Friday, 20 January 2006

January 20, 2006 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer  
  Time flies when you’re having fun!

   That saying is certainly true because I can’t believe how fast time has flown has been four years since I took over entertaining you twice a month with a little newspaper called The Chautauqua.

   During the past four years I’ve managed to put out a paper, when I’m supposed to, despite numerous challenges, including technological malfunctions, crazy schedules, and other major and minor headaches and glitches along the way.

   As well, during the past four years, the newspaper has undergone a few changes - layout, number of pages, readership, area covered.  The most recent change being this month with the change in layout.

   I’ve had the opportunity to share with you the many and varied achievements and accomplishments of both individuals and communities.  We’ve rejoiced and celebrated together lots of good times. 

    We’ve also shared in the sorrow of local tragedies and loss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hawksworth family on their recent loss and Atkinson family.

   Nothing stays the same.  Seasons come and go.  Life goes on.  We have a choice to continue to grow and improve ourselves, or stagnate. 

  As I enter this new year of providing the residents of the various communities I serve, I look forward to sharing more of the changes and challenges ahead - both good and bad - with you all.  Sorrow shared is halved, and joy shared is doubled.


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Friday, 6 January 2006

January 6, 2006 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer  

   Happy New Year!  For some people this is a time of resolutions and “this year I AM going to do…”

   Often the intentions are good, but the body just doesn’t want to do/accomplish what we resolve to do.  Another year of resolutions bite the dust.

   Maybe we’re looking at this the wrong way.  Maybe it should be a time to reflect on what you really want to be doing in your life by going back to the way things were at an earlier stage in your life.

   There has been a resurgence of ‘classic’ music...rock, country and others.  Can you believe the popularity of the 1950s Christmas ditty “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” this past season?    

   How many times have you wished you could only be on one or two committees or boards so you could devote more time and effort to them, instead of the six or eight you’re involved with now.

   Rather than learning a new hobby or skill, why not dust off an old hobby or revisit a previous skill.

   Instead of resolving to ‘change’ why not resolve to ‘rediscover’ some aspect that used to be a part of your life.  Happy New Year!

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