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 (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as a Minister, Coach/Spiritual Director, a trainer, consultant and speaker. I also drive a school. That helps the cash flow and a bus full of teenagers also helps me keep up with trends in the world of the young and makes me smile. 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. My original career path as a journalist 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. As a single parent I have a deep understanding of making due and being stretched to limit emotionally, physically and financially. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning have now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and ministry. It is my great honour to support people as they walk through the joy and grief of life. 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. Another passion is my love of essential oils. They have changed, even revolutionized, my life on many levels and provide me not only with improving health but also with a network of friends who are a supportive and positive influence. 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 was a new beginning for me as I honed my skills. For a while, it was a daily and begin to form a daily discipline and now is a place I drop into on occasion to share something. It changes with my needs and is an evolving exercise.

Imagine My Surprise …

Imagine my surprise when a friend, who appears to have disdain for my faith, reached out to me with consolation and love, to comfort me about a loss, with the words of one of my favourite “Christian”, albeit Godly, authors. … Continue reading

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Who is the Real Director of Your Life?

Years ago when I sought out Spiritual Direction for myself I was a lost and hurting soul.  My family and I had suffered some severe spiritual abuse in a church and then I had fallen victim to a similar hurt … Continue reading

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A Cosmic Shift or Just a Change

Something has been changing in me over the past two years.  There are many factors which led to this evolution and I don’t think any of them have to do with mercury in retrograde but who knows?  Essential Oils and … Continue reading

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Have You Taken thes Personality Quizzes? Try it and We’ll Talk Tomorrow

Below are three personality quizzes I have taken recently.  They are a big step up from the silly algorithms that you play with on Facebook and a step down from others I have explored like The Enneagram and Strength Deployment … Continue reading

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Web Site Up At Last

After several months of down time, some troubling phone calls with the provider, hours/days/weeks of hard work and some help along the way my web site, which reflects the new segments of my work and ministry is up and running. … Continue reading

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Quitting for a While – Well Maybe Just Slowing Down

My summer vacation from my work as a school bus driver begins tomorrow and I am very aware that besides being exhausted and needing a good holiday, I also have some big things happening in my life which need my … Continue reading

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Boycott the US

I started my own personal boycott on the United States in November of 2016 by vowing not travel in south of the Canadian border until Donald Trump is no longer in power but now it’s getting more intense after the … Continue reading

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News Weary vs. Responsible Citizen

It happened after 911 and then again in November of 2016 and since then the disease of news weariness has almost overcome me but as a person who considers herself a responsibile citizen in need of an understanding of the … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Dancing? How Do You Celebrate the Summer Solstice?

Enjoy the sunshine today.  It’s the most you will see until next year at this time. I’ve never been big on the sun and moon festivals but that is about the change.  Comes a time in life when almost any … Continue reading

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Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow…Ugh Paperwork

Sometimes it takes a little push for me to get at things but I’m getting better at “just doing it” rather than waiting for the perfect moment.  Today I had to get to the one thing I put off the … Continue reading

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