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Breaking news: Joy is not cancelled.

Screenshot_20200313-231044_GalleryIt was a spectacular day today.

Blue sky, snow capped peaks, the kind of day that makes you smile after a long winter. And a friend messaged me after posting my pics and asked: ” How can we be happy right now ?”

” It’s simple.” I said. ” Joy was not made to be a crumb” and sent her one of my favourite Mary Oliver poems. I shared it with other friends online and thought perhaps some of you might find wisdom and even ‘permission’ to still find joy amid this uncertainty….

It’s still ok to be happy. It doesn’t make you less concerned or a bad person. We can’t change what’s already happened. We can only do our part to help here, right now by flattening the curve. And this is where the wisdom of Mary Oliver fits right in…


” If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.

Give in to it.

There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind.

And much can never be redeemed.

Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world.

It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins.

Anyway, that’s often the case.

Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty.

Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)

~ Mary Oliver





    • I live here Marc, so I know Kye bay very well 🙂 I prefer a place further up island though, one less busy.

      I’m happy to be on an island where self isolation and social distancing is easier to do with so many open spaces

      Also. We have our first case here. A local doctor went against authority and divulged to media. And there are more on Vanisle she says.

      “They may not be happy with me saying it’s in the Comox Valley, but we live in a community of 100,000 people… I do think by me saying the Comox Valley it would still be anonymous enough. But there are more confirmed cases on Vancouver Island, since what they [announced].”


  1. Joy yes, but we’ll thought out decisions by our political leaders would help the situation.
    Today Trudeau announces closing our borders to most foreigners but leaves them open to US citizens.
    The argument is made that crosss-border trade is integral to Canada-US relations, so the border remains open for now. Americans can come and go, with a recommendation they self-isolate here for 14 days.
    Number 1) they coming from a country that has no idea how many Covid-19 cases they actually have, thanks to the total mismanagement of the crisis from Day 1 by the Trump administration.
    2) perhaps an American is coming here for a short visit, a matter of days. They likely aren’t going to self-isolate here for 14 days.
    3) while the federal measures today, Trudeau says, are aimed at protecting the health of Canadians, not closing the border to Americans totally negates those same measures because screening in the US has so far been an abject failure.
    It appears cross-border trade ($$$) supersedes the health of Canadians.


    • You’d like the southern border closed? O.K. this is what will happen. The grocery store shelves will be empty and not be re supplied. Gas, gone. Most of the T.P. we have in Canada is made in the U.S.A. (Royale is made in the Maritimes and some Purex Is made here. All that COSTCO brand T.P is made in the U.S.A. or elsewhere. Same for paper towels and Kleenex. Mouth wash, we don’t know where its made in most cases and that includes tooth paste and shampoo. There are one or two small companies in Canada which make toothpaste and when I was checking to see where the mouth wash at Shoppers Drugs was being made only one stated it was made in the U.S.A. others, no clue where it comes from. Those who declare country of manufacture, are American, European, Japan, etc. .

      Even goods which come from other countries frequently come via the U.S.A. As Trudeau said, it was open to review but for now the border will stay open because of the closely integrated economy which translates into food, medicine, all sorts of things come from the U.S.A. Very little is produced here in Canada. At one time we manufactured glasses, dishes, etc. not today. go into the grocery store and look at where the dish detergent is being made. You’ll find a couple made in Canada and one in B.C. How do you think we’re going to survive. Last evenings news advised there are approx. 3000 trucks coming in from the U.S.A. every day with goods. if you have a kid in diapers check where they come from and if any are made in Canada. Try finding garbage bags made in Canada. I can find those only in the local independent dollar store.

      In Great B. the government has asked manufacturers to stop what they are doing and start making ventillators. Where do you think that can be done in Canada? This country no longer even has the equipment which could be converted to make medical equipment. We export and we export natural resources. Canadian clothing labels, manufacture in china or other Asian countries. Very few still manufacture in Canada and those which do are more expensive and sell only in small independent shops. Tooth paste which is made in Canada is usually $2 a tube more and not sold in many large chains.

      You wanted cheaper goods and you have them. They’re just not made in Canada and very little is, especially here in western Canada. there is more manufacturing in eastern Canada, but for that to arrive in western Canada, specifically B.C., . that will take at least a week. It comes much more quickly out of the U.S.A. ?For the past 30 years or so more supply chains have been going north and south in North American not east and west.


        • I agree Laila. We can still have good relations with the States and just continue with necessary business and commerce for both countries to continue with the life sustaining necessities for everyone that will work fine. The WHO Chairperson and director said the chain must be broken. So what does Trudeau do. He sits on the fence and keeps a link in the chain where it shouldn’t be. In my opinion he’s the weak link. Maybe he’s afraid of the big bad Donald. No,Trudeau is just a weak PM. Nice fella, but a waste of critical space when leadership strength is vital. Anyhow it looks like we’ve drifted a bit from your topic, Joy is not Cancelled.


  2. However it is not just goods transporters Trudeau has left the border open to, it is open to all Americans at this point in time. I thought one main objective of government measures was to halt, as much as possible, the arrival of the virus on our doorstep. I fail to see how leaving the border open to all Americans does not compromise that objective.
    I understand the importance of maintaining the flow of goods but it seems the feds are working at cross purposes.
    Other countries, say in Europe, say Italy for instance, rely on cross-border trade with many of their neighbours. They have a catastrophe on their hands which has necessitated the total closure of their border.
    If you’re going to halt and defeat this damn thing perhaps some very drastic measures are going to have to be implemented.


  3. “Our number one priority is protecting the health of Canadians.”
    “We will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents.” -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mar 16, 2020.

    However American citizens will still be permitted to cross our border.
    We would you construct a barrier to safeguard your country but leave gaping holes with that barrier? Makes no sense.
    Unless you imagine a conversation in which an incumbent politician says look young fella, I have an election fight this year, one I plan to win and one that relies to great extent upon my being able to boast a robust economy. I need our borders open to trade. What do you need?
    Funny that both said almost the same thing Monday, that border closures might be something to look at, but not at this time.
    Stay healthy everyone.


    • I have a new post coming tomorrow. I am trying to keep spring break as normal and fun as I can, in the circumstances. We are down to 3 rolls of toilet paper for 4 people here right now and I’m praying no one gets a stomach bug because this entire town is outta toilet paper thanks to the freaking hoarders….


  4. The big store chains are especially guilty for letting the hoarding continue to happen. Profiteering pigs up at corporate H.Q. Imagine the money raked in over a couple weeks. They could have payed more and got more security, limited qauntities, etc.


  5. A recent visitor (Christmas) admonished me for only having one 12 pack? package of toilet paper for 3 bathrooms. so just because, I supplied EACH bathroom with 2 -12 packs, 2 toothpastes and individual toilet cleaner! And I still have most of it! I’ll gladly lend you some, if you promise not to get any closer than two meters.


    • Down to 2 rolls now and I feel like I am in the Seinfeld skit where Elaine is stuck in a stall and the toilet paper roll is empty and the woman in the stall beside her wont share….🤣

      It will be paper towel being used next. Which is not flushable and means extra measures for disposal..



  6. The toilet paper hoarding thing is just a riot. don’t know what it actually says about us, but some where along the line, ……………….some of those carts coming out of Costco had more toilet paper than food. It boggles the mind.


    • Right? The rednecks here have been the worst, seconded only by entitled peeps. I have to make a trip out by the weekend. Which I am not looking forward to because of my immune system issues. I’ll be wearing gloves, bring the one wee bottle of sanitizer I found under the bathroom sink and stay far away from people. Thinking of wearing a go pro to film the ordeal….😬


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