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Brain on Nature, Rubber Tire Crows and Running Everywhere

The 15th annual Prince Edward Island Marathon supporting Canadian Mental Health Association is this weekend. The route for the PEI Marathon supporting CMHA-PEI takes runners through the beautiful fall colours on PEI and is a Boston Qualifier. In 2016, the PEI Marathon was voted one of the top 5 Boston Qualifiers in Canada. 

Marathoners love the beauty of running through Prince Edward Island National Park while they make their way into Charlottetown. Residents are invited along the entire route to come out and cheer participants passing by!

It is always a good thing to get outside when possible to enjoy the nature whether walking, running or playing. It all adds up to good health.

I love what Canadian Tire Jumpstart program in conjunction with the city has done to build this accessible playground. Just amazing. Take a look here

Gerald Beaulieu in one of Prince Edward Island’s most prolific and creative visual artists I know and I love what he has created using old tires. See here

If you are becoming more of an online reader, I found a reading community a few years ago called Medium and it is a neat site where you see ideas and perspectives you won’t find anywhere else.

Medium taps into the brains of the world’s most insightful writers, thinkers, and storytellers to bring you the smartest take on topics that matter. So whatever your interest, you can always find fresh thinking and unique perspectives.

It allows you to make it a customizable reading experience using the power of the network, different ways to engage with stories, and the ability to follow your favourite topics, writers, and publications, you’re in control of your reading experience. So the stories that matter most to you are always at your fingertips.

For example, there are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well. Take a peek here. 

Speaking of health and getting out of doors, this morning my daughter and I went for an informative walk presented by Gary Schnieder from MacPhails Nursery through some old Acadian Forest near Granville and what a treat it was to join others in such a beautiful setting. Gary's organization is a North American leader in promoting forest management that fully restores forest ecosystems, and they currently manage four thousand acres of public forest land on PEI.

On that note, I listened to this podcast today as well. “This is Your Brain on Nature, by Florence Willams. Take a listen to this podcast here, as it shares exciting research into what nature does for our brain and our lives.

I don’t like to talk too much about Christmas before Remembrance Day. Over the next few weeks, I will be adding a little piece to the end of my blog, called Takin’ Care of Business. I will share some of the offerings we are working on for the holiday season to give you some ideas to consider.

Quote, I am thinking about. 

We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we have lost our connection to ourselves. ~ Andy Goldsworthy

Music Today was: Pollini Plays Beethoven Listen Here.

Wishing you a great week ahead and thank you in advance for adding your comments. 

With love from Prince Edward Island. 




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Ellen Higgins - October 20, 2018

I’m an Islander who has lived away for most of my life having to make do with short annual vacations on my beloved Island. I am now retired and spend my summers near New Glasgow. Reading you blog keeps me in touch with that special place that I will always call home. Thank you. ~ Ellen

Karen Aho - October 17, 2018

Any chance of getting the recipe for ginger carrot soup? We had it early this spring and my husband can’t quit talking about it. Loved our meal there.

Muriel Skwarok - October 16, 2018

I spent two wonderful weeks In PEI this summer. Our favorite place was the Gardens of Hope. It is so beautiful and relaxing. Reading your blogs brings me back to those wonderful memories.

Carolyn - October 15, 2018

Enjoyed your blog and the picture of the trees. Our family and friends just went through horrific Hurricane Michael, so seeing the picture is a nice reminder of nature’s beauty.

David Edelen - October 14, 2018

WOW the pictures of the crow made of old tires is AWESOME Thanks for sharing

christine Milsom - October 14, 2018

LOVE PEI and your blogs….
and of course your raspberry pie but most of all your beautiful peaceful gardens

Gregory Gordon - October 14, 2018

I find the photo of the trees quite spiritual. Bravo to the photographer for such a wonderful composition.

Sue Skeffington - October 14, 2018

Thank you again for your inspiration and chuckle with the p.s.!
That picture of the trees looking up is spectacular.
Perhaps it is my love of nature that gets me thru.
Thanks Bruce

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