Daily Quote: April 15, 2021

Learning never exhausts the mind.

~ Leonardo da Vinci (Italian – Artist / April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

I’m uncertain why today is Jackie Robinson Day. His birthday is in January. He certainly deserves to have a day in remembrance of his struggles as the first Black Man to play baseball professionally. So wear a 42 today in remembrance of Jackie Robinson.

Today, unfortunately is also Titanic Remembrance Day. The day the unsinkable ship hit an iceberg and sank killing about 1,500 passengers because there weren’t enough life boats. Since then we have developed more stringent safety regulations for ships. I’m looking forward to being able to take a cruise again when the pandemic restrictions are lifted and the borders are re-opened again for travel.

A COVID-19 outbreak in a local meat packaging plant, in London Ontario, will lead McDonalds to import chicken McNuggets from the USA until the plant can be safely re-opened. So celebrate McDonald’s Day with a Big Mac and fries.

April the 15th is a birthday for many well known and loved people, from Leonardo Da Vinci to Roy Clark and Elizabeth Montgomery. All great artists. So celebrate World Art Day by either studying, enjoying or making some are of your own. I’ve been very glad to learn to paint during the Stay at Home orders. The online tutorials by Jesse Robertson are excellent. I can’t wait to attend one in person.

Magic Mushrooms: Paint Night Tutorial

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Daily Quote: March 12, 2021

Limit to courage?
There is no limit to courage.

~ Gabriele D’Annunzio (Italian – Poet / March 12, 1863 – March 1, 1938)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The tundra swan migration through Southwestern Ontario is one of the major signs of spring approaching. They travel almost 12,000 kilometers round trip with their migration south only to return to the cooler artic areas in the summer months. It’s impossible to know if individuals are just following the crowd or showing courage on the mass migrations but it is truly an amazing sight. Witnessing their gathering for rest in the fields is so much more than just sight. The wind that kept them grounded for the day swirls around the observer and the sound of the swans excitedly chatting is almost deafening.

This weekend we will turn the clocks ahead in an attempt to lengthen our “daylight hours”. Bedtime will be an hour earlier, and we’ll need to get up an hour earlier. It usually takes about a week to get used to the new schedule so the Friday before should be a day to celebrate World Sleep Day.

Be careful when you sleep because you never know where your dreams will take you. Today we’re also remembering Alfred Hitchcock Day. Anyone who has witnessed the huge flocks of grackles in Texas can understand the horror of The Birds. Although the story lines might not be original, the presentation was and no one will ever forget the shower scene in the 1960 movie Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock also was one of the first film makers to use subliminal imagery to add to the horror (although for some of us it seemed like a montage of weird scenes).

The best way to get away from nightmares is to spend time in the garden or the greenhouse just soaking up the sun and playing in the dirt. So celebrate National Plant a Flower Day and watch them grow. Remember it’s proven that talking to your plants makes them grow stronger, so just imagine what it does for children.

Daily Quote: March 11, 2021

I’m a photographer, period.
I love photography,
the immediacy of it.
I like the craft,
the idea of saying ‘I’m a photographer.’

~David LaChapelle (American – Photographer / Born: March 11, 1963)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Changes. Some are good, some are bad. Every time I sign into my blog site the “Basic Block Editor” changes, the look and feel of how I’m inputting my thoughts onto the computer screen changes by some unknown god that keeps modifying my fonts and how it works. I’m not certain I like these new fonts and changes.

Lailat al Miraj is the Muslim celebration of the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven where he is allowed to see God in person and leads all the other prophets in prayer (including Joseph, Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jesus, and John the Baptist.) He returns to Mecca he describes things to the Quraish and proves that he was there.

Today is also World Kidney Day. when we celebrate the wonderous functions of our Kidney, the water filter system of our body. My husband, a kidney cancer survivor is thankful everyday that we are born with 2 kidneys and only need one. My future daughter-in-law, a kidney transplant recipient, is thankful for our advances in technology that helped with dialysis until a donor was available. Please remember to sign your donor cards so others can use the earthly parts when you don’t need them anymore.

Dream Day started in Costa Rica by author Robert Muller. On a bench known as the bench of dreams, visitors sit with 2 stones, one in each hand, put their hands together and dream of a better world. One stone is left behind in the nearby garden, the other is taken with the dreamer so that they can remember the dream. During COVID-19 restrictions we may not be able to go to Costa Rica, but we could make our own bench of dreams in our yards or communities.

