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Weekly Photo: Irish dance champ

March 31, 2013 --

Practice shot of a girl in the World Irish Dancing competition (held in Boston, MA)

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Viral Video: Little girl sorta walks dog

March 30, 2013 --

Another cute video with a million hits as this girl has a great time trying to walk the dog.

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Would you share prize with worker who rejected lottery pool?

March 29, 2013 --

mar13-lttrywnnrsBy Evergreen,
Oregon writer

A realtor office in Plantation Florida was the place where several office workers paid $20 each to join an office lottery pool.  The new office assistant passed on the pool.  She had not even received her first paycheck.  It turns out the office had the winning numbers.   The prize was over $300 million, but do not get too excited because the after-taxes payout comes out to $80,000 per worker who participated in the office pool.

As reported, several co-workers decided to make her share int he prize.

Would you have done the same?

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On being lied to..

March 28, 2013 --

By Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Author of He Is Just That Into You

“She told me if you’re honest with people, they trust you.” –Julie Klam
Simple, gorgeous, and so very true.
I hate being lied to. Let me rephrase…I hate finding out that I’ve been lied to. 
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Helping women to say “No”

March 27, 2013 --

Chantelle K. Dockter, MA,
Licensed Professional Counselor,
Tualatin, Oregon

Question: It seems like each week I am approached by someone who needs something from me, and now I feel drained and spent, yet I can’t seem to say no. Help!

Answer: As women, we wear many different hats and have many versatile roles to fulfill. That of wife, mom, employee, student, daughter…the list goes on. We desire to be the best at all we do, which is a tall order, even just doing the bare minimum! As the demands pile up, we feel the pressure to give more and more, and the weight of guilt if we say no. Usually the prospect of feeling guilty is so undesirable that we end up saying yes to whatever is proposed of us, leading to burnout.

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Girl baby names over the decades

March 26, 2013 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Mom

What’s in a name? Naming a child is a momentous decision for parents, a decision that helps define the child’s identity from the very beginning. Names can be beautiful, powerful, traditional, interesting and sometimes just plain out there. The Social Security Administration (SSA) tracks the most popular American baby names and you can search the results online by year from as early as 1879.

The website reveals trends in American boy and girl names over the decades. We Americans tend to stick with our favorite names for a long time. For women’s names, “Mary” topped the list for several decades of the Twentieth Century, with names like “Helen,” ‘Margaret,” “Dorothy,” “Barbara,” “Patricia,” and “Linda” following close behind.

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Perfect, painless & profitable yard sale tips

March 25, 2013 --

by Shannon Ables
Eastern Oregon writer
The Simply Luxurious Life

Some of the best items in my home at this very moment were discovered at yard sales (a dining table, kitchenette table, unique vases as well as a buffet table). Understandably, my budget is very thankful for the relief, and I felt the thrill of finding a bargain and enjoying the hunt. After all, you never know what you will find.

The excitement is certainly in the hunt when yard sale season begins (typically in the spring, although I love early fall sales as they too have treasures to find) as people begin clearing out their homes and garages and itching to get outside and see their neighbors.

Last June I had my first yard sale, and while it was a lot of work, it was also quite enjoyable and well worth the effort for many different reasons. These are just a few:

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Viral Video: Blind boy learns steps

March 23, 2013 --

Not all viral videos are extraordinary as some are ordinary real life moments caught on camera. This one shows 4-year-old Gavin Stevens learning to overcome a curb step outside. Very simple but it causes us to pause on how small things are bigger challenges for those without sight.

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Weekyl photo: Puppets tout fashion show


A fashion show in Brazil used marionettes to introduce the next line of outfits.


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Super easy Easter table tops

March 22, 2013 --

tulip & grape hyacinth tabletop | reluctant entertainer

by Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer
Medford blogger, author, entertainer

As we learn to walk in love with our lives–actions, words, thoughts, deeds–it’s beautiful to see how the investment in relationships brings rich rewards.

Easter and Spring are the best place to start, if you are a reluctant entertainer.

If you can keep the “back to the basics” sort of mentality, I’ve found that it makes entertaining much more enjoyable.

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