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Keeping Civilization + Want to Travel with Me? + Who Wants to Get Married?

Keeping Civilization + Want to Travel with Me? + Who Wants to Get Married?

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

PEI Covid News + PEI Weather

Thank you for inviting me into your time and space today. I hope you had a fruitful yet stress-free week.

Let’s have a cuppa? Today, I’ll have one of my favourites: our in-house blend, PEI Organic Breakfast.

While browsing a local bookstore, I noticed a book, many actually, but one in particular. The sticker on the upper right-hand corner had a sticker on the cover - Staff Book Choice of the Month.

James Baldwin, a man’s name, I’ve seen many times in many diverse articles. There he was again, James Baldwin and his book, The Fire Next Time.

I purchased and read it this week.

Spontaneity is the province of youth. ~ Jacqueline Carey

What a maestro with his words. He wrote this book in the early sixties. He paints a picture of racial injustice in a way that leaves you wondering if we have made any progress since then. 

I found myself being in awe of his writing. I had to put it down to take a break often, the subject deserved reflection.

The book and his writing is timeless. Mr. Baldwin opened my mind even more to the power of love. His grasp of humanity, learned from his life’s experience, led me, on a path toward more understanding and healing. Growth.

He writes lyrically, and we learn more about ourselves as a species. And because of this, I found it hopeful. But, he points the brutal facts. He tells it like it is. Unvarnished.

"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself." ~ Albert Camus

If you wish to do deeper on James Baldwin, you may enjoy this article I read on a favourite blog of mine, Brain Pickings.

On the evening of August 25, 1970, Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901–November 15, 1978) and James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) sat together on a stage in New York City for a remarkable public conversation about such enduring concerns as identity, power and privilege, race and gender, beauty, religion, justice, and the relationship between the intellect and the imagination.

Read the article here. 

As heavy as racism and injustice can be, his words’ and his foundational values have redeeming qualities. There is Power in Love.

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. ~ William Gladstone

And here it is.

Valentines’ Day weekend, when more chocolates and roses meet their fates than any other time of the year.

Speaking of love…

Julia Child was a passionate promoter of French Cooking.

"The saddest people I've ever met in life are the ones who don't care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand,
and without them, any happiness is only temporary,
because there's nothing to make it last." ~ Nicholas Sparks

This woman probably ate thousands of pounds of butter and seemed to enjoy quite a  bit of wine in her lifetime, and lived to be 91 years of age. ~ Ian. C, a commentator on the video below.

I hope you watch it and add it to your morning smiles. The video cracked me up.

While I was in culinary school learning classical French cooking methods, her book series, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, became available.  And it was all the rage. I couldn’t afford the books as a student, but I remember loving the books’ cover design.

Music This Week: All week I have been listening to a marvellous Icelandic pianist

BBC Music Magazine writes, "Víkingur Ólafsson takes Bach playing to a whole new, incredible level. This is music-making that’s crying out to be heard."

Sample the beauty of his talent here.

Blog Post I Enjoyed the Most This Week: Harold Stephens Has Died.

What an incredible story. And a beautiful tribute written by friend, Peter Rukavina.

Dreams of Travelling? Let’s Go Together Somewhere Today.

Thank you goes out to Allan, Althea, Cynthia, Debbie, Jasmine, Kathryn, Laura, Lillian, Mary Lou, Melissa, Patricia, Peg, Peggy, Susan, & Suzi.  I appreciate you for taking the time to leave comments on last weeks blog.

Have a nice weekend and a intentional great week ahead.

With love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce & Millie

ps. Your Morning Smile.

A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.

After the benediction, he had planned to call the couple down for a brief ceremony in front of the congregation.

For the life of him, he couldn't think of the names of those who were to be married.

"Will those wanting to get married, please come to the front?" he requested.

Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.

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Comments

Clive Cudmore - February 20, 2021

Yet to sign up for your blog, wanted to say Great to see you in Zoomer.
Regards.

Patricia Takahashi - February 14, 2021

Love your virtual visit each week ❣️ May I suggest looking up Prof. Eddie Gladue recent book about James Baldwin Begin Again & Caste by Isabel Wilkerson? Both excellent 💖

Julie MacKenzie - February 14, 2021

Loved the Faroe Island video. 👍 Dreaming about the day I can travel again. Thanks for sharing that Bruce. Love your vlogs. I look forward to them every weekend! 👍😊😉

Audrey Wilde - February 13, 2021

What a wonderful way to travel during our Covid-19 confinement. I loved the video of Favor Islands as well as the music. Thank You ! Audrey

Kim Elliott - February 13, 2021

As a US citizen and so disappointed in the results in DC today your included quote, from William Gladstone today, hit hard.
Thanks for taking us to the Faroe Islands…just beautiful..

Kay Schuld - February 13, 2021

Enjoy reading your blogs each week. Thank you for the trip to Faroe Island-interesting & beautiful.

Cynthia - February 13, 2021

Wow Bruce.You give glimpses of life that make me smile and yearn,longing for experiences that I may never see.Read a book.Share a song.Faroe Islands, how beautiful.I used to watch Julia all the time.Just loved her.When roasting chicken,waving knives and shows sponsored by Polaroid were all the rage.How far forward have we come? We cling to the memory of certain times gone by with the hope that we live longer,learn more and love deeply.Love your blog.Thank you.

Sharon Alford - February 13, 2021

Thanks for your blog each week. I love the pictures from your part of the world. The video of the Faroe Islands was amazing. Hello from Georgia, USA

Gillian Keane - February 13, 2021

What a wonderful start to my Saturday. A great smile with Julia Child and a beautiful introduction to the Faroe Islands.
Thank you

Joan Cummins - February 13, 2021

Beautiful Faroe Islands video, thanks for sharing

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