Author Archives: Peggy Guiler

About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.

The Facebook Scandal – Breathe and fix

If you hold shares in Facebook, you may need to worry a bit considering the recent scandal but the rest of you don’t really need to panic unless your national leader is named Trump.  I’m no computer nerd so I … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer – A Unifying Power

As I sat in church on Sunday morning I became aware that the children in the sanctuary likely didn’t know the prayer which all the adults were reciting without effort or need for the written word and I was sad.  … Continue reading

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Spring and French Fries

Living in a resort town in Canada is a bit different from the usual small-town experience.  In Port Dover we are used to an influx of tourists and to some degree enjoy the festive air that comes with celebrating other … Continue reading

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Spilt Milk is On Vacation

I’ve decided to take a week off from the blog so I can have a small vacation.  Spilt Milk will be back next week.  Thanks for following me.

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The Perfect Pen is Gone … Little Things that Drive Me Crazy

Last year I bought some pens and it turned out this particular brand of pen was the perfect pen for me.  The nib was the right kind with no scratchy so-called roller ball.  It didn’t have that annoying gel ink … Continue reading

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A Woman I Can Identify With

A few summers ago, I was visiting Bala, Ontario where I had spent some time as a child.  I was looking for the home that had been my great aunts and found it by asking at a quaint little museum … Continue reading

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Reinstituting the Order of Good Cheer

Winter can seem bleak, even now but back in the early 1600’s for the French fur traders under the care of Samuel de Champlain in Port Royal it was positively dismal.  Almost half their number died during their first winter … Continue reading

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Give 16 Year Olds the Vote? Or Not!

Having just dropped off about 14 teenagers who I spend four hours a day with I shuddered as I heard the news that a private members bill has been introduced (though missed whether it is Federal or Provincial) to allow 16-year … Continue reading

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Snow Day

I don’t write blogs on snow days but just in case you missed me this is what was happening today. Up at 5:30 started bus at 6:00 Boss called a snow day Back in the house to drink my tea … Continue reading

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Marching through March

Just when it appeared winter was on the way out with robins in the road and swans overhead March takes its legendary turn at coming in like a lion. March is a difficult month for many.  Julius Caesar certainly found … Continue reading

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