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I want to dedicate this issue to
Myrna Baldwin,
who was a friend and a mentor, and who knew
how to giggle with me, cry with me, and sit quietly with me.
Our time together is only on pause.

Special Quote
"Experience is not what happens
to you; it's what you do with
what happens to you."
--Aldous Huxley
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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:

Inside African Art
A commercial site, but you will love looking at the works there.

Handy Site
Of The Month:

WeatherMatrix WeatherCams
They're just getting started listing fall color cams.
You can view the leaves before you go in person.

Web Page Design Site
Of The Month:

DevX: Project Cool
Design tips and aps, commercial links, tutorials, marketplace.

Seasonal Site
Of The Month:
Whether you're starting college, going back to college,
or a high school student contemplating college, you'll find
information here on making the most of your time and resources.

Just Fun Site
Of The Month:

John Gephart: 3D Tic Tac Toe
Play against a friend or against yourself.

Scientific Site
Of The Month:

The Why Files
Science makes the news.

Historical Site
Of The Month:

Tobacco History Links
Articles on the industry, marketing, public attitudes and more.


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September Events
Festivals For September Travelers

September 3-7, 2002
Wellston Coal Festival
Wellston, Ohio.
Car show, lawn mower races, 5K run, 4-on-4 basketball, Coal Dust Sundae-eating contest, coal crafts, rides, motor coach tour of working coal mine, Coal Miner Olympics, karaoke, raffle, country music concert (Friday).
Additional information: Call 740-384-6669.

September 3-7, 2002
Concordia Fall Festival
Concordia, Missouri.
A mostly-German festival with parades, entertainment, quilts, farm products, flowers, food and more.
Additional information: Call 660-463-2454.

September 5-7, 2002
Marion Popcorn Festival
Marion, Ohio.
Arts and crafts, Popcorn 5000 (a 5K run), Kiddie Korner, 50-plus softball tournament, Popcorn 100 bike tour, beer gardens, parade (the Budweiser Clydesdales will be there this year), volleyball tournament, pageants, visits to the Wyandot Popcorn Museum, music by the Van-Dells and 38 Special, more.
More information: Call 740-387-3378.

September 5-7, 2002
Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival
Civic Park on Daugherty Dr.,
Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Pony rides, large midway, rest and relaxation tent, arts and crafts, car cruise-in, Tomato Contest, games and prizes for kids, free tomato juice, senior bingo, strolling entertainment, talent show, queen pageant, staged entertainment, parade on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on Main Street.
Details: Call 614-TOMATO-1 or 614-866-2861.

September 6-8, 2002
Mantua Potato Festival
Buchert Park,
on East High Street,
Mantua, Ohio.
Food, rides, games, entertainment (many with a potato theme) are the basic fun at this festival. 15K Potato Stomp and one-mile fun run on Saturday, parade on Sunday, annual bucket brigade, the crowning of a queen and her court, crafts.
Additional Information: Call 330-274-9292.

September 6-8, 2002
Valley Fair Daze
Main Street,
Grain Valley, Missouri.
Arts and crafts, carnival midway, fireworks, food, games, and entertainment. Admission is free.
Additional information: Call 816-224-8808.

September 6-8, 2002
Defeat of Jesse James Days
unknown venue,
Northfield, Minnesota.
Carnival, helicopter rides, pedal tractor pull, bingo, arts and crafts, square dance, rodeo dance, Jesse James Bike Tour, build-your-own-omelette breakfast, car show, bank raid re-enactment, 5K and 15K runs, 5K (non-competitive) walk, grand parade.
Additional Information: Call 507-645-5604 or 800-658-2548.

September 6-8, 2002
Crested Butte Fall Festival
unknown venue,
Crested Butte, Colorado.
Outdoor music, microwbrews, a chili cooking contest, the Big Mine Open frisbee golf tournament, silent auction, a miniature golf course decorated by local artists.
Further Information: Call 800-545-4505.

September 7-8, 2002
Clinton County Corn Festival
Clinton County Fairgrounds,
958 W. Main Street,
Wilmington, Ohio.
In its 25th year, the festival will be featuring the casting of a bicentennial bell for the county, plus a parade, 300 tractors on display, other antique engines, a quilt show, an antique car show, horse-pulling contest, crafts, farm demonstrations, and food. There is an admission charge for those 12 and over.
Additional Information: Call 877-4-A-VISIT.

