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Jessica's Journey, El Nino and Getting Healthy

Posted on November 02, 2018 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island,

We are expecting one pile of rain and wind this weekend, and I hope everyone and everything is battened down.

On the weather front, I was reading this week in the local Guardian that we are to expect many snowstorms thanks to El Nino, this phenomenon occurs when the waters in the Pacific Ocean are warmer than usual. Weather aficionados can read more here.

A big weekend for those who are running to fill seats on a municipal council or mayoral seats on this coming Monday. Wishing all who run for the betterment of our Island community much success. Not all can win, but democracy loses if no one runs. Thank you for putting yourselves out there.

Speaking of winners, one of our seasonal staff members stories brought tears to while reading about her health & wellness journey. I am so proud to know Jessica and her spirit is just to the moon. Read her story here.

On the health & wellness front, I am still researching stories about the flu and whether to vaccine or not. (those of you who wrote and said that I should, thank  you.)

Earlier this year researchers from the University of Toronto published a study after examining over 20,000 patients who had tested positive for the flu. The study concluded risk of heart attacks increases 600 percent within a week of someone infected with influenza. WOW….read more here. (much closer now to getting the shot, which will be my first)

Takin’ Care of Business

We are still working on our Christmas offerings, but if you are inclined to start planning, I will give a heads up. We will be shipping cooked lobsters and fresh oysters within Canada this year. Details will be available soon. We have created a best sellers page as well as daily expanding Taste Prince Edward Island page. If you have any questions please hit reply and I will answer.

Wishing all a healthy weekend!

This week, for background music I was listening to: 

Lost Souls by Loreena McKennitt

A quote I am pondering this week. 

Knowledge is important, but only if we’re being kind and gentle with ourselves as we work to discover who we are. ~ Brene Brown

With Love from Prince Edward Island,



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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, 




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