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"Dear George: Remember no man is a failure who has friends."

~ It's a Wonderful Life

This week I have been thinking about "friends."

We have many kinds of friends, work friends, social friends, childhood friends, high school or college friends, gym friends, church friends, even Facebook friends.  But what do you call a friend who has been with you through thick and thin? The kind of friends who tell you when you are off track. Real friends can confront you and bring you back from the brink of disaster. Friends love and love being truthful.  

A sign that you have "true" friends are when you share the good, the bad and the ugly about yourself, and they still stand by you. 

A true friend is a good listener and casts no judgment.  

A true friend is faithful & forgiving. 

A true friend understands your tears and is more valuable than friends who only know your smile.

If you have true friends, be grateful. Very grateful. Don't be shy tell them how much you appreciate them! Call them, visit them, whatever it needs to be, be sure to tell them. 

"If you have one true friend in the world, you are very rich." ~ Alistair Begg

I started thinking about true friendship when I read this week that the owners of Weddings PEI (Diana Lariviere and William Caw), are offering free vow renewals in 2017, for couples married more than 50 years. I thought wow 50 years is something and I am sure at the foundation of their marriages you will find true friendship. 

Also, this week learned about the efforts being made by Island Matters Rug Hooking Group to grow the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Rug Registry. A database of hooked rugs and information about the rug hookers who create them. The group is hoping to preserve this information before the art fades away.

Hooked rugs were traditionally made by Island women from burlap bags and scraps of wool to help keep the floors of their homes warm. For that reason, hooked rugs are popular in the Maritime Provinces, and I am sure many friendships were made in rug hooking circles.

Nelsena, my wife Shirley's (my true friend) mom hooked rugs, not so much for the art but practical purposes.  With limited resources, she made rugs to assist transforming a house into a home with warmth and love. Something she strived for all her life, and one of the many reasons I admired her. 

Thank you for listening.

Last but not least, I read somewhere, if you want a friend, be a friend. 

Take care friends, 


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Mary - April 2, 2017

My Mom hooks rugs over on Cape Breton Island. I’m amazed at the work and the beauty. I have one in my dinning room on the wall and my son has one of a curling Rink in his room on the floor.

Kate - April 2, 2017

Comparable to the hooking of rugs; the art of true friendship needs preserving before it fades away.

Victoria Hopkins - April 2, 2017

Tonight, I was reading your blog and shared with my mother in the other room, about the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Rug Registry. Interestingly, my mother who is 86 years of age, commented that her mother taught her this “art” of rug-hooking using “burlap bags” as did PEI women traditionally. I, too, have “hooked” happily quite a few years, preferring to do so whilst sitting on the floor, listening to music or in conversation. Of German descent, I value “tradition” and am probably going to find myself some “burlap.” Thank you for taking time to share your “musings,” Mr. MacNaughton. I remember you, your wife and staff, and the tasty lunch prepped and served to our Ontario group when we visited during a 2015 Fall cruise of the East Coast and New England States; my mother and I often share our memories which include your unique place and business.

Perhaps my mother and I will be able to visit once more in the future. Regardless, I will probably continue to enjoy your “blog” posts.


Michel - April 1, 2017

Good reading Bruce

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