Change is all in the Mind?

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 a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. People often wait for retirement to enjoy life or for the next holiday, etc.  You need to understand that life is what happens while you’re waiting.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!

The past month has been one of stress, illnesses, life and death.  I had a sick family member and had to go to another Province to help out looking after things.  I’m pleased that things are now in recovery mode in that area.  However, as I was looking after things with family on one side, I had my husband come down with Shingles.  It is one of the 20% of the cases they talk about that comes with debilitating pain.  So, there have been a few trips to emergency and some less than stellar evenings.  In the meantime, I also lost one of my Uncles and earlier in the year a cousin.  Now this brings me to the starting point for the blog post.  My one Uncle (I’ve simplified things by calling him Uncle).  He had worked for the mines all his life.  He had prepared for retirement and looked forward to it.  Then cancer.  Then a reoccurrence.  He died at 64.  A year before his actual retirement.  This is where, dear readers and listeners, we need to step back and look.  There is always something we are waiting for.  We wait for things to get better.  We wait for retirement, we wait for our next birthday…we wait.  Here’s the thing…how long do we wait?  Do we know how long we have to wait and what we wait for?  What is the benefit to this waiting game?

I have determined that waiting is something that you can’t do.  You need to seize the moment.  You need to believe that we (yes, we) can create miracles.  We need to believe that we can fix this planet.  I mean, it’s not like we can wait for a new planet to come around the corner.  The more we ‘wait for things to get better’.  The more we wait for anything, the less we move forward.  I think waiting is the big time killer of life.  We need to take more chances.  We need to work toward moving forward.  Generally in any area, the local populace is bound to think you’re crazy.  Maybe they are not wrong.  It takes a special kind of crazy to dedicate oneself to improving things and believing it can work.  Think about it, I actually BELIEVE that we can change the medical system.  I actually believe we can take it forward and if we ask the right questions and find the right resources and change out what isn’t working for what will work, we can become a shining example to the rest of the country and move my beautiful Province and Country forward into a glorious era.  If we get the right people, who know about the system and its difficulties on board with being on the ground floor to change, then we have a better chance of lasting change.  Tell me a better alternative?  More can be accomplished by believing than ever will by disbelief.  Now, one of the things about change is there is no real mystery to it.  The article I link here and in the podcast write up gives a short version of what to do to make change.  https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/your-team/people-management-skills/change/basics-on-managing-change/fivesteps.  It is in no way rocket science.

 As David J. Schwartz, author of The Magic of Thinking Big said, “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”  So, I think the first step is stop waiting…waiting on things to change.  Waiting on the world to change the way you want it.  Complaining about the problems that exist.  If you want a better world, then you have to be unafraid to do the work.  Not afraid to be thought of as crazy.  You need to believe with your whole being that you can move forward, that the world can move forward.  You need to have goals and you need to have dreams.  If you have to work behind the scenes, roll up your sleeves and do grunt work to get that dream, then do it.  Guess what not all dreams, jobs or even parenting is a cushy high paying job.  If you believe in what you do, then you do what you believe.  What could be better?

As Michelle Obama said, “When you’re really trying to make serious change, you don’t want people to get caught up in emotion because change isn’t emotion. Because change isn’t emotion. Its real work and organization and strategy… that’s just the truth of it. I mean, you pull people in with inspiration, but then you have to roll up your sleeves and you’ve got to make sacrifices and you have got to have structure.”  So, the ‘rah rah’ sessions…what I term the motivational speaking is an important part of creating the living dream.  It’s the part that gets people excited because they can see that someone believes in their ability to reach the end goal.  It’s imperative really.  If you can’t see the goal, you’re not going to be motivated to make the change.  So, there is an importance to the belief in the goal that cannot be underestimated.  First step to reaching any goal is a belief that it can be reached. 

