Hurricane Fiona From the Rear-view Mirror

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. When you’re in the path of a hurricane, you need to check your ego at the door.  It’s not for the faint of heart. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

This past week, we had Hurricane Fiona touch down in our Province.  Various areas in the Atlantic Canada region got varying degrees of severity.  At one point our area was supposed to have gotten 150km/h gusts.  I think it was some of that which took out our power early Friday morning.  Really early, we’re talking like 3 or 3:30AM.  Thereafter we were dependent on a generator to keep things running.  Without a generator, we would have been much worse off.  We lost power for a few days.  According to my husband, we regained power in half the time that we did with Dorian.  We were in much better shape this time around.  You see, after Dorian, we knew that the generator that we had would not work for a larger storm where we lose power for more than a day.  So, we made a wise investment in getting another generator.  I also learned from that time, that we needed to have food put up for later.  Though being a child of the Maritimes, I knew that this would be a good idea from the start.  So, when I heard Hurricane Fiona was on the way, I did a lot of preparation work.  This included, with hubby’s help, cooking extra meals ahead.  Making biscuits.  Doing all the laundry.  Hubby also made sure that things were tied down outside or put away.  I knew that without power, it might be awhile until we could get things done again.  One other thing I knew was that without power, we have no internet.  So, nothing online would be done.  I did the blog post and podcast early and had them auto release.  My posting for the week ended on Sunday, so my Twitter posts had run out.  Of course I knew there was nothing I could do about it, so wasn’t that concerned as I knew I’d have to catch up once power was back. 

After losing power, I discovered that I had, without asking for it, and having my Kindle turned off, I had been locked out of my Kindle Account.  Somehow, it auto updated…I could not sign in…I would have to reset it as it seemed to have reset itself magically.  So much for modern convenience.  So, when I usually would have e-books I could read, I had nothing.  Not to be deterred and having had trouble with Amazon lately with my e-books being up and down like a yo yo, I was not deterred by this.  If you don’t have e-books, then you find something else.  We had bought a new computer, so I did what set up I could from offline.  Got to learn a bit about some new programs.  Tried some of them out.  Discovered a game Mahjong on it.  This was a good thing.  I hate games, but this is different. Much like solitaire, it involves thinking and no violence.  So, I became engrossed in that.  I also had colouring books, so keep busy between the two. 

In the meantime, things started to slow with the storm and they got the power back up.  Thank you Maritime Electric!  You see, I had noticed over the past three years, that they had contractors or other workers for Maritime Electric out fairly regularly trimming trees over the power lines.  This likely kept things from being far worse.  You see, when we surveyed the damage after our returned power, we saw that the local bridge was washed out and the guard rail was snaked out along the road.  The bridge is down.  One has to take the back way into Summerside.  We had lost several trees on our property.  Some were damaged.  Neighbours had lost shingles. Our greenhouse was slightly damaged.  Our garden didn’t look as pretty.  We were lucky.  We power back in half the time it took with Dorian and our house wasn’t damaged.  This was also partly due to work my husband had done to make the house a home.  Anchors were attached.  Skirting was strongly attached.  It might have made the place look better, but it also makes it safer from damage.  The metal roof held well.  We were thankful to see so little damage to our property.  I know others were not so lucky.

Signs were damaged as well.

Then we did a drive between our location and Summerside.  It was utter devastation.  The corn fields which had looked so pretty now looked like a bomb went off.  I hope some harvest happened before the hurricane…but it might have been too early.  The farmers must be heart broken to see such a mess of their hard work and time.  There were trees down, some on buildings.  There were trees on wires.  The traffic lights were literally torn off their housings in Summerside.  This happened on at least a couple of locations where they were wired over the roads.  It was heart breaking to see the total destruction of trees, crops, property and power lines.  In the middle of all this, there was one lone crew of power workers (others were likely in other areas that I didn’t see)…this was one moment of hope. They were working in the rain and wet and chill just after the hurricane trying to get the power up.  These were true professionals.  Thank you power workers. 

This was one of the many fields…and I’m sure other crops were similarly affected

Fast forward a little later.  I saw a tweet from a power worker who had people driving by while he was working yelling obscenities at them.  I was flabbergasted.  Of course, earlier, there was some political person trying to score points by complaining that the length of time to get the power back up was not OK. I don’t think anyone was saying it was OK.  Sorry to see people using a natural disaster to score some kind of points.  It’s what I refer to as dirty politics.  First, it was putting blame on the workers who were working their hardest to get our power up and encouraged such disrespectful displays as those yelling obscenities at workers and second, I believe it was an attempt to point fingers at the Government.  From what I saw, his family had to do without him so that he could try to get things up and running.  This is not the time or place for this sort of grandstanding.  Sorry, for those who don’t know, as I mentioned before Maritime Electric has had workers out for the past few years trimming trees over power lines.  For those who want to play the blame game.  What did you think they should be doing?  I also didn’t mention that I saw crews changing out older power poles during the years after Dorian.  So, really, what do the people complaining about the lack of work being done want to see being done?  If there are problems in your area, then let the Electric company for your local area know.  They don’t have ESP.

Thank you to everyone working to try to get stuff up and running again!

I know that you get to see the best and the worst of people during these times.  I was, however, frankly shocked at the amount of blame game I saw going on.  This is a natural disaster!  I speculate that people are so used to their computers and phones doing everything for them automatically, that they expect the power company to work the same way and maybe life as well.  I have to point out that in a natural disaster, they first put up the hospitals and necessary services…it’s the difference between life and death.  So, I never begrudged those things being fixed ahead of us.  Why our area got power so much faster this time around, I have no idea.  I think a goodly part of that is that Maritime Electric and/or their contractors decided to do work over the three years since Dorian.  No one thanks them for that or even noticed…well, I noticed.  Not sure if anyone else did.  It’s easier to play the blame game.  To try to score easy points by putting down people who are currently doing the work.  There is a time and place for politics, the middle of a natural disaster seems in rather poor taste.

