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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES AND ANECDOTES ~ Peace and Joy ~ September 4, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

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Inspirational Quotes


“It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.” (Harry S. Truman)


“We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are…Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the living.  It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught.  It is good to get justice but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them.  The happy man is he who lives the life of love; not for the honors it may bring, but for life itself.”  (R. J. Baughan)


Fewer Words ~June 10, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

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At times we are inspired to share our stories. Other times we are inspired to say less. This is one of those days when the fewer the words the better. A few of these words are etched in stone. Today I am sharing them with you.  May God grant you His choicest blessings.

CHRISTMAS MEMORIES — December 23, 2010 by Dolores Ayotte

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This isn’t going to be your usual Christmas post. I know that we want to believe that Christmas is always a joyous season.  However,  if we are honest with ourselves we can admit that not everyone has only fond memories at this time of the year or reason to celebrate.  As wonderful as it is to celebrate the birth of Christ, we realize that some people may not be in the mood or have the opportunity to join in the festivities. There are many less fortunate people in this world and many lonely people who will be by themselves at this special time of the year. When others are having numerous family gatherings, there are those who are not. Whether due to poverty, circumstance, ill mental or physical health, or by choice…we know that someone is in need on Christmas Day and throughout the Christmas Season as they deal with the reality of their situation.

In the last two weeks, two of my family members passed away. One was a cousin that I always admired and respected and the other was an elderly aunt that I fondly remember.  Today, December 23rd, is also the anniversary of the death of my dear mother-in-law. I remember very well our lack of desire as a family to celebrate Christmas the year she passed away.  No matter how special this time of the year may be, there are many who have suffered the loss of loved ones during this Christmas Season and have little or no desire to share in the fun. 

My heart and prayers go out to these people. There is never a good time to embrace the loss of a loved one but believe me, the worst time of the year is around Christmas.  Today, I ask you to join me by saying a little prayer for all those who are suffering or struggling with whatever may be going on in their lives that is taking away from their joy during this celebratory season.  I thank you for doing this.  I also want to wish each and every one of you God’s choicest blessings as you end this year and enter into the next.

JOY IN MY GARDEN — July 12, 2010 by Pat Willment

Posted in A WOMAN'S VOICE by doloresayotte on July 12, 2010
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A Wo-Man’s Voice

Gardening has to be in the genes!  My Grandma Habok passed down the Green Thumb gene to my Mom and it seems I have it too.  Both of these ladies created beautiful well cared for gardens that gave them much pleasure I’m sure, even though it took a lot of hard work at times.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a real appreciation of the gardening creativity of others.  Then one day “my” gardening gene went into action. 

It all started with a basic vegetable garden and has developed over the years into a love for perennials, roses, shrubs, and trees. I no longer plant a veggie garden, I now just pop a few tomato plants here and there in the flower beds and maintain a rhubarb patch for its visual appearance as well as the stalks for fresh rhubarb desserts. I still remember as a kid dipping a rhubarb stalk into a bowl of sugar and enjoying the taste of fresh raw rhubarb! 

My garden is my Sanctuary.  There really is something special about tending a garden in the early morning hours to the sound of birds singing.  This calm peaceful atmosphere creates such an excellent stress free start to my day! 

This garden is located in the southeast corner of Alberta (zone 3) and it has a hot south exposure overlooking the South Saskatchewan River.  I’ve planted many perennials to provide colour throughout each season and I’m always trying to squeeze in another plant or two whenever I spot something new at the nursery! 

The main feature tree in my garden is a Schubert Chokecherry tree which attracts many different birds who love to eat the tiny berries.  This tree blooms in May with a scent that perfumes the air for the whole neighbourhood.  The leaves start out green but change to a dark purple color by July, a truly amazing sight. 

I’ve had many wildlife visitors … birds, butterflies, deer, bush bunnies, skunks, one badger, one porcupine and last winter a couple of uninvited voles who created a bit of a problem in our hedge due to their snacking habits! 

There are always things to do … deadheading flowers, watering annual flower containers, weeding (they seem to grow twice as fast as the flowers) as well as keeping the bird feeders and bird baths full.  I can spend hours in my garden, as it gives me such satisfaction when I see the plants come to life in the spring and grow into large blooming beauties during the summer and fall.  My all time favourite plants are my Morden Blush Roses (light to ivory pink) and my Morden Centennial Roses (medium pink).  They bloom continuously from early summer to frost and they are just beautiful to behold. 

The nurturing, the quiet solitude, being one with nature and just the beauty of it all is why I love to garden.  The sharing and exchanging of plants, gardening ideas and garden pictures with family and friends is also a wonderful bonus. 

Sometimes it’s a challenge to garden when Mother Nature decides to mess with the weather systems but in the end it’s just a real joy to play in the dirt and create a flowering masterpiece! 

Thank you so much Pat for sharing your joy with us! 🙂

Pat lives with her husband Cliff in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  She has two married children  (Rick & Loree) and seven wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 6-18 that she enjoys very much.



First have being in your mind. Make real in your mind then bring that into reality…The genius is he who see what is not yet and causes it to become.   (Peter Nivio Zarlenga)


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