Daily Quote: September 16, 2020

We are like the mechanism of a watch: each part is essential.
~ Nathan Meyer Rothschild (English – Businessman September 16, 1777 – July 28, 1836)


Holidays and Celebrations: September 16, 2020

Mexico Independence Day

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

National Working Parents Day -USA


September 16th is my middle son’s birthday.  He will always have a special part of my heart.  It is so wonderful to watch now as he spends time with his daughter.

Daily Quote: September 15, 2020

If you focus on the things you can’t do, you’ll destroy yourself.
Just remember everything you can do.
~ Giles Duley (British – Photographer Born: September 15, 1971)


Holidays and Celebrations: September 15

International Day of Democracy

Day of Our Lady of Sorrows (Deň Panny Márie Bolestnej) – Slovakia


Focus on what you can do.  During COVID-19 restrictions we’ve been isolated from friends and family.  Churches have taken to the Internet with ZOOM and Facebook services.  More people are using Messenger to see and talk with their loved ones.  A second wave is predicted and perhaps starting as the USA-Canada border remains closed.  So as Canadian Snowbirds heading towards the fall the leaves are changing colour; we may not be able to travel South to the USA and our usual Winter sunshine.  But we can stay and watch the changing seasons at home with our family.  Perhaps even enjoy the isolation that the blanket of snow will provide in the winter and cuddle a little closer to keep warm.

Daily Quote: September 14, 2020

I still forgive him, because by doing what he did, he made it famous.
~ Alberto Korda (Cuban – Photographer September 14, 1928 – May 25, 2001)


Holidays and Celebrations:

Live Creative Day – USA

National Cream Filled Donut Day – USA


Our 2011 Cuba Vacation seems like another lifetime away.  We went on the Havana Walking Tour with my sister, her husband, my son and his girl friend.  Now my brother-in-law has passed, my daughter-in-law has separated from my son and we’ve been retired for almost 8 years.  So if live works in 7 year cycles, it was another lifetime.

Eat a Cream filled Donut, do something creative and enjoy the day.

Daily Quote: September 11, 2020

Statues and pictures and verse may be grand,
But they are not the Life for which they stand.
~ James Thomson (Scottish – Musician September 11, 1700 – August 27, 1748)


Holidays and Celebrations: September 11

Patriot Day – United States

Make Your Bed Day


9-11 has become synonymous with the terror attack on USA and the end of the twin towers.  Everyone can remember where they were when they first heard the news.  I was at Canadian Tire Gas bar filling up to visit my son on his birthday when the horrific news came on the news screens.

To me this day is a day of hope.  Only 9 days after my Mother died, my first son was born.  My nickname for him was Jay, meaning Joy.  He was the sunshine at the end of a long night.  He remains my joy.  For even though a son is only in his mother’s arms for a short time, he is in her heart forever.

Daily Quote: September 10, 2020

I don’t paint, and I can’t draw, but I see things, I think, quite well,
and I love being able to freeze things with the camera, particularly the children.
Then I discovered with the camera that you can tell
a whole story with just freezing a moment in reality.
I find it a very good way, a very satisfying feeling.

~ Margaret Trudeau (Canadian – Photographer / Born: September 10, 1948


Holidays and Celebrations: September 10, 2020

World Suicide Prevention Day

National School Picture Day -USA

 

The milestones measured in growth and style changes with school pictures is legendary.  After retiring from being a Real Estate Project Officer at Canada Post, I did one season of School Photography.  Taking up to 400 Portraits a day. assembly line style with a set format and 3 poses to choose from.  It taught me that this wasn’t what I wanted to do, as it stifled any creativity and was very high pressure to perform.

Daily Quote: September 4, 2020

Money buys many things…
The best of which is freedom.

Mary Renault (English – NovelistSeptember 4, 1905 – December 13, 1983)

Celebrations: September 4

National Wildlife Day – USA

National Food Bank Day
First Friday in September – USA

National Lazy Mom’s Day 
First Friday in September – USA


Friday before Labour Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. Traditionally students in Ontario return to School the Tuesday after the long weekend. But due to COVID-19 the beginning of the new school year is delayed 2 weeks. Teachers are preparing to teach those who choose on-line and those who choose in person. Parents are wondering how social distancing will be enforced and making back-up plans for childcare if there is an outbreak in their child’s classroom.

Daily Quote: August 30, 2020

My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.
~ Mary Shelley (English – Author / August 30, 1797 – February 1, 1851)


Holidays and special celebrations August 30, 2020:

Frankenstein Day

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances


Dr. Frankenstein has become one of the most well known fictional mad scientists the world over. His creation, the monster of Frankenstein, is one of the favorites at Halloween. The type of thing nightmares are made of or should I say incites nightmares? Since we’re still limited in our movements due to COVID-19 restrictions, why not celebrate Frankenstein day either with the book or one of the many films?

Daily Quote: August 27, 2020

I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint,
the things which already have an existence.
~ Man Ray (American Visual Artist / August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976)


Holidays and Celebrations:
August 27, 2020

Film and Movies Day (Russia)
Lyndon Baines Johnson Day (TexasUnited States)
National Banana Lovers Day (United States)


Daily Quote: July 3, 2020

Painting directly from nature is difficult as things do not remain the same;
the camera helps to retain the picture in your mind.
~ Theodore Robinson (American – Artist July 3, 1852 – April 2, 1896)


International Plastic Bag Free Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day


Many painters use cameras to capture scenes for them to be able to paint at a later time.  I cannot paint.  So my camera is my paint brush, capturing moments in time and enabling others to see my view of reality, memories, and dreams.