Wednesday, 29 June 2011

As They Appear

If things are as they appear, 
it is unnecessary to analyze them.   
– Jnanagarbha  

Monday, 27 June 2011

Scaring People

We’re good at scaring people, 
but we haven’t gotten good yet 
at telling them what to do. 
– unknown  

Friday, 24 June 2011

Game of Life

Rename yourself as the board 
on which the whole game of life
is being played. 
– Benjamin Zander  

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Float

When the tide of life turns against you
And the current upsets your boat,
Don't waste tears on what might have been,
Just lie on your back and float.     
 – Anonymous  

Monday, 20 June 2011

Eagle

Imitate an eagle. 
An eagle know that a storm is approaching
long before the storm comes.   
He will hoist himself way up high 
and wait for the winds to come.   
Then, when the storm arrives,
he steers his wings so that the wind 
will raise him up and lift him above the storm…
the eagle is gliding above it.   
He hasn’t dodged the storm. 
He has simply used the fierce winds 
to lift him higher.  
– Therese Borchard

Friday, 17 June 2011

June 17, 2011 Chautauqua


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   Be still within, be calm.  Do not try to overdrive your life.  Be calm, do your work quietly; live as the flowers live, opening your heart to the sunlight of God’s love.  – White Eagle

   “Do not try to overdrive your life” - pretty powerful words.  We all, at some point or another, try to control every aspect of our lives, and we all, at some point or another, learn how utterly futile that endeavour really is.  We can’t control our lives so we need to learn to accept and adapt to whatever comes our way.

   That said, we should never make the mistake of thinking that because we have no control, we are exempt from making choices.  Life is all about choices.  Are you making the best choices you can make?


Beth

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Tides

Life is like the ebb and flow of the tides...
there are highs and there are lows.   
What you have to remember is 
that during low tide, 
you find the best sea shells. 
– Unknown

Monday, 13 June 2011

Friday, 10 June 2011

Rose

The Rose is without why
She blooms because she blooms
She does not care for herself
Asks not if she is seen.  
 - Angelus Silesius

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

River

As a river flows in ideal sequence
May your soul discover time is presence.   
- John O'Donohue

Monday, 6 June 2011

Grace

Any activity that reminds us of our connectedness 
and inspires our acceptance of one another 
is an act of grace.  
 - Philip Gulley

Friday, 3 June 2011

June 3, 2011 Chautauqua



From the Editor's Computer 

   I had the opportunity to dance a Highland Fling at my aunt’s recent 80th Birthday celebration in Elnora.

  While the origins of the Highland Fling, and Sword Dance, have been lost in the mists of time, what is known is that they were danced by Scottish warriors to showcase their strength, agility, technique, and stamina.  It truly was a test of their manhood - similar to the Greeks and the ancient Olympics.  The best dancers were the best warriors.  

   In addition to the war trainings, the Highland Fling was probably a victory dance - danced in one spot upon a targe (small shield), with numerous steps (4 or 6 steps are danced today).  The Sword Dance could have been danced prior to battle to foretell the outcome, or after the battle over enemy graves.  Today it is danced over 2 crossed swords on the ground, however, back then it was danced over four swords stuck into the ground hilt first!  As a true Scotsman didn’t wear anything under his kilt, he certainly had to be very agile to successfully dance a Sword Dance.

Beth

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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Foundation

Rock bottom became the solid foundation 
on which I rebuilt my life. 
– J.K. Rowling