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Issue 21 October 2003


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

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---<--{© Marsha (Chantaclair Rose) Steed '03

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Be aware... that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose. --Dan McKinnon


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~ Tee Heed - To tickle your Funny bone.

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Chantaclair's Musings


Last month I spoke about the season of change. This month it is still on my mind, but more so, a season of harvest. Each of us in our lives has things that we allow to mature. Be it a relationship, a momentary talent, education, a career. We all sow seeds along the way in hopes that 'one day' we will reap great rewards from our efforts. When we are doing the 'grunt work', weeding and mulching and watering, it seems there is little progress made. I've found that if I simply close my eyes and wait a bit, it is far easier to see where I have come, from where I have been.

Some harvests are more plentiful than others. Sometimes we end up with prize-winning squash, and sometimes . . . beans come up where we thought we planted watermelon. It is all an adventure. Take a moment with me to pause. Breath in deeply and look at your past accomplishements, not with the critical eye of the County-fair judge, but with the satisfaction of the gardner. Know what your efforts have brought you to. Remember your failings and allow memory. Harvest.

--<--{© 2003 Marsha Steed (Chantaclair Rose)

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Halloween has us carving pumpkins, looking for a unique and (sshhhh ) EASY costume.  Our Church has a 'Trunk Or Treat' where we decorate the trunk of the car, and about 50 or so families all meet at the parking lot and the children go around to each familiar family for their 'treat'.  It is fun to be together and share in such a community event. 

Next month, : Thanksgiving Traditions. I'd love to have you send in Here something that you or your family does to express your gratitude. 

 Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you. ---<-{@ M

Tip for the Month

 To lessen Vertical Forehead Lines - Massage in circular motion for 100; Three fingers on each side of lines, finger just at top of eyebrows; Pull taunt. Push brows together three times for the count of 10

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Your Money

" SPDRs, Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts, represent ownership in the SPDR, Trust Series 1, a unit investment trust established to accumulate and hold a portfolio of the equity securities that comprise the Standard & Poor's 500 Composite Stock Price Index. SPDRs seek investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 Composite Stock Price Index. There is no assurance that the price and yield performance of the S&P 500 Index can be fully matched." From the AMEX

Last Sale Net Change Volume IIV Last Updated
$103.39 0.94 48,820,500 N.A. 10/03/2003 6:53 PM ET


Here Today

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As I've Matured.

I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

I've learned that one good turn gets most of the blankets.

I've learned that whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to others-they are more screwed up than you think.

I've learned that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

I've learned age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

I've learned that I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy it.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities.

I've learned that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

I've learned that 99% of the time when something isn't working in your house, one of your kids did it.

I've learned that there is a fine line between genius and insanity.

I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon and all the less important ones just never go away. And the real pains are permanent.


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Quick and Easy

Hard Gingerbread

Rub half a pound of butter into a pound of flour;

then rub in half a pound of sugar,

two table-spoons of ginger,

add a spoonful of rose water;

work it well; roll out, and bake in flat pans in a moderate overn.

It will take about half an hour to bake.

This gingerbread will keep good some time.


- Old "The Good Housekeeper" by Sarah Josepha Hale - Early American Cookery.

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Quote for the Month ~

:Living artfully, therefore might require something at simple as passing it is only when the world enters the heart that it can be made into soul ~ Thomas Moore

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Did you know. . .

Why the colors for October are Orange and Black? :


Orange signifies Harvest and Black Signifies Winter's Darkness

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Victorian Conundrum
"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
By Lewis Carroll Dreaming of apples on a wall, and dreaming often, dear, I dreamed that, if I counted all, How many would appear? How Many?
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Book Review

I've been reading "Care of the Soul" by Thomas Moore. It is simply exquisite. There are lines in there that I could ponder for many an hour. He talks particularly about how in our world, we have forgotten to take time for creativity and for pausing. That our soul is disassociated from body and spirit because we rush through every moment and forget to allow them to connect. I have seen it in my own life, and watched it happen to us as Americans. We could learn a great deal from a more eastern pause in our 'go getting'.

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Readers Comments

Dear Marsha

Of course I'd like a copy. Who wouldn't!~~~Sir B

.....what a delightful time to peruse your e-zine again.....thanks for bringing it back!    Brings back happy memories for me....~D

Thank you for coming back - I enjoyed so much.....~ FS


I spent two days ,  Tuesday and Wednesday meandering through your web sight, and missing your Ezine...  and here you are!  Amazing! ~ LH

Ok, so here it is, back again! Enjoy and send in YOUR comments Here.

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Antigua - Caribbean Islands 1999

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Writer's Block

Rachel, A child of the dawn

The little bird looked lost, and Rachel wanted to run right over and scoop it up. Auntie Flora stopped her with a hand on her shoulder. "Some days I feel just like that Mamma, a swakin' and scoldin' all the day." Flora tsk, tsked, as she took Rachel's hand and led her away from the little bird.

"No use hangin' about, his mamma will just scold till we leave anyhow." Puffs of dust followed them from the barn as they made their way across the path between the house and the fields.

"What will happen to him?" Rachel asked.

"Oh, I expect he'll either learn to fly, or sit right there until he does, or the cat has him for dinner."

"No!" Rachel was appalled.

"'S just the natural way of things Missy."

"Do you think I'll ever have a pretty dress like my doll?" Rachel's timidity hardly allowed the question, but the ache to be something special nudged her voice.

"The more you worry 'bout it, the more you'll figure you'll never be so missy. Quit your fretting and just hurry along." Flora was no- nonsense. She had learned early on that catering to vanity was the quickest way to idleness and discontent. "Clean up b'fore supper, and I'll tell you a tale you'll not like to forget soon 'Chel."

Rachel smiled and picked up the pace. 'Chel' had been her nickname ever since she could remember having a name at all. She cleaned up her part of dinner quickly after they ate. Sweet potato pie was yummy, but terrible to clean up the next day. When all was settled, she climbed up into the tired leather chair that Aunt Flora always retired to after meals. Flora was already snuggled up with a book between her knees and scolded half-heartedly as Rachel climbed on her generous lap.

"Tell me about when you were a girl?"

"You've heard that story a dozen times if you've heard it once girlie" Flora laughed, and her face softened. Rachel loved this time of the day.

"Not in a week at least!" She teased right back.

"I have a different kind of tale in mind tonight pumpkin." Auntie Flora's voice dropped the way it did when she was going to say something important. Rachel gave up and settled in to listen.

"Long ago, there was a little girl, not so much old than you. She lived in a very different place though, where the water was wide and the streets were clean and even. . . "


( TO be continued )

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Guest Column

"I remember when we were kids, one thing, was that we weren't aloud to eat any of our candy until we asked our parents first. But a tradition I remember, that us kids kind of came up with on our own, is that after we went trick-or-treating, we'd always dump out buckets out in the family room, and sort all of our candy into piles. We'd then trade things we didn't like for things we liked. I also remember putting up those fake cotton spiderwebs. Oh! And we had this hanging ghostie that would "ooooo" when you made noise around it. I also remember my mom had face paints that'd we d take out at Halloween, and I remember that our costumes were always a big deal. Our mom put a lot of time and effort into them."  ~ Crystal Dever


THANKS for sending in your Tradition Crystal!


Notes - The background was created by Chantaclair's Designs
the photo I took of my Fall Table
---<--{@ Marsha Rose

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