September 6-8, 2002
Broom Corn Festival
Main Street,
Arcola, Illinois.
Parade, arts and crafts, flea market, broom-making demonstrations, 5K and 10K runs, 5K walk, talent contest, entertainment.
Additional information: Call 800-336-5456.

September 7, 2002
Spinach Festival
Various venues,
Lenexa, Kansas.
Arts and crafts, antiques, appearances by Popeye and Olive Oyl, world's largest spinach salad, petting zoo, games, quilt show, green rock skipping, cane pole fishing, more.
Additional information: Call 800-950-7867.

September 7, 2002
Valparaiso Popcorn Festival
unknown venue,
Valparaiso, Indiana.
Since 1979, Valparaiso has celebrated popcorn. This year the event includes a popcorn parade, hot air balloons, entertainment, and over 500 arts and crafts booths. Admission is free.
Additional Information: Call 219-464-8332.

September 7-8, 2002
Wilcox Square,
Castle Rock, Colorado.
Art, food and entertainment, with a special Imagination Zone for kids.
Additional information: Call 303-688-4597.

September 7-8, 2002
Sodbuster Days
Fort Ransom State Park,
Ransom, North Dakota.
A horse-powered shuttle takes visitors from the parking area to the park's demonstrations of horse-shoeing, blacksmithing, pioneer homemaking skills, threshing, and corn cutting. There are ethnic foods and music. An old time potato digging will give visitors an opportunity to pick their own potatoes, and you can sample homemade doughnuts or corn muffins. See demonstrations of wool combing and enjoy displays of bobbin lace and other old crafts. There will be special activities for kids. A sodbuster breakfast (separate fee) will be served Sunday morning beginning at 7.
More Information: Call 701-973-4331.

September 7-8, 2002
Gourd Festival
The Holshouser Building on North
Carolina State Fair Grounds,
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Everything about gourds, including growing, drying, crafting into jewelry, and more. Crafters compete for ribbons in 79 different categories. The festival is in its 61st year.
More: Call 919-557-5946.

September 7-8, 2002
Pioneer Harvest Festival
Wayne County Historical Museum,
Richmond, Indiana.
Historical re-enactments, street vendors, music, entertainment, wandering sword swallowers, crafts demonstrations, food and more..
Additional Information: Call 765-962-5756.

September 7-8, 2002
Canal Days
Downtown area,
Cambridge City, Indiana.
Arts and crafts, home tours, car show, parade, food.
Additional Information: Call 765-956-2783.

September 7-8, 2002
The Mushroom Festival
unknown venue,
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Art show, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, rides for children, antique car show, farm tours, street dance, Soup & Wine Festival (Sunday only), mushroom judging contest, more.
Further Details: Call 610-793-3909 or 888-440-9920.

September 7-8, 2002
Central New York's TomatoFest
Emerson Park on
Owasco Lake,
Auburn, New York.
Arts and crafts, foods. There is an admission fee, but kids can gain admission by bringing a caned food donation. About 13,000 people are expected to attend this 17th annual event.
Additional Information: Call 800-449-9615.

September 7-8, 2002
Wild Wind Folk Art and Craft Festival
Warren County Fairgrounds,
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania.
I have no further details at this time.
Additional Information: Call 814-723-0707.

September 7-8, 2002
Burrillville Arts Festival
Harrisville Town Center,
Harrisville, Rhode Island.
Arts and crafts on display and for sale, fireworks, chicken barbecue, band concert, other entertainment, food. There is no admission charge.
Details: Call 401-568-4431.

September 8, 2002
Eastport Salmon Festival
Historical Downtown,
Richmond, Indiana.
Boat rides to salmon pens, Salmon Festival Dinner, strawberry shortcake, slide presentation spotlighting the salmon farmer work, music, arts and crafts, food vendors.
Additional Information: Call 207-853-4544.

September 11-14, 2002
American Soya Festival
unknown venue,
Amanda, Ohio.
Celebrating its 25th year, this festival features foods made with or containing soybean products. There will be rides, games, entertainment, contests, square dancing, gospel night, soybean seed spitting contest, a big wheel race, parades, food.
Additional Information: Call 740-969-4715.

September 11-14, 2002
Grape and Fall Festival
Nelson Hart Community Park,
St. James, Missouri.
Demolition Derby, street market, fair, arts and crafts, entertainment.
More Information: Call 800-480-3899.

September 12-14, 2002
Waverly Apple Jubilee
unknown venue,
Waverly, Missouri.
Pageants, apple auction, crafts, carnival, entertainment, kiddie parade, food, more.
Additional information: Call 660-493-2551.

