Wednesday, 29 April 2009


No person is your friend
who demands your silence,
or denies your right to grow.
– Alice Walker

Monday, 27 April 2009


Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
– Marilyn vos Savant

Friday, 24 April 2009


Synchronicity holds the promise
that if we will change within,
the patterns in our outer life
will change also.
– Jean Shinoda

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Be the Best

As simple as it sounds,
we all must try to be the best person we can:
by making the best choices,
by making the most
of the talents we’ve been given.
– Mary Lou Retton

Monday, 20 April 2009


You may have to fight a battle
more than once to win it.
– Margaret Thatcher

Friday, 17 April 2009

April 17, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Our small communities are fortunate to have so many nonagenarians.

In this modern age, it is becoming more and more rare for someone to reach such an advanced age of wisdom and experience. Due to its increasing rarity, all of us who are younger are fascinated and eager to learn the secrets of their longevity.

However, there are no secrets as we know what we need to do to live longer lives. good wholesome homegrown food. Dieticians freak when they consider the diets of the pioneers which included lots of red meat, fats, and more. Yet, the food was healthier for people. The vegetables and fruits were grown in rich soil and then canned for winter. Eggs and dairy products didn't have all the nutrition destroyed so they truly helped boost the immune systems. Animals weren’t fed food that wasn’t natural to their diets .

Second...lots of activity. Those who have lived longer than us were more active so their bodies used the food they ate. My grandpa Richardson, who was over 90 when he died, chopped wood virtually every day of his life. While today we can be in touch 24/7 with anyone and everyone around the globe electronically, people of yesteryear were literally in contact with each other all the time through church and community events, social gatherings of all kinds and by really lending a helping hand when needed.

If you asked our nonagenarians why they have lived so long, I doubt that they would list such things as TV watching, fast food, or the like. There is a lesson for us all there.


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Wednesday, 15 April 2009


That’s the risk you take if you change:
that people you’ve been involved with
won’t like the new you.
But other people who do will come along.
– Lisa Alther

Monday, 13 April 2009

Life Challenges

Life’s challenges are not
supposed to paralyze you,
they’re supposed to help you
discover who you are.
– Bernice Johnson Reagon

Friday, 10 April 2009


The body is the envelope;
our attention should be on the letter within.
– Saint Therese of Lisieux

Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirt
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 6 April 2009

Ups and Downs

Ups and downs are the very texture of life,
but you don’t have to go up and down with them.
– Unknown

Friday, 3 April 2009

April 3, 2009 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer

Every single one of us - assuming we are alive - has been breathing literally from our very first moments following our births. It is something we do automatically without a lot of conscious thought. So you would think we would be pretty proficient after our many years of experience. Apparently that is not so.

Too many of us breathe shallowly, rapidly, or hold our breath. These bad breathing habits affect our health and stress levels, and thus, every part of our lives.

To breathe properly, we should be breathing slowly with a full inhale, with expansion of both the chest and abdomen, followed by a full exhale, which lasts longer than the inhale. A slight pause should occur between the exhale and inhale.

As the first air to reach your lungs, even with proper breathing, is what is left in your airways, when you breathe shallowly and/or rapidly, you are creating a buildup of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream as very little new fresh air (oxygen) is taken in. This buildup leads to all sorts of complications in the body, as well as making you feel stressed and unable to handle anything.

Take a moment and notice your breathing. Can you even tell that you are breathing? Slow it down if necessary...deepen the breaths...relax.

Slowly now...inhale...exhale...repeat.

"If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly." - Andrew Weil, M.D.


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Wednesday, 1 April 2009


Advice is what we ask for
when we already know the answer
but wish we didn’t.
– Erica Jong