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The Good News
Frank the HAPPIEST Dachshund!
With some love and care in his new home with Rafael Borges, Frank, an abused Daschund was able to live a much fuller, happier life, and began wagging his tail…and is so happy he even wags his tail in his sleep! This reminds us just how much adoption can change the life of a pet.
In the News
Passerby helps stranded shark give birth
Road worker Antonio Carrillo was driving to his job site one morning last week along the coast of Fuengirola in southern Spain when he spotted a large animal that appeared to be stranded and struggling on the beach. Being an animal-lover, he decided to risk arriving to his job a little late to see if there was anything he could do to help it.
Picture of the Week
Guitarfish, that strange fish that looks like the missing link between rays and sharks, contains some 47 to 50 species arranged in three families and range in size up to 6 feet in length. They inhabit tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide, generally preferring the shallows where they swim slowly and feed on small fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, and the like.
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.
The Founder’s Pen
Genetic Engineering and Why It Matters To Me
~by Susi Pittman
Genetic engineering is moving human beings into a brave new world…did you hear about the FDA and a potential move for genetically engineered babies?
PART II: I Phoned My Oldest Daughter Today-Mary in My Secret Place
~by Louis Templeman
Part II of a two part presentation by Louis shares his deeply spiritual journey with Mary, Our Blessed Mother.
A Poet’s Voice
~by Paula Veloso Babadi
The creatures of creation reflect God’s love to us and they teach us lessons in living our life with each other and our extended family in the created order.
Book of the Month
The Man Who Listens To Horses—Monty Roberts
This spellbinding memoir details the extraordinary life of Monty Roberts: a man whose gentle, compassionate training methods – transforming the once brutal practice of horse-breaking throughout the world – are redefining the way we think about communication, not only between other species but between ourselves. Amusing, poignant, riveting and humane, The Man Who Listens to Horses is that rare book that brings us into the company of a man and his magic, and opens us to the world of animals.
When Monty Roberts was thirteen years old he went off on his own to the deserts of Nevada to watch mustangs in the wild. What he learned about their methods of communication changed his life forever.
The Man Who Listens to Horses reveals his deep love and understanding of horses. We learn how, through his relationship with various horses, he gradually developed the methods which enabled him to communicate in their own language: a silent language of gestures like signing for the deaf.
According to Monty, anyone can learn the language of the horse and anyone can learn his Join-Up methods. In this book he tells you how. This is the bestselling autobiography that spread Monty Roberts’ message across the world and changed his life forever.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
Bug Comes to Visit
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
Ginny is a secular Franciscan and has a column for you this month so true to her calling. Come and join Ginny and Bug.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
California Neighbors are Now “Drought Shaming”
“Drought Shaming” is the phenomenon of people in parched California areas calling water utility hotlines to snitch on their neighbors who are using too much water — usually by watering lawns, washing cars or filling pools.
The death toll from the strongest typhoon to slam into China’s south in decades has risen to 46, with 25 other people still missing, the government said Tuesday.
Why We Must Protect Our Oceans
~Frank Gromling, Publisher–Conservationist
Other than the sun, the oceans are the most important force affecting Earth’s climate as heat exchange between the ocean and atmosphere drive atmospheric circulation over the entire planet and modify air temperatures. In fact, the oceans absorb 98% of solar radiation.
Surface currents transport nutrients and help determine the distribution of life in the ocean. They also redistribute pollution and hazardous materials that enter the ocean.
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Since 1987, MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS has consistently delivered exceptional quality certified organic herbs and spices with a strict emphasis on sustainable agriculture. Our primary source of herbal material is from certified organic American farms and many of these farms are on contract with us as an exclusive grower for our needs.
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A Division of Engineering Services & Products Company, FarmTek was founded in 1979 with the purpose of bringing the highest quality products at the most competitive prices with exceptional customer service directly to the agricultural, horticultural, building and retail trade communities.
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Geology and Archaeology
Lake Moreno Center of Attention in San Diego’s Water Problems
Morena is called a lake but is actually a city-owned reservoir, storing rainwater and runoff. From mid-December to mid-March, the city took 2.1 billion gallons of water from Morena to supply city customers — enough to supply 13,000 families for a year.
With the reservoir already depleted by years of drought, the drawdown has left it with a bathtub-style ring that is the symbol of California’s water woes. The water’s edge has a greenish tone. The boat ramp is stranded.
Discovering Catholic Writers
Charlotte Ostermann is a Catholic convert, freelance writer and editor, homemaker, poet, humorist, veteran educator, and spiritual mentor. Her book, Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath, has received the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, and the enthusiastic recommendation of her priests, spiritual director, and others. The second edition of Souls at Rest will be published by Angelico Press in the fall of 2014. Its sequel, Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom, is now available through Angelico, and via Amazon.com. The Catholic Truth Society published her booklet, Making Sunday Special in 2013.
Charlotte has written, or is writing You, Free; Fun With Diagramming; Life in Motion: Why I Love Driver Education Time With My Teens; Holy Geometry!; A Destiny to Burn: Collected Poems; Elizabeth of the Epiphany; 25 Ways to Help an Artist: The Art of Low-Cost Philanthropy. Souls at Play: A Reflection on Creativity is due to be finished in 2015, as the third in the ‘Holy Leisure Trilogy’. Her feature articles and poems have been published in Envoy, Canticle, Hereditas, Thessaurae Ecclesiae, Mater et Magistra, St. Austin Review and Gilbert magazines. Catholics Communicate Christ: How to Serve the Church as a Writer is her first adventure into Kindle publishing and a chance to support the Catholic Writers Guild..
