Thank you from the top and the bottom.
...and back.

In an effort to keep Raindrop as clean and uncommercial as possible, rather than putting all these awards on the front page, I've chosen to place them here.
Top 5% On May 16, 1996 Raindrop was selected as one of the "Top 5% Of The Web" in Point Communication's reviews. I am honored to receive this award and proud to display it on this page.

Note: Now run by Lycos, the Top 5% keeps moving things around, therefore the link to Raindrop (above) may have changed. But you can still go there and search for it.
Mirsky On March 27, 1996 (six days after it hit the Web) Mirsky found Raindrop and reviewed it. I didn't quite know what to make of such an honor. Now I know. Thank you, Mirsky, for being among the first to recognize Raindrop.

Note: Mirsky has stopped publishing the Worst of the Web and has removed all the cool links (most of which he says were defunct). I guess that's a problem when your WebSite publishes reviews of mostly bad stuff (present company excepted).

Positive PlaceAnother site which has also recognized the value of Raindrop and has given me the priviledge of wearing their award is The Positive Place Seven WondersOn Tuesday, 1/7/97 Raindrop started the year off right by receiving The Seven Wonders Education and Information award.

Raindrop is also listed in the
World Wide Arts Resources,
the Web's comprehensive arts registry.

Also
Recommended by Living Through Loss
by Living Through Loss - 9/97.
In March, 2000 SpiritSearch presented their Gloria Award to Raindrop as one of the Web's Best. They write:
"Terry Beard offers what we can only describe as a well-written and illustrated "online children's book". This thought-provoking site focuses on death education for children of all ages"
Ending out the year 2001, Raindrop received the status of "Recommended" from the PsycheNet-UK site with a rating of 4/5 (5/5 is the highest), and bestowed the honor of this award. At the time this was written Raindrop was listed on this page. Click it and see if it's still there. Don't you hate when sites move pages around and your links go bad? I hope they don't do that with this one.

Raindrop is, for me, a very special WebSite. It began sometime in 1974 as a poem/booklet which I never got around to publishing. I've given copies of it to a few special friends, some of them on their deathbeds, some with loved ones in the process of dying. Those folks all gave me similar feedback saying that it touched something inside them, gave them some comfort and made the concept of death a bit less fearsome.

In March of this year (1996) I decided to put Raindrop on the Web when it occured to me that someone out there might also find it useful or comforting.

To my surprise I looked at the counter on the page a week later and saw 6000+ hits. My other sites had been up for much longer and had only 1500 hits. "What's going on here?", I wondered.

Then I got email from someone thanking me for putting up Raindrop. A loved one had recently passed away and this person was searching the Web looking for something. That short email also answered my question. A link from "Mirsky's Worst Of The Web" had led them to Raindrop. All in all, my best guess is that Mirsky sent about 30,000 people to Raindrop.

I'd never visited Mirsky's site, so I decided to check it out. Finding my review, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Worst of the Web, indeed. But then I realized that it doesn't matter how someone finds what they need, only that they find it.

Many other emails have arrived since then from folks in similar situations. One from a woman who son had committed suicide a few months before thanking me and saying that Raindrop gave her "a good dose of another perspective."

Touching emails like these make it worthwhile and make me very glad that I decided to offer Raindrop to the Internet community.

Added 10/01/01

I'm continually amazed at the amount of traffic that comes to Raindrop. Although I removed the counter long ago (counters don't ever work properly), I can still count the visitors. My site automatically generates a report that shows me accurate counts of hits to various pages and Raindrop is always near the top of the list with anywhere between 2500 and 5000 visits per month (usually somewhere in between). To me, this says that the topic of death and reincarnation is one in which people have a great interest. And, why not? It's one of the only things we all have in common and it's a topic that we're generally not encouraged to talk about in public.

Most people feel (shall we say) "uncomfortable" when the topics of death and reincarantion come up in conversation. So it's not surprising that people are using the annonimity of the Internet to try to find something that might help them deal with their grief or their curiosity.

Another interesting thing that I've noticed. The fact that I have published Raindrop seems to lead some people to believe that I am an "expert" in the field of death education, reincarnation or spiritualism. Although this is certainly NOT the case, one person recently sent an email with questions that inspired me to begin writing a detailed explanation of how reincarnation works. Obviously, it's just my opinion, but it might be worth reading. Click Here if you're interested in the way I see it. This is a "living document" because I find myself continuously going back and adding more to it.

Thank you.

Terry Beard



P.S. As long as I've gone this far with the commercial announcements, I'd like to also take this opportunity to bring to your attention some of my other Web endeavors: And then, of course, there is Imagination, Un-Ltd.
Comments?...email beard@iul.com
In the Centre Of the Web.

Other sites with links to Raindrop (according to Alta Vista):