As Christopher Reeve is credited with saying, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”  So, first there is the dream…and sometimes it seems getting there will be insurmountable.  However, the more you work at believing it, the more likely it looks like it might happen.  I always admired Alice in Wonderland as a source of great inspiration and am reminded of this quote, “Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Carroll.  It becomes easy.  Life isn’t easy and some things feel impossible…but the more you work at it the more possible it becomes.  Add to that, “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho.  This is the reason a lot of dreams and a lot of goals are never met.  People fear failure so they don’t even try.  They don’t want to take the chance to try to make changes because they are afraid it won’t work.  When they hit the first road block, they crumble and retreat. 

I think we need to acknowledge that “Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: “It can’t be done,” are always being interrupted by somebody doing it.”…it’s been attributed to everyone from Confucius to the magazine Puck.  No matter who said it, it is certainly a motivational quote.  I would add that if you don’t believe something can be done, then step aside and let other people roll up their sleeves and do it.  If this is a quote, let me know where it is, I couldn’t find it.  So, until I can find it, I guess I have to accept attribution for it currently unless told differently…LOL.  The most interesting thing about this quote, it belonged to an older time…so we have been seeing innovations and making things work that should not be possible for a long time.  It is part of human history that we want to be able to do the impossible and thus make it possible.  The one thing I know is that unless someone does something about the situation, someone believes it can be done, no one will attempt anything and we’ll still be waiting for the world to become a better place.  Without clear goals and actionable steps, nothing will happen.  No matter how hard or how much work, we can enact change.  We can improve things.  We can work toward being a better version of ourselves.  We can work on teaching ourselves and our children to be honest and tolerance is better than hate.  We can give ourselves and our children and their children a better future, and a health care system to be proud of. 

When I think of someone who had a dream that is still being talked about today (sadly we haven’t reached that goal as of yet, but it is still being worked toward and he is still inspiring millions), I think of Martin Luther King Jr.  I must agree with the quote’s spirit if not the words exactly as they are.  People who think they have a right to put down someone for being different.  Put down someone for being of a certain race, religion, orientation, etc. are never going to believe in a true dream. As King Jr has said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  What he says here is true.  People who believe that they are in the right to put down someone for being different will not have actionable goals.  They just fire up the populace with no positive outcome in sight.  Eventually there is a legal challenge.  They just send the world to spin their tires and stay in place for a time.  I go back to Obama’s quote on working toward a goal.  It takes sacrifice.  The thing with these negative goals…this perpetuating hatred of others, is that they are easily shot down.  I’ve seen it over and over online.  Someone puts out hate against, LGBTQ and it is not in keeping with the values of the country they purport to support.  The inalienable right (According to the Declaration of Independence to life, liberty and happiness)…I don’t remember them being made for just certain groups.  Religious intolerance against other religions or certain groups.  They run counter to their underlying principles.  So, their goals are only accepted by the few and not the many.  Eventually they lose and are bitter and hateful toward people.  The arguments are shot down.  This doesn’t stop them from spitting them out, but it does annoy a great many.  The main point is that negative goals, hating goals are not actionable over the longer term and even if they get some action, they get shot down as being against the tenants of the society in general.  It just leads to legal battles which they invariably mess about with and it goes to a higher court.  All they do is waste time and money trying to reach goals of hate and divisiveness.  So one other thing that is important is that the goal be for the greater good and that is more likely to make it more easily actionable.  Positive goals are actionable.  Belief in the ability to change the planet, a certain area, a protocol or lives for the better is actionable…because it will be accepted by many and will be something that attracts people to work on it.  People working on it will make it more likely to be successful. 

So, what do we know about dreams of a better world.  They won’t wait.  We have to do stuff about it now.  We have to BELIEVE that we can have a better world.  We have to inspire others to believe that we can have a better world.  We have to have actionable goals.  We have to want to inspire others to make things better.  As I say, the world can be a better place, we can work toward making it so.  Select what you want to improve.  Make sure it is a worthy goal.  Then put some energy into it and get others on board.  You can make this a better place.  I can’t do it alone, you can’t do it alone, but together we can do it.  We can find actionable goals, we can find ways to make it happen.  We can find ways to respect each other and be tolerant and still make a living.  It is not impossible.  People have been doing the impossible since time immemorial.  There has always been something impossible that has been accomplished because someone BELIEVED it could happen!  So, it’s up to you dear readers and listeners.  Do you want to wait or do you want to do something useful while you are waiting?  I leave the end result up to you.  As Brent Butt,
Canadian comedian has said, “It’s weird when people mock others for being “woke”.  Like that’s a bad thing. Like it’s better to be “mentally unengaged with your eyes closed in the dark”.  I have to agree with him.  It’s never too late to be ‘woke up’. 

