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Dedicated to all those who hearts are heavy this month, and to those who are resolved to move forward with unity.
Dedicated to those who have lost, who have survived... and all those Americans who have showed the true Spirit of Americans.

Chantaclair's Parlor
Issue 17 September  2001

An Ezine of Poetry, Humor, Recipes,  Hints, Links

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---<--{© Marsha (Chantaclair Rose) Steed '01
( Written for those who Survive. . . The Americans in Unity)

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Link for the Month
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Fanciful's Incorportated - Jewelry findings and brass charms

~Charms and Jewelry findings! Great prices, swift service, Quality merchandice. 

Next Month: - http://www.hugsandhope.com

Chantaclair's Musings
~September
Greetings friends, family and fellow Americans. 
 
Most of us have had our hearts and minds turned towards the red white and blue this past week.  I had this Ezine nearly completed, when the events that changed all of our lives transpired.  I have changed the graphic set, but much of it, I have left as it was.  My intention was to write about Family this month.  Family reunions, traditions and spending time with those you love. I'm not sure that it isn't even more appropriate now.   Still, I wanted to just share some of my thoughts through the last few days, so instead, I'll offer two enteries from my journal.  I'm certain yours are very similar. 

12th.  I've cried plenty... thought much, and still I am stunned.  It just seems impossible that there are so many things that are going to be affected by this.  We have no idea I'm afraid of the far reaching affects.  Everything touches something else.  It is amazing, beyond comprehension I guess.  Makes anything I've been through, or am going through, pale. 

13th - Through all of this, I believe many of our minds have been in turmoil.  Is life so dour, and so hopeless?  In the throes of this horrendous time in our history, is there hope? I think there is.  It is something very intrinsic to the American spirit. 

We take stock, we look ahead.  Yes, we mourn but in our mourning, and in the tears of family members of those missing, we are urge each to 'Love your family.  Appreciate them, tell them you love them'.  We are bridge builders, even over rough waters that we ourselves will never cross over again. 

When we look at the future, even in our pain, we search for flowers.  We look for hope, we grasp for unity.  This has pulled this nation, even this world, together in a way never seen before. I drive along the road, and not one driver can annoy me.  I see folks waving others in, common courtesies have been expanded and the quiet hope that no human, no country, no oppression can squelch, comes into the light. 

Indeed, there are rose colored glasses, and the rose is the American Rose. 


Marsha

--<--{© 2001 Marsha Steed (Chantaclair Rose)
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Traditions: 
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NEW This Month
What is more a tradition than taking your kids school shopping?
In New York, when we were there over Labor day, the taxi driver told us that the whole downtown was impossible to drive in, due to folks school shopping.  Indeed, we saw scores of families from every walk of life, toting large black garbage bags over their shoulders like miniture santa's.  Kids beaming with their treasures.  Even in Sweden, we were told it was 'unusually crowded' due to the shoppers children getting 'outfitted'.  I took mine, only two left now, one at a time.  It made me smile to watch my 15 year old girl, take hours to try on everything and choose ever so carefully, whilst my 11 year old son simply went down the isles, tried on NOTHING... and tossed in underwear, socks ( three sizes too big ) shorts and shirts.  ( three exactly the same, "Well, I liked that one" ) A cherished tradition with our family, sometimes stressful, sometimes hilarious, always expensive but ever a part of who we are.

Tip for the Month
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 Strawberries can reduce stress and calm anxiety.
Bananas can calm a chronic cough and... the inside of the skin, if applied for two weeks, can get rid of warts! 
Lower your cholestrerol with a bowl of oatmeal a day. 
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Your Money
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 "E-commerce is the most important retailing phenomenon to happen in our lifetimes, and E-Trend Networks, ", http://www.EntertainMe.com, with its corporate partnership, niche positioning, healthy balance sheet, and adroit management team, is well positioned to weather the "dot-com" implosion. The Company has unique and sustainable competitive advantages that should allow it to stand well above its peer group. "


http://www.StockPicks.com

Price Target for ETDN 
Current Price: $1.80 
6 Month Target: $5.00 
12 Month Target: $9.50 

http://www.FutureVest.com
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Humor
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Dear Friends & Family, 

I'm writing you to let you know that I have recently been diagnosed with 
a very serious condition and there's no hope I will ever recover. The
scientific world is frantically searching for a cure. 
 

