Orangutan Poaching!

I got this in my email this morning and it made me so damn mad, I had to post it. What is wrong with this world that we kill and poach these beautiful creatures! We  do it to all kinds of species and it needs to stop! When are we going to take action, when there are no more animals left on Earth! Our survival and theirs is closely related!

Sign the petition at Care2.com

Missing Puerto Rico

I grew up in Puerto Rico and I miss it everyday but today I miss it even more. The rain, the cold and the darkness of CT starts getting to me after a while.

The picture at the top of my blog is Playa Chiquita, one of my favorite beaches in P.R. it’s completely enclosed in rocks except for a small opening where the waves crash in. This is the original picture.

Heres a couple more shots of the beach at different angles

Other than the beach I love hiking in the rainforest, it’s so beautiful that you don’t mind the trek down to see the waterfalls, about 45 minutes to an hour but totally worth it!

This shot was taking from the top of a viewing tower!

It’s one of my favorite pictures ever, you can see we are under the clouds and its raining but you can see blue skies and the ocean in the distance!

And here’s a beautiful sunset! I cant wait to go back!

Doggies play and then the 1st snow came!

Yesterday we got a visit from the dog that lives across the creek, Jackson, he’s a German short-haired pointer that jumps in the water to come across to our yard, I’m not sure why his owners aren’t more vigilant, but when he sees us in the backyard, he comes over.

He is huge and his size scares me a little around Elizabeth because he can easily trample her but she keeps her distance and is cautious with him. Snoopy and him play ok too, but I keep an eye on them as boys will be boys!

I noticed there was ice on the edge of the water, it’s definitely chilly here today but still no snow for us yet.

I saw a beautiful blue bird but couldn’t get a picture fast enough.

I also saw the black lab across the spring was sitting in his yard watching us and him and Elizabeth exchanged some barks.

We stayed out until I couldn’t feel my face and then we went inside to warm up.

Last night it snowed a little so we went out for a late night walk

This morning it was just a little slushy and there was a small covering of snow but not much accumulation

It was nice to have a flurry, anymore more than that, I might not have been too happy about but the dogs love the outdoors no matter what, I try to be like them and enjoy it even when I’m freezing and would rather be on the beach!

M.L.K. Jr. Day

I have the day off as many do because it’s Martin Luther King jr. Day.

I want to take the time to remember the man who was like our own Ghandi, the civil rights leader that changed the course of our history for the better. I know everyone references his “I have a Dream Speech” which is a wonderful speech to go back and watch but today I wanted to share a clip of his last speech, ” I Have Been to the Mountaintop”

It touches me because he talked about wanting to live a long life, doing gods work, and not living in fear. To me, it’s almost like he knew what his fate would be and he wanted us to know that he was at peace with himself.

Those words” I have been to the Mountaintop” take on a different meaning to me knowing this is the last speech he will give before his assassination.

His legacy lives on forever, that is why he lived!

Friday the 13th

Today is Friday the 13th

There is great superstition and stories surrounding Friday the 13th.

People think it’s an unlucky day. I was curious as to the origins of all the superstition so I did a little research. A google search on Friday the 13th brings up tons of hits!

Some are for the movie of the same name, the 1980 slasher film by Sean Cunningham that I grew up watching. Jason Voorhees drowns as a little boy in Camp Crystal Lake and comes back to have his vengeance on pretty much anyone standing in his way.

It was a brilliant movie, just a couple of years after “Halloween” by John Carpenter, together they ushered in the era of the slasher film!

But if you scroll down past all that, there is tons of information about how Friday the 13th got its reputation of being so unlucky.

The National Geographic website had an ancient tale that attempts to explain it.

Fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities ultimately combined to make one super unlucky day.

They trace the fear of 13 to a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. Balder died and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day. From that moment on, the number 13 has been considered ominous and foreboding.

There’s a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or the Norse myth, that having 13 people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners. There were 13 people seated at the last super, Judas betrayed Jesus which set the stage for the crucifixion

Jesus was crucified on a Friday.

Adam and Eve bit the apple on the Garden of Eden on a Friday.

Modern times haven’t changed much, here are some more myths about Friday the 13th

If you cut your hair on Friday the 13th, someone in your family will die.

A child born on Friday the 13th will be unlucky for life.

If a funeral procession passes you on Friday the 13th, you will be the next to die.

Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won’t eat in restaurants; many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.

Some hotels and building are built without a 13th floor, some cities and towns make sure not to have a 13th Avenue or Street.

Legend has it never change your bed on Friday; it will bring bad dreams.

If you cut your nails on Friday, you cut them for sorrow.

Don’t start a trip on Friday or you will encounter misfortune. Ships that set sail on a Friday will have bad luck.

Some people suffer from a phobia of Friday the 13th, called friggatriskaidekaphobia. 

I think this is pretty interesting stuff, but I have a hard time believing any of it.

I think we make our own luck, our choices and the way we choose to live is up to us!

I believe in karma and you get what you give, period!

So this Friday the 13th, have fun, watch a scary movie and don’t be afraid, it’s just another day!

I leave you with one of my favorite clips of the original Friday the 13th, don’t be a scardy cat, watch it!