Daily Quote: March 28, 2021

For prayer is nothing else than
being on terms of friendship with God.

~ Saint Teresa of Avila (Spanish – Saint / March 28, 1515 – October 4, 1582)

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Porte Musings:

Palm Sunday is celebrated by Christians as the day that Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and praises were sung to him by everyone. Palm branches were placed on the path to make the ride easier and songs of Hosannas were sung loudly by the crowds of worshippers. The celebrations would be short lived and within the week Christ would be crucified, only to rise from the dead to finish teaching his disciples before his final ascension to heaven, leaving with a promise that he would return.

The teachings of “love your neighbour as yourself” would linger on as today is also Neighbour Day. A kind gesture or word to celebrate the wonderful neighbours we have.

In a world where everything is in its place and a there is place for everything, weeds remind us of the uncontrollable and wild treasures. After all weeds are just plants growing somewhere we don’t want them to. So celebrate the determination of weeds on Weed Appreciation Day as you clear the garden for the approaching new growing season.

Daily Quote: March 27, 2021

If there were no mystery left to explore
life would get rather dull, wouldn’t it?

~ Sidney Buchman (American – Writer / March 27, 1902 – August 23, 1975)

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The last Saturday in March 2021 and as the COVID-19 numbers are once again increasing in my area there are threats that we could return to Red Level Restrictions. The Jewish members of our community are starting the Passover Celebration as the Christians are preparing to celebrate Palm Sunday tomorrow.

8 days before Easter is the time set aside for Take Your Parents to the Playground Day, If your parents are no longer able to go to the playground with you, take your children or your grandchildren. Stop for a treat or take one with you to share at the playground.

Today is also Brothers and Sisters Day. Since I’ve never had a brother, I’ll just celebrate by getting in touch with my sisters. But we’ll keep 6 feet apart and wear our masks. 😉

Daily Quote: March 26, 2021

Two roads diverged in a wood and I
– I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference
.

~ Robert Frost (American – Poet / March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)

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Happy Birthday Robert Frost (RIP). One of the most quoted and familiar American poets. The reason we dare to be different and take the path less travelled.

Today is also Purple Day, or International Epilepsy Day. A day we stop to recognize the challenges that people with Epilepsy maneuver on a daily basis, never knowing when the next crisis or seizure will occur. Courageously exploring the future. Medications and treatments have come a long way, but the side effects carry their own problems and hazards. My oldest grandson is struggling with excess weight, but his wonderful, cheerful personality shines through as he grows and explores the world.

So just like Popeye, eat your spinach and celebrate National Spinach Day. Popeye was an ordinary guy just trying to do his best, pushed to the limits he eats spinach and fights back. Winning back the peace and happiness he wanted to enjoy in the first place.

If that isn’t enough for you to celebrate today why not celebrate National Make Up Your Own Holiday. My personal favorite made up Holiday is April 7th, International Window Washing Day. But I might end up celebrating early this year if the weather continues to be so amazing.

Daily Quote: March 24, 2021

Have nothing in your house
that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.

~ William Morris (English – Designer / March 24, 1834 – October 3, 1896)

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Porte Musings:

Wow, the time change is really setting me back. Sleeping in and no energy to get things done.

Spring cleaning is about to commence. The windows need to be done so I can see past all the dust and grime that accumulated over the winter.

Today is the day to remember as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. A lot of words to say we need to right some major wrongs world wide.

In what we are hoping are the last days of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we need to pause and remember World Tuberculosis Day. So glad that a cure for Tuberculosis was found. Streptomycin is one of the antibiotics that helped rid the world of TB.

In a world full of inequities, it’s sad to think that many countries still don’t have Equal Pay For Equal Work laws. So today we remember All Women’s Equal Pay Day and National Pay Inequality Awareness Day or Equal Pay Day. To me it only makes sense that if 2 people are doing the same job they should receive the same pay.

Daily Quote: March 23, 2021

There is only one meaning of life:
the act of living itself.

~ Erich Fromm (American – Psychologist / March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980)

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It’s a beautiful day to celebrate World Meteorological Day. Early springtime and we’re having wonderfully sunny warm days. Spring bulbs are peaking out of the ground. Just the type of weather that makes a person appreciate being alive. Unfortunately, for the maple syrup makers, it’s too warm in the daytime and it isn’t cold enough at night, so the season might come to an early end.

Bouncing baby puppies and we all want one. The pandemic has causes a huge increase in pet adoptions and a shortage of puppies. So if you’re lucky enough to have a puppy celebrate National Puppy Day. If you don’t have one, watch some sweet clips on Facebook of puppies.

And as sweet as that is at least there’s no sugar. Cut back on your sugar (and carb) consumption, maintain a well balanced diet, exercise daily and check your blood sugar levels. Today the the American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Advances in diabetes control have certainly made life much easier for diabetics. No more finger pricks to check blood sugars, instead a small monitor that can be read on a continuous basis is worn on the upper arm to track all those highs and lows with a quick scan.

