Willow Lake



hello and welcome to my page. just thought i'd like to put some kind of greeting here at the start. this page is all things that interest me. so if they seem kind of random to you, it's because they ARE kind of random. feel free to write to me if you have any questions or comments.   thanks- beth

Update 5/2/04: I just added a new section towards the bottom. It's called Food. Check it out.

my blogs: xanga and livejournal.
feel free to comment or email me. xanga doesn't allow for non members to comment but livejournal does. and it's fun!

Take a look at the movies page too for my thoughts on movies I've seen recently.

Quote of the Day

"He smoked his judicial immunity the moment he had ex-parte communication with the defendant." -Casey Novak, Law & Order: SVU

"[Calls for the ouster of Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, are] a political flapdoodle." -Sen. Jeff Sessions

"They're pre-cooked!" -Rob

"It's your right to smell the fish" -Ming Tsai


"In my country, Mickey Mouse is a love god." -Steve


I've recently received many new wonderful books which I hope to read very soon. My good friend Cybil gave me some for my birthday. I got How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent by Julia Alvarez, Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami, In her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, just to name a few. I can't wait to read them all.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I'm about half way through now. The story is unfolding so slowly and with so much detail. It's beautiful. I started reading it once before and didn't get very far. It wasn't the right moment. Now I'm loving the free style and the way every word, almost, evokes some kind of emotion. It's a unique perspective on a life.

Life with Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Just started reading this book but so far it's everything I expect from a Jeeves book. Anyone who's ever watched Jeeves and Wooster on Masterpiece Theater should read some of P.G. Wodehouse's books. They are just as fun as the shows were.
I finally finished this book. Endlessly entertaining. A great escape for the concerns of everyday. Perfect for the beach. Now why did I read it in the winter?

Playback by Raymond Chandler
I'm a big fan of noir in general and Raymond Chandler in particular. This book was the last he wrote starring Phillip Marlowe. It's not the best but it is deliciously dark and gritty. Marlowe gets a mysterious job to follow a pretty young woman and find out where she goes. The plot gets a little confused after a bit but Marlowe is still the same smart, tough, lonely guy he's always been. I would recommend some other Chandler books over this one but it's not a bad read.

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
This is the second book I've read by Murakami. Both were borrowed from my friend Katy. Such an interesting book. It's the story of one man trying to come to terms with his life. Almost a mid-life crisis. He's successful, happily married, father to two cute little girls but he can't stop thinking about his youth and the girls he knew then. The imagery is so amazing and dream-like. You never really know the whole story, and neither does the main character. It's like reading a piece of real life, where people interact but never fully reveal themselves. It's all about the secrets people keep from themselves.
I recommend this book, and this author, to anyone with an open mind.


Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
"All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring. Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king."


Becka is my youngest sister. She has long hair that she mostly wears up in a ponytail. She does wear glasses except when she's wearing contacts instead. She's in college now and she studies hard. She's a great and interesting girl. I wish I could think of something else to say about her right now but it's rather late and I should probably just go to bed. Maybe I'll add more later. Or, Becka, if there's something you want me to say, you could let me know and I'll add it, okay?

Sarah is my younger sister. Her birthday is soon. She works at a couple of jobs. I think her favorite is being a pre-school teacher. She is a very enthusiastic, creative and artistic person. I think her hair is probably a bit longer than I drew it but it's okay because I'm no artist. She wears contacts most of the time. In fact, I can't remember the last time she wore her glasses or even if she has glasses...thus no glasses in the picture. Sarah, if there's something else you think I should say, let me know, okay?

Katie is my older sister. She wears contacts too, about half the time. As you can tell by now, we all have poor eyesight. It's a family thing. Katie is a kind and generous person. She is a lifeguard and swimming teacher and swim team coach. She has loved swimming and the ocean ever since she was a baby. There's a story about how she would swim around underwater even as a toddler and the lifeguards at the beach would be all concerned that she was in trouble because most babies don't swim around like that. She is also very creative and interesting. That's all I can think of for now. Maybe Katie will tell me something else to say and then I'll add it.


I like pickles. I think it's a family thing because all my sister's like pickles as much as I do. We've been known to stand in front of the fridge with the door open, open jar in hand, eating pickles. Pickles have been around since the beginning of civilization. At first, pickling was mainly used to perserve foods but the development of refridgeration has made pickling more an art than a necessity. Not that I mind. Pickles make the best snacks. There are lots of different kinds of pickles. My favorites are dill, bread and butter, and freezer pickles. I also like half sours sometimes, when I'm in the right mood. Then there are gherkins and sweet pickles. I'm not sure about those. If you want to learn more about pickles, check out ilovepickles.org. There is a ton of information about pickles here. Make sure you check out the games in the just for kids section. They're great!


Have you ever thought about where your food comes from? Probably not. Whatever you need, you can just go to the grocery store and buy it. But where does it come from? The food producers don't want you to know. They don't want you to wonder. They just want you to keep on buying their products and be happy you have it. But food has to come from somewhere, right? Farming is a noble livelihood. It brings to mind images of red barns, dirty children, hardworking people, maybe a little pond on one side. Oh! If only it was really like this today. The majority of food production in the US is controled by fewer and fewer large greedy corporations who will do anything to maximize profits, including poisoning our environment. This is why they don't want you to wonder where your food comes from. And this is why I have decided not to eat meat. I am not making this up. I won't try to tell you all the facts or try to convince you with statistics and numbers, but take a look at some of these website for more information. You don't have to become vegetarian, like I did, all I'm asking is that you think about where your food actually comes from and what you are actually supporting when you shop. There is a better way.


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