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Find the Helpers, Arts & Culture, My Dieting Plans

Find the Helpers, Arts & Culture, My Dieting Plans

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, the refuge in the sea, sort of.

Put the kettle on; it is time for a cuppa of something good and healthy.

I hope everyone is doing ok, weird times for sure. As of this morning, there are two confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island so far.

As a family, we are isolating ourselves the best we can. We are trying to minimize the amounts of times we have to go out. With the Farmer's Market closed, my heart goes out to the vendors. Their livelihoods are compromised, and no one knows for how long.

When I often wash my hands, I give thanks for the front line workers. The individuals working in the food distribution systems, grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, and the countless others who are doing what they can do to keep people safe are saints.

This week Prince Edward Island Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison asked non-essential businesses to close until further notice.

Our doors are now closed to the public. Two of our staff are happy to be working behind the scenes on our online orders. For peace of mind, Sian and Jeremy work at opposite ends of the building. And as long as FedEx continues to pick up the orders, we will ship.

In these uncertain times, best to do as Mister Rogers mother told him to do:

There is a lot of positive humanity taking place all over the world and let's pray it continues. When we see the helpers, we find reasons for hope.

In Celebration of World Poetry Day

Poetry is so important because it helps us understand and appreciate the world around us. Poetry’s strength lies in its ability to shed a “sideways” light on the world, so the truth sneaks up on you. ~ Alice Osborne

A Capuchin Franciscan, Brother Richard Hendrick lives in Ireland. He has penned a touching poem about coronavirus called Lockdown.


Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.


They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi

People are singing to each other

across the empty squares,

keeping their windows open

so that those who are alone

may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland

Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know

is busy spreading fliers with her number

through the neighbourhood

So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples

are preparing to welcome

and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting

All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality

To how big we really are.

To how little control we really have.

To what really matters.

To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.

But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.

But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.

But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.

But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic

The birds are singing again

The sky is clearing,

Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul

And though you may not be able

to touch across the empty square,


If you find yourself confined to home, check out the new Arts & Culture service by Google. They partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries to offer virtual tours. Art lovers can get their culture fix from the comfort of home. Take a peek at some of the world's finest here. So beautiful.

While you browse the art galleries, enjoy classical music as well. Take advantage of The Digital Concert Hall as well. It is now free for everyone.

On your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone enjoy great video streamed concerts in high definition and with excellent sound. Around 40 concerts are broadcast live each season. Or view later in the concert archive. The archive already contains hundreds of recordings with all the great artists of classical music. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films. Sign up for FREE here.

This morning, I have been listening to Dreamland. 


Alexis Ffrench is one of today’s most exciting musicians, and in Dreamland the pianist/composer confirms his unparalleled gift for beautiful melodies and soulful arrangements.

Sample listen here. A beautiful sound to take in today.

Have a wonderful weekend, and stay informed, practice self-care, and be safe. 

With lots of love from Prince Edward Island!

Bruce & Millie


My friend Andrew announced that he had started a diet to lose some pounds he had put on recently.

"Good!" I exclaimed. "I'm ready to start a diet too. We can be dieting buddies and help each other out. When I feel the urge to drive out and get a burger and fries, I'll call you first."

"Great!" he replied. "I'll ride with you."

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Audrey Wilde - March 26, 2020

Thank You Bruce, I loved seeing and hearing “Mr. Rogers” once again. The Poem was wonderful and I truly enjoyed all the beautiful art work.

Mary Scicchitano - March 23, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing. It is appreciated.

MURDOCK Roy MORRISON - March 22, 2020

Wonderful post Bruce as it is a time like no other to appreciate all that we have and hope to have in the future, This virus will some day be gone but we as a county will know what we have had to endure and hopefully be ready when another crisis may be just around the corner. Loved the poem that Hendrick gave us as it has a lot of meaning in a time of change. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay the course. Murdock

Derinda - March 22, 2020

Thank you for the Poem. The words are so true, and I hope and pray that when this pandemic is over, we will be a kinder World and have more consideration for the Planet. Your Blogs are so wise.

Pat Lombardo - March 22, 2020

Again thank you for the blog. The poem and life today really makes you think. My family is spread out through the states. We seem to talk and txt now everyday. Last weeks blog said life will be simpler I believe it will be

Gayle Forrester - March 22, 2020

Hey Bruce,
On Thursday I let Rascal, our old tom cat in, not realizing he had a gift. He came in and when I realized what he had I tried to shew he back out. Too late, he dropped his gift. It was a mad scramble for a second as Meg tried to retreive it as well. Rascal reclaimed his gift and out the back door they went, with Rascal growling all the way. He didn’t even want his regular treats. The first item was more important.

Gale - March 21, 2020

Thank you for the very uplifting poem and website to cultural events.

Lillian Paul - March 21, 2020

Thank you Bruce for the poem…It lets us reflect on what really matters in our lives…. which have been going at a record pace and have come to a screaming halt. Hopefully they won’t go back to that when all of this is over.
Stay well and safe.

althea - March 21, 2020

Thank you for Brother Hendricks’ poem, Bruce. Thank you to Julie Watson for reconnecting. Last week, in line at a store, was chatting to a 30-ish young woman who teared up and said she had no one to talk with and to. Let us share and spread love everywhere and anywhere.

Zyna in Winnipeg - March 21, 2020

Ah Bruce,,,,,I am sitting here in floods of tears. Brother Hendrick’s amazing poem says it all. This IS the world’s wake up call.
The gods are angry, because we have brought this beautiful planet and the creatures who inhabit it to the brink too many times. Pray that we listen…pray that he is right, that the world in slowing down WILL reflect. Pray that when the world emerges from this pandemic we do not return to what went before, because we cannot! Life can not, nor should it, nor WILL IT ever be the same again. May the world’s reflection bring a U turn , a concentration on what is important to look after the earth and all who dwell upon it.
This is the hardest lesson ever presented in my lifetime, and I am nearing eighty. It is THE ’shake up, wake up ’ call of my time on earth. Some of us have seen it coming, and are not surprised. You can only push the heavens so far!
Let us reach out and tell those we love that they matter to us. Let us reach out and make some kind of difference, however small, as we are sequestered in our homes. Let us find ways to start to turn this injured, run- away train of a world around,
before it is too late.
This could well be our last chance. Let us not waste it!!!

Thank you for reading what came poring from my heart. I need now to return to my first day of staying home.
There is beauty in the scene outside my window this morning, and hopefully yours. The sun is shining. and when I went out to fill the bird feeder a rabbit ran off under the trees. My squirrel visitor was hanging around hoping I had brought some peanuts for him. I am so fortunate to have theses lovely creatures to sooth my soul! I am one of the lucky ones with a garden for constant solace and reflection….others are far less fortunate.

Today I am going to write to as many friends and family as my fingers will allow. I will send love and hugs across the ether.
Life is different today, but Father Hendrick is right….so much is in the hope for a better tomorrow,,,and WE MUST SING!
SO… my first letter of the day, and hug across the ether is to you, Bruce, out there in beautiful P.E.I. Please give Millie a hug from me!

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