Wednesday, 31 January 2007


We cannot escape fear.
We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us on all our exciting adventures.
Take a risk a day - one small or bold stroke that will make you feel great once you have done it.

- Susan Jeffers

Sunday, 28 January 2007

The Key

You are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power; and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may use it the moment you learn to control your thoughts.
- Napoleon Hill

Friday, 26 January 2007


What we can or cannot do,
what we consider possible or impossible,
is rarely a function of our true capability.
It is more likely a function of our beliefs
about who we are.
- Anthony Robbins


Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Small jobs

Don't be afraid to give your best
to what seemingly are small jobs.
Every time you conquer one
it makes you that much stronger.
If you do the little jobs well,
the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
- Dale Carnegie

Sunday, 21 January 2007

Power of thoughts

The potency, or creative power, of a thought is given to it by the faith that is in it.
-- Wallace D. Wattles

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

January 19, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

They say, times flies when you’re having fun and it must be true. Or else time flies when you’re stressed to the max!

It is hard to believe, but this is truly the 5th Anniversary issue of The Chautauqua. Five years ago, if I had had the ability to see into the future to today, I’m not entirely sure if I would have taken on this task. Or, if I had, I doubt I would have been quite so cavalier in my acceptance of this mantle bestowed upon me.

The main reason I took on the task of running The Chautauqua five years ago was because I had just finished a contract job in Lacombe, I had not been accepted to the Master of Library Science degree program and I figured I was really at loose ends with only the Alix Library job. While I was looking forward to lots of free reading time, I was a teensy-tiny bit worried about spending many of my days just twiddling my thumbs, and I was much, much too young for that.

As they say, life is what happens when you make other plans and no truer words were ever spoken. I prepared to make my mark on the newspaper world and life happened. First, I found out that I was accepted to the MLS program after all and I scrambled to produce my first issue of The Chautauqua at the same time as I was scrambling to register for my first online course (ever!) and order my textbooks. The studies have been wonderful but there have been times when I seriously wondered why I inflicted such a load on myself. However, the final destination is in sight as I wrap up my formal studying career.

My family was also going through a rough and stressful time during the early years of The Chautauqua. Again I occasionally wondered if perhaps I’d taken on too much. Everyone has a breaking point and many a time I thought I was there, only to discover I’m made of much sterner stuff than I thought as I continued to plug away.

The last 5 years have been a learning experience in more ways than one as old technologies died mid-paper preparation and new technologies emerged. A few times I had to figure out the new method of transferring my creations to the Red Deer Advocate for printing. Printing problems cropped up a time or two (or 6!) and led to some creative problem solving as we tried to figure out how to get a newspaper out to me so that I could get it out to you. In the five years, while I was late delivering on rare occasions, there has been a paper every week that there should have been one.

All in all, I have to say that my decision five years ago to undertake this great creative endeavour was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life...Here’s to the next 5 years!!!


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What we are about to undertake is an expedition together, a journey of discovery into the most secret recesses of our consciousness ... Forget everything you know about yourself; forget everything you have thought about yourself; we are going to set off as if we know nothing.
- Krishnamurti

Saturday, 13 January 2007

Nothing or Everything

If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything, If you look at what you have in life, you have everything.
- Author Unknown

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Learning, Doing, Teaching

Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.
– Richard Bach

Tuesday, 9 January 2007


The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that's laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
– Mark Twain

Monday, 8 January 2007


It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
- Henry James

Friday, 5 January 2007

January 5, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2007!

I took part in a New Year’s skit last Sunday at church which talked about making New Year’s revolutions...not resolutions.

How many years have you resolved to change something in your life? Do things differently? Change yourself? Change others?!

This year, instead of making resolutions...make revolutions! Make new choices! Do something new. Habits aren’t broken, they are replaced. Make new choices which will lead to new habits and a new life.

Nothing in your life will change or improve until you make the choice to do things differently. Strive to relate more peacefully to those around you. Strive to make choices that improve your life. Strive to learn something new. Strive to be the best you that you can be this year.

Make it a point of doing one thing every day to make this year your best year ever.


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Wednesday, 3 January 2007


A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.
- Johann Wolfgang Goethe

Monday, 1 January 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
May 2007 be your best year ever!