Friday, 16 September 2005

September 16, 2005 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer     

  I was reading a book on Celtic Wisdom not that long ago.  One of the pieces of ‘ancient wisdom’ imparted was that we all live by a three-fold principle.  The three parts are:

  1. The necessity to suffer.
  2. The necessity to accept change.
  3. The importance of choice, or the exercise of free will.**

   The Celts believed that suffering is a gift.  We know that we are going to experience pain and suffering throughout our lives, so why not learn from it, embrace the experience to grow into a better, stronger person, and then let go of the pain and move on.

   It is said that the only constant in life is change.  The Celts realized that while change comes in our lives from forces outside of us, it is what is inside of us that determines how we respond to the challenges of change in our lives.  Again, embrace the growth and learning, but release the pain and misery.

   Often we make a decision, but we don’t follow through...or we hope by not making a certain decision our lives will not change.  It is the first two parts that make the third so important...many things will happen to you but nothing will remove from you your option to choose.  You are the one in control of your life and it is you who must chart your course.  

**Clan of the Goddess by C.C. Brondwin

Beth

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Friday, 2 September 2005

September 2, 2005 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer 

   For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of chuckwagon racing.  Not the chariots, not the pony chucks, but the big chucks!

   For years the highlight of my summer was listening to the races from the Calgary Stampede on the radio.  It was so thrilling to listen to the action and wonder who would win.

   Life got even more exciting in the past three years as the World Professional Chuckwagon Association (WPCA) tour is broadcast for all the locations on the tour...10 races plus the Calgary Stampede.

   Each year I pick who I’ll cheer for based on their current standings, who has the best chance of winning, or just who I feel inclined to have as a favourite.

   This year I decided I’d better be cheering for a local guy...Reg Johnstone.  I wasn’t disappointed as Reg led the way with a number of wins going into the Calgary Stampede.

   While he had a few bumps and nudges with the barrels in a few of the races, Reg still came out a winner at Red Deer’s World finals in August.

   Congratulations to Reg Johnstone, the Bashaw Flash! World Professional Chuck Wagon Driver of the Year...first time he’s ever won this honour.

   And don't worry...I’ll be cheering for you all the way in the 2006 WPCA tour! 

Beth

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