Charlotte lives with her husband, Russ, and five of their eight children on a ‘farm wannabe’ north of Lawrence, Kansas. She sings in the Sursum Corda Polyphony Ensemble and at her home church, the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. She’s a founding member of the Catholic Creatives Salon and the Contemporary Religious Artists Association. She is a member of and spiritual mentor with the Family of the Apostles of the Interior Life, in Kansas City, Kansas.
Charlotte has spoken for home educators, women’s retreats, moms groups, C.S. Lewis Conferences and classes, and more. Her topics include poetic learning, aesthetic education, true beauty, creativity and faith, the art of dialogue, holy leisure, literature and life, interior freedom.
Quote of the Week
Discovering Our Saints
Saint John Bosco
Art of Life
Angela Bond Art
To create my Neo Pop Art paintings, I work free hand with very small brushes and visually break down my subject using large plains of bold color as an independent structural element. Sometimes the shapes are organic and other times more geometric. The subject dictates the flow of the painting. As my medium, I typically use acrylics on canvas, acrylic mediums and sometimes gold leaf or silver leaf is worked into an elaborate foreground or background design.
As far as my choice of canines as my most common subject, I admire dogs in part because they display what we consider to be some of the finest human traits; empathy, loyalty and resilience. I also paint various felines, horses and a bird here and there.There is probably not an animal that I do not like and always find that above all else they remind me to live in the moment and never forget how to play…A certain joie de vie is often the theme in my large paintings.
Looking for Sustainability
45 Simple Sustainable Habits You Need To Adopt—DIY Natural
If everyone in the US alone followed the following tips, we’d save billions just in energy costs. Habits you adopt now will show up as savings in your pocket. Here’s how:
God’s Green Earth
This is My Father’s World
GOOD NEWS FARM
Good News Farm is a state-of-the-art certified organic farm using veganic-organic growing methods. We have a one acre computer-controlled greenhouse, one and a quarter acres of high tunnels, and acres of fields.
We are a close knit group of farmers, builders, and students that just love to grow organic, environmentally responsible crops. Our dream is for you to feel like you are eating produce that was grown in your own garden. We want our farm to be an extension of your family.
Our community is important to us! Through our veganic growing, we strive to support our local community while also teaching our academy students how to grow and be environmentally responsible.
YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE FOUNDATION
Our mission is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people worldwide, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Although our mission is rooted in the Catholic faith, our operations serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity. Throughout the world, Your Catholic Voice Foundation engages Catholics to live their faith in solidarity with the poor and suffering people of the world.
Your Catholic Voice Foundation is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. We are committed to a set of Guiding Principles and hold ourselves accountable to each other for them.
CatholicMom.com on Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home
I’d like to introduce you to the book that’s given me new hope that even I can have a clean home.
A few years ago my mom gave me a fun, hip, bright-green book entitled, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-nonsense advice that will inspire you to CLEAN like the DICKENS. Written by Mrs. Thelma Meyer and her daughter Monica Nassif, founder of the addictive Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning products line as well as the gorgeous Caldrea soap brand, the book shares Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning and organizing tips that she’s employed during fifty years of housekeeping with nine children under the roof.
Founded in 1989, Wilderness Watch is the only national organization whose sole focus is the preservation and proper stewardship of lands and rivers included in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and National Wild & Scenic Rivers System (NWSRS). The organization grew out of the concern that while much emphasis is being placed on adding new areas to these systems, the conditions of existing Wilderness and rivers are largely being ignored. We believe that the stewardship of these remarkable wild places must be assured through independent citizen oversight, education, and the continual monitoring of federal management activities.
A Young Man Gives Back
You have to admire this young man and his mission to reward those who out of the goodness of their charitable hearts extend a bit of financial assistance to homeless folk who beg on the streets.
Propagating Roses by Root Cuttings
~By Kitty Belendez (Master Rosarian)
Everybody has a story to tell of how their grandma would stick a piece of rose stem into the ground and then place a Mason Jar over the stem to make it grow. There are tales of how the early American settlers of the 1800’s traveled to the far reaches of the wild west in covered wagons, with grandma bringing along “starts” of her favorite roses from back home. Perhaps the treasures of these “monsters on wooden wheels” were raided, and they discovered the Yellow Rose of Texas hiding under the bonnets of the women. Or maybe the settlers used their precious “starts” to barter for provisions along the endless dusty trails. Rose propagating methods have changed over the years, from the simple own-root varieties of the Victorian era, and progressing to the budded hybrids of the 20th century with its many options of exotic understock.
Wellness & Nutrition
SUNSCREEN: What to look for—Women’s Health Mag
Have you been making those drugstore runs to stock up on sunscreen? You’re in for a surprise: All products claiming to shield your skin from the sun—lotions, sprays, makeup, even lip balms—must now follow new labeling rules mandated by the FDA. Banned are fuzzy buzzwords such as “sunblock” and “sweatproof” in favor of more accurate, research-backed terms that give consumers a clear sense of how well the product protects against UV-induced skin damage and skin cancer.
1 Year and Counting—On Target For Pluto
Planetary scientist Alan Stern is counting down the days — just 365 of them now. He has spent the past 8 1/2 years waiting for the New Horizons spacecraft to make a close encounter with Pluto. Next year, on July 14, the spacecraft will reach its destination.
“Not only did we choose the date, by the way, we chose the hour and the minute. And we’re on track,” says Stern, the principal investigator for NASA’s Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission.
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