Tundra Swans are flying north and gathering throughout our local area. I went to the Thedford Bogs (with many other people) to see this wonderous gathering of the Tundra Swans. Yesterday was very windy so the birds rested for the day on the open flooded fields and feasted on the left over corn. It is amazing to see the thousands of graceful travelers and hear them chatting.

Daily Quote: March 10, 2021

He who does not become familiar with nature
through love will never know her.

~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel (German – Poet / March 10, 1772 – January 12, 1829)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Happy Mario Day to all the Mario’s of the world. Probably one of the most famous Mario’s is Nintendo’s character. Talk about a stereotype….. Italian, plumber, red hat, blue pants, cute, lovable…. When my kids first started playing Mario games, catching coins and saving the princess, I thought it was a passing thing. Now my Grandchildren are playing the same games and more. Lego that connect the characters to an IPad and remote racing cars that drive through the kitchens of the world with cameras showing the view on the game controllers from the driver of the cars. Such a world of imagination and games that the list just keeps growing.

In a world with so much technology it’s hard for some to imagine not having enough food for the day; or surviving drug/alcohol addiction; or suddenly being homeless through some tragic event. In this world thank god for the Salvation Army and their food banks, shelters and helping hands. Practicing love by helping others in need. If you have a chance today please remember Salvation Army Day by donating to help them help others.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we seem to be forgetting the other diseases that have tragic results. Today is also National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Women and girls who not only have AIDS/HIV, but have also had to survive by being the only “Parent” figure when their parents have died or lie waiting to die. Some being infected by birth or rape. Third world countries without the resources to help the Women and Girls. Ongoing research for a cure that would be available inexpensively, rather than an expensive treatment benefitting only Big Pharma, is needed now more than ever.

So many issues that we pray for during this Christian Season of Lent with the celebration season of Easter looming closer.

The first signs of spring are appearing all around us. It truly is a time to celebrate: Festival of Life in the Cracks Day. The temperatures are finally above freezing and the sun has been shining to warm the earth. Gardeners are rushing the season by starting seeds in their windowsills or if lucky enough a greenhouse. I purchased some germination heating mats this year and am very pleased with the results as my marigolds geminated in 2 days and my tomatoes in 4. I love this time of year.

Daily Quote: March 8, 2021

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.

~ Charlotte Whitton (Canadian – Politician / March 8, 1896 – January 25, 1975)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

March 8th is International Women’s Day. The fight for equality continues. Equal pay for equal work is something we’ve enjoyed in Canada for a very long time. I was surprised to discover that it isn’t the same in other democratic countries. I was also surprised to encounter actual hate for women seeking Maternity Leave and Pay on Facebook in the USA. A country where a surprising number of people also think that Birth Control shouldn’t be easily available and a women’s right to choose is still under debate on a regular basis. So the struggle for equality continues.

One way to make strong women is to make strong girls through literacy. Reading and writing is like breathing. Reading is to take a breath in, while writing is to take a breath out. So support girls by celebrating Girls Write Now Day. Give girls the tools to write their own story and the inspiration to go forward with courage.

I find it amazing that both International Women’s Day and Girls Write Now Day are both celebrated on the same day as Commonwealth Day. In the modern world I wonder how much longer we will celebrate colonialism and the Commonwealth. The Modern Commonwealth has changed from being conquered countries under British Rule. The British Rule is being downgraded and it is now a group of countries that choose to join together. And the role of the Monarchy is also changing to that of a cherished figurehead.

I’ve been continuing my journey as a painter and painted Spring Fox yesterday. I’m looking forward to the ground breaking open with spring flowers all around us.

Daily Quote: March 7, 2021

Little deeds are like little seeds,
they grow to flowers
or to weeds.

~ Daniel D. Palmer (Canadian – CelebrityMarch 7, 1845 – October 20, 1913)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

So I choose to celebrate Grandmother’s Day  (Fête des Grands-Mères) with France. I’ve just spent 2 days with my oldest grandson and this celebration is overdue. His view always surprises and inspires me. I still remember when we were in the backyard and told me the dandelion in full bloom was a wish flower. So he gleefully grabbed them and blew off all the seeds. Now I look forward to the dandelions to make a batch of wine for the winter, then make wishes with the ones I didn’t harvest.