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Though this lady bug is a different colour than its peers, it is a lady bug nonetheless. Should have the same rights, goals and privileges as its other counterparts. My dreams come in multi-colour and believing in the impossible is half the battle…the rest is just working it through. You can find the podcast on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Change-is-all-in-the-Mind-e1kc8ds .

Assumptions:  The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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 and am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only.  Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. There are every day assumptions that we make…and some of those may be faulty.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!

As Darren Shan said, “We all make basic assumptions about things in life, but sometimes those assumptions are wrong. We must never trust in what we assume, only in what we know.”  There are some things like, food cooked in an oven is hot upon coming out remains a safer assumption to make.  To make this assumption will result in avoiding injury.  However, there are assumptions we make, that unless we are in the know about how things are done, we will be making false assumptions.  For example, people assume that because a Government has certain vehicles, that they had choices in the vehicles.  Having worked for Government some years ago, I can safely say that this might not be accurate.  Often things such as vehicles are done through contracts that have to be honored and some maintenance is as well.  Some maintenance should not be, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.  This might mean that they have to honor a contract to buy a certain type of vehicle size or variety from a certain dealer.  Of course more modern alternatives do exist, but they may not be among the ones that the agency has the right to choose from. 

Another assumption is that the head of a particular Province or Territory has all the information at their fingertips.  That they know the rubbish that is going on in a particular area.  That could be furthest from the truth.  Many years ago, I worked for a Government Department.  I won’t say where or which one to protect privacy though it was well over 20 years ago.  The point, however the agency was part of the group working toward trying to get the Province a higher rating.  Now, I knew that the particular road they would have to take to their showcase property would be horrible and the bumps and grinds that would occur to the agency leaders would be a sure detraction from the goal.  I informed the second in charge of what I had observed and suggested that if they wanted to have an increase in prestige, they would be much better off to take a helicopter to the destination.  Goal was achieved.  They had listened to me…a lowly secretary.  However, I also chose the right person to tell it to.  One of the bosses, I wouldn’t have wanted working with a puppy let alone people.  The other was a decent enough man and I wanted to help his career.  I’m sure in some small way it did the job…they did have a rise in the rating.  This does illuminate further the idea that the politicians in question might not have any clue whatsoever as to how bad the current situation is for one particular area. 

One of the reasons I try to have back up with either facts or with real life experience in my blog posts and podcasts is that it helps to back up what I am saying and why I say it.  I’m not just blowing smoke up your skirts dear readers and followers.  I don’t rely on assumptions of logic.  As C.C. Hunter said, “But you are making assumptions without all the facts, and that’s not a sign of intelligence.”  If we want to make a point and have it taken seriously, it is imperative that we not make the point out of the blue with no indication of why we are making said assumptions.  Of course, this is not to put down people making assumptions.  People have to make judgements somehow.

As Douglas Adams has said, “The hardest assumption to challenge is the one you don’t even know you are making.”  This is a difficult one.  You see, people assume things which can make them miserable.  Things like life is fair.  This assumption is one that underlies a lot of the anger and upset that exists.  Once people give up that assumption, there is a whole lot of stress taken off.  Life is, in fact not fair.  Good people get hurt, people are rewarded for bad behavior without even thinking about it.  If life was fair, then everyone would have enough food on the table, a place to live, be able to pay their bills, not be living pay check to pay check.  Life is not fair.  Leave this assumption by the wayside and you see that you need to speak up when things are wrong.  People might not understand.  You can do your civic duty.  You can try to improve your little corner of the world.  Past that, we cannot change the world overnight.  We can’t even get people to agree to wear masks.  How can we even consider that the world will be fair and we have a chance at world peace? 

