Ode to Desolation, Hitting the Reset Button Over Scotland and Teaching the Children
Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
What a beautiful sunrise this morning.
I love the mornings. Time is moving towards the world waking up to start the day with rituals and habits.
Stretches, pushups and a good morning prayer for me, thanks, then shuffle out to the sink and put the kettle on.
“I remember one morning getting up at dawn. There was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling. And I…I remember thinking to myself: So this is the beginning of happiness, this is where it starts...It was happiness. It was the moment, right then.” ― The Hours (a screenplay by David Hare)
There is something special about the quiet at the beginning of the day that makes me happy.
After watching this little film by Lindsey Hagen, I can only imagine what it would be like in the morning as a forest ranger.
Ode to Desolation shares the story of Jim Henterly, a naturalist, illustrator and fire lookout as he contemplates the dwindling days of Fire Lookouts in North America.
As responsible as Jim is to his work, his pace certainly is different from the race that many of us find ourselves. I am not sure what COVID has done for you, but it certainly feels like my internal drive has hit a reset button, and everything is under review.
Shane Ferris of the Knowledge Project says it well, “What matters has sharply come into focus. Family matters. Love matters. Kindness matters. Health matters. Generosity matters. People matter. Community matters. The rest is just noise.
Aside from physical distancing, the biggest thing you can right now is choose to see the best in each other. Be kind. Be patient. Be tolerant. Be quick to help out in any way you can. Be forgiving when you would otherwise be upset. See things through the eyes of others and try to understand where they are coming from. Seek out opportunities for generosity. Reconnect with your community. Reconnect with yourself. Reconnect with your priorities. Live them.”
After having a few conversations with people this summer, I found that a lot of people are in the contemplation phase of life and reevaluating their current status relating to everything...family, friends and career.
There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.
~ Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
A few blogs back, I had mentioned a real desire to see a film called The Booksellers. YouTube trailer below. If you are at all interested, CBC Gem has made the full movie available. I share the link below the trailer.
I am not sure if our US cousins can watch this because of cross border viewing restrictions or not. I hope you can. Watch the entire film here.
Last week I wrote of my completing 8 out of the 20 books I hope to finish in 2020 and was starting number 9—The Library Book by Susan Orlean.
What a writer! She paints the page so vividly with words. I am undoubtedly enjoying this book. Susan has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1992 and has written seven books, including The Orchid Thief. If you watched the film above, you would have seen her being interviewed about her archives.
So far, I love these two quotes from the book.
- The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever. ~ Susan Orlean, The Library Book
- In truth, a library is as much a portal as it a place-it is a transit point, a passage. ~ Susan Orlean, The Library Book
Where ever we travel, we do our best to visit the local library to hang out, sit and read for a while—breath in the sites and the sounds of the locale.
Below is a photo of a library I took last September at the Melk Abbey in Austria. Not sure who the folks are. (I didn’t see the sign, NO PHOTOS, or at least I don’t remember seeing it until it was too late. Honest.)
A quote I am thinking about today.
All that you touch
All that you Change
The only lasting truth
- Octavia E. Butler
Last week, any reader who was interested in receiving a sample of our 2020 PEI Organic Breakfast to let me know in the comment section and from there choose three readers’ names from a hat. I also mentioned that I would also send #8 book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love by Valerie Kaur to one reader.
Drum Roll, please…
And the “Fortunate Ones Are:”
Bonus draw for another tea goes to Jilian.
Winner of the Book + Tea
Those whose names were drawn, please email me by replying to the newsletter. Send me your complete names and addresses, and it will be sent to you next week. Congratulations, and thank you for throwing your name in the “hat.” (even if it was a bowl, lol)
Do you time to take a relaxing trip to Scotland with me today? I listened to music in the background while writing this morning. High on my life’s bucket list is the train ride revealed at the 1:35 minute mark in the film.
I wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a great week next week.
Take care of each other.
With love from Prince Edward Island
Bruce & Mille
My kids were fighting over their toys. I warned them if they kept it up, I would take the toys away. They didn’t stop, so I took them away to teach them a lesson.
Afterwards, they were still fighting. I said, “That’s it!” and gave them their toys back.
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