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Wishing All Fathers A Blessed And Happy Father’s Day!!!
The Good News
Karen Sciascia, Doctor From Pennsylvania, Rescues Baby Moose From Montana River
A Pennsylvania doctor on a guided fishing trip in southwestern Montana went home with an amazing tale of hauling in a 25-pound lunker – a baby moose she helped rescue from a rushing river.
Karen Sciascia of Red Hill, Pa., and a guide were fishing the Big Hole River on Saturday when they spotted a cow moose with a calf trying to cross the waterway.
When the calf stepped off the gravel bar into the water to follow its mother, it was swept downstream.
Police Rescue Baby Ducks From Storm Drain As Mom Watches
In the News
WINNER of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science’s Underwater Photography Contest
Started in 2005, the contest has grown in popularity, with over 700 entries submitted this year, according to university scientist and contest judge Jiangang Luo.
“All the pictures we got were large, and high quality,” said Luo. “It was a really tough job to narrow it down to a few.”
Luo said that he and his fellow judges unanimously agreed on the seal photo because it stood out from the others.
And the winner: Kyle McBurnie with his photo of a harbor seal swimming through the kelp forest at Cortes Bank near San Diego, California.
SEE ALL PHOTO WINNERS HERE!
ALL DOGS WELCOME—A Great Blog
All Dogs Welcome is dedicated to helping dogs enjoy their humans by assuring that their humans have all the information they need to keep their animals safe, healthy and happy.
I will be blogging, posting information about rescues and shelters, providing links and information regarding kennel clubs, breeds and breeders, and pet locating services, and posting lots of pix and vids of dogs and their friends.
You can contribute to my site by sending me your favorite pix, vids, blog suggestions, and dog quotes. Also send me any information you have regarding shelters, rescues or breeders. Your input will always be appreciated!
In Russia—A Man and His Bear
Photo of the Week
The Poodle Moth is a new species of moth discovered in Venezuela in 2009. It bears a close resemblance to the Muslin Moth, but is not related. It was discovered by Dr. Arthur Anker.
The Founder’s Pen
Remembering My Dad
~by Susi Pittman
In honor of Father’s Day, Susi remembers her Dad.
Father Ron’s Column
B.A.G.H.D.A.D. Yoga: A Shift in Consciousness: Fear to Love, War to Peace
~by Father Ron Camarda
Father Ron shares his review of a moving and poignant new book that he read, and just the title alone will get your attention: B.A.G.H.D.A.D. Yoga: A Shift in Consciousness: Fear to Love, War to Peace, by Michele M. Spencer.
Reflections by Sister Rene
Gifts From God Our Father
~by Sister Marie Rene, S.S.J.
God Our Father is waiting to fill us with His joy and love and Sister Rene is calling attention to it for Father’s Day.
In the Key of “G”
In Honor of Fathers
~by Mary Galvano-Bajohr
Honoring fathers is on Mary’s mind and she reminds of the “fathers” in our life.
Becoming a Living Mystery
~by Louis Templeman
Louis wants you to contemplate becoming a “living mystery.” Biblically speaking, a mystery is any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation and Louis shares inspired examples.
June Review: Dewey’s Nine Lives–The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter
~by Michele Gregoire
Cat lovers unite! Michele has a great summer read for all those “cat moments” that make us laugh and cry. It’s a great book by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter about cats and the people they own, Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
The Edge of the Shadow
~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS
It’s a bit of a fantasy journey as Virignia dances us into the perplexities of the curious shadow.
Saving America’s Horses—A Nation Betrayed
This movie tells the story of how one of America’s most treasured and iconic species struggles to survive in a world where two camps claim to be saving them; one that actually does, and the other that is instead found to be brutally eliminating them and driving them to extinction.
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY…the VOTE ON HORSE SLAUGHTER COMES THURSDAY JUNE 13th
There are no horse slaughterhouses currently operating in our country, but that’s about to change—the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is on the verge of granting permits for plants in the U.S.
Congressman Jim Moran has successfully included an AMENDMENT to the FY’12 Appropriations Act to eliminate funding for USDA inspection of horsemeat. By defunding federal inspections, the amendment will prevent the cruel practice of horse slaughter in the United States. This amendment will reduce federal spending by $5 million each year. The FY’12 Appropriations Act now heads to the floor for a full vote by the House of Representatives.
PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY! GET YOUR REPRESENTATIVES PHONE NUMBER HERE.
