Friday, 30 August 2013

Deliberation

The action that follows deliberation
 should be quick, 
but deliberation should be slow. 
– Aristotle

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Rules

If you stop making rules 
where rules don’t exist, 
you can expand [the possibilities]. 
– Joel Zeff

Monday, 26 August 2013

Key

The key to a successful life 
is a smooth path, 
a quick transition when you hit a bump, 
the ability to instantly make 
the next move correctly.
 – Laura Day

Friday, 23 August 2013

Tragedy

Sometimes in tragedy 
we find our life’s purpose – 
the eye sheds a tear to find its focus. 
– Robert Brault

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Path

If you can find a path with no obstacles, 
it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. 
– Frank A. Clark

Monday, 19 August 2013

New

Crisis is a time of truly hard work, 
a virtual marathon of transformation.   
During a crisis we an uncover our true self, 
create new structures and relationships, 
and new patterns of expression and interaction.  
 – Laura Day

Friday, 16 August 2013

August 16, 2013 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer 

   It is often said that we end up teaching that which we most need to learn ourselves.  That certainly seems to be true for me this year.

    Yes, I am at a point where it seems I have no choice but to make changes as I need to slow down, pause, rest lots, just breathe, and start heeding all the other advice and insights I have shared with you in my editorials while I am in this particular stage of my life.

    My schedule has gone though massive changes as well.  I’m someone who only goes to Red Deer when I absolutely can’t avoid it, which generally worked out to once every three to five years.  Now I’m in Red Deer two to three times a week for acupuncture and other health-related appointments!  Those trips consume a lot of my limited energy.

   As such, I made the hard decision to resign from the Alix Public Library.  I have enjoyed my years there – helping people find the perfect book to read, or just the right piece of information they were looking for.  I especially have enjoyed the various visits with patrons through the years – I learnt lots from each of you, and was given many tidbits to ponder.  Thank you. 

   I would also like to extend a HUGE thank you to Christine MacSween for stepping up to bat and doing such a great job at the library this summer while I’ve been off.  Terry Holdstock will be providing library service once Christine’s stint is finished.

   As well, I am very thankful for your support  and understanding during this time, and for everyone who has helped me continue to publish the paper in the previous months.  The gals who have helped with the deliveries have been life-savers! 

   That said, I am not out and about as in the past making it a bit more challenging to put the paper together, so I am going to need even more help from all of you than before.  I encourage you to submit your coming events, community/organization news, pictures, and good news tales so we can continue to have a quality newspaper worth reading. 

   Thank you…………………………………………….
 
Beth
 
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Crisis

Crisis is an opportunity
 for dramatic, positive change.   
Things are supposed to fall apart, 
to bring you to a better place.  
 – Laura Day

Monday, 12 August 2013

Evolving

Crisis is our way of evolving 
when we lack the courage 
to do so on our own volition…
you have no choice 
but to move forward in your life.  
 – Laura Day

Friday, 9 August 2013

Sloth

Lethargy bordering on sloth 
remains the cornerstone of our...style. 
– Warren Buffet

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Light

A candle does not lose its flame 
by giving light to another candle.
- Author Unknown

Monday, 5 August 2013

Tomorrow

Never put off till tomorrow
what you can do the day after tomorrow.
 – Mark Twain

Friday, 2 August 2013

August 2, 2013 Chautauqua

 
From the Editor's Computer 
 
   Usually when I get to the part of the paper where it is time to magically pull an editorial out of thin air and write it, I use a few different methods to generate my ideas.

   Usually, what I write about comes from a chance comment I heard, or a conversation I’ve had with someone.  Or from a mishmash of conversations and comments from any given week.  However, I haven’t been having too many conversations with people in the past few months, and  I am not out and about to overhear many chance comments.  I’m almost a hermit, in fact.  I’m completely out of the loop right now.

   Another option I use is to draw on something I’ve read.  Again, in the last few weeks and months, I haven’t been reading much.  Partly because my brain has been too fuzzy to concentrate - which makes remembering a challenge - and my eyes have been too blurry to see what I’m supposed to be reading, and partly because I’ve been flipping through various cookbooks trying to find unique recipes that use food ingredients I can actually eat.  I’ve discovered that for the most part Vegan recipes don’t work for my situation, nor do Gluten-free recipes, Dairy-free recipes, Allergy-free recipes, Primal/Paleo recipes or the vast majority of Raw-food recipes. 

   Some times, I’ll write about what is going on of late in my life.  Well, of late in my life there hasn’t been much going on as I usually feel too exhausted to do anything!  The diet changes are helping, yet they don’t address the complete picture of my health situation.  I did start going for acupuncture in Red Deer with Dr. Wu last month.  Haven’t noticed any changes yet, despite assurances that everything I’m experiencing is totally reversible.

     On rare occasions, when the clock is ticking very loudly in my ear and the paper deadline is looming closer and closer, I will just start writing and see what comes out, and if it is something I can use.  Some times it is, some times it isn’t. (Yes, that is the route I’m going with right now).  And some times I manage to surprise myself, when what ends up in the paper is not what I started to write about.

Beth
 
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