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Death Notices, Records Broken, and Wolves

Over the last week, we have experienced hot summer weather, crazy busy days as we broke records twice for the number of people served for one day in our restaurant, (big thank you to the kitchen staff for bearing up under the heat and the volume and the patience of our customers.)  Record rainfall for one day as Stratford saw the most rain Thursday with 60 millimetres, or near 2.5 inches falling. Charlottetown set a new record for Aug. 9 with 34.4 millimetres, beating the old mark of 18.5 millimetres set in 1951. And we even had hail yesterday. This was a week for the record books.

A lot of transplanted Islanders come home for Old Home Week this coming week, and I hope record visitors head out to the festivities and may record pace times occur at the track as well.

Islanders of all walks know that death is big news on P.E.I., so when the Summerside local daily newspaper, Journal Pioneer publishes an edition without any obituaries people notice. Twitter went fluttering as people all over the world were interested in this story. In its Aug. 9 edition, the 153-year-old Journal Pioneer carried no obituaries in its pages. Read More here.

I am intrigued and hope I could carve out some time this weekend and head over to The Victoria Literary Festival, now in its sixth year and takes place from August 10 to Aug. 12. The festival aims to attract writers of all levels, including those who are simply thinking about writing and or literature. No prior experience is necessary, and it’s for all ages. Head on over to Island Chocolates in Victoria-by-the-Sea and sign-up for the workshops or buy tickets at the door. The workshops are $15, while the evening review is $20. There is also a short story contest with a $500 grand prize and publication.

Writing this blog consistently now for some time has set the mental wheels in motion as to whether I wish to write more. It intrigues me as to how writers think.

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. E. E. Cummings

Is there something that intrigues you and you have yet to attempt? I have discovered that are two forces at work and one is opposed to the other. Desire versus Doubt. Light versus Dark. Love versus Fear. One says, attempt this and your joy increases from trying and learning and the other voice says, "you can't do it, what will others think, you don't have time, etc." 

Reminds me a parable from our indigenous cousins. 

One evening, an elderly native chief told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

One is evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other wolf is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked, ‘Grandpa, which wolf wins?’

The wise grandfather simply replied, ‘The one that you feed.’

This week which wolf will YOU feed?

Have a great week and take care of each other!  

With love from Prince Edward Island



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Judy - August 14, 2018

The way writers think is indeed intriguing. Please be encouraged to explore where writing might take you. If you publish a book, you have a shop that will carry it for sure, after all! 😉

Ann Schachhuber - August 14, 2018

I love reading your blogs, Bruce. You have such a wonderful gift. Your personality shines through in everything you write!

Tania - August 14, 2018

Thank you for a wonderful evening celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary. The food was delicious, the staff was outstanding. We walked through the beautiful garden of hope and we were grateful for the opportunity to donate to something so beautiful and worth while.

I always enjoy your reflections in the blog, and encourage your further writing. As with my art work, I must ask myself, if not now, when? I look forward to your blogs, and hope to see more of your creative spirit and skill in publication!
faith-marie mckenney - August 14, 2018

Hi Bruce,
I enjoyed your story about the two wolves. Last September Douglas and I were taken to Howling Woods Farm in Jackson, New Jersey by our daughter Linda and Paul. It is a rescue farm for wolves. As I walked in through the gate Sirius a beautiful three hundred pound plus wolf jumped up put his paws on my shoulders and began licking my face. He was so heavy that I started to fall backwards but Douglas caught me and all was well. I had my picture taken with Sirius and another wolf. They were both licking my cheeks. Wolves are harmless and shy. They will only become defensive if they are threatened. I loved our visit to the farm and I applaud the workers there. They are totally dedicated and caring and it was a great memory that I will have for a long time. Another great experience is our frequent visits to Island Preserve Company during the summer. We love going for meals and taking our visitors and family there. Also we love the white fruit cakes and cookies that we can get at Christmas time. Keep up the good work. Faith and Douglas

Corliss - August 13, 2018

I look so forward to reading your Blog. Not only is it full of current events, and information, it always makes me smile, and so often it makes me laugh out loud. Most of all it reminds me pause again and be thankful – for rainbows captured by a camera’s lens – for the beauty souls of extraordinary people – for colorful flowers and the displayed elegance of well prepare food that I wish I could scratch and sniff. To put it into plain English. Thank you Bruce for your weekly reminder that life is sweet.

Cindy Wohl - August 13, 2018

Love hearing about life on the island and really enjoyed the wolf story!!

Mary Kaufield - August 12, 2018

We celebrated my daughter’s (Kathy) 50th birthday at your restaurant a week or so ago (in that pretty and pleasant back room), It was delightful. Delicious food and beautiful staff, with A1 smiles, singing and service. Thank you so much

Thank you for this wonderful blog… enjoyed it a lot. Love the wolf story!!

CherylGingras - August 11, 2018

Love reading your blogs..take care, have the best season ever..

Susan E-J - August 11, 2018

Dear Bruce,
Love reading your blogs – as re-transplanted Islanders (from “away”, resident on PEI for six years, and now from “away” again), they’re a little glimpse into our life there and serve to sustain us between annual visits! The indigenous story of the two wolves really resonated with me today. This is one that’s going in my Writer’s Notebook :) Thanks so much for your thoughtful – and thought provoking – reflections, Bruce.

Kay Duren - August 11, 2018

Dear Bruce, I love your blogs and I have yet to thank you, so here is a note of thanks. I must tell you, however, the story about the gal who loved fried chicken tickled me so much I told it and retold it. Congratulations on your great burst of business. Kay Dyren

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