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Women dominate Forbes top Celebrity List

May 31, 2012 --

Here is the Forbes list of top celebrities as rated by earnings, press coverage and internet impact.

1. Jennifer Lopez
2. Oprah Winfrey
3. Justin Bieber
4. Rihanna
5. Lady Gaga
6. Britney Spears
7. Kim Kardashian
8. Katy Perry
9. Tom Cruise
10. Steven Spielberg

The gender advantage disapears once you look at the top 20. 

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A Thank You note refresher

May 30, 2012 --


By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Writer

Is it okay to send thank you notes by email? Well, a thank you by email is certainly better than no thank you at all, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best way. When it comes to saying thank you, etiquette experts agree that a handwritten note arriving in your mailbox is always more special than one popping up in your inbox.

So in this age of texting and Twitter—when short, quick messages make sitting down to hand write anything seem like an archaic activity—is it ever okay to thank people via email? The answer is sometimes. For instance, email may be a perfectly acceptable way of thanking someone with whom you have a close and casual relationship. It may not, however, be appropriate for a person of an older generation who grew up in a time when handwritten notes were considered a common courtesy.

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The Importance of Girlfriends

May 29, 2012 --


by Chantelle K. Dockter, MA, LPC
Associate of CCCOW
cccow.org

Liz and I have been friends since we were seven years old. We are both now in our thirties…that is a long time to be friends. Although we are proud of the longevity of our friendship, we refrain from talking about the actual number of years for it makes us feel old. There have been many seasons of our friendship, and I am happy to say we are as close today as we have ever been.

Since getting married and having kids, I have discovered how difficult it is to stay connected with my girlfriends. Juggling work and family is tough, and sometimes it feels impossible to carve out time to touch base with friends. I have recently been reminded of how important this truly is.

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When Memorial Day becomes personal

May 28, 2012 --


by Michal Ann McArthur
Bend, Oregon

Officially, Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those in the military who have given their lives in the service of our country. For most of my life, I haven’t given the day the proper attention and respect it deserves. Part of my neglect might be understandable. I was born on May 31, so my birthday usually coincides with the long weekend. When I was a child, Memorial Day meant birthday fun and a break from school. I was that naïve.

But even as an adult, I haven’t had much personal connection to Memorial Day. My uncle fought as a paratrooper in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. My brother-in-law served in the navy, and my nephew did a tour of duty in Iraq. Thankfully, all came home safely. The closest I ever came to a personal loss was when a high school classmate died in the Vietnam War. But I barely knew him. On Memorial Days, I felt grateful as I sang the National Anthem with my hand over my heart, mentally acknowledging the huge debt of gratitude I owe to all those who serve.

But I wasn’t impacted on a gut level.

All of that changed on December 9, 2008. On that day, the son of dear friends, Sgt. Zachary Wade McBride, was killed in Sinsil, Iraq. In a house he and his team were searching, a rigged IED exploded. Zack was twenty years old.

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7 Dresses: Why I Treasure My Bridesmaid Dresses

May 27, 2012 --

by Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie mom & writer

In the 2008 movie “27 Dresses,” Kathryn Heigl’s character Jane is “always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” She has kept all of those dresses, and in a memorable scene, she tries them all on. Some are hideous and some are just hilarious. I, too, have been a bridesmaid several times — seven. I have saved all of those dresses and keep them in a back closet with other special garments that I will probably never wear again. They are next to my wedding dress and a Hawaiian sundress that I bought and wore on our honeymoon.

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A Tribute to Our Veterans on Memorial Day

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by Karan Gleason
Clackamas Writer

I stood in awe as the color guard presented arms at the funeral of my uncle. This was my first military funeral and I had no idea what to expect. I was deeply impressed and moved by the gentle words spoken by each Veteran who voiced their sentiments during the presentation of a wreath and flowers to my grieving aunt of 85.

These elderly Veterans hadn’t served with my uncle in the military, nor did they personally know my aunt, but their genuine heart-felt words of support and comfort were felt through the unselfish service and devotion to their country and its people. With tears streaming down my grieving aunt’s face, a Veteran handed her a folded American flag. I saw my aunt nod her head and try to smile as he softly spoke consoling words only she could hear.

On a nearby hillside, four American Veterans fired rifles in unison to commemorate the death of this Veteran who had once served his country with love and loyalty. Not just once, but several times the rifles were heard echoing through the tall fir trees. I was so impressed that these Veterans, these retired gentlemen, who also had families and other responsibilities that day, were sacrificing their time to lend support to the wife and family of a fellow veteran they didn’t even know.

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Missing Kyron Horman signs are digitized

May 26, 2012 --

In a sad sign of the times, missing children signs are now getting larger and going hi-tech as digital display signs like this one in Woodburn. The sign features Kyron Horman and other missing children in this spot along Interstate 5 in hopes of reaching the thousands of commuters on the highway. Hopefully the expanded audience reach can yield some new clues on these missing children.

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Portland Zoo Lion vs. baby video goes national

May 25, 2012 --

By Evergreen,

Heather Baltzor from Bend Oregon captured this video her baby at the Portland Zoo being clawed at by a lioness safely protected by a glass wall. The video has gone viral been seen on CNN, ABC News & NBC News and everyone likes to point out how the baby looks like a zebra with its stripped hoodie. Is it just me, or is it just creepy watching this toddler sit there for a prolonged period while a huge beast tries to have him for lunch?

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Why it’s okay to be boring

May 24, 2012 --


by Shannon Ables
The Simply Luxurious Life

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”–John Maxwell

A handful of times throughout my adult life I have been accused of being boring. Initially, such statements stung because I, like so many others, have been conditioned to believe that “boring” was negative and something to aspire not to be. But then, after much contemplation, I began to consider the source of the statement and then consider the context in which the statement was made. Having analyzed both aspects, I have come to own my boringness.

And here is why:

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Clichés are not a crime

May 23, 2012 --


By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie writer

Any grammar guide or writing handbook will tell you that clichés are bad. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines a cliché as “a trite phrase or expression.” A former professor of mine was especially fond of telling his students to “avoid clichés like the plague.” Clichés are unoriginal, overused and often corny. But I’m not here to jump on the anti-cliché bandwagon. That would be, well, so cliché.

In writing, clichés often fail. Yet, when speaking, the right cliché can help us express what we really mean. Because clichés are so familiar and we share their meanings with others, they help us save words, and time. Why beat around the bush when you can hit the nail on the head with a perfect cliché?

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