Hi, my name is __________, I am calling from (city & state) and I wanted to let Congressman/woman __________ know that I am concerned about the upcoming FY’12 Appropriations Act Vote on Thursday.
(Pause for acknowledgement)
Please tell Congressman/woman_____ that I support the Moran Amendment to this Act to eliminate funding for the USDA inspection of horsemeat. $5-million dollars could be better spent elsewhere, certainly not for horse slaughter.
WAIT FOR REPLY and answer any questions they may ask.
THANK THE STAFFER and hang up.
A POINT TO REMEMBER:
Horses in the United States are treated with a variety of both legal and illegal drugs not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption. Therefore, the slaughter of horses for human consumption poses a serious threat to public health and can damage the reputation of our country’s exported food products.
NEW AFFILIATE SHOPPING for YOU! We continue to build a small but, well focused group of vendors, offering products in line with stewardship of the earth and its creatures. By visiting these product sites from our page, you are helping to support our mission.
Mystic Monk Coffee is a small batch coffee roaster operated by the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming through an online gourmet coffee bean store. Many consider their website the ultimate source for gourmet coffee where it is easy to buy coffee online. The monks carefully craft each freshly roasted coffee to perfection for dark roast coffees, espresso, ground coffees, whole bean coffees, single origin coffees, fair trade coffees, flavored coffees and especially the monks’ special gourmet coffee blends. Try our special auto delivered coffee subscriptions also for the best coffee online.
CLICK HERE to visit the Mystic Monks Store
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.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS
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.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT FARMTEK
Quote of the WeekThe finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
~Henry David Thoreau~
Art of Life
JOE CAMPANELLIE—Wildlife Photographer
Like many photographers of a certain generation, Campanellie’s passion for photography was first ignited by seeing images magically appear in a developing tray in a darkroom. He began his career working as a lab technician and lab supervisor then worked as a NASA subcontractor photographing the space shuttle and various satellites. For 15 years he worked as a corporate photographer for a company that built electronic surveillance equipment.
Before his children were born, he pursued nature and scenic photography, traveling to remote locations around the world. He and his wife also began photographing weddings and portraits, using a makeshift studio in the lower level of their home.
After being laid off from his corporate-photography job, he turned to portrait photography full-time because he had a young family to support. “My passion for photography was replaced by the need to earn money and pay the bills,” writes Joe. “My long walks in the park in pursuit of my passion were replaced with the responsibilities of parenthood.”
Campanellie has spent many hours in the field trying to predict the behavior of his photographic prey. He has taken multiple trips to photograph the birds of South Florida and two trips to Homer, Alaska in pursuit of the American bald eagle.
“It takes a particular personality to be willing to lie in the freezing snow and ice of Alaska or trudge through the stinking mud and bug-ridden swamps of Florida for hours on end in the hopes of capturing just one image,” says Joe. As he witnesses Mother Nature in her finest hours and watches birds take flight, he says he is affected in a spiritual way by the sights and sounds.
Having made the transition from film photography to digital, he still strives to retain the integrity of the images as they were captured, and plans images so that no elements need to be added or taken away in order to improve them.
God’s Green Earth
Flying Over America
Catholic Dads Online
In March 2007, there was an article in the National Catholic Register on whether real men write blogs. One insight was that Catholic women (especially mothers) appeared to take to blogging naturally and to support one another. Some of us got together to create Catholic Dads Online to support and promote one another’s efforts. We have been going since
This is a site to help build community among Catholic Dads. Catholic moms rock when it comes to building community. We men…not so good. That is what Catholic Dads is all about. Here we can share stories. Discus the issues of the day. Give advice. Share our faith. You know, guy stuff. So join the fun!
Biblical Evidence for Calling Catholic Priests “Father”
The most readily helpful evidence to support the Church’s teaching comes from the New Testament. Can we find instances where the authors of the New Testament books, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, used terms that express this father-child relationship in matters pertaining to our relationships in the faith? The answer is, “Yes!”
MONASTERY STAYS: An Old Story Told Anew
Monastery Stays is a web based booking service for monastery and convent accommodation in Italy. Commenced in 2005 and launched and operated since 2006 by a group of four friends along with a talented and service focused team – all of whom have had the experience of visiting and living in Italy and enjoyed the experience at various depths of staying in monastery and convent guest houses.
