Monday, 30 August 2010

Today

I always knew that one day
I would take this road
but yesterday I did not know
today would be the day.
– Ragarjuna

Friday, 27 August 2010

Slow Down

Slow down and enjoy life.
It’s not just the scenery you miss
by going too fast – you also miss
the sense of where you are going and why.
– Eddie Cantor

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Time

Always leave enough time in your life
to do something that makes you
happy, satisfied, even joyous.
This has more of an effect
on economic well-being
than any other single factor.
– Paul Hawken

Monday, 23 August 2010

Art

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship.
The big art is our life.
– M.C. Richards

Friday, 20 August 2010

August 20, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

Sometimes you can find the most interesting treasures in your own backyard, or pretty close to your backyard.

The other day, my mom and I did a little exploring around Alix. I’d never been out to the Alix Cemetery, and have on occasion been asked directions to it, so I figured I had better find it so I could send folks in the right direction.

It is amazing how much the land can change just a short distance out of Alix. There are the hay flats, hills, bush, and of course lakes.

We found the cemetery easily enough, and thought we’d enjoy a peaceful stroll around the headstones. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes decided we were a real delicacy so we retreated to the vehicle.

We followed the road and ended up at the southwest end of Haunted Lakes - a very beautiful spot and view of the lake. We didn’t have to travel far to enjoy such a visual treat, we just needed to venture off the beaten path.

Beth

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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Monday, 16 August 2010

Do

Let the beauty of what you love,
be what you do.
– Rumi

Friday, 13 August 2010

Pretend

We are never so ridiculous
through what we are
as through what we pretend to be.
– Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Expect

Expect your every need to be met,
expect the answer to every problem,
expect abundance in every level,
expect to grow spiritually.
– Eileen Caddy

Monday, 9 August 2010

Lose

A wise man never loses anything
if he has himself.
– Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Friday, 6 August 2010

August 6, 2010 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer

2010 is a very momentous year for me as it means I have been healthy for 10 years!!!!

When I was 14 years old, I had a very chronic case of mono which basically wiped me, and my immune system, out. Though I was told I’d grow out of the debilitating weakness and other problems by the time I graduated from high school, it actually took an additional 9 years to see real improvement.

From Grade 9 on, I experienced ongoing fatigue, chronic colds, chronic laryngitis (lost my voice for 5 months in 1989), and almost-daily chronic migraines, just to name a few of the more obvious symptoms.

I experienced bone-deep weariness and literally wasn’t able to lift my head off the pillow. I had days when I would walk across the room and then have to rest for a long time before I could make the return trip. I often slept 2/3rds of the day, or more. I had to force myself to make it through a whole day of school - though, usually I ended coming home with a migraine and going right to sleep. When I started working, I worked one day, slept all day the next, worked the following day, and then slept the day after that.

Despite such severe health challenges, I graduated (high school and university), I completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award program, I worked two days a week, and earned my Highland Dance Teacher’s Certification.

It was a very long struggle, to get to the level of health I enjoy now - about 95%, I’m not quite at 100% - there was no magic potion, only lots determination and perseverance.

Beth

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Influence

The influence of a beautiful, helpful,
hopeful character is contagious,
and may revolutionize a whole town.
– Eleanor H. Porter

Monday, 2 August 2010

Change

When it is not necessary to change,
it is necessary not to change.
– Lucius Cary