Traffic light ripped right out of its housing!

I’m certain in all the world, I might have been the only one that acknowledged having seen, several days before Fiona, the Premier was trying to recruit as many power workers etc as he could get to get things back up and running after the hurricane was through.  Personally, I hate politics, but I do respect someone actually trying to do something to better things.  I know people who are without power are tired.  I was tired when our power went out after Dorian.  I’m sorry for your pain.  I waited the week or so it took to get the power back.  I didn’t feel the need to drive by workers and shout profanity at them.  Why is it nowadays it seems that people want to put down the people doing good honest work?  Make sure that they don’t feel welcome.  Make sure that they take away any joy they have in doing something?  Is it a sickness that permeates society?  Is it a sickness that has developed from our instant gratification lifestyle?  Whatever it is…if you can help, do so, if you can’t at least don’t make things worse for those trying to help.

Property damages

You can find pictures (I’ll have some posted here) and on my Twitter Account.  I also have a video on our YouTube showing the devastation of Fiona.  No system is perfect.  While we’re trying to come back from a natural disaster, is not the time or place for grandstanding and mistreating those who are working on trying to help.  As Kenny Rogers sang, “There’ll be time enough for countin’ /When the dealing’s done.”  So, I know you’re tired and “you’re all out of aces” (to follow Kenny Rogers theme), but, “There’ll be time enough for countin’ /When the dealing’s done”.  Keep hope things can change for the better.  It won’t change for the better by making things worse for others.  Whether you agree with me or not, I hope I made you think.  Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!  Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something.  Thank you! 

The podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Hurricane-Fiona-From-the-Rear-view-Mirror-e1okgdf

You can find more pictures on my Twitter Account and also on YouTube! The YouTube video is located: https://youtu.be/-OVuwFRxJYo

Hurricane Fiona From the Rear-view Mirror E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA Author A & J PEI Treasures

Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week I talk about Hurricane Fiona from the rear-view mirror. It is a different world from what I had known. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound: https://freesound.org/search/?q=applause+51743&am Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading and creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures) Thank you Anchor for the resources to get the podcast done from my computer! Thank you to all forums that carry my blog post and podcast! Thank you to my listeners, readers and people who want to make this a better world. In Gratitude to all creators past and present that gave us the ability to think and do the impossible. Quotes: Kenny Rogers (The Gambler) Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress: https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ and GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson Podcast are available on various formats, but this is just to name a few: Anchor FM in a variety of formats: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 My e-books can be found on: Smashwords (my Affiliate link): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/?ref=ejstoo or https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo Please note I am no longer on Amazon. If you see my e-books up, please let me know as they should not be. You can also find us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something. Thank you! *some pictures on WordPress.  More on Twitter and a video on YouTube showing the destruction.* Photo shows trees blocking the road and also power line pulled down (near top left).

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All my e-books can be found on:

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I’m no longer on Amazon, if you see my e-books up on Amazon, please let me know as they should not be.

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week I talk about Hurricane Fiona from the rear-view mirror.  It is a different world from what I had known.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!  Photo, a tree over a street with the power being taken out by branches top left.
The road is blocked by a tree and the power was taken out by limb(s) top left)

New Technology has Potential Pitfalls

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think.  When technology changes at breakneck speed, then there can be some unintended consequences.  We make it easier, but harder for some.  Some will take advantage which is reprehensible.  Some will be leaders and show others where the changes come from.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

The past month or so, I’ve had all sorts of tech problems.  My cell was up and down.  It appears that some of it might be a problem and some of it might not be.  I finally gave up after locking myself out the last time from my cell phone.  We happened to be in the capital city (Charlottetown, PEI) and went into the phone store.  The staff were helpful.  They had never seen what I had done with my cell before.  Me either.  I just thought it was a nifty security feature…but no such luck.  I still have no idea what utility they thought existed in this feature.  Before I go forward in time, I must go backwards to help the younger generations understand why there can be so many issues with computers and cell phones for those over 50.  You see, when I got my first cell phone, I was in my 40’s…nope, not joking.  I was in my 40’s had a job working in counselling.  I remember being so pleased with my second rate cell that I had just gotten.  I never did have a need to have the top name thing…just a good serviceable one. I was paying off student loans and my Charter the whole time.  You see, it worked a little differently.  You got it turned on and set up…it came with the obligatory internet access thing…which, can’t remember for sure might have been Internet Explorer…which was the thing then.  It had a few other icons.  Thereafter, if there was anything you wanted, you got into Internet Explorer and added it yourself.  You actually had to do the work.  It didn’t come with all sorts of stuff.  It came with little and you could get what you wanted.  You could personalize the cell.  It seems a bit intrusive that they load up all sorts of stuff without you asking for it.  At least that’s how it feels to me.

Now fast forward to the phone store.  The clerks were helpful, fixed whatever it was I did.  When they were finished getting me out of that mess, I asked the clerk if they could factory reset my phone.  They seemed a bit uncomfortable with this and definitely did due diligence…they made sure I knew I’d lose all my contacts and such from my cell.  I was OK with that. You see, I’m old.  I think I have all of 4 contacts on my cell.  I am assuming that the last time someone did this and they complied, someone got in huge trouble.  But, after making sure I did know I’d lose my 4 contacts…and some hesitancy on their part, they put me to the factory reset screen and let me push the button.  They really did help me.  They did what I asked.  I think the younger generations have so much tied to their cell that the idea of just cleaning the whole mess out was astonishing and likely resulted in them getting a great deal of grief from the customer at some point for complying.  I can tell you, I’m not going to give them grief and I thank them for their service. 

