Our website will be updating every Wednesday of the week beginning September 9, 2015. I thank my daughter Seana Hutchinson for 6 years of faithful service as Webmaster. She has been my right hand in delivering this website’s content each week. She has now trained me to execute uploading and management of the website. What a gift! Seana will keep her hand in the site from time to time, but will now be dedicating all of her much needed attention to her family and the fourth grade students in her class. Thank you dearest daughter for all that you have given me and the joy of working together! ~Peace be your footpath and joy be the journey~

Did You Hear?

About the 2015 Fall U.S. Forecast?

As fall of 2015 unfolds, an already brutal wildfire season will continue across much of California and the Northwest. In contrast, the rain will continue at times in the Southwest even after the monsoon fades in early September. Fall will get off to a warm start in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic before cooler, more seasonable air settles in during late September. Watch the central eastern Gulf of Mexico coastline and also maybe the Carolinas. September is the month. After that the threat will weaken fast and go away. The Midwest will be milder overall compared to fall of 2014, but it doesn’t mean the crop-growing region will be in the clear of occasional early shots of cold air. Mild air will infiltrate the northern Plains into the fall as warmth that has built up over the summer in the Northwest and western Canada spreads eastward.

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Good News

The Nature Conservancy: Protecting Migratory Birds

The Nature Conservancy’s Migratory Bird Program helps to ensure that conservation efforts appropriately address the special habitat needs of wide-ranging and migratory birds. Conservancy scientists and planners work to identify networks of habitats needed by bird species throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Then, they develop plans and implement strategies to help conserve them at the local level.

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In the News

The Hummingbird Migration

Several factors affect hummingbird migration and when exactly these small birds set forth on their long journeys. The most important factor that determines the timing of hummingbird migration is daylight: the amount of daylight and the angle of the sun relative to the location. As the light levels change seasonally, hummingbirds will purposefully eat more to gain weight that will be valuable energy for their upcoming long flight.

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Picture of the Week

These tall, gray-bodied, crimson-capped birds breed in open wetlands, fields, and prairies across North America. They group together in great numbers, filling the air with distinctive rolling cries. Mates display to each other with exuberant dances that retain a gangly grace. Sandhill Crane populations are generally strong, but isolated populations in Mississippi and Cuba are endangered.

(Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Ask Susi

QUESTION: Numerous times in your writings you have alluded to the animals and creation “being hard-wired” by God to be who and what they are. And you go on to say that you believe them to be redeemed by Christ and moving to an eternal existence. Explain that.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

Mi,mi,mi,mi….or is it ME, ME, ME, ME!

~by Susi Pittman

In keeping your soul in heavenly tune, do you find that you are on key or have you lost your voice to the clanging cymbal section?

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Catholic Journeyman

Mockingbirds vs Squirrel

~by Louis Templeman

Louis shares a great truth for living, one that he was reminded of as he observed an encounter between two backyard creatures of nature.

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A Poet’s Voice

Lord, Lord

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

You may be facing a darkness in your life, one that is strong and overwhelming. But, did you know that you are NOT alone?

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

CACTUS

~by Virginia Anson-Rhys, OFS

Virginia loves her visits with creation, finding that the desert can truly be a magical place.

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Book of the Month

Books of Prayer & Reflection

~review by Michele Gregoire

Many of us find that busyness has once again returned now that school is back in session and time for reading is at a premium. This month, Michele reviews several short books which are notably strong in spiritual fruit and inspiration and are quick reads. 1)Praying with Julian of Norwich—2)Praying with Elizabeth Seton—3)Companions for the Journey Series—4)The Joy of Co-operating with God; all wonderful books to consider for inspiring your quiet time with the Lord.

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Weekly Commentary

Are you spiritually neglecting your children?

~by Marlon de la Torre

Blessed Cardinal Newman once said that “Faith is illuminative, not operative; it does not force obedience, though it increases responsibility; it heightens guilt, but it does not prevent sin. The will is the source of action.” When you take a moment to analyze Blessed Newman’s words, they can easily be directed toward the spiritual relationship between parent and child.

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Geology & Archaeology

Explore fifty of earth’s most obvious asteroid/meteor impact sites with satellite images and maps

See if you might live close to impact site!

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Global Weather

SUPER RARITY: 3 Category 4 Hurricanes in Pacific At Same Time

Taking aim on the Hawaiian Islands

A very rare meteorological event occurred Saturday evening into early Sunday morning when three Category 4 hurricanes were ongoing simultaneously in the Pacific Ocean. For reference, hurricanes with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 mph are classified as Category 4. At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, Huricane Kilo (135 mph) was located well southwest of the Hawaiian Islands followed by Hurricane Ignacio (140 mph) to the east of Hawaii and Hurricane Jimena (140 mph) in the eastern Pacific. Kilo was the last of the trio to reach Category 4 status, doing so on Saturday evening.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

ARTHUR POWERS

Arthur Powers went to Brazil in 1969 and lived most his adult life there. From 1985 to 1997, he and his wife served with the Franciscan Friars in the Amazon, doing pastoral work and organizing subsistence farmers and rural workers’ unions in a region of violent land conflicts. The Powers currently live in Raleigh North Carolina.

