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Issue #46 June 8, 1999

Topics: Y2KWomen Website Update and ROW: Tabletalk Magazine

Update: Thanks to all of you who sent in additional information on Emergency Duffel Bags! I'll post it this week and let you know!

Dear Friends,

I am so excited to let you know about the new changes in the Y2KWomen website! I think you are going to be very pleased! Here are the main additions:

New Discussion Group!

The biggest addition to the site is a new Discussion Group for Women, a.k.a., Discussion Forum or Bulletin Board. For those of you who might be a little intimated by participating in a Discussion Group (I was, at first!), don't panic. Let me explain how it works. (I think you're going to love it!)

Unlike a Chat Room where you have a bunch of people talking (that is, typing!) to each other in real time, in a Discussion Group, once you've registered, you can post comments, concerns, questions, etc. and then come back later and see who's responded. You can also respond to posted messages and/or give valuable information about topics of special interest.

For example, there is a group (forum) for Commercially Prepared Food Storage. On that forum, "Starlite" asked this question: "Hello, could someone tell me what the best brand (to buy) for storage, of spices and herbs is? I have a catalog from Penzeys which looks interesting but I have never heard of them. Thanks for any information that you can give me." A little while later "Pat" responded with this message: "Hi, Starlite. I just ordered a catalog from Penzey's after hearing wonderful things about their products and prices! Don't think you could go wrong with them. For anyone else interested, their URL is"

(Now please realize, I haven't personally checked out these recommendations. However, I trust that on the Discussion Group people will give their honest opinions on things that may - or may not - be helpful.)

As the replies continue (a thread) you'll find all sorts of helpful information available. It just takes a little practice. And if you only want to read what's been written by others, you can just do that!

So as an example, the first category is: Caring for people with special needs. Under that category, you'll find these forums: Discuss caring for elderly - infirm, Discuss caring for elderly - Alzheimer's, Discuss caring for children with developmental disabilities, Discuss caring for children special medical conditions.

Here is a list of the categories (check out the Discussion Group page to find out all the forums under each category): Community, Family Communications, Female Concerns during Y2K, Financial, Food (Recipes), Water, Medical, Waste treatment, Pets, Single women, Single parents, Minority concerns, Church, Emotional/Spiritual, Ethical, Home Decorating, Gardening, Practicing Non-electric living, Discussion Group Support (a forum for Technical Support with answers to common questions about using the Discussion Group). There is also a forum where you can list other categories or forums you would like to see added that I hadn't thought of!

Each group will have a moderator (right now it's me and my friend Ruth). As moderators, we can go in and clean up, change, or delete anything that doesn't seem appropriate or best for the group. As things get busier, I'm hoping to find some volunteer moderators who will be able to moderate a particular topic of interest (if you're interested send me an email to but please put "Moderator" in the Subject area and let me know what forum you're interested in).

Another feature that I hope you'll find helpful is a place for "Announcements" at the top of each of the forums. So if there is something special during the week that comes up that I'd like to let you know about, I'll post it in the Announcements. All you have to do is click on it and you'll get the latest information.

Also, starting tomorrow I'll have on my home page information for first time users to click on so if you're not familiar with some of the terms you can find out simply and easily. If you're an experience Discussion Group user, you can go straight to the forums.

Anyway, it's still brand new to me, too so hang in there with me! I think you'll find this to be a very valuable resource. To get started just go to the home page and click on the Discussion Group link on the side bar.

Karen's Calendar

Another addition to the site is a link to my new public calendar on Yahoo. Many of you have asked to find out my speaking and radio commitments so I'll post everything here. Because it is a free calendar put out by Yahoo, it has a lot of advertising on it, which I'm not crazy about, however, it syncs with my PalmPilot so I only have to keep one calendar (I'm lucky I can keep up with that!). When I'm doing a local radio show, I'll try and give the call letters and numbers for the radio shows. Many of the nationally syndicated shows have a real-audio function on their websites, so if they have that, I'll try and post that too.

Tuesday: New Delivery Day for "Dear Karen"

I just realized this is my 46th issue of "Dear Karen"! And I have to be honest with you... more often than not, I wait until Sunday night to write it! My strategy is to collect information and draft it over the course of the week but I usually try and write it so it is as current as possible. However, with my traveling schedule and family commitments on the weekend, I feel like I'm not always doing it justice. (I'm not the type who can write up a bunch of stuff and have it in the can ready to go out at any time - actually, what I try to do is think about what is prudent, reasonable and relevant from week to week.) So I've decided to write it on Mondays and since it gets delivered in the middle of the night, you should have it on Tuesday.

ROW: Tabletalk Magazine If you are not interested in spiritual things, do not read this! PO Box 547500 Orlando, FL 32854 1 800-435-4343 or Special 6 month subscription for Y2K women: $5.00

KA: For those of you who know me, you know that I spend about 25 hours a day looking into Y2K and emergency preparedness. Recently, someone wanted to know what kept me going and so I thought I'd tell you about something that is very influential in my life.

You see, I do have a strong Christian faith but as I move into the new millennium I, too, need the strength to start each day anew with hope and faith that we will get through this. (Honestly, it's not fear of the future that drains me but the everyday challenges of being a wife, mom, full time working mother, etc. that sometimes makes me want to scream "Calgon, take me away!!")

