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"In the hope of reaching the moon
men fail to see the flowers
that blossom at their feet."
--Albert Schweitzer

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The Artsy Site
Of The Month:

Finger Painter
Is it real art? See for yourself.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

Stain Removal Guide
Pencil marks, motor oil, crayons, smoke and soot--
what gets them out?

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

Add Free Games To Your Page
Pong-style games, tank-style games, bowling and more.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

IrishAbroad Kitchen
Irish Stew, Brown Bread, Potato Souffle and Parsnip
Cakes (among others).

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:
Java-based games with small screens, so they do load fairly quickly.

Downright Serious Site
Of The Month:

USGS Mississippi Valley status
When New Madrid lets loose again, it will make the Seattle
quake look like a kiddie ride. It's been almost 200 years
since the central United States experienced
such a major quake.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Islamic History in Arabia and Middle East.
Islam represents about 19 percent of the world's population.


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March Events
festivals For March Travelers

March 1-11, 2001
Florida Strawberry Festival
Festival Grounds,
Plant City, Florida.
Midway, grand parade, art show, shoebox float contest, shortcake eating contest, strawberry stemming contest, craft and baking competitions, photo contest, entertainment.
More information: Call 813-752-9194.

March 2-4, 2001
Annual Greek Festival
St. Katharine Greek Orthodox Church
(Wickham Road),
Melbourne, Florida.
Food live music and dancing, artifacts, arts, crafts, books, tours of the church.
More information: Call 321-254-1045.

March 2-4, 2001
Cotton Days
San Carlos Park,
Coolidge, Arizona.
Car show, arts and crafts, food, carnival, 10K run, cotton displays, gem show, cotton bale rolling contest, lots of entertainment.
More information: Call 520-723-3009.

March 2-4, 2001
Old Washington Jonquil Festival
Old Washington State Park,
Washington, Arkansas.
Music, arts and crafts, food, historic tours, all in the surroundings of spring jonquils blooming.
Information: Call 501-983-2684.

March 3-4, 2001
Georgia Art & Rubber Stamp Festival
Gwinnett Civic & Cultural Center,
Gwinnett, Georgia.
Displays, workshops and classes using decorative rubber stamps and similar media. Companies will have items for sale. There is a small admission charge.
More information: Call 541-574-8000.

March 4, 2001
Zilker Park Kite Festival
Zilker Park on Barton Springs Road,
Austin, Texas.
Registered homemade kites flying, food concessions, canine obstacle course, kite buggy demonstrations, highest kite competition, steadiest kite competition, strongest kite competition, candy drop, mass kite ascent. (In the event of rain, the date will be moved to the next week, March 11).
Further details: Call 512-647-7488.

March 9-11, 2001
Chandler Ostrich Festival
Arizona Avenue & Chandler Boulevard area,
Chandler, Arizona.
Festival parade, ostrich races, bungee tower, arts and crafts, foods, entertainment, kids' activities. Small admission charge.
More: Call 623-842-8434.

March 9-18, 2001
Winter Carnival
various venues,
Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ice sculptures, ice bowling, fireworks, parade, sled dog race, and more.
More: Call 907-452-1105.

March 10-11, 2001
Chatanika Days
(unsure of venue),
Chatanika, Alaska.
Held in a historic mining town north of Fairbanks, this event includes a snow-machine tug-of-war and outhouse races.
More: Call 907-389-2164.

March 16-25, 2001
International Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Street,
Macon, Georgia.
Cherry Blossom Hall of Fame & Museum, honors for Ghana (plus Japan, the Republic of China and the United Kingdom), entertainment by Macon native Little Richard. This is a ticketed event.
More: Call 478-751-7429.

March 17-18, 2001
Aloha Festival
115 North 6th Street,
Phoenix, Arizona.
Children's "make and take" souvenirs, Polynesian games, Pacific Rim displays, island marketplace, entertainment, and plenty of themed foods.
More information: Call 480-967-7366.

March 17-18, 2001
Spring Blossom Festival
Shinzen Japanese Garden
in Woodward Region Park,
Fresno, California.
Daffodils are in full bloom, and so are crabapple trees, forsythia and camelias. There is also a bonsai show on the 18th. Docents are on hand to answer questions.
More information: Call 559-226-8034.

March 22-25, 2001
Festival of Flowers
Spring Hill College campus,
Mobile, Alabama.
Floral displays, bonsai workshop (reservation required), hanging basket workshop (reservation required), topiary workshop (reservation required), and visitors are welcome to take photographs, but please leave pets at home. The festival is a smoke-free event. There is a modest admission charge, and proceeds from the event go to local charities.
More information: Call 334-639-2050.

March 23-24, 2001
Maple Syrup Festival
Downtown area,
Wakarusa, Indiana.
Helicopter rides, blacksmithing and sheep-shearing demonstrations, carnival rides, petting zoo, maple syrup baking contest, syrup-making demonstrations, quilts, crafts, antiques, bed race, chain-saw carving, entertainment, and lots of food (including the jumbo-size red and black jelly beans Wakarusa is known for and which sell each year in terms of tons).
More information: Call 219-862-4344 or 800-860-5957.

