Friday, 20 December 2002

December 20, 2002 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer

   It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

   Christmas truly is a magical, mythical time of year.  We look forward to the Christmas season with much anticipation as we relive Christmases past and dust off our old traditions, while making new ones. 

   Christmas is a time of sharing and getting together with others to celebrate the warmth and goodwill of the season.  It is a time of baking, singing, shopping, decorating, as well as parties and gift exchanges.  It is a time when everyone tries to get along with their neighbour and everyone, especially children, is on their best behaviour.

   Unfortunately, for some people, Christmas is not a season of happiness and goodwill.  For some people, this will be a season of heart break and loneliness, despair and depression, sadness and grief.  Families who have lost loved ones will have to find some way of observing the holiday and its traditions without a complete family unit.  People struggling during these challenging financial times will have hard decisions to face and sacrifices to make.  Those who are struggling with illness, their own or that of a loved one, are going to find it challenging to celebrate during this time. 

   Take a moment this Christmas season to remember those who are experiencing less fortunate circumstances than yourself, and take a moment to say a prayer for them.

    Merry Christmas!

Beth

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Friday, 6 December 2002

December 6, 2002 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer

   Some things I learnt from my computer:

  • Computers have feelings too.  It does not pay to get angry or upset with your computer, as the computer will just throw a temper tantrum or pout if you do, and then nothing will get done.
  • Computers need a lot of praise and encouragement.  Computers work best if they are continually praised for the work they do and receive lots of positive encouragement, especially when trying out new tasks.
  • Computers do things on their own schedule.  A task that only took five minutes yesterday can take hours today.  This is most noticeable when you are in a rush, doing a rush job and the computer doesn’t feel like rushing, and they do it their way!
  • Computers have a sense of humour and enjoy playing.  Just when you think you are at the end of your rope and you are about to give up, your computer comes through with a well-timed joke or two.  They are pranksters too.  I can’t count the number of times my computer has hid a file on me forcing me to play hide and seek with it.  In that respect, computers often act just like little children!

Beth

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