At that point, I also asked if they could get rid of all the crap that my cell phone was tossing up.  It was freaking me out and the cell was driving me out of my mind.  I never asked it to load various news sites.  I never asked for it to give me games.  I’m almost 60 and didn’t play many of them before…don’t have time for them now.  They looked at me like I had lost my mind.  But, the one staff member took a moment and did what amazed me…changed my knowledge of my cell to an updated understanding.  They explained to me that the new thing with Google is that they load the whole thing.  If I sign into Google, it will assume that I am wanting to be on and does everything automatic.  Then they took the five minutes out of their day and showed this old timer how to delete the stuff I didn’t want from my cell.  I am forever grateful.  Having been brought into the computer world in my 40’s and it being almost 20 years ago, I don’t know when things changed so dramatically.  When did the cell phone get a mind of its own and decide to load every piece of stuff onto the cell.  I don’t know when cells started to load everything from a certain provider.  When you learned to use technology before the big change…things that are now considered conveniences and normal to some are considered intrusions to others.  This one five minute tutorial explained everything to me that I needed to know.  My cell may or may not have been hacked…but at least I can control what is on my cell to some extent. 

So, you of the younger generations, you are used to the computer or cell giving you everything.  You are used to things going automatically.  If you were brought into the cell world at 40 years old, and with the DIY set up methods…this comes as quite the culture shock.  Imagine having to set up your cell phone and get what you want on it and it suddenly, just out of the blue starts adding stuff that you didn’t ask for.  If that wouldn’t freak you out, not much would.  So, have some patience with the people who learned to set up our own cell phones and set up our own computers.  These changes came in fast and if you just buy a cell phone, you think it works the way they have for the last 20 years.  When it doesn’t, this can be confusing.

On a different note, I remember when I saw my first cell phone.  My Uncle, who was in the army, made a visit.  Before he came, he made a surprise call and we thought he’d be awhile in getting to the house.  Imagine our surprise when not five minutes later, he was at the door.  He thought it was great fun and showed us a huge thing…in an almost camouflage bag about the size of a large purse.  It was a good foot or more and looked like a Lego telephone receiver.  There was no screen, there was just a listening portion and a speaking into portion.  I did not see another cell phone that I remember much about until my Husband got his first cell phone.  He was with a now defunct phone company for his service.  It did calls.  He had it many years.  Finally one day, I decided it was time for me to join the modern world and got my first one.  I bought the cheapest one I could find.  At one time, you could get a reasonable cell for $99+ Taxes.  It was a bit of a hassle to set up, but would work.  So, in 60 years, we’ve gone from huge cell phones to smaller ones and flip phones and we’re going back to larger for the screen.  Cell phones are the modern version of a mini computer. 

Of course, I also started with computers after I was over 22.  I took a course at a College.  At that time, you still had to put a disc into a large machine that took up half a table.  During my MA, I used one that needed to have a disc to get your DOS to get your computer up.  This link is for those who are unsure what DOS is (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS).  So, those too were things you had to set up yourself to use.  By the time I was working, I did have a more modern computer.  They were slow and cumbersome but still amazing at the time.  They did allow me to communicate with my family.  They too have become more complex.  I’m sort of looking forward to setting up the new one…and half dreading it.  Who knows what it will do that will freak me out.  Think I will set it up offline before I set it up online.  At least I may get an idea of what it comes with.  Got a good virus scan too.  The one I have for free…I cannot for the life of me figure out why it shows up in several places and why it decided I should speak French to my Yahoo.  My French unfortunately sucks.

I was a child in the 60’s and 70’s … when Ken Olsen was purported to have said, in 1977, “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”   https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ken_Olsen.   This was a bit misinterpreted or so it was said at the time.  He was talking about smart homes…which seems pretty much an up and coming thing with some computerized elements in some homes.  So, he kind of missed the mark on that one either way.  At the time, most homes did not have computers and few, if any, had cell phones.  Advanced technology consisted of coloured TV and walkmans https://www.dictionary.com/browse/walkman or some sort of radio/cassette player.  Now they are considered ‘antiques’ or retro implements of the technological world. 

So, I definitely thank the clerks at the phone store.  They brought me up to speed on something I was not aware of, fixed my problem and restored some sanity to my phone.  I still have it off now.  Will have to work on it at some point.  But, currently we’re waiting for incoming hurricane during hurricane season.  This kind of takes precedence right now.  There’s always a storm somewhere…either a computerized one or a natural one.  Next time you see someone who is over 45 or 50 and confused by the cell phone, it’s easy to assume there are too stupid and too old to know the difference.  This is not the case.  They have had to set up their own cell phone just a short 20 years ago.  They probably never had a computer in their homes until maybe the 1980’s or 1990’s and they had to set that up too.  They lived in a different world.  They understand technology and that it changes, they just didn’t expect for the changes to be so drastic and so fast.  Their parents hadn’t seen a computer until their kids were older and out of the house.  Imagine their culture shock.  Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!  Whether you agree or not, I hope it makes you think. 

