Porte Photos’ Daily Quote: December 3, 2022

The first and worst of all frauds
is to cheat oneself.

~ Gamaliel Bailey
American – Journalist December 3, 1807 – June 5, 1859

Porte Ponderings:

Just back from a Cuba Vacation and busy with Christmas Minis today.

I have one customer inquiry to answer, but my ears have been giving me a rough time since landing. For some reason they didn’t pop when the plane landed. So I tried the home remedies on the internet starting with plugging my nose and gently blowing, warm compresses, then oil in the ears. The oil seems to have done the trick (or time) and luckily I’m feeling much better today.

There are so many statues in Old Havana like the one in today’s quote. A life-sized Chopin sitting on a bench just waiting for someone to come along and share a good conversation. My friend was more than willing to sit for a moment.

The Havana Walking Tour is a trip I’ve done before, but my friend had never seen Havana and I was eager to go again. The history on the tour is amazing. The Cuban People are so Friendly, but are also asking for tips so remember to take lots of American $1’s or Cuban Peso’s. This lady embodied the Cuban Spirit. So I was certain to give her 50 Pesos to take her picture. I’ve used her picture as a temporary profile picture on Facebook. I just think she is so amazing. The black and white version adds a type of timelessness while the colour version brings depth to the shades of brown and gold.

Daily Quote: December 3, 2021

The first and worst of all frauds
is to cheat oneself.

~ Gamaliel Bailey
American – Journalist / December 3, 1807 – June 5, 1859

Holidays and Celebrations

Porte Musings:

This month’s theme seems to be equality. Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Let’s break down the barriers and include people with disabilities in all of our day to day activities.

Since COVID restrictions started in March 2020 we really haven’t had enough physical contact. Let’s change that and celebrate Let’s Hug Day.

Christmas is rapidly approaching. If you were planning to make a gift for someone special you’d better get started. Today is Make a Gift Day.

Daily Quote: December 3, 2020

Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use.

~ Gamaliel Bailey (American – Journalist / December 3, 1807 – June 5, 1859)

Holidays and Celebrations:


*Today is my daughter-in-law’s birthday. She has become an important part of the family as she drops in for lunch on Saturday mornings, for a walk to the market or just to visit us with her daughter Emily. She was kind enough when we got home from Texas in March to ensure that we had groceries and extras during our 2 week self-isolation. She was one of the first leaders to step-up and work on a strategy with volunteers for making masks. She is a smart, accomplished young woman that we love with all our hearts. Happy Birthday Katie, may the next year be filled with love.