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Serious Reflection, You Are Unique, and The Jury is Still Out

Serious Reflection, You Are Unique, and The Jury is Still Out

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Is the kettle ready, and is there cake in the fridge? Any candles in the cupboard?

For those away, here is the latest COVID19-Update for the Island brought to us by CBC. 

In last week’s blog, I mentioned that I was to going to attempt to share a little something I learned or appreciated each day of the week. 


“Serious reflection is needed. Unfortunately, today we live in a world without a common dream. The coronavirus was a wake-up call, a punch in the gut to a prevailing sense of narcissism. We need to look at development in a new way that includes all human beings, that gets us back in touch with a necessary sense of solidarity, rejecting a society that does not take care of the disenfranchised. This system that generates riches for few, leaving many in poverty, is cruel.” ~In error, I forgot to get the author’s name, sorry. 

Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” 

If You Can...the wisdom of Winston Churchill.

Getting to another birthday this quote by Michael J. Fox reminds me to stop thinking about what could have been or should have been. 

"I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business." - Michael J. Fox

The cellist, composer, and conductor, Pablo Casals states in his book, Joys and Sorrows.

"Each second, we live in a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and will never be again. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world, there is no other child exactly like you. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you... You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel? You must cherish one another. You must work—we must all work—to make this world worthy of its children." 

Leo Buscaglia shares reflection through his words.

Life is God's (or life‘s if you prefer) gift to us. The way we live it is the gift we give back don’t settle for anything less than the most beautiful gift you’re capable of being. - Leo Buscaglia

And to Accept...

“You are driven by your heart, you’re driven by your talent, and you’re driven by your instinct. And if you start to question and look at what people are doing to the left of you or to the right of you, you are going to lose that clarity of thought. Listen to the information. In the end, it has to come from who you are. Own your decisions and own who you are but without apology.” Anna Wintour

Treat life as a game and a gift.

Emma Smreker does as she hunts for photos and other treasures left in used books — then returns them to their owners. Love this Washington Post story.

Be Inspired...

Go Rahan inspire me to never stop trying to improve daily.

“There is no education like adversity.” -Benjamin Disraeli

Speaking of inspiration, thank you to Voices Rock Medicine, a choir of women physicians came together to make this heartfelt tribute, We Rise Again, dedicated to the superheroes of Canadian healthcare, singing this great song by Leon Drabinsky, a singer-songwriter from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Last but not least, when I am 100 years old, I hope to do something spectacular as well…

This week, I have been listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, very nice. Sample listen here. She certainly has come along way since playing on Prince Edward Island during the summer of 2010.

And this is too beautiful not to share. Our Canadian songstress and awesome mother, Alanis Morissette. 

Have a wonderful weekend, stay safe and take care of each other. 

Today is my birthday, a day to reflect and be grateful. I am happy to be on planet earth and give thanks to the family, friends, staff and readers.

With Love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce & Millie


The insurance agent was having quite an easy time selling Mrs. Cunningham insurance on her husband's life. In fact, he thought it was too easy.

When all the details were finalized, Mrs. Cunningham casually asked, "Now, if my husband should die tomorrow, what would I get?"

"That would depend entirely," the insurance man replied, "on how the evidence is presented to the jury."

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Gina - August 16, 2020

Happy Birthday! Your blog is always such a wonderful respite from the difficult news of the day. I have shared it with others—who have also shared with their friends. Paying forward your insight from beautiful PEI.
Thank you!

Murdock Morrison - August 16, 2020

Indeed a Happy Bithday Bruce and many more as you bring us so much in the way of news from so many sources in your blogs. Today’s blog was wonderful as we can appreciate the writer’s, the musicians and those that contribute to your blog as I already have to congratulate many others who are on Facebook as today is their birthday . Murdock

Elaine - August 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Bruce! I enjoy your blog. I especially enjoyed the Women’s Physician Choir this week. So uplifting in these uncertain times

Peggy Freeman - August 16, 2020

Happy Birthday, Bruce! As always, your blog leaves me inspired and motivated! Thanks for forcing me to ignore the outer forces that seem so overwhelming, and instead, look within myself for the strength and fortitude to endure. May you have many, many more happy birthdays and I look forward to seeing the amazing thing you do when you are 100!!

Nari - August 16, 2020

Happy Birthday, Bruce! Your weekly blog brings us so much joy each week. We look forward to it arriving in our inbox. Sincere thanks from Australia!

Brynhilde Roth - August 16, 2020

Bruce, wishing you a very Happy Birthday! We hope you had a lovely day and may you have a wonderful year ahead!

Audrey Wilde - August 16, 2020

Love reading you blog each week. Each day is a Blessing, but Birthdays are a special Blessing so Happy Blessed Birthday Bruce !!! I especially love the “If You Can” -Winston Churchill one. We all can learn a lot from our dogs. I saw in a video clip from Leo Buscaglia were he had a group of students that had been meeting for a number of weeks. He had one young lady who wasn’t happy with the group. During one of these meeting a dog wondered in off the street and the class members began petting and making a fuss over this dog. The young lady started yelling and telling everyone she was really upset because they were all making a fuss over that dumb dog and she had been in that class and no one made a fuss over her. His answer was——-But you didn’t come in wagging your tall. Happy Birhday—-Blessings, Audrey

Anne Gillis - August 16, 2020

Another wonderful message. It is later on the 15th and wishes continue for a great day, week, month, year. Thanks for a wonderful ‘pause’…

Susan E-J - August 16, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Bruce! I sent you birthday greetings early this morning but my message seems to have been lost? :(
Hope you had a wonderful day!
Susan (Ontario)

Marian Brophy - August 15, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE and thank you so much for your weekly ray of sunshine (even when it is cloudy) We have visited PEI seventeen times in September, bringing some family members and friends along with us. We are very sad that we won’t be able to make it this September. I love your different videos with music. Loved the one years ago with Michael W Smith. I have one I would like to share with you and your family. Don’e know if you are familiar with Keith and Kristyn Getty. Go on YouTube and put in A Mother’s Prayer. Enjoy! Grace and peace, Marian

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