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"There are people in the
world so hungry, that God cannot
appear to them except in
the form of bread."
--Mahatma Gandhi
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and other guardians
of children:

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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:

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Adding music for your QuickTime movies.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

National Turkey Fed: Thanksgiving
Traditional turkey, non-traditional turkey, and even leftover turkey.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:
A commercial site, but with excellent solutions, also user forums.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:

Worldwide JewishWeb:
If you believe in miracles, or want to, this holiday is for you.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:
They make a "motorcycle" for the water.

Scientific Site
Of The Month:

Dangerous Science
A man with conviction, changing his corner of the scientific world.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Marie Antoinette (from Wikipedia)
Born 197 years (to the day) before me, Marie packed a lot into her 38 years of life.
(And she never said "Let them eat cake!" Apparently they had the equivalent of tabloid journalism even back then.)


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November Events
Festivals For November Travelers

November 1-3, 2002
Stormy Weather Arts Festival
various venues,
Cannon Beach, Oregon.
A spotlight on writers of the Northwest, artists at local galleries, an art walk of open houses, artists creating one-hour projects that are then sold by auction, plenty of music and more.
Further Details: Call 503-436-2623 Ext. 4.

November 1-3, 2002
Delray Beach Garlic Festival
Downtown area,
Delray Beach, Florida.
Children's area, musical concerts, merchants, technology area, cooking demonstrations, lots of foods with garlic. Bring a can of food for Food For Families to get a dollar off admission fee.
Additional information: Call 561-274-4663.

November 1-3, 2002
Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival
Seville Square,
Pensacola, Florida.
More than 200 fine arts and craftspeople exhibit and sell their creations. There are also areas for children, student art displays, musical entertainment and plenty of food.
More: Call 800-874-1234.

November 1-3, 2002
Sabine Free State Festival
Toledo Bend Lake area,

Florien, Louisiana.
This area was a Free State from 1806-1822 (and thus not really part of the state of Louisiana), and this event looks back with shoot-out skits, trail rides, street dances, old crafts such as lye-soap making, and plenty of food.
Further Information: Call 318-586-7655.

November 1-3, 2002
Flapjack Festival
Land O' Lakes Community Center,
Pasco, Florida.
Parade, pageant, music, children's events, arts and crafts, Mr. Legs contest, carnival midway and rides, free flapjacks.
Additional Details: Call 813-996-5522.

November 1-3, 2002
Sunshine Festival
Louisiana Square,
Donaldsonville, Louisiana.
Music and dance, arts and crafts, carnival rides, events for children, food, cooking contests.
More: Call 225-473-4814.

November 1-3, 2002
Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Fall Festival

Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Approximately 1250 atheletes (and their 200 coaches) participate in the games, which include bocce, powerlifting, soccer and volleyball. There will be athletes representing 43 counties. This is a great time to go and cheer for each and every athlete.
Additional Information: Call 800-235-9058 or 610-519-7244.

November 1-3, 2002
New World Wine & Food Festival
various venues,
San Antonio, Texas.
Celebrity Chefs, Day of the Dead altars, many wine and food events.
Ticket Information: Call 210-930-3232.

November 1-3, 2002
Florida Seafood Festival
Battery Park,
Appalachicola, Florida.
Oyster shucking contest, blessing of the fleet, music, arts and crafts, maritime exhibits, the King Retsyo Ball (separate fee), and more.
Further Details: Call 888-653-8011.

November 1-10, 2002
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival
various venues,
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Pageant, tours of coffee farms, floral displays, lauhala weaving workshop, grand parade, Miracle Mile Run, Lantern Parade, festival of artists, concert.
Further Information: Call 808-326-7820.

November 1-10, 2002
unknown venue(s),
New Braunfels, Texas.
German-style celebration with German foods and polka bands.
Details: Call 830-625-9167.

November 2, 2002
Granite City Fall Festival
unknown venue(s),
Elberton, Georgia.
Arts and crafts, rides for kids, food, music, and more.
More: Call 706-283-5651.