Monastery and convent accommodations in Italy are available for all to enjoy. Visiting a monastery may begin as a stopover, but one cannot ignore the presence of peace in these places and its associated ‘wellness’. It is a place for restoration of the body with a good nights sleep but also for the inner self, an experience that you will not find in Europe’s best Resort, Spa or Wellness Centre!
The team at Monastery Stays solved the problems they personally encountered in dealing with monastery and convent accommodation in Italy – where are they… what is the quality of accommodation… is there availability when I want to travel… will I have an ensuite or a private bathroom… is it possible to travel with a family… what are the up to date prices… what are the facilities… what is the curfew… is there a lift for disabled access… is there parking on site… how do I book a room… they only speak Italian and I do not…. how do I know that I will have a reservation on arrival… how will I receive a confirmation… how do I find the monastery once booked… how do I get from the airport in Rome to the monastery…etc?
So was born Monastery Stays to centralize into one place answering all these questions and take the difficulties out of making a reservation at monastery and convent accommodation in Italy.
We look forward to welcoming you to a Monastery Stay.
THE BEDROCK BENEATH ANTARCTICA
Our understanding of what lies beneath the world’s biggest ice sheet has taken another leap forward. In this video we strip away Antarctic ice to reveal a new, and much more detailed map of the bedrock below. This map, called Bedmap2, was compiled by the British Antarctic Survey and incorporates millions of new measurements, including substantial data sets from NASA’s ICESat satellite and an airborne mission called Operation IceBridge.
Researchers need good information about the under-ice ground of Antarctica to better simulate its response to changing environmental conditions. Antarctica’s ice is not static but constantly flows to the sea. Knowing the shape of the bedrock and the thickness of the ice allows scientists to model these movements and predict how they could change in the future.
SUMMER YOUTH FARM LEADERS
The Youth Farm is an educational production farm located in central Brooklyn that offers New Yorkers opportunities to increase their knowledge of the food system and build high level organic growing skills to share with their communities.
Each summer, the Youth Farm employs teens from the High School for Public Service to work on the farm for 8 weeks. The mission of the program is to provide youth with job training; teach horticultural and market skills to youth; and to foster communication and community building within the group. Come visit our Wednesday farmers markets where they do cooking demonstrations and give farm tours while talking about sustainability and food justice.
Wellness & Nutrition
FOOD SAFETY IN A POWER OUTAGE
Expect the unexpected. Stormy weather can cause a power outage — for hours, days or weeks. Sometimes it doesn’t even take a storm to cause a power outage. Whatever the cause, it’s important to be prepared for power outages — especially during severe weather season.
Power outages put your food supply at risk, so be prepared. Store at least a three-day supply of food and water. Better yet, aim for two week’s worth if you have room. Keep one gallon of clean drinking water for each person per day; one quart for each dog or cat per day. A cool, dry, dark place away from cleaning supplies and petroleum products is best for storing your emergency food and water stash. Refresh it when you change your clocks every spring and fall.
The Urban Farming™ mission is to create an abundance of food for people in need by supporting and encouraging the establishment of gardens on unused land and space while increasing diversity, raising awareness for health and wellness, and inspiring and educating youth, adults and seniors to create an economically sustainable system to uplift communities around the globe.
The “Urban Farming 100 Million Families and Friends Global Campaign™” is a campaign to encourage 100 Million people to plant and register their gardens as a part of the “Urban Farming Global Food Chain®”. This campaign empowers people who are unemployed, underemployed, laid off, malnourished, have unhealthy diets, suffer from hunger or food insecurity. All of the gardens from the Triscuit / Urban Farming™ “Home Farming Movement” are a part of the Urban Farming Global Food Chain®!
We help move people beyond the cycle of continual need for emergency food assistance, so that they may become employed or self-employed, productive and innovative citizens. We provide in essence, the fish and the fishing pole. One way that Urban Farming™ actively achieves this goal is by educating communities in need about growing their own food and about the global economy and emerging industries and how these issues affect their daily lives.
GOES-13 Weather Satellite Back In Operation After Meteorite Hit
The primary geostationary satellite that tracks severe weather threatening the eastern United States resumed service June 10, roughly three weeks after it was idled by what its operator, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), says was a collision with a tiny space rock.
“NOAA today officially returned the GOES-13 spacecraft to normal operations, after tests showed a micrometeoroid, likely hit the arm for the solar array panel on May 22, knocking the spacecraft off its delicate, geostationary balance,” NOAA said.
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Baby Elephant and the JOY of a Muddy Bath
~From our steward friend Nancy Genovese
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