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ANIMAL FARM FOUNDATION
To secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs
Animal Farm Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, has been rescuing and re-homing animals, as well as making grants to other humane organizations, since the mid-1980’s.
We currently dedicate our resources to securing equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. Whether the dog is called a “pit bull” because of a documented pedigree, or merely on the basis of physical appearance, recognizing that these dogs are individuals for whom we are responsible is an integral step toward a compassionate future for all dogs.
In the News
Canines and Childhood Cancer
Zoetis and The Pfizer Foundation have awarded several grants to American Humane Association to launch an innovative research study — the Canines and Childhood Cancer (CCC) research project — to investigate the impacts of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) on pediatric oncology patients and their families.
The Power of Dogs Against Cancer
To almost anyone who’s cared for a child with cancer, it seems obvious: Sometimes the best medicine isn’t a drug, it’s a dog — four paws and a furry tail — that can make a kid feel better. Doctors say they’ve known about the value of therapy pets in hospitals for years. Parents swear by them for soothing a scared or angry child. But such reports have been largely anecdotal — until now.
Picture of the Week
A Red Squirrel “Flash Mob”
The red squirrel or Eurasian red squirrel is a species of tree squirrel common throughout Eurasia. Great Britain, Italy and Ireland, numbers have decreased drastically in recent years, a decline associated with the introduction of the eastern grey squirrel from North America, although habitat loss is also a factor.
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
ANGEL TO THE RESCUE
~by Susi Pittman
I have the best Guardian Angel in the world! And this past week, I was blessed to have his presence made known to me in a special way.
Airborne With God’s Child
~by Louis Templeman
There are moments that only you and God alone can truly understand. They are imprinted forever. READ MORE
A Poet’s Voice
~by Paula Veloso Babadi
Paula revisits the past and the healing hence in CASTLES.
Book of the Month
ANIMAL STARS—to be released September 18th
Since the early days of film and movie-making, animal stars have charmed and entertained us. But what are these animal icons’s lives and personalities like off-screen? For the first time ever, the new book Animal Stars allows readers behind the scenes with a wide variety of animals actors, their trainers, and the American Humane Association’s professional staff monitoring their safety. In a way that has never been so authentically explored, it reveals the fascinating world of entertainment where our favorite animal actors – and their famous human co-stars – together, bring stories to life on the silver screen. For all animal lovers and movie goers, Animal Stars offers heroic, entertaining, often humorous, and truly inspiring tales of movie magic.
Meandering Along the River’s Edge
~by Virginia Anson
Taking the time to contemplate the smallest in creation opens the heart to a conversation with God.
This Week’s Top Global Weather News
What is the HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) IRI (Ionospheric Research Instrument)?
The most prominent instrument at the HAARP Station is the Ionospheric Research Instrument (IRI), a high-power radio frequency transmitter operating in the high frequency band. The IRI is used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere. It is operated from HAARP facilities to analyze the ionosphere and investigate the potential for developing ionospheric enhancement technology for radio communications and surveillance. Is HAARP responsible for weather changes?
Christianity Without Dogma—by Father Dwight Longenecker
The poet Robert Frost once said that writing free verse was like playing tennis without a net. It’s the same for those who would like their Christianity to be free from dogma. Dogma, for those who have forgotten, are the doctrines that are specified as necessary to be believed. By their very nature, dogmas are intellectual propositions that spell out certain Christian beliefs. They’re mandatory–like the net is for tennis.
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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.
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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
Dinosaur National Monument Park
Dinosaurs once roamed here. Their fantastic remains are still visible embedded in the rocks. Today, the mountains, desert and untamed rivers flowing in deep canyons, support an array of life. Petroglyphs hint at earlier cultures. Later, homesteaders and outlaws found refuge here. Whether your passion is science, adventure, history or scenery, Dinosaur offers much to explore.
Discovering Catholic Writers
MARGARET ROSE REALY
This is my first book that was released on March 1st, 2011, and was written to help guide you in creating your own prayer garden. The process to create your space follows three basic steps: discern what leads you personally into prayer, design a garden based on what you have discerned, and then armed with your design, develop your outdoor space.
Gardens are places of growth, not only for plants but for our souls as well. Creating an outdoor spiritual sanctuary, no matter how small, is now within every gardener’s reach. A Garden of Visible Prayer shows you how to develop a contemplative outdoor space in a creative and systematic manner. Whether you are a new gardener or an old hand, wanting to create a public or a private retreat area, this book will guide you in a step-by-step approach to discern what leads you, personally, to a deeper sense of spirituality and then how to take that information to create your own outdoor space for prayer. Set up in a systematic approach, this book breaks into three easily understandable units to create an outdoor retreat: discern, design, and development. In the discerning process you will establish what elements in a garden lead you to become quiet and introspective, fostering spiritual growth. The next section guides you in designing your prayer space; where to locate it, where to place the features you have chosen and how to select plants. There is also a section on Catholic traditions in the garden at the end of the book. The final chapters on development tell you how to install your garden based on your design. A Garden of Visible Prayer helps you feed both hungers for natural beauty and spiritual insight.
Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB is an Advanced Master Gardener with over thirty-five years experience in the green industry and leads workshop and retreats. She is the coordinator emeritus of the St. Francis Retreat Center Garden Society, a monthly columnist at CatholicMom.com and blogs about gardening and spirituality at Patheos.com.
Quote of the Week
Where there is no love, put love—and you will find love.
~St. John of the Cross~
Art of Life
Aidan was born in England in 1957 and grew up in New Zealand. There he worked as a full-time sculptor after completing a degree in English literature and a Diploma in Secondary Education teaching. At the age of twenty-five, after becoming a member of the Orthodox Church and returning to live in England, he began painting and carving icons, which he has been doing professionally ever since.
His commissioned work has been primarily for panel icons, which are painted in the traditional way in egg tempera, but has also frescoed churches, illuminated on vellum and carved work in stone and wood for churches. He has over 700 commissioned works in private and church collections in over 15 countries of the world.
He has had numerous articles published on the subjects of iconography, ecology and Orthodox spirituality, has curated four icon exhibitions, and is the founder and tutor to the Diploma in Icon and Wall Painting run by The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London. He has spent a total of two years on Mount Athos, mainly at the Holy Monastery of Iviron.
Aidan has recently completed a major work, “Techniques of Icon and Wall Painting”, published by Gracewing. For more information or to buy, click Aidan Hart New Icon Book.
Looking for Sustainability
5 Things To Know About Solar Panels Before Installing
Solar Panels are an energy saving home power solution that can help dramatically reduce both your power bill and your carbon footprint. Installing them is relatively simple and although their one-time installation cost may be high, long term prices for these panels are remarkably reasonable. Many commercial and residential dwellings use solar panels as part of their energy plan and use is only growing in popularity. This applies particularly to areas of the world where at least 6 hours of peak sunshine are available on a daily basis for large parts of the year.
God’s Green Earth
32 Ways To Earn Money From Your Homestead
Maybe you are a 1 income family and could use a little supplement to your income. Maybe you are looking to become more self-sufficient and create your own business and career and stop working for someone else. A homesteading lifestyle leans itself nicely to work-from-home opportunities. There are a number of ways to continue living and doing what you love and earn money too. Here are just some of the ways you can earn money from your homestead:
THE CHURCH OF MERCY
At the time of Pope Francis’ election, few of the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires’ written works were easily accessible to English-speaking Catholics. Since then, Pope Francis has been quick to make headlines and give interviews. Most of the pope’s words, however—homilies, addresses, and general audiences—rarely get press coverage, even though they paint a far clearer picture of Pope Francis’ vision for the church. Enter The Church of Mercy, a collection of homily-size snippets from a broad range of documents that reveal this pope to be first a pastor—exhorting, encouraging, and engaging his people in the work of the gospel.
DOLPHIN TALE 2
Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed “Dolphin Tale,” wrote the sequel and is again at the helm.
Dolphin Tale Featurette
Hear the personal stories that surround these amazing dolphins
HAPPY 98th BIRTHDAY TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Established August 25, 1916
By theAct of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming “as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” and placed it “under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior.” The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.
The National Park System of the United States now comprises more than 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 49 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. These areas are of such national significance as to justify special recognition and protection in accordance with various acts of Congress.
An Urban Farm Puts New Orleans Teens To Work
In a city that isperhaps the country’s most culturally rich, it is a bit surprising that the large city park in its heart is called, well, City Park. But don’t mistake the generic name for a place devoid of special activity.Indeed, at the heart of City Park is the much more colorfully named Grow Dat Youth Farm, which is developing a sense of responsibility, community, environmental stewardship, and service among city high school kids through the collaborative work of growing food.
Don’t Bug Out
Ants marching head-to-toe formation into your pantry. Snails slithering through your garden at night. Faced with these and similar scenarios, even an eco-conscious homeowner or gardener could be tempted to reach for a can of Raid.But this kind of “knee-jerk spraying” brings its own set of problems, says Mary Louise Flint, an entomologist with the University of California-Davis. It’s not always effective.
Wellness & Nutrition
10 Ways To Help Yourself Out Of A Funk by Arianna Mullins
We all have our rough times, when we feel stuck, depressed or just discouraged. I am prone to this, particularly towards the end of winter, or when I have overextended myself socially. Sometimes, it’s a creative paralysis– I don’t feel like I can produce anything, and it’s frustrating. We all get in a funk sometimes. Here are some ways that I have learned to get out of a funk.
Space planes, rocket launches on UK’s wish list
The British government has announced plans to develop a spaceport, revealing candidate sites across the United Kingdom and fostering closer ties with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to revamp regulations and lure space tourism, and potentially small satellite launches, to Britain.
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