New Technology has Potential Pitfalls E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA Author A & J PEI Treasures

Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I talk a little about my experience with changes in technology from the viewpoint of someone over 50 with useful lessons for the younger people.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound: https://freesound.org/search/?q=applause+51743&am Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading and creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures) Thank you Anchor for the resources to get the podcast done from my computer! Thank you to all forums that carry my blog post and podcast! Thank you to my listeners, readers and people who want to make this a better world. In Gratitude to all creators past and present that gave us the ability to think and do the impossible. Quotes: Ken Olsen Articles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ken_Olsen https://www.dictionary.com/browse/walkman Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress: https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/  and GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson Podcast are available on: Anchor FM in a variety of formats: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 Amazon: https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/879afe63-b03a-419d-8c13-068892219490/E-JEAN-SIMPSON-BED-BA-MA-AUTHOR-A–J-PEI-TREASURES My e-books can be found on: I used to have Amazon, but it got closed due to password issues and I haven’t gotten it back yet. The books have been put up and taken down and I'm not sure what is going on there yet. So, I'd skip that. Smashwords (my Affiliate link): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/?ref=ejstoo  or https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo You can also find us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something. Thank you!

Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something.  Thank you!  The podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/New-Technology-has-Potential-Pitfalls-e1o7ose

Posts are available on

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iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/

Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585

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All my e-books can be found on:

I used to have Amazon, but it got closed due to password issues and I haven’t gotten it back yet. The books have been put up and taken down and I’m not sure what is going on there yet. So, I’d skip that.

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I talk a little about my experience with changes in technology from the viewpoint of someone over 50 with useful lessons for the younger people.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
Sometimes it feels like I’m a caterpillar on the road on the superhighway of the Internet The podcast that matches the blog post can be found on Anchor FM and other sites:

Quotes:

 Ken Olsen

 Articles:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ken_Olsen

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/walkman

Education Might not be Everything, but it can be Something

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think.  There seems to be a lot of people going around putting down education.  Like an anathema.  You don’t have to have an education to do this or to do that.  This is not always true…and yes, some sort of education is needed for some things.  Whether you agree or not, I hope it makes you think.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

One day, I went in and found one of my favourite sites.  The thing they said (though I believe it was a joke so I don’t bother to find the tweet to post, but rather the fact check on it).  It astounded me…that anyone could believe this who had any education whatsoever boggled my mind.  Apparently, it made some gossip rags.  https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/sep/12/facebook-posts/king-charles-iii-didnt-declare-trump-winner-2020-e/  First, I have to say, I am not a huge fan of the current Monarch, but that aside, fair is fair.  He has neither the right nor the ability to declare anything with regard to American politics.  He could literally declare Mickey Mouse President of the United States of America and nothing would happen.  I must point out that this political fact was forever engraved during the time of the Boston Tea Party (https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party).  It was one of the steps of the War to Independence or the American Revolution https://www.britannica.com/event/American-Revolution/Prelude-to-war.  This makes it rather interesting that people in the actual USA would think that the UK Monarch would have any input into their political system.  In this case, some simple knowledge of history would suffice.  Even a brief look up of American history would dispel this notion.  So, I would suppose the anti-education sentiment would hold true in this one. However, having had some education, I knew this to be untrue without having to do the extra work and knew exactly what I needed to look up in order to give you the facts and proofs of said facts.  This is where education may be somewhat useful.

You see, I don’t try to build electronics, nor do I try to hack computers, nor do I mess with people’s lives, but I learn to recognize weirdness in statements and in facts.  I pick out the discrepancies that I find in statements.  I don’t always have it right, but I do recognize when things aren’t the way they should be.  I do ask questions and wonder when things don’t seem appropriate.  I sometimes see where steps have been missed or things needed more thought.  One of the things that people don’t seem to appreciate is that with higher education, at least in my day, you were taught to think critically.  It is the critical thinking that makes me understand that Facebook is not necessarily a good place to get your research information.  So, this sudden loathing I see for education seems to be disheartening.  It seems to say, you have education, you worked hard and got proper training, you did all that work and you are a sucker.  Why does it feel that way?  Sometimes people with no training or experience decided that they could do something whether or not they should.  They decided to suggest herbal supplements to all and sundry because they found it on Facebook…or Twitter or where ever.  Some things can be harmful to some people.  Some supplements can harm.  This is just one example.  Then there are people who suddenly decide they are economic geniuses and should sell everyone they can on the newest online currency or company to invest in.  They base this on YouTube videos made by people without any training in economics, finances etc.  So, this has created a lot of problems.  They tend to take things upon themselves and decide to judge someone they don’t know based on information that may or may not be reliable.  This too causes problems.  We just have to look at the state of the world today with the anti-LGBT sentiment that seems to exist, the racism, etc.

There are fact checking sites…and there are many of them.  https://www.factcheck.org/ is just one of them.  At one time Snopes was the premier one.  I’m not sure this still holds true but they seem to still hit the top of the list.  Whatever the fact checking sites, they always have a lot of information about the latest misinformation out there.  It appears everyone is an expert and very few actually listen to actual experts.  This particular article gives a listing of fact checking sites.  https://beebom.com/best-fact-checking-websites/.  One of the things one has to understand is that people with an expertise in one area may not have the requisite understanding to make statements on other areas.   This is also part of the lack of respect for education that seems to be pervasive in some circles.  You see, if you don’t respect authorities, then you can easily be led to believe things that might not be accurate.  There was a lot of movement, for example, during COVID’s early days of people listening to all sorts of studies that were disproven.  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/health-departments/addressing-vaccine-misinformation.html talks about misinformation and disinformation.  Both are easily passed around the net.  They seem believable.  It is why many comments are made against ‘official organizations’ and leads to people following conspiracy theories.  If you can downgrade education and push an agenda and people believe it, then people could be harmed. 

