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Meet Millie MacNaughton ; Stillness is the Key, Auditor Doesn't Know the Difference

Meet Millie MacNaughton ; Stillness is the Key, Auditor Doesn't Know the Difference

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
 
Brrrr….it is cold here today! Might very well be a five cupper!
 
I hope you had a great week and are safe and warm.
 
You may have noticed this week that the newsletter arrived at a funny time — not the usual Saturday morning. We made a change in who we use to send our newsletters.
 
Here is last week's blog, if you missed it.
 
If you are a subscriber to many newsletters, you will notice that most arrive in your email box through an ESP. (Email Service Provider) Mailchimp, Contact Contact, etc.
 
With anti-spam law sensitivities, ESP’s, do not like to see companies with “spam” complaints pass .01%. If they do, they kick the email sender off their system and register the sender as a “spammer.” And no ESP will allow you to use their system.
 
So a new ESP will only send a few emails out at a time to determine if there is an issue with their new client. Hence our 36,000 plus subscribers received their email newsletter from us at weird times of the week.
 
Everyone who receives a newsletter from us signed up and double confirmed. Nineteen people still reported us as spammers. Fortunately, we passed the test and can continue sending you our newsletter.
 
I thought it was worthy of sharing this info. I hope you don’t mind.
 
For a few months, now, we have been watching the local humane society looking for a new pet. Unable to find one, we adopted from a registered breeder.
 
Let me introduce you to “Millie” MacNaughton. A registered Australian Shepherd and the newest member of our family. She is eight weeks old today.
We are mindful of the tragedy Australia is experiencing, and our hearts go to all concerned. Having friends who have moved there in the last few years, are even more aware. Pray for Australia. 
 
Speaking of the news. I pretty well turned off the radio and television two years ago. The mindless chatter and advertising were getting to be too much.
 
Seth Godin states in a blog post this week called The Dominate Media Narrative of the Day.
 
“The thing the media is talking about, in heavy rotation.
 
The breaking news, the one you’re required to give an opinion on.
 
The thing is, if it’s not for you, about you, or something you need to engage in, then who put it on your agenda?
 
The media benefits from turning you into their product, once you give them your attention.
 
Feel free, but do it because you’ve chosen to.
 
Here’s something to consider: the world doesn’t get better when you spend more time engaging with mass media. That’s pretty clear.
 
But it does get better when you spend more time doing things that matter. Actions matter.”
 
I have started a new book this week, by Ryan Holiday, called Stillness is the Key.
 
From Amazon. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness--to be steady while the world spins around you.
 
In this book, he outlines a path for achieving this ancient, but urgently necessary way of living. Drawing on a wide range of history's greatest thinkers, he argues that stillness is not mere inactivity, but the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus.
 
I am five chapters in. How the author reflects the obvious to the reader is unique. It is timely in light of all the distractions in our lives.
 
Here are a few quotes from the book.
 
"In our lives, we face seemingly equal problems and are pulled in countless directions by competing priorities and beliefs. In the way of everything we hope to accomplish, personally and professionally, sit obstacles and enemies." - Ryan Holiday
 
Even during a quiet evening at home, all we're thinking about is the list of improvements that need to be made. There may be a beautiful sunset, but instead of taking it in, we're taking a picture of it.
 
We are not present... and so we miss out. On life. On being our beat. On seeing what’s there. - Ryan Holiday
 
I finished reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. I highly recommend it. One of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time. It is a book for everyone. 
 
My goal is to read 20 books in 2020. So I need to try and average two books a month. January is off to a good start. I finished For Whom the Bell Tolls, my first ever 500-page book. (started in December) Finished Atomic Habits, and will complete Stillness is the Key.
 
In keeping with the theme, "Stillness"; I have been listening to soft choral sounds from Voces8.

Notes by Apple

VOCES8 looks toward home for a breathtaking journey around the British Isles with music that crosses boundaries of both geography and musical genre. The breadth on offer is staggering: Radiohead’s anthemic “Pyramid Song” emerges as a new choral classic and Clannad’s “Theme from Harry’s Game” is haunting in its newly crafted harmonic richness. But the ensemble reaches back, too—a once-lost folk song from the abandoned island of St Kilda (“Soay”) adds mystery, while Tavener’s “Song for Athene,” perhaps best-known from the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales, is a throwback to 1997 and a nation in grief. And the original works by British and American composers are simply ravishing. There are passion and conviction here, and a choral blend that carries each note skyward.

Sample listen to their latest album here.
"In solitude, we see more clearly. Alone—in moments of prayer or meditation, or simply in stillness—we breathe more deeply, see more fully, hear more keenly. We notice more, and in the process, we return to what is sacred." ~ Katrina Kenison
 
