We only learn if we remember the terrible things in History, that’s why Holocaust Remembrance Day is so important. We remember the attempted genocide of Jews in Germany and the horrors of the second world war and to ensure that the world never sits idly by and watches this type of massacre again. However, genocides continue in the world and what are we doing about it? According the the Business Insider (article by Michal Kranz Nov 22, 2017, 4:59 PM https://www.businessinsider.com/genocides-still-going-on-today-bosnia-2017-11) there are genocides still going on today and he describes 5 of them.
The Rohingya in Myanmar
The Nuer and other ethnic groups in South Sudan
Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria
Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic
Darfuris in Sudan
I’m hoping everyone takes a moment today to remember the people of the world that have and still are being killed because of religion, skin colour or heritage differences.
That’s also why Family Literacy Day is so important. Every time we read a book with our children and grandchildren we are working to build literacy and understanding in the world. We build our future generations stronger when we give them the gift of the love of books. Story telling from generation to generation passes on more than just cute stories, it also passes on our culture, history, values, morals and views of the world. Even if it is in fantasy, as the stories written by Lewis Carroll, there are universal dreams and truths hidden in parables and stories.
But to end on a happier note: Happy Tu Bishvat. Celebrating the new Year for Trees (similar to Arbor Day). Increase the tree of knowledge. Learn one new thing today.
For most people today: Happy Unbirthday. For the rest: Happy Birthday. ❤
And the countdown is on. Not just ’til Christmas but to total lockdown and isolation during the Holiday Season. I can always remember my father telling me this time of the year was the hardest for people who were alone and suicide rates were probably the highest at this time of year. SAD or Seasonal Affected Disorder is higher during the winter months, but apparently the myth of higher suicides during the holidays is not true*. Instead the rates in the are actually higher in the spring, when most people are feeling happier with the longer days and those who truly suffer from depression don’t feel any better or may actually feel worse. Still it is important to keep loved ones close and help those with significant loses to know they are loved, because they are people not statistics and even one suicide is one too many.
*Here today and gone tomorrow is the reason given usually for lavish spending, drinking or dancing. Perhaps instead it should be for just living and love. It is the small moments that add up to a lifetime of memories.
*12-12-2020 is the day that my youngest son and his beautiful fiancé have chosen for their wedding day. From this day forward we will remember the anniversary of the combining of their two families into one, and their pledge to each other. Last night they spend apart as per tradition and they won’t see each other until the ceremony mid-afternoon. Pre-wedding celebrations are done and when the dawn breaks they will begin the final preparations in earnest. Their timing couldn’t have been better.
*London-Middlesex goes into Red Covid-19 restrictions on Monday. Starting Monday, no more than 5 people can gather. Hopefully, this measure can avert a full lockdown. Christmas/holiday season gatherings are being pared down and cancelled. So much for our Christmas Eve tradition of meeting at my house for supper and gifts. But Christmas will still happen, just a quieter more intimate version as we all will be in our separate homes for the celebrations.
*London-Middlesex COVID-19 numbers have now pushed our area into “Orange”. The numbers were significantly impacted by an outbreak at University Hospital in London ON. Allegedly because the staff from all floors shared a common lunch area (rumoured that the administration wouldn’t let them use boardrooms on individual floors). 12 deaths are now linked to the UH outbreak, (The health unit said Thursday that the outbreak has now been linked to 124 cases at the facility, with 62 involving patients and 62 involving staff. )
*The impact on my son’s wedding next Saturday, December 12, 2020 is that there will need to be more tables at the reception as maximum number at a table goes from 6 down to 4. (Stupid because families of 6 can’t even sit together) So my sister won’t be able to sit with my husband and I.
*I will be playing my flute behind a plexiglass shield. I tried my new microphone for my Nikon D750 and with a little technical help from my Oldest son we were able to make the following clip.
Friday the 13th is usually a big day in Port Dover Ontario as thousands of Motorcyclists converge on the small town. This year due to COVID-19 the locals in Port Dover are asking the motorcyclists to stay home. Permits aren’t being issued to venders and merchants are closing their doors. I wonder if the participants will still show up. After all this event wasn’t initiated by the local residents but instead by Hell’s Angels, who didn’t ask permission in the first place.
The prediction for today is sunny and a high of 22C. (more of the same) It’s so hard to believe that November 2020 is so beautiful. I went walking with my sister in the morning and we stopped while the dogs frolicked in the leaves behind the skate park. Rickie ran circles in the leaves while Maddie chased him in bigger circles. In the afternoon I took my kayak and went to Pinery Provincial Park. The Old Ausabile Channel was clear and flat. Water lilies had been replaced with oak leaves floating on top of the water. I saw 10 turtles catching the last moments of sunshine.
The first Friday in November 2020 is already here, but the weather is too fine to be November. We moved our summer trailer to the new site for next year. The next 3 days are almost 18C with sunshine, more like late summer than mid-autumn. The trees are for the most part naked except for a few hardy yellows that remain. The geese are practicing for their journey south and many Canadians are wishing they could join the geese, but the Canada/USA border remains closed for non-commercial travel. Many Canadian snowbirds are scrambling to find alternate accommodations for winter. We are very lucky that I refuse to sell my 1890’s yellow brick house. To me our house, that’s been here for 130 years reminds me of stability in an ever changing world. My home isn’t historically significant and has been modernized on the interior, but it is the place I call home.