It seems nowhere has the area of misinformation become more easily studied than with the COVID pandemic.  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/articles/coronavirus-myths-rumors-misinformation.html talks of two types.  One is the fake mask exemptions and another is the rumours spread citing reputable institutions.  These are just two of the things that were going around at the time.  It seems people will accept that a place has said something without checking sources.  This is most damaging.  If one thinks a reputable source (an expert) thinks something that gives it instant credibility.  Sadly, sometimes one needs to delve deeper.  Many people can get dragged into false information if they trust the source.  They do give some ideas on how to not get caught with these cases.  The problem is that when a reputable source is misused, one might not always easily pick that up.  So, once it is caught, the damage is already done to the reputable source.  I cannot remember the exact case, but I did read one article early on during the pandemic that suggested one thing, I questioned it and read the article.  It turns out that the article itself did not indicate what was suggested…it actually said almost the opposite, but if you said…oh, it’s the actual hospital documentation and went with it, you’d have been tricked by this terrible source of disinformation.  So, anyone could get caught by this type of situation.  However, as with spam, if it sounds or seems too good to be true, then it should be checked out. 

As Ray Dalio is quoted with saying, “One of the greatest sources of problems in our society arises from people having loads of wrong theories in their heads – often theories that are critical of others – that they won’t test by speaking to the relevant people about them. Instead, they talk behind people’s backs, which leads to pervasive misinformation.”  Also, as Beverly Daniel Tatum is credited with saying, “We all get misinformation growing up about people who are different from ourselves.”  So, this lack of personal education and lack of curiosity to check out things results in people accepting what they think they know.  It creates hate and fear of people who are different.  It creates fear and acceptance of conspiracy theories rather than seeking out the truth.  People seek out what confirms their prejudices.  So, for example, if you distrust all ‘mainstream newspapers’, you will seek out other sources.  You will miss out on important information.  If you believe the misinformation that you have been exposed to about different races, religions or orientations, you will accept that and look for similar information.  You will ignore the truth that is in front of you.  People are people.  Some people are good and some are bad, but it isn’t up to religion, race, sexual orientation or any group factor.  It is individuals who do the harm.  Not the group.

Misinformation is as old as time.  Since time immemorial, there has been gossip, though likely called by different names.  Even as long ago as ancient Egypt, Queen Hatshepsut, in some temple art presented as male and appeared as pharaoh.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatshepsut.  She was lauded as a great pharaoh.  Though there were scandals, she ruled and there was prosperity during her reign.  She did not remain popular after her death and the subsequent ruler tried to erase her memory.  So, misinformation is nothing new to the world and even Ancient Egyptians knew of propaganda.  People have been fighting with it for centuries.  I hope that we might have come forward from those days.  But, we still have misinformation, we still have rulers who have various levels of scandal.  We still have people who harm others due to religion, race, colour, etc. 

Whether you agree with me or not, I hope it will make you think.  If you want a modern world, if you want a better world, you have to be better people.  If you want to change our current history and the current direction that things are taking, then you need to start with changing how you think and view people who are different from you.  You cannot accept everything at face value as that can lead to problems too.  You have to understand that there are experts who do know things.  You also have to sort out which experts have the information on various topics and not accept just anyone who has a title or seems to have authority.  Not every person with a doctorate is a doctor of medicine.  Not every engineer works on the same exact things.  You would not use a sanitary engineer to build a road.  You wouldn’t use a Doctor of Philosophy to operate on your hernia.  Respect that different expertise are needed to get different information and different jobs done.  You need the right expert.  It’s not always easy to tell.  We have mainstream media and we have medical sites like the Mayo clinic that can give some information.  You wouldn’t ask a Medical Doctor to fix your car any more so than you’d ask a plumber to fix your electricity.  It’s just that simple.  Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

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Hurricane Fiona From the Rear-view Mirror E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA Author A & J PEI Treasures

Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week I talk about Hurricane Fiona from the rear-view mirror. It is a different world from what I had known. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound: https://freesound.org/search/?q=applause+51743&am Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading and creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures) Thank you Anchor for the resources to get the podcast done from my computer! Thank you to all forums that carry my blog post and podcast! Thank you to my listeners, readers and people who want to make this a better world. In Gratitude to all creators past and present that gave us the ability to think and do the impossible. Quotes: Kenny Rogers (The Gambler) Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress: https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ and GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson Podcast are available on various formats, but this is just to name a few: Anchor FM in a variety of formats: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 My e-books can be found on: Smashwords (my Affiliate link): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/?ref=ejstoo or https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo Please note I am no longer on Amazon. If you see my e-books up, please let me know as they should not be. You can also find us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something. Thank you! *some pictures on WordPress.  More on Twitter and a video on YouTube showing the destruction.* Photo shows trees blocking the road and also power line pulled down (near top left).

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I explore the area of misinformation, the need for proper expertise and how education isn’t necessarily bad.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
If there is a storm coming, you need to watch the Weather some things you need people with specific education, so education is important to some things The podcast matching this blog post can be found on Anchor FM just to name one: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Education-Might-not-be-Everything–but-it-can-be-Something-e1nugfp
https://open.spotify.com/episode/2h2ODWORN6mtbumepuTEd2?si=iL__Zy_DQjqSo_UfmrG8pg

Quotes:

Ray Dalio

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Articles:
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2022/sep/12/facebook-posts/king-charles-iii-didnt-declare-trump-winner-2020-e/
https://www.history.com/topics/american-revolution/boston-tea-party
https://www.britannica.com/event/American-Revolution/Prelude-to-war
https://www.factcheck.org/
https://beebom.com/best-fact-checking-websites/
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/coronavirus/articles/coronavirus-myths-rumors-misinformation.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatshepsut

Computer for the over 50 Crowd

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. This week I discuss the nightmare of computer stuff from the viewpoint of the over 50 Crowd.  Of course it isn’t everyone’s experience, but it is mine. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

It all started innocently enough.  My modem was wonky.  It shut down.  Things seemed to be magically changing.  So, I contacted the technicians.  I explained how I didn’t understand, but things were automatically changing and I wanted to secure my modem as well as get it working.  So, they opened my account.  We got things hooked, but next day it was a mess again.  I called again.  Another new user name.  This didn’t work either.  So, they reset to the original.  Of course during all this back and forth, they were kind enough to inform me that if someone was hacking into my modem then it would have to be someone local.  Passwords don’t change themselves so I was a little iffy on the ‘if’ part, but we’ll keep it there anyway…I mean my modem could have developed magical powers all their own.  The tech was honest enough, of course.  I mean, it is true.  Only people who can see your account can hack into the modem.  So, now I’m still not sure my modem is secure.  At least I can access my computer and such…and still don’t feel good about it. 

