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      GUIDELINES FOR MESSAGE BOARD, CHAT & BLOGS. **RELIGIOUS/POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED**   11/02/2007

      Please Follow The Power Surge Message Board, Insta-Chat And Blog Guidelines   This is the newest of numerous Power Surge message boards. The board is divided into individual subjects or Forums. We recommend you first look around, familiarize yourself with the new format and features. Select subjects of interest to you and post to your heart's content, but please read these guidelines before posting.   When you registered for these boards, the "default" was set to leave your E.mail address "private." We do so for your privacy and protection. However, if you chose to make your E.mail address public, you do so at your own discretion. Should you decide to make your E.mail address private, click on MY CONTROLS on the menu at the top of each screen and under Options select E.mail Settings.You can change the option to keep your E.mail address public or private. Should you desire to get in touch with someone whose E.mail is private, you can send them a Private Message or "PM" by clicking on "PM" at the bottom left (under their user name) of that person's posted messages.   Under NO circumstances will Power Surge EVER give out anyone's E.mail address or personal information. Please read Privacy Statement.   Guidelines:   1) This is a public forum. Please conduct yourself in the same courteous, respectful manner you would in any public arena.   2) MESSAGES AND/OR MEMBER PROFILES LINKING TO COMMERCIAL, RELIGIOUS, E-COMMERCE, PORNOGRAPHIC, OTHER MENOPAUSE SITES AND/OR ANY OFFENSIVE SITES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.   3) NO ADVERTISING. Messages advertising products, or linking to Web sites selling these products and services are not permitted - including other menopause sites. This means not only blatant advertising, but the advertising that seeks out women in need of help, endears them to the poster (seller) with their guarantees for success with a product. Beware of those asking you to E.mail them for more information.   4) Messages requesting participation in and information for books, newspaper, magazine articles, school papers, surveys or theses are not permitted.   5) Profanity and/or crude language are not permitted on the board, in insta-chat and in the blogs, nor are links to sites containing pornography or anything offensive. Anything deemed to be inappropriate or harmful for viewing by children will be removed from these boards immediately. There have often been children or young relatives of women going through menopause looking for information to better understand, or to find information for relatives who may not be on the Internet.   6) Please do not harass or attack other participants. Messages of a confrontational manner are not permitted and will be removed at the discretion of the Board Administrator. Continual harassment of any other member will result in the termination of your username. If you take issue with the nature or theory of a message, address the theory, but do not attack the person proposing the theory.   7) Multiple member names are not permitted use on these message boards. Masquerading as more than one person, or as a person of the opposite gender is strictly prohibited. User names with "Doctor," "Dr." or "M.D." are not permitted to post on this board. Unless Power Surge is associated with a doctor or other health care practitioner, we have no way of knowing if you actually are a doctor, who you are and/or what your medical credentials or beliefs are. Our health care practitioners can be found in Ask The Experts, in the Transcript Library, and in articles in the Educate Your Body area of the Web site. If you are a doctor who wishes to be associated with Power Surge, please contact us at this link. Thank you.   8) Those found to be harvesting E.mail addresses from these message boards for the purpose of selling products or sending out spam will have their account/username terminated immediately. Power Surge does not share E.mail addresses of our members with anyone. We do not sell or share your E.mail address or any information you provide during registration with anyone else.   9) This is not a religious site nor political site. This is a non-sectarian and non-partisan community. We are women from every ethnic background. This community respects everyone's personal beliefs; however, discussions about, references to and proselytizing (i.e., "Turn to God, he will heal you," "In the name of Jesus Christ, amen," etc.), about religion and links to religious sites are prohibited. The same holds true for political discussions.   10) Messages which do not comply with the Power Surge Message Board Guidelines will be removed at the discretion of the Board Administrator and members who disregard our guidelines may be banned from future participation without notice.   11) This message board can be read by anyone. It is also indexed by the various search engines. Avoid posting anything too personal, such as real name, address, telephone number, or anything you wouldn't want someone to read on the Internet.color>   12) When new members sign up for the message boards, they are automatically sent an E.mail validation letter from Power Surge. E.mail addresses must be validated, or the member won't have access to many features on the board including the inability to post. 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Since men can read anything on the board, if there's a forum discussing a particular subject you'd like to comment on, feel free to create a similar topic in the forum specifically created for men. Thank you.   17) If anyone takes exception to these guidelines, please do not discuss it on the boards or in insta-chat. Messages of such nature will be removed at the discretion of the board administrator. If you wish to comment on these guidelines, you can contact us through the contact page.   18) Power Surge reserves the right to edit or delete any message that violates the guidelines of this board.   If you have any questions about these guidelines or how these message boards work, first check out the HELP area at the top of every page. If you can't find an answer to your question, visit the Board/Site Info, Questions, Problems topic or Contact Us Here and INCLUDE YOUR USERNAME AND THE SPECIFIC NATURE OF YOUR PROBLEM.   Thank you for your cooperation. 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      WELCOME NEWCOMERS: READ FIRST!   09/14/2008