This is an ailment many of us suffer from and may not as yet have been 
diagnosed. However, now you may be able to discuss it with your loved 
ones and try to explain what really happened to you all those times you 
tried so hard to accomplish something and didn't. 

It's called the "Butfirst Syndrome." 
It's like, when I decide to do the laundry, I start down the hall and 
notice the newspaper on the table. Okay, I'm going to do the laundry - 
Butfirst I'm going to read the newspaper. 

After that, I notice the mail on the table. Okay, I'll just put the 
newspaper in the recycle stack - Butfirst I'll look through that 
pile of mail and see if there are any bills to be paid. 

Now where's the checkbook? Oops! There's the empty glass from 
yesterday on the coffee table. I'm going to look for that checkbook - 
Butfirst I need to put the glass in the sink. 

I head for the kitchen, look out the window, notice my poor flowers 
need a drink of water. I put the glass in the sink, and darn it, there's 
the remote for the TV on the kitchen counter. What's it doing here? 
I'll just put it away - Butfirst I need to water those plants. 

Head for door and Ach! Stepped on the dog. Dog needs to be fed. 
Okay, I'll put that remote away and water the plants - Butfirst I need 
to feed the dog. 

At the end of day: 
Laundry is not done, 
Newspapers are still on the floor, 
Glass is still in the sink, 
Bills are unpaid, 
Checkbook is still missing, 
And the dog ate the remote control. 

AND, when I try to figure out how come nothing got done all day, 
I'm baffled, because I KNOW I was BUSY ALL DAY! 
I realize this condition is serious.... And I should get help - 
Butfirst I think I'll read all my e-mail 
 

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Quick and Easy
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Hawaiin Haystacks
Steed Style

 
Ingredients:

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth
3 TBLS Sour cream ( *I like IMO )
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 t seasoned salt
1/4 t parsley
1/4 t oregeno

Toppings:

1 c grated cheese
chopped chives
1 lg can pineapple chunks ( Drained )
1 c coconut
1 diced tomato
1/2 c silvered almonds
1/2 c chopped olives
1/2 c grated carrots
1/4 c chopped parsley


5 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( you can use whatever chicken you like.  I only like white meat and I hate skinning and boning!) cooked and shreded ( boil or bake, it doesn't matter.  Boil for about 15 minutes in the broth.  Bake for about 20 minutes in the broth at 375 F) 
** Combine soup/ broth/ spices and warm through. Add shreded cooked chicken.

5 c rice ( I like to mix brown instant and Uncle Ben's Instant- yes, it makes a difference! ) *cooked per directions.
1 can chineese noodles

Any or all of the following that your family likes: ( or other things you think would be yummy ) 

To serve, put all the toppings in bowls, or I like to use a large sectioned tray. 


  • Put on plate in the following order: 
  • Rice on the bottom, then the chineese noodles. 
  • Cover with chicken/ gravy mix.
  • Top with cheese; tomatoes etc.
  • Finish off with coconut and almonds.
  • Top with a little more gravy if desired. 
  • Enjoy! 


This sounds complicated, but really it isn't.  You can use almost anything you have around the house or in the refridgerator. 
They are always a winner at buffets and even for entertaining since everyone can take only what they like. 

*The idea is from 'Make a Mix' cookery, but adapted to my cooking style and likes. ~Marsha

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Quote for the Month
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Speaking into a rudimentary bullhorn, standing on the rubble of one of America's proudest buildings, George W. Bush spoke to the rescuers.  One shouted out, "We cant' hear you. . ." to which 'George' replied, "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear all of us soon." 


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For Your Information

Thanks to the Great Seal pages(Thanks to Kelsey Grimms for pointing out the broken link and being so kind as to supply a fresh one!)
The phrase's English translation Out of many, one is a clear reference to the thirteen colonies united into one nation, and symbolized  by the shield on the eagle's breast. As explained in the official description of the Great Seal: 
The shield is composed of thirteen vertical stripes that "represent the several  states all joined in one solid compact entire, supporting a Chief, which unites the whole  &  represents Congress. The Motto alludes to this union."

