Wednesday, 30 April 2008


Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--
is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Black Elk

Monday, 28 April 2008


If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
-Anne Bradstreet

Friday, 25 April 2008


Until a person can say deeply and honestly,
'I am what I am today
because of the choices I made yesterday,'
that person cannot say, 'I can choose otherwise.'
- Stephen Covey

Wednesday, 23 April 2008


May I forget what ought to be forgotten;
and recall, unfailing,
all that ought to be recalled,
each kindly thing,
forgetting what might sting.
- Mary Caroline Davies

Monday, 21 April 2008

Friday, 18 April 2008

April 18, 2008 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I would like to extend my congratulations to the Alix Wagon Wheel Museum board and volunteers, as well as all those who assisted in making the Museum’s Spring Event such a wonderful and memorable afternoon.

Such an event would not be possible without the leadership of our very own Eve Keates, who manages to make keeping all the rest of us in line look so easy.

A highlight of the afternoon was the unveiling (as it were) of the reprint of the original “Pioneers and Progress” history book. The books are now available and make great gifts.


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Wednesday, 16 April 2008


Human misery is more often caused
not so much by stupidity as by ignorance,
particularly our own ignorance about ourselves.
- Carl Sagan

Monday, 14 April 2008


Without an understanding of who we are,
and from where we came,
I do not think we can truly advance.
- Louis B. Leakey

Friday, 11 April 2008


Humans are the storytellers of God.
There is something that exists inside all of us
that can make an interpretation
of everything we perceive.
– Miguel Ruiz

Wednesday, 9 April 2008


You can never tell what type of impact
you may make on another's life
by your actions or lack of action.
Sometimes just a smile on the street
to a passing stranger can make
a difference we could never imagine.
- Ed Foreman

Monday, 7 April 2008

Self image

Our self image and our habits
tend to go together.
Change one and you will automatically
change the other.
- Dr. Maxwell Maltz

Friday, 4 April 2008

April 4, 2008 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Sharing a meal with someone can be a pretty profound experience. Perhaps that is why so many of our special occasions (weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirement, funerals, etc) involve food. Food has a way of bringing people closer together.

You tend to remember those you’ve shared a meal with. Also the conversation shared over a meal has a unique intimacy that you don’t find in any other setting. Complete strangers will open up and share their innermost thoughts when they are partaking in a meal in a manner that they would not even consider otherwise. Sharing a meal with another seems to release some people from their usual fears and concerns.

Through the years, I’ve enjoyed many a banquet, potluck, dinner theatre and other meals with folks I would not have met otherwise. While I may not remember their names or occupations after we part, there is something about the conversation that sticks with me so that should I chance to run into them again, I remember them from the meal and conversation.

Our society used to revolve around community events that invariably also included a meal. By sharing the fruits and labours of the kitchen many strong ties were forged between people and roots extended deep. In a manner of speaking it was the shared meals that defined the community.

Next time you are at a special function or potluck, enjoy the food, and more importantly, the conversation with the person next to you.


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Wednesday, 2 April 2008

In between

If you truly want to make a big change,
you've got to learn to tolerate
the "in-between" time. That's the period
in which we let go of
who we know ourselves to be
in order to allow for the possibility
of who we might become.
- Katherine Woodward Thomas