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 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.

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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The Horror – How Can We Meet It?

The absolute horror of what is happening in the United States makes my stomach turn and my heart ache.  I cannot say I am surprised by it, but I am sickened and even frightened, that things like this can happen … Continue reading

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High School Graduation Day

Do you remember your last day of high school?  What a thrill it was.  A day filled with mixed emotions about leaving life long friends and embarking on a whole new world of friendships and adventures. There was even some … Continue reading

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The Church Supper

It happens twice a year at my church.  Once in the spring (today) for the fish fry and then again in the fall for our annual roast beef dinner.  It takes weeks of ramp up and preparation for both and … Continue reading

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Blind Trust – Driving in a Tornado

When I was driving students home on the bus yesterday I wasn’t really looking for a sermon illustration for Sunday but I got one. Continue reading

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Considering the Mustard Seed

When I was little someone gave me a little charm bracelet.  The trinket hanging on it was a mustard seed encased in plastic.  As I prepare for Sunday I read and reread the parable of the mustard seed and try … Continue reading

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Some Days it’s Harder to find the Good Stuff but It’s There

This morning I decided to look for the lovely things around me to help me get out of the funk I seem to find myself in. It started with a lovely spider web on the window. It glistened in the … Continue reading

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Mustard Seeds and Thorns in the Side

One of the great challenges I have in life is that when someone has taken a swipe at me I really have trouble getting past it.  I don’t think Mr. Trudeau has the same trouble but he might.  That aside, … Continue reading

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