Now for a little visual musical interlude from Simon and Garfunkel. Sounds of Silence. I love the beautiful music these two created.
Wishing you a great weekend. Please don't hit the spam button! LOL
With love from Prince Edward Island,
Sincerely,
Bruce
ps. 
Once upon a time, there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road.
Suddenly a brand new Porsche screeches to a halt.
The driver, a man dressed in an Armani suit, Cerutti shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, TAG-Heuer wrist-watch, and a Pierre Cardin tie gets out and asks the shepherd, "If I can tell you how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?"
The shepherd looks at the young man, then looks at the large flock of grazing sheep and replies, "Okay."
The young man parks the car, connects his laptop to the mobile-fax, enters a NASA Website, scans the ground using his GPS, opens a database and 60 Excel tables filled with algorithms and pivot tables.
He then prints out a 150-page report on his high-tech mini-printer, turns to the shepherd and says, ‘'You have exactly 1,586 sheep." The shepherd cheers, "That's correct, you can have your choicest sheep from the herd."
The young man takes one of the animals which he likes most and cute from the flock and puts it in the back of his Porsche.
The shepherd looks at him and asks, "If I guess your profession, will you return my animal to me?" The young man laughed and answers, "Yes, why not?"
The shepherd says, "You are an auditor." "How did you know?" asks the young man. "Very simple," answers the shepherd. "
First, you came here without being wanted.
Secondly, you charged me a fee to tell me something I already knew.
Thirdly, you don't understand anything about my business... now can I have my DOG back?"
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Susan B - January 25, 2020

Hi Bruce, did not receive January 18 email at all.
January 25th was found in the Junk folder.
Happy I went looking ; and once I started reading the 18th Blog was happy to see there was a reason !! This shows I love the Blog !!!!
Best regards, Susan B

Zyna Boyes - January 22, 2020

Hi Bruce….already Monday, but had to write, though late.
I, too, missed the previous week’s offering, and just like another writer, worried that you were ill. Look what we are like! Saturday mornings – tea in hand- we log on – 36.000 of us! Heavens above! Did we have any idea of the number in this ‘Club’? Have all of us stepped through your portals at one time or another? Do you keep count? Astonishing…

On Saturday I found you (hooray), and delighted in the emphasis on stillness. listened to the Voces8, and explored further, revisiting Arvo Part. As I listened to ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’, I went to my study window. Winnipeg had just received a lovely helping of fresh snow. The snow, the filtered sunlight, the mesmerizing music….it was stillness heaven. Thank you for the
segway into those glorious moments. You do that time after time! Ah…we lucky 36,000. THIRTY SIX THOUSAND!!!!
I am still trying to comprehend that number.

Blessings sent from a ‘once again -gloriously sunny’ Winnipeg. Twenty below, and I just walked down to take a look at the river. It was the route I always took with my lovely old dog, Chester. He’s been gone now six years, but walks with me every step of the way. How he loved snow! I just loved Millie’s photo. What a beauty. I hope she adores the snow as much as Chester. She’s a shepherd so probably will….AND may she live as long as Ches – sixteen years!

I envy you the new beginning. We had two dogs in 30 years, and adored them both..( 14 yrs…16 yrs) but we cannot do it again because we are BIG dog people, and our advanced years mean that we can no longer manage one…but the memories are golden, and seeing you beginning with Millie warmed my old heart!

Bruce, for many of us you are the more gentle start to our Saturday. You invite us to think, imagine, listen, and even learn. Lovely!
Don’t stop!

’Til next week….Zyna B

Doreen - January 20, 2020

Always enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations on your new addition to the family! Sound of Silence is an all time favorite of mine! Take care, my friend…

Linda S - January 20, 2020

I was on a bus tour to PEI this October and we stopped in your shop. I (and several on my Christmas list) are enjoying the regular & sugar free preserves! I am also really enjoying your blog posts that come in my email from your store. I had to chuckle at your Blaise Pascal quote today. My husband was always quoting Blaise Pascal, whether Blaise made the comment or not! Made for a good memory. Thanks for your writings. Your new pooch is a cutie!

Tracy Howse - January 19, 2020

Millie is adorable! She will bless your life with chaos, fun and more LOVE than you can handle!!! So says the woman with three crazy long-haired Chihuahuas ;0)

If you’re looking for another good non-fiction read about being present: In Praise of Slow, by Carl Honoré. I purchased it quite a few years ago when I thought, what is wrong with me that I just refuse to live at the frenetic, fast pace of the 21st century?!?!? Good on you for challenging yourself to read 20 books in 2020!!!

Eric T Warr - January 18, 2020

Delightful blog.
Delightful dog;
I’m glad I met Millie,
and glad if she will not be mistaken as a sheep!

Joanie - January 18, 2020

Thank you for sharing a photo of the adorable puppy you now have. She will be your BEST friend,
your loyal companion and all she will want is your love and respect. Enjoy the new fur person in your family.

The song “The sound of Silence” is a personal favorite of mine. I find the words very meaningful.
Thank you and God Bless you and your family.
Jj

MURDOCK Roy MORRISON - January 18, 2020

Another blog that now has Millie in it and she will be the gem that you will look to as you write " what do you think Millie a good blog or not" . I enjoyed reading of the books that you have read and the quotes all enjoyable . I will read the Atomic Habits as I love to read as well. Again the joke or humor spot on the sheep and the over the top rich boy was fun to read as well Enjoy the snow and let’s pray for Australia as it is a beautiful country- Murdock

Tati - January 18, 2020

Congratulations on finding your see pup, she is a beauty! Thank you for letting us know about the blog timing this week. There are many of who turn to it tea in hand for a Saturday morning read. I thought perhaps you had been taken ill, and of course the blog would have to wait…so glad to read all is well!!

Love Agnus Dei on your music selection just gorgeous music this week as every week brings something wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to write and post, always bringing something thoughtful, peaceful and enlightening! Today’s humour made me laugh out loud!

Lillian Paul - January 18, 2020

Millie is really cute and will be a beautiful dog.
Thank you for your blog. We look forward tot hem each week.
As an ex Islander I am watching the Island closely these days esp. Tyne Valley & the devastation they faced and the determination to rebuild.

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