Friday, 29 November 2013

Right Thing

All the bad days 
have two things in common: 
You know the right thing to do, 
but you let somebody talk you out of doing it. 
 – Tom Bihn

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013


What looks like a people problem 
is often a situation problem…
Tweaking the environment 
is about making the right behaviours
 a little bit easier 
and the wrong behaviours 
a little bit harder.   
– Chip & Dan Heath

Friday, 22 November 2013


Purpose is tenacious, 
our calling takes over, 
and no matter how much 
we intellectually plan 
there is a higher consciousness
 that will use us in service 
and decides for us… 
- Colette Baron-Reid

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013


You cannot burn the candle 
at both ends and be productive. 
Working more does not equal 
getting more things done. 
Read that statement again 
and let it sink in. 
This was a hard yet important 
lesson for me to learn. 
I mistakenly thought that 
the more hours I sat in front of my computer, 
the more I was getting done. 
What I discovered is that 
when my “blade” was dull
 it took me twice as long to get things done.
 - Jonathan Milligan

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Monday, 18 November 2013


Big problems are rarely solved 
with commensurately big solutions. 
 Instead, they are most often solved
by a sequence of small solutions, 
sometimes over weeks, 
sometimes over decades. 
– Chip & Dan Heath

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Friday, 15 November 2013

November 15, 2013 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer 

   I love watching nature's colour scheme changes with each seasonal change.

   As spring approaches and the leaves start budding out, you can see new life emerging before your eyes.  Pretty soon, the landscape is covered in a blanket of deep green which contrasts beautifully with the clear blue of the sky and any bodies of water.

   Then the fruit trees and flowers start blooming and there is a profusion of rainbow colours everywhere.  In addition, there are many baby calves frolicking in the fields.

   One advantage of my many weekly trips to appointments in Red Deer is that I have been able to watch the progression from summer to autumn to winter.

   When I first started out, the hay was just being cut and baled.  Then I watched the canola crops bloom - there seemed to be fields and fields of yellow this year - and the barley develop its beard as each crop matured through the season. 

   As the season progressed, I observed the farmers harvesting their  crops.  For me, there is something magical about seeing a field of bales with the sunlight shining on them, against a backdrop of darkening clouds.  It is the perfect harvest picture.

   As autumn truly approached, and the temperatures started getting a little cooler, I enjoyed the changing colour of the leaves and the juxtaposition of the yellows and reds against the darker greens of the evergreen trees.  My favourite views are of the gorgeous fall colours reflected in some water along with the deep blue of the sky also reflected.

   Then we had our first snowfall, I was out early enough to not only see everything snow-covered, but also the hoar frost coating everything as the entire landscape sparkled and glistened in the sunlight.

   Now that winter seems to be here, the landscape has the pristine, spotless look after a fresh snowfall.  Any colour - such as the evergreens and birds - shows up clearly against the white background.

   As we enter the winter season, appreciate the beauty it presents to us.

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Tranquility comes when we can accept ourselves.   
For some it is reaching a point of accepting 
they are what they will always be 
and for others it is the point of deciding 
what it is they will become. 
- Author unknown

Monday, 11 November 2013


When you really listen to yourself, 
you can heal yourself.   
– Ceanne Derohan

Friday, 8 November 2013


 The snow geese need not bathe
to make itself white.   
Neither need you do anything 
but be yourself. 
 – Lao Tse

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


I learn by going where I have to go. 
– Theodore Roethke

Monday, 4 November 2013


Life is full and overflowing with the new 
but it is necessary to empty out the old 
to make room for the new to enter. 
 – Eileen Caddy

Friday, 1 November 2013

November 1, 2013 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer 

   I’ve had a number of different people ask me how I can keep smiling when I’m going through this time and my life is falling apart.

   The easy answer I give is that I can smile because it doesn’t require any extra energy or effort.

   The truth is, I can smile because I know, beyond any doubt, that everything will work out eventually, because it always does. 

   While it may seem like my life/health has been falling apart, and I suppose in one sense it has, really it isn’t all that dire.  I’m still alive, I still have a roof over my head, I still have mobility, I can drive, I can still publish The Chautauqua, I still babysit my niece, I still have friends, and so much more.

   My life isn’t “falling apart,” though it certainly has been changing an awful lot!  I’m not sure I’ll even recognize myself when all is said and done!  I’m having new experiences such as the acupuncture treatments.  I’m reading and learning a little bit about different subjects.  I started a Facebook page for The Chautauqua - please feel free to visit and like the page.  I’m trying out various new recipes - some are keepers and some aren’t.

   However, because I’m human, I still have my occasional doubts and concerns.  I get frustrated and upset.  I would like to know why I’m going through this and have basically “lost” a year of my life.  I would love to know how and when this will all work out and what life will be like on the other side of this healing journey.  And I would really like to know why my computer acts up when I’m at my lowest point.

   That said, I don’t wallow or get bogged down by the uncertainty for any length of time.

   I’m thankful for all the good in my life, which far outweighs any challenges I’m currently going through.  I wake up in the morning and have another day of life with endless possibilities ahead of me.  I may not be able to take advantage of them yet, however, they are there.

   Now who could complain about that?
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