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.

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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Don’t mourn, organize!

When I went to the polls last evening I was hopeful that Ontarians would see through the bluster and BS of the Conservative’s non-existent plan and contradictory promises “to make Ontario great again”.  I hoped they would see the inexperience … Continue reading

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What is a Fountain Pen Anyway?

As I strolled past the sale table at Staples the other day I noticed a lovely Cross fountain pen was on sale for a very reasonable price.  I ruined the last one I had by printing with it, so I … Continue reading

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Election Day Tomorrow – All Votes Count

Oh if I could only see a poll on how voters in my area are voting because, much to my chagrin, I am wanting to vote strategically in tomorrow’s Ontario election.  I’m doing that not because of who I want … Continue reading

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Quitting TV for the Summer

I might be calling on some of you who have movies in your possession to get me through the summer, but I’ve had enough of TV and need to see if I can survive without it for the summer.  If … Continue reading

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Great Grandpa’s Pipe and Hours of Quiet

Yesterday it was my great privilege to speak from the pulpit at Mt. Zion United Church.  The topic was Sabbath. As I was going on about the great benefits of quiet time I recalled one of the most precious of … Continue reading

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There is Peace and then there is Peace

Continuing thoughts on the journey through the Course in Miracles Yesterday it was my challenge and charge in my daily devotion/study to spend the day “in perfect peace”.  As you might guess it didn’t work out that way, but I … Continue reading

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It’s Getting Hot – The Ontario Election that Is

I’m not confused about how not to vote next week because I don’t like bullies who are all hot air and empty promises.  The confusion comes for me comes from voting for the devil I know or the devil I … Continue reading

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