Friday, 27 November 2009


Speak your truth –
even when your voice shakes.
– bumper sticker

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Talent hits a target no one else can hit;
genius hits a target no one else can see.
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Monday, 23 November 2009

Other Side

Things are almost always funny
when you stop to look at your life
from the other side of the street.
– Unknown

Friday, 20 November 2009

November 20, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

The most valuable work you do may be done in as little as 5 seconds to 5 minutes. A higher vantage point, a brilliant idea, a key change in habit, a break from pressure, a boost in metabolism or a pivotal decision can produce significant lasting benefits. – P.M. Senge (The Fifth Discipline)

Some of us get hung up on making changes or starting projects in our lives because we feel that we need a large block of time - be it hours, days, or months - to devote to whatever we wish to do.

Yet, as the quotation above notes, we can accomplish so much in a shorter time frame. Five minutes doesn’t seem like very long. Though try to stay quiet for a minute or two, such as we did recently at the Remembrance Day services, and you realize that a minute can sometimes seem quite endless.

If we were to really admit the truth to ourselves, it is probably not so much that we do not think we can accomplish anything in a short time period, such as five minutes, it is that we have a hard time being content and satisfied with what we do accomplish in that time frame.

Just as pennies add up quickly, so too does five minutes here and there throughout the day and week. We are more effective if we do a little bit more often throughout the day, than if we work steadily for hours. Though it may not seem like it, you would have put more time into something with only five minutes a day, than if you devoted a half hour a week to the same project.


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Wednesday, 18 November 2009


A rejected opportunity to give
is a lost opportunity to receive.
- Oral Roberts

Monday, 16 November 2009


Sometimes pain is unavoidable,
but your response is what determines
how much you suffer.
– Judith Orloff

Friday, 13 November 2009


When you miss the target,
never in history
has it been the target's fault.
- unknown

Monday, 9 November 2009


Everything that is done in the world
is done by hope.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, 6 November 2009

November 6, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Sometimes something happens in your life and there is just no rhyme or reason why.

Such was the case with my life lately. A few days after I delivered the last issue of the Chautauqua, my computer stopped working. That is not a real horrendous calamity in my world, except I receive the bulk of the submissions and ads for the Chautauqua via email and I could not check to see if I was getting anything, nor could I send off ad proofs.

I phoned around and the earliest someone could look at my computer was a week later. .

The technician then ended up away from work so when I finally was able to get my laptop into him (thanks to the kindness of a friend), he did not look at it for an additional two days. By then I was getting more than a little antsy as paper deadlines were looming larger and larger on my horizon.

Finally, the long-awaited phone call came. All the hardware worked perfectly. All the software worked perfectly. All the hardware and software communicated and worked perfectly with each other without conflict. Yet, it still did not work! The technician's solution was to wipe everything off the computer and start over. I talked him into a more basic fix and thankfully things are working again.

Sometimes we think that everything would be better if we could start our lives completely over. In truth, a dramatic change may not really be what we need. Rather the simplest fix may be to change our perception and release the need to know why things are the way they are.


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Wednesday, 4 November 2009


Conduct your blooming
in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.
– Gwendolyn Brooks

Monday, 2 November 2009