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People Making a Difference, The English Game, and Can’t Remember My Name

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

Put the kettle on...

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones, yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness as it enlarges my heart, yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due, yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge. ~ Og Mandino

In writing this morning, I certainly hope this finds you and yours safe while being adequately provided with all you need.

The next two stories are compliments of CBC. Thank you, CBC, for the local news you provide.

COVID-19 news from Prince Edward Island. Thank you, Dr. Morrison.

To bide some time this week, I decided to bake cookies. We have near finished eating the first 70 cookies. I am in a rush to do so because I wish to do it a little differently next time. If truly successful, I will share photos and the recipe next week. My favourite is an oatmeal raisin cookie with a bit of crunch.

Why Islanders are baking and cooking their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

At our shop, we have all but shut down. Two staff members on their own fruition are keeping things going. Thank you, Sian and Jeremy. We are still shipping mail order while working in different parts of the building. For the most part, no one else comes into the building.

Thank you to all who are ordering from us, as well!

During these times, there are so many beautiful stories of people helping people.

Such as churches and their congregational networks doing goodness such as assisting shut-ins to source food, sewing masks for front-line workers, and prayer, lots of prayers.

When fear runs the day, love is stifled to show the light.

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.” ~ Amy Leigh Mercree

I enjoyed what this young man had to tell the world. What we can learn about this COVID-19 time from a nonspeaking autistic teen.

“I wondered why somebody didn’t do something. Then I realized, I am somebody.” – Unknown

Over the last few days, we binged watched The English Game on Netflix. I don’t watch much television, but this was worth the time. The story, the people, and life lessons around caring and character were cleverly woven into the story of how “football/soccer” got its start.

I am guilty of having not written down the source of the list of character traits below. I hope the contributor will forgive me. Thank you for writing it in such a concise fashion.

Integrity – do the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Kind – treats everyone with kindness.

Hardworking = digs in and gets to work and doesn’t stop till the jobs done.

Selfless – always willing to help serve others

Humble – doesn’t hold themselves in any higher regard than they do everyone else.

Courageous – never afraid to stand up for what is right

Genuine – what you see is what you get, 100% authentic

Trustworthy – can be counted on to follow through on commitments.

Caring – truly cares for others, both friends and strangers alike.

Loving – truly loves God and truly loves others.

Today, I have been listening to a piece of music that, after hearing it many years ago, began my interest in classical music.

I first heard Spiegel im Spiegel on Tempo, a CBC radio program.

As the host of Tempo, Julie Nesrallah brings classical music to life with enthusiasm. The show offers the glorious beauty and genius of classical music. Julie brings it alive with stories about the human experience, together with the lives and loves of the great composers.

Take a listen here.

Avro Part is the composer of Speigel im Speigel and many other beautiful pieces of music. Many musical authorities say he is the “greatest living composer” of this time.

More about him in this New York Times article, click the link to read: His Music, Entwined with His Faith.

Spiegel im Spiegel for Cello and Piano wonderfully played in the video by Leonhard Roczek and Herbert Schuch.

Yesterday, Sian, while parking her car at work, caught this little battle of the birds below. She recorded this for over three minutes with no change in their behaviour. We cut the video down to thirty seconds. Please watch and write your “caption” in the comments. We are going to seek out the best one and send a gift to you. We may even poll everyone next week if I can figure out which technology to use. Might be a Doodle Poll.

Please add a caption for the little video below in the comment section. 

Have a wonderful weekend and be safe.

With love from Prince Edward Island,

Bruce & Millie


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Donna - May 11, 2020

“Wrestling is for the birds!”

Susan - April 18, 2020

I just got as far as Og Mandino’s quote. I love his writings! I have to get back and read the rest of your blog. Blessings and health to you and your family and establishment!
April 17, 2020 —- I just realized that I didn’t send this. Oops. Have you picked a caption for the birds squabble?

Art - April 12, 2020

Yo – this is very late to the gate but in a nutshell:

Audrey Wilde - April 10, 2020

Let’s Limbo some more.

Derinda Lyall - April 10, 2020

Lets pretend we are fighting, then Bruce will throw us some bread to stop us. It works every tine☺

colette lawson - April 9, 2020

I want the stick for my nest! NO I want it! go find your own stick!

Valarie LaBore - April 8, 2020

“Let me go!” “No, you first!” “No, you first!”

Doreen - April 6, 2020

These two could be siblings!

Christine Lodge - April 6, 2020

“Give it to me!” “No!”

Mary Kamermans - April 6, 2020

Thanks for your blog Bruce. The wrestling birds was certainly surprising…I’ve never witness a fight like that before. Thanks for the great photo of North Rustico another favourite spot of mine. Stay well everyone.

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