If you want to be happy for life,
love what you do.
~Mary Higgins Clark (Born: December 24, 1927)
Christmas Eve is when I celebrate the season with my children and their growing families. Leaving Christmas morning for my children to celebrate with their families and Boxing Day for them to celebrate with their in-laws.
At the very beginning of Christmas holidays I make supper for them. This year we’re having ham, meatballs, cheesy potatoes, and creamed corn.
Gifts for the grandchildren of books to read during their holidays are opened. I’ve prepared a small gift of homemade jam and dish clothes for our children with a universal gift certificate of cash included. But the best gift of all is the one my husband and I receive of just being together with our family.
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas filled with love and memories.
~ Deborah Porte
After finishing 19 VIA Rail round trip tours to BC, Glenna Green performed live to an intimate group at the Studio on Williams Street in London ON. It was wonderful to see my old friend again. We worked midnight shift together 38 years ago at CPC, London Mail Processing Plant. Glenna’s performance was excellent as she drew on personal experiences to share with the small group. Glenna’s voice is “as sweet as sugar” and “as smooth as silk”. It was wonderful to hear a combination of oldies and originals.
My favorite Glenna Green original works include: The Batfish Boy and Smokers on the Train
“Sculptural form is not the imitation of natural form
any more than poetry is the imitation of natural conversation . . .
While a piece of sculpture may contain visual forms with which we are acquainted by daily experience, it is essentially a design worked out by means of the juxtaposition of masses in space, just as poetry is a design wrought by the sounds of words in time.”
~ Elizabeth Wyn Wood (October 8, 1903 – January 27, 1966)
“Day of Atonement”
September 14, 2019
Wonderful free event to see local Strathroy and Area Artists. The location was changed from Art in the Park to inside the Greenhouses at Zimmermann’s Garden Centre. What a smart idea, using the greenhouse tables for art displays.
Below are just a few of the artists and displays I saw:
Statues and pictures and verse may be grand,
But they are not the Life for which they stand.
~ James Thomson (September 11, 1700 – August 27, 1748)
9/11 Remembrance Day – September 11
There are some events that occur during your lifetime that you never forget where you were when you first heard about them. The tragedy of 9/11 and the twin towers is one of those days and times for me. I was pumping gas on my way to visit my son for his 18th birthday when the news came over the radio. The images that later flooded the TV screens burned into our memories forever. My heart goes out to my American friends and relatives on this 9/11 Remembrance Day.
Every man has a property in his own person.
This nobody has a right to, but himself.
~ John Locke (August 29, 1632 – October 28, 1704)
Individual Rights Day
In honour of John Locke.
The photo I used from my collection is goal posts at the end of a tunnel.
Aiming for freedom and equality as the goal posts of life and mankind.
Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.
~Johann Georg Hamann (August 27, 1730 – June 21, 1788)
August 27th is Global Forgiveness Day.
Forgiving doesn’t mean to forget,
lifting a burden from your shoulders,
allowing you to move on without regret.
clearing your path of all large boulders.
This is the merit and distinction of art:
to be more real than reality,
to be not nature but nature’s essence.
~ William Ernest Henley (August 23, 1849 – July 11, 1903)
The length of exposure (one minute in sunlight) is still too long for the portrait.
It was fifteen minutes when I first began my work.
Progress may continue.
~ Gabriel Lippmann (August 16, 1845 – July 13, 1921)
Almost 100 years later and progress continues. Shorter exposure times (shutter speed) allows us to stop action and make time stand still as dancers pose mid-air.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte (August 15, 1769 – May 5, 1821)