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Slow extinction of photo albums

January 31, 2013 --

By Erika Weisensee

Gone are the days of dropping off film and getting back a surprise stack of photos that you eagerly flip through. With digital cameras, we can instantly edit our memories, and we do. We point and shoot, then decide if the image is worth keeping. If we didn’t like the photo, we just hit delete.

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Witty responses to comments about my 5 boys

January 30, 2013 --


Amee Foster
Certified Family Life Educator, Oregon
This Great Adventure Blog
I have heard most, if not all, questions or comments one gets with having a large family.

  • “You know how that happens, right?” Yes, I learned when I was ten. Do you?
  • “Were you trying for a girl?” No. I was trying for five children. At this point, would I know what to do with a girl? I only know how to give a buzz cut!
  • “How do you do it?” Um, I get up in the morning and do what I have to do. Just the same as anyone else, with one child or ten.
  • “Wow. You sure have your hands full.” Duh. But I like them that way. Keeps me out of trouble.
  • “I’d bury myself six feet under if I had that many boys.” This one actually resulted in a call to her supervisor, suggesting tact training for employees.
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The Difference Between Being Scared & Having Doubts

January 29, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

“New things are scary. Anything worth having is scary.” 

– Shonda Rhimes script on the series finale of Private Practice

Many people ask me where I find inspiration for each week’s posts, and while I can honestly say I find inspiration everywhere, what inspired today’s post were two different items I read – one an article and one a book – over the past week and weekend.

While reading Hope Alcocer’s contributing blog post to Verily regarding red flags when it comes to relationships, I was reminded of doubt, and how instinctually, when I have doubts, it is my subconscious pointing out something that I haven’t fully grasped but am being heeded to take time to investigate. In complete contrast, while reading Barbara Stanny’s book Secrets of Six-Figure Women, I was reassured that having fears is natural if what we are seeking is something we genuinely want – a life change, a new job, etc.

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Playing games with telemarketers

January 28, 2013 --

Carolyn J. Rose
Oregon writer
Deadly Duo Duh Blog

Almost every evening the phone rings and the screen display indicates a number I don’t recognize. Many of my friends let calls like that go to voice mail, but I’m from an age when the phone didn’t ring often, and a call might mean a shift in the status quo—bad news about an ailing family member or, on the other end of the spectrum, an invitation to a movie or a party. It’s hard to buck that history, so I pick up the receiver and utter a tentative “Hello.”

Often there’s a pause. Sometimes, I hear an electronic whisper like wind on the prairie. Then there might be a few distant clicks and finally a voice, frequently mumbling and sometimes obscured by a heavy accent.

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Weekly Photo: The unlucky penguin

Weekly Video: Genius cat wins shell game

January 26, 2013 --

We know that there are lots of cat video to watch, but how many include videos of super smart cats like this one?

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Dare to invite the new neighbor

January 25, 2013 --

by Sandy Coughlin

The Reluctant Entertainer
Medford blogger, author, entertainer

My heart breaks when I hear or read stories of women who move in to neighborhoods and never really get to know their neighbors.

A few years ago, my daughter and I hosted a luncheon for our neighbors. Many I did not know, so it took courage for me to reach out and invite.

We went from door to door delivering our invitations, and almost all of the ladies were able to come.

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13 signs you may be a mom

January 24, 2013 --

by Gena, Silver Nest Designs
Oregon Blog Earth Monkey Moms

Sometimes it hits me how truly un-glamourous motherhood is!  It’s the hardest job I have ever had and to be frank, most of the time I feel like I totally suck at it!  Don’t get me wrong, I try crazy hard at it, I learn, grow and practice but at the end of the day, I feel like I still have to apologize for something!  (although my sweet children most of the time tell me that I don’t have to say I’m sorry because I didn’t do anything wrong!…AHHHHH….)  any way….what I love is being able to laugh at myself and the rest of you too!  Oh ya, I’m throwing you all under this bus baby!  So here is a little list for you all to enjoy, and then please feel free to add to it! 🙂

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Oregon expert on Inagural fashion

January 23, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

First Lady’s 2nd Inaugural Style

The dress that caused the fashion world to wait with breath bated was worth the speculative curiosity. Choosing to tap Jason Wu again, the First Lady wore a ruby Grecian pleated gown with chiffon overlay with a keyhole, criss-crossing neckline detail that seemed to shock many as she had worn very subdued tones throughout the weekend. Accessories included Jimmy Choo heels and a custom diamond ring by Kimberly McDonald.

Striking, yet contemporarily sophisticated, Mrs. Obama didn’t shy from the spotlight, but instead owned it. Choosing to accentuate her trim waist and sveltely sculpted arms, I for one applaud her choice.

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Valentine’s Writing Contest

January 22, 2013 --

Valentine’s Writing Contest — $150 in prizes
By Oregon Women’s Report

3 Prizes:  $50, $35 & $25.
Student Prize: $40
Previously written, published & blogged material gladly accepted.

Oregon Women’s Report is hosting our second annual Valentine’s Day writing contest with three $50.00 cash prizes for the three top winners. The contest theme is “love” and covers a wide spectrum of ideas from family, kids, relationships, advice, romance to friendships. Articles can be about life lessons, memorable family moments, acts of kindness, friendship, calls to community service and other love related topics. Original or previous written material is accepted. Poetry is also accepted.

Now is the time to dust of that great article you never submitted , re-open your old college creative writing papers or peek at that journal entry that recorded an important life moment perfectly. Turn your thoughts into something that can be seen and appreciated by others while earning $50.00 to splurge on whatever you wish. Most of all, you will have fun expressing yourself. If you are already a local author and/or blogger, we will promote your blog, book or website if your article is chosen. Good luck!

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