Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, the refuge in the sea, so far.
 
Put the kettle on; it is time for a cuppa. -6C / 21 F today.
 
In last week's blog, I shared the story of Millie and a doomed squirrel. Some of you offered encouragement and training tips. Thank you!!! I learned that her "crate" is to be her happy place, and I love the concept. We all have one; why not our pet? 

Over the years, our family has had some adult rescues but never a puppy, a different experience altogether. But a good one. I have never laughed so much at the antics of an animal, and it has been great.
 

Top of mind for everyone these days is the "virus." Let's hope and pray for a vaccine in short order. Human ingenuity and the desire to succeed are part of our DNA, hence there are lots of smart people working hard to push back and stop this. I am sure someone is going to be fruitful soon. 

Interesting Dashboard showing the global numbers. 

 

In the meantime, may it be a reminder that life is a box of joy and pain with vulnerability thrown in the middle? I predict this global challenge will have a lot of people thinking about what is important.

Speaking of what is important…
 
This is a story of 3-year-old Liam and 6-year-old Arielle Keryluke who lived with their grandparents since the time their parents passed away in a motorcycle accident.
 
The grandparents became the guardians of these two children, both who have health issues relating to hearingNeeding funds to help, they made the hard decision to auction off an antique car belonging to their deceased son. What happens next is so beautiful.
 
The auctioneer auctioned it off, the winner, donated the car back to be auctioned off again, the next winner donated it back to be auctioned off again, the winner of the third auction gave the car back to the grandparents.
 
Music is one of humanity's most significant creative achievements. It turns out; this creative force may have serious medical implications as well. Study after study has shown that music not only helps to reduce psychological stress, it can improve physiological symptoms, aid in healing, and improve immune function as well.
 
"Research is showing us that at-least some musical education has a positive impact on the social and cognitive development of children. And these effects are long-lasting – better hearing, better motor skills, improved memory, better verbal and literacy skills." – Alan Harvey
 
Music therapy is becoming increasingly popular in the medical community. Music is being used as an important part of palliative care, Alzheimer's and dementia treatment, even in the NICU.
 
 
Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand. ~ Stevie Wonder
 
When Robert Gupta was caught between a career as a doctor and as a violinist, he realized his place was in the middle, with a bow in his hand and a sense of social justice in his heart. He tells a moving story of society's marginalized and the power of music therapy.
 
Today, I am enjoying listening to Brahms-Schumann-Fruhling Clarinet Trios by Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins, & Stephen Hough. Thank you for the musical suggestion, B. Ewart.  
 
 
I also enjoyed listening to how the song, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, came to be.
 
Have a wonderful weekend, and if you have been blessed, be a blessing.
 
With lots of love from Prince Edward Island!
 
Sincerely,
 
Bruce & Millie
 
ps.
 
A customer walked up to my bank window and asked me to cash a check.
 
"Of course," I said. "But I'll need to see ID."
 
She dug through her purse and handed me a snapshot.
 
"That's me in the middle," she said.