 As Margaret Mead is credited with saying, “The assumption that men were created equal, with an equal ability to make an effort and win an earthly reward, although denied every day by experience, is maintained every day by our folklore and our daydreams.”  The only great truth is that we run things on faulty assumptions and we live life by following them.  Further, as Daniel Handler has said, “Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make, bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake, if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble.”  Of course the degree of trouble is determinant on the type of assumption you are making.  Making assumptions about constructs like freedom, fairness, and life can lead us down the garden path.  There is another saying about what Assume makes out of us, but I think I’ll skip that one.  Most children know this one by heart anyway.  Maybe that too is a faulty assumption.  Time will tell. 

The most important thing one can consider when it comes to assumptions is that they are just ways of thinking about things.  We either have to prove or disprove them.  To put this in more scientific terms, “Assumptions, by their very nature, are hypotheses.”  (Victor Bogart Ph.D.). Which seems the safest way to look at every day assumptions.  It doesn’t suggest that people are wrong or right, just that we have to look at what is given and decide if it is something that is provable or not?  Is it something that we need to look deeper into?  Is it something that we need delve into further?

If you doubt the importance of testing assumptions, you just have to look to business to prove that it is terribly important.  https://www.collectivecampus.io/blog/the-number-one-piece-of-advice-for-corporate-innovation-teams-test-your-assumptions indicates that a great number of start-ups fail due to lack of testing of the assumptions of market fit.  So, whether you write a blog post and/or podcast or you run a business or even a Province or Country, you cannot go wrong in testing assumptions and understanding that there is far more to assumptions than meets the eye.  Assumptions made without finding out the facts behind them are just hypothesis floating in thin air.  In fact, most of science and business benefits from testing of hypothesis and in making clear the assumptions.  Further, https://www.farreachinc.com/blog/riskiest-assumptions-custom-software explains assumptions and risk.  There is a whole field of Statistics that deals with assumptions and evaluating them.  So, it is definitely a complex area of study for those interested in it.  But, for the general person, it is sufficient to understand that not all assumptions are going to fare well in reality.  Assumptions are the main thing being tested in the experimental world and there, it is important to examine assumptions in order to construct better tests.

So, the trick to assumptions is knowing when there is a safe assumption such as hot food coming out of a hot oven will be hot and knowing when there is not a safe assumption.  That is why politics, running anything and life in general is hard.  We have to weed out when we need proof of what we say and when there are self-evident assumptions.  However, even then there is going to be a difficult time to sort out the wheat from the chaff.  We can only do the best we can do.  Just learn to hold assumptions loosely. 

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post. This week I into the necessity of examining priorities and BELIEVING can move mountains. 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 ancestors past and present that gave us the ability to think and do the impossible. In memory of family no longer with us. Quotes from: David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big Michelle Obama Christopher Reeve Lewis Carroll Paulo Coelho Puck (?) Confucius (?) Martin Luther King Jr. Brent Butt Articles: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/your-team/people-management-skills/change/basics-on-managing-change/fivesteps 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 Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something. Thank you!

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week I discuss the benefits and pitfalls of assumptions.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
Assumptions…some are for safety and some cause problems. Pies fresh from a hot oven assumptions keeps you from being burned…some other assumptions can burn you. The podcast that matches this blog post can be found on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Assumptions-The-Good–the-Bad–the-Ugly-e1k3hf8

Small Town Life

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean usually coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! This week, I am on the road live from our neighbours in New Brunswick, 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 and am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only. Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!

Before I get to the actual podcast and blog post, I have spent the past month living with my parents and helping them out in the Miramichi region of New Brunswick. There seems a lovely small town vibe to the place. The local CO-OP (Beaubear CO-OP) allows phone in orders. They are friendly and helpful. The neighbours seem to help out each other. I thank the area for their help and patience while I stumbled through getting orders made and the help getting my parents to appointments.

