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Looking for My North Star + What About You? + Or You’ll What?

Looking for My North Star + What About You? + Or You’ll What?

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Thank you for allowing me the time today. Do you have the kettle on? 

I don't know about you, but around this time of year, I start pondering a bit about the year behind and the year ahead.

Instead of a New Year’s resolutions list, I start searching for a ‘north star’ word. One which will be my centre-point when thinking, writing and doing.

The North Star is the anchor of the northern sky, a sky marker.  It helps those who follow it determine direction as it glows. A guide leading toward a purposeful destination.

Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.

~ Omar N. Bradley

I usually have a few ‘north star’ words percolate up while on the search.

The function of an ideal is not to be realised but, like that of the North Star, to serve as a guiding point. ~ Edward Abbey

Have you ever purchased a car of a certain colour? Drive it for while and start noticing how many are the same? Buy a white car and you start noticing all the white cars.

For me, it is like that when trying to choose a word.

Looking for signs. Just in case if you are wondering...

Not all those that wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Last year, ‘encourage’ was the word that seemed to have found its way into being my centre-point. 

Currently, there seems to be one word in particular ‘driving’ by my mental windshield daily.  But I am going to wait a bit longer before making the decision.

Do you make resolutions? Do you have a ‘North Star' word?

The guide who negotiates your path forward and then shakes hands with Father Time?

I do reflect a bit on the year past.  But I don’t spend a lot of time looking in the rearview mirror, I prefer the windshield and the road ahead.

I have made more than a fair share of mistakes on this journey called life. 

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” ~ Bruce Lee

They say hindsight is 2020. I used to say I hate hindsight. I don’t any longer. Lessons are for a reason. 

In the past if I had taken the time to ask myself why I was choosing to do a particular action before doing it, I am sure outcomes would have been different. 

I discover in most cases they were self-serving reasons. Feeding the ego, pride or some sense of entitlement.

Self serving ways come back to bite, sometimes viciously. (Bitten 3 times by dogs, I understand vicious, but I still love dogs.)

Looking forward, I ask myself.

What could I use more of in my life and why?

Less? Why?

How can I be of service to others? Why?

Before moving forward on anything, I ask why, search for the ‘honest’ and revealing answers. Ego is always lurking.

‘Your potential, the absolute best you’re capable of -

that’s the metric to measure yourself against.’

~ Ryan Holiday, The Ego is the Enemy 

I imagine a difference I would like to experience and I write down three or four things.

I then let them percolate for weeks.

Much like being a producer of your own hit series. You need to decide if it is a comedy or a drama. LOL

Speaking of production.

We missed the River Clyde Pageant performing in 2020. The creative genius producers, Megan Stewart and Ker Wells founded the pageant in 2015.

The River Clyde Pageant is a spectacular outdoor performance in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island. It unites community members, professional and emerging artists in its creation and  presentation. Each summer Pageant features giant puppets, stilt-walkers, musicians and performers of all ages. The Pageant celebrates Island community and the river that has defined and sustained it for over 200 years. It promoting values of environmental stewardship, civic practice, and artistic bravery.

All are welcome to take part as performers, workshop participants and volunteers.

Sadly, producer Ker passed away form pancreatic cancer August 2019.  And Ker would say, “the show must go on!”

Megan and her team are bringing a holiday extravaganza to the Gardens of Hope this December. All in a safe social distanced manner. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Below is a trailer of sorts showing the bits and pieces of 2019 River Clyde Pageant. I love all that this represents. Creativity, Leadership, Vision, Education, Team Building.

 

If you wish to assist them financially, I am sure they would love a little boost. Give here.

It has been a very busy mail order season this year, like none we have ever experienced. And we have had an online store since 1998.

So, to keep the energy moving, I been listening to Trypl. Sample listen here.

Keep grooving & moving! Let’s Dance!

Taking Care of Business. You may have noticed many gift boxes we had available taken down.  We wait, for suppliers to restock us. Hope to have available later this week.

In the meantime, we put up some new items last night. Take a peek here.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and next week is the best one yet.

With love with from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely,

Bruce & Millie

She celebrated her 1st birthday, November 19. She brought so much joy to this house in 2020.  In the mornings she loves to get a piece of someone's clothing and bring it to you. She won’t let it go until you pay some attention to her. Cracks us up!

ps. Your Morning Smile

I think the girl at the Airlines check-in just threatened me.

She looked me dead in the eye and said, “Window or aisle?”

I laughed in her face and replied, “Window or you’ll what?”