November 2-3, 2002
Halifax Art Festival
Beach Street downtown,
Daytona Beach, Florida.
Entertainment and food add to the fun of 250 artisans presenting their creations.
Additional information: Call 800-854-1234.

November 2-3, 2002
Toccoa Harvest Fest
Toccoa, Georgia.
More than 200 vendors offer crafts, baked goods and produce, plus there are two stages of entertainment, a classic car cruise-in, a rock climbing wall, children's events and more.
Further Details: Call 706-282-3269.

November 2-3, 2002
Alabama Pecan-Satsuma Festival
Tillman's Corner Community Center,
Mobile, Alabama.
Music, comedy, arts and crafts, food, pecans.
Find Out More: Call 215-304-1117.

November 2-3, 2002
Giant Omelette Celebration
Magdalen Square,
Abbeville, Louisiana.
In spite of a direct hit from Hurricane Lili this fall, the celebration will go on. A 5000-egg omelette with Cajun seasoning is cooked in a 12-foot skillet and served to the crowds. In addition there will be arts and crafts, Kid's World, tours of historic homes, egg games, antique farm equipment displays, a mass, parade and more. (The omelette is cooked on Sunday).
Further Information: Call 877-658-9695.

November 2-3, 2002
Great Southwest Rubber
Stamp Fall Fiesta

Centennial Hall,
Mesa, Arizona.
Rubber Stamping classes, demonstrations, lectures, door prizes, vendors.
Additional Details: Call 480-649-3566.

November 2-3, 2002
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food
& Wine Festival

unknown venue(s),
Olympic Valley, California.
Cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, wine tasting, gourmet marketplace, auction and more.
More Information: Call 800-824-6348 or 530-581-6900.

November 2-3, 2002
Picayune Street Fair
East & West Canal Street,

Picayune, Mississippi.
More than 270 arts and crafts booths will be open, plus there will be entertainment and food available.
More: Call 601-799-3070.

November 2-9, 2002
Sweet Potato Festival
various venues,
Vardaman, Mississippi.
Sweet potato tasting, arts and crafts day, student government day, king and queen contests, Harvest Banquet (separate ticket).
Further Information: Call 662-682-7559.

November 6-17, 2002
Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Fest
various venues,
Fort Bragg, California.
Events are sprinkled throughout the Mendocino County area, and include wine tastings, guided mushroom walks, an art show, cooking classes, winemaker dinners, breakfast buffet (reservations required for many of these events), high tea, and more.
Additional Details: Call 866-466-3636 or 707-462-7417.

November 7-10, 2002
Spinach Festival
Crystal City, Texas.
Queen's pageant, spinach cooking contest, carnival, entertainment, golf tournament, 5k and kids' fun run, parade and more.
More Information: Call 830-374-3161.

November 8-10, 2002
Fountain Festival of
Arts & Crafts

Community Center,
Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Approximately 475 artisans participate in this event's 28th year. Enjoy music and food while you browse.
Details: Call 480-837-1654.

November 8-10, 2002
Thibodeauxville Fall Festival
various venues,
Fort Bragg, California.
Historical tours, block party with Celebrity Grill Off, musical entertainment, 150 arts and crafts booths, bed races, 30 food booths, and more.
More Information: Call 985-446-1187.

November 9, 2002
Heritage Syrup Festival
various venues,
Henderson, Texas.
Sugar cane is made into golden brown syrup while some 40 artisans create old crafts. There is musical entertainment, a farm petting zoo, antique tractor and engine display, stamp cancellation booth, hayride shuttle between event area, a melodrama play, and more.
Additional Details: Call 903-657-5528.

November 9, 2002
Kentwood Dairy Festival
Kentwood, Louisiana.
The local dairy industry celebrates with arts and crafts, talent contest, queen's pageant and food.
More: Call 985-229-6400.

