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Social-Emotional Learning, Crown Point, and one For My Bald Friends

Posted on February 01, 2020 by Bruce MacNaughton

Good morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Put the kettle on, get the cup, put the glasses on, and let's chat. 

Not too chilly today at -1C or 30.2 F 

Heading to puppy training a little later this morning, we all can't wait to learn the do and don't of trying to raise our new 10-week old puppy, Millie. 

Good News on Prince Edward Island.  (thank you to CBC) 

Island elementary school teachers will bring new strategies to classrooms next year meant to teach students to be successful, well-balanced members of society.

Maribeth Rogers-Neale, the kindergarten to Grade 12 health and physical education leader with the Department of Education, said social-emotional learning covers a range of topics. Those include teaching kids how to understand and manage their emotions, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. I wish I had this when I was in school.  Read More Here

Island Nature is close but needs our help.

They need to raise funds by February 20, 2020, to acquire Crown Point, which provides a rest stop for thousands of migrating birds in the spring and fall. Because it is close to Stratford's fastest-growing community, it is at risk of development, but that also makes it an exceptional opportunity for Island Nature Trust.

"It's a beautiful salt marsh/freshwater marsh area, has escaped development up to this point and is incredibly important for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl," said trust executive director Megan Harris.

More about Island Nature Trust, here.   More on this Story here.

Great News for folks who love potatoes, fish and sugar! 

Happy Birthday to Arnold Hawkins, the oldest living man in Canada celebrated his 109, this past Thursday and he still lives at home! 

Mr. Hawkins is an inspiration, I love sweets. 

Since the last blog, I managed to finish two books. The writings in both books inspire me. 

Quotes from Stillness is Key

If the quiet moments are the best moments, and if so many wise, virtuous people have sung their praises, why are they so rare? - Ryan Holiday 

In our lives, we face seemingly equal problems and are pulled in countless directions by competing priorities and beliefs. In the way of everything we hope to accomplish, personally and professionally, sit obstacles and enemies. - Ryan Holiday

Even during a quiet evening at home, all we're thinking about is the list of improvements that need to be made. There may be a beautiful sunset, but instead of taking it in, we're taking a picture of it.

We are not present...and so we miss out. On life. On being our best. On seeing what's there.  - Ryan Holiday

Book Clubs at the Big House

What I loved about the book was the story behind the book. How one person's dream was sparked after hearing Jean Vanier (a hero of mine) speak about those who are most marginalized, shamed and forgotten. Psychiatric patients and inmates in prisons. She chose the latter and came up with the idea of book clubs. Creating an opportunity for individuals to experience some community caring. 

Her efforts and those of the volunteers in the 22 Book clubs have changed so many lives for the good. Inmates who participate in the book clubs have a better ability to deal with life once released, and most do not return to prison.

According to the Movement for Canadian Literacy, prison-based education and literacy programs lead to a 50% reduction in recidivism rates. Society owes her organization a big THANK YOU. 

What is more expensive, ignorance or education? 

Contest: I am going to do a draw and give away a copy of this book. Anywho comments on today's blog will have their name in the drum. I will draw and arrange to have a book sent to you from Carol. 

Happy to report that I got a jump on my 20 books in 2020 challenge. I finished three books in January, Atomic Habits by James Clear; Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday and Books Clubs at the Big House by Isobel W. Heathcote. And I near completed the book Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, my second time reading it.  

This morning, I have been listening to and enjoyed watching the musical artistry of, Jean-Michel Blais. 

Listen Here

Watch Here. Mesmerizing.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend and thank you for taking your precious time to spend it with me. 

Take care of each other. 

With love from Prince Edward Island, 

Sincerely, 

Bruce

ps. 

Seeing her friend Marcia wearing a new locket, Ashley asks if there is a memento of some sort inside.

"Yes," says Marcia, "a lock of my husband's hair."

"But Larry's still alive?"

"I know, but his hair is gone."

Beach Clean-Up! (not now)

Posted on June 17, 2017 by Bruce MacNaughton

A local craft brewery launched an initiative earlier this month, to hold an island-wide beach clean up for June 24th. Our beaches can often become quite littered through the winter months with ocean going refuse. We all cherish clean shorelines, especially during the summer and this is possible often as a direct result of volunteer efforts.

A mass beach clean-up is an excellent idea, and many businesses got on board to help with the effort.

However, the Island Nature Trust stepped in and notified the business at the head of this plan that while a lovely sentiment, the timing was all wrong.

Our Island dunes are home to an endangered shorebird, the Piping Plover. And this is the time of year those little birds are making their nests and laying their eggs.

The concern of this group is that a large cleanup effort this time of year could disrupt these nesting birds and we can’t afford to lose a single one! According to a CBC article, the total population of Piping Plovers in PEI is at 61!

The brewery did the right thing and called off the event. They hope to host a clean up at the end of the summer instead.

So great to see companies large and small caring about our environment and doing the right thing.

That was one of the big news stories here on our Island this week! I just love living here.

Before I sign off, I have to wish all my fellow Dads a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. And to you moms and kids who made us dads, thank you for giving us the privilege. My heart goes out to those who lost their Dads for whatever reason. 

I’m not sure yet what Shirley and our daughters have in mind for me Sunday, but it doesn't really matter to me, I am blessed beyond every day with them being the larger part of who I am.

I would love to hear about your Father’s Day traditions and/or some of your stories that celebrate the father figure in your life.