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I Bet You Can’t Do This + What Should I Notice? + My Doctor’s Recommendation

I Bet You Can’t Do This + What Should I Notice? + My Doctor’s Recommendation

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on, my cup is ready. 
I am not sure if. you saw this but I loved this story called Notes of Gratitude by the Globe and Mail. The Niagara Covid-19 vaccination centre ( a hockey rink) became a building of hope. Residents of Niagara decorated it with a dizzying array of inspirational messages.

This morning after the second time, reading this story had me pull on a thread called 'human spirit.'

"The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten; rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable" ~ Vince Lombardi.
When I think of things the pandemic has taken, I sometimes am burdened by it. But when I flip it and look at what is awe-inspiring, I am doing my part to assist my well-being and mental health and my circle of family and friends and, in turn, my community.
"The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." —Albert Schweitzer.

When Poet Ali asks how many languages we speak in the video, I could think of one and perhaps stumble a bit through two. But when he mentioned he discovered 83 languages that we all speak, it intrigued me to listen—what an excellent presentation.


"If you talk to a person in a language they understand, that goes to their head. If you talk to them in their own language, that goes to their heart." ~ Nelson Mandela
A few years ago, I signed up for a newsletter by Rob Walker called the Art of Noticing, he wrote a book of the same title. In the book, he writes: "To stay eager, to connect, to find interest in every day, to notice what everybody else overlooks — these are vital skills and noble goals. They speak between looking and seeing, between hearing and listening, between accepting what the world presents and noticing what matters to you."
I love waking early enough to hear nothing outside but the birds paying homage to the first dawn of light. I love seeing the sun's rays push the curtain of dark up and away from earth's theatre. And the birds are just the first act.

Lindsey Baker, one copy editor of The Atlantic, writes, "As a poetry fan who also lives with chronic illness, I've always appreciated how William Carlos Williams, a doctor by day, oriented what is unknowable—the whys and hows and how longs of our existence—by way of what is: the things we see. "Spring and All" begins in a place similar to the one we're in now, somewhere between contagion and the world beyond it. We've all experienced loss; as in Williams's landscape, a cold wind has touched everything. But hope is approaching. We don't yet know exactly what this next season will look like; the world, Williams reminds us, changes, at first, slowly. But this spring, more than ever, profound change has indeed come upon us."

I hope you enjoy William Carlos Williams poem as much as I did.

"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart."
 ~Pablo Casals

Angele Dubeau is one of my go-to musicians, whose music stirs my heart and inspires me. Her playing so inspired another listener, Arthur Leblanc, a violinist, that he gave her the "Des Rosiers" 1733 Stradivarius violin. She received this violin in 1976 when the violinist Arthur Leblanc met Dubeau and heard her play. The violin was classified as a national heritage by former Quebec premier René Lévesque.
She was born in Saint-Norbert, Quebec, the seventh of eight children. She first studied the violin with Father Rolland Brunelle at the Joliette music camp at Jean Cousineau's Les Petits Violons. She went on to graduate as a First-Prize winner from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Dorothy DeLay and later went to Romania to work with Ştefan Gheorghiu from 1981 until 1984.


Her new album 'Immersion' can be sampled here.

Last but not least, I bet you can't do this! I can barely watch, my knees go like rubber. 


We wish you a wonderful weekend filled with noticing all the good things.

Don't forget I would love to have submissions for Tea & Toast

With love from Prince Edward Island,
Bruce & Millie
ps. Your Morning Smile
Patient: Doctor, I tend to gain weight in certain places.
What would you recommend?
Doctor: Stay out of those places!
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William Michael Power - April 30, 2021

Thank you for your thoughts and also for the introduction to Angele Dubeau. Just perfect for this rain-soaked morning in Halifax.

Zyna in Winnieg - April 11, 2021

Hello Bruce…I am late with a comment this week because I had much to reflect upon after a first reading of your blog yesterday, and returned today for another reading.

I am always amazed by how much you find to share with us, and the range of topics. I found yesterday’s content so profound. There seemed to be so much that resonated with me, starting with the William Williams poem :Spring and All’.
That is such an amazing piece of writing. Such a strong metaphor for determination! Just yesterday I had gone into my garden and noticed those first signs, and was willing the brave shoots to ‘hold off’, because we are now promised not only rain but temperatures below freezing AND snow for the next few days. We desperately need the moisture, but the robin who has just returned and is singing so bravely in my apple tree doesn’t need his feet frozen to the bough!

AND THEN you shared that TED talk with Poet Ali. How can he possibly remember all of that content, all those hundreds of words, especially when he delivered his ‘poem’?! He reminded me of Lin-Manuel Miranda. These young men of such talent, offering the newer form of poetry with the tumbles of words in the staccato style of rap. At first this style defeated me. I couldn’t fully appreciate its speed, its dense content, but the more I have patience, and listen and re-listen, the more I realize its brilliance, its content is SO clever, and the performance stunning.

SO, thank you for another week-end learning experience. We are hopefully never too old to be surprised and delighted by this world of wonders.

Phil Britton - April 11, 2021

Where or how do you get the clear mind to connect these items into such a meaningful motivational message. This week the music, Poet Ali and the Ibex said we must risk to gain the basics we need to sustain life, to hear we are human and that yes we can all speak the same language. Your gift of putting it together is a blessing. Never did I know that years ago the guy who came on the cruise tour bus thanking us for visiting his business would have me looking forward to Saturdays e-mail. You cut to the chase and put it all together on a different topic each week so thank you for sharing yourself!

Alana Hawthorn - April 11, 2021

Always look forward to your blog.
The TED talk this week is extremely moving . Thank you.

Jack & Lillian Paul - April 10, 2021

I loved the poem Bruce and the video of the Ibex.
Thanks for the blog …we look forward to it each weekend.

Cynthia - April 10, 2021

Thank you Bruce. Love your blog. The human connection through a laugh with someone, a song or musical instrument that helps us rise up through the tidal wave.The beauty of every day.The sunshine.A tree.The voice of a friend.
The sun’s out.It was supposed to snow. I love them both.

Julie MacKenzie - April 10, 2021

Loved the blog this weekend! A wonderful Ted Talk & the violinist plays beautifully. The Ibex video was simply amazing & made me cringe with the heights & the danger they go to ….to get to the salt. Thanks for sharing those lovely videos. Enjoyed it immensely….Keep your blogs coming. I look forward to them every weekend. So insightful & a great way to start my morning. Have a great weekend! Cheers! :)

Linda King - April 10, 2021

Love your blogs. Keep them coming!

Marilyn Earle - April 10, 2021

A most inspiring post today, Bruce. Thank you.

Derinda - April 10, 2021

I live in Niagara and my husband and I were one of the many people who received our Phyzer vaccines at the Hockey Rink in St. Catharines, Niagara.
The walls in the arena were covered in brightly covered post it notes, with messages of thanks, we also did this. I am an early riser and love my quiet time with the bird songs, sun coming up and my cup of tea on the Patio. I miss the Dawn Chorus we had in England. Thank you for your music selection. Hopefully we will return to PEI next year.

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