Daily Quote: June 2, 2020

One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
~ John Hope (American – EducatorJune 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936)

Decoration Day


National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Finally COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted enough to permit the use of Provincial Parks including vault toilets.  I purchased my Season’s pass and went Kayaking.  I had just set my kayak on the shore of the Old Ausauble Channel and turned around to see this raccoon trying to get into my kayak.  She was looking for food and had seen me put my cooler on the dock.  She left the kayak and went over to search through the nearby garbage can.  When I got into the kayak and started to launch of the shore she followed me and almost jumped into the water.

It was such a beautiful day to kayak.  I saw 3 baby muskrats playing in the water at the far end of my route and a pileated woodpecker on the way back to the dock.  Kingfishers were playing along the banks.  A dozen Canadian Geese, red wing black birds, and 3 muskrats swimming across the Chanel. I only saw 13 turtles today, far below my lifetime record last year of 149.


Daily Quote: May 20, 2020

If you’re going to have a cabin fever,
have a big cabin, you know.
~ Joe Cocker (English – Musician May 20, 1944 – December 22, 2014)

Flower Day

Eliza Doolittle Day

Cabin fever may be hitting many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as some of the restrictions are being lifted and we are trying to advance towards our new normal.  In Ontario the school won’t be opened until September.  So the students have their “holiday” extended from March break through to the next school year.

The circles are widening from immediate family to include house cleaners and other services, but not our extended families.

I saw one meme that said we’re allowed to have our house cleaners enter our homes but not Grandma, so they were going to call Nana’s cleaning service.

I actually got to see Joe Cocker perform live once at the Walkerton festival.  2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Walkerton water horror story.  Each year there is a celebration to remember the tragedy and to ensure that safe water is a right not an assumption.  However, like everything else this remembrance celebration was also canceled.

Daily Quote: April 29, 2020

Dance stories, unlike those in opera, are usually simple.
~ Robert Gottlieb (American – Writer Born: April 29, 1931)

International Dance Day

World Wish Day

So glad I took a 2 week trip to Dominican Republic in December 2019.  With the COVID-19 Pandemic no one knows when International Travel will be able to occur again.

So we may need to celebrate International Dance Day in our homes.  Our Worldwide Wish that no more lives be lost to COVID-19 and we can dance again with our friends, family and Grandchildren.

Daily Quote: April 21, 2020

It is the photographer,
not the camera,
that is the instrument.
~ Eve Arnold
(American – PhotographerApril 21, 1912 – January 4, 2012)

National Tea Day

Queen Elizabeth II’s 94th Birthday

So far 2020 has been quite a memorable year.

Kenny Rogers passed away earlier this year.  I only got to see him perform once.  On March 21st, 2015 at Busch Gardens, Tampa, Fl.  A friend and I got there 3 hours before the performance to ensure we had a good seat.  I had never seen the parking lots so full.  It was very hot, so we took turns going for food and beverages.  Kenny Rogers was recovering from hip surgery and hoped we didn’t mind that he would be sitting on a stool for the performance.  This is my favorite picture that I took that day.  Kenny Rogers  seemed to be looking right into the camera and only performing for me.  My trusty Nikon D60 did a wonderful job of capturing the moment.

Despite all the marvelous technical advances in cameras and equipment, some pictures by famous photographers, like Eve Arnold, can never really be duplicated.  Their pictures truly are inspired works of art.

“As coronavirus continues to affect people worldwide, it’s been announced that the queen‘s birthday will not be publicly commemorated in 2020.

Queen Elizabeth turns 94 on April 21, but the monarch’s special day will not be marked by gun salutes, and flag flying protocol has been updated to reflect the fact that many people are currently self-isolating or social distancing.”   Link to article in BAZAAR

I think we should all celebrate the Queen’s birthday and National Tea Day with a nice cup of tea and looking through archive pictures of the Royal Family while we continue our social distancing.

Daily Quote: April 18, 2020

If I knew what the photograph was going to look like, I wouldn’t bother taking it.
It’s the voyage of discovery that fascinates me.
~ Lois Greenfield (American – Photographer / Born: April 18, 1949)

National Animal Crackers Day

National Auctioneers Day

Although I’m not a famous of a photographer like Lois Greenfield, the journey when taking photographs is the thrill.  I can’t imagine photographers that don’t like to process/edit their own photos or can wait to see what they’ve caught.  I captured these dancers at Casa Marina, Dominican Republic when they were all airborne at one of the performances that I attended December 2019.  It was a moment of sheer joy when I found it during editing.  A moment of excitement and energy caught mid-air by my simple Nikon D60.

With the ongoing Pandemic it is unlikely that I’ll be able to travel to distant countries this year.  Even my “snowbird” journey to Texas seems like it might not even happen.

Daily Quote: March 18, 2020

No one had ever told me that whites were supposed to sing one kind of music
and blacks another
– I sang what I liked in the only voice I had.
~ Charley Pride (American – Musician Born: March 18, 1938)

Awkward Moments Day

I remember walking into my sister-in-law’s house and hearing her favorite Charlie Pride Album filling the house from the floor model stereo.  She loved his music.  So much so that when she passed away her husband the song that played as we left the funeral home was “Chrystal Chandelier”.

We had the chance to see Charlie Pride perform at the 2014 Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida.  We even paid extra to ensure we had good seats closer to the stage.  It was worth every penny to see Charlie Pride sing live.