There are the same issues in many small towns…medical care is hard to get. People don’t seem to want to make waves. This is not different from most small towns. It is a shame that Doctors and Nurses are not as interested in the small towns. It seems everyone wants to live in the larger centres. They miss out on the nice place to raise a family. Same on the Island. Anyway, this is my shameless plug for small town Atlantic Canada.

So, what do we know about small town life or small area life? Many people seem to find more problems with it than solutions in some media. First, if you are in a small town, you have a place you can raise children in relative safety. This is not always ensured, but something that belongs under the purview of everyone. The town will be how the people allow it to be. So, if there is not a parent coalition of some sort, and children are allowed to raise themselves, then you may have problems. If there are parents that ensure their children are involved in some sort of social activities, then they will be brought up respecting each other if the parents want that for their kids. So, there is a plus there. If you have children, join some of the parent run things. You can have an influence in what your children are exposed to.

Supply chain issues, though they affect every type of town and city around the world, they can sometimes be felt more keenly in smaller towns. But, if there is more than one shop available, they will be able to get around that too. It is up to the local stores to seek out sales opportunities and this is not always easy. They complain about a lack of jobs, however, I’ve seen most small towns looking for people to work at the various local stores and food chains. Teach your children that they can work any job and all jobs should be respected and they will see any job as good. Shop owners, don’t let people disrespect your staff. People will respect you for standing up for your staff. Teach your kids the skills they need to be successful. Not everyone wants to or can work at management jobs. I was never that interested in managing anything. Too many headaches. Yet, I have a good education. I also have medical conditions that makes it hard to do some jobs. I had one job I really enjoyed and found that they had something I had an allergy to. I couldn’t keep the job and they ran out of funding for me. It was a mutual decision in that way. I liked the job, but there was something, a cleaning fluid or something and I seemed the only one affected. Though the particular job was in a large city, this issue can crop up at any job place.

The biggest difficulty with small town life is having enough doctors and nurses and other medical related people. Often, it seems that the medical profession wants to be where the action is…which is the big city or town. They miss out on the small town atmosphere. They miss out on being at the top levels of change in the area. They miss out on the challenge of learning about a variety of things and many don’t bother to find out about various things as a GP. They prefer to be a specialist. They miss out on being a big fish in a small pond. However, the towns are somewhat responsible for the issue. I’ve seen everything including doctors being hired on contract. This does not encourage doctors to come to smaller towns. Most Emergency areas tend to have at least 2-3 different people to see before you even get to see the doctor. Unless you’re brought in on a stretcher, you’re in for a wait of several hours. This could be remedied by having doctors, nurses and other medical personnel being in on the decisions of the protocols. In some cases, the protocols are quite old or made by people who have not had to wait in waiting rooms or deal with patients. Then you find short tempers and following long never ending protocols that require several visits for one thing which seems a waste of time. Some things could be handled with a short call. This is something that every small town needs to have dealt with. It seems endemic.

Most small towns or small areas are very close to nature areas. On the Island, there is never a huge distance to get to a park or the water. If you like water sports, there are lots of things to do in the summer, spring and fall. The winter is a little different. However, there are skidoo trails and other things for exercise. Most places have small gyms, libraries etc. Your life is only limited by your own imagination. There is often availability of fresh produce and hand made products. It depends on the area, what is grown, what is fished, etc. Every small Maritime town is accessible within an hour or two at the most to a major city or town of some description. For example, on the Island, we have Charlottetown, PEI, Moncton, NB and Halifax NS are closest.

There is more fresh air and ways you can enjoy the smaller and slower lifestyle. People seem to focus on big events and big cities. This is a mistake. In your local area, there are school teams. You can go to events in nearby areas. You can become part of the community you live in. You have options. Once you have done the work to establish your name in the community, then you can progress in your chosen career. Make no mistake, no one gets a free pass.