      A very WARM WELCOME to new members of Power Surge's Message Board.  Before you jump right into the board discussions, I strongly recommend you to take a few minutes to READ THIS NEWCOMERS MESSAGE to help familiarize you with the board and site.   This message board is just one area of an enormous, multi award-winning Web site with a wealth of information. You can visit any area of the site by clicking on the "Power Surge Quick Links" drop down menu at the top of each page of the message board, OR by clicking on the links on the MENU on every page of the Web site.   After you've read the Newcomers Message, CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE FROM THE MANY FORUMS available to discuss any subject you wish.color>   Again, a warm welcome to Power Surge to women in all phases of their transitional years, and to the men, children, friends and others in their lives who want to gain a better understanding of menopause.   I can promise you one thing . . . if you felt alone before finding Power Surge . . . you won't feel alone any longer   Dearest Power Surge Founder
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Power Surge Starts Its 10th Year Online

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On February 3rd, 1993, Power Surge was born on America Online.

It is with great pleasure and pride (and sometimes with great exhaustion :biggrin: ) that I announce that Power Surge is now in its 10th year online.

I hope Power Surge continues to provide women at midlife and in menopause (and their partners) the same exemplary information, support and expert advice it has for the past nine years.

Special thanks to all the women who over the years  have partcipated in this community's growth and success, with special acknowledgements to:

MaryO, aka PianoMary, aka Mary, my assistant, AOL and Web board moderator, AOL and Web chat queue keeper, AOL Chat Host, link queen and friend -- thanks, Mary.

Cinda, aka Lucinda, my first AOL chat and Web Chat host and friend -- thanks, Cinda

Irene, aka IreneCrites, AOL chat host,  Web board moderator and friend - thanks, Irene

Web board moderators: Hspec (Hedda); Athenea (Barbie); PatC (Pat); MrsUnderstood (Helen); studywoman (Barbara). Thanks to each of you for your help!

Dearest (aka Alice)Power Surge Founder / Faciliator / Host Feb. 3, 1993 - Feb. 3, 2003

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Congratulations, Dearest and everyone involved with Power Surge!

The tenth year - that's so fantastic. ?I wonder, Dearest, if you'd have known that this would have grown so huge, involving so much of your time (and money?) would you have still done it? ?Or maybe had Power Surge on a smaller scale.

These days, it's tough to keep anything going for 10 years. ?Power Surge is not only going, but going strong - getting bigger and better every year.

Wow! ?What a wonderful service you have done for women everywhere. ?I know what a lifesaver Power Surge was to me when I was starting out. ?I'm sure that others feel the same way, too.

Thanks, again, for being there to help me through this often rough time, and making it all go smoother, easier - and even FUN! ?Thanks for having the best-ever support system on the web, or anywhere that i know of.

I know you're probably all tired of the CongaRats, but they have to dance, anyway ?

 

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Congratulations Dearest, Mary, and everyone who has helped with the successes of Power Surge!   Just think in the next decade there will be second generation surgettes coming here for advice and sharing.   The Conga-rats are favorites of mine so keep them dancing.  :)          ~Helen

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10 YEARS!! Whooo Hooo!!!!! Happy Birthday :biggrin:Good things come to those who wait ;)

To Dearest and all of you who help her:

I see the dedication you have for your work. Personally I've received mind, body, and spiritual help here. In this transitional phase of life, yes! you've really made a difference.

Hope you can feel this!..... (((Thankyou))).

Tex

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YEAHHHHHHH YAHOOOOOOOO HIP HIP HOOOOORAY, CONGRATUALTIONS!!!Wanted to add my excitement, my congrats, and my thank you's. ?To the Power Pioneer (Dearest), to all her elves in the work shop. ?I have benefited so much from this site. ?You must be so proud to have accomplished such a Huge Wealth of information for us to soak in. ?Believe me I love to soak!!

