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New Beginning, Sweet Baby James, Why the Long Face?

New Beginning, Sweet Baby James, Why the Long Face?

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, the refuge in the sea, so far.

Put the kettle on; it is time for a cuppa of something good.

I hope everyone is feeling ok today. There is a lot of angst with COVID-19 as it rolls out across the world.

This week, I read, Coronavirus offers "a blank page for a new beginning." Li Edelkoort is a trend forecaster who shared her perspective in this article. It is an interesting perspective. I loved reading the comments, as well.

Amongst several predictions, Edelkoort shared "the virus was causing a "quarantine of consumption" and would have a profound cultural and economic impact.

People would have to get used to living with fewer possessions and travelling less, she said, as the virus disrupts global supply chains and transportation networks."

While thinking about self-quarantine, I found the ideal place for Shirley, me and our family to go. Now if we can just get there. Take a peek. Anyone else care to go?

Be informed. Try this interesting interactive chart by Nicholas Kristof and Stewart Thompson of the New York Times. Give it a try here

I know everything is "virus" these days but there are things we can do to increase our peace of mind.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ― Mother Theresa

Some intentional living ideas might be

  • Go for a long walk, listen to sounds, notice the number of colours you see. Describe the colours and sounds in a journal.
  • Take yourself for a one on one to your favourite coffee/tea shop.
  • Put away the technology for a day.
  • Buy yourself or someone else some flowers.
  • Find some children to read to them.
  • Buy a bird feeder and fill it up, might take a day or two before they show up, but there is fun in the anticipation as well.

Or do like my friend, Peter Rukavina shares in his blog post, aptly called Coping.

Speaking of the birds, part of my Saturday routine is to fill the feeders. It's Ok to feed wild birds, here are some tips to doing it the right way.

It warmed my heart to read this Washington Post story by Cathy Free. It is about a boy who asked his dad to help the homeless. Chase Hansen was four years old when he first noticed a homeless person while he was shopping at an outdoor mall in Salt Lake City with his dad.

"Chase looked at me and said, 'Dad, who are these people? Why don't they have a place to stay?'" recalled John Hansen, 44. "After I explained that they had run into hard times and were homeless, I knew that we were looking at an educational opportunity. My son wanted to help them." Now, father and son take them out to lunch each week. Read More Here.

“A community is like a ship, everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” – Henrik Ibsen

After putting up the story last week of how the song, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, came to be, many of you shared memories in the comment section or sent an email to me. Thank you.

I purchased my second album when I was 14, Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. I wore the album out. We loved seeing James Taylor in concert on the Island a few years back. It was a beautiful experience and James Taylor is a lovely human.


This week, I share a video that I enjoyed watching a few times. Too much fun.

As I write this, I have been listening to Chang-Yong Shin's album Beethoven, Liszt & Chopin: Piano Works. Great energy. Take a listen here

I am enjoying reading: Teaching By Heart by Thomas J. DeLong 

Teaching by Heart summarizes the author's key insights gained from more than forty years of teaching and managing. It illustrates how teachers can both lift people up and let them down. It proposes that the best teachers are also leaders, and the best leaders are also teachers.

In examining how to lead and teach, renowned Harvard Business School professor Thomas J. DeLong takes the reader inside his own head and heart. He notes that, as teachers, we often focus more on our inadequacies and missteps than on our strengths and unique talents. He explains why this is so by dissecting and analyzing his own experiences--using himself as a case study. 

Today is Millie's last official puppy training class. Like school for me, we did not do our homework. Consequently, we will spend the rest of our days learning things the hard way. LOL
Have a wonderful weekend, and if you have been blessed, be a blessing.
With lots of love from Prince Edward Island!
Bruce & Millie
"My ancestry goes back all the way to Alexander the Great," said Christine. She then turned to Miriam and asked, "How far back does your family go?"
"I don't know," replied Miriam, "all of our records were lost in the flood."
Her husband overheard this and rolled his eyes and headed to the barn.
He walks into the stable and up to a horse, then says, "Why the long face?"
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Paula Mueda - March 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your as-usual positive blog with great sights and sounds. In this more-or-less desperate time for many of us, such sights and sounds (puppies in a bucket, James Taylor) go a long way to providing sunshine and cheer in our lives. Thank so much you for your upbeat messages each month, and blessings to you and your family.

Murdock - March 20, 2020

Hi Bruce – this is a time for reflection as we are now and maybe ever will a changed society because of the Covid 19 . You gave us some excellent resources to tap into with your blog and I will in my own time as we now find that the everyday things we do are gone and we need to adjust to where we are and where are we going. You certainly give us a variety of new artists , authors and musicians , all is very much appreciated. Murdock

Pat - March 17, 2020

Bruce thank you! I am grateful that I visited your area last year. I wouldn’t be reading your amazing blogs.
I live in Ohio where we no longer can sit down with friends or family in a restaurant. I read the post about the virus and agree with what it said.
I love the music you share and the puppies in the bucket.
Can’t wait for your next blog.
Thank you

janet wright - March 15, 2020

Stay safe. PEI got its first case.

Mike Bork - March 14, 2020

Thanks for the uplifting post. We in the States need it. Blessings

Bev Shapiro - March 14, 2020

Wow! The home in the Cape is amazing. I will go, right after I win the lotter 😉.
Thank you for the terrific article from the NY Times. I only get it on Sunday and did not see it. I really like the way it laid out the three levels of response. It clearly showed how grossly underprepared America is, in general, and wlso to my shame.

Mikel and Kay Stevenson - March 14, 2020

Thank you so much for your (as usual) positive messages and for addressing the angst and
distress so many are experiencing due to the COVID-19 virus. We always enjoy your the
posts and the upbeat tone you convey! And, sure, lets all go to that lovely getaway by the
sea in Cape Town (=: Well, maybe just visualize in our meditative moments. Stay well.

Joyce Simpson - March 14, 2020

Bruce, thanks so much for the lovely story about Chase Hansen. What a wonderful thing to do. What a wonderful man he will become. Well done, Dad.
“and a little child shall lead them.”

Melanie Taormina - March 14, 2020

Blogs and posts by heart-ful people like you are a bountiful portion of strength and support for all of us in these challenging times of distancing. Thanks for helping to bring closeness among souls despite physical separation.

Carol Hanson - March 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing the link on feeding wild birds. As I read through the article I was taken to another link “ Why do birds sing?” and then to an interactive link called “ Bird Song Hero”. I was fascinated by the interactive game to identify bird songs.

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