September 12-14, 2002
Seymour Apple Festival
Downtown Public Square
Seymour, Missouri.
Music, arts and crafts, parade, children's games. There is no admission fee.
More Information: Call 417-935-2888.

September 12-15, 2002
Harvest Festival
Kerckhoff Park,
Kerman, California.
Children's Pavilion, parade, dance bands, carnival, arm-wrestling competition, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, more.
Additional Information: Call 559-846-6343.

September 13-14, 2002
Soybean Festival
Mexico Village Square
Mexico, Missouri.
Games, parade, food, craft shows, music.
More Information: Call 800-581-2765.

September 13-15, 2002
Scarecrow Festival
Washington, Ohio.
Arts and crafts, scarecrow contest, queen's pageant, children's contests, carnival foods, kiddie tractor pull, karaoke, grand parade on Sunday, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 740-335-7514.

September 13-15, 2002
Peanut Butter Festival
Gumtown Park,
New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Carnival, food, car cruise, mountain bike race, crafts, entertainment.
Additional Information: Call 814-275-3929.

September 13-15, 2002
Kirkwood Greentree Festival
Kirkwood Park,
Kirkwood, Missouri.
Book fair, Folklife Festival, police auction, classic car show, parade, activities for children, 200 arts and crafts booths, canine frisbee contest, dog show, food.
More Information: Call 314-822-5855.

September 13-15, 2002
Italian Festival
Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Bocce Tournament, childrens activities, food and music in an outdoor Italian cafe setting. There is no admission fee.
More Information: Call 570-821-1111.

September 13-22, 2002
Jesse James Festival
N. Jefferson Street,
Kearney, Missouri.
Re-enactments, rodeo, carnival, BBQ contest, crafts, dances, dog show, more.
Additional information: Call 816-628-4229.

September 14, 2002
West Virginia Honey Festival
Parkersburg City Park,
Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Honey baking contest, educational exhibits on beekeeping and the uses of honey, auction, entertainment, arts and crafts, a beard of live bees.
Additional Information: Call 304-424-1960.

September 14, 2002
Kolache Festival
unknown venue,
Caldwell, Texas.
Antique cars, Czech music, arts and crafts, kolache baking contest.
Further Information: Call 979-567-3218.

September 14-15, 2002
Celtic Fest
Grant Park,
Chicago, Illinois.
Celtic music, dance, traditional stories, Celtic Art Fair, and more. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 877-CHICAGO.

September 14-15, 2002
Boardwalk Festival of Art
Ocean City Boardwalk,
Ocean City, New Jersey.
Enjoy the boardwalk atmosphere along with the work of more than 40 artisans.
Additional Information: Call 609-399-1412.

September 14-15, 2002
Lac Ste. Clair Fine Art Fair
Veteran's Memorial Park,
Masonic Blvd. & Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
50,000 people are expected to attend this event, which I believe leans toward fine art and not so much toward crafts items. I have no other information at this time.
More details: Call 810-293-1232.

September 14-15, 2002
Old Monterey Plein Air Painting
& Fine Arts Promenade

Historic Old Monterey,
Monterey, California.
Watch dozens of artists paint outdoors in watercolors, oils or pastels. Art will be for sale after judging by a local jury of esteemed artists. Visitors are also encouraged to pick their favorites from among the works, and a prize of $150 will be awarded to the favorite.
Additional information: Call 831-655-8070.

September 14-15, 2002
Oak Festival
Center in the Woods,
Route 88,
California, Pennsylvania.
Arts and crafts, bingo, homemade foods, raffles, bake sale, demonstrations and games.
Additional Information: Call 724-938-3554.

September 14-15, 2002
Maritime Heritage Festival
India Point Park
Providence, Rhode Island.
Costumed performers represent nations of the world, food is offered from an ethnic food court, there are heritage displays, information booths and more.
More Information: Call 401-222-4133.

September 14-15, 2002
Harwich Cranberry Arts & Crafts Festival
Harwich High School,
Harwich, Massachusetts.
Entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival, fireworks. No pets and no smoking on the grounds.
Further Details: Call 508-432-1600.

September 14-15, 2002
Fall Harvest Festival
1168 Old Stage Road,
Williston, Vermont.
Join this celebration in its 9th year, and enjoy wagon rides, pony rides, petting farm, apple products and produce, fresh cider pressing. Admission is free, but some activities have a charge.
More Information: Call 888-387-4288.