I wish you all good health in the future, much happiness and continued success with our wonderful spa that we soak in.  Thank you, hugs and love to allGG :)

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Congratulations Dearest and all the women of Power Surge.Mary what would a Congratulatory party be without the Congo -Rats? ?I love them. :)

Power surge and Dearest have been a part of my life since 1995 and I don't know what I would do without all of you. ?Dearest.....there are no words of thanks that can say what I feel for you personally...you know that my friend. ?Mary you are the best. ?Cinda...our chat protocol lady. LOL ?And to all of the many women I have met here at PS, thanks to Dearest,.....a big thank you. :)

Again Congratulations Dearest for a most amazing website.

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?*******HAPPY ANNIVERSARY POWER SURGE******** ?AND THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAREST- For what I consider to be one of the best things in my life, this wonderful place you have made and nurtured. This Power Surge has helpled so many people, it is so clear to see. It is amazing to see how many ?woman have passed through this stage and still are so very active here. That is such an indication of what this means to them. To us, we gain from them wisdom, compassion and humor. When I first arrived here, believe me I felt like my best gift which was laughter was so very gone. I felt like every creative bone I had in my body up to that point was whisked away and I never knew where it went or why. Only, through here (which I swear I was divinely led) did I recognize why and acceptance and understanding to all this. Oh, and by the way early on someone suggested that I should just watch funny movies on a weekend. Something so simple and guess what it began to "do the trick" Laughter is back. So, what can I say to you Alice, that could ever show my gratefulness? And to all the great moderators, like you mentioned. I am so thankful to all of you. You are the Best girls. How proud you should all feel that you help so many people, so freely. One of the greatest gifts of Love I think is Service. You have the market cornered. Anyway Peace to you all forever and ever. Cabo (Carol)

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Happy ########## Anniversary Power SurgeThanks so much Dearest, for the hard work you have done here. Also to the others that help you good job. Also to all the ladies that come here, and Continue to share your feelings but also your support, as well.

Smile some one might need it worst than you do. :)

 

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY POWER SURGE!!!My second home. I look forward to getting up every morning and coming here. The one thing I have learned the most here is that I'm not different and wierd. There are actually other people that feel the same way I feel.   Congratulations Dearest on a job well done. I will be here for ever.  Thanks everyone!!!

Oh by the way.. Love the music!!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! ?

This is a wonderful place and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you are doing. ?It is a real pleasure to come here and feel better......

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"CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!":biggrin:

Dearest thank you and all that work with you on Power Surge you are the greatest.  I am so glad that i found this site.  You have all kept me going and i will always be apart of  this wonderful place.  I have found comfort,careing wonderful people here and tremendous amout of support and help here.  My appreciation for all you have done here could never be put into words.  This is the best site ever!!!!:wink:

I love the Conga-Rats there super.

THANKS AGAIN AND KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!

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HAPPY...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY POWER SURGE!!What a difference you've made in all our lives. A wonderful place to share and care. Thank you so much!!

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What an awesome accomplishment!!

Conga rats are certainly in order MaryO :)

Dearest, Thanks again to you and the whole PS team. ?You have helped so many of us see how "normal" we really are. ?The peace of mind that brings is truly a first step to getting through this phase of our lives. ?The wonderful ladies that come here have made a great difference in how I've handled life this past year. ?I can't imagine how alone I would have felt without all of you. ?Many, many thanks and ?congratulations!

:)JR

"Life is a song for the heart that is free!"

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Happy Birthday, Power-Surge! Thank you, Dearest, for providing this haven of support, comfort and information. ?You deserve lots of hugs and a moment to put your feet up and bask in your ?achievement. This must have been a true labor of love because it shows in the work you do. I wish you continued sucees here at Power-Surge and in all your endeavors.

Thanks to MaryO, Irene Crites and all the moderators for their efforts here. The support here is incredible.

I wouldn't go so far to say that this is the best web site, but I would say it is definitely ?in the "Top 1"!!!

Kudos and bouquets to you all!

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What a great community this is! TEN YEARS. Wow!! If I was Dearest I would feel so good about the contribution I was making to the world. And can you imagine if our mothers had something like this to help them through those rough years? I can remember how she suffered...alone...and of course I could never understand her moods, which are now my moods. I still don't understand them, but I come to these message boards and read, read, read and it makes me feel better. There is some good in this world after all, isn't there?

MaryO - I love your Conga Rats!! ?I'm not tired of them at all 'cause I've never seen them before and they made me smile :) ?!!

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