November 9-10 , 2002
Downtown Festival & Art Show
Downtown area,
Gainesville, Florida.
240 artisans show and sell their wares, plus there are three stages of entertainment and a children's art area.
Further Information: Call 352-334-5064.

November 9-10, 2002
Old Homosassa Arts & Crafts
Seafood Festival

behind Civic Center
on Mason Creek Road.
Homosassa, Florida.
Blues music, seafood, barbecue foods, arts and crafts. This is the event's 27th year.
Additional Details: Call 352-628-2666.

November 9-10, 2002
Fest Of Ville
Georgia College & State Univ.,
Milledgeville, Georgia.
Enjoy arts and crafts, entertainment, a pie eating contest, baking contest, historic tours, Kid's Corner and more. The event is in its 7th year.
Further Information: Call 478-414-4015.

November 9-10, 2002
Three Rivers Art Festival
Columbia Street area,
Covington, Louisiana.
This is the event's 24th year, and it features approximately 150 artisans, plus entertainment and food.
For More Details: Call 985-871-4141.

November 9-10, 2002
Depot Days Festival
unknown venue(s),
Milton, Florida.
Arts and crafts, entertainment, children's activities, antiques and collectibles, food.
Additional Information: Call 850-623-2507.

November 9-10, 2002
Macaroni Fest
Riverside Park,
Victoria, Texas.
A brand new festival celebrating the Italian-built Macaroni Railroad. There will be folk arts and crafts, fine art, re-enactors, games, entertainment, kid's area, 5k fun run, macaroni cooking contest, Mac Run (sponsored by motorcyclists, Southern Cruisers Riding Club--benefits local horse riding therapy), petting zoo, Air Force Jazz Band, karaoke contest,
More: Call 361-573-5277.

November 15-17, 2002
Festival of Trees
Celemente Center
on the Florida Tech Campus,
Melbourne, Florida .
The event opens with a formal gala on the 15th, and then features displays of elaborate gingerbread houses, wreaths, vignettes, signature trees, children's entertainment and an appearance by Santa.
Additional information: Call 321-676-5798.

November 15-24 , 2002
Festival Of Trees
Grand Traverse Heritage Center,
Traverse City, Michigan.
Decorated Trees on display.
Further Details: Call 231-995-0313.

November 16-17 , 2002
Deer Widows Weekend
various venues,
Saginaw, Michigan.
Instead of going deer hunting this opening weekend, you can hunt bargains and have your picture taken with a buck. Although the event is termed "Deer Widows" anyone can get in on the fun. I believe this event includes the outlets at Birch Run and possibly stores in Frankenmuth--but call for details.
More Information: Call 800-444-9979 or 989-752-7164.

November 16-17, 2002
Festival Noir
John B. Hynes Convention Center,
Boston, Massachusetts.
Juried art showcasing the talents of African-American artisans, plus a visit by Santa, and more.
Details: Call 508-877-8601.

November 16-17, 2002
Tampa Towing & Public
Safety Jamboree.

Florida Expo Park,
Tampa, Florida.
Local wrecker operators and tow truck drivers demonstrate their skills in towing and public safety. A Toys For Tots campaign is included in the event, along with industry training seminars, parade of lights, towing and obstacle course competitions, a children's play and safety zone and more.
Ticket Information: Call 813-621-7121.

November 22-23, 2002
Broadmoor Arts & Crafts Festival
Broadmoor High School,
10100 Goodwood Blvd.,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
100 artists from seven states participate. There will be food available and music by school groups. This is the event's 29th year.
Additional Information: Call 225-926-1420.

November 23, 2002
Victorian Christmas
downtown area,
Lebanon, Tennessee.
Craft (and other) booths, Santa, entertainment, carriage rides, food, lighting of tree.
More: Call 615-443-2839 (unsure about this number!).

November 23-24, 2002
Elk Falls Annual Open House
various venues,
Elk Falls, Kansas.
Walking tours, baking contest, flea market, outhouse tour and contest (I have no idea what this last thing involves. If you go, please let me know what you discover!)
Further Details: Call 316-329-4433.

