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

In This Issue

 What quiet little
voice is trying to get
your attention?

Changed, not ruined . . .

Hope Tree Symbol of the Month: Butterfly

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Food For Thought

 "The only real valuable thing is intuition."
                                      Albert Einstein  

 "Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once."                                              Johann Kaspar Lavater   

"Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer."

Robert Graves

"Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space."

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

Ken Robinson

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What quiet little voice is trying to get your attention?

Dear Hopefuls,

We were lucky enough to have Donna Sales on the radio show for Thursday, May 17th. Donna Sales is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Alberta, Canada.
She is also a writer of consequence as you will soon note when you visit her web site

HopeCafe is a wonderful virtual coffee house community - "brewing up optimism 24/7." Our show with Donna was a lively conversation about Intuition: that little voice inside us all which is waiting to guide us and help us once we can cut  through the "clutter and clutter" of  our modern lives.

You can read her article about what intuition is and how we can uncover it at this link:

See you on the radio . . . 

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 May 2012:


May 17 - Donna Sales, Registered Psychologist
Founder and publisher of 

May 24 - Jude Keller, Director of Healing Arts
for Denver's Adventist Hospital System   

May 31, 2012 - Julie Zlatev, Occupational Therapist
The role that hope plays in recovering everyday life skills following illness or injury. 

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

Thank you . . .

Thanks so much for joining us again here in the newsletter which was inspired by The Hope Tree. 
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Betterfly & Chrysalis  

Changed, not ruined . . .


I had been an artist my whole life - spending much of my childhood imagining, drawing and creating art with whatever tools presented themselves to me. But art was not a viable career when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. Especially not in my small rural town and especially not for a young woman. The only real choices in my world were to be a wife right out of high school, a teacher or a nurse. I chose nursing. Graduating at the top of my class, it meant a lot to me to be a good nurse. I loved my patients dearly and for many years I loved nursing - feeling fulfilled, useful and competent. There is nothing like the magic of meaningful work. 


       Through the nearly two decades while I was a nurse, I created a life which included all those things that every life contains: joys, successes, failures, mistakes, heartache, learning, growing, changing, wrong-turns, mis-steps and missed opportunities. The universal rhythmic dance of life: two steps forward and one step back. It would not be until I was in my mid-thirties that the voices I had missed for so long became too loud to ignore: You are on the wrong path. Let's go this way.


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The Hope Tree - Butterfly SymbolOur Featured Symbol from 
The Hope Tree: Butterfly
We watch the slow and clumsy caterpillar gather and stretch along a stem as if measuring it out inch by inch. Then, hanging by a thread, it patiently wraps itself in a protective cocoon - a chrysalis. When the butterfly emerges a mere 7-10 later - opening its magnificent and impossible wings to dry in a cool breeze - we think the miracle is complete. But the journey is just beginning

The butterfly is soon ready to fly its erratic dance over nearly 3,000 miles on cross-continental migrations in search of home. How this whisper of a creature can stay on course despite wind and storms is nothing less than astounding.

Our safe cocoon will be created from knowledge, truth, love, support, good thoughts, professional care, faith and hope. Even though we feel ourselves hanging by a thread, we need to trust our invincible link to life.

Hope in hand - wings at the ready - we must now go about the business of surviving this storm. We will be blown off course and buffeted by many obstacles - but we will faithfully return to our belief and expectation that wellness awaits us.

Is it any wonder that one Greek word for butterfly is "soul?" 

Featured BooksFeatured reading . . . 

We are so happy to tell that you and your friends or family can now access all of our previous newsletters via this 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 My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor.

Here's the link:

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

And, of course, our own: is a wonderful resource for hope, inspiration and clear explanations about the amazing physiology of hope.

Antique Listening Device 2You can also listen . . .

We've already told you how to us listen on the radio: 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

Find out for yourselves why Dr. Wendy Edey has earned such world wide respect. This dynamic speaker and storyteller was our guest on The Hope Journal Show on April 26, 2012.
Now, you can listen to that interview at:

Just find The Hope Journal Show listing and click on 4/26/12.

Another of her fascinating interviews about hope from several years ago is available at this location:



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We are trying to get Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor as a guest on the radio show. She is the author of our recommended book this month: My Stroke of Insight. She was a renowned neuroanatomist brain scientist when she had a massive stroke. She has recovered - but with a deeper understanding of life, purpose and our human potential here on Earth.

Watch her astounding story on TED: 

Or 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:

In our upcoming June 2012 ISSUE . . .  

Our radio show, The Hope Journal Show, is turning into a great forum for discussing hope in its many incarnations with an amazing array of experts from around the world. Let us hear from you about what guests you would like to hear on the show or topics you would like to read about here in the newsletter - so feel free to join the conversation. And check out the show's upcoming guests at
The June 2012 issue of The Hope Journal Newsletter will showcase another symbol from The Hope Tree. We will also delve into the role that intuition and resilience play in hope. Look for new book recommendations too.

Have a wonderful May. Thanks for joining us once again and we'll see you in mid-June!  
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