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Courage is a door that can only be opened from the inside

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton













Courage is the common thread in these stories, though contrasted by time and danger, both women made decisions to pursue something. What about you? Do you think about a change? 

Unfortunately, once a year, at increase/bonus time, I would get a little disturbed that my Manager’s pay and perks did not quite match up with the other Managers despite the additional projects I’d taken on and succeeded at. Each year I’d comfort myself that I enjoyed both the variety of my job and the team I got to work with. Then I’d quickly...more













“She was very responsible for some of the key players, such as getting the Americans involved in polar exploration,” says Kondziolka. “Asking them for help started off a 30-year process of one American expedition after another which eventually led to the accomplishment of going to the North Pole in 1908. That really started with her.” Read more about Lady jane Franklin here

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OH, what a week...

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

For our readers who are off-Island, I thought you might get a charge out of what our week has been like. 

We are still blessed to be such a beautiful part of the world, a place where Mother Nature calls you loudly and says: GET OUR HERE AND SHOVEL. LOL.

Here are some local stories to get you some idea of what we have been up to here on Prince Edward Island.  

Take a peak:

Worst Day Ever

Posted on February 07, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

I loved this poem by Grade 11 student

Chanie Gorkin

Worst Day Ever?

Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don't try to convince me that
There's something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Even if
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don't last.
And it's not true that
It's all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be attained
Only if one's surroundings are good
It's not true that good exists
I'm sure you can agree that
The reality
My attitude
It's all beyond my control
And you'll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Thank you Mr. Chaplin!

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton


As I Began to Love Myself...

As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY.”

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it could offend somebody
As I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time
was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this
the person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT.”

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY.”

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens
at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE.”

As I began to love myself, I quit steeling my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do,
and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in
my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew
me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude
a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since
I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry
about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING
is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my
mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this
connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems
with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing
new worlds are born.Today I know THAT IS “LIFE”!

-Charlie Chaplin

2017 Note to Self...

Posted on December 30, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dear Bruce, 

Before you charge off into 2017, I want to remind you of your age. You have been driving it hard for 30 plus years so, in light of this fact, might I remind you to work smarter, not harder.

There are many areas of your life that I wish to speak to, so I have made a list for you to consider. I want to be gentle but firm in my recommendations. 

1. If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will. Think about it and set them!

2. You know what you want for your health...just do it. Stop procrastinating. 

3. Love more, give your time and consideration to others in need. 

4. Breathe...smell the roses, take in more of what nature offers. You know you love it!!

5. Fill your heart with gratitude; it fills your body with happiness.

6. Forgive yourself and forgive others.

7. Remember you can't be a friend to others if you are not a friend to yourself. 

Bruce, I want you to have a great year, and at the end of 2017, I hope that you have honoured the list above by having lived it fully and intentionally. 

Take care, 


ps. The beginning and end of everything is love. Guard your heart, out of it flows your thoughts words and actions. 



Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All....

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dear Friends,

In taking the time to pause and think about the 12 months that have passed, I am mindful of all the beautiful things that happened this year. We were busy, staff did an outstanding job, and we have made many new friends this year.

It is Christmas...

At this time of year billions around the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ

The centre of the Christmas story is a baby, a child born into humble surroundings. The creator God came to earth as a human child, who taught through stories and parables. Teaching how to love our neighbours and our enemies, to give freely and forgive freely to obtain peace. He taught we should give to the poor and look out for those who are less fortunate. To give our hearts; not our judgment. 

Whether you believe or not in his birth, one thing can be sure, the message of peace and love is eternal. One I wish all could subscribe.

I think of friends who have passed on and the candle that is burning low in their love one's hearts this year, to them I wish to say there are brighter days ahead. 

Spending time at home with family, eating more than we should, (not our products of course) and watching Christmas movies is a tradition for many.  For those who believe in the reason for the season, you will enjoy the Jimmy Stewart short video posted below. 

If you wish to read more, this is a great article by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller? Read here

Shirley, our daughters and I wish you and your family a lovely peaceful and calm Christmas with love and good cheer. All the best to you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

P.S. If you are wondering what it looks like at our place today, take a look through the lens of our nest cam

What makes Dunoon so special?

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Bruce MacNaughton

Dunoon Fine Bone China

Dunoon is a thriving family business manufacturing the highest quality Fine Bone China mugs and teaware in int factory in Stone, Staffordshire. Dunoon's strength is in producing superior mugs that are objects of beauty and yet practical for everyday use. 

Dunoon's philosophy of creating the highest quality mugs, well designed in both shape and pattern and manufactured with the greatest care for the discerning customer begins by using the finest clay available from Cornwall, South England, which gives Dunoon mugs their translucency whiteness and strength. 

You might be wondering what Dunoon's unique features are. Well, we're glad you asked! 

 Dunoon Fine Bone China

Quality Clays:

As we mentioned above, Dunoon uses a very high-quality Fine Bone China clay containing 50% crushed animal bone giving the mugs their translucency, whiteness, and strength. 

China clays and stoneware clays sourced are of the highest quality.

Slip Cast:

Dunoon slip-cast the mugs- making them beautiful and light, yet resilient and durable. 

Glazes and Pattern Reproduction:

Dunoon uses high-quality glazes and prints to ensure excellent detail and color reproduction of the designs as originally intended by the designer. 

Variety and Wealth of Design:

Dunoon uses both experienced in-house designers and some regular freelance designers. Doing so gives Dunoon its broad range as well as the constant design updates required in today's markets. 

Classic and Contemporary Design: 

Dunoon is always updating its portfolio of designs. The Dunoon design team always keep their eyes peeled for a new and modern idea as well as maintaining classic and traditional themes. They cater to all tastes. 

Factory Quality Standards:

Dunoon mugs are inspected 100% and three times during the manufacturing process and once at final inspection. 

There are 27 separate processes to manufacture the mugs. They make a mug every 2.5 seconds of the working day. Pretty amazing!