Friday, 31 May 2013

Happiness

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, 
but a manner of traveling. 
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Interests

People with many interests live, 
not only longest, but happiest. 
- George Matthew Allen

Monday, 27 May 2013

Start

 Your present circumstances 
don't determine where you can go; 
they merely determine where you start.
 - Nido Qubein

Friday, 24 May 2013

Others

To be happy, 
we must not be too concerned 
with others. 
 - Albert Camus

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

One

No matter how long 
your journey appears to be, 
there is never more than this: 
one step, one breath, 
one moment - Now. 
– Eckhart Tolle

Friday, 17 May 2013

May 17, 2013 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer 
 
Putting puzzles together requires a fixed goal, and if a single piece of the puzzle is missing, you aren't able to succeed.  On the other hand, making a quilt is an open-ended process in which you can quickly change direction based upon the pieces you have on hand.  And no matter what materials you are given, you are able to complete the quilt...There are many people who are blinded by the challenges they face, believing that they don't have all the pieces they need to complete their "puzzle."  They are unable to see the endless opportunities in their midst. - Tina Seelig

   In the past when people asked me how I put the paper together, I answered that it was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.  However, as per the quote above, it really is more like putting a quilt together.  

   The many pieces can go fit in virtually any spot.  While I have a basic framework, I’m often required to change direction based on what pieces I’m given.  Sometimes the item I plan as the focal point ends up in a different spot, or eliminated all together.  Just when I think I have it all laid out, I sometimes find out that I’m short a piece or more and then I scramble to find something to fill that spot.

   Our lives too are like piecing together a quilt.  While we may think that we have a certain complex pattern in mind, often we are piecing together something that resembles a colourful rag quilt.

   A piece of friendship here made add some much needed colour to our quilts.  Or we may find we have to remove a dark frayed piece of an activity that no longer excites us, or takes up too much of our time.  We may think we have the borders of our lives in place, only to find out that we’re coming up short and must search through the remnants for a scrap or two that will fit the bill and help us out.

   The best part of piecing and stitching the quilt of your life together is that you are not confined to any one pattern, piece, or colour scheme if it doesn't fit your concept of how your quilt should look.  You are able to pick and choose the pieces of your quilt, and create new patterns and colour combinations at will if you desire. 

Beth

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Obstructed

I have not obstructed water 
when it should flow.  
 – ancient Egyptian saying

Monday, 13 May 2013

Focus

One must never live 
in the thick of thin things.   
Focus only on your priorities, 
those activities that are truly meaningful.   
Your life will be uncluttered, rewarding, 
and exceptionally peaceful. 
 – Robin Sharma

Friday, 10 May 2013

Joy

Joy does not come from what you do, 
it flows into what you do 
and thus into this world 
from deep within you. 
– Eckhart Tolle  

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Thankful

Let us rise up and be thankful,
 for it we didn’t learn a lot today, 
at least we learned a little, 
and if we didn’t learn a little, 
at least we didn’t get sick, 
and if we got sick, 
at least we didn’t die; 
so, let us all be thankful. 
 – Buddha

Monday, 6 May 2013

You

Happiness [is] shamelessly enjoying 
who you are!
- Author Unknown

Friday, 3 May 2013

May 3, 2013 Chautauqua


From the Editor's Computer 

      By the time you read this, I’ll have celebrated a milestone birthday.  However, it doesn’t really feel like much of a milestone in the sense of an achievement such as earning my Master degree or celebrating the 11th anniversary of the Chautauqua. I didn’t have to take a class or learn anything special.  All I had to do to accomplish this was to wake up each morning and keep breathing throughout the day!  Additionally, it is just a number, and not a number that I happen to feel.  In fact, I feel a good decade younger (not a decade older as my younger sister may try to convince you is so).

   On the other hand, I do have another special milestone coming up shortly.  May 12, 2013 will mark my 15th anniversary of employment at the Alix Public Library.  Since I was never (never say never) ever going to work in Alix, and was not even supposed to be hired for this job, marking 15 years is a major accomplishment!

   A lot has changed in those mere 15 years.  We went from no computers to staff and public access computers which connected to the internet via dial-up then fibre, then wi-fi.  From card catalogues to online catalogues.  From print books to eBooks.  From books on cassette tapes to books on CDs, MP3s, and now eAudiobooks.  From VHS to DVDs and Blue-Ray.  Just to name a few of the innovations.

   Daily processes too have changed.  For example, requesting a book required looking through the monstrous tomes of books in print.  Then we had to fill out a form in triplicate.  If the item existed in the Parkland System, a copy of the request would be sent to a library.  If they had it on the shelf, and were willing to lend it, it was sent out.  If not, their refusal was returned to Parkland and the next library would be contacted. The entire process could take months! Now, a quick search of the online catalogue will instantly tell you which library has the item and how many people are waiting for it.  A few keystrokes are all that is required to request the item, with arrival times measured in days and weeks.

   While doom-and-gloomers will tell you that libraries are passé, rest assured there will always be a need to connect people with information.

Beth

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Peace

Peace…comes from knowing 
and not fighting yourself.
- Author Unknown