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We Are All Crew + I Am Feeling it Even More + Elmo & Robin

We Are All Crew + I Am Feeling it Even More + Elmo & Robin

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Cuppa time...thank you for the invite. 

It has been a beautiful fall on the Island and those of us who reside here are so blessed to live on this little piece of heaven. 

“Pay attention to what you care about, and care about what you pay attention to.” Rob Walker, the Art of Noticing

I was so inspired to read this week about Dr. Bill Mason. Two years ago, he suffered a stroke. His brain function was not impacted, but his body was. He became unsteady on his feet and needed a cane to get around.

"I figured out that part of the wobbliness was that I was very weak. It wasn't so much a neurological deficit, but I figured if I could get the strength component dealt with, then I would be less wobbly."

So he joined the local CrossFit gym and started to work at regaining some strength. 

What an inspiration! He is 96 years old! 

Thank you Sarah Keaveny Vos of CBC for writing such an beautiful story. You need to read this.

This little Island community has a way of caring for others.  And usually doing what is necessary to ensure the safety and care of all. But within me there is always room for improvement.

Only those who are totally self-aware are free from an unconscious bias of some sort of another. And in a lot of cases a negative bias. Whether ageism, sexism, or racism. 

The Self is not a known territory, but a wilderness.
Too often we forget that. 
Too often we reach the boundaries of what we know about ourselves and turn back. 
Now is a time to push past the known self, to reach beyond the limits that have defined us and restricted our growth and self-expression. 
~ Paul Ferrini

Love is the answer. 

Dreams a wonderful song by the Cranberries is played below by 40 Irish women in support of Safe Ireland, creating safety for women or children. 

Oh, my life
Is changing every day
In every possible way
And oh, my dreams
It's never quite as it seems
Never quite as it seems
I know I've felt like this before
But now I'm feeling it even more
Because it came from you
Then I open up and see
The person falling here is me
A different way to be
I want more
Impossible to ignore
Impossible to ignore
They'll come true
Impossible not to do
Impossible not to do
Now I tell you openly
You have my heart so don't hurt me
You're what I couldn't find…

Love is the greatest gift when given. It is the highest honour when received. ~ Fawn Weaver

Earlier in the week this quote got me thinking about free world societies. It feels to me our systems are under attack externally and in some cases internally. I found this quote worthy to share and surely something to think about. 

“A country is considered the more civilized the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful.” ~Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor 

And, ,Marshall McLuhan says it well...

“There are no passengers
on spaceship earth.
We are all crew.”

The book challenge I had set for myself in 2020 was to read 20 books. It would be a first for me. In the last three weeks, I have finished, #10 The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd, #11 Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero, #12 Love Wins by Rob Bell, and have started #13 Love Without Conditions by Paul Ferrini.

We are coming on the time of year where we send two newsletters a week to remind folks, don't wait get your order in during the busy mail order season.

Over the last few weeks, you may have noticed some irregularities with our emails. My apologies. We have moved our email service to a new provider. We had been experiencing a lot of issues with deliverability. A lot of our regular readers were letting me know that they were not receiving their emails from us.

We are not spammers. We wish to have a clean email list. I am setting our system up to only send to people who have confirmed their email addresses with us. So you have had received a request to do so. Thank for complying.

On that note as we have done for the last few years, at the end of my blog we will have a little section called:

Taking Care of Business

Since the introduction of digital printers many years ago, I have had an idea to bring to the world and it is finally happening. The idea finally was birthed this week. 

I realize I make my living from being a merchant, but I do make my life from serving others. 

Shirley & I have always wanted to make the magical moment when someone opens a gift from someone in their life that matters even more magical. 

We now have the ability in-house to help make that happen. 

Can you imagine sending a gift box of goodies to a friend or family member that ignites fond memories? 

Well, now you can. 

We have set technology in place allowing you to upload a personal photograph with your order. Perhaps of the family, or maybe a photo of you and your friend together, or a new family member. We will design the label, print the label and put it on your gift box, handwrite the card with your words and send it with love for you. 

Check out our personalized gift box here. Scroll down and look at the last on the right hand side. 

Thank you for your time today and I sincerely wish you the best of weekends. 

Take care of each other. 

With love from Prince Edward Island.


Bruce & Millie

Ps. Don’t Forget Your Morning Smile


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Deborah Joan Salton - October 26, 2020

You are a treasure !

Pat Cossaboom-Jones - October 25, 2020

Your quotes and words of wisdom are so inspiring. I am happy that the errors have been corrected and I am receiving your blog again-really missed it.
Sent a parcel to a friend in Toronto last week-she received it and was delighted with all the goodies from PEI. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us.

Julie MacKenzie - October 25, 2020

Love your blogs Bruce…keep them coming! I look forward to them every week. ;)

Peggy Freeman - October 25, 2020

Thank you, Bruce! I love the song by those women, simply beautiful! Please continue to send your blogs. I love reading them. I believe I will be sending some of those personalized gift boxes this year at Christmas. Have a great week!
Peggy Freeman

Bunny Wortman - October 24, 2020

I haven’t received an e-mail requesting confirmation of my e-mail address, but please continue forwarding the newsletter. Your blog is always so interesting and a source of comfort and peace. The photos, as in this one make me feel like I’m “home”.

Kay Schuld - October 24, 2020

I still want to receive your weekly note as I look forward to them each week. Such inspirational thoughts especially now with all this virus going on.

Laura Shamas - October 24, 2020

So enjoy your blogs! Thank you for continuing to share.

Caroline B Stogrin - October 24, 2020

So thankful to be getting your emails again! I didn’t realize there was a problem so wondered what I had done to lose you!
I sent a Christmas gift to my son in Texas last year and he loved it. (I live in B.C.) I hope to do the same thing again so I want you to know I really appreciate your service!

Lynne Lowe - October 24, 2020

Greetings, the personalized gift boxes are a fabulous idea. Who doesn’t like personalized items, right? Wishing you a blessed week ahead.


Carol - October 24, 2020

Didn’t see an email confirming I still want to read your blog, but that might be because I subscribed using an address I rarely use anymore. BUT I so look forward to your weekly blogs that I just subscribed using the address I always check. Thank you so much for keeping our spirits up, especially in these uncharted waters. I live many, many, many miles away, but the weekly visit to PEI is a treasured experience.

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