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 The Hope Journal        a monthly newsletter of hope & encouragement
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April 2012  

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 Our Radio Show has over 80,000 listeners!

What can I do to encourage hope in someone else?

Hope Tree Symbol of the Month: Sego Lily

Featured Reading, Listening & Watching

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Food For Thought

 "Not knowing
when the dawn
will come, I open every door."

Emily Dickinson 

"Don't let what
you cannot do interfere with what
you can do."

John Wooden

"You have to go to the edge to figure out what's in me. What can I do.  

And then that's  

what you do."   

Emily Miner

"Hope does not
cast a veil over perception and thought. In this way, it is different from blind optimism. It brings reality into sharp focus."

Richard Davidson, PhD

"Perseverance is not a long race;
it is many short races one after another."

Walter Elliott

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

    Winston Churchill









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We now have over 80,000 listeners monthly on The Hope Journal Radio Show!

Dear Hopefuls,

Thanks so much for joining us again here in the newsletter which was inspired by The Hope Tree. 
If you are new to us, learn all about this amazing phenomenon at

I am happy to report that our radio show audience continues to grow. I got revised numbers a week or so ago and we now have over 80,000 listeners a month.
Isn't that amazing? Thank you all so much for your wonderful support and encouragement with this show. I am having far too much fun to call it work. A "labor of love" suits the feeling much better.

For those of you have not yet had a chance to listen in to us on The Hope Journal Show, the show airs LIVE on
every Thursday from 9:00 AM MT to 10 AM MT on Or you can always listen to previously broadcast shows 24/7 under the station's "Archives" tab. Just find The Hope Journal Show and click a date to activate that show.

We are having a great time exploring hope from every imaginable perspective with fascinating guests.

Here are our guests for the end of April and early May of 2012: 


April 26th - Wendy Edey, PhD
Psychologist & Director of The Hope Foundation of Alberta 

May 3rd - Mark Watson
Director, Flashes of Hope 

May 10th - Gary Adamson
Author & Director of Starizon Studio

May 17 - Donna Sales,PhD.
Psychologist and creator of 

May 24th - Jude Keller
Director of Healing Arts for Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO    

Good heavens! What a lineup of fascinating people to be discussing hope with us. These discussions are very lively and, shall we say,  "free-flowing." Join us for a really interesting and uplifting time.

In the meantime, have a wonderful month. The Pasque Flowers have come and gone and we are on to Blubells, Sego Lilies and just-peeking-out-of-the-ground Indian Paint Brush. Colorado wild flowers at their best! 

Carol Jeanotilla & The Hope Tree Gang

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What can I do to encourage hope in someone else?


As we told you last month, it's not as if we feel hope one day and then get to keep it forever. It would be wonderful if hope worked that way: stretch ourselves to cultivate it, let it take root and then just effortlessly allow it to grow all by itself - harvesting our crop whenever extra hope was needed. But hope needs constant renewal like any living thing. It needs fuel, nourishment, protection and tending.  


One of the most valuable things we have to offer a friend or loved one in need of hope is a fresh perspective. They are in the thick of it - in the middle of the storm, if you will - and it is hard to keep "the long view" in sight with wind, rain, hail and lightening flashing before our eyes. And then sometimes things are not that exciting - they may simply be exhausted - emotionally and physically depleted - and unable to recall why they ever wanted to continue. Wendy Harpham, MD tells us they need your reminder that feeling depleted is not the same as having lost all hope. The "depleted" part is temporary and will pass. The vulnerability associated with being ill is also temporary and an uncomfortable part of illness. Help them keep sight of what they are fighting for and keep it separate from the temporary nature of treatment.


Another area where we can be helpful is . . . (Click to continue reading.) 

Our Featured Symbol from 
The Hope Tree: Sego Lily
This Utah State Flower was an unlikely symbol of hope for thousands in the 1800s. The bulbs had long been roasted, boiled or made into a porridge by Native Americans.