March 24-25, 2001
Santa Barbara Whale Festival
State Street,
Santa Barbara, California.
Arts and crafts, food, marine stories and presentations.
More information: Call 805-897-3187.

March 24-26, 2001
Delta Springfest
Washington County Convention Center,
Greenville, Mississippi.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, carnival, food.
More information: 662-378-2617.

March 25-April 8, 2001
National Cherry Blossom Festival
various venues,
Washington, D.C.
Parade, sports events, luncheon cruise, sword demonstrations, Japanese-American street festival, origami, concerts, .
More information: Call 202-547-1500.

March 30-April 1, 2001
Spring Festival of the Arts
Tempe, Arizona.
More than 500 artists and craftspeople participate, and there is entertainment, children's area, ethnic foods and more.
More information: Call 480-350-8906.

March 31-April 1, 2001
Un-Conventional Rubber Stamp Convention
Portland Expo Center on Marine Drive,
Portland, Oregon.
Displays, workshops and classes using decorative rubber stamps and similar media. Companies will have have items for sale. There is a small admission charge.
More information: Call 909-689-2530.

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

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Tubers and Rhizomes and Seeds, Oh My!

It's time to think spring, especially if you love to grow things, both indoors and out. It used to be difficult to find some plants, but with the growth of the online world, you can now obtain even rare plants and seeds for your gardening fun.

Asparagus is one of those vegetables you can plant once and enjoy for years. Get your asparagus crowns from Jersey Asparagus.

Sweet potato slips and onion seeds are available from Irish Eyes.
Wood Prairie has seed potatoes. You can buy organic seed garlic from Filaree Farm.

Grow your own Wasabi horseradish..

Virtual Seeds has Black Mexican turtle beans, "Envy" green soybeans, jet black soybeans, many varieties of ornamental corn, Japanese eggplant, gourmet baby corn, Black Krin tomatoes and White Wonder tomatoes.

Seedman will help you grow your own Carob, Paw Paws or Star Fruit. Try Greenweb for Cassabanana, kiwi, balloon vine and more. You can get Japanese parsley and black currant bushes (from the Ukraine region) from Raintree Nursery.

Have you always wanted a tree that no one around you had? Maybe you would enjoy the challenge of growing teak, mahogany or balsa. If so, try Etrees.
Aesthetic Gardens offers conifers, heathers and more. Bamboo Giant Nursery is close to where I live, and they will get you started with a bamboo hedge or forest.

Try Growing Places for a striking Black Hollyhock, edible Smokey bronze fennel, or harestail grass. Caladium World has Caladiums and Elephant Ears. World Wide Seed has everything you need for a Bible garden or a night-blooming moon garden.

Are you a fan of bearded irises and want some of your own? Try Argyle Acres. For many kinds of cannas and daylilies try

Green Thumbs has calla lilies and tuberous begonias (including ones great for haning baskets). Want some showy double-bloom Japanese Hepaticas? Check the supply at Thimble Farms. They also sell ferns and orchids.

Hydrangeas are so beautiful and make such a great show in your yard. If you want to add some to your landscape you can find many varieties (including the overcrowded-looking "mopheads") at Hydrangeas Plus.

Want a strange plant? Grow a "Devil Claw". Try and air plant or a carnivorous plant from Unlimited Exotica. (they also sell succulents, fossils, and crystals). If you want more carnivorous beauties like Sundews and Pitcher Plants check with California Carnivorous.

If carnivorous beauties are not your style, perhaps you would prefer to bring back the romantic scent of old-fashioned Sweet Peas. And there are many varieties of lilacs.

Are you pressed for space, or want tiny plants that fit in with your model railroad layout? Mini Forests has Sedum, Thyme, Golden Baby Tears and other perfect little plants.

You can just sit and view pictures of the blooms or you can order your own plants from A Sandy Rhododendron..



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.

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If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or computer, you probably wish you had a more comfortable chair. The Comfort Store:Chairs may be just the place you need to visit.

As the Easter season approaches, a lot of people go to see what are commonly called "Passion Plays". Here is a fellow who thinks fans of the WWF may be trying to experience a bit of this concept when they watch pseudo-good and pseudo-evil characters battle it out in the ring. What do you think?

"They" say you "can't take it with you", but this story might prove to demonstrate that you can keep "them" busy looking for it long after you are laid to rest.

If you just bought a mountain bike and you are wondering where to use it, the Trail Reviews is a good place to find trails others have used and enjoyed.

Need a book that does not have to be in new condition? Want to sell a book? will happily help you with both tasks.

Before you march this spring, visit The Graduation Guide for ideas on ways to celebrate. Coincidentally this site has a "wish list" in case anyone would like to congratulate you on your accomplishment.

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