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Comments

Dawn - December 1, 2020

Thank you Bruce for continuing to deliver such joy to the email inbox!
My mother’s dog Mara has the same morning routine as Millie – she favors socks and slippers and will bound into the room proudly displaying her treasure and then insist you chase her around the house to get it back!

Julie MacKenzie - December 1, 2020

Millie is adorable! I celebrated my birthday November 20th. I loved the video on the River Clyde Pageant. Thanks for sharing! I look forward to your blogs on the weekend! Keep them coming! ;)

Joan Todd - November 29, 2020

Good Morning Bruce!
Thank you so much for a wonderful blog..as usual!
It always sets such a positive tone to the weekend.
That River Clyde Pageant was absolutely magical! This is something that should be happening
across the country with different chapters. An absolute gift! The childlike wonder is such an
important part of life and to be able to keep that going…is so important. The looks on the
people’s faces in the audience says it all. It looks like you are taken on a sacred journey that
will always stay with you. Thank you so much for sharing that!
Keep well and safe! A big Happy Birthday to Millie!
I can’t believe it has already been one year!
Have a wonderful week as well!
Joan

Denise Richard - November 28, 2020

happy birthday pretty girl Millie, glad to hear your online business is doing great!!!

Joan Busch - November 28, 2020

Hello Bruce, what a wonderful pageant! How creative for all who preformed and will in the future. My hope for the organizers is that 2021 allows a continuance.
My North Star for 2021 will be patience, it immediately came to mind. I think I will make a plaque for my kitchen. My wish for all will be more use of patience.
My husband & I spent the month of June 2018 in PEI, golfing and resting. So special! We didn’t do the normal tourist things, but enjoyed the Festival of Small Halls another PEI special event. Can hardly wait to return !

Sharon Kalich - November 28, 2020

Happy belated Birthday Millie! You are so adorable! Received our Christmas box and can’t wait to open and treat ourselves. Delaying our gratification. Box beckoning from across the room……

althea - November 28, 2020

Back again, Bruce. Thanks for the connextion to River Clyde Pageant. Peace, Love, Blessings.

Betty A. Plucinski - November 28, 2020

Hi Bruce, Totally enjoyed your interesting blog today, as usual. And I’m sharing with you an article that appeared today in our local paper – The Buffalo News – with an interesting start by a P.E.I. farmer (Joe Dorgan) – all to better our future world – as follows: Adding seaweed to cow’s feed found to cut methane gas, increase milk production

By Tatiana Schlossberg

WASHINGTON POST

WASHINGTON – One of the most powerful weapons in the fight against climate change is washing up on shorelines around the world, unnoticed by most beachgoers.

It’s seaweed.

Specifically, Asparagopsis taxiformis and Asparagopsis armata – two species of a crimson submarine grass that drifts on waves and tides all around the world’s oceans.

It doesn’t seem like much, but it could practically neutralize one of the most stubborn sources of a powerful greenhouse gas: methane emissions from the digestive processes of some livestock, including the planet’s 1.5 billion cows, which emit methane in their burps.

Reducing methane from livestock, and cows in particular, has long been a goal of scientists and policymakers but is especially tricky: How do you change a fundamental fact of animal biology in an ethical way that doesn’t affect milk or meat?

In lab tests and field trials, adding a small proportion of this seaweed to a cow’s daily feed – about 0.2 of a percent of the total feed intake in a recent study – can reduce the amount of methane by 98%. That’s a stunning drop when most existing solutions cut methane by about 20 or 30%.

Meanwhile, growing seaweed used for the feed supplement could also help sequester carbon dioxide, another greenhouse gas, and reduce ocean acidification, because the plant sucks up carbon in the water as food.

Rob Kinley, the scientist who identified asparagopsis as a methane inhibitor, said it might just be the most promising way to eliminate methane emissions from livestock in the next decade.

That’s significant because livestock overall account for about 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with nearly 40% of that linked to methane from the digestive process, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

The amount of methane from livestock production alone is about the equivalent of the emissions from about 650 million cars.

In a study published in 2016, Kinley and his co-authors found that asparagopsis virtually eliminated methane emissions in lab trials.

When a cow eats grass or other fibrous plants, microbes inside its rumen, or first stomach, use carbon and hydrogen from the fermentation of those plants to produce methane, which escapes from the cow mainly through burping, although about 5 percent is released through flatulence.

Asparagopsis and other types of seaweed have specialized gland cells that make and store bromoform, an organic compound.

When the blurry red seaweed is freeze-dried, powdered and sprinkled as a garnish on a cow’s meal, bromoform blocks carbon and hydrogen atoms from forming methane in the stomach.