Daily Quote: March 22, 2021

I wasn’t kissing her,
I was whispering in her mouth.

~ Chico Marx (American – Actor / March 22, 1887 – October 11, 1961)

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Living nestled among the Great Lakes Ontario is enough to have plenty of fresh water. So let’s raise a glass of the clear stuff and celebrate World Water Day.

The search for the fountain of youth continues but just for today we’ll set that aside and celebrate As Young as You Feel Day. And since we’re celebrating fantasy we might as well do it in style and celebrate National Goof-off Day. On that note, I think I’ll just go back to bed. LOL

Daily Quote: March 21, 2021

Do not wait for extraordinary
circumstances to do good action;
try to use ordinary situations.

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

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Sunday March 21st of 2021 and we’re celebrating World Poetry Day. Read some poetry or recite one of your favorites. You can even celebrate it at the same time that you remember International Day of Forests.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

~ Joyce Kilmer ( see more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/12744/trees)

Today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. During the past year we’ve seen all types of violence and demonstrations regarding racial issues. If only colour or race didn’t matter…….

We’re also going to celebrate the plus one group today. As we remember and support World Down Syndrome Day. So wear an odd sock and celebrate all the differences in the world. 🙂

Daily Quote: March 20, 2021

Youth is the time of getting,
middle age of improving,
and old age of spending.

~ Anne Bradstreet (American – Poet / March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672)

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Many things throughout history change as the only constant is change.

On this third Saturday of March we are celebrating the Beginning of Spring (Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere). It is to me the most amazing season of the year as we have new growth everywhere. I agree with the Persian’s that this should be the beginning of the New Year. So I’ll have a toast the the Persian New Year. And just so we can incorporate French Language Day, I’ll make the toast in French. “Viva la difference”.

Today, being the third Saturday in March is also celebrated as Maple Syrup Saturday. So even though the Pandemic Restrictions mean we can’t go to the local Maple Shack, we can still have a stack of pancakes with Maple syrup and celebrate with our family at home. To my friends who are working in the forests gathering the sap, please remember to save a bottle for me. 🙂

With the beginning of spring and fresh maple syrup it’s no surprise that today is also the International Day of Happiness. You can’t but help be happy in the spring as the forest is starting to blush and is getting ready to open up to the new season.

There are so many celebrations on this 3rd Saturday in March, but one of the most important is International Earth Day. So do something nice for the earth today. Or celebrate by Forest Bathing and just go for a walk in the forest to absorb the beauty of spring.

Daily Quote: March 19, 2021

Fast is fine,
but accuracy is everything.

~ Wyatt Earp (American – Public Servant /March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929)

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Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Falling on a Friday this year it is a working man’s holiday so those of you who usually eat fish on Fridays, you can eat meat and celebrate with the working class. Make something to celebrate with the Carpenters of the world, the real men who care for women and children (even if you don’t know the father.)

A backyard BBQ would be an excellent way to celebrate both the Feast of St. Joseph and National Backyard Day. Just spending time with your family and enjoying your backyard.

If that isn’t enough, buy a chicken (or a rooster) for the backyard and celebrate National Poultry Day with the new trend of keeping backyard chickens. I always loved seeing the chickens in Dominican Republic as they worked tirelessly eating bugs and keeping the area pest free. They were so colourful and healthy, always ready for a quick dinner.

Keep in mind, as Wyatt Erp said: Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. 😉

Daily Quote: March 18, 2021

Bread for myself is a material question.
Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.

~Nikolai Berdyaev (Russian – Philosopher / March 18, 1874 – March 24, 1948)

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March 18th is set aside as Supreme Sacrifice Day, so we can remember and honour those who have laid down there lives so that others could live free with dignity.

Sometimes while sacrificing ourselves for others we can make mistakes, so also remember Forgive Mom and Dad Day. Sometimes rules seem unrealistic or too restrictive, while parents were merely looking out for your safety. Or perhaps Mom and Dad were too busy trying to solve their own problems to take care of you properly. Please Forgive Mom and Dad today for their real or perceived problems with child rearing. People are only people.

For supper today celebrate Sloppy Joe Day. Have a nice soul comforting Sloppy Joe. Now that we’ve moved to Daylight Saving Time you might even be able to enjoy a nice walk after supper.

Changes are always difficult, but for WordPress to keep changing the look and feel for input is driving me crazy. We’ve gone from a small window where everything looked like the final view, to working in the whole screen where the final look is nothing like the input. Today it’s the “Quote paragraph” function. Input view is nothing link the Preview look and feel. WYSIWG was a major accomplishment more than 20 years ago by companies like LOTUS123, it seems that we are no longer going to have that luxury. The new “BLOCK” format also give the writer less control over the font and font size. I guess the major thing they want to sell is preset Themes?