Wednesday, 30 December 2009

My Life

I own my life. And only mine.
And so I shall appreciate my person.
And so I shall make proper use of myself.
- Ruth Beebe Hill

Monday, 28 December 2009


How lovely to think
that no one need wait a moment,
we can start now,
start slowly changing the world!
- Anne Frank

Friday, 25 December 2009

Wednesday, 23 December 2009


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Monday, 21 December 2009


Work and live to serve others,
to leave the world
a little better than you found it
and garner for yourself
as much peace of mind as you can.
This is happiness.
- David Sarnoff

Friday, 18 December 2009

December 18, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

May the blessings of this
special time of year reside
in your hearts today
and for always.

Thank you to everyone who supported The Chautauqua this past year. I look forward to working with you in 2010!


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Wednesday, 16 December 2009


The true measure of a man
is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Monday, 14 December 2009

Time Flies

The bad news is time flies…
the good news is you’re the pilot.
- unknown

Friday, 11 December 2009


One of the greatest joys in life
is to be in search of one thing
and to discover another.

– Anne Wilson Schaef

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


Still loving, though discouraged,
Still giving, though spent,
Still patient, though exasperated,
Still sensitive, though offended,
Still hopeful, though worn down by life.
– Larry Crabb

Monday, 7 December 2009


Great dancers are not great
because of their technique -
they are great because of their passion.
- Martha Graham

Friday, 4 December 2009

December 4, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I am not really a shopper. Should I have occasion to enter a store with the purpose of purchasing something, I really prefer to go in, get what I need, and be back out in 10 minutes or less. I am not always that lucky.

An exception to my shopping aversion is book buying (for the library). I can easily spend hour after hour after hour in a bookstore happily browsing the shelves. That is if the store is locally owned. I don’t go to Chapters.

That said, I completely change my shopping style around Christmas time. For some reason, once a year, I am happy to explore out-of-the-way novelty shops and boutiques galore as I soak in the whole shopping atmosphere.

Maybe it is the Christmas carols playing merrily in the background? Or, perhaps it is the festive decorations in every store? I believe it is the company I am with.

Each year, prior to Christmas, my sister, Mary, and I go on a couple of sisterly shopping trips - which I combine with book shopping for the library so I have a great excuse to spend lots of time in bookstores! We explore our favourite shops in Ponoka during Moonlight Madness, as Mary marvels that we can spend so much time in a mere two block area. In Camrose, we walk the historic downtown area finding new places to visit, as well as tried and true places that can’t be missed.

As you prepare and shop this Christmas season, have some fun. It shouldn’t be just one more item to check off a never-ending list. If possible, shop with someone whom you enjoy spending time with. The day will be more enjoyable if you do.


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Wednesday, 2 December 2009


The world breaks every one of us
and afterward many are stronger
at the broken places.
– Ernest Hemingway