Daily Quote: January 4, 2022

A smile is the universal welcome.

~ Max Eastman
American – Author / January 4, 1883 – March 25, 1969

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Although a smile may be a universal welcome, my cat, Archie thinks it’s better to put you on guard with a scowl.

Tom Thumb Day is the Birthday of Charles Stratton. General Stratton was one of the first shows for P.T.Barnum’s Circus. Tom Thumb probably had a pituitary gland problem and although he was 9 lbs. 8 oz. at birth he never grew taller than 3’4″. If you have a chance watch the 2017 movie The Greatest Showman.

Today is also the day to remember blind reading: World Braille Day. The invention of Braille permitted blind people the joys of writing and reading.

We’re tired of Christmas and New Year’s indulgences and leftovers. Today is National Spaghetti Day.

On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

11 pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings (five golden rings)
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle-doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

Daily Quote: January 4, 2021

Snow brings a special quality with it
—the power to stop life as you know it dead in its tracks

~ Nancy Hatch Woodward (American Writer / Born: September 11, 1954)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Sometimes the weather is just perfect such that when it snows the snow clings to everything in sight and for just a magical moment it waits there for the sun to melt it. Yesterday morning was one of those rare moments. A Sunday morning during lockdown when the wet snow fell slowly and built up on every surface it could find. A white blanket over everything and no one was in a hurry to move it. It was warm enough that you didn’t have to wear gloves, but cold enough to keep the snow in place until noon. Families were out walking along the trails in the Conservation Area and children playing on the hills with their winter toys. Yet the snow adds a layer of quiet that muffles all the sound of traffic and attenuates all the other sounds. Peace, quiet and beauty.