September 14-15, 2002
Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival
unknown venue,
Estes Park, Colorado.
U.S. Marine Corps band, the Scots Guard from Buckingham Palace, and other groups add to the Scottish games and competitions, with a parade, seminars and plenty of food.
Further Information: Call 800-903-7837.

September 14-15, 2002
A Taste Of Lahaina
Lahaina Special Events Arena,
Lahaina, Hawaii.
Culinary Festival which spotlights local restaurant chefs' work, and includes a farmers market, beer garden, wine tasting, kids' zone, entertainment. There is an admission charge for those age 7 and older.
More: Call 808-667-9175.

September 14-15, 2002
Autumn Moon Festival
Chinatown district,
San Francisco, California.
Parade, Pacific Rim entertainment, Feng Shui Village of Peace and Harmony, Moon Festival Dragon appearance, arts and crafts, food and drink, and special tributes marking the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001.
Additional Information: Call 415-982-6306.

September 14-15, 2002
Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival
Central Park,
Kiely Boulevard,
Santa Clara, California.
More than 60,000 people are expected to enjoy the event in the 52-acre park, enjoying micro-brewed beer, wine tasting, over 175 arts and crafts booths, Kids' Kingdom, and entertainment on 4 stages. The event is in its 22nd year. Please leave pets at home.
Additional Information: Call 408-6115-3140.

September 14-15, 2002
Maple Fall Festival
Wildwood Park & Zoo,
Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Entertainment, children's area, over 250 arts and crafts booths, Maple Syrup Queen, food court & beer garden, Maple Fall Fest Dance, hot dog eating contest, pancake and maple syrup breakfast, sunflower contest, more.
Details: Call 715-384-3454.

September 14-15 and 28-29, 2002
Tall Oaks Festival
Route 666,
Lynch, Pennsylvania.
I believe this one runs each weekend through October 20, but do take time to check that before you go. Music, demonstrations, flag tent, art, food more.
Additional Information: Call 814-968-5558.

September 14-18, 2002
McClure Bean Soup Festival
unknown venue,
McClure, Pennsylvania.
Carnival rides, entertainment, plenty of food
Additional Information: Call 570-658-8425.

September 17-21, 2002
Jackson County Apple Festival
Jackson, Ohio.
Three parades, homemade apple butter stirred on site, games and contests, homemade apple pie, quilt show, candied apples, sporting events, apple peeling contest, lip sync contest, gospel music concert by The Guardians, baby stroller races, crafts, inline skating competition, clogging and square dancing demonstrations, music by Joey Dee and the Starliters and also The Kentucky Headhunters.
Additional information: Call 740-286-1339.

September 19-22, 2002
Humansville Fall Festival
Main Street/Downtown,
Humansville, Missouri.
Carnival, parade, exhibits, children's games, crafts booths, music. There is no admission fee.
More Information: Call 417-754-2251.

September 20-22, 2002
Levi Coffin Days
unknown venue,
Fountain City, Indiana.
This event celebrates the life of Levi Coffin and his wife Catharine, who were active in the Underground Railroad (you can tour the house, which is a state historic site). Included in the festival are a flea market, car show, entertainment and food. The event is sponsored by the Lions Club and admission is free.
Additional Information: Call 765-847-2691.

September 20-21, 2002
Jordan Fall Festival
Beaver Street,
Jordan, New York.
Greased pole climb, pumpkin painting, Erie Canal hay rides, clowns, over 70 crafters, childrens' games and rides, pet show, antique tractor exhibit, bingo, food and music by The Southern Comfort Band, The Swivel Rockers and more. There is no admission charged.
Additional Information: Call 315-278-3673.

September 20-22, 2002
Nappanee Apple Festival
Downtown area,
Nappanee, Indiana.
Apple dumpling contest, scarecrow display, quilt raffle, entertainment, crafts, bingo, coloring contest, apple foods and crafts, magic show, stories, carnival, 3-on-3 basketball, car cruise-in, more.
Further Details: Call 574-773-7812.

September 20-22, 2002
German Russian Schmeckfest
unknown venue,
Eureka, South Dakota.
Parade, petting zoo, craft fair, Geman worship service, vintage car and tractor show, bandstand entertainment. Some events have admission fee.
Details: Call 605-284-2455.

September 21, 2002
Luzerne Merchants Association
Fall Festival

Main Street downtown,
Luzerne, Pennsylvania.
Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, antique car show, more. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 570-718-3933.

