Wednesday, 10 August 2022

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts 
when eating a homegrown tomato.
  - Lewis Grizzard

Friday, 5 August 2022

August 5, 2022 Chautauqua

Beth's Ponderings

   Ever stop doing something that you’ve always done, or at least done for years, and then after a period of time not doing it, thought that there was no way you could get back to it because you’d be starting right back at square one, and that feels like just too much effort, so why bother?

   I’m sure there are countless different activities, or habits, that you can think of where this has been the case.  I know I have a few.

   I recently heard Caylee Grey, from the Get Messy podcast, mention this, but how she framed it, changed my perspective.

   When we return to a task after a long absence, Caylee pointed out that we aren’t starting from scratch, but we are “starting from experience.”

   And, that is so true.  No matter how much time has passed between when you stopped and when you start up again, you aren’t starting the second time as a complete beginner.  Even if you need a refresher and have to relearn some steps, you’ll pick them up considerably faster than you did the first time because you already know them.

   Also, because you already have experience, you know what your pitfalls are (ie what caused you to stop in the first place) and how to make the process work for you so you can keep going again.

   When I first started doing yoga, I was told that even if you stop doing yoga for years, when you get back to it, your body will remember, and after some initial stiffness, it will quickly get back to the level you were at before you stopped.  Just like riding a bicycle - you never really forget how to ride even if you are a bit rusty the first time out again.

   While we tend to think of summer as a time to ditch routines and just play and have fun (and it certainly is that), summer is also a really good time to revisit some of the tasks, skills, and practices we used to do, because we don’t have our usual routines as an excuse to stop us, and the free time to spend revisiting the activities.

   And now that you know it will be easier to get back into the groove than you “thought” it would be, you have nothing to lose.

Beth

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Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Tea has remedies for all difficulties, 
and iced tea has answers for all problems 
and the summer heat. 
- Unknown

Friday, 29 July 2022

It always seems impossible until it's done.
- Nelson Mandela

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Wondering means you're not ready, 
doing means you are.
- Mike Dooley (www.tut.com)

Friday, 22 July 2022

There will always be a gap,
 a space between where you are and where you want to be.
 This isn't failure. This is life, 
especially for someone who continues to grow… 
 - Tama Kieves

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, 
even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. 
 - E.B. White

Friday, 15 July 2022

July 15, 2022 Chautauqua

Beth's Ponderings

   2022 has certainly been quite the year for me so far.

   I was invited to exhibit at the Donalda Gallery for the Arts July19 - August 2, 2022.  The Gallery hours are 10 - 5 pm daily (note: if the door is locked, go to the museum across the street and they will let you in to view the artwork).

   It is hard to believe that this is my second solo exhibition this year (in my life!) as I never imagined that I’d ever have artwork of mine in an actual gallery.

   My exhibition is entitled: Exploring My Artistic Voice: a journey without a map and my selection follows my journey from my very first (acrylic) painting, through various artistic explorations including:

    • baskets out of old newspapers

    • a sample of food (patterns used from “Tasty Crochet” by Rose Langlitz and “Yummi’Gurumi” by Christen Haden & Mariarosa Sala)

    • acrylic paintings based on whimsical drawings

    • a simple daily-panel cartoon strip in ball point pen in handmade folded books

    • card decks I produced digitally - including the font

    • printed canvases showcasing a selection of my many sky drawings - produced on the ipad – as well as printed canvases of recent watercolour play explorations

    • archetype dolls in crochet

    • and more ;)

   Most items will be available for purchase.

   I will be at the gallery both weekends for a meet & greet - not sure of times yet so check https://www.facebook.com/donaldaartgallery to find out more details.

   I hope you are able to view the exhibition, and I look forward to seeing you there.  

Beth

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   Whether you've enjoyed reading The Chautauqua from the first issue 20 years ago, are a brand new reader, or somewhere in between, I sincerely hope that The Chautauqua has enriched your life, as much as it has enriched mine publishing it.  If you would like to help ensure it continues to enrich others like yourself, I ask you to please consider making a donation to The Chautauqua. There are three methods available: 

Mail a cheque or money order (made out to Beth Richardson – Chautauqua) to Box 261 Mirror, AB T0B 3C0 

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022

As far as I’m concerned, “whom” is a word that was invented 
to make everyone sound like a butler. 
 - Calvin Trillin