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Agent Sonya + You Are a Miracle + Trying to Find a Happy Medium

Agent Sonya + You Are a Miracle + Trying to Find a Happy Medium

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

We landed home sweet home after spending a week in Kelowna, British Columbia visiting our daughter. I miss her already. Always nice to hit your bed after 16 hours of travel time. 

"Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what

builds a home." ~ Anthony Liccione

Letting Millie out of her kennel the following day was like opening a jack-in-the-box with a heavy-duty spring behind it. It was so much fun! 

I found a creamer to add to my collection.

No luck finding used copy of When Elephants Weep. I may be in touch yet, Donna. Thank you for your kind offer. 

Kindness is like snow - It beautifies everything it covers."

~ Kahlil Gibran

I finished reading two books this week. One about fighting fascism while spying for and in support of communism and one was about living our lives as we feel compelled given the freedoms we have through democracy and capitalism. 

You will take bits from books you’ve read and movies you’ve seen and conversations you’ve had and stories friends have told you, and half the time you won’t even realize you’re doing it. I am a compost heap, and everything I interact with, every experience I’ve had, gets shovelled onto the heap where it eventually mulches down, is digested and excreted by worms, and rots. It’s from that rich, dark humus, the combination of what you encountered, what you know and what you’ve forgotten, that ideas start to grow.

~ Ann Patchett

Agent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre is one heck of read. 

Ursula Burton, could have met her death at any moment during twenty years of espionage. The book reveals one woman's strength born out of her hate for fascism.  And her love for a concept of government; a utopia realized through communism. She lived to be 93 years old. And wrote many books under the name Ruth Werner. 

She was ambitious, romantic, risk-addicted, occasionally selfish, huge-hearted, and tough as only someone who had lived through the worst of twentieth-century could be. She was never betrayed.

The book is educational, exciting and entertaining. 

We all need to have the same passion she had; but not for her cause but the one we enjoy living now, democracy. 

Og Mandino’s book, You Are the Greatest Miracle in the World, was a short read but a fruitful reminder;  

“Most of us build prisons for ourselves and after we occupy them for a period of time we become accustomed to their walls and accept the false premise that we are incarcerated for life. As soon as that belief takes hold of us we abandon hope of ever doing more with our lives and of ever giving our dreams a chance to be fulfilled. We become puppets and begin to suffer living deaths. It may be praiseworthy and noble to sacrifice your life to a cause or a business or the happiness of others, but if you are miserable and unfulfilled in that lifestyle, and know it, then to remain in it is a hypocrisy, a lie, and a rejection of the faith placed in you by your creator." Og Mandino 

There were a number of highlights in the book that spoke truth and wisdom. 

The four laws of happiness and success.

Count your blessings
Proclaim your rarity.
Go another mile.
Use wisely your power of choice.
And one more, to fulfill the other four. Do all things with love... love for yourself, love for all others, and love for me. (God)
Wipe away your tears.
Reach out, grasp my hand, and stand straight.
Let me cut the grave cloths that have bound you.
This day you have been notified.
YOU are the greatest miracle in the world.

-Og Mandino

Sharing 3 items from the world wide web. 

A love story. Their interracial romance ended painfully after college. They reunited 42 years later — and now live together. Washington Post

What do you do when a meteorite lands on your pillow? A meteorite crashes through a home in Canada, barely missing a woman's head. NPR

This is so cool. Engineers create plants that glow that might one day replace some electrical lighting.  ~MIT News

“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.” —Yehudi Menuhin

Listening to some lovely music by Steven Isserlis, one of the worlds best cellists. It would have been a real treat to sit in this cafe and take all this in. 


Have a wonderful weekend. 

With love from Prince Edward Island. 

Bruce + MIllie

ps. Your Morning Smile 

Went to see a psychic who was in a bad mood...then I saw a clairvoyant who was really grumpy. I'm just trying to find a happy medium

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carter cincotta - November 6, 2021

Bruce, that video about the duck and dog was great. Thanks for sending it

Mikel and KAy STevenson - October 16, 2021

Love your blogs…a happy start to our weekend!
How do we get to the recipes TOC has fineness us in the past?
Prayers for Wendall…may the results of his testing be positive and hopeful.

Ashley - October 16, 2021

Thank you, Bruce, for today’s post. My grandmother, whose name is Sonja, is in the hospital on a ventilator after battling covid. The title of your post was timely and made me smile. I visited her today and read her the post.

Derinda - October 16, 2021

Enjoyed very much the two Videos. Totally agree with The Four Laws of Happiness and Success. You certainly are an avid reader. I purchased The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh today at our Church book sale. Is that photo from your gardens with the hanging glass Balls? We hope to be back to PEI hopefully next year.

Kay - October 16, 2021

Always enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing about the books. Also enjoyed the video of the dog & goose.

Julie MacKenzie - October 16, 2021

I always enjoy reading your blog on the weekend. I liked the 2 videos you posted. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Zoe Myers - October 16, 2021

Bruce, it looks like the book you’ve been looking for is available at -

Good luck!

Bruce - October 16, 2021

Good Morning @Laurice

Thank you for taking the time to comment and it does my heart good knowing you appreciate what we are doing. Your kind words are appreciated.

Take care and all the best. Bruce

Bruce - October 16, 2021

Good Morning @Wendell

I hope the reports come back negative. Thinking of you today.

Sincerely, Bruce

Bruce - October 16, 2021

@marian Good Morning, Marian

Thank you for your comments. I will send you the jpeg of the beautiful photo taken by Katherine MacLaine. We hope you make it to the Island next year. Till then take care and stay safe. Sincerely, Bruce

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