One of the resources that I have used over the years is a little magazine called Tabletalk - a daily devotional that helps me to get perspective. Last Thursday I read the following article that helped me to put things into perspective when I was struggling with being frustrated knowing that people have an opportunity to prepare now but many aren't doing anything to help themselves or their communities.

I spoke with the people at Tabletalk and if you call and order they will send you the next six issues of Tabletalk magazine for only $5.00 (make sure to tell them you want the June issue so you can get the June edition included).

But I'll warn you up front: Tabletalk doesn't dole out nice platitudes and simple cliches. The focus is on looking at God's holiness not just making us feel good. But as I've grown over the years (I'll admit, two steps forward and one step back!) I've found that focusing on God's holiness does, in fact, make me feel good as I put into perspective His sovereignty and holiness. If you are hungering for something a bit deeper in these uncertain times, I recommend you take a look at Tabletalk.

Tabletalk Magazine, Thursday, June 3, 1999, (used with permission) R. C. Sproul, Jr. Editor

"The only way to encourage those who are overcome by struggles and trials is to direct them to God Himself. When the Jews were taken into captivity in Babylon, they were surrounded by an enemy more powerful than any they ever had known. And though they had the great history of Moses' deliverance of their fathers from Pharaoh's bonds, they were still afraid. They were afraid because they looked at their circumstances instead of looking at God.

"The Lord told Isaiah to go to all the cities of Judah and declare, 'Behold your God!' The only thing that was going to bring the people comfort during their darkest days was to fix their eyes on God and trust in Him even when everything seemed hopeless. The same is true for us today. We can find comfort in the midst of our difficulties only when we take our eyes off our distressing circumstances and look to God, to His goodness, His power, and His wisdom.

"These are the three attributes Isaiah called attention to as he addressed the Jewish people. Why should they be afraid of being abandoned when the Lord their God, who is like a gentle shepherd, had promised to lead His people and care for them? We can find much comfort in the Lord when we remember that He is not only powerful and sovereign, but that He is so good to us. He loves His people. He cares for His children and never gives them a stone when they ask for bread. What comfort it is to know that we are cared for by the Sovereign of the universe, that we are not simply characters on a stage to be manipulated by Him, but that we are His children whom He loves so much that He sacrificed Himself for us.

"Such goodness, power, and wisdom have no comparison. No nation can stand against God; they are 'as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales.' He can level mountains and part seas for His people, and when He has purposed something, no power on earth can stop Him. He always knows what is best, and we can trust that He always does what is best. And though we might not understand His purposes, and this might cause us to doubt, we can be sure that He is not lessened by our limited reasoning, for His ways are higher than ours and His power is greater than ours. Let us, then, behold out God and be comforted in the midst of hard times."

Isaiah 40:9-17 Lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God."


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-- shellie (, June 08, 1999


Re: Karen Anderson's new forum:

This forum is way to confusing and cluttered. Why all the different headings? Most would fit under several main topics. Why the logon and password? Too time consuming.

I don't think it will be very popular because of the above items. Most of the popualar discussion boards are very easy to navigate and post.

-- Lily (, June 08, 1999.

Lily, I was a bit surprised by your evaluation of the new discussion board at My observations are the exact opposite of yours. I do not find the board confusing or cluttered at all. To the contrary, the fact that all the topics are broken down makes it easier to scan the board for your particular subject of interest to read or ask a question on. The titles are also very specific which lends little opportunity for people to come in and post things that are controversial and extreme and way off the topic of preparing for y2k. I doubt if there will ever be any vulgar language or flaming going on in there.....there is just no topic that the "on the edge stuff" will fit into. This venue discourages such lurkers to just go somewhere else to peddle their opinions. The login and password take just seconds to do and can be stored so that you never have to enter them again when posting. I find the board extremely easy to navigate and post on and I think it will be extremely popular, especially in the coming months when more people will be starting to GI and look for good resources. If you're having trouble understanding the way the board operates, I'm sure if you contact Karen, she will be able to help you and talk your way through navigating the board. She is an extremely kind and patient person who would welcome you warmly to her board. You say that you think this board would be too time consuming. I would encourage you to try to find the time and give it another look. I for one would be happy to help you in any way possible and would enjoy sharing y2k preps with you and listening to any of your concerns. I hope to see you there.....come on over....

-- Brenda Looney (, June 08, 1999.


-- jar jar binks (, June 08, 1999.

Don't waste your time.

I went to this forum against my better judgement, having been to Karen's site several times in the last few months and never found anything of value there. (I think this is where I saw the intermineably long list of "necessities" for women in 2000 that included a propane curling iron. After I picked myself up off the floor, I left Karen.) This forum IS aggravating to use - the topic bars only beget more topic bars and there's nothing there. Maybe she just started it today. The only thing I found under Concerns of Single Women was a woman worried abut her college kid away in Florida. How would he eat? She was told not to worry, the ATMs should be open because the banks are 100% compliant. Excuse me???? "Women's sites" make me mad as hell. I resent the difference in tone that they display, in talking to women as if we were 5 year olds. I do not need to be talked down to. Send all the pollies over to Karen's, they'll love her & they'll be too busy to come back.

-- Scat (, June 08, 1999.

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