Monterey
Doubletree Hotel & Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
The 20th year of this celebration brings performers such as Chicago Six,
Jean Kittrell and the Rivermen, and Bye Bye Blues Boys.
More Information: Call 831-443-5260.

March 2-12, 2000
Florida Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds, Plant City, Florida.
Midway, carnival rides, livestock and art/craft exhibts,
parades, fashion show, shoebox float contest, and musical
entertainers such as Pam Tillis, Kenny Rogers and Ronnie
Milsap. Admission is charged.
Further Details: Call 813-752-9194.

March 3-5 2000
Fiery Foods Show
Reno Hilto, Reno, Nevada.
The show is open to the public beginning at noon on both
Saturday and Sunday. (other times are reserved for the
trade. In addition to the music and the cooking demonstrations
there are spicy products of sauces, snacks, candies and more.
More: Call 505-873-8680.

March 3-5 2000
North Texas Irish Festival
Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.
Vendors of Celtic goods, lectures on Irish language and
culture, storytelling, Irish food and drink, dance exhibitions,
games, and much Irish music. Admission is charged.
Details: Call 214-823-7167 or 214-818-0911.

March 4-5, 2000
Safety Harbor Seafood Festival
Marina, Safety Harbor, Floria.
Seafood (and other food) vendors, arts and crafts exhibitors
with largely nautical themed goods, entertainment, sand
area and other activities for children.
More Information: Call 727-725-1562.

March 4-5, 2000
Blossom Days Festival
Sanger Civic Center Park, Sanger, California.
This festival is a celebration of the blooming orchards
that decorate the Fresno County area. There are arts and
crafts, a 10K run, music and food.
Further Information: Call 559-875-4575.

March 9-16, 2000
Asian American Film Festival
AMC Kabuki 8 Theatres on Post Street (and other venues), San Francisco, California.
This festival is in its 18th season, and I must warn
you that some showings were already sold out in mid-February.
Details: Call 415-255-4299.

March 10-12, 2000
Cabin Fever Weekend
Littleton, New Hampshire.
Celebrity pancake breakfast, auction, talent show, chili.
More Information: Call 603-444-6561.

March 11-12, 2000
Wild On Wetlands Weekend
Merced College Campus, Mercey Springs Road, Los Banos, California.
Wildlife exhibitions, art show, kids corner, food, music.
Details: Call 209-827-7000.

March 17-19, 2000
Kiki Raina Tahiti Festival
Merced, California.
Tahitian dance competitions, music food.
More: Call: 209-726-1925 OR 209-383-1435.

March 17-26, 2000
Cherry Blossom Festival
Central City Park and other venues, Macon, Georgia.
Historic tours (some at night by lantern), food and drink, gospel.
concert, fashion show, chuck wagon dinner, dance exhibitions,
hot-air balloon fest, sports events, children's kite fest and
cookie-decorating contest.
Further Information: Call 912-751-7429.

March 22-26, 2000
Festival of the Book
Downtown, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Readings, panel discussions, lectures and more in the
areas of fiction, turning books into movies, the publishing.
process, food writing, travel writing, poetry and more.
Over 13,000 people participated last year.
More Information: Call 804-924-6890.

March 22-26, 2000
Victorian Festival
Point Hudson Pavilion (and other venues), Port Townsend, Washington.
Art, tours of local historical inns, vintage fashions,
plays and concerts, plus workshops on Victorian crafts.
and design. Donation suggested for some activites.
Further Details: Call 360-379-3813.

March 22-26, 2000
Tennesse Williams New Orleans Library Festival
La Petit Theatre (and other venues), New Orleans, Louisiana.
Master classes, panel discussions, walking tours, book fair,
autograph sessions with featured writers, interview with Dakin.
Williams (Tennessee's brother). Some events are fee-based.
More Information: Call 504-581-1144.

March 23, 2000
Taste of Old Monterey
Ferrante's at the Marriott Hotel, Monterey, California.
Entertainment and food tastings in the historic part of the
Details: Call 831-655-8070.

