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Fall Colours, Aging, and Historic Day in Canada

Posted on October 20, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Greetings from beautiful Prince Edward Island! What weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few days. We had wind so strong it knocked out power and shut down ferry service and led to restrictions on the Confederation Bridge. And would you believe we got snow yesterday? That is unusual though not unheard of for this time of year.

We received our annual load of mushroom compost this week to spread on the garden beds next week. Our hardworking garden staff are preparing to plant near a thousand tulip and daffodils bulbs as well.

I am already looking forward to next spring and the cacophony of colour.

If you enjoy garden photography, take a “scroll” through our Gardens of Hope blog to see photos from all seasons. Take a “scroll” here.

The biggest news here this week in Canada, is no doubt, the legalization of cannabis. People were lined up outside of the new government-operated marijuana shops making history as this recreational drug is now legal in Canada. This new legislation won’t directly change my life as tea leaves are the only plant I tend to ingest at this point in my life.

For our readers, I share a link to a recent town hall meeting where experts in the subject came together for discussions in our nation's capital this week. Interesting perspectives. Excellent show. Listen or read the transcript to CBC radio program produced by the team at The Current. Click Here.

I have shared in a previous blog that I am 62 and a lot more aware of my health.  Health becomes top of mind with health scares, losing friends to illness or age, or when maturity passes youthful denial on the road of life.  Oh that stage in life when one feels invincible, remember those days? I have decided I will be paying more attention to what I can do to “preserve” my good health. 

MacArthur Studies of Successful Aging showed on average, non-genetic factors were more important than genetics in determining how well, and long we live. The study suggests that we have more control than we realize over our remaining healthy as we get older. Compelling scientific evidence points to a formula for successful ageing, in particular, four habits that facilitate ageing well. Read this common sense article by Dr. Gary Small here.

The human journey—particularly our spiritual journey—is profoundly shaped by our longings. More often than we expect, we get what we most desire. One way or another, our desires form our spirits and direct our lives. For good or for bad, we are made in the image of what we desire. ~ from the book I am reading presently, Soulful Spirituality by David G. Benner PhD

Wishing you and yours a great week ahead. 

This week, I was listening to a lot to 

The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893, is a collection of two sets of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys, composed for solo keyboard by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Listen here as it played by Andras Schiff. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 




The meaning of opaque is unclear.

    Health Benefits of Tears & Laughter and Choices

    Posted on February 17, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

    It’s been quite a beautiful week here in Prince Edward Island. The sun has been shining, and if you look past the ice-covered ground and look up to the sky, the colours tell us that spring is making her way to us, only 31 days from here. 

    Monday is "Islander Day," a provincial holiday on Prince Edward Island. A day set aside for families to enjoy spending time together. Many shops and businesses will be closed, including the Preserve Company, to allow staff members to get out and take part in some of the festivities happening throughout the province.

    You have been so gracious to share your comments over the last few weeks, and some have sent emails to encourage my writing as well. 

    You inspire me. Thank you.

    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

    A year ago I made a decision to do something about the state of my physical health. Memberships to the local health club for 25 years, (going perhaps only 100 times during that time), with a promise to myself at the beginning of every January to "do" more.

    It never happened. Maybe you know what I mean.

    Promises that become broken promises does nothing good for the soul. 

    A year and several trainers later (I like to think, I wore them out. LOL) feeling more energy and positivity.

    I have read this quote before, but now I get it. 

    Take care your body. It's the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn

    This new path has me researching food. Choices and consequences. Please have no fear of this space becoming a rant for one diet over another; I will just share what I learn. 

    While researching I found a great little article. Click the red.

    The Health Benefits of Laughter, Tears, and Kisses

    We are busy working on creating a new blogging space and will share more details over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

    You can make comments in the comment section, don't worry, I read them before publishing. If you wish your words not to be displayed, just write do not post, and that is fine, I won't post. But I would love to hear from you. 

    What are you reading? Fiction, non-fiction.

    Personally, I tend to be a non-fiction reader, but do need to change that up a bit for sure. Right now. I have about three on the go. 

    The Road to Character by David Brooks, where he focuses on the broader values that inform our lives. He calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success. He challenges us to rebalance the scales between our "resume virtues" - achieving wealth, fame and status and our "eulogy virtues," those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.  

    For diet consideration, I am reading, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. 

    For spiritual consideration, I find a lot of peace in reading Graham Cooke, especially the Wisdom Series.

    When writing, I like to listen to instrumental music. 

    This morning, I am enjoying Portrait: Max Richter by Angele Dubeau & La Pieta. She is one of my favourite instrumentalists. Take a listen here

    Oh, here is something on the humour side. Let's call it Saturday's Silly. It is diet related.

    Click here. Have a chuckle.

    Wish you a wonderful weekend! 

    With love from Prince Edward Island.