September 21, 2002
Apple Festival
Elm Street area,
Boxford, Massachusetts.
Get fresh apple pie and apple crisp, shop with over 100 juried craftspeople and check out the baking contest. There is no admission fee.
Find out more : Call 978-887-5078.

September 21, 2002
Sunflower Fair
unknown venue,
La Porte, Indiana.
Now in its 4th year, the festival features cooking contests, games, a sunflower seed-spitting contest, biggest sunflower contest, rides, crafts and collectibles, food and more.
Additional Information: Call 219-326-5354.

September 21-22, 2002
Autumn Gold
Bond Park,
Estes Park, Colorado.
Beer and hot cider, music, bratwurst, raffle (including a $5000 cash prize), more.
Further Information: Call 800-44-ESTES.

September 21-22, 2002
Greek Fest
St. Anthony's,
778 S. Rosemead,
Pasadena, California.
Arts, food, pastries, music and dance. Small admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 626-449-6943.

September 21-22, 2002
Seafood Festival
Memorial Hall,
York Expo Center.
York, Pennsylvania.
Crafts, music and food.
Additional information: Call 717-764-1555.

September 21-28, 2002
Persimmon Festival
Main Street,
Mitchell, Indiana.
Queen contests, music, parade, carnival, fish fry, Italian lunch and dinner, food stands, arts and crafts, and more.
Additional Information: Call NEED AREA CODE-849-4441.

September 25-28, 2002
Black Walnut Festival
Stockton City Park,
Stockton, Missouri.
Craft demonstrations, pageant, parade, carnival rides, baby contest, music, events for kids, crafts, food. There is no admission fee.
More Information: Call 417-276-5213.

September 26-28, 2002
Raytown Round-Up Days
63rd & Raytown Road,
Raytown, Missouri.
Games and rides, crafts, auction, entertainment and food. There is no admission fee.
Additional information: Call 816-353-8500.

September 26-29, 2002
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Downtown area,
Barnesville, Ohio.
The big Pumpkin Weigh-In is the Wednesday evening before the festival weekend. Parade, car show, carnival games, contests, entertainment, lots of pumpkins and gourds, arts and crafts, quilt show. Last year's Big Pumpkin was 844 pounds! This is the festival's 39th year.
Additional Information: Call 740-425-2593.

September 26-29, 2002
Buckwheat Festival
Kingwood, West Virginia.
Buckwheat Cake dinners, music, antiques, livestock exhibits, arts and crafts, parades, carnival, drawing for a car, pageant, bicycle decorating contest, and more. There is no admission charge.
Find Out More: Call 304-329-0021.

September 27-29, 2002
Cory Apple Festival
Community Center,
Cory, Indiana.
Flea market, arts and crafts, fish fry, carnival, antique farm equipment on display, 5K run, entertainment, parade, and apple treats.
Additional Information: Call 812-234-5555 or 800-366-3043.

September 27-29, 2002
Wanatah Scarecrow Festival
unknown venue,
Wanatah, Indiana.
Tractor pull, duck race, car show, food and scarecrows on parade, plus scarecrow costumes. There is no admission charge.
Additional Information: Call 800-584-1417.

September 27-29, 2002
International Route 66 Mother
Road Festival,
Downtown area,
Springfield, Illinois.
Arts and crafts, antiques-appraisal, Kids' Neighborhood, car show and cruising, Travel Illinois Expo, Route 66 workshops and seminars, musical entertainment, giant sock hop, motorcycle gathering, diner dine-around on Sunday.
Additional Information: Call 888-RTE-66IL or 217-422-3733.

September 28, 2002
Fall Crafts Festival
Cumberland Street,
Lebanon, Pennsylvania.
Craft and food vendors, entertainment. Admission is free. There were about 5000 people in attendance last year.
Additional information: Call 717-273-7215.

September 28-29, 2002
Italian Festival
Seattle Center,
Seattle, Washington.
Cooking demonstrations, mountain bike races, Bolla Grape Stomp, Pagliacci Pizza Toss, Bocce tournament, The Taste of Italy, musical entertainment, photo exhibits. Admission is free, but some activities have a charge.
Additional Information: Call 206-282-0627.

September 28-29, 2002
Fallasburg Fall Festival
Fallasburg Park,
Lowell, Michigan.
30,000 are expected to attend this event, which features juried arts and crafts, entertainment, demonstrations, a children's area and food booths.
Additional Information: Call 616-897-8545.

