Wednesday, 30 May 2007


The universe is as simple as it is or it is not,
but humans complicate everything.
– Miguel Ruiz

Monday, 28 May 2007


Never measure the height of a mountain
until you have reached the top.
Then you will see how low it was.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Friday, 25 May 2007


The real winners in life
are the people who look at every situation
with an expectation that they
can make it work or make it better.

- Barbara Pletcher

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Life plan

If you don't design your own life plan,
chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan.
And guess what they have planned for you?
Not much.
- Jim Rohn

Monday, 21 May 2007


A determined soul
will do more with a rusty monkey wrench,
than a loafer will accomplish
with all the tools in a machine shop.
-Robert Hughes

Friday, 18 May 2007

May 18, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Unfortunately I’m under the weather and don’t have the brain power to come up with something witty or profound, so I’ll leave you with some humour I found. Smile…

Q: What do you get if Batman and Robin get smashed by a steam roller?
A: Flatman and ribbon.

Q: When is a car not a car?
A: When it turns into a garage.

Q: How much do pirates pay for their earrings?
A: a Buccaneer!

Q: Why did the scientist install a knocker on his door?
A: He wanted to win the No-bell prize.

Q: Why did the atoms cross the road?
A: It was time to split!

Q: What do you do when your chair breaks?
A: Call a Chairman.

Q: Why do Inuit wash their clothes in tide?
A: Because it's too cold out tide!

Q: What kind of car does Luke Skywalker drive?
A: a Toy-yoda.

Q: What is the biggest pencil in the world?
A: Pennsylvania.


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Wednesday, 16 May 2007


Never bend your head. Always hold it high.
Look the world straight in the face.
- Helen Keller

Monday, 14 May 2007


The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go. The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it. Worrying is worthless. When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment. Then you will begin to experience joy in your life!

- Brian Weiss, M.D.


Wednesday, 9 May 2007


There is little sense
in attempting to change external conditions,
you must first change inner beliefs,
then outer conditions will change accordingly.
- Brian Adams

Monday, 7 May 2007


When you cannot make up your mind
which of two evenly balanced courses of action
you should take - choose the bolder.
- William Joseph Slim

May 4, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I have been a member of the Guiding movement since I was seven years old, starting as a Brownie and progressing through the various levels. The other day I was looking at some old Brownie badges from approximately 10 years ago, or less.

The Guiding program has gone through many changes in the past few years. The changes are intended to make the program more fun and appealing to girls of all ages.

What I have found in recent years though is that they have taken all the growth, learning and challenge out of the movement. There is nothing to encourage the girls to step out and explore new territory.

When I was a girl, we learnt skills that were important but not necessarily part of our daily lives at that age such as no-impact camping (where you left no trace that you’d even been at that site), proper meeting procedures and investigating local politics, and we were part of the vast volunteer network of the community, providing service in a host of different areas and settings.

Now it seems that there is nothing in the programs to make girls better citizens and prepare them to handle the challenges that life has a tendency to throw at us all when we least expect it.

It is only when we are challenged to go beyond what we know that we learn anything. And then we want to learn more. It is in learning those skills that we are prepared for the next challenge, and the next challenge.


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Wednesday, 2 May 2007


Most of our obstacles would melt away if,
instead of cowering before them,
we should make up our minds
to walk boldly through them.
- Orison Swett Marden