i used to believe : the childhood beliefs site

June 23, 2005
I Used To Believe is a collection of ideas that adults thought were true when they were children. It will remind you what it was like to be a child, fascinated and horrified by the world in equal parts. The following pages will reassure you that the things you used to believe weren't so strange after all..."

Community Alliance for Diversity

I just came across this I think from an email from my aunt. She's been instrumental apparently in bringing diversity awareness to the Willamette Valley.

Foxtrot on Father's Day

June 22, 2005
I can so totally see either my DH or my son doing this one hot boring summer day.

Learning from Blue's Clues

June 18, 2005
My daughter is watching Nick Kids on CBS (I think, we don't have cable) and I just learned how to make chartreuse. I always knew how to spell it, but thought it was a red based color. Turns out that it's a yellow-green. Other colors featured this morning are vermillion, violet, aquamarine, and of course the basics. Color theory from a dog.....

2005 survey

June 16, 2005

1. What time is it? -10:12 PM

2. Name: Annette

3. Any nicknames? -'Nette,

4. Parents names? -Lucinda and Gerald
5. Number of candles on your last birthday cake: -28

6. Date that you regularly blow them out? -August 15
7. Pets? -two cats who think they own the place

8. What is your favorite drink? -raspberry iced tea

9. Tattoos? -nope

10. Body piercing? -Ears and belly

11. How much do you love your job? -depends on the day

13. Favorite vacation spot? -any place warm and sunny and NOT humid

14. Have you ever been to Africa? -Nope

15. Stolen any traffic signs? -Nope

16. Ever been in a car accident? - yes, multiple times

17. Croutons or Bacon bits? -neither

18. A 2 Door or 4 Door car? -4 door car

19. Salad Dressing? - blue cheese

20. Favorite Pie? -cheesecake

21. Favorite Number? - uh.....

22. Favorite Color? -blue

23. Favorite Food? -salmon

24. Favorite day of the week? -Saturday

25. Favorite brand of body soap? -

26. Favorite TV show? - 7th Heaven

27. Toothpaste? - whatever's on sale

28. Most recently read book? - The Vor Game (McMaster Bujold) and Question
Quest (Piers Anthony)

29. Perfume/Cologne? - Cool Water or Tresor

30. Favorite Smell? - chocolate ....

31. What do you do to relax? -read, crochet, take a walk

32. Favorite Fast Food? - chicken mcnuggets

33. When was your last hospital visit? -Feb 2005

34. Where do you see yourself in 10 yrs? -back in school

35. What do you do when you are bored? - sleep, clean house

36. What gifts do you enjoy from your friends? -time
37. Furthest place you will send this message? -dunno, people keep moving

38. Who will respond the fastest?

39. Who is the least likely to respond?

40. Favorite exercise? - walking

41 Biggest challenge: paying bills on time

42. Yard work or shopping? - shopping

43. Comedy club or Musical? -musical

44. Chic or denim? -denim

45. What time is it now? 10:22 PM

Now send this to friends, and to the person who sent
it to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot
of little known facts about your friends.

Memory Bank

June 15, 2005

I need to keep this one in mind .......

Subject: Memory Bank

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed
each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup
perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing
home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she
smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.

As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual
description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung
on her window.

I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just
been presented with a new puppy.

"Mrs.. Jones, you haven't seen the room . just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied. "Happiness is
something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not
doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged... it's how I arrange my
mind. I already decided to love it "It's a decision I make every morning
when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the
difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out
of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as
long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories
I've stored away .. just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank
account: you withdraw from what you've put in. So, my advice to you would be
to deposit a lot of happiness in the Bank account of memories."

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

Pass this message to 7 people except you and me. You will receive a miracle

Now, STOP!

Did you hear what I just said. You WILL receive a miracle tomorrow. So send
----- End forwarded message -----

FW: What is love?

Enjoy these very poignant descriptions of love. We can really learn
something from children!

