Daily Quote: July 19, 2020

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.
~ Edgar Degas (French – Artist / July 19, 1834 – September 27, 1917)


Ice Cream Day

(Canada)

Sundae Sunday

(USA)


The second heat wave of the 2020 summer season is upon us.  Time to sit around and eat ice cream.

Select Ontario areas started Covid-19 Stage 3 restrictions on Friday.  Outdoor gatherings can now be up to 100 people and indoor gatherings can be up to 50 people.  Masks are mandatory indoors in most communities.  Beaches are open in Stage 3 areas, with distancing restrictions and limited numbers of people.

As the rest of the world starts to open up again, borders with the USA and Canada remain closed officially until August 17, 2020, with many predicting the borders won’t open until 2021.  Sorry cousins, neighbours and friends, stay home until you’re feeling better and we aren’t coming to visit.

USA remains #1 for cases and deaths from COVID-19, as many Americans are still in denial.  Yes the numbers are wrong.  THEY ARE UNDER REPORTED.  26.5% of confirmed cases Worldwide are in the USA.  23.6% of confirmed Worldwide deaths due to COVID-19 are in the USA.  The federal Government is no longer paying for testing in the USA, because “it only makes them look bad”.  Hospitals in many States are at or above capacity.

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

Worldwide
14,288,898 1,838 8,027,656 602,138

United States
3,781,985 11,476 1,108,518 142,229
 
Location
Confirmed
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people
Recovered
Deaths

Worldwide
14,288,898 1,838 8,027,656 602,138

Canada
109,999 2,896 96,914 8,848
Ontario
37,440 2,753 33,294 2,748

Daily Quote: July 18, 2020

The issue of world environment has a special kind of urgency…
The issue is one of rich peoples and poor peoples,
of the growing gap between the two,
and of the rich fouling their own nests.
~ Gilbert White (English – Naturalist /  July 18, 1720 – June 26, 1793)


World Listening Day

Nelson Mandela International Day


My favorite lunch time view, sitting in a kayak and watching turtles pop up for air around me, listening to frogs croak, maybe even catch young muskrat playing along the water’s edge.  Wondering what’s on the other side of the bridge, where I have never gone.

The Old Ausable Channel has some of the purest spring fed water in the world.

Daily Quote: July 17, 2020

I didn’t decide to be a photographer;
I just happened to fall into it.
~ Berenice Abbott
(American – PhotographerJuly 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991)


World Day for International Justice

World Emoji Day


People tend to “fall into” professions that they have a natural talent for, then they can either just do enough to get by or develop their natural talent into a passion.

Project Management was my first “career by accident”.  I loved Project Management.  Making a plan, breaking it into attainable pieces, tracking the progress and celebrating the finished goal.

Similarly Photography is a passion I fell into.  Taking pictures of people, places and things to capture them in the best light possible.  Going for a walk with camera in hand to see what I can discover today.

This little Hackberry Emperor Butterfly was sitting on the railing as I was finishing my walk on the Cedar Trail at Pinery Provincial Park.  She seemed to pose and smile for me.

Happy Emoji Day 🙂

Daily Quote: July 14, 2020

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated,
when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
~ Pasquier Quesnel (French – TheologianJuly 14, 1634 – December 2, 1719)

International Non-Binary People’s Day

International Nude Day

Bastille Day

(France and French dependencies)


Freedom in the USA has become the mantra of Americans that refuse to wear a mask in public to help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.  Hoax is the other call of the Americans that refuse to believe the COVID-19 numbers as those testing positive are reaching daily records of over 15,000 in Florida alone and the Intensive Care units in hospitals reach capacity.  USA is still #1 for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Ontario numbers are dropping and restrictions are being relaxed we are entering Stage  3 (groups of 100 are permitted outdoors and groups of 50 indoors).  Canadians are imploring the government to keep the Canada-USA border closed and to not permit the COVID-19 exposed/infected Americans into Canada.  One newspaper actually predicted that the boarder won’t be open for at least a year for tourists.

The numbers below are as reported by Google News

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

Worldwide
13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

United States
3,428,462 10,403 999,968 137,613
Canadian Provinces Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
Location
Confirmed
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people
Recovered
Deaths

Worldwide
13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

Canada
108,155 2,848 71,841 8,790
Quebec
56,621 6,893 25,911 5,628
Ontario
36,839 2,709 32,663 2,722

Daily Quote: July 13, 2020

Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
~ Charles Scribner, Jr. (PublisherJuly 13, 1921- Nov 13, 1995)


National French Fry Day

(USA)


Sunday was a perfect July summer day.  The heat wave was temporarily suspended.  There was a light breeze and the Old Ausable Channel was flat.  The rain from the previous day had washed the algae blooms to the bottom and the water was left crystal clear.  Kayaking was the thing to do.  It took me 2 hours to paddle to the far bridge, as I dawdled looking at everything.  Luckily there weren’t too many other people who got up early.  I counted 41 painted turtles sunning themselves on the logs.  And I saw this little muskrat playing in the lilies.  He was unafraid and almost swam right up to the kayak.

Daily Quote: July 12, 2020

Do it now.
It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.
~ Thomas Guthrie (Scottish – ClergymanJuly 12, 1803 – January 24, 1873)


The Twelfth

also known as Orangemen’s Day
(Northern IrelandScotlandNewfoundland and Labrador)

National Simplicity Day

(USA)

Daily Quote: July 11, 2020

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
~ James Whistler (American – ArtistJuly 11, 1834 – July 17, 1903)


World Population Day

Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Free Slurpee Day

(Participating stores of the 7-Eleven chain in North America)