Monday, 31 May 2010


It is vain to do with more
what can be done with less.
– William Ockham

Friday, 28 May 2010


We all have the right amount of problems.
– Shunryu Suzuki

Wednesday, 26 May 2010


Living with others
is like putting stones in a tumbler;
the stones are rubbed against each other,
and their rough and jagged edges
are eventually worn smooth.
- Unknown

Monday, 24 May 2010

One Day

Have you ever felt
that even though you’re taking things
“one day at a time”…
it’s about twenty-four more hours
than you can take?
- Unknown

Friday, 21 May 2010

May 21, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

In the past 5 years or so, people have undertaken a number of year-long projects and written books and/or blogs about their year.

These projects ranged in scope from Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project, to Julie Powell’s Julie/Julia project to cook all the recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to A.J. Jacobs quest to live as Biblically as possible for a year, to Elizabeth Gilbert’s international year of finding her true self as chronicled in Eat, Pray, Love.

One gal’s project was to use her crock pot every day for a whole year. Another gal wore the same homemade brown dress every day for a whole year (yes, she washed it between wearings) to protest the excess of the fashion industry.

In their year-long projects, some people stopped using a car, changed their eating habits, or changed their shopping habits. For some, the focus was on greener living, for others it was on more spiritual living. Some cut out things to simplify their lives, while others added to their lives to enrich them.

In each case, the person undertaking the project challenged themselves to step out of their comfort zone and commit to something for an extended period of time. In each case, they faced times when they wanted to quit, thought they were wasting their time, and wondered why they’d even bothered. Yet, they prevailed. In the end, it wasn’t so much the project as the year-long commitment that had the most profound impact on their lives.

What would you do for a full year?


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Wednesday, 19 May 2010


We all have the imaginable joy, sadness,
and contentment within us,
these feelings are already there.
Some people may bring out these emotions
more than other people,
but they are part of us, lying in wait.
- Unknown

Monday, 17 May 2010


The extent of your consciousness
is limited only by your ability to love
and to embrace with your love
the space around you, and all it contains.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Friday, 14 May 2010


It never ceases to amaze me:
we all love ourselves more than other people,
but care more about their opinions
than our own.
– Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

One Step

The elevator to success is out of order.
You’ll have to use the stairs
one step at a time.
– Joe Girard

Monday, 10 May 2010


As you go the way of life,
you will see a great chasm.
It is not as far as you think.
– Native American saying

Friday, 7 May 2010

May 7, 2010 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

It has been said that what most people end up doing when they grow up is what they enjoyed doing when they were six or seven.

That is the age when children are still insatiably curious about everything. They are eager to learn and try new things. School is fun.

It is also the age before many children hear the dreaded “you can’t be that” or “be reasonable, you can’t do that” comments.

We ask children that age what they want to do or be when they grow up, and their answers are always bold and adventurous - and even if they change their minds in 24 hours, the answer they give is definite and unwavering in that moment.

Children at that age are full of possibilities and they know - they don’t just believe - that anything can happen. They don’t look for the safe or the obvious route, they explore the unexplored and create new paths.

So, what did you enjoy doing when you were six or seven? Are you doing it now?


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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Loose Ends

Animals always seem to know what to do.
They are seldom at loose ends.
– Gary Thorp

Monday, 3 May 2010

Own Time

What you are doing
and how you’re doing it
are what matter.
Every event happens in its own time…
occurring just when it’s time for them to happen,
just when they become ripe.
– Gary Thorp