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THE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS—October 4th

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

Check with your local parish for the animal blessing. If you can’t attend a blessing, why not offer this blessing over your pet or farm animals! Learn more about the Blessing of the Animals at AMERICAN CATHOLIC.

The Good News

RESCUE ME!—Rescue Shelter. COM

Jeff Gold lives in Watkinsville, Georgia on the same property as Rescue Me’s Animal Rehabilitation Center, with 18 rescue animals. In 2003, after learning there was nobody doing boxer rescue work in Georgia, Gold founded Boxertown, an organization which helped find homes for over 500 boxers during its first two years. Based upon this success, Gold came up with the vision for Rescue Me! ― a network which helps all breeds of dogs, cats and other animals find good homes, anywhere in the world. RescueShelter.com is also a free service of Rescue Me! and provides the world’s largest and most up-to-date directory of animal rescue organizations for all breeds of dogs, cats and other animals, including a comprehensive directory of wildlife rehabilitators in over 150 countries.

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Fall Foliage Network

The most accurate reporting in the country on autumn leaf colors nationwide. 

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In the News

British farmers facing growing livestock theft

Livestock rustling is on the rise – 90,000 animals were stolen from British farms last year alone. It’s bad for animal welfare, increases the risk of spreading disease – and could endanger your health.

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Picture of the Week

Morning Glory Pool Yellowstone

This beautiful pool has fallen victim to vandalism. People have thrown literally tons of coins, trash, rocks, and logs into the pool. Through the years Morning Glory’s appearance has changed  with the orange and yellow bacteria that formerly colored only the periphery of the spring now spreading toward its center.

Ask Susi

Redemption of Creation and Creatures

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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The Founder’s Pen

Traveling by Air With Your Pet

If you must fly your pet, and it is placed in cargo, be prepared for the worst. I can only give you a few tips that could possibly help in transporting them safely by plane.

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Catholic Journeyman

Room for New Dreams

When we are faced with the loss of a dream, our journey through life comes to a crossroads. What could possibly lie ahead?

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A Poet’s Voice

CITRUS BLUES

An orange is a simple fruit, simply eaten. But, it can leave food for thought according to Paula.

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Book of the Month

The Dalai Lama’s Cat–a novel by David Michie

A REVIEW by Michele Gregoire

We know that a fictional book was written a couple years back titled Joseph and Chico: The Life of Pope Benedict XVI As Told By A Cat. Michele has found a lovely fictional novel titled, The Dalai Lama’s Cat which also shares a similar path of peace-filled teachings and lessons.

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Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nature among the Departed

A walk through a cemetery lends itself to contemplative thoughts, no matter the season.

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This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Rains dampen California wildfires, but drought relief is next to nil

Rain has come as a relief to exhausted firefighters and worried homeowners focused on California’s major wildfires. But the relief may be short-lived. Across much of California, the latest US Drought Monitor map is red and dark red, showing “extreme” and “exceptional” drought conditions. This weekly map of drought conditions is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Weekly Commentary

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Fall Photo of the Week

Canadian Red Maples


Geology and Archaeology

NEW DISCOVERY: Galilean monument said to predate Egypt’s pyramids and England’s Stonehenge

A lunar-crescent-shaped stone monument that dates back around 5,000 years has been identified in Israel. Archaeologists previously thought the structure was part of a city wall, but recent work carried out by Ido Wachtel, a doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, indicates there is no city beside it and that the structure is a standing monument.

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Discovering Catholic Writers

TRACY SANDS

Christian artist, Tracy Sands, created The Christian Alphabet in 1999.  Since then, The Christian Alphabet has adorned thousands of family rooms and baby rooms with her name art prints, and has marked special Bible passages with her bookmarks.  Today, The Christian Alphabet continues to spread the Word.  Here is the story of a Christian artist and how her story began…

“It came from Him, not me. This is what happened:

The Lord inspired me in 1999 one evening at a church choir event. As I sat in the back row, listening to the awesome Christian music, in the dark, an incredible urge to draw came over me. Being an art teacher for 10 years, I had experienced this feeling before, but NEVER had it been so intense. I “happened” to have a pen in my pocket, but the only paper around was the program that I got as I walked in the door.  In the empty space of the margins I sketched like crazy. I felt like I would pop if I didn’t get the ideas out of my brain right then! I will never forget that feeling. I had never felt so peaceful yet energized at the same time. God was just getting started with me! Over the course of 9 months we created this alphabet.

Each letter is educational and deep in meaning to me. In them you will find ancient and modern images used in the past 2000 years to express the Christian Faith. I have hopes of sharing all of the basic aspects of Christianity with those who really look into “The Christian Alphabet”.  (There is a word in each letter and many symbols that you might find if you take the time to focus on them.)

