Friday, 15 March 2002

March 15, 2002 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer 

Essays...midterms...Help!  This past couple of weeks I have had to bury my head in the books, school books that is, in order to get lots of studying caught up and completed.

   While I enjoy studying and learning new things, in all honesty, I would really enjoy the process so much more if I could eliminate the assignments and exams.  Essay deadlines are worse than newspaper deadlines, particularly when they fall on the same day!  On the other hand, the luxury of writing an exam at a time of day convenient to me (7:00 a.m.), and without having to leave my home, is something that I have discovered I can handle quite well.

   However, education and learning are not confined strictly to the classroom with its teachers, assignments, quizzes, and exams.  Learning involves considerably more than school and seemingly endless amounts of homework.

   Every experience we encounter, every person we meet, every task we carry out, and   every choice we must make are learning opportunities.

   Some of these learning situations are very obvious to us.  Especially when you are faced with the same situation time and time again.  Some, though, are more obscure, and we don’t realize their real significance until later.

   Thus, we need to be open and willing to learn from every one of these opportunities we face as we travel through this great adventure called life. 

Beth

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Friday, 1 March 2002

March 1, 2002 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer 

While I am proud to be Canadian, I am not a hockey fan.  There, I’ve confessed!

   Despite my lack of enthusiasm for one of Canada’s all-time favorite winter sports, I have managed to catch some definitive moments in the history of Canadian hockey.

   For instance, I watched the Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4 to 2 to win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever in 1989.  Lanny McDonald retired shortly after that memorable game.

   I watched the incredible shoot-out between the Canadians and the Russians, which resulted in the Canadians earning a silver medal in the 1992 Albertville Olympics.  I even remember rookie, Eric Lindros, being given the opportunity to shoot the puck.

   More recently, I watch the Women’s Ice Hockey team receive their gold medals after beating the U.S. team in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake.  No, I didn’t watch the game. 

   On the other hand, I sat riveted to the TV screen for the last half of the men’s hockey game and cheered when Canada won gold by a score of 5 to 2 against the U.S.  As the medals were presented to the team members, it was a shining moment in Canadian history as the Canada won Olympic gold in hockey for the first time in fifty years.

   I’m still not a hockey fan, but I am proud of our Canadian athletes. 

Beth

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