Daily Quote: April 11, 2022

When we lose the right to be different,
we lose the privilege to be free.

~ Charles Evans Hughes
American – Judge / April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Israel is on high security alert as we enter Holy Monday, 6 days before Easter Sunday. Prayers and fasting continues on the 10th day of Ramadan and the 41st day of Lent, approaching the Jewish celebration of Passover.

Hug your pets as we celebrate National Pet Day, unless your pet is a python or a spider.

A very Canadian type of holiday to celebrate National Poutine Day. French Fries with cheese curds covered with hot gravy. Heart attack in a take-out container. Mmmm….. 😉

April 11th was my Father’s Birthday. He was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital during the great flood of London Ontario. A difficult birth using forceps, his mother’s pelvic bone was broken and he suffered lifelong with learning disabilities. But he did learn to read the comics, do word searches, play cards and become a high pressure welder. He was very handsome, stubborn and opinionated. He provided for and raised 4 daughters. He had a good life, cut short by small cell cancer. And I miss him everyday.

George and Sue (Beatrice) Porte

Daily Quote: March 25, 2020

The poison of selfishness destroys the world.
~ Catherine of Siena (Theologian March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380)


International Waffle Day


Walking through the trails, I thought I would look at a honey mesquite tree to see if scorpions were visible during the day.  At first I thought this spider feasting on a caterpillar might be a scorpion, but on closer inspection it turned out to be a spider.  Possibly a  Platycryptus undatus, a Tan Jumping Spider as suggested by SpiderID.  I had hoped to find a site for spiders like the one for birds and this site is amazing.  Spider enthusiasts are like bird enthusiasts, they like to share their knowledge with others to grow the understanding of creatures in the world.

COVID-19 Pandemic continues.  The news is flooded with updates and new restrictions.  The entire Provence of Ontario is no longer “Open for Business”.  Only essential services are permitted to remain open and everyone else is advised to “self isolate”.  This is Day 7 of my self isolation after returning home from Texas.  Some people decided to “shelter in place” and I wonder if that wasn’t the best decision.  There are still no confirmed cases in the Rio Grande Valley.  My friend who decided to stay in Mexico is also in self isolation, because she had a visitor from New York.  She says they have no shortages of anything and there is no hoarding occurring in Mexico.