November 23-24, 2002
Longwood Arts & Crafts Festival
unknown venue(s),
Longwood, Florida.
More than 350 artists and crafts show and sell.
More: Call 407-834-9506.

November 24, 2002
Poinsettia Festival
Downtown, Hwy 101,
between D St. & J St.
Encinitas, California.
400 vendors participate (arts and crafts, non-profit and commmerical), and there are three stages of entertainment, a beer garden and the Flower Capital Pavilion.
Additional Information: Call 760-943-1977.

November 28 - December 9, 2002
Festival of Trees
Wilmington Hilton Riverside,
Wilmington, North Carolina.
More than 130 trees are donated by civic organizations, businesses, individuals and churches, and are then assigned to decorators. There is also entertainment for children, and a holiday room with merchandise, wreaths, and a gingerbread village. There is music, and a dessert room is available, plus a "Deck Your Dog" Show and a breakfast time with Santa.
Details: Call 910-772-5458 or 800-773-1476.

November 29-30 (and several days in
 December, 2002)
Dickens' Festival
various venues,
Holly, Michigan.
Children's Parade, storytelling, scavenger hunt, music, local shop specials, costumed urchins who are &qquot;put-pockets", carriage rides and more.
More Information: Call 248-634-1900.

November 30 - December 1, 2002
Victorian Christmas On Sixth Street
Sixth Street,
Austin, Texas.
Historic Christmas atmosphere with parades, food and drink, 150 booths of arts and crafts and more.
Further Details: Call 512-441-9015.

November 30 - December 1, 2002
Space Coast Art Festival
Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Food and entertainment accompany the showing of more than 225 juried artists' works.
More: Call 321-784-3322.

November Somethings!
Brief, bare-boned last-minute festival listings:

Nov. 9-10 Doc Holiday Days, Griffin, Georgia, 770-412-9180
Nov. 17 Cracklin Festival, Port Barre, Louisiana, 337-948-6613
Nov. 22-24 Hip Hop Dance Fest, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, 415-392-4400
Nov. 28 American Thanksgiving Tradition, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 508-746-1622
Nov. 29-30 Holiday Crafts Festival, Warwick, Rhode Island, 401-647-7848

Other November Events You Might Enjoy
Nov. 1-3 Punkin' Chunkin' Contest, Millsboro, Delaware, 302-684-8196
Nov. 3-4 Weed Show, Twentynine Palms, California, 760-367-3445
Nov. 10 Florida Bug Jam, Pasco County Fairgrounds, Dade City, Florida 813-996-6306
Nov. 10 Air Force Tops In Blue, North Charleston, South Carolina, 843-963-3809
Nov. 29-30 Cheese Tasting, Vermont Shepherd Cheese Cave, Putney, Vermont, 802-387-4473

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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Special Feature

Plus Thanksliving?

I never liked Thanksgiving as a holiday. I grew up in a part of the country where hardly anyone came outside on that day. It was often cold and occasionally snowing. It seemed as though everyone hid indoors and did nothing except cook and eat. My home town was so tiny that the one indoor movie theater we had closed and never reopened. Stores were closed. At least we got out of school for a couple of extra days. I did like that. And when we all went back to school everyone was full of stories about family feuds and strange relatives they'd spent their weekend avoiding as far as possible.

I still don't really like the way we treat Thanksgiving most of the time. I suppose it's all right to have one day a year when we mumble a thanks to some Unseen Benefactor above before we stuff ourselves silly with food. I suppose it's even all right to talk about the landing of the pilgrims in America, as long as we remember that Europeans did not discover America first. The folks who lived here before them had a working familiarity with the place long before the Mayflower floated into the picture.

