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Dum spiro spero + Humans Inspiring + Oh, No…Expired Passport

Dum spiro spero + Humans Inspiring + Oh, No…Expired Passport

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

Dum spiro spero, While I breathe, I hope.

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all." ~ Emily Dickinson 

I apologise to the Ukrainian artist whose name I have mistakenly deleted from my digital files. Wherever you are, may you be safe. 

The way people are helping keep the spirits of Ukrainians alive is so inspiring.  

Ukrainian soccer player Roman Yaremchuk was made a substitute during a recent game. But with 30 minutes left, he was brought onto the field and given the captain's armband. The stadium erupted with cheers as Yaremchuk made his way onto the field, with most of the crowd waving Ukrainian flags and anti-war signs.

Ukrainian footballer Roman Yaremchuk comes on as a substitute for Benfica in Lisbon. Watch what happens.


This image broke me.

With a provocative and bold move, even The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan supports Ukraine with medical supplies. 

Take a peek at what a reader of this blog sent to me this week. Thank you, Donna.

30 Pictures Showing The True Beauty Of Ukraine. 

Now, let me suggest first that, if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. . . . We must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world. . . .
It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. ~ Martin Luther King

May hope join our imaginations and prayers to collectively reverse advances against democracies and freedoms. 

Music This Week

Julia Cooper, a composer I learned of this week, has a new album, Continuum. I had the album playing in the background of my life all week. 

I appreciate classical music for its creativity and sensitivity. And I respect the thoughtfulness and consternation composers must wrestle in creating music.

I hope you love her album as much as I do. Sample Listen Here. 

I wish you a weekend of peace. 

With love from Prince Edward Island. 

Bruce + Millie

Ps. Your Morning, Smile 

"Hello! Is this Gordon's Pizza?"

"No sir, it's Google's Pizza."

"Did I dial the wrong number?

"No sir, Google bought the pizza store."

"Oh, alright then. I'd like to place an order, please."

"Okay, sir, do you want the usual?"

"The usual? You know what my usual is?"

"According to the caller ID, the last 15 times you've ordered a 12-slice with double-cheese, sausage, and thick crust."

"Okay, that's what I want this time too."

"May I suggest that this time you order an 8-slice with ricotta, arugula, and tomato instead?"

"No, I hate vegetables."

"But your cholesterol is not good."

"How do you know?"

"Through the subscribers' guide. We have the results of your blood tests for the last seven years."

"You know what, I'm sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and everyone else having all my information! So I'm going to an island without internet, where there's no cellphone line and no one to spy on me!"

"I understand, sir. But you may want to renew your passport... it expired five weeks ago."

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Lynda Landry - March 15, 2022

Such beautiful pictures of Ukraine. Makes me so sad.

Laura Latour - March 13, 2022

Thank you once again for your blog. I look forward to it every week. The pictures of Ukraine were stunning. Breaks my heart to know what is happening to the people. And to the country.
On a happier note, I couldn’t help but think how lucky the baby in the violinist’s womb is to hear such beautiful music from her. I wonder if another musician is waiting to be born.
Have a blessed week.

KM - March 12, 2022

Thank you for sharing all of these hopeful reminders today.

Kay - March 12, 2022

Thank you for your blog Bruce. The pictures of Ukraine were just beautiful, my prayers & heart are for the people of Ukraine.

Pat Rogoski - March 12, 2022

My great grand parent immigrated from Ukraine and Austria in about 1905 to a small farm in Manitoba that my uncle still takes care of. I support farming but just can’t get into the lifestyle. I doubt I’d be a good farmer either so I’ll let the ones who know what they are doing take care of it. I adapted to the city(Winnipeg) but still have to get out of town sometimes, maybe that’s why I like to vacation in the Maritimes. I don’t like what’s happening in Ukraine obviously but we have to remember, lots of Russians have no idea the war is on. Also we have to remember that Russians are people with their own lives and are great people as well. I fear that like in most wars, People will forget that and just see the oppressor, happens all the time. Therefor we end up picking and choosing instead of trying to end the conflict. Hope this all ends soon. We go from being waist deep in covie, then the mandate protest and occupation, then right into the Ukraine situation. I had a colleague from Ukraine who said that Russia and Ukraine are brothers and that Putin wouldn’t invade, unfortunately he was wrong this time. He’s a fan of Putin but also quite upset about it. I know how to say “I don’t know” in Ukrainian but don’t know how to spell it. I’ll end this by saying in english, I don’t know. That’s what Ukrainians say at the end of something they are dumbfounded by.

Tati - March 12, 2022

You had me in tears throughout your post. I speak with my cousin and her daughter daily in the Ukraine. War is coming closer to them in western Ukraine. Thank you for sharing hope and good will, thank you for raising funds to respond to the crisis in Ukraine. Thank you! From my heart thank you.

Gail - March 12, 2022

Thank you, Bruce. I found this blog especially touching.

Murdock Morrison - March 12, 2022

Great way to begin a blog with the quote from Emily with HOPE and the quote from Martin Luther King as both were powerful in their words. The pictures of beautiful Ukraine were great as was the album from Julia Cooper and to top it off your Morning Smile was all smiles . Indeed you gave us so much that needed to be said and written about Ukraine as it is without question the cruelest attack on a sovereign nation and I am sure that other nations would attack Russia to save Ukraine but are afraid of a World War 111. It is hard to watch every day and we all pray and hope that it would end peacefully. Murdock

Linda Lowther - March 12, 2022

Oh those photos…. such beauty in Ukraine!

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