September 28-29, 2002
Fog Fest
unknown venue,
Pacifica, California.
Parade, giant sand castle, arts and crafts, kids' area, Fog Jog, photo contest, Kahuna Kapuna Classic longboard surfing contest. There is no admission charge. This is the 17th year of the festival.
Additional Information: Call 650-355-8200.

September 28-29, 2002
Geneva Grape JAMboree
Main Street,
Geneva, Ohio.
Grape stomping, parades, art show, freshly-squeezed grape juice, wine and grape products, culinary contest, concessions, farmers market, antiques, rides, street dance, sports events, exhibits.
Additional Information: Call 440-466-JAMB.

September 28-29, 2002
Taste of Morgan Hill
Main Street/Monterey Road area,
Morgan Hill, California.
Custom classic car show, arts and crafts, commercial vendors, Kid Zone, music, food. The event is in its 12th year.
Additional Information: Call 408-779-9994.

September 28-29, 2002
Pretzel Festival
Veterans Memorial Park,
Germantown, Ohio.
Handcrafts, entertainment, music, shows, food.
Find Out More: Call 937-859-8331.

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Letter From Camp
What would you write?

Dear Friends,
Having a wonderful time at camp on earth--wish you were here.
No, no. That's not quite right.
Dear Friends,
Camp on earth is nice. We are having fun.
No, that's not quite right either.
Dear Friends,
Camp on earth is full of surprises and experiments.
hhhhmmm---or maybe
Dear Friends,
Hello from boot camp on earth. This place is tough. You have to work, and you can't ever get enough sleep, and the training is hard, and you have to clean everything and then go get it dirty and then clean it again.

Some people see life as a drudge and a duty, an endless series of futile efforts to try to--do what?
Some see life as an easy camp with songs and games.
Still others experience life as a challenge with one more hill to climb, or one more river to cross.
Atheists and agnostics may see life as a humanistic experience with somewhat well-framed goals that make the most of the life one has while one is alive.
Theists usually see life as the pre-existence to an even greater life where the skills one learned at camp make the difference in how (or whether) the next life is lived.

All of life's perceptions come from the same place here on earth. What changes is the people who develop the perception of what camp (life) on earth is all about.
If life is a place of surprises and wonderful experiences for you, your perception will be quite different from that of someone who chooses to see life as a job, or someone who sees life as a temporary pause on the road to Heaven or Nirvana.

One of the reasons Jesus got into so much trouble when he lived here on earth is because he was one who wasn't afraid to borrow the best from every path and trail of this camp we call life. If Jewish tradition got people to listen up, he spoke of Jewish tradition. If money was a motive for folks, he spoke of money. If death was a powerful metaphor, he borrowed from its taboos freely without apology.
He pointed to the simple curiosity of children and warned adults not to betray that innocence, but to guard the precious little ones with care, and even admonished adults to dare to give up their prejudice and scholarly ways, and revert to a bit of childhood innocence themselves.
When his own disciples came running to snitch on people who cast out demons in an unconventional fashion, he spoke of the little fringe as being faithful and fine in their own way.
When he wanted to use water as a symbol he didn't go around handing out free samples of water. He went to one who had acess to plenty of water and asked them for a drink. And he chose someone who was socially, politically and spiritually from the "wrong side of the tracks".

Maybe life is lonely for you, or hard, or painful or mysterious or matter-of-fact, or even fun. Maybe you feel like you earned your ticket to the camp of life, or maybe you feel like life is a gift and a privilege. You may be a leader, a joiner or perhaps a loner.

But you are a camper, whether you like it or not. How you handle it is ultimately up to you.



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 will be spending time this summer doing face painting and hand-painted stationery at Tennessee festivals.

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And now Oceans Eleven is out on VHS and DVD, so you can catch his action work in that film whenever you want!

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Remember to help me celebrate my upcoming 50th birthday! See the Special Feature in last month's Review for details!

If everyone except you seems to be headed off to learn something new this fall, you might like to take a look at World Wide Learn, where you can study courses, and in some cases, earn a degree, online. (Be sure to check a school's accreditation if you hope to transfer credits later.

If one of your fall goals is to firm up the flab this year, have a look at Collage Video. They have all sorts of exercise videos and some audio tapes too. And if you wonder how many calories you burn when you vacuum the carpet, or stand and sing in church, use the Calorie Counter to calculate. It personalizes the burn for your height, age, weight and gender.

It's the season of The Jewish New Year. We're approaching 5763.

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