They were used as a more mainstream life-saving food source when locusts ravaged every edible crop in Utah. The Sego Lily became the only available source of food for starving Mormon settlers - since locusts found the flowers distasteful. In the middle of the settlers despair and nearly certain death, the overlooked roots of this tiny flower became their rescuer. Add to the rest of this story that thousands of California Sea Gulls appeared out of the blue - swooping down to eat millions of locusts - and we have a full-fledged miracle on our hands.

Though no less of a miracle than small things in our own lives that we might be overlooking which could make all the difference and nourish us now. Like the unobtrusive Sego Lily, our own
quiet, healthy cells are working - unseen and often unappreciated - to bring us back to a state of health.

We sometimes give too much credit to whatever "treatment" we are receiving. Wendy Harpham, MD in this months recommended book, Happiness in a Storm, tells us that treatments level the playing field when our bodies are swamped by an illness like cancer. But how do you think we get better after the infection, tumor or cancer is made smaller? It is the miracle of your own body at work. Your cells go into action devouring the remains of the invader, convert them to tiny specks that then your spleen, liver and kidneys can flush away. YOU! You are the miracle. You make the treatment work.   

Books Graphic 3Featured reading . . . 

We are so happy to tell that you and your friends or family can now access all of our previous newsletters via a new link:

The more research we do into the nature of hope and how it manifests itself within our minds and bodies, the more we learn about what others are doing. It would seem the whole world is in need of hope and eager to find it.

Our recommended book this month is Happiness in a StormFacing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor by Wendy Harpham, MD. This is a wonderful and comprehensive book about surviving illness - yourself intact.

Here's the link:

Here are some wonderful hope-related web sites you can visit:

We are so thrilled that The Hope Lady herself - Wendy Edey, PhD. - will be our guest on the The Hope Journal Show, Thursday,  May 3rd at 9:00 AM MT. Then on Thursday, May 24th at 9:00 MA MT, we have the amazing Donna Sales, PhD. who created the Visit their individual sites above before the shows to really get the most out of these fascinating LIVE conversations on our radio show.
And, of course, our own: is a wonderful resource for hope, inspiration and clear explanations about the amazing physiology of hope.

Antique Listening Device 3You can also listen . . .

We've already told you how to listen to our Radio Show, The Hope Journal Show. And you don't have to be at a computer either. There are many devices that will stream via WiFi: Kindles, Nooks, iPhones or iPads, to name a few. Or check us out as an official radio station on Live365.

You should also know that Carol Jeanotilla posts many other recordings of interviews, essays and excerpts from her radio series,
The Hope Journal Show, on These recordings can provide hope and encouragement 24/7 if you feel your hope waxing and waning.

Click the link below to listen in:


Should you miss any show you can always listen to the previous shows in archived versions at the same web site: just click the "Archive" tab. Find The Hope Journal listing and choose the show date you want to hear.

 Here's that link:

Retro TV GraphicOr watch . . .

Settle into a comfy chair and watch the inspiring documentary, The Amazing Story of The Hope Tree. Whether you are interested in how it was created, what it means or how it inspires patients, families and staff alike - it is well worth the break in your day to have a peaceful, inspiring time.  


Here is the free link: 


By now you have heard us talk about the amazing Liz Adamson. We encourage you to watch her wonderful one-woman show, Journey, available on You Tube at this link:

Or visit her web site at:

Our May 2012 ISSUE . . .  

The radio show, The Hope Journal, is turning into a great forum for discussing hope in its many incarnations with an amazing array of experts. We will soon be taking questions, tweets and emails LIVE on the air so feel free to join the conversation. Check out our list of upcoming guests too.
The May 2012 issue of The Hope Journal Newsletter will showcase another symbol from The Hope Tree. We will also delve into research about the role encouragement plays in nursing: both for staff and patients. Look for new book recommendations too.

Have a wonderful April. Thanks for joining us once again and we'll see you in mid-May!  
Contact Info
Carol Jeanotilla answers all of your emails personally. Please feel free to write her at: