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Spatial Design, Trash Cans, and Lots of Quotes

Spatial Design, Trash Cans, and Lots of Quotes

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,
 
Put the kettle on, tea time. I appreciate you taking the time to share some moments with me today.
 
"Tea carries within itself; knowledge, wisdom, and wellness; for the sake of giving.” -Aniruddha Sastikar
 
Today, April 13 is National Scrabble Day.
 
My wife's brother, Wayne is a generous man and great Scrabble player who loves a good challenge on the board. I must admit he wins more times than not.
 
During the depression an amateur artist and unemployed architect, Alfred Mosher Butts invented Scrabble.
 
He settled on the name Scrabble after naming it Lexiko and then Criss-Cross Words. In 1948, a final name change and a trademark that Butts finally began to produce the game.
 
Scrabble is available in 121 countries with 29 different language versions. Amazing, that over these years over 150 million games have been sold.
 
I hope to see a Scrabble board on the dining room table later today. A cup of tea and a hearty game between some dear friends, Shirley and I.
 
But first things first. As part of our spring ritual, today we need to choose paint colours for our restaurant washrooms.
 
My interest in spatial design, began in a neighbours garbage bin when I was 13.
 
Walking home I noticed jute tied bundled of magazines, called Better Homes and Gardens. (Thank God and thank you, Paula C.)
 
Thinking, what a treat that would be. I grabbed the bundle and took to my bedroom and started flipping through the pages. Over the next few months, I started to dream of better homes and gardens.
 
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." - Albert Einstein
 
Since becoming a huge fan of inspirational thinking, I love magazines. Every trip to Halifax is not complete without a visit to Atlantic News.
 
I will buy quality magazines on almost any subject matter. I enjoy broadening my knowledge and understanding.
 
The world offers so much beauty. 
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead. - Louisa May Alcott
I appreciate the inspired individuals who are led to share their positivity through photographs and words.
 
“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it’s in the being. When I need love from others or need to give love to others, I’m caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.” — Ram Dass
 
Quotes inspire me on the good days as well as the bad. A lot of quotes have come from others who have captured the essence of thought and I find useful to find the focus. Over the years, I have collected near a thousand quotes which I enjoy sharing with you.
 
So before I sign off today, I will share a quote that I have saved up for this very moment.
Love You.
 
"You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have a really lived, are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love." - Henry Drummond
"Love thy neighbour", was not an airy-fairy statement but a three-word treasure trove of wisdom given.  Today, I have been listening to My Paris Years - French Music for Piano by Alain Lefevre. Here are the editor's notes. 
Pianist Alain Lefèvre has lived in Canada for most of his life, but his student days at the Paris Conservatoire, studying with the legendary Pierre Sancan, made an indelible musical mark on him. On his debut album for Warner, Lefèvre celebrates the French capital’s love affair with the piano via an irresistible program full of Gallic charm. He gives beautifully restrained, poetic performances of Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 1, Debussy’s Clair de Lune, and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, while at the heart of the album he reveals Paris’ more tempestuous side in Franck’s ultra-Romantic, Wagner-inspired Prélude, Choral & Fugue.
 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a great week ahead.
 
With love from Prince Edward Island,
 
Sincerely,
 
Bruce

ps.
Five year old Frankie's parents bought him some new shoes. It had been raining so they told Frankie, "You can't walk in mud puddles with your new shoes."

Frankie went outside as his parents watched from the window. The first thing Frankie did was go to the nearest mud puddle and began to stomp his feet in the muddy water.

With the biggest smile on his face Frankie ran back into the house and announced his shoes work just fine in mud puddles.
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Comments

Peter Kerr - April 14, 2019

All that philosophizing is nice but I just want to say that my day started off bright and cheery because I just had French toast topped with PEI Preserve Co. lemon curd. Now that is a real mood lifter. Thanks for keeping it real, Bruce.

Nathalie Lefrancois - April 13, 2019

Thanks for your lovely blog Bruce. Especially your quote from Ram Dass. We just lost a very wonderful friend, Gordon, this week and I deeply connect with these words. Feeling the Beloved all around us is a wonderful way of being and connecting with one another. Gordon was so good at being. Living his life in harmony with everyone and everything that was around him. Living fully. Respectfully. Truthfully. Beautifully. He will continue to be in that love and so will we. Thanks again for your warm blog.

Dr Bob Griffin - April 13, 2019

Alfred, the musician? The quotation “imagination is more important than knowledge” is usually attributed to his 5th cousin Albert Einstein

Elaine Cooper - April 13, 2019

Hi Bruce! Greetings from Vancouver Island in springtime. I love magazines too, especially decor and gardening ones. My favourite is one from Britain called, “Landscape”. It has everything about gardens, landscaping, crafts and recipes. The best thing about this magazine is that there are not a lot of ads! Do try it. Have a wonderful spring! Cheers, Elaine

Nathalie Lefrancois - April 13, 2019

Thanks for your lovely blog Bruce. Especially your quote from Ram Dass. We just lost a very wonderful friend, Gordon, this week and I deeply connect with these words. Feeling the Beloved all around us is a wonderful way of being and connecting with one another. Gordon was so good at being. Living his life in harmony with everyone and everything that was around him. Living fully. Respectfully. Truthfully. Beautifully. He will continue to be in that love and so will we. Thanks again for your warm blog.

Susan E-J - April 13, 2019

Hi Bruce,
I read right to the end today, AND I read Elizabeth’s comment too. She’s absolutely right! :) Your words are like a warm hug… one that we get to look forward to every weekend!
Thanks, Bruce,
Susan.

Elizabeth A. Morgan MORGAN - April 13, 2019

Bruce: I don’t always finish reading all your blogs. I confess, I agree with them to the point where I almost think exactly the same. Probably I’m being lazy, but I do suffer from information overload – there is so much to read and
learn. “We grow too soon old and too late smart!” One thing I want to pass on in this day of #Metoo, whatever that means. I was standing in line at the hardware store one day, listening to the conversation around me, when I felt a pair of arms come around me from behind and just hold me in a warm hug for a moment. It was magical. I turned around of course to see who it was and it was a friend of my sons who just felt compelled and knew it
was just what I needed at that time!!! I told him, from the bottom of my heart and I believe it, " I think that most women just want to be held like that for a moment." It is certainly not an inappropriate act when you know the person means only to comfort you or to express a warmth they may not have words for. In any case. I meant it.
If it had been a stranger, I think I would just have said “Thank you.”
But where I live, there are very few strangers. So, because your words are like a warm hug, I do read them and appreciate them and even drag people over to listen to the music. It is so redeeming!
So thank you for that too.
B

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