I’m locked out of several accounts and really don’t feel like talking with techs right now.  The Modem experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth.  I’m waiting for a bit…at least until I don’t want to tear a strip off the poor tech….just in case it isn’t one of the problem makers.  I reset my phone as there was a load of stuff in it that didn’t get loaded by me.  I couldn’t figure out where any of it was coming from and saw a bunch of stuff loaded I didn’t even know.  So, reset it.  I waited to get it reset with an idea that I wanted a full factory reset done.  That was another story…and I never did get the factory reset that I wanted.  The clerk argued with me about it.  I knew what I had done.  Apparently, they assume that one is too old and too stupid to know what they did to their own cell.  Why are phones made to set up a bunch of stuff no one even recognizes or wants?  Shouldn’t we have some input into what is on our cells?  I figure maybe after if the cell ever is fixed, I’ll make sure that I don’t get stuff loaded I didn’t ask for. Stuff I don’t use. I mean…’games’…I don’t play games, why do I want that using up my cell space??  I’m nearing 60 years old.  Then I can’t even remove them…finally in desperation, I reset the phone but not a full factory reset…in hindsight I should have just done that.  Now, this caused problem #2.  Broken cell. 

Now I don’t trust my sites…because as soon as I have a wonky cell…one of two things happen…my account suddenly and mysteriously gets locked.  Or, something breaks my account.  So with this in mind and not knowing that Facebook only allows one cell phone # to be used by one account.  What do people do who have kids?  What do people do who only have 1 Cell phone?  How is this useful?  But, then hackers….which makes a super nifty excuse for everything.  So, you find out that your Facebook is now closed because you removed your cell number.  This makes little to no sense.  I typed on the right password.  I typed in the correct question answers.  This is not good enough.  They wanted a code, so I got it sent to my husband.  That’s not good enough. Now they decide that I must bother half the family and friends to try to get in.  Now, that’s awesome.  My 80+ year old parents…wouldn’t even know what that was about.  Some of my friends lost various accounts when they retired as they didn’t know the password and didn’t have the work computer to get back in.  I’m sure they would find that foolish.  By the way for those who don’t know, computers tend to be cleared as you’re walking out the door.  By the way, if you have a desktop computer, you don’t need a cell number for Facebook.  So, why it suddenly decided to whisk away my family and friends, I don’t get.  I finally got that back.  Strangely it has my husband’s number and so does he.  It tells me that.  I don’t want to give it a cell phone number.  I barely use the contraption and mostly it is off because I can’t get it to do anything.

So, if the computer geniuses out there are listening or reading.  Why are you making it impossible for older people to get their accounts back?  My email is in the account.  It didn’t disappear.  Why would that not be useful?  People need to be able to access their accounts without having to give you every piece of ID they own.  That actually feels pretty scammy and I refuse to give a credit card for anything, sorry was SIN which they aren’t getting either.  That was the suggestion the last time FB locked me out a year or more ago.  After about a year, I got back in.  How did I get back in?  Who knows?   I tried and it worked.  I know I’m rather tired of the gremlins that decide to attack my computer and my accounts and my passwords.  It’s really frustrating.  It’s also scary.  Are all my computer sites compromised?  Passwords change.  My Facebook for example, I deleted an extra account and shockingly it popped right back up.  I mean that can’t be normal?  Are they having issues? 

My Amazon…I just wanted to take down my own e-books.  Simple right?  I wrote the e-books, I spent the hours putting them up and nurturing them.  Somehow the password was suddenly not accepted.  So, that’s just great.  I have to call a technician they say.  I don’t want to talk to people I know and after the experience earlier with my modem, I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to even try to communicate with a technician.  Not sure why this summer it’s been computer drama. See, the problem with that one was that my e-books suddenly got taken down.  There was no notification from Amazon.  There was no seeming rhyme or reason, but they were up on Amazon USA.  I went back in to put them up.  They seemed to be up on Amazon USA…which made no sense.  They should have been down everywhere.  A few more things happened and I decided to take them down.  I lost trust and that’s when my password suddenly failed and they wouldn’t let me back in.  Oh and they also locked my personal account…the e-books I read.  It’s amazing to me that passwords that had worked no longer work.  Perhaps someone could take the time to explain to me how the OTC suddenly stops working on your account and they want you to call a tech?  Of course maybe the same explanation would work for why my Facebook password suddenly got changed and wouldn’t work. 

So, for those of you who are under 50, the rest of us are flummoxed by all this technology and all these changing passwords, pass codes and wanting to have all this saved to your computer especially if it was compromised in some way.  We’re not amused by having all sorts of rot loaded automatically on our cell phone.  We want to know what is on our systems and control what we have. The way my modem and computer and cell have been used, I wouldn’t put my name on it if I didn’t have to. I might be safer on a computer in the local Library…at least they are up front about it.  I could save it everywhere, but then what happens if your account is hacked?  One account is compromised, then what happens?  I guess the one actual blessing is that I don’t do any online banking.  Don’t trust the computer enough to do this.  Believe me after the past few weeks, I won’t trust to do it NOW. 