Immanuel Kant is credited with saying, “The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you dont know what youre doing, someone else does.” People tend to find multiple things that they can do. If there is something you can’t do, there is someone around who does just that. Often there are shops that specialize, but at the same time, some tend to do a lot of different things. It’s far more varied than some people think.

As, Anita Bryant is credited with saying, “I think there is something special about living in a small town. Everyone knows your business and there is an intimacy you don’t get in a large town.” This is something that can be a double edged sword. In a small town, there is gossip. I find mostly it is something to ignore. Judge for yourself from your experience, not from something that someone has passed around town. By the time it has passed through a dozen or so people, who knows what it is. Of all the things, people knowing each other can sometimes be a negative and sometimes a positive.

Nick Notle said, “Living in a small town, one of the keys to survival was your imagination.” I think that we find a lot of creative people make a start from a small town. Lucy Maude Montgomery and Maude Lewis are just two famous names from Atlantic Canada. There are many more writers, musicians and other talented people. When you live in a small town, you have time to determine what your talents are and how you want to use them. There is a freedom to do that. You are not required to be a social butterfly, but if that is your desire, it will happen and you can be involved or uninvolved as you wish.

So, these are just some reasons you might want to think about moving to a small town and establishing your medical career or your professional career in the Atlantic Canada region. If you have a work from home job, you have a chance to work in quiet or in obscurity as much or as little publicity as you wish to work with.

I think I just wanted to give a small idea of the variety of lifestyles choices that are available in small town Atlantic Canada. I think that most people know what is available in big cities and larger centres so no need to elaborate on those. I hope that this has given you a small taste of what you can do with a quieter and small town lifestyle.

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week I talk about the benefits and some potential pitfalls of small town life.  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. Quotes from: Immanuel Kant Anita Bryant Nick Notle   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%0A-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 Keep watching for more e-books and more formats! We’re always working on something.  Thank you!

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The World of Numbers

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean usually coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! This week, I am on the road live from our neighbours in New Brunswick, 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 and am a humanitarian and speak from that viewpoint only. Whether you agree or not, at least I hope it makes you think. Today I discuss the new age of the world of numbers or statistics. There are potential drawbacks. It is better you make an informed decision as it could affect your life and I feel some things need to be less available…which cannot be guaranteed online. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned!

The news this week came with a bit of unwelcome information. Apparently a Dept of Health laptop was stolen and though they say that they took steps and risk is low, there are hackers out there that will find a way if it is at all possible to access. The information was of 4000 patients and 1200 staff. https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/health-pei-notifying-public-of-privacy-breach-affecting-4000-patients-and-1200-staff. Potentially information of 5200 people on an Island Province of 164,000 people was stolen on a laptop https://worldpopulationreview.com/canadian-provinces/prince-edward-island-population. This is not the first time that privacy has been breached via the online world. It’s happened to different places from Government of Canada to huge companies. What does this mean? When it comes to the medical information, it can mean that you have someone who might be accessing your home address, date of birth and other personal information which could be used for nefarious purposes. Do you think the hackers don’t have access to the best technology? They say they did what they could to fix the issue, but was it soon enough? So, now 5200 people could have their medical card #, and personal information available to hackers potentially. No saying they could access, no saying they didn’t. If they did access, this is a gold mine to scammers. They would pay good money to get that information. Some of it gives access to health care and to other things.

First of all, most banks tell you if you do online banking, not to worry, if your money gets stolen, then they will fix the problem. However, https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/banks-deny-compensation-online-fraud-security-1.5322982 according to the article in the link, this is not always the case. Also, https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/02/victims-fraud-how-to-get-your-money-back-bank suggests it isn’t always that cut and dried. Some people have had to fight to get any money back. So, even this, having numbers and such online can have a cost. This is yet another number. Even if the cost is picked up by the bank, in the long run who do you think is paying for this unfortunate situation? Why do you think things like bank fees go up and such? Many people don’t understand that the cost of fraud and the cost of breach of privacy type of things online costs everyone. They figure oh the bank will pick it up. Maybe they will, but where do you think all the money for this comes from? It’s not a secret dear readers and listeners…it comes from all of us.

