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“The Me, Me world of the 21st Century”

August 29, 2008 --

Article by: Gerry Briggs, Eugene Oregon


So. Would you like to know what my number one pet peeve is? Or, in another sense, what I call the root-of-all simple evil? None of this ugly I-want-to-kill-you-and-eat-your-children evil, just the everyday inconsistent, annoying, gad-won’t-you-get-out-of-my-way-and-shut-up evil. 


Before I relinquish this gem, I must give examples of the Me, Me World of Our 21st Century. For instance, people driving like they’re the only ones in a hurry or not, people walking through doors and then letting them go to slam in your face, acquaintances telling you what to think and why, and perhaps my favorite Me, Me scenario, the cell phone talker with no regard for anything other than the electronic connection to his/or her ego. So, with all this and more, some days don’t you just want to put in “Finding Nemo” and join your kids on the couch?

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Back to School

August 27, 2008 --

Its back to school, which means families will be spending money on school supplies and clothing for the new year.  Most places you can find a bargin for the supplies you need, but overall the cost can be high particularly if you have more than one student starting in the fall.

After shopping around, I have found that sometimes one store may not carry the best deal on everything one might need.  I like to do my shopping at Walmart, but realized that some other local stores have better prices on some name brand items like Crayola.

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Questions to ask before school starts

August 26, 2008 --

By Evergreen,

We are now just days away from the new school year and we often get caught up in the shopping spree and forget to talk to our kids about some important matters such as safety and preparation. Here are some questions to think about; If your child is walking or busing a new route, have you walked a practice walk through the route? Have you discussed what to do if your child encounters a stranger? How about encountering a bully? Have you inquired on whether your child has any back-to-school jitters that need to be identified and addressed?

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A Tale of Two Children

August 22, 2008 --

Article Written by: Gerry Briggs, Eugene Oregon

 One, self-important, hostile, and verbally abusive, the other troubled, confrontational, but with survival instincts, both were born with mental illness, the last frontier in polite conversation.

How do you tell this tale to people unfamiliar with Bipolar or Schizophrenia? For them, there is no frame of reference. If someone asks you about your children, its sort of a show stopper. “Oh I have one child working in Seattle and the other one is on social security payments because he is mentally disabled. If you’ve never seen the classic “deer in the headlights” that line is guaranteed to get results.

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An Olympic lesson in losing

August 21, 2008 --

By Evergreen,

Not everyone wins in the Olympics. Some lose gracefully, others lose less gracefully. When the American gymnastic team lost several medals they complained of being treated unfairly during announcements. When Phelps began breaking records this summer the former swimmer great Mike Spitz complained. Spitz said he should have been in the audience and was upset that no one invited him. This week, Spitz went further by saying that he would equal Phelps if they were to be in a match-up during his best days. Someone needs to tell Spitz that this is not his spotlight.

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Oregon Coast Aquarium

August 20, 2008 --

Posted By: Gienie Assink

My family just went up to Newport to visit the new Oddwater exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium! It was a fun day and my boys enjoyed learning about all the different types of animals that live in places we could hardly imagine.

There are many places a family in Oregon can visit in just a day and sometimes mini vacations are a perfect way to help bring families closer together.

I recommend it, and if you have time afterwards, you should visit Newport Beach and fly a kite!

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Settling in, slowly

August 19, 2008 --

Update from the Traveln’ with Charlie blog, One Oregon woman’s journey through life.

August 15, Milwaukie, OR — In the last couple of weeks I have been busy with visits from sisters, and to sisters, and up to Yakima for a family reunion. Charlie has enjoyed the hustle and bustle, the comings and goings. He loves company — more victims who can be coerced into petting him.  My older sister Colleen and her husband came by in early August for a quick visit on their way up to Lake Kachess up off Snoqualmie Pass. Her husband’s family has an annual reunion there in early August. The following week they came back down to Portland and spent several days here.

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August 18, 2008 --

Posted By: Gienie Assink

Good news for parents of Three-Year-Olds:

Your Child’s desire to be independent and to test authority is normal and healthy.

Practical love and logic can make this age more fun for parents.

If you parent really well during the first three years of life, chances are your child will become a responsible teenager who is fun to be around.

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About those Olympic volleyball outfits


Is it just me, or are those Olympic women’s volleyball uniforms shrinking in size?  I do not think I can spot a smaller suit in the swim store.  I did a search for the men’s volleyball uniform and found their outfits to be long shorts and shirts (see here ).  Can we say double standard?

This is a bad move for the sport and for the games in general.

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Common Sense Passes Away

August 15, 2008 --

Posted By: Gienie Assink

“Common Sense… the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.” – C.E. Stone

Today we mourn the passing away of a good and long time friend by name of “Common Sense.”

Common Sense lived a long life but recently died from heart failure at the beginning of the new millennium.   No one really knows how old she was since her birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

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