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Best photo from 2012

December 30, 2011 --

This photo made headlines this Spring as proof that the modern American mom can multi-task under any situation. For the record, the man in the baseball jersey and for whom she stole the ball from is indeed her husband.

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My picks from You Tube’s most watched videos 2011

December 29, 2011 --

Guest Submission,
Oregon,

You Tube has announced their top 10 most watched videos of the year. I have picked out three of them below that should eb watched by everyone. These three are very good and very cute. The rest of the videos are mostly music videos, but I show below the top 10 list at the bottom.

Talking twin babies (#4)

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Is candy REALLY turning our kids into a life of crime?

December 27, 2011 --

By Traci Scott,
Oregon writer

A new study on the correlation between candy and violence may really spook parents. According to the study, children fed candy and sweets on a daily basis are more likely to be convicted of violent crimes as adults. Quick: Hide the Snickers bars!

Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales looked at data on 17,000 children born in a single week during April 1970 in the United Kingdom. The data, from the British Cohort Study, included detailed health and lifestyle information on the children at several points during their lifetimes, including ages 5, 10 and throughout adulthood.

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Merry Christmas to you and your family

December 24, 2011 --

By Guest Opinion,
During Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace.  Seeing a little peace on earth with the troops returning home helps remind me that Peace still finds its way home.  God Bless.

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Oregon’s worst charities

December 23, 2011 --

Oregon’s 20 worst charities list
By Oregon Attorney General
Press Release

Oregon donors should avoid giving to charities that spend most of their funding on telemarketing and administration

Attorney General John Kroger today issued the annual list of Oregon’s 20 Worst Charities.

“Most charities in Oregon do important work, helping the needy and supporting worthy causes,” said Attorney General Kroger. “But generous Oregon donors should be aware that some non-profits are little more than scams that provide little if any help to the causes they claim to support.”

In order to avoid being duped by unscrupulous non-profits, donors should review the Department of Justice Tips for Charitable Giving.

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Is it toys or kids that have changed over the years?

December 22, 2011 --

By Gienie Assink,
Springfield Oregon

When my husband Tim was 2 years old his dad bought a huge toy semi-truck probably about as long as he was tall. He could have ridden on the thing I’m sure; however, Bill (Tim’s father) didn’t want Tim to destroy it being a 2 year old. So he gave it to Tim when he was about 17–If you know Tim’s dad at all, this “logic” would make a lot of sense.

Needless to say, Tim managed to keep it all these years and Elijah, (my delightful 5 year old) got a hold of it and asked Tim how it worked. Tim says openly, “Just push it along Elijah. Make noise, you know.”

A moment later Elijah says in frustration, “It isn’t working dad..!”

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The story behind It’s a Wonderful Life

December 21, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Writing Mom

“It’s A Wonderful Life,” the 1946 Christmas film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, has become a holiday classic. And, many of us know much of it by heart. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” Now 63 years old, the enduring film is dated in many ways—shot in black and white, simple sets, and delightful dialogue that reminds one of a bygone era. Yet, the universal themes and lessons of this movie are timeless, as relevant in 2009 as they must have been a half-century ago.

At the time of its release, “It’s A Wonderful Life” did not do well in the box office, yet audiences over the years grew to love the film and it was eventually named one of the 100 best American films ever made. The story centers around the character of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), a frustrated businessman in the fictional town of Bedford Falls, just after World War II. On Christmas Eve, George is drunk and suicidal after $8,000 goes missing at his family’s building and loan.

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The mystery & stories behind Christmas plants

December 20, 2011 --

Holiday plants are more than they seem
Judy Scott,
Oregon State University Extension Service

CORVALLIS, Ore.— Decorating with poinsettia plants or giving a Christmas cactus to a friend are holiday traditions for many, but not everyone is aware that there’s more to these popular indoor winter plants than their bright leaves and cascading blossoms. Poinsettia is a common name for Euphorbia pulcherrima, a member of the spurge family, according to Linda McMahan, horticulturist for the Yamhill County office of the Oregon State University Extension Service. The plant goes by many common names worldwide, including Easter star, lobster flower, flame-leaf flower, crown of the Andes and noche Buena, she said. Its wild habitat is as close as Mexico.

A large propagation industry based in California grows up to 200 varieties for holiday decoration, McMahan said, and sales approach 100 million plants each year.

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Holiday travel means dreading airport screeners

December 19, 2011 --

Oregon Women’s Report survey result,

Over 60% of Oregon women who took our online survey said they do not approve of airport full-body imaging scanners. Travelers through Oregon’s largest airport, Portland, may have no choice as a new scanner is expected to arrive sometime this year. After the Christmas Day bomber, new efforts to install as many scanners in as many airports as possible.

Below are some of the comments:

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A different kind of Christmas lights

December 17, 2011 --

This Christmas display is in Croatia.   IT covers a wide range of land and lights up the area with dazzling luminance.

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