Special thanks go to my husband, Albert, my mother, Elaine, and my sisters, Tammy and Jenn, for their help and encouragement; however; Jesus Christ is my true inspiration. Without Him, I could not have created ”The Christian Alphabet” as my form of sharing the gospel with you.”
-   Tracy Sands

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Quote of the Week

PEACE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Discovering Our Saints

Saint Januarius

Art of Life

DANIEL SMITH—Amazing Wildlife Artist

Painter Daniel Smith, who is equal parts hermit, aesthete, and explorer of the outback, has never thought of himself as being a visual provocateur. A native of the Minnesota prairie, where epic retreating glaciers left behind thousands of sparkling lakes and waterways, Smith, who prefers painting in acrylic, was raised in a culture where daily interaction with nature is part of his DNA. It is a state where the jeweled presence of water leaves a permanent impression on the psyche—a constant incurable longing to submerse oneself in the elements. Over the last decade, Smith’s original pieces have been exhibited at, or become part of permanent collections at the Eiteljorg, the Autry, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, The Bennington Center for the Arts, The Wildlife Experience, The Leanin Tree Museum of Western Art and the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History.Today, Smith and his wife, Liz, the parents of three grown children, live at the end of a dirt road outside of Bozeman, Montana at the edge of a national forest.

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Looking for Sustainability

Greener Ideal


Greener Ideal strives to help people live their lives in more sustainable ways by publishing valuable green living tips and commentary on the latest environment news.

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Farm News

JUDY’S FAMILY FARM

Judy’s Farm is all about organic, cage-free eggs and more. It is a local, family farm exclusively serving Northern California with a variety of organic eggs. Their eggs are are always farm fresh because their hens are never more than a few hours from their customers.

Our farm has grown over the years, so while my dad is pretty good with chickens since he has been around them his entire life, he readily admits that he couldn’t manage cattle or any other animals quite as well. That’s why all the land around our ranch that is not being used for the chickens is being utilized by my uncle who owns an organic dairy and who also raises sheep and beef cattle. We even let another organic farmer raise potatoes and other vegetables on part of our ranch, which means that pesticides, herbicides, and other nasty chemicals are never even setting foot on our farm.

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Steward Alerts

Green Habit Campaign

The Green Habit Campaign is an initiative of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Green Team to recognize and promote sustainable living practices. The basics of the campaign are very simple – to identify our existing green habits, hold them up so we may inspire each other, and see what a difference we can make together!

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Steward Activities

Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center—NATURE RETREAT—Oct. 13-19

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Celebrate the majestic color of the mountains as we prayerfully and reflectively experience God’s creative power and wisdom. Spend quiet time hiking, walking, sitting by a mountain stream, and sharing God’s presence.

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Sr. Fran Grady, of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, a visual artist, is a retreat and spiritual director and director of Living Waters.

Environmental Education

OCEANBITES

The goal of oceanbites is to make cutting edge research in the ocean sciences accessible to all. oceanbites will also highlight classic, seminal research papers, and feature op eds about current issues in research. oceanbites was started at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.. Most of the current contributors are students at GSO or GSO alums, though we absolutely encourage participation from students and post docs at other institutions as well! We are extremely appreciative of the support and enthusiasm we’ve received from everyone at GSO.

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Youth Stewardship

THORNE NATURE EXPERIENCE

Thorne Nature Experience, formerly Thorne Ecological Institute, was founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1954 by Dr. Oakleigh Thorne, II and is currently celebrating 60 years of connecting youth to nature through joyful, hands-on, place-based environmental education experiences. During the past six decades, Thorne has connected more than 200,000 children, teens, and adults to nature and become a nationally recognized leader in the field of environmental education. Today, Thorne’s Summer Camp, In-School Program, and Field Trips reach more than 12,000 Boulder County and Front Range youth each year.

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Gardening

Start an Urban Garden in your town

If you live in the country or a suburb, urban gardening may sound like an oxymoron. However, if you live in the City finding a place to garden is a serious issue. It’s simple; in town land for city gardening is a scarce commodity. Every parcel open space is valued at a premium, and the competition for its use is fierce. Sometimes its highest and best use is a building that provides much needed housing. And sometimes it is best used as a green space for urban gardening. Heaven forbid it ends up as a parking lot, or worse, lies vacant and unused.

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Wellness & Nutrition

A-Z Uses for Essential Oils—Lori Klein

I thought I would organize a little ABC “go to” list for newbies, and people like me, who want a quick reference to grab when you want to find the right essential oil. I tried to include some of the most common conditions and some essential oil lingo that is a must have if you want to be able to talk essential oils!

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Stargazing

JUPITER’S AURORA

Did you know that Jupiter has aurora activity? And that the DecAMeters (DAM) with the most intensity are associated with their formation?

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Weekly Smile

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