Friday, 30 December 2011

Home

Our mind does not know the way,
Our heart has already been there,
And our soul never left.   
Welcome home!   
- Emmanuel

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Life

Life is real!  Life is earnest! 
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returned,
Was not spoken of the soul.   
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Monday, 26 December 2011

Yes

If we always say "yes," 
we run a great danger 
of severing relationships 
than if we refuse right away. 
- Vicky Hitzges

Friday, 23 December 2011

Sun

The sun does not use the excuse of clouds 
to stop shining its light, 
for it knows that the clouds 
will always come and go.   
– David Simon

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Proof


What you do 
simply serves as the proof 
of what you believe. 
- Simon Sinek

Monday, 19 December 2011

Memories

The wise use memories, 
but do not allow memories to use them. 
–Vedic expression

Friday, 16 December 2011

December 16, 2011 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer  
  ‘Tis the season of Christmas.  A season of gift buying and gift giving.  Some of the gifts will be simple, while others will be very elaborate or expensive.  Some people will be overwhelmed with gifts, while others will be fortunate if they receive one.  Some gifts will be treasured, while others will be set aside to be returned or exchanged.  Some gifts won’t be a tangible item, but rather money or a gift card.

   At this special time of year, we should remember that the most important gifts we receive, can’t be put in a box and wrapped.

 It's being alive that makes you rich. - Mike Dooley

   The true gifts we receive are what make us rich.  The gift of life, of opening our eyes to a brand new day, is the most precious gift we receive, not just at Christmas time, but all year round.  The air we breathe is gift we should give thanks for continuously.  Family and friends are another gift we receive throughout the year.

Only giving creates human dignity.
Only giving opens up the soul.
Only giving can miraculously change a life.
Only giving works at soul level
and radiates outward to every area of your experience.
Only givers get.
Only givers live a truly fulfilled, powerful,
positive, happy and deeply meaningful life.
- Author Unknown

   We can also give precious gifts to others.  Never underestimate the powerful effect of a gift of a smile on another person.  It is a gift that fits all people and all situations.  And it is even better if it is exchanged!

   We receive precious gifts every day of our lives.  Let us share our gifts, even if it is “only” a smile with everyone we encounter.
   
Beth

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Laws

Four Immutable Laws of Spirit
1. Whoever shows up are exactly 
the right people to show up.
2. When it happens is 
exactly the right time.
3. Whatever happens is the only thing 
that could have happened.
4. When it's over, it's over.
- by Harrison Owen

Monday, 12 December 2011

Friday, 9 December 2011

Excuse

You are either choosing to be happy now, 
or you are making up excuses
for not choosing to be happy. 
- Rhonda Byrne

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Reason

Some men have thousands of reasons 
why they cannot do what they want to, 
when all they need 
is one reason why they can.
- Martha Graham

Monday, 5 December 2011

Better

We do the best we can with what we know, 
and when we know better, we do better.   
– Maya Angelou

Friday, 2 December 2011

December 2, 2011 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer  

   Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Do you have all your Christmas shopping completed yet?

   Every year, we hear of different ways to give gifts - ones that aren't as commercialized and that benefit others.  There are various options including homemade gifts, homemade coupons for jobs completed for the individual, buying livestock for families in Third World countries, giving to charitable organizations in the gift receiver’s name, and more.

   While these are all great, and worthy, ideas, I’d like to propose another option for you to consider.  Support your local community.  There are a variety of ways you can go about doing this. 

   The obvious, of course, is to shop for gifts in the local stores or get a gift certificate from a local business to give.  Buy a special treat from the grocery store to give.  Get a gift card from the gas station or a restaurant.  Don’t forget the hairdressers and other service people.  Check out the merchandise at the unique shop that you haven’t had a chance to venture into yet. 

   If you are the type who gives to charity, you are also in luck.  You could make a donation to the local Food Bank.  You could sponsor a special project the school is implementing. Why not donate an amount equal to the cost of a registration or membership into a group so that no one who wants to belong is left out.  Or you could donate to any of the other clubs, organizations, and charities in your community that provide programming for a variety of ages and needs.  Each of those organizations fundraises throughout the year to provide programs and services to the community members, so why not help them out with a little extra.  Can’t think of an organization to support.  Look through the pages of this newspaper and you’ll find listings for the communities.  There are lots to choose from.  Pick one or more that you feel are important to maintain in the community.

   By doing your Christmas giving locally, you ensure that the businesses, clubs, organizations, and charities at home are healthy, viable and able to continue serving your community.
   
Beth

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