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8
year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and
deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her
toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when
his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Rebecca- age 8

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth."
Billy - age 4

"Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne
and they go out and smell each other."
Karl - age 5

"Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries
without making them give you any of theirs."
Chrissy - age 6

"Love is what makes you smile when you're tired."
Terri - age 4

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before
giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK."
Danny - age 7

"Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you
still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy
and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss"
Emily - age 8

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening
presents and listen."
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

"If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend
who you hate,"
Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

"Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it
Noelle - age 7

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still
friends even after they know each other so well."
Tommy - age 6

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked
at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."
Cindy - age 8

"My mommy loves me more than anybody . You don't see anyone else kissing me
to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."
Elaine-age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is
handsomer than Robert Redford."
Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all
Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes
and has to go out and buy new ones." Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars
come out of you." (what an image)
Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's
Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if
you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
Jsica - age 8

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked
about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to
find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose
next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his
wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's
yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what
he had said to the neighbor, the little boy
said, "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that
God is all you need.

Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the
following small prayer for the person who sent you this:
Father, God bless all my friends in whatever it is that
You know they may be needing this day! And may their
life be full of Your peace, prosperity and power
as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship
with You.

Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it
to you. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other
people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your

P. S. Five is good, but more is better

A Historic Debt Deal


Dear Friend,

Together as ONE, we have helped do something incredible!

This past Saturday, the U.S. joined together with other wealthy nations to free millions of people in some of the poorest countries from crushing debts.  The finance ministers from the 'Group of Eight' or 'G8' nations agreed to write off billions of dollars of debt, and in return for cancellation, the qualifying countries will invest these savings in their own people -- to help with more schools, health clinics and wells.

Debt cancellation will quite literally save millions of lives -- but this deal was struck by only eight men huddling around a table. Eight men and the millions of us watching them, asking them to do the right thing. You called for this, with one voice, and they got it done.

The finance ministers' meeting was just a warm-up act, a down payment on an overall historic breakthrough. Let's keep up the positive pressure for the main event, when President Bush, Prime Minister Blair and the other G8 leaders meet on July 6:

Sign a letter to President Bush 

Ask for his support at the upcoming G8 meeting for a comprehensive debt-aid-trade deal for the people in the poorest countries.

If you've already signed, please take a minute to ask 3 friends and family members to sign on.

Whenever we add more voices we get louder and more powerful! With your help, we will be the generation that looked extreme poverty in the eye -- and said no more.  

Thank you,

The ONE Team

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The Inn at Manzanita

*sigh* Can I have a beach house too?

What Kind of Yarn are You?

You are Acrylic.
You are Acrylic.
While you are very versatile, your plasticky
countenance can be offputting. You are very
good with children but can become a pill if
left alone with them too long. You are very
flexible but don't give in to manipulation.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

I know that my stitching group is just dying of laughter right now. I get ribbed about all the acrylic yarn I use, though most of the projects I do are for my kids. *sigh*

Google Store

June 12, 2005
Now I've seen everything. The sad thing is, I am tempted to buy some Google gear.....

You're Invited to Free Global Concerts

Dear Friend,

This morning, international stars such as Bono, Bob Geldof and Dave Matthews announced "Live 8", a series of free global concerts to take place on July 2. "Live 8" concerts will be held simultaneously in Philadelphia, PA; London, England; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and Berlin, Germany.

The "Live 8" concerts are part of the ONE Countdown to the G8 Summit to urge President Bush and other leaders of the world's 8 wealthiest nations to save millions of lives when they meet together in Scotland, July 5th to 8th. 

The global concerts will feature performances by a historic line up of artists including Dave Matthews Band, U2, Jay Z, Paul McCartney, Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and many, many more!

Click Here to Invite Your Friends!

This year marks 20 years since LIVE AID, the biggest charity concert ever staged. This time, the concerts will not be asking for your money, but your voice. Your voice is urgently needed to urge President Bush to Make Poverty History at the G8 summit.

As part of the ONE Countdown to the G8, we invite you to join us at Live 8 and the Long Walk to Justice Events including:

  • ONE rally in Washington, DC on July 1st hosted by George Clooney.
  •  Live 8 concert in Philadelphia, PA on July 2nd and Long Walk to Justice send off to the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland.

Together, we will let President Bush know that the American people are counting on his leadership to make the simple, but powerful decisions necessary to save millions of lives around the world.

Click here to learn more about this historic effort and stay tuned for more updates as the details unfold. Invite Your Friends to Join ONE Today.


The ONE Team

P.S. To kick off our Countdown to the G8 Summit, please join us at one of more than 150 events taking place tomorrow in over 20 states across the nation.  To find an event near you, click here.

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gallery: Women's Retreat

These are some pictures that a friend of mine took of our latest Women's Retreat.

Graphical Event Ticker for your Signature, Message Boards, Blogs and Web Page

June 8, 2005
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