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I would really like to thank you LJ, I just got finished re-reading my posts from two trips I took in 2007 and it was just wonderful to experience those memories again. I wouldn't have those memories if I hadn't had LJ to post to. Back in 2005, before I joined LJ, I took a wonderful trip to Hawaii. I tried very hard to hand write in a journal, but it just took way too long, and so I don't have the kind of details I have in my LJ posts of my later trips.

So Thanks again LiveJournal! You guys rock!

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What's your favorite thing to show out-of-town guests when they come to visit?
There are so many things, but I think my favorite is Powell's Books in downtown Portland.  Powell's is the largest bookstore west of the Mississippi, and it is very easy to get lost in there for HOURS.  Lots of fun for book fiends like me, and most of my friends!

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No matter what language you speak, you've probably come across words or phrases in another language that sound better than their equivalents in your native tongue. What's your favorite word or phrase in a foreign language?
This is a hard one, but I think Deja Vu, all over again!

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Happy Veteran's Day to all who are vets.  And thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU so much for your service. 
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It is all over the news, the economy is in the tank because of deregulation and plain old greed, and we the taxpayers get to step up and bail out the people who created this mess.  People who, by the way, make more in a year than most of the rest of us can hope to see in a lifetime.

Congress is currently debating the terms of the bail out.  As the bill was originally presented, Secretary of the Treasury Paulson would have sole discretion as to how the money was spent, all SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION of it.  That is $2300 for every man, woman and child in America.  But since not everyone is a taxpayer, your bill may be higher.  Both Democrats and Republicans are advocating for accountability, as well as relief for people who have been hurt by this debacle, if you think that this is appropriate, please write to your Senators and Congressmen.  It really isn't difficult at all, I just fired off two e-mails in about 20 minutes on this issue.  I didn't write to one Senator because he wouldn't listen to anyone who doesn't have a check for him anyway.

There are three main issues up for debate.  The first is, Should the executives and CEOs of the companies being bailed out be allowed to keep their "Golden Parachutes"?  The second is, Should the taxpayers own a stake in the companies being bailed out?  And the third is, Should judges be allowed to re-write the mortgages of homeowners in foreclosure, given that their taxes are being used to guarantee their loans?

Please take a few minutes and write to your legislators, we will be paying for this bill for a long, long time, and this is your only chance to have your say.

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Describe me in one word, then post this in your LJ for descriptors of your own.

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First off, let me say that at this time I am not working outside my home.

Okay, so why is ice cream a health food today? Two reasons. The first is that today only Dairy Queen is giving a substantial portion of the price you pay for a Blizzard to the Children's Miracle Network. The Children's Miracle Network is a fund raising organization that supports a number of Children's hospitals that provide care to seriously ill children who have nowhere else to go. So by buying a Blizzard today, you will be helping a sick kid get the care they need. Life is too short to miss an opportunity to enjoy it, especially if you can help someone else at the same time.

The second reason ice cream is a health food today? Doing something good for others is good for your heart.

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A few days ago something happened that to me could have been much more serious than it did actually turn out to be. I went to the Dr. for a physical, and I was reminded by his assistant that I was overdue for a tetanus shot. I agreed to the tetanus shot, signing the form without really reading it thoroughly and she gave me the shot. On the way home I was reading my aftercare instructions when I found out that I had been given a shot called a TDaP, not the tetanus shot I was expecting. A TDaP is a newer version of what we used to call a DPT, or diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus shot. The problem is, I can't tolerate the pertussis part of either a DPT or a TDaP, so I realized I might be in trouble. I thought at first that it must be a clerical error, since I was repeatedly told I was getting a tetanus shot, but when the body aches, fever and chills got going the next day I realized that the aftercare report was correct. When I went back to the Dr. about this, I was told by his assistant, (rather snottily I might add) that a tetanus shot now means a TDaP. It sure would have been nice to know that before I got it! I'm really glad though that this happened to me instead of my son, he has always reacted more severely to this shot than I have, and after the second bad reaction his Dr. stopped giving him the pertussis part of the vaccine because it wasn't safe anymore. You see, every time you react, it gets worse, and the last time he reacted he ran a fever of 105 for ten straight days. I don't think he could survive another reaction.

So... if you have ever reacted to pertussis, be sure to tell your Dr. BEFORE your next tetanus booster. And please pass this on. My friends list is small, but I know you all have larger lists than I do, and this is important.

