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What’s Your One Thing + Mastering the Slow Read + Grandparents Dilemma

What’s Your One Thing + Mastering the Slow Read + Grandparents Dilemma

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island, 

Sunrise 6:52 September 5,2020

Thank you for the invite in. Is the kettle ready? Let's have a cuppa...

I finished The Library Book yesterday. Whoohooo #10 here I come. I enjoyed the book, and I love Susan Orlean's writing. One of my favourite sentences was:

"Beyond that was all uncertainty, the way life almost always is. It would remain a story without end, like a suspended chord in the last measure of a song-that singular, dissonant, open sound that makes you ache to hear something more."

Anyone interested in having me send them The Library Book, by Susan Orlean, please leave a comment. Once the draw is made, and the name chosen, I will reach out for your address. Once I have the address, I will happily send it to you. 

Being able to move my brain from busy-ness to focused reading is a challenging task for me. But a pleasurable challenge. One I will master. 

I enjoyed this Ted Talk by Jacqueline Woodson, an American writer of books for children and adolescents. She is best known for Miracle's Boys, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles Brown Girl Dreaming, After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. 

So now, I move on to number 10 of 20 for my 2020 book reading adventure.

Now on book #10. 

I recently heard Gary Keller interviewed, and I was intrigued by what he had to say. He spoke to a lot of frustrations that I experience. His wisdom came through the words spoken and intrigued me enough to look into his writings. 

So book number 10 is The One Thing by Gary Keller.

From the inside cover flap... 

YOU WANT LESS. 

You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress. 

AND YOU WANT MORE. 

You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. 

NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH--LESS AND MORE.

In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life--work, personal, family, and spiritual. 

WHAT'S YOUR ONE THING?

I look forward to starting the book today. 

"It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death's final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it." ~ Seneca

Shirley and I went for a swim at Covehead Beach yesterday. It was a refreshing dunk in the ocean. Interestingly, I watched a seagull fly very near me overhead with a small lobster flapping while being held in the grips of the gull's beak—the circle of life. And anyone with a dermatological need to have the first layer of the skin removed would have enjoyed the wind. LOL 

"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." - Mignon McLaughlin

Over the last few weeks, Adrienne Klassen, our baker and Katherine MacLaine, our graphic designer/photographer, have teamed up to work together on creating wonderful fun recipes using our products. The laughter these two enjoy together can be heard throughout the village. (OK, that was a little poetic license.) 

Be sure to follow on us on Instagram or take a peek at what they are up to on our recipe blog. Every few days, we post new items.  

One of my favourite songs...

Have a WONDER-FULL weekend!

With Love from Prince Edward Island, 

Bruce & Millie

ps.


My wife said that my granddaughter has me wrapped around her little finger.


I said, "That's not true. I said 'no' to her just yesterday."


"What did she ask you?"


"She asked me if there was anything I wouldn't give her."

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Comments

Anne Gillis - September 5, 2020

Just home from a walk on Stanhope beach. What a glorious day. Like the walk, your writing and posting is a treat today.

Murdock Morrison - September 5, 2020

Yes there is a lot on everyone’s plate these days but you have to make choices and hopefully they are positive and helpful. I would like to have my name on the list for The Library Book as I have heard about it and if you recommend it , then it has to be good. I loved the quote by Mignon as “love” is the most powerful emotion that keeps us together . And Ted Talk by Jacqueline is a follow up that I will check back to do as it sounds interesting. And yes I told my wife that we have to check out the recipe blog as I am a “foodie” and now I want to see what your recipes are . Take care and have a great Labour Day weekend- murdock and connie

althea - September 5, 2020

Bruce – Best blog yet! Wonderful and thanks.

Corinne - September 5, 2020

Dear Bruce,
A special thanks for your insights on Saturday mornings…a great start with a cuppa.
I too am trying to develop a habit for more time reading. It’s a lovely way to end my day,
I am missing my annual visit for a piece of potato pie and that amazing raspberry dessert that is this best thing I’ve ever tasted!
Keep well, keep reading, keep blogging

Corinne

Kenneth Culp - September 5, 2020

Love the song What a wonderful world by : Louis Armstrong. With all that is happening in our world today, it is easy to forget that we still live in a wonderful world. Bruce, Take good care. Ken

Lindsay Hope-Ross - September 5, 2020

I loved hearing Louie Armstrong again. Wonderful World was played at my second wedding. The marriage was all wrong but I still love that song and its message. Thanks for the reminder!

Joan Todd - September 5, 2020

What a wonderful read on this Saturday morning…and what wonderful music to
accompany it! The Power of Love…what a beautiful rendition. I just love the guitar,
the scenery and their voices…fabulous!! So calming. And what can you say about Louis
Armstrong?…it makes you feel like everything will be alright in this very unsettling world
we are living in right now. I sure hope it will anyway. It is in our control. Thank you Bruce!

Peggy Freeman - September 5, 2020

Thank you, Bruce! Those two songs were beautiful! What a Wonderful World is my favorite song as well. I hope Satchmo is right when he says more love will truly help this become a more wonderful world. I had to laugh about the two cooking up recipes. It brought such fond memories of my mom, sisters, and I laughing in the kitchen getting a meal ready. I really enjoy your blogs each week. Thanks again! Peggy Freeman

Lynne Lowe - September 5, 2020

The Library book sounds intriguing. Love reading your blogs. We haven’t been to Covehead yet this season.
P.S My granddaughter has me wrapped around her finger too. They are only little for a short time.
Cheers,
Lynne

Melanie Taormina - September 5, 2020

Love the comment about the wind. That dunk in the ocean must have been “refreshing” indeed! Thanks for these weekly notes. A treasured component of my Saturday mornings — along with tea!

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