Daily Quote: January 24, 2021

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

~William Congreve (English – Poet / January 24, 1670 – January 19, 1729)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Celebrating International Day of Education while our schools are closed seems like a contradiction. Education continues at home and on line. I wonder how lucky we are that it is assumed everybody in our Province has a computer and access to the Internet. What are the long term effects will be of sitting children down for an entire day of screen time with their faces on the shared screens. Technology moves so quickly and has removed the need in person learning. How many children will return to in person learning when this is over? Or will people choose to keep their children isolated and safe at home?

But at least National Peanut Butter Day can be celebrated by Peanut Butter lovers. Peanut butter, a wonderful inexpensive source of protein has been banned in all schools due to peanut butter allergies. The amazing thing is that research is showing that delaying the introduction of peanut butter is probably the largest cause of the allergy to develop. So peanut butter is being encouraged to be given to children before the age of 2. Parental fear may have been the largest cause of this deadly allergy.

National Compliment Day is something we should be practicing everyday. Kind words of encouragement should be spread generously everywhere. It seems we don’t give or receive compliments often enough. I read an article yesterday on how to respond to a compliment. Start by saying “Thank you” and don’t negate the compliment with negative phrases. Also don’t return the compliment immediately unless it is heartfelt. So continue practicing giving compliments until it becomes part of your nature.

Quit putting things off until later. Celebrate Just Do It Day by doing that thing you’ve been putting off. Quit over analyzing and over thinking. You’ll never know if you can to it or not until you just do it. As the commercial says change one day into day one. Put the music on, dance, sing and exercise. Get the brushes out and try painting. Or get out the colouring books and spend some useless time colouring, either inside or outside the lines. Whatever you’ve been putting off Just Do It today.

Daily Quote: January 14, 2021

Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame.
When you put four edges around some facts,
you change those facts.

~ Garry Winogrand (American – PhotographerJanuary 14, 1928 – March 19, 1984)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Happy New Year to all my Orthodox friends.

I’m not certain if I agree with Garry Winogrand on this quote. I don’t think you change the facts, but you can change the perception of the story illustrated by the photo. So for example, this picture is of a family walking near Pincombe Mill Pond and feeding the geese/ducks. The reason it caught my eye was the contrast of the orange hats against the foggy background. You can take it at face value, or you can add analogies and a story line. Such as the hats represent hope bright and radiant; the family is the isolated group with stronger inner bonds; and they are reaching out (feeding) to change their surroundings with nurturing and caring; during a time of extreme hopelessness (pandemic/fog). So it is the importance of the story telling that can change how a photograph is perceived. The facts didn’t change, just how they are interpreted/presented.

The celebration of International Kite Day is better in Southern Climates than those of Canada. Much better on the beaches in Tampa, Florida or on Padre Island, Texas. I usually go out to fly kites on Easter Monday. My one diabetic sister-in-law used to give kites instead of candy at Easter, so I try to forward her tradition in her absence.

Medical advances are always changing the course of history, but probably none has had a bigger impact than the Caesarean Section. It has saved so many women and children from death during childbirth. Unfortunately it has also been used in recent times to guarantee a certain date for future birthdays and so that births occur on schedule, so staff can get back to more important things and free up the facilities for the next in line. The rates of Caesarean births has climbed over the years. When I had my children in the 1980’s (really dating myself) there was a huge movement to go natural (vaginal births without medications). Recovery is much faster without surgical intervention. I was lucky enough and healthy enough to have all 3 of my 9 pound sons naturally. Prenatal classes were attended and breathing techniques taught. But if my babies had been in any danger I would have gone under the knife and had a caesarean section without a second’s hesitation. That’s where mid-wives and doulas play such an important role guiding the mother through the experience of childbirth and ensuring the mother’s wishes are followed.

And not to be forgotten the Feast of the Ass. So keep your little asses safe at home during the pandemic. (sorry can’t pass up on the Little Ass jokes)

Daily Quote: November 5, 2020

What amazes me is that you can have
10 different photographers in the same room,
and you see 10 different rooms.

You realize how much of it is the person’s perspective
rather than the situation itself.

~ Rick Smolan (American – Photographer / Born: November 5, 1949

Holidays and Celebrations:


Happy Birthday Rick Smolan, photographer and co-creator of “A Day in the Life” books.

Daily Quote: October 3, 2020

I love when people laugh. I love when they cry, I like a story to say something, and I hope the audience feels happier leaving the theatre than when it came in.

~ Leo McCarey (American – Director / October 3, 1898 – July 5, 1969)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Boyfriend Day

Poetry Day


How quickly life changes on the COVID-19 world news screen.

From non-believer “It’s a hoax”, to “I’ve been diagnosed with it but have no symptoms”, to “I’m going to be admitted to a Medical Facility as a pre-caution”.

Please wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands and keep safe.

Daily Quote: September 27, 2020

I’m not interested in age.
People who tell me their age are silly.
You’re as old as you feel.

Henri Frederic Amiel (Swiss – Philosopher September 27, 1821 – May 11, 1881)

Holidays and Celebrations:

World Tourism Day

Daughters Day – India

Yom Kippur-Jewish Holiday (Begins tonight)

National No Excuses Day


My Grandmother always quoted the shorter version: You’re only as old as you feel. At 90 she told me that she didn’t feel or think any differently than when she was 18. Life speeds by so quickly. Her favorite decade was when she was in her 40’s. Limitations put on her because of her age must have been very frustrating. She never lost her zeal for life or her desire to live independently.

So no Excuses. Start that project today. Go for that walk. Ride a bike. Dance. Sing. Laugh. Love. Live while you can.