Monday Morning Musings

Posted on August 21, 2017 under Monday Morning Musings with 2 comments


Yeah, yeah. I know I posted this picture on the weekend but this time I photo shopped myself out of the picture, enhancing it immeasurably.

I have done a lot of driving this summer… you know, the usual stuff. I have made several airport runs, been to the beach many times and have enjoyed showing our beautiful province to people from other parts of Canada and indeed the world. This is prime time in Nova Scotia. Everything is lush and green and the flower beds are bursting with colour. Agreed, the wells could use more rain and that will come in due course.

All of this is a pleasant distraction from what’s going on south of the border and indeed, in many trouble spots around the globe. Long term readers of my posts know that I will go to great lengths to avoid controversy similar to trying to avoid poison ivy. It is not that I am trying to take the easy way out. One on one, I will happily engage in discourse about the state of global affairs but sharing my world view on social media is not likely to be impactful.

I prefer to shine a light on extraordinary ordinary people. They are all around us doing wonderful things, quietly… out of the limelight.

Mary MacLellan is one of those people. She lives on route 245 somewhere between Doctor’s Brook and Malignant Cove. She has been an elected municipal official for a long time. I can’t even begin to list all of the causes that she has championed over the years. She is indefatigable. She also makes the best seafood chowder in the universe and her garden pond is nothing short of breathtaking. If you want to get a glimpse of heaven, go to the Dockside Café in Arisaig and try some of Mary’s chowder. Then drive up the road a few kilometers, turn off the car and walk over to “ Mary’s Pond.” It is both spectacular and serene.

Sally “ Central “ Beaton from Mabou, passed away a few days ago in her 101st year. A few years ago, I had the honor of sitting with Sally in her kitchen to hear the remarkable story of her life. In case you missed it, you can read Sally’s story here.

Mary and Sally are the kind of people who have made a difference. They have a positive outlook and choose “ deeds over words.” We can all talk ourselves blue in the face about Trump, North Korea and fake news. Our time could be better spent following the path of wonderful women like Mary and Sally. They make the world a better place.

Have a great week.

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2 Responses to Monday Morning Musings

  1. Greg Albert says:

    Nice Len I lived out that way when I was eleven years old MarrasBrook.Boy have things changed over the years.But anyway have yourself a good week.

  2. Anna Mac Donald says:

    Thanks for the picture of Mary’s Pond. Every time I go by I see it out of the corner of my eye with the other eye on the road.,.!!! Now I am going to try to save the picture

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