I'm not descended from the passengers of the Mayflower. None of my own ancestors got here until the 1800s. My own mother was born in London and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in the 1940s. But I do know a few very proud people who point to a long line of ancestors which can be clearly traced to those who were among the first Europeans to set foot on North American soil. When someone in that particular group begins to "wish the foreigners would just go back home" I get a little nervous, since I only missed being a foreigner by one generation.
If I've learned anything about Thanksgiving through the years, it's that every day is a good day to give thanks. It's fine to bow your head and say grace at meals, but once in awhile it holds a lot more meaning if we visit a farm and talk to the people who grow the produce we eat. And if you're not a vegetarian, could you kill your own filet mignon? I don't think I could. So if I'm going to eat such things, I think it's only fair to be thankful to the guy or gal who did the killing. I've always thought there was a really good reason why the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible (whether you consider it fact or allegory) included the part about the Lord killing the animals in order to clothe the human couple when they felt naked and in need of covering. Many of the things that comfort us in life came at the expense of someone else's pain.

I frequently exchange emails with a really savvy woman in Canada, and she and I recently discussed some of the things we're often reluctant to be thankful for, such as fewer daylight hours in the winter months. At first thought, I want to be grumpy about the long, dark nights, and then I realize they are a great time to do cozy things like sip hot chocolate and wrap up in big blankets and read or catch a TV show after a busy day.

For someone who has experienced even temporary paralysis an itching sensation or even a painful one might be something for which to give thanks. Giving thanks is a very personal matter, and when we gripe in front of other people, we may not realize that we've just rained on their parade.
If there's someone who has blessed your life in some way, and you've never taken time to tell them so, this is a great time to do that. If you can't tell them in person, send them a letter or send them a picture of old times together and tell them what they mean to you.
We usually think of Thanksgiving as a noun, and as a holiday, it is one. But as a way of life, it's definitely a verb--hopefully an active verb.
I do wish each of you a beautiful Thanksgiving holiday!



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)
I'll Never Be Free
Don't Go To Strangers
Together Again

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


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 also spends much of her time doing hand-painted stationery and face painting at private events and at Tennessee festivals.

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The man in the banner below this text is not your average guy next door.
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.

Scott played a camouflage wrestler in the highly successful film Spiderman,
which is out on DVD as of November 1, 2002.

Oceans Eleven is out on VHS and DVD--you can watch Scott as "Bruiser"
whenever you want!

You'll see more of Scott's work in the upcoming CBS special
Return To The Bat Cave.


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Remember to help me celebrate my 50th birthday! See the Special Feature in this past Review for details!

Miniatures are so much fun. Decorate your dollhouse or shelf with these Christmas accessories, or maybe these for Chanuka (click on products--there are also items for other occasions.) And if you do train displays at holiday time, check out Internet Model Trains for scenery, accessories, tools and more.

Want to impress the guests this holiday season? Try one of these Centerpieces. Some take a bit of work, some are artistic, and some are even edible.
Having come from a Midwest (and almost Southern) part of the country, and having had a mother who religiously saved and ironed Christmas wrapping paper, I know many of you will understand when I say that, while Gravel Gertie's Holiday Planner will probably make you laugh, it's also the epitome of how not to celebrate the holidays.

You're 24, educated, intelligent and professional. And politicians don't care one bit what you think. Know why? It's because so many of you don't vote.
The politicians know that people over the age of 60 are going to get out there and vote. So they fall all over themselves to please the folks in that age group. Do they care to hear what you think? Why should they? You're unlikely to be there for them on election day.
If you don't like the way the "old farts" run things, November 5 will be a really bad day for you. The old farts will be there, voting, and part of what they vote for will be paid for with your tax dollars.

(No link listing for this--just think about it, okay?)

I guess this is a sign of the times. If you receive Los Angeles TV broadcasts where you live, you can sign up for a trial of a service designed to alert you when there are police chases happening. The service will alert you by one of these methods: your phone, cell phone, pager or email. After the trial period your cost is about $5.00 a month, and you can win free months by reporting chases. The service has been in operation for about two years. See details at PursuitWatch Network.

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