 This motto was well known to literate Americans of the 18th century. It appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine, published monthly in London  from 1731 to 1922. The legend "E   pluribusunum" was used on the title pages of the annual volumes that contained a collection of  the  year's twelve editions of the magazine. (This is an interesting incident of the number thirteen: twelve publications bound together by a  thirteenth.) The motto also had been associated with  the image of a hand holding a bouquet of flowers.

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Victorian Conundrumn
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"The conundrum is one of the most favored forms of amusement for the social circle; the answer to this style of riddle generally contains a pun, and the merriment occasioned can be better imagined than described. " 
~ Conundrums, Riddles, Puzzles and Games by Sarah J Cutter cira . 1896

Little Tommy Tittletat

Little Tommy Tittletat took two T's, 
To tie two tups to two tall trees,
To torment the terrible tittle tat,
How many T's in all of that? 
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Geographical Perplexity

A certain island is situated between England and France, and yet that island is further from France than England is.  How can this be so? 
 

Click HERE for answers. 
 
 

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Book Review
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The Writers Journey - If you want to write, or think you have a story inside of you, this is a facinating book about how to formulate your idea into a story rich with satisfying plot; characters and conclusion.  Joseph Campbell's philosophy is used often.  Excellent choice for any writer. 

It shows by numberous examples, how characters fit into the 'Hero's journey' and the plot develops with assist from such characters as the trickster ( Like the Lion in Oz, who starts out frightening Dorthoy, but ends up with her comforting him) The Archetype ( The Wicked Witch / Miss. Gulch ) The Herald ( One who tells or brings a message that will change the story, a catlyst for change.  Miss Gulch is also this. 

It talks about the stages of a plot, the Ordinary world, the Call to adventure, sometimes a refusal of the call... the mentor and the Thresholds of change.  ( Dorothy's cyclone, her meeting and unveiling of 'the man behind the curtain') The book goes into detail about Tests, allies and enemies of our hero, and how to approach the cave where each hero must at least peek into.  ( Dorothy's crystal ball and the amazing city of Oz) Finally, Mr. Voglar shares with us the importance of the Road back, ( You mean I could have gone home all along?  Any time I wanted? ) the resurrection and return with the elixir. ( "There's no place like home!" ) that will have given our character a profoundly new look at life. 

Says Mr. Vogler, "I invite you to join me on a Writer's Journey, a mission of discovery to explore and map the elusive borderlands between myth and modern storytelling.  We will be guided by a simple idea: All stories consist of a few commn structural elements fround universally in myths, fairy tales, dreams and movies.. . .Used wisely, these ancient tools of the storyteller's craft still have tremendous power to heal our people and make the world a better place." 

( http://www.amazon.com/The-Writers-Journey-Structure-Edition/dp/193290736X - If you are interested in more of the Wizard of Oz Symbollism, this is an excellent resource. )
Click on the Picture to order the book if you wish

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Readers Comments
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I love the monthy e-zine. My favorite section is your 'Muse' section. I 
love the deeper look I get into you. I love to read your thoughts. They're 
always so inspirational and I love how they make me think. My second
favorite is the poem and picture section. I'm going to send the link to the 
e-zine to everyone in my address book. ~ CD

delightful....thank you again for sharing....DL

Your ezine is beautiful!   You are a talented lady with a BEAUTIFUL name, too!  :o) - MJ


Marsha,Just have to tell you thanks. I wore my white dress yesterday to church and when I got my shoes out they had the black marks all over them. I remembered what you had said about the polish remover on you web site. Wow! It works great.  I also made the rice dish on Saturday and substituted cooked chicken. It was good. My family hates cooked tuna. -TC  ( Great suggestion TC! )


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Photography 

Our trip this year took us through New York on both the 24 of Aug and the 4th of Sept.  I took these photo's from what is now being called 'ground zero'.  I still marvel at the fact they are no longer there.  The towers were so majestic and proud, now, they no longer stand, but their symbol will never die.



 
 
 

The towers... still stand tall in the hearts of every American

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Notes - The background was created by Chantaclair's Designs
the photo is from a picture I drew
---<--{@ Marsha Rose

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