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I want to say right off that the original idea for this is not my own, I read it in my local newspaper shortly after the rebates were approved. I have just expanded on it a bit, and I'm trying to get the idea out to a larger audience.

I know that for a lot of people, there will simply be no discretionary spending when the checks come, they are too far in the hole what with the economy being what it is, and gas and food prices up through the roof and all. To those people I say, I wish you the best, and if you think that these are good ideas, please pass them on. But I do believe that most of us WILL be able to carve out a least a few dollars to spend as we please. These are my suggestions, and they are based on sound economic principles.

The whole idea of the economic stimulus rebates is to get the American economy moving again. This is easy to figure out if you think of a small village. The housewife goes to the baker and spends a dollar on a loaf of bread. The baker then goes to the candlestick maker and buys some candles. The candlestick maker goes to the cobbler and has the heels of her shoes fixed, then the cobbler goes to the butcher and buys a chicken for dinner. Each of them has spent the same dollar, but it has been spent four times, and bought a loaf of bread, some candles, a shoe repair, and a chicken. If the housewife had gone to the next town to buy her bread, that dollar would only have benefited herself, and only bought the loaf of bread. If we think of America as that village, then the challenge becomes figuring out how to spend our rebate dollars so that they stay in the 'American' village, and keep circulating here, instead of leaving the country to benefit another country, or a multinational corporation that will sit on the money instead of recirculating it here. So here are my suggestions.

If you are lucky enough to have the entire amount available to spend as you please, you could take a short vacation at a Bed and Breakfast in a nearby tourist spot. Remembering that you spend a third of your life (approximately) asleep, you might want to consider a new mattress. With the exception of that Swedish company, all the mattresses sold in America are made in America. If transportation is an issue for you, you might want to find a good bike shop and pick up a new American made bicycle. You can save the planet and get fit at the same time you are getting to where you need to go.

If you don't have the whole amount, but do have enough for a small splurge, you can get a massage, or a great hair cut and color, or have a gourmet meal out. If you do decide to eat out, please support your local economy by going to a restaurant that is locally owned and operated rather than one of the bigger chain restaurants. In all these cases please remember to tip your service provider so they can recirculate a little of the money too. You could also have a wine and cheese tasting party using American wines and cheeses, there are plenty of great wineries and creameries right here in the states, you won't be required to fill in with anything imported if you don't want too. Or have a bar-b-que with some good American ranched beef, and chug it down with a local micro brewed beer. Or have some friends over, rent a good movie and order in. You can make it a theme night by matching the food to the movie. Chinese with "The Last Emperor" say, or hamburgers and ice cream shakes with "Grease", you get the idea.

If even that is too much, you can always have lunch out at that little sandwich place down the street (again, not the big franchise one, but the locally owned store), or get a pizza, or a bento bowl, all of these can come in at less than $10. Or if there is one near you, go to your local farmers market and feast on the best tasting produce you will ever have. In most cases you will be buying directly from the grower, and it doesn't get any fresher than that! Whether you get just enough for a salad for yourself, or veggies for a feast for the family, you can choose the amount that you spend. And if you only have a dollar or two, then I recommend you go to a good local bakery and buy what you can afford, whether it's a loaf of artisan bread, or just a cookie or cupcake, you WILL be helping your local economy.

And last but not least, consider giving to a local or American charity. Your dollars will really be put to good use there, and because nearly all charities nowadays have agreements with their suppliers, the dollar you give will be turned into five, ten or twenty dollars of goods and services to the population served by the charity you choose. My personal recommendation is Wounded Warriors, they serve our returning service men and women who are struggling with permanent injuries.

If you have any more ideas, please let me know. Remember, think local, think American, think about ways your dollars will be spent more than once, and please pass this on.

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Why did Jesus fold the napkin?

An unusual approach to a biblical story
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I
never noticed this....
The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed
over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave
clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was
neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.
Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to
the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the
entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one
whom Jesus loved.
She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't
know where they have put him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the
tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He
stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't
go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the
linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus'
head was folded up and lying to the side.
Is that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order
to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to
understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded
napkin had to-do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew
this tradition.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that
it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished
perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the
master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that
table, until the master was finished. Now if the master was done eating,
he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean
his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The
servant would then know to clear the table.. For in those days, the
wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done'. But if the master got up from the
table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant
would not dare touch the table, because..........
The folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back!'

"He is Coming Back!"

Are you ready?

May you be blessed with much love and joy this glorious Easter morning!

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