Wednesday, 31 October 2007


People should think less about what they ought to do
and more about what they ought to be.
– Meister Eckhart

Monday, 29 October 2007


When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long.
Take the reason of the thing into your mind,
and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom.
The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power.
- Mary Pickford

Friday, 26 October 2007


Reflect upon your present blessings,
of which every man has plenty;
not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some.
- Charles Dickens

Wednesday, 24 October 2007


While we are free to choose our actions,
we are not free to choose
the consequences of our actions.
- Stephen Covey

Monday, 22 October 2007


It is not what we profess but what we practice
that gives us integrity.
- Francis Bacon

Friday, 19 October 2007

October 19, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Another municipal election has come and gone. I was pleased to find out that 315 voters turned out to cast their ballots in Alix. A quick glance at the other election results shows that voters did turn out for this election.

Some municipalities are seeing no real change in their leadership, while others have experienced a complete change.

Whether the status quo has been maintained or not in your municipality, our job as voters and taxpayers is not over. Casting our ballots as voters, and getting elected for the candidates, was the easy part.

Now we all need to work together to ensure that our municipalities function at their best for the good of all the people. We need to support our newly elected officials in all their endeavours on our behalf.

The job that our elected officials are taking on is by no means an easy one. Nor is there any glory in it. However, by working together we can all experience pride and satisfaction in a job well done and a municipality well represented.

I would like to congratulate all the candidates who were elected this term and I encourage those who didn’t obtain a seat this time round to consider trying again in another three years.

Also, best wishes and a speedy recovery are extended to Sukhi Dhaliwal of the Alix Motel who is recovering from a motor vehicle accident.


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Wednesday, 17 October 2007


Make your life a mission -- not an intermission.
- Arnold H. Glasgow

Monday, 15 October 2007


It is surprising how people will go to a distance
for what they may have at home.
- Samuel Johnson

Friday, 12 October 2007

Wednesday, 10 October 2007


There are no days in life so memorable
as those which vibrate
to some stroke of the imagination.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 8 October 2007


The world cares very little
about what a man or woman knows;
it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.
- Booker T. Washington

Friday, 5 October 2007

October 5, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I was recently reading about Kerala in India. This tiny area, with a population of over 31 million, is roughly comparable in size to Vancouver Island and located on the southwestern tip of India. Kerala is almost an anomaly in India as a whole as quality of life indicators (life expentancy, literacy, health care, fertility rates, etc) rank Kerala in with the First World nations such as Canada and Japan. However, its low Gross Domestic Product places it firmly with the rest of the Third World nations.

An election in 1957 resulted in a communist led government which enacted a number of social and land reforms that favoured the labourers and rural tenants such as removing the caste system and giving land to the landless poor. Subsequent governments have continued the trend of social reform creating an equitable society with very little poverty. Fair price shops are within walking distance of each and every home, there is a commitment to education and libraries, health care centres are also within walking distance of every home, self-employment loans are readily available and there is no taxation for the self-employed.

Known as the Kerala Phenomenon - high human development, low economic development - is the area’s greatest paradox. Combining gender equality with grassroots democracy and a government supported social net, Kerala has emerged with a highly sustainable society.

This does not mean that the area is without problems (suicide, unemployment)...but that they have found unique ways to live a quality of life that surpasses what one would expect in a way that has the least impact on the environment and on each other. They did not accept the status quo and were willing to think outside the box.

How would you measure the real quality of your life? What changes need made to increase that quality for you? Think outside the box!

Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth by Jim Merkel (New Society Publishers 2003)


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Wednesday, 3 October 2007


When all is said and done in this crazy world,
the simplest answer is usually the right one.
- William of Ockham

Monday, 1 October 2007


Prosperity is a way of living and thinking,
and not just money or things.
Poverty is a way of living and thinking,
and not just a lack of money or things.
- Eric Butterworth