In response, the cow makes more propionate, a fatty acid that helps produce glucose in the metabolic process, allowing the animal to more efficiently grow or to produce more milk. That may enable farmers to use less feed and save money.

As it turns out, cows have been eating seaweed for probably as long as there have been cows, since they are, generally speaking, not picky eaters. Some evidence suggests that herders in ancient Greece fed their cows seaweed, as did many in 18th century Iceland.

The most recent effort began when Joe Dorgan, a farmer on Prince Edward Island in Canada, observed that his cows that grazed on seaweed that rolled up on beaches had better pregnancy success, produced more milk and suffered less from mastitis than cows that didn’t eat seaweed.

Before Dorgan could sell the seaweed to other farmers, the Canadian government required proof that it was safe, said Kinley, who was then at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and was hired by Dorgan. Kinley and his colleague Alan Fredeen, published their results in 2014 and now Dorgan is part owner of North Atlantic Organics, which makes seaweed supplements for livestock.

Dorgan’s seaweed reduced methane by about 18%, Kinley found in lab trials but suspected he could improve on that. “The light came on for me that there’s probably a seaweed in the world that’s better than that,” said Kinley, who continued the work when he moved to Australia.

With scientists from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University, Kinley identified asparagopsis as that seaweed, and determined that even proportionally small amounts of the stuff could produce significant climate benefits.

CSIRO licensed the use of asparagopsis as a feed supplement and founded a company, FutureFeed, to manage its commercial use.

A number of companies have been working to make asparagopsis taxiformis and asparagopsis armata into commercial products that can be added to animal feed.

These companies are in various stages of production, with some using tanks on land to tinker with their seaweed strain before moving to grow in the ocean; others plan to always grow on land in tanks filled with ocean water and still more growing indoors.

All are on the path toward commercialization, with one, Sea Forest, doing commercial trials with a wool producer and a dairy cooperative.

While their approaches differ, they share an urgency in getting asparagopsis to farmers, something they recognize is not easy. It’s a challenge to figure out how to grow and process asparagopsis at scale and in a way that will translate into higher earnings for farmers.

Blue Ocean Barns, based in Hawaii, is backed by venture capital funds.

Joan Salwen, the company’s CEO, said Blue Ocean Barns is growing its asparagopsis in land-based tanks, using deep seawater to provide the right temperature and necessary nutrients. Although the seaweed is native to Hawaii, known as limu kohu, large-scale aquaculture could negatively impact the ocean ecosystem, Salwen said.

CH4 Global, which operates in New Zealand and Australia, takes a different approach. Its seaweed will be grown in the ocean, reducing energy needs, but also providing a benefit: The seaweed can help mitigate the problem of nutrient pollution from agricultural runoff because it eats nitrogen and can clean the water. It can perform the same function for fish farms – the asparagopsis eats excess nutrients resulting from aquaculture, allowing managers to increase density and raise more fish. As a result, CH4 Global is partnering with fish farms.

Steve Meller, one of the founders and CEO said CH4 Global is unique because three of its five founders are Maori and the company is working with Indigenous groups in Australia and New Zealand. It signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation in South Australia to build “the world’s first commercial scale asparagopsis aquaculture and processing facility,” Meller said.

“These are the folks who have lived on the land for 50,000 continuous years in the spot where we want to do some work, so it is natural for us to partner and drive that value and that has always been part of our plan,” he said.

The CEOs interviewed said they needed buy-in from farmers, not only because they need customers, but because of the urgency of the climate crisis, and what they believe is the power of their solution.

They say their supplement could allow farmers to sell their products at a premium, using climate and other environmental benefits as a marketing point.

“We want to put money in farmer’s pockets,” Meller said, adding that his company plans to pay farmers for their methane reduction by buying carbon credits from them.

In lab tests and field trials, adding a small proportion of seaweed to a cow’s daily feed – about 0.2 of a percent of the total feed intake in a recent study – can reduce the amount of methane by 98%. Several companies are on the path toward commercialization of their seaweed supplement products. Associated Press

Bruce - November 28, 2020

I just tried the link to make a donation to River Clyde Pageant and it worked. http://www.riverclydepageant.com/donate

althea - November 28, 2020

Good morning, Bruce. This blog somehow spreads peace for and to me. A gift during this pandemic. Thank you. Is there anyway you can include the email for the River Clyde Pageant for an e-transfer or such, please? Oh, and a belated birthday hug and cuddle to Millie – perhaps she’ll consider sharing this with you!

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