The Wedding March always reminds me of the music played when soldiers go into battle.
~ Heinrich Heine (December 13, 1797 – February 17, 1856)
Day of the Horse
Lost and Found Day
2020 is shaping up to be the year of family weddings I’m looking forward to dancing with my family and friends at these events. The first date to be confirmed was 10/10/2020.
I’m so envious of Wedding Photographers. They charge huge prices for their services and have an exclusive market. Many of the Wedding Photographers now don’t even permit the guests to take pictures (I still think it’s because the photographer is worried they might not get the best pictures). Recent weddings I’ve gone to have paid more than $5,000 (I hear it can go up to $10,000) for their photographer and only get a few hard copies. I could hardly believe that people wait more than 3 months to receive their edited jpg’s. To me if you’re paying that much for a photographer the timeline should be within 2 weeks.
I understand that its a “once in a lifetime event” that you can’t afford not to have good pictures, and that the photographer has invested in expensive equipment.
Contact me. My price is only $100 per hour (free engagement photos at the time of contract signing).
Just because I was almost 62,
I did not feel decrepit and felt I wasn’t finished being a soldier yet.
~ Gerald Griffin (December 12, 1803 – June 12, 1840)
12-Hour Fresh Breath Day
I’m uncertain about the current trends of working til you drop. In Canada and USA there are fewer and fewer jobs where someone can work until they’re 55 and retire. Most professions are trending more towards no pensions. Often people can’t afford to retire due to medical and drug plans that stop at the time that you retire. Sick people continue to work to pay for their Cancer medications and treatments. Even healthy people are paying huge monthly sums (often more than their monthly rent) to have “medical coverage”. The huge cost of “out of country” insurance (which can be much more that the actual vacation and flight) causes people to stay home rather than venture out into the world.
Young adults can’t find jobs and still live at home with their sick parents, who work to maintain their children’s lifestyle.
As the financial adviser said in my pre-retirement information seminar, retire while you can still enjoy your life. Seven years after retiring from my Project Management job, there are still days when I miss the people I worked with and the routine, but I don’t miss the work or the stress.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life;
the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
~Ellen Key (December 11, 1849 – April 25, 1926)
International Mountain Day
Meet your mountain
climb to its top.
Nurture your rose
smell its sweet fragrance.
Spread your sunshine
embrace others within its rays.
Love and a red rose can’t be hid.
Thomas Holcroft (December 10, 1745 – March 23, 1809)
Dewey Decimal System Day
Nobel Prize Day
Human Rights Day
International Animal Rights Day
All children are natural actors, and I’m still a kid.
If you grow up completely, you can never be an actor.
~ Kirk Douglas (December 9, 1916)
Most importantly December 9th will be my youngest sister’s 50th Birthday.
She may be an adult, a wife, a mother of 3 adult children,
but to me she will always be the baby pointing at the camera.
Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries;
but who can tell or who can explain them!
~ Max Muller (December 6, 1823 – October 28, 1900)
St. Nicholas Day
Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished?
Yes, work never begun.
~ Christina Rossetti (December 5, 1830 – December 29, 1894)
So tie the laces on your work boots,
put a smile on your face and get to it.
Thank-you for all that you do.
International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall,
but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
~ Thomas Carlyle (December 4, 1795 – February 5, 1881)
World Wildlife Conservation Day
We can do more good by being good,
than in any other way.
~ Rowland Hill (December 3, 1795 – August 27, 1879)
International Day of Persons With Disabilities
Some say they see poetry in my paintings;
I see only science.
~ Georges Seurat (December 2, 1859 – March 29, 1891)
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