Friday, 30 January 2009


Believe there is a great power
silently working all things for good,
behave yourself and never mind the rest.
-Beatrix Potter

Wednesday, 28 January 2009


Whatever comes,
let’s be content with all…
- Robert Herrick

Monday, 26 January 2009


To plow is to pray –
to plant is to prophesy,
and the harvest answers and fulfills.
– R.G. Ingersoll

Friday, 23 January 2009

Difficult Times

Difficult times have helped me
to understand better than before
how infinitely rich and beautiful life
is in every way and that
so many things that one goes
worrying about are of
no importance whatsoever.
– Isak Dinesen

Wednesday, 21 January 2009


The Path that leadeth on
is lighted by one fire -
the light of daring
burning in the heart.
The more one dares,
the more he shall obtain.
-Helena Petrova Blavatsky

Monday, 19 January 2009


If my time is spent racing around
constantly doing something,
I need some time off lying around
to catch up on doing nothing.
– Rita Emmett

Friday, 16 January 2009

January 16, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

In Frank MacEowen’s book, “The Celtic Way of Seeing: meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel,” there is an interesting section on a poetic process called geancannach or “Celtic love talking.”

Celtic love talking is an ancient poetic practice which connects one to the life and world around themselves - until one’s whole life becomes the poem.

The format of the poem is a very simple “Beautiful...beautiful too.” For example: “Beautiful the sunrise, beautiful too the fresh snowfall.” The poem flows along, keeping to this basic format, in a continuous movement of gratefulness and observation of what is all around us.

By using the Celtic love talk poetic practice, we become more aware of the world around us and our role in it...and become more thankful for what we have.

One question that the poets were addressing through the love talk process was: “Do you love any place or person so much that you will open your heart, eyes, and mouth and say so?” (pg. 89)


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Wednesday, 14 January 2009


Lord help me to do with a smile
those things I have to do anyway.
– Hal Roach

Monday, 12 January 2009


When it is obvious
that the goals cannot be reached,
don't adjust the goals,
adjust the actions.
- Confucius

Friday, 9 January 2009


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance,
the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


That which the fool does in the end,
the wise man does in the beginning.
– R.C. Tench

Monday, 5 January 2009


Anyone can do any amount of work,
provided it isn’t the work he or she
is supposed to be doing at the moment.
– Robert Benchley

Friday, 2 January 2009

January 2, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Here we are, once again, at the beginning of a brand new year. This is the time when we look back on the previous year and forward to the new year. Some people even go through the formality of making New Year’s resolutions which will be broken before the month is up.

As you look back on the previous year take some time to reflect on, and note, the things that you are thankful for - the delightful experiences you had, the new and old friendships you shared, the skills you perfected, the knowledge you gained, and especially the priceless moments that touched your heart and soul.

As you look forward at the year ahead take some time to dream about the experiences you want to have, the knowledge you want to gain, the skills you want to learn, the people you want to spend time with, and definitely allow for time to encounter the unexpected priceless moments that will enrich your heart and soul.

Happy New Year and may 2009 bring you all the happiness and enjoyment that life has to offer.


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