Daily Quote: March 17, 2021

I may be helping to bring harmony
between people through my music.

~ Nat King Cole (American – Musician /March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

St. Patrick’s Day and everyone is a little bit Irish today. So we’ll all celebrate Corned Beef and Cabbage Day with a bit of green beer and maybe a good Irish jig. My 3rd Great grandfather, Gilbert Porte, an orphan from Dublin, Ireland and shoemaker by trade, came to Canada only to be told he wasn’t the right class for the love of his life, Ann McCormmick. So they ran away to the USA and got married. Ann was dis-inherited by her family. When they returned to London, Ontario they had a wonderful family of 2 sons (Thomas and Gilbert) and one daughter (Alice) only for it to end during the cholera epidemic. Anne raised her wonderful children by herself and lived a full and long life.

Today is my anniversary of starting to work for Canada Post (1980), my first permanent job after University. Now that I’ve been retired for almost 9 years it really does seem like a lifetime ago. COVID-19 and a year of not seeing my previous co-workers has created even a greater separation. You always miss your co-workers even if you no longer miss the actual work and routines.

To most people the first robin sighting is a true sign of spring. To me it’s hearing the red-wing black birds as they return to the local mashes. (and the sewage lagoons LOL). The males with their wonder patches of red trill their songs trying to locate their mates. I love the announcements they are making of their arrival.

Daily Quote: March 16, 2021

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

~ James Madison (American – President / March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

March 16th is a quiet day. The day before the Irish St. Patrick’s Day is the Finish St. Urho’s Day. Originally celebrated on March 24th, it was moved to March 16th, probably to ensure it came before St. Patrick’s Day. St. Urho allegedly save the grape crops in Finland by eliminating all the frogs (or maybe it was grasshoppers) from Finland. You can celebrate the day by eating grapes and drinking a grasshopper. Wear royal purple and lime green.

Probably more importantly today is Lip Appreciation Day. So don’t just give it lip service, but treat your lips to some moisturizer and sunscreen as we celebrate one of the most sensitive parts of our body.