March 23-26, 2000
Azalea Trail Run Festival
Spring Hill College (and other venues), Mobile, Alabama.
This is the 23rd occurence of the Azalea Trail Run.
Visit the health and fitness expo, antique auto show,
hockey game, and arts exhibitions.
More: Call 334-470-7730.

March 24-26, 2000
Aleutian Goose Festival
Castle Rock (and other locations), Crescent City, California.
Workshops, field trips, celebration of the comeback of the
geese whose population dwindled in the early 1970's.
Take a class in basic birding, bird photography, wildlife.
sketching, or birding by ear. Cost depends on the events
on which you focus.
Further Information: Call 800-343-8300 or 707-465-0888.

March 24-26, 2000
Bike Fest 2000
Recreation Center (and other venues), St. George, Utah.
Mountain biking festival with events in beginner,
intermediate and advanced categories.
There are hill climbs, clinics in style and fitness.
and optional recreational tours on Sunday.
More Information: Call 877-608-0685.

March 24-26, 2000
Bayou City Arts Festival
Memorial Park, Houston, Texas.
The small admission charge is for local charity.
Chidlren's area for face painting and spin art,
food, strolling entertainment, interactive art.
projects, and art displays in sculpture, clay,
glass and more.
Further Details: Call 713-521-0133.

March 25-26, 2000
Wendover's Wild and Windy Ways
Various venues in Wendover, Nevada.
Kiteflying demonstrations and competitions, races using
wind-powered vehicles, entertainment.
More Information: Call 800-426-6862 OR 775-664-3414.
NOTE: Wendover is also part of the area known as the Bonneville Salt Flats,
where they love to break land speed records.
Should you happen to reach Wendover in the middle of the night, you can still get
a good meal, since the western portion of the town is on the Nevada side of life.
Some of the casinos have convenient 24-hour restaurants.

March 25-26, 2000
Cherry Blossom Festival
Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, multi-cultural activities, virtual
reality games, children's activities, martial arts
demonstrations, cherry tree sales.
Details: Call 800-CONYERS or 770-602-2606.

March 25-26, 2000
Old Fashion Planter's Day
Butler Farms, White Oak, North Carolina.
Antique tractor display, tractor pulls, crafts, food,
games, entertainment, children's activities. Camping
is available (no electricty). There is a small admission fee.
Further Information: Call 910-866-4503.

March 25-26, 2000
Spring Garden Festival
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, Florida.
Landscape displays, seminars, garden-related merchandise,
trees and plants, crafts, environmental information, live
entertainment, silent auction, hayrides, children's area, food.
More Details: Call 352-373-7324.

March 25-26, 2000
Un-Conventional Rubber Stamp Convention
Portland Expo Center, Portland, Oregon.
Come and meet the owners or demonstrators from Rubber Gems,
Alextamping, Stamp Happy, and many more companies. You can
learn new rubber stamping techniques, buy stamps and supplies,
and meet other stamping enthusiasts.
More Information: Call 909-689-2530.

Buy great spices at great prices

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Spring Cleaning

When you've lived in a climate with four distinct seasons, the. term "spring cleaning" holds special meaning. After months of having the house shut tightly against snow and cold winds, the idea of opening all the doors and windows and getting rid of all the stale air and accumulated cobwebs is almost a religion for some people.

The Queen of modern cleaning is probably Heloise. She (and her mother before her) have taught us to scrub, polish, dust, wax and sweep our homes for decades.

Many follow faithfully the advice of Martha Stewart, though I must say I think of her more as a yuppie "head housekeeper" having many gophers to do the real work while she reminds us how perfect "her" portion is.

Cleaning Quest has a nice FAQ, featuring a jaunty fellow known as Sir Mopsalot.

I spent a morning recently getting to know Mr. Clean a little better. We had a very nice talk. Now, before you go and dial an emergency number for me, let me tell you that he really does talk. Go to his site and listen for yourself. He'll answer basic questions about products, and even tell you how he wore an earring long before it was fashionable for men to do so. But I couldn't get him to bad-mouth the competition. He's quite the gentleman, you know.

If you want to clean your house from the top down, Man of the House David Dalrymple will tell you how to clean your roof.

