Daily Quote: December 30, 2020

Photography is a small voice, at best,
but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them,
can lure our sense of awareness.

~ W. Eugene Smith (American – PhotographerDecember 30, 1918 – 1978)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Only 2 more days left of 2020. Perhaps by celebrating Enormous Changes at the Last Minute the year 2020 can be saved. Or by re-phasing the events of the year we can give it a new spin.

Here are some better ways to remember 2020:

  • 2020 was the year that a vaccine was developed for COVID-19 in record time and a world-wide pandemic was brought to a screeching halt.
  • 2020 was the year we got to spend time with our loved ones.
  • 2020 was the year that air pollution levels dramatically decreased.
  • 2020 was the year companies switch production to hand sanitizer and PPE.
  • 2020 was the year volunteers made PPE for front line workers.
  • 2020 was the year that neighbours celebrated by dancing in the streets (separately but together).
  • 2020 was the year the Canadian Government paid people to stay home.
  • 2020 was the year Churches broadcast their services.
  • 2020 was the year that everyone started gardening, all the local stores sold out of seeds.
  • 2020 was the year so many people started baking that we ran out of yeast and flour in many of the stores.
  • 2020 was the year people learned new at home hobbies.
  • 2020 was the year that on-line learning was made available to everyone.
  • 2020 was they year all the animal shelters were emptied as people decided to adopt pets.
  • 2020 was the year we went to Texas (before we were told to come home).
  • 2020 was the year everyone got out walking.
  • 2020 was the year that the Provincial Parks had to close because too many people went there.
  • 2020 was the beginning of on-line access to Doctors in Ontario
  • 2020 was the year AMAZON really became popular.
  • 2020 was the year we all wore masks into banks and stores.
  • 2020 was they year stores started curb-side pick-up.
  • 2020 was the year of shields, plexiglass shields.
  • 2020 was the year we learned to keep our distance.
  • 2020 was the year when cash almost became obsolete.
  • 2020 was the year my youngest son got married.
  • 2020 was the year I posted daily quotes.
  • 2020 was the year…….

Daily Quote: September 5, 2020

For whatever a man has,
is in reality only a gift.

Christoph Martin Wieland

Celebrations: September 5

International Day of Charity

National Cheese Pizza Day

Bacon Day

World Beard Day


With all the inflated numbers and predictions I thought it was time to revisit the real numbers as per Google News:

LocationTotal casesNew cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleRecoveredDeaths
Worldwide26,622,7063,42417,717,911874,708
United States6,218,90018,8713,391,087187,698
https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-CA&gl=CA&ceid=CA%3Aen
LocationTotal casesNew cases (last 60 days)Cases per 1 million peopleRecoveredDeaths
Worldwide26,622,7063,42417,717,911874,708
Canada131,1243,453115,9269,141
Quebec63,1177,68355,7245,767
Ontario42,8343,15038,7412,811
https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-CA&gl=CA&ceid=CA%3Aen&mid=%2Fm%2F0d060g

Predictions for the USA include numbers as high as over 400,000 deaths by the end of 2020 from COVID-19.

We’ve been so lucky in Ontario. In London-Middlesex we’ve seen days without new cases. But fear of Corona Virus has mandated the use of facial masks and still has limits on the number of people permitted to gather. Churches still remain closed and School openings have been delayed.

I went to the playground with my grandson yesterday. Although the equipment hasn’t changed it’s very sad to see the loneliness in my grandson’s eyes as he is no longer permitted to mingle with the other children and must keep his distance. The public washrooms aren’t open, so small children duck behind trees to pee.

My heart breaks for all the children that are learning not to trust others, keep their distance and constantly wash their hands.