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.
I still forgive him, because by doing what he did, he made it famous.
~ Alberto Korda (Cuban – Photographer September 14, 1928 – May 25, 2001)
Holidays and Celebrations:
Live Creative Day – USA
National Cream Filled Donut Day – USA
Our 2011 Cuba Vacation seems like another lifetime away. We went on the Havana Walking Tour with my sister, her husband, my son and his girl friend. Now my brother-in-law has passed, my daughter-in-law has separated from my son and we’ve been retired for almost 8 years. So if live works in 7 year cycles, it was another lifetime.
Eat a Cream filled Donut, do something creative and enjoy the day.
What has made this nation great? Sarah Orne Jewett (American – Author September 3, 1849 – June 24, 1909)
Not its heroes but its households.
Holidays and Special Occasions:
Skyscrappers may rise high to the sky, but most of us prefer to live in single family homes with enough yard to grow flowers and tomatoes.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has made people re-evaluate where they live. I watched a news item saying there is a new trend for young people to move back to the deserted areas, to buy “cheap old homes” and renovate. I’ve never understood why people live in ghettos for generations, when there are beautiful countryside homes rotting due to neglect and under-use.
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?
I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint,
the things which already have an existence.
~ Man Ray (American Visual Artist / August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976)
Holidays and Celebrations:
August 27, 2020
When the past no longer illuminates the future,
the spirit walks in darkness.
~ Alexis de Tocqueville (French – Historian July 29, 1805 – April 16, 1859)
National Chicken Wing Day
Busch Gardens will always remain one of my favorite places. Where else could people get so close to tigers. This picture was taken in February 2018 when my niece and her family were visiting Florida. With the USA/Canada border remaining closed Florida can only be a memory for Canadians.
If honor were profitable,
everybody would be honorable.
~ Thomas More (English – Author / February 7, 1478 – July 6, 1535)
A man’s house is his castle.
~ James Otis (American – Lawyer / February 5, 1725 – May 23, 1783)
Money is like manure, of very little use except it be spread.
~ Francis Bacon (English – Philosopher January 22, 1561 – April 9, 1626)
Javelina, North America’s native are similar to the wild boar. They are herbivores, only about 2-3 feet tall and can weigh 30-40 lbs.
Located near Harlingen International Airport Hugh Ramsey Nature Park is a hidden gem. It’s amazing that so many animals unique to the Rio Grande Valley can be seen in one location adjacent to a major road. Several bird blinds and feeders are located along the trails providing ample opportunities for viewing and taking pictures. No admission fees or charges for parking, so it makes for an inexpensive afternoon of entertainment, learning and exercise.
It was the first time I ever saw a Javelina (similiar to a wild pig, but originating from North America), and a Green Jay. I was also able to get pictures of the Chachalacas (only found in the Rio Grande Valley.)