Forbes has an article with tons of statistics for those who like to see numbers. https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckbrooks/2022/01/21/cybersecurity-in-2022–a-fresh-look-at-some-very-alarming-stats/?sh=782ffecc6b61 They mention millions, billions and trillions of dollars. All due to cyber crime. Who do you think pays for this variety of cyber frauds? The cost of goods goes up as a result, the cost of mailing. Companies lose money. People lose their savings. This is all due to breaches in security and cyber fraud of all sorts. With it so widespread and with people calling and pretending to be someone from a bank or a computer company or any other number of frauds perpetuated, I am to the point that I hate doing anything by phone or online.

It seems that there has been fraud since the early ages. We can easily find a quote from Sophocles suggesting, “Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” So, they knew of this concept all along. Fraud of various sorts has existed in all countries, all cultures from time immemorial. This does not seem something that we are able to stamp out. It seems as long as there are people vulnerable to dishonesty, there will be fraud. Alan Greenspan is quoted as saying, “Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are all characteristics which exist everywhere. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is keep it to a minimum. No one has ever eliminated any of that stuff. ” which is a sad commentary on society. It would improve the world a great deal if we could find a cure for this. It is a form of greed and much like illness can take over people’s lives.

Of course there are other things affected by cyber crime and cyber fraud. According to Ron Lewis, “Identity theft involving these cards is a growing form of white collar crime, facilitating illegal immigration, banking and accounting fraud, tax evasion, and other nefarious activities.” So, not only do we pay for it with money, but it is the crime that keep on giving so to speak. So, fraud pays for illegal activity, which makes for more fraud. People think they are getting away with something and they are getting something for nothing. However, this is not true. Anyone who pays taxes is paying for the need to have better cyber security for Government. If you buy goods from stores that have an online portion, you may also be paying for the fraud that they have to absorb. Even buying in store, you are paying as well for people shop lifting. Then there are the people who are being stolen from. Not everyone gets their life back and not everyone can go to a bank to get their money back. There are people who misuse information and lie to steal from people. Some poor people can lose their life savings. Some people buy into dishonest schemes thinking that they are going to make money. They do not usually make a lot off of it if anything. Often they lose their money. So, there are not only the dishonest that get involved. Sometimes people who are desperate for money get involved and do not find out until they too have lost over it. There are pyramid schemes, fake sale sites. So many ways that people find to perpetuate fraud on their fellow humans.

So, there is a high cost and I only discuss some of the ways. I don’t even touch upon some of the ways that they misuse information that hurts everyone. For example, my account on Facebook got locked because I had my cell phone broken and I couldn’t get the code sent to me. When I tried to get it back, they told me to give them my passport to get it back or other form of ID. You have to be kidding. I gave them my library card to test out….strangely enough this was not acceptable. I was not about to give a social networking site my official documentation copied or otherwise and there was no way they were going to get my SIN (Social Insurance Number) either. Others want SIN online. You’ve got to be joking. I avoid putting too much of my information online. It scares me. I don’t want to help people who are using information in a dishonest way.


The major thing I can suggest is that before you give out information to someone think about what it might be used for. No one should be asking online information like SIN etc. Even selling books, if you won’t give the USA the SIN, they can just take out the tax.
It is not something you have to give to anyone except Government. Even that, I’m wary about online. Most companies have been hacked. Banks are not immune, obviously from the start of this article, Governments are not immune. Just make sure to think about what you are giving for information and why you are giving it. No company and no entity online is immune from being hacked. Too many numbers are arbitrarily given out online for my comfort. But, each person must decide for themselves. Just make sure you know why you are doing it and if it seems worthwhile to you.

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Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson author podcast and blog post.  This week I talk about a current event that has implications that can have an effect on everyone.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!
Once the shell is broken and the chick hatched, it’s too late fix the egg shell. The pocast that matches the blog post can be found on Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/a–j-pei-treasures/episodes/The-World-of-Numbers-e1jfgu4
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