Arthur received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, the 2008 Tom Howard Fiction Award (2nd place), the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize, and the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many magazines & anthologies. He is the author of A Hero For The People: Stories From The Brazilian Backlands (Press 53, 2013) and The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press, 2013). He is Judge of the 2014 & 2015 Tom Howard/John Reid Short Fiction & Essay Contests and of the 2015 Dappled Things J.F. Powers Fiction Contest.

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Quote of the Week

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~Ansel Adams~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Pope Saint Gregory the Great

Climate

Mercury laden fog over coastal California

What do the roof of a building in a West Coast redwood forest, a bluff in California chaparral, and a research vessel in Monterey Bay have in common?

They’re often draped in tendrils of fog. That makes them prime sites for collecting fog water samples. And there’s something else that can be found at those sites: mercury, according to atmospheric chemist Peter Weiss-Penzias of the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

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Sustainability

Tiny Houses: Wave of the future?

The growing popularity of very small houses among the environmentally-minded set is now being called a movement. There are numerous blogs devoted to them. There’s a company that builds and sells them. There’s even a show about them—Tiny House Nation—for those with access to the triple-digit television channels. The size of your house probably has more to do with how eco-friendly the house is than anything, because you have to heat and cool that space and heating and cooling is what uses most of the energy. So having a small space automatically makes you more eco-friendly.

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God’s Green Earth

BIRDS

Farm News

John Brennan–Knaggs Ranch Rice Farm

Meet John Brennan, a farm manager for the Knaggs Ranch in California’s Central Valley who is exploring the latest market incentives to boost farm profits while protecting his land. “Farmers are environmentalists, too,” Brennan says. “Programs like this will help us fulfill our responsibility to nature and to coming generations.” A project on Knaggs Ranch is helping to keep water on the fields during a time and at a volume critical to support salmon nurseries while providing beneficial habitat for water fowl and shore birds.

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Steward Alerts

Papal Visit 2015

Keep up with the upcoming events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis.

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Steward Activities

Bird Watching is for YOU

Being a “bird watcher” is about wild birds and the sport of birding. It is one of those wonderful hobbies that can be enjoyed year round, but most especially at the Spring and Fall seasonal migrations. Why not consider taking a day this fall and see what birds may be visiting your acre of creation. Take pictures and come back to identify you finds with this easy Guide to North American Birds from the National Audubon Society.

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A Song Before The Lord

FAR AWAY

Environmental Education

How to protect Seabirds from fishing threats

Two hundred and thirty million: that’s the number of seabirds we’ve lost between 1950 and 2010 because of human-related hazards—70 percent of global populations—according to a recent study by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Such steep declines are bad news for birds—and the entire marine ecosystem.

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Youth Stewardship

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) began in 1999 in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica when Janine Licare and Aislin Livingstone were 9 years old. Janine and Aislin saw the rainforest disappearing from their beloved home and the negative impact of this on the animals, particularly the mono titi monkeys. They were kids inspired to save the precious rainforest and voila, our name became Kids Saving the Rainforest! KSTR has 501 (c)(3) U.S. non-profit organization status and has grown by leaps and bounds since our humble beginnings. Our programs include these and more: Monkey Bridge Program– with 130 bridges over the roads in the area, the endangered Titi Monkey population has gone from only 1200 to 3700!

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Gardening

How to Grow A Giant Pumpkin

For many of us, fall means a bounty of pumpkins for pies and jack-o’-lanterns, along with a gathering in of the rest of the autumn harvest. But for thousands of backyard gardeners, fall is the time of reckoning and–for a lucky few–glory. These are the growers of the heavyweights. For them, pumpkin growing is a competitive sport.

As recently as 16 years ago, the heaviest (official) pumpkin weighed a mere 403 pounds. Since then the world record has been broken nine times. Other than Howard Dill, who held the world record from 1979 to 1982, no one has ever won the world championship more than once. And almost all the world-record pumpkins since 1982 have been grown in small backyard gardens.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Current Local and National Allergy and Pollen Levels

What’s going on in YOUR air today? This site will keep you in the know!

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Stargazing

Journey to Mars: Year Long Mimic Experiment Begins in Hawaii

Six scientists have begun a yearlong isolation experiment from within a small dome to mimic life on Mars. The latest Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission commenced Friday, Aug. 28, and is part of ongoing research at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, funded by NASA, to test the limits of long-duration space exploration.

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Smile

I’m afraid to open my eyes…have any of them poo-dood on me yet?

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