Daily Quote: April 16, 2022

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.

~ Anatole France
French – Novelist / April 16, 1844 – October 12, 1924

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Penguins are one of my favorite animals at Busch Gardens. They love to pose for the camera, play and hug each other. Viewed through the glass they were one of the few birds permitted to be outside during migration times and to keep avian flu from spreading. The tropical vegetation surrounding the Penguin display reflects in the glass and makes the penguins seem to have exotic patterns.

Today is Holy Saturday for Christians, a time between the death of their Savior and the resurrection. The body had been placed in the tomb, but because it was the Sabbath they were not permitted to preserve the body. Fasting and prayers continue for Muslims on the 15th Day of Ramadan; while Jews celebrate the 2nd Day of Passover.

Today is also World Semicolon Day; an important day for suicide prevention; pause and carry on living; write the rest of your life story. 😉

If you haven’t had breakfast yet, try some Eggs Benedict on National Eggs Benedict Day. If you’ve already had breakfast; why not have Eggs Benedict for lunch? 😉

Daily Quote: April 15, 2022

Learning never exhausts the mind.

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

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Today is probably one of the Holiest Days as Christians celebrate Good Friday, Jews celebrate the 1st day of Passover and Muslims celebrate the 14th day of Ramadan.

Good Friday.

World Art Day falls on Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday. So admire works of art today or make some of your own. Or just learn something new, like a wallaby is a marsupial that looks like a small kangaroo.

It’s kind of ironic that National Glazed Spiral Ham Day falls on Good Friday this year. Meat isn’t to be consumed by Christians and neither Muslims nor Jews eat pork. So you may want to put off celebrating with a glazed spiral ham until tomorrow. 😉

Daily Quote: April 14, 2022

Chance is the one thing you can’t buy.
You have to pay for it and
you have to pay for it with your life,
spending a lot of time, you pay for it with time,
not the wasting of time but the spending of time.

~ Robert Doisneau
French – Photographer / April 14, 1912 – April 1, 1994

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Walking through Busch Gardens some days you are lucky enough to get good pictures of the animals. The male lion in today’s quote was just peaking our behind a rock, posing for my camera.

Holy Celebrations continue today as Muslims celebrate the 13th Day of Ramadan, Christians celebrate the 44th and last day of Lent, and Jews prepare for Passover. Christians are also remembering Maundy Thursday or the Last Supper, sometimes foot washing ceremonies are done as part of the Mass or worship.

Today is also Look up at the Sky Day. You can celebrate either by standing up or laying down and looking up to see the clouds.

The food of celebration is Pecan. Whether you call it pea-can or pec-an they are wonderful nuts. So enjoy some and celebrate National Pecan Day. 😉

Daily Quote: April 12, 2022

I don’t think there’s any such thing
as teaching people photography,
other than influencing them a little.
People have to be their own learners.
They have to have a certain talent.

~ Imogen Cunningham
American – Photographer / April 12, 1883 – June 24, 1976

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

As with any art, you can teach someone the mechanics of photography and influence how they take photos. It is the individual who has to have the discipline to practice; vision to see; and sometimes just plain good luck to be at the right place at the right time to be a good photographer. I planted some zinnias in hops of attracting butterflies. Before the zinnias even bloomed, caterpillars chewed on the leaves and butterflies were trying to coax them open.

Holy Week continues with Holy Tuesday, as Muslims are now celebrating the 11th Day of Ramadan, Christians are celebrating the 42nd Day of Lent, and Jews are waiting for Passover Celebration.

Today is dedicated as International Day of Human Space Flight. We look to the moon and stars and look for a way to get there.

Eat a grilled cheese for lunch today to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day.

April 12th is also my Paternal Grandmother’s Birthday. I hope she is enjoying it in heaven.

Mary Seeley (1915-2008)

Daily Quote: April 11, 2022

When we lose the right to be different,
we lose the privilege to be free.

~ Charles Evans Hughes
American – Judge / April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Israel is on high security alert as we enter Holy Monday, 6 days before Easter Sunday. Prayers and fasting continues on the 10th day of Ramadan and the 41st day of Lent, approaching the Jewish celebration of Passover.

Hug your pets as we celebrate National Pet Day, unless your pet is a python or a spider.