As Denis O’Hare is credited with saying, “We live in a world where we’re all on computers and tablets and phones, all the time, so something as odd as computer hacking or a virus is really scary because it gets to the heart of our security.”  So, you see when you are concerned that things have been compromised, and there is someone telling you that it could be someone local to you, can you imagine the damage this does?  At one time, breaking into someone’s home was deemed the most terrible of crimes as it left people not feeling safe in their own homes.  Now, thanks to technology, we can add having your computer and online presence hacked because that is where part of your life is stored.  That is where you spend part of your life.  That is where you connect with friend and family.  That is where you store a lot of your information.  The idea of someone rummaging through it is very creepy and disturbing to say the least. 

As Christopher A. Wray is credited with saying, “I will say that one of the things that hackers, of all shapes and sizes, prize the most in this world is anonymity and stealth and deniability. And by indicting them publicly, among other things, we strip them of that.”  I would suggest that this might be one of the ways to put hackers out of business.  It is criminal in nature…though it is not easy to prosecute.   Hacking into another person’s privacy is wrong.  It is a way of using someone and making them a victim of your criminal activity.  There are only few areas where hacking is acceptable.  They are hired by Governments to protect people.  They are generally hired by agencies to stop other hackers.  It is not to be used as a way to harass people.

Now we delve into the area of hacking.  It is actually a criminal act.  There are punishments for hacking someone’s computer.  Believe it or not.  This article details some of the issues with hacking.  https://www.findlaw.com/criminal/criminal-charges/hacking-laws-and-punishments.html. So, for those of you that consider it a fun form of recreation, this is not right.  It is not something you should be doing.  For those doing it thinking they are getting information on someone, unless you are hired by the actual police, government or official organization, then it is recipe for some disaster.  If you get caught, jail time could be the result.  So, for those who create havoc by thinking it is funny to hack modems and such, it is not.  It is a federal offense.  It is a criminal act.  Whether you agree or not, I hope it will lead you to think.  There are a lot of hobbies and recreations out there.  You don’t need to mess with other people’s lives.   

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I explore the area of computer issues for those over 50 and some information on hacking.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
At one time this was top of the line technology. Now we have indoor plumbing. Technology is increasing at breakneck speed, but security lags behind. Some will take advantage. The over 50 crowd is left vulnerable. The Podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM as well as other sites: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Computer-for-the-over-50-Crowd-e1njqfh
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Morals and Values: Society’s Glue

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  I hold no designations in politics, economics or medicine.  I am retired from the mental health field and I am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think.  Today I speak of something that some people have a hard time understanding.  The importance of morals and values cannot be underestimated.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

Lately, I’ve had a great deal of trouble with my internet and my modem.  I seem to continually have to fix them.  I haven’t been able to get much of anything done.  The Tech person more or less told me that there wasn’t much they could do about it.  If I had a secure password…well, I should.  We set it up.  I put in the password, but there are several things that complicate this.  I won’t go into them.  I understand the way the modem works.  Still things got wonky.  2 times later, they had to factory reset.  Still not sure things are quite right.  This brings me to the exploration of morals and values and how important they are to society.  You see, without them, people steal, do harm and for the most part, do whatever they want without permission.  They seem to live on the internet. 

When it comes to ethical decision making, there are all sorts of articles on ethical decision making.  https://www.toolshero.com/tag/ethical-decision-making/ this article from Toolshero.com talks a bit about the history and the steps involved in ethical decision making.  They state that “good decisions are both effective and ethical”.  The problem comes in when people have a poor moral compass.  The Cambridge Dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ethical  has, as one of its definitions, “relating to beliefs about what is morally right and wrong”.  Here is where things can be dicey.  You see, there is sometimes a standard right and wrong.  Things that society thinks about.  One of those, for example, stealing is considered wrong in most circles.  Taking credit for someone else’s work is wrong.  Being kind to animals is right.  If someone has a slightly messed up moral compass, they may find ways around this.  How many of us have heard…such and such is a victimless crime.  I found public drunkenness to be listed as one of those things.  (https://www.mylawquestions.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-victimless-crimes.htm)    There is no such thing as a victimless crime.  For example, public drunkenness can sometimes lead to crimes.  People can get hurt.  We all pay the price for crime.  Lost trust, lost money, lost life, higher taxes to pay for the system that deals with it.  I go back to another example that isn’t quite the same arena, but, having applied for a credit card in the bank, they try to assure you that if it is misused, and you report it, they will reverse the charge.  This may be true.  Though an earlier blog post I discuss this more and there have been exceptions.  However, some might stretch this a bit and call it a victimless crime.  I would argue that the reason your bank charges aren’t getting lower is because they have to cover these charges somehow.  We are paying for it.  So, in that way if we deal with any bank, we are all victims of this crime.  The same goes with shoplifting.  We pay the price for it through higher costs at the check out.  As we go up the scale of unethical decisions from public drunkenness to shoplifting and credit card fraud, you can see that there is a slippery slope.  People make mistakes.  They accidentally forget to do something or do something by accident.  This happens. Correct the harm and move on.  When someone keeps making the same unethical decisions and keeps repeating the same patterns, this is a habit.  They need help to break the cycle.  The sooner the cycle is broken the better for all of society and the person who is involved in this behaviour. 

