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: March 22, 2022

The value of art
is in the observer.

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

Holidays and Celebrations:

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: August 21, 2021

When you are a photographer,
you work all the time,
because your eye is the first camera.

~ Patrick Demarchelier
(French – Photographer; Born: August 21, 1943)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

As a free Afghan meets it’s end today ironically is the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. Please remember to pray for the Afghanistans that remain while the Taliban takes over their country.

I’m uncertain why Senior Citizen’s Day is only in the United States. As Canadians, we are missing our trips South, but it isn’t looking good for Canadian Snow Birds as the US border is closed for yet another month.

The most peaceful celebration today is World Honey Bee Day. A gardening group I belong to have been bemoaning the lack of fruit on their plants this year, but at the same time they ask how to get rid of bees and wasps and how to stop those darn squirrels from eating their sunflowers. So instead, celebrate the Honey Bee and welcome the pests into your yard. One day those caterpillars eating your dill will soar as swallowtails in the air.

Daily Quote: September 18, 2020

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
~ Samuel Johnson (English – Author September 18, 1709 – December 13, 1784)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Cheeseburger Day

1st day of Rosh Hashana (Jewish Observance)

AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – USA

MIA Recognition Day – United States

Cheeseburger Day on a Friday.  Time to celebrate the end of the 1st school week for many.  But don’t celebrate with too many people.

COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions still apply.  Many University of Western Students celebrated too much at large gatherings.  28 university students have been confirmed to have COVID-19 in London Ontario.  The province of Ontario has re-introduced restrictions in some areas (Toronto, Ottawa and Peel) .  Gatherings have been reduced to 10 inside and 25 outside with some exceptions (school, bars, weddings).  Fines have been increased to $10,000 and will be imposed.  We’re being told the 2nd wave is here and to still be cautious, keep your distance and wear a mask.

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 : August 11, 2020

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry,
you are talking about every person on earth.
~ Alex Haley (American – Novelist August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992)

Mountain Day (Japan)

Global Kinetic Sand Day *

Roots.  Where did we come from?  Everybody has their own story.  The struggles or titles by our ancestors that are told from generation to generation.  Some hidden skeletons in the closet that have never been acknowledged.  Genetic alterations that can lead to life long challenges or something as simple as the nose on your face.

It is the only time in history where parentage is being questioned by genetic testing available for less than $100 through Ancestry.ca (or Ancestry.com in the USA).

The definition of “Status Indian” has been recently changed in Canada, so now the “Status” also is passed down by females as well as males.  Finally Matriarchal societies are being remembered and recognized.  After all, your mother is your mother but your father can only be proved by genetic testing.

Daily Quote: July 25, 2020

The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.
~ Thomas Eakins (American – ArtistJuly 25, 1844 – June 25, 1916)

Feast of Saint James

International Red Shoe Day

Health and Happiness with Hypnosis Day

“International Red Shoe Day remembers and celebrates all those who have passed away from Lyme disease and other “invisible diseases” such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. ”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues it is important to remember all of the other diseases that continue to plague the world.

According to Google News :

Countries Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

15,746,452 2,025 9,054,474 639,900

United States
4,186,329 12,703 1,256,407 147,650
Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people

15,746,452 2,025 9,054,474 639,900

115,115 3,031 100,504 8,923
58,243 7,090 50,615 5,663
38,405 2,824 34,100 2,758

Daily Quote: July 24, 2020

Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.
~ Simon Bolivar (Venezuelan – RevolutionaryJuly 24, 1783 – December 17, 1830)

National Drive-Thru Day

National Cousins Day