Island Musings

Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it

Deeds — December 25, 2018

Deeds

A wise friend once said, “a good deed done without fanfare or knowledge of others is a more worthy good deed”.  With that in mind I have been thinking about a dear friend who, while visiting Africa, met a young mother raising 3 children in poverty. My friend and her husband were so touched by this young family they committed to the cost of food, medical treatment as needed and an education for the three children.  They kept that commitment. The three children grew to wonderful young adults, two obtained PHDs and the third is about to graduate from college. They have contributed to their culture and country and are employed in and contributing to the betterment of Africa. Each has traveled to Canada to spend time with their Canadian parents. 

My friends are not wealthy and the commitment they made probably meant that they did without many material things and stuff. 
It is a privilege to have these good souls as friends. 
I don’t think so — December 23, 2018

I don’t think so

A wise acquaintance frequently refers to the good old days when politicians ran for public office, not because they needed the job (the money) but rather ran because they felt they could govern in a way that was for the greater good of the people. I usually sputter at that point and remind him that he is talking about lawyers and other wealthy elite. When have lawyers and wealthy elite served any interest that was not their own or that of their cronies?

Home — December 17, 2018

Home

A few friends in the US and a couple Canadian friends tease me about my love of this place I call home and I do understand that it can be illogical and sometimes viewed (seemingly) through rose coloured glasses.

The article linked below which refers to another place not that far away is a great example of love of place. PEI has changed in my 42 years here but there is still no place I would prefer.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/vickie-morgan-newfoundland-plan-1.4943214

Absolutely dead – not — December 16, 2018

Absolutely dead – not

Many years ago on a blog now gone I wrote much the same as outlined in this article.

https://futurism.com/the-physics-of-death

I took it a bit further. I contend that when a new life begins it draws its energy from the finite pool of energy. Thus, once our energy is released by death it returns to the finite pool and gets distributed to new life as needed.

Not sure where Karma or reincarnation fits in here. I suspect the distribution is random and bits of my energy could easily end up in a worm as it could end up in a world champion motorcycle racer. Still, it is nice to think we might have some control.

Why I love this place — December 8, 2018

Why I love this place

A friend sent me this link and it is a perfect example why I have (sometimes illogical and irrational) referred to our tiny place as paradise. The political implications referred to in the video as ‘the plan’ had significant implications to the culture of PEI. The development plan brought change to most parts of life in paradise and while progress is hard to impede I yearn for simpler time.

https://www.nfb.ca/film/eastern_graphic/

Dog people can be odd at times — December 7, 2018
A spark? — December 6, 2018

A spark?

From the CBC

It’s now a five-way race for leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I.

Kevin J. Arsenault kicked off his leadership bid Wednesday night.

I wonder if he can bring the needed spark that the Tories desperately need.

Jobs — December 5, 2018

Jobs

My former employer had a job opening in Montague. This is an inside clerical position which pays an above average salary plus benefits and training is provided. They advertised the position in all the usual job banks plus newspaper and had two applications.

Five years ago we had a similar job opening in Charlottetown and had 150+ applications. Conclusion?

Streaming war — December 3, 2018

Streaming war

The CBC just broadcast a radio piece on the so called war between TV streaming services. They never mentioned the elephant in the room – the millions and millions of viewers who are watching what is often called pirate TV.

Watching any season or episode of almost any TV show ever produced and almost any movie ever produced when you want has proven to be appealing to many. As the tech has matured to a point of being much like watching Netflix it will become more appealing.

You can’t stuff the genie back in the bottle. Remember the change Napster brought to the music delivery model.

George H. W. —

George H. W.

I consider myself reasonable well informed of US politics. As I listen to comments from various politicians in the US as well as world leaders I realize I, like many, did not realize many of the accomplishments of #41.