Friday, 30 March 2007


Real friends are those who,
when you feel you've made a fool of yourself,
don't feel you've done a permanent job.

--Author Unknown


Wednesday, 28 March 2007


The trouble with the world
is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt.
– Bertrand Russell

Monday, 26 March 2007


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Friday, 23 March 2007


Perfectionism is simply putting a limit on your future.
When you have an idea of perfect in your mind,
you open the door to constantly comparing
what you have now with what you want.
That type of self criticism is significantly deterring.
- John Eliot, Ph.D.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007


Sometimes it’s difficult to realize
that you always have a choice in everything you do.
– Fred Alan Wolf

Monday, 19 March 2007


Belief consists in accepting
the affirmations of the soul;
unbelief, in denying them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, 16 March 2007

March 16, 2007 Chautauqua


This year is the first year of the expanded Daylight Savings Time.

I don’t know about you, but I really truly cannot see the point of Daylight Savings Time. It is nothing more than an illusion that society has bought hook, line and sinker.

First, we are not saving time anywhere by changing the clocks. Nor are we adding an extra hour to the day...we still have the same 24 hour span, not 25 hours! When we go back to regular time in the fall we don’t go from 25 hours to 24...or from 24 to 23 hours.

As for it being lighter at night. I don’t buy that either. This may surprise some of you, but the truth is that the daylight hours are increasing naturally. There is no need to tamper with the clocks to achieve precisely the same effect that we’re told we get with Daylight Savings Time. As an energy saver it leaves a lot to be desired. I didn’t have to turn on lights before it came I do until the daylight hours get longer.

I had someone tell me once that it is for the farmers. Saskatchewan farmers have proven decade after decade that it is still possible to farm without Daylight Savings Time. Besides, here’s a news flash...your crop really couldn’t care less what time your watch says. Plus, I’m sure the livestock are blissfully unaware of whether you think you have more time or not.

In my opinion we’d be better off just leaving the clocks alone and dumping Daylights Savings Time. Makes you wonder what other societal illusions we should be questioning.


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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Forest and Trees

In the East, they contemplate the forest;
in the West, they count the trees.
– Wayne Dyer

Monday, 12 March 2007

Favorable Outcomes

Go forward confidently,
energetically attacking problems,
expecting favorable outcomes.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Friday, 9 March 2007


The larger the island of knowledge,
the longer the shoreline of wonder.
--Ralph W. Sockman

Wednesday, 7 March 2007


Change your thoughts
and you change your world.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, 5 March 2007


Begin today!
No matter how feeble the light,
let it shine as best it may.
The world may need
just that quality of light which you have.
- Henry C. Blinn

Friday, 2 March 2007

March 2, 2007 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

I recently read the book, “Letters from the Manse,” which was written by a young newlywed minister’s wife while she and her husband were living in rural southwestern Prince Edward Island.

The letters started with their arrival in PEI in January, 1949 and continued till March, 1950. It was entertaining to read how this city gal faced her first winter in a rural setting. From their reliance on CBC radio for their cultural entertainment (oh the horror when the batteries ran low and they couldn’t get to the store to buy more right away) to the despair when the mail truck couldn’t get through for days on end because of the huge snow drifts and unplowed roads, she handled it all with a quirky sense of humour (and a dose of anger and frustration).

The letters not only give you a glimpse of her life, but of the lives of the people the couple is living in community with. The reader is introduced to the wonderful neighbour (a non-church attendee) who continually makes sure the poor minister gets to his services when the car refused to start (as it did virtually every Sunday morning!) and a few of the more colourful congregation members. Then there was the decision to limit the food offerings at Ladies meetings to 5 different types and the minister’s wife couldn’t host a meeting until she mastered baking 5 different desserts. She left the Island during the summer...ran she would have been required to bake six pies for the Turkey Supper had she stayed!

How do you face new challenges?


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