Friday, 28 February 2014


Don’t try to win over the haters, 
you’re not the jackass whisper. 
 – Scott Stratten

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


Belonging…doesn’t require us
 to change who we are, 
it requires us to be who we are. 
– Brene Brown

Monday, 24 February 2014


Great is the power of sunshine, 
especially human sunshine.   
It can change anything, 
transform anything,
 remake anything,
 and cause anything 
to be come as beautiful as itself.   
– Christian D Larson

Friday, 21 February 2014

February 21, 2014 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

   Have you been following the Olympics in Sochi, Russia?  There have been the usual exciting moments that have included unexpected medals, personal triumphs, heart-breaking defeats, the first-time ever ties and the oh-so-close-but-not-close-enough finishes.  As well, there were the  touching team-spirit stories such as the one where the Canadian cross-country ski coach gave a new ski to the Russian athlete so he could finish the race with dignity, and the speed skater who gave up his spot to his team mate.

   We should be very proud of our athletes and coaches.  They have done well.

   Each and every athlete that qualified to compete at the Olympics has achieved a certain level of proficiency in their chosen sport.  They are the best of the best in the world.

   Yet, despite this being one of the biggest competitions on our world stage, the athletes aren’t really competing against each other.

   In truth, each and every athlete is competing only against themselves.  No matter what their sport, each athlete has to be better, not than their competitors, but themselves.

   They have to be faster, higher, more technically proficient, or more artistic than their own personal best.  They only have to perform better than they did the previous time they executed their sport.

   And they don’t have to be significantly better or faster or more technical.  They have to be just a tiny fraction of a second faster, or 1 point more technically accurate, or just a fraction of a centimetre higher.

   If you are mastering a sport or learning a new skill, you just need to be one small step better than you were the previous time.

   If you are changing a habit, you need to just be successful one more time than you were previously.

   Or, if you are like me and on a health quest, then you just need to feel a little bit better than the previous day.      

   When you think that any change or improvement in your life is daunting or simply too overwhelming, steps.   


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Wednesday, 19 February 2014


If I feel good about my [choices], 
I have no interest in judging 
other people’s choices. 
– Brene Brown

Monday, 17 February 2014


Are you the adult 
that you want your child 
to grow up to be? 
– Brene Brown

Friday, 14 February 2014


Do you bring out the best in each other 
or do you bring out the worst in each other? 
– Laura Berman Fortgang

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


Humanity can be split into two classes of creatures: 
those who make great demands on themselves, 
piling up difficulties and duties; 
and those who demand nothing special of themselves, 
but for whom to life is to be every moment 
what they already are, 
without imposing on themselves 
any effort towards perfection.
- author unknown

Monday, 10 February 2014


You will learn that it is possible 
to journey though the haste 
and noise of life to placidity.
-author unknown

Friday, 7 February 2014

February 7, 2014 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer 

   It’s not what you eat, it’s what you digest that counts.  – Robert E. Svoboda

   I read somewhere that 80 - 90% of all health issues are caused by what you eat.  The other 10 - 20% are from environmental or genetic triggers, which are usually impacted by...what you eat! 

   However, it isn't what you eat that causes the problems, it is what your body is digesting, or not digesting as the case may be.

   As I continue on this healing journey, I find more and more that food (or what we call food) has the greatest impact on us.

   In the beginning of this adventure, when I readily cut out sugar, grains (all grains including corn and potatoes), and dairy, I not only lost 20 pounds, but I did notice a difference in how I felt.  That is when I experienced the greatest improvement.

   But as time progressed, I also noticed other foods bothering me.  Alas, many of them were my favourite nuts, vegetables, and fruits.  There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to account for what bothered me.

   And despite being very diligent about watching what I did ingest, I was still experiencing setbacks - some quite severe - from time to time.

   Just recently, I managed to solve the mystery! 

   It seems there is something in greens (spinach, lettuces, kale, cabbage, etc) and vegetables such as celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus, etc. that my body doesn’t like.  Whatever that something is, it has been poisoning my body, and stressing my liver to the point that it decided it couldn’t take any more and stopped working properly.

   I’ve always eaten lots of greens and vegetables, but naturally, I was eating greater quantities lately.

   I stopped eating them, and almost instantly many of my worst symptoms and setbacks disappeared!  Now to get the toxins all out of me!

   Even better, I can eat my favourite nuts, fruits and vegetables again. 

   Just because the “experts” say something is good for us, doesn’t mean it may not be considered a poison by our bodies.  Pay attention to how you feel as you eat and choose only what gives you energy.  

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014


There is more than one path in life, 
and you must be willing to try 
more than one.
- author unknown

Monday, 3 February 2014


Despite what others think you are, 
be what you are.
- author unknown