I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money;
~ Robert Bosch (German – Businessman / September 23, 1861 – March 12, 1942)
I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.
Holidays and Celebrations:
Innergize Day – Day after the Autumn Equinox
National Tree Day – Tree Canada
Innergize Day – Day after the Autumn Equinox, you are to take this day to relax and re-energize.
Paying what is fair instead of what is due seems to be a re-occurring theme this week. This weeks’ church sermon was based on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. People were hired at different times through-out the day. At the end of the day the employer paid them what was fair, what was required to live for one day, to provide shelter and food for your family. What a scandal that everyone was paid the same, after all some had worked 10 hours and others just 1. But their need was the same so the employer paid them all the same.
So begins the discussion of a minimum basic wage for all Canadians, not welfare for those who qualify. A minimum basic wage would ensure that Canadians have enough money for basic shelter, food and medical expenses for them and their families. We’ve seen during the pandemic that this minimum basic income didn’t deter people from working, but instead helped to reduce anxiety during times of extreme stress.
We all wish to reach a ripe old age,
but none of us are prepared to admit that we are already there.
~ Francisco de Quevedo (Spanish – Writer / September 17, 1580 – September 8, 1645)
Holidays and Celebrations: September 17, 2020
National Professional House Cleaners Day-USA
When is old age? 10 or 20 years from now.
What is old? Our perspective on what is old changes as we age. When we are 2, old is our older cousins. When we are 10 we think it is 18. When we hit puberty old is anyone over 30. When we hit 30 we think old starts at 50. When we retire we think old is 80 or 90. At 90 we think old is 110.
That being said our elderly population that require nursing home assistance have been the hardest hit during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Terrible living conditions were observed in many nursing homes when the army was called in to assist with the pandemic. The elderly need to be given a voice and taken care of with dignity and respect.
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
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.
Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?
Clara Schumann (German – Musician / September 13, 1819 – May 20, 1896)
Holidays and Celebrations: September 13
National Bald is Beautiful Day
Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.
~ Charles Dudley Warner (American – Journalist / September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900)
Holidays and Celebrations: September 12
Selichot or forgiveness prayers for the community and individuals.
The day after my first son’s birthday is his son’s birthday. Luckily it’s a Saturday this year. Due to COVID-19 we’re going to follow the tradition of cake at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s with the family. Pulled Pork and buns for those who don’t eat beef and chicken strips for those who don’t eat pork.
School is finally starting next week, so we may not be able to see the grandchildren for a couple of weeks until we know if COVID-19 is in their schools.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(German – Poet August 28, 1749 – March 22, 1832)
Holidays and Celebrations on
National Grandfather’s Day
(Día del Abuelo) – Mexico
During the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve spent more time at home. Many people gardened for the first time. Others decided to do home renovations or learn a new skill. Some of us cooked more…
Return to school has now been delayed for another week by the Thames Valley District School Board, while preparations are being made for a safe return. Criticism of others for their choices has never been greater. Many think children should just be kept at home and home schooled to keep them safe. Some don’t have the ability or knowledge to teach their children at home and want them to go to school. Some can’t afford to stay home with their children as debt loads have been increasing and bills need to be paid.
Our neighbours to the south continue to see horrific demonstrations due to injustices against blacks. The latest and one of the most horrific was a man being shot in the back 7 times while in police custody. Everyone is looking for a solution. How do we eliminate racism?
Words are but pictures of our thoughts.
~ John Dryden (English – Poet August 19, 1631 – May 12, 1700)
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)
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.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
~ Izaak Walton (English – Writer / August 9, 1593 – December 15, 1683)
National Peacekeeper’s Day (Canada)
National Book Lovers Day (USA)
August in John E Pearce Provincial Park and the marsh trail is lined with Black Eyed Susans highlighted by a background of Queen Anne’s Lace. Monarch butterflies glide through the air and grasshoppers flee as you walk down the path. This is one of the few Ontario Provincial Parks where there is no entrance fee or parking fee. The winding marsh trail leads to the pine grove. The Spicer Trail is lined with grass, so in the dewy August mornings I tend not to walk there without a pair of rubber boots.
Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.
~ Tryon Edwards (American – Theologian / August 7, 1809 – January 4, 1894)
Today was my sister’s birthday. Being at the trailer I was unable to upload pictures. Here’s a slideshow of us celebrating other occasions together. I hope she had a wonderful day.