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Morningside + She Wanted to Help + Get Better Soon

Morningside + She Wanted to Help + Get Better Soon

Good Morning from Warren Grove, Prince Edward Island

Welcome to my musings this morning and thank you for being here. 

May 31, 2022, was the anniversary of “the bridge” opening linking Canada to Prince Edward Island. 

It was a day I remember for another reason as well. 

May 30 - after 3,000 hours of thought-provoking programming - Morningside with Peter Gzowski bid farewell to CBC Radio listeners. 

Peter Gzwoski, known colloquially as "Mr. Canada" or "Captain Canada," was a Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter, most famous for his work on the CBC radio show This Country in the Morning and Morningside. I loved his sense of humour and friendly, warm interviewing style. As a result, I learned a lot about our country. 

Both days were huge for Canadian heritage. 

It felt like my heart moved from the left side of my sternum to the right. I was 50/50 between the yes and no campaign, but I voted yes. I knew that I would miss Morningside with Peter Gzwoski and the time spent on the ferry going between the two worlds, the little one and the big one. 

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder

Our six and eight-year-old daughters and I walked to the halfway point and back on the bridge that day. Shirley and a number of her girlfriends walked the complete 14-kilometre/9-mile bridge only to find out on the other side that they had to keep walking another 9 kilometres or almost 6 miles to catch the ferry back. It was quite a day. Quite the memory for us all. 

Many angels are amongst us, but Vanessa MacKinnon gets the honour this week. 

Vanessa left the island, headed to the war zone in eastern Europe, and arrived in Romania on March 18, almost a month after the Russian invasion. She made her way to Siret, a small Romanian town that borders Ukraine, to assist Ukrainian refugees.

"I really wanted to do something to help," she said. "I had lived and worked in Ukraine before, so I felt this connection to Ukraine."

At the end of March, MacKinnon returned to her teaching job at a Charlottetown language school but kept thinking about what more she could do to help.

Starting this month, she will be hosting free group English classes to help Ukrainians on the Island — especially those who recently arrived.

Read the incredible story here. Thank you, CBC.

Vanessa, everything you do contributes to a better world. Thank you. 

In your life's journey, there will be excitement and fulfilment, boredom and routine. but when you have picked a dream that is bigger than you personally, that truly reflects the ideals that you cherish, and that can positively affect others, then you will always have another reason for carrying on. ~ Pamela Melroy

This week, Katherine MacLaine posted a beautiful series of photos on the Gardens of Hope blog. Take a look at May Colours in the Gardens.

Sitting in my cabin and writing the blog this morning, my mind wanders to nature.  The view as I see it today. 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

By William Woodsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Have a wonderful peaceful weekend. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce + Millie

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ps. Your Morning Smile

A retired man who volunteers to entertain patients in nursing homes and hospitals went to one local hospital in Brooklyn and took his portable keyboard along. He told some jokes and sang some funny songs at patients' bedsides.

When he finished, he said, in farewell, "I hope you get better."

One elderly gentleman replied, "I hope you get better, too."

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Jamie - June 5, 2022

As always, your blogs are lovely blessings that calm and inspire. Much gratitude.

Mary Wilson - June 5, 2022

I love reading your blogs Bruce! So inspiring and entertaining! The anniversary of the Bridge opening was great, had not seen that footage before. I live in Los Angeles now but will always be an Islander! My husband and I have many stories of our races to try and make the ferry crossing to PEI! The Bridge is a marvel and makes one feel calm!
Hopefully will visit in August if all goes well. Miss my sisters and my Island!

Kay - June 4, 2022

Thank you for the interesting articles on the bridge & Vanessa. Beautiful colors in the garden, the peaceful piano music with the beautiful scenery & the birds singing.
Thank you.

Joan Busch - June 4, 2022

Hi from Vancouver Island. I love your lamp with the stone base, could it be from Bill Gimby from Nova Scotia? I just happen to have one similar that has travelled across Canada to be here. Love your musings & hope you are enjoying your next faze of life!

Pat Rogoski - June 4, 2022

I find the best way to experience the bridge is to be high up, In a car you mostly just see the wall until you get to the high point. Don’t know if a pickup truck would be better, a bus or semi for sure. Is the name change going to happen?

Sharon Kalich - June 4, 2022

The internet can seem so overwhelming at time. I thank you for being an editor of all things that bring thought, joy and peace to my week.

Mikel and Kay Stevenson - June 4, 2022

Thank you to all who contribute in word, in photos, in music…and in kindness to help lift
minds and hearts…particularly in the oppression and sadness of so many current events.

Ellen Fisher - June 4, 2022

Dear Bruce~ Oh, the journeys that your blogs have taken me on, creating such special moments of gratitude. Today to see Peter Gzowski’s name had me smiling as I remember Morningside and the gentleman who was often, albeit with love, accused of mumbling. A few taps on this keyboard & there was Peter, I was grateful to be able to hear his voice & see Peter again, all thanks to you.
Memories of fine CBC shows came flooding back this morning, Viki Gabereau and the Viki Gabereau show. Viki with her interesting comments such as ‘cute as a bag of hammers’ often had me roaring with laughter. This has been a great morning as I travelled back through the mists of time. Ellen

K - June 4, 2022

I like the mirrored broken trees in your 2 photos that create some sort of parallel, I wonder if they fell over in the same wind storm and if anyone heard them. “When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence….and when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly.” -M.A.

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