On Namesake Day we should reflect on where our names come from and why. My mother wanted to call me Dagmar after the German actress. Thank goodness my mother’s visiting aunt told her it was too uncommon in Canada, so I ended up with a common name of Deborah. This probably wasn’t the best choice either as I grew up with 5 Debbie’s in my elementary school class, so I never responded until the teacher called out my last name. I should have corrected the teacher with “That’s Miss Porte to you.” but I never had the courage. It was very disrespectful of the teacher to just yell out “Porte” and I still resent being called just by my last name. At any rate, that’s why I often don’t respond to just my first name.

Today is the 3rd Sunday in Lent. Take time to pray and worship whether you are Christian or not. Meditate and clear your thoughts as we seek to overcome the 2020 Pandemic. Wear your mask, wash your hands and get the vaccine as soon as you can.

Daily Quote: March 6, 2021

I am still learning.

~ Michelangelo (Italian – Artist / March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Spring is coming! I can’t wait. I’ve planted my seed order and am looking forward to opening up the greenhouse and watching the seeds grow into plants. But in the meantime the temperatures are still below zero and the puddles are solid ice covered with a scattering of snow. I went for a walk with my grandchildren and sister yesterday only to discover how hard the ice is. Slip and falls are the scariest of accidents for people over 40 because you’re bones won’t heal as fast and you can be immobilized for more than a year. Luckily, like my grandmother used to say, I’m a little round so I bounce, I don’t break. Just a little bruised hip to remind me I’m human.

Today is the European Day of the Righteous, a day when they commemorate all the heroes that have stood up against the crimes of inhumanity and followed their own moral compass. While in the USA it’s Alamo Day, the day that Americans stood against all odds at the Alamo and fought ’til the last one died. Davey Crockett, who was only 49, died at this battle.

So grab some Oreos and a glass of milk celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day and watch one of the Alamo movies. I remember watching the 1960 version on a Saturday in our local community centre where the admission was $0.25 and chips were only $.05. I still haven’t watched the 2003 version or any of the others yet.

Daily Quote, March 5, 2021

If the world seems cold to you,
kindle fires to warm it.

~ Lucy Larcom (American – Poet / March 5, 1824 – April 17, 1893)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The first Friday in March is designated as World Day of Prayer. In past years churches around the world have combined their efforts to ensure that prayers were said around the world for the entire day. I pray that this sense of unity of all faiths and denominations continues this year as we are hopefully approaching the end of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Just being able to gather inside churches again will be a joy and a privilege not to be taken for granted again.

Working from home has been a challenge for employees so with today being Employee Appreciation Day be certain to let everyone who’s continued working from home or on the front lines how much you appreciate their efforts throughout the Pandemic.

Our minor celebration for work well done is for our grandchildren as they’ve been potty training. We bought a new potty for the house so when they visit they can continue their good work during their visits to Papa’s and Grandma’s. The new potty even plays a little tune once they’ve completed the task. So be certain to help celebrate National Potty Dance Day. This milestone is especially important for our grandson who has autism. This means he won’t have to wear a diaper into adulthood and will be able to establish independence. Yes, celebrate with a dance for this accomplishment.

Daily Quote: February 19, 2021

There hasn’t been any art yet.
Art is just beginning.

~ Constantin Brancusi (Romanian – Sculptor / February 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957)

Holidays and Special Occassions:

Porte Musings:

The third Friday of February and as we continue with the heart theme for February this is National Woman’s Heart Day. Early studies about Heart disease was primarily done on men. However, we’ve since learned that women’s heart disease often goes unnoticed because many of the symptoms aren’t as dramatic. More recent research has been devoted to women’s heart disease.

Today is also the first Friday of Lent. So what better way to celebrate than with Friday Fish Fry Day. Skip the dishes and order take-out. A nice order of Fish and Chips is exactly what the soul ordered.

To go along with Fish and Chips you have to have tartar sauce. So you’ll be celebrating National Tartar Sauce Day as well.

I miss going to the Moose Lodge in Zephyrhills, Florida on Friday nights for Fish and Chips. It was always a wonderful spot to gather with friends for a reasonably priced meal and a drink. Then my husband would stay for pool while I would go to the local park to take pictures. Hopefully, travel can continue for the 2021/22 Season. Until then I’ll have to make do taking pictures of icicles on the gazebo, ordering Fish & Chips from The Take-Out and enjoying a pint at home.