A very Canadian type of holiday to celebrate National Poutine Day. French Fries with cheese curds covered with hot gravy. Heart attack in a take-out container. Mmmm….. 😉

April 11th was my Father’s Birthday. He was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital during the great flood of London Ontario. A difficult birth using forceps, his mother’s pelvic bone was broken and he suffered lifelong with learning disabilities. But he did learn to read the comics, do word searches, play cards and become a high pressure welder. He was very handsome, stubborn and opinionated. He provided for and raised 4 daughters. He had a good life, cut short by small cell cancer. And I miss him everyday.

George and Sue (Beatrice) Porte

Daily Quote: April 9, 2022

A photograph is a moment
– when you press the button,
it will never come back.

~ Rene Burri
Swiss – Photographer / April 9, 1933 – October 20, 2014

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Fasting and prayer continues on the 39th day of Lent for Christians and the 8th day of Ramadan for Muslims.

For those that believe in fantasy and dreams today is National Unicorn Day. Remember the Irish Rovers and the Unicorn song? A good Irish ballad about why there are no more unicorns?

Some friends and I are going out for supper tonight to celebrate our birthdays. Hopefully it will include the celebration of National Chinese Almond Cookie Day as well.

Caught on camera at a baseball game in Lakeland the batter lost his bat mid-stroke and I caught it with my camera. Lucky shot for me. Bad luck for him.

Daily Quote: March 30, 2022

Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish
and you feed him for a lifetime.

~ Maimonides

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Florida is well known for it’s beaches, birds, fish and manatee. Today is Manatee Appreciation Day. So if you’re in Florida or other Manatee sites, take some time to appreciate the beautiful water mammals.

One of my favorite things to do is walk through a park. Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day and go for a hike.

I’m uncertain why today is Turkey Neck Soup Day. Maybe it’s time to clean out the freezer and use up those turkey necks you saved for one day. 😉

On this day in 1867 Alaska was bought by the USA from Russia. I wonder if Russia also wants to reclaim it?

Daily Quote: March 25, 2022

As we grow older,
our bodies get shorter
and our anecdotes longer.

~ Robert Quillen
American – Journalist / March 25, 1887 – December 9, 1948

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

When talking about intergenerational harm you need look no further than the African Blacks and the effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Ripped from their homes and shipped across the ocean to a cold cruel land. Treated as livestock rather than people. Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Today is also Tolkien Reading Day. So grab a book and read about the hobbits adventures and trials.

My favorite nut is the Pecan. Although there may be disagreements on how to pronounce it, whether it be pe-can or pec-an, they are so good to eat. My holiday in Florida included a new cereal, cinnamon and pecan. Wonderful for breakfast. I’m not certain if it was a limited time flavour or just too popular, but I can’t find it in the local stores again. 😉

Daily Quote: March 22, 2022

The value of art
is in the observer.

~ Agnes Martin
Canadian – Artist / March 22, 1912 – December 16, 2004

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Porte Musings:

I live nestled in the middle of the Great Lakes with fresh water everywhere. Something I often take for granted. Many other places in the world lack fresh water. So today as you sip the simple pleasures of water remember World Water Day.

Sing, dance, paint, laugh, play games, let your inner child out to celebrate As Young as You Feel Day. Why not try something new? Your never too old for someday to be today. 😉

Daily Quote: March 21, 2022

Music is moonlight
in the gloomy night of life.

~ Jean Paul
German – Author / March 21, 1763 – November 14, 1825

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Porte Musings:

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. A time to pause and recognize all the accomplishments of those with that extra gene. Once thought to be unable to learn or live independently, those myths have now been disproven as people with Down Syndrome are breaking barriers and starring in movie roles or earning a living as models. Or like Bob at our church, just being active members of the community. Thanks for your inspiration and love.

Get lost on International Day of Forests. Just go into the woods and do some Forest Bathing. Breath in the fresh air and listen to the sound of silence deep in the woods. Or plant some trees to start your own forest right in your own backyard.

To Celebrate World Poetry Day tell or write some poetry.

Un petit morceau de papier;
Pousee par le vent;
Voyait le feu avant;
Et elle pensait
Quand le feu me serra consumé
le vent ne me pousserait plus.

Or you could just celebrate National Healthy Fats Day and eat some healthy fats. 😉