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Pajamas, Are You Crazy! + Do You Love Me? + They are Lined Up.

Pajamas, Are You Crazy! + Do You Love Me? + They are Lined Up.

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
 

Writing while the full moon exposes its beauty and fullness to me and the quiet world. It is 4:17 am.

Dressed in pyjamas, I went out to take a look at its beauty.

It was kind of like this.

 
 
In last week’s blog, I wrote of having finished reading Peace and Good Order by Harold Johnston.
 
A little later in the day, I started a book by Bill Browder called Red Notice. Three days later, I finished reading. I can’t remember reading a near 400-page book so fast. It was a page-turner and with over 7,000 5 Star ratings on Amazon, I am confident in adding another.
 
A description borrowed from the Indigo site:
 
"A New York Times bestseller: “[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books” (Fortune).
 
This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.
 
Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer wasn’t so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half-decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin’s number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer’s murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.
 
A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life."
 
Thanks go to Linda L for suggesting Red Notice. I owe ya!
 

I recently signed up for a Livestream: Bill Gates on "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need," and having signed up early I received a copy of his book of the same title. I started the read and I look forward to the event on March 10.

In beginning to read How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, it becomes clear the danger our planet is in. I appreciate Bill Gates’s optimism in sharing his thoughts on how we can get the planet to net zero emissions. But EVERYONE needs to work together. Individuals, companies and governments.

We have started researching how to reduce our carbon footprint at the company and home. Too early to say yet, what we will end up doing, but change in how we do what we do is inevitable.

I will start with the simple things first like batteries & plastic. We are looking into how we may install solar power at work as well. My thoughts are we will keep HOPE alive in trying to do our part. 

*Warning to self. 
 
*For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled. ~ Richard P. Feynman
 
For those of you who regularly read my blog , know I start with a blank page first thing Saturday morning. I have no idea where I am going when I start writing. I try to find a thread to pull on, and when I do, like a jazz musician, just free flow with thoughts versus musical notes.
 
Today, I pulled on a geek thread. I warn you, there are a lot of rabbit holes in this blog today.
 

Geeks Thread: I discovered an animated visualization, created by James Eagle. It tracks the evolution of health and wealth factors in countries around the world. Kind of neat. Take a peek.

 
If you thought that was interesting, take a look at this. Gapminder has a new free educational service called the Worldview Upgrader. This service helps people and organizations realize their ignorance and rid themselves of common misconceptions.
 
You can even test yourself here
 
Gapminder tested public knowledge and identified systematic misconceptions about global trends and proportions. They invented different tools to fight these misconceptions. Any teachers in the house, they offer these free tools to all.
 

I love this website called Ask Nature.

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that
can transcend political or social boundaries. Jimmy Carter
 
If the history of life on Earth were put to a 24‑hour clock, humans would have been here shaping the world for mere seconds. As latecomers, it’s time to begin asking the rest of our complex planetary family how to build a more resilient, regenerative, and beautiful world.
 
Just ask nature how, here
 
Mother nature to human nature.
 
"The purpose of life is not to be happy.
It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate,
to have it make some difference
that you have lived and lived well." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order." —John Burroughs
 
Used in the right way technology is a marvellous thing. Humans are a wonder as well, especially if encouraged in the right way.
 
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. ~ Albert Schweitzer
 

Here is an example of humans ingenuity. LET’S DANCE! 

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo


Have a great weekend and may next week be filled with joy and fun chance. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.

Sincerely, 

Bruce + Millie

ps. Your Morning Smile


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People are lined up for blocks!

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Comments

Linda - May 15, 2021

I love these postings and blogs. I save them and visit them frequently. Many thanks for the versatile subject that are so interesting…..and the quotes. Thank you.

Audrey Wilde - March 1, 2021

As always “Love your blog.” and it was wonderful to see Millie’s Smile !
Audrey

Anne Gillis - February 28, 2021

Another great read. and loved the ducks and the ‘dancers’.

Murdock Morrison - February 28, 2021

Yes this was an assortment of many themes and ideas that were intended to challege our own thinking. They were all interesting and gave us lots to think about and delve into. Loved the Cold Ducks at the Sanctuary picture as it was very special at this time of the year . Reading some books that you may be interested and will list them in your next blog. Have a good week. Murdock

Valarie LaBore - February 27, 2021

Loved the duck video. Immediately following it was Cats Reacting to First Snow. An entire 10 mins worth of laughs.
Val

Cynthia - February 27, 2021

Just having perked a fresh pot of coffee, I find myself captivated by each turn of events, caption,book read and song. Once again, thoughts go to many different places. I guess I wanted to be happy as a kid and now during evergreen years. Thinking of Ralph’s quote, I hope I made a difference along the way. How many times did I ask someone, " Do You Love Me"? Do the dancers become human? Glimpses of humanity Bruce.
I’d love to see that much snow. We rarely see it here. I love it.
Isn’t it great to have a book that you just can’t put down and you think about it for days after.
Love your blog. Happy reading.

tati - February 27, 2021

Wow, what a blog! There is do much here to digest. Thank you so very much for sharing all of it. I ordered a nook today, after listening to a podcast with Brenda Brown and Dr. Edith Eger. The book in The Gift, 12 lessons that save your life. I hope I have that title right in relaying yo you. But, it does sound like a book you might be interested in. Bruce, thank you for this today, I will be sharing it with others !

althea - February 27, 2021

Bruce! Guffawing. Unable to stop. Thank you for a most delightful way to start the day, The weekend, Life. Delight from the ducks on…. Your blogs are so much fun. Quack, quack., quack.

Karen McBride - February 27, 2021

Amazing links, Bruce — thank you! I’ve forwarded the whole post to several people (including parents who are tired of being co-teachers). Your posts are such a highlight in the week. Entirely agree about Red Notice!

Melanie Taormina - February 27, 2021

Bruce, you are an inspiration. I love starting my Saturdays with your reflections. This morning I was reminded of a favorite quotation and wanted to thank you for being a “soul on deck”:

“ One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.”
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes

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