Wednesday, 31 March 2010


The measure of success is not
whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it’s the same problem
you had last year.
- John Foster Dulles

Monday, 29 March 2010


Surrender is giving up control
but not losing power.
– Sondra Ray

Friday, 26 March 2010


The greatest revelation I’ve had
is to live without knowing,
and have that be okay.
I could not have written a 5-year plan for my life
and have it turn out the way it has,
because it is so much vaster
than anything I could have imagined.
– Arielle Ford

Monday, 22 March 2010

Friday, 19 March 2010

March 19, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

It is finally spring, according to the calendar, whether the weather cooperates or not.

The first day of spring is one thing,
and the first spring day is another.
The difference between them is sometimes
as great as a month.

~Henry Van Dyke

As we all know, March weather can be pretty temperamental. Just last weekend, we had wind...snow...sunshine...melting...and more wind.

In the spring I have counted one hundred
and thirty-six different kinds of weather
inside of four and twenty hours.
~Mark Twain

Whether we get more snow or not (and we will get at least one more snow storm as it is Alberta!), whether we see green shoots or not, we all know that they are not far away now.

Spring is sooner recognized by plants
than by men.

~Chinese Proverb

So don’t worry if you feel anxious for a change…
It's spring fever. That is what the name
of it is. And when you've got it, you want -
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,

but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
~Mark Twain


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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

St. Patrick's Day

May you have warm words on a cold evening,
A full moon on a dark night,
And the road downhill all the way to your door.
- Irish Blessing


Monday, 15 March 2010


My life has great characters,
I just haven’t figured out the plot.
– Ashleigh Brilliant

Friday, 12 March 2010


Don’t do unnecessary work
because your grandmother did,
There was not half so much to be done in her day.
– Good Housekeeping 1885

Wednesday, 10 March 2010


Stress is the fear
that you don’t have the resources
to successfully meet your challenges.
– Susan Love and Alice Domar

Monday, 8 March 2010


It is possible to learn from an enemy
things we can't learn from a friend.
- unknown

Friday, 5 March 2010

March 5, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Vancouver 2010 will not be forgotten any time soon.

From the Opening Ceremonies - with the poignant minute of silence to remember Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili - which I watched, as thrilled and mesmerized as the audience in BC, to the Closing Ceremonies - I chuckled as Michael J. Fox claiming all the other nations’ athletes (and their medals!) for Canada - they were quite the Olympic Games!

Our first Gold medal, won on Canadian soil, was presented to Alexandre Bilodeau in Freestyle Skiing - Men's Moguls. A proud moment that he shared with his brother Frederic, and that touched our hearts.

History was also made, when Figure Skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won Gold in the Ice Dance.

Our women speed skaters stole the show and a few medals too. From Christine Nesbitt’s Gold to Clara Hughes’ Bronze, our women showed the world how fast they can skate. We can’t forget how well the men did either.

Joannie Rochette’s Bronze in Ladies Figure Skating was a triumph, in more ways than one.

We also excelled in the many free-style events on the ski hills.

I watched the Gold medal matches in Women’s and Men’s Curling. Yes, I admit I watched curling, and yes, I admit that I enjoyed it - only because it was more dramatic with a gold medal on the line. Cheryl Bernard’s rink was outstanding, as was Kevin Martin’s, for Silver and Gold respectively.

Our women’s hockey team won their third consecutive gold medal. I watched, as did most of Canada, as the men’s team kept us on the edge of our seats as we waited for that final winning goal by Sidney Crosby.

As Canadians, we have lots to be proud of. The most gold medals won ever in a Winter Olympic Games (14) and a total of 26 medals which is an outstanding number for Canada.

Our Canadian athletes “owned the podium” in ways we never have before. Not just the athletes who stood on the podium, but ALL our athletes, no matter where they placed.

Those are just some of our special stories from Vancouver 2010. Every other athlete and nation represented also has their own story and together, those stories make up the magic that was evident in these Games.

Hats off to all the athletes - no matter what country they represented, the coaches, the volunteers and everyone who made the Vancouver 2010 Games possible and so magical for us all.

Let us keep the feeling alive as we prepare to cheer on the Paralympic athletes March 12 - March 21.

I believe in the power of you and I…”


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Wednesday, 3 March 2010


The secret of patience
is doing something else in the meantime.
- unknown

Monday, 1 March 2010