Looking for a cheaper way to spring clean this year? Try these Uses for vinegar.

If you're going to be cleaning a summer cabin or other building that has been sitting for awhile, or if you clean any area you think may have been inhabited by mice of some sort, consider Tips for preventing Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.

Don't forget about your chimney. Even small amounts of build-up inside your chimney can be a fire hazard. The National Chimney Sweep Guild has a section on their home page where you can choose your state and find a sweep to clean and inspect your chimney.

This isn't a common cleaning problem, but in case it should ever happen to you, here's how to clean up Mercury spills.

Scientists are struggling to undo some of the damage we have already done to our environment, and to find simple ways to clean up the messes we make on earth. Two of the more interesting approaches they've explored include Horseradish and Rhubarb.

We've seen a lot of flooding in the U.S. the last few years, so if you live in an area prone to flooding take some time to read Cleaning Up After A Disaster

If you want to feel even better than usual about cleaning things up, try the principles in Wind and Water Feng Shui. Don't just throw out that old stack of magazines. Spend some time experiencing the deeper reasons you've been holding on to them. And enjoy the release of the burden as you now let go of them.

If you can't find that favorite old Fuller Brush product, or a good ironing board cover and pad, try Home Trends.

If part of your spring cleaning involves replacing those chemical-laden cleaners you've been using year after year, browse the online catalog of Real Goods.

You might also shop at Mountain Green or Seventh Generation.

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A Daily Kind Of Spring Cleaning

A lovely couple we know was involved in a harrowing experience last month, and as a result of their ordeal, became the focus of attention for countless reporters and television shows, all eager to capitalize on their misfortune.

Our friends had suddenly become "famous" because of things that happened to them. Their story became a treasure to be bought and sold.

About the same time this all happened I was also informed of the auctioning off of personal items of a performer whose work I have admired since I was a teen. This person was famous before the auction. What made his belongings a commodity was his past successes in the entertainment field. This performer was "famous" first, which made his socks and handwriting worth more to some.

What makes us worth something? Is it the things we own, the stories we have to tell? Is it fame snatched in sudden tragedy or triumph, or maybe fame that was sought after one's whole life?

If I risk my physical life, is it suddenly worth more to the rest of the world? If I sing or act for a living instead of teaching math or repairing sewer lines, are my clothes worth more to the rest of the world?

The One who created and knows us best sees beyond all the fluff, the toys, the bright lights and the media hype. We are worth more as God's children than the worth of all these other things totaled and multiplied millions of times.

It's a great way to begin each new day, asking,
"What am I worth?" and "To whom?"

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A Little Browsing...


shamrock Are you a big fan of Mardi Gras? There is a petition campaign underway to have Mardi Gras declared a national holiday in the United States. If you want to get in on the purple, green and gold fun, find out How to Sign.
Dogs monopolizing our social life?
In light of recent worries about people spending so much time at their monitors, we thought you might enjoy another view of the whole matter.

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
This is great news for map-lovers everywhere.


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A Good Investment Of Time And Money...

Fund-raisers! Did you send for your copy of the fund-raising book Blueprints For Greenbacks yet?

Help your school, church, or community group raise money efficiently. Find out just how to get more volunteers and how to approach those people with willing checkbooks.

Learn to write a press release or a community service announcement for your newspaper or local TV station.

Are you on a shoestring budget? The book will help you set realistic goals that still allow you to bring in money for your sports team, town arts league, or auxiliary unit.

The book is also helpful to those who don't live in large cities and need help drawing on limited local resources for that talent or fashion show.

The author of the book is also available for consultations for specific fund-raising events. She has worked with many agencies (including United Way) to assure that events do the most for a cause.

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Rubber stamping enthusiasts! The Anne-Made Designs catalog is 258 pages crammed full of images for making greeting cards, stationery, and mail art. Anne's stamps are especially appealing to those of us who enjoy "scene" stamping.
To get a catalog, make out 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).

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

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

By the way, Anne-Made Designs is an "angel" company. For the uninitiated out there, that means she gives you permission to sell items made with her stamps as long as you hand-stamp each image used.

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