Potter Stewart is quoted as having said, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”  This shows that ethics and being ethical is not easy.  It is something that you have to spend time with. It is not always easy to figure out what is right to do and what is not right to do.  Sometimes it is hard to know what is right.  It depends on the situation.  Another way to phrase this that might be easier to apply to situations is Ethics is knowing the difference between yes, you are capable of doing it and no you should not do it as it is not right.  Now, here is where the problem starts.  Society has various groups.  Some have difficulty with maintaining a moral compass.  All society and it’s set up is based on thinking people have a moral compass.  The Cambridge Dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/moral-compass) defines moral compass as more or less the feeling that tells you what is right and what is wrong.  This is something that appears to be a difficulty for some.  Good news is that it is something that can be taught.  https://www.armyandnavyacademy.org/blog/theres-a-critical-need-to-build-a-moral-compass-in-our-teens-heres-how/ the article from armyandnavyacademy.org describes ways on helping your child/teen develop a moral compass.  Most important, if you want to raise kids with a good moral compass, you must also model this behavior yourself.  In other words, if we want a better society, it has to start with us.  This is the same viewpoint I have given on other things.  If you want a better world, you need to start making your own corner of the world a better place.

I think it is most important to understand that when you aren’t sure whether an action is ethical or not, one must follow the wisdom of the following quote:  “Ethical decisions ensure that everyone’s best interests are protected. When in doubt, don’t.” – Harvey Mackay.  Sometimes, when you are not sure what you are doing is right, or there is some reason to question it, like comments and such, it might be a good idea to stop what you are doing.  Then re-evaluate why you are doing it.  Are you doing harm?  Is someone seriously upset by your actions?  This isn’t always the only way to determine things.  However, when unsure, it might be good to stop and find someone you trust and talk it out with them.  Get their viewpoint on it.  You need to be sure it is someone you know who has a good moral compass.  Someone who would be honest with you.  Someone that you know won’t just let you go ahead and make a mess of things or mess up your life or someone else’s.  It’s ok to ask for help if you aren’t sure what you are doing is right. 

Ethics has been around for a long time.  As early as the time of Aristotle it was pointed out and he is credited with stating, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  It is a concept that has been discussed in business, mental health, medical system and pretty much every profession has some sort of code of ethics.  As an example, we start with the very basic business premise that you don’t rip off your customers.  You provide honest service.  Kerry Stokes has been credited with saying, “Ethics or simple honesty is the building blocks upon which our whole society is based, and business is a part of our society, and it’s integral to the practice of being able to conduct business, that you have a set of honest standards.”  It is acknowledged to be incredibly important to successful business enterprises.  It is preached in the pulpits of churches.  If we want a successful society, we need to provide a good grounding in ethics and develop moral compasses or we will fall into decay.  It is something that anyone can benefit from having good training in.  As I have been known to say, my mother taught me right from wrong.  She set the ground work for what followed.  It is never too late to work toward developing a good moral compass.  It is teachable, it can be learned.  It is real.  It is part of being real.  It’s part of real life.  If you want to be able to move forward into a positive life, it is important to learn.  If you do not learn these things…it can develop into criminal behaviour.  It is important to practice using a moral compass to develop a strong one. 

Now that I have said it can be taught and people can learn to develop a moral compass, I’ve started to look.  There do seem to be exercises.  Some churches have the resources and schools.  There are resources online.  I have to be honest about that, make sure to find good resources in this important area.  I would recommend checking with a church, school or library first.  So, if you are interested, you can contact your local church or school to find the resources that will fit for your particular needs.  Unless you have a good moral compass, you could be misled.  I am only providing one simple page I found for an example of moral compass exercises.  It does not mean I like it or dislike it…it was a quick one pager to give you a small idea of what sorts of things can be useful for moral compass exercises (https://growingleaders.com/free-resources/building-values-and-ethics/).  It might not necessarily fit for your situation. 

In this short blog post and podcast, I briefly explain that society can benefit from people being trained to recognize right from wrong.  Resources are available if you aren’t sure.  Make sure to use the right resources.  Someone who continually gives you answers that get you in trouble is likely not the best person to try to get help from.  If they are getting you in trouble, they likely don’t have a good moral compass.  Whether you agree with me or not, I hope it made you think.

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Morals and Values: Society’s Glue E Jean Simpson, BEd, BA, MA Author A & J PEI Treasures

Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week, I explore the importance of ethics and moral compass.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…! Applause courtesy of Freesound: https://freesound.org/search/?q=applause+51743&am Thank you Andrew Simpson for help with the proofreading and creative input (the A in A & J PEI Treasures)  Thank you Anchor for the resources to get the podcast done from my computer! Thank you to all forums that carry my blog post and podcast! Thank you for listening or reading! Quotes: Potter Stewart Harvey Mackay Aristotle Kerry Stokes Articles: https://www.toolshero.com/tag/ethical-decision-making/ https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ethical https://www.mylawquestions.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-victimless-crimes.htm https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/moral-compass https://www.armyandnavyacademy.org/blog/theres-a-critical-need-to-build-a-moral-compass-in-our-teens-heres-how/ https://growingleaders.com/free-resources/building-values-and-ethics/ Our Blog Posts are available on: WordPress: https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/  and GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson Podcast are available on: Anchor FM in a variety of formats: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ Podchaser: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 Amazon: https://music.amazon.ca/podcasts/879afe63-b03a-419d-8c13-068892219490/E-JEAN-SIMPSON-BED-BA-MA-AUTHOR-A–J-PEI-TREASURES My e-books can be found on: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/E.-Jean-Simpson/e/B089Y5LWHS Smashwords (my Affiliate link): https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/?ref=ejstoo  or https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ejstoo You can also find us on: Twitter: https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466 LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week, I explore the importance of ethics and moral compass.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
Morals and Values is what keeps the world going round! The Podcast that matches to this Blog Post can be found on Anchor FM to name one: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Morals-and-Values-Societys-Glue-e1najij
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