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Rural Love, Going to Miss You All, This Changes Everything

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
I hope this finds you well.
This week’s Prince Edward Island COVID-19 announcements.
Salutes and prayers for this young man and all on the front lines.
Congratulations to Morell Co-op being awarded for continuing to support its customers and community. Story here.

Rural retail is in most cases the heart of the community.

Being adopted into a family of merchants I remember as a young lad sitting on the counter of my uncle Marvin’s store in Black River, New Brunswick. I share a photo of my uncle Marvin pumping gas. Sure wish I had those signs today.


I can remember people coming and going and they usually had stories to tell. There was lots of laughter. People coming in the store to pay for the gas would pick up a bottle of pop or some candy. I remember some men being offered a “swig” of something behind the counter, then heading out the door to drive away. I will never forget the “outhouse” visits with the old Eaton’s catalogue for toilet paper!  You can see the two-holer in the background of the photo.

There were lots of chickens running around the house. I recall the pee pots under the bed. and sunrise sunlight streaming into the room. Awaking to the sound of birds chirping, a rooster crowing and the smell of bacon wafting its way upstairs. I can see, smell it and feel it as clear as today.

During these times there a need to count our blessings and use the power of giving thanks or gratitude. But we also need to laugh and to cry.
I will start with laughter. I appreciate Cindy sending me some Ponderism’s this week.
  • Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?
  • Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
  • Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  • If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  • If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Do you need a good cry? Go for it. It is healthy. Read. The Need for a Cry.
My family members are keeping time and minds active doing word puzzles. Such as crypto quote, crosswords, etc. I tried for a bit but it is not doing it for me.
I recently read a TED Ideas story by TED Ideas Editor Daryl Chen.
Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. Read More Here
I watched this TED video about Zezan Tam who writes haiku - one every day. By taking a step outside his comfort zone, he discusses his forays into daily poetry. And how it has allowed him to reflect on his life. Teaching life lessons around gratitude, courage and humility.
And this morning I wrote a Haiku.
While sitting on
the forest floor giving thought
you feel alone? No.

For the last 10 days, Millie and I head out the door before sunrise to play fetch, watch the sunrise, listen to the birds, give thanks and just sit and listen.

Wishing you and yours a good weekend and take care of each other.

With love from Prince Edward Island,
Bruce & Millie
I remember the first time I saw a universal remote control.
I thought to myself... "Well, this changes everything!"
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Dale Dickson - December 8, 2020

I just seen this. Actually stumbled upon it. I too have some great memories
from Black River. I remember one time Uncle Marvin let me pump gas
into a car. The guy only wanted $2 worth but I let it run over about 10 cents.
Needless to say that was the last time I pumped gas there. I was only 6 or 7 at
the time. The teasings I took over that. I remember the outhouse well. But
wasn’t it a Sears catalogue? My best memories were the free pop and chips.
Also the old guys trying to figure out what relative I was. Gotta get back down
to see you after this co-vid is done.
Your long lost cousin.

susan gleeson - May 6, 2020

I liked the Haiku video. It reminded me of a book that i started reading in May 2019, and then got distracted from. it’s called Haiku- the sacred art: A spiritual practice in 3 lines. by margaret mcgee. I am going to go back to it!

Rinda - May 6, 2020

Lovely! Thanks, Bruce!

Peggy Freeman - May 4, 2020

I enjoyed reading your blog. I, too, can remember fondly growing up with siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents. It was the happiest time for me, full of adventure and shared activities. I miss that peaceful, less stressful time. I hope that one day, when this nightmare is over, I will be able to visit your lovely island. Thank you for sharing your memories. Stay safe!
Peggy Freeman

Derinda Lyall - May 3, 2020

Hi Bruce,Loved the video of you and sweet Mllie and the birds singing. You are so lucky to live in such a peacecul and calmlng environment. Your Blog is something we look forward to each week. You are not closing permanently are you?
We Pray that you and your lovely family stay safe.

Mike from WI - May 3, 2020

Love the blogs. Keep them coming. Wish we had as much peace here in the States as you seem to have in PEI.

Brena - May 3, 2020

Enjoyed the walk with Millie..Loved the sounds and Millie’s kiss, so sweet. You are so blessed. So appreicated the ponderisms! Made us both laugh. Your page had changed and I couldnt figure out how to get rid of “joining the newsletter” , sorry I joined again. Sorry. From Halifax.

Brenda - May 3, 2020

Always like getting your emails. Thanks for the ponderisms…Funny. we wished we could have been in your yard walking with you and Millie…Just being quiet and mindful of wonderful surroundings. That is a learned skill I am trying to learn in busy surroundings. Do hope we can visit this summer. I entered the free trip you offer to sign up today because I couldnt get out of it. The page has changed. Sorry.

Gayle Forrester - May 3, 2020

Hi Bruce and Millie,
I really enjoyed the walk through your woods. I loved the colours already visible and Millie mixed in too.
She is such a joy to watch. Thank you for sharing.
I am sorry that you won’t be having so many out of province guests this year. It might be a way for Islanders to support Islanders this year.

Blessings to you, Shirley, Millie and your family,

Heather Adamson - May 3, 2020

Good morning from Ontario!!
Yay! I’m back on the mailing list!!
Always love your blogs, Bruce. Great morning read!
Now going to pick fiddleheads for our steak dinner!
Peace and health to you and yours!

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