August 2, 2017

Celebrating 8 Years Online

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Did you hear?

THAT…A Bald Eagle Pair have adopted a Red Tail Hawk youngling as their own?

Biologists and bird watchers in Canada are closely monitoring a young red-tailed hawk that has – against all odds – been adopted into a nest full of bald eagles and is seemingly thriving after taking on eagle-like behaviour.

The chick was first seen in the nest in British Columbia in early June, said biologists – possibly after one of the bald eagles raided a hawk’s nest to provide food for their young.

Surrounded by three eaglets and oblivious to his status as prey, the hawk probably began squawking for food, leading the bald eagles to begin feeding it as one of their own.


Good News

Deaf Senior Dog Reunited With Family After 9 Months In Wilderness

The Cameron family had given up on their senior dog ever returning from the treacherous mountain wilderness – until they were reunited nine months later.

The deaf 14-year-old Chesapeake retriever named Mo had wandered off into the Idaho landscape near Horseshoe Bend back in September. After Mo disappeared, the Cameron family spent three months in the area searching for their lost retriever. They plastered dozens of posters about the missing pup around their hometown of Boise.


In the News

Class Action Suit Filed Against PETLAND

A major lawsuit alleges national pet store chain engaged in fraudulent scheme to sell sick “puppy mill” puppies to consumers at premium prices based on fraudulent health guarantees

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, announced the filing of a nationwide consumer class action lawsuit against Petland, a national pet store chain, and the chain’s Kennesaw, Georgia location. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the action in United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleging Petland violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and Georgia RICO Act.


Picture of the Week

The cosmic “ice sculptures” of the Carina Nebula. Scientists are still trying to explain the beautiful spires.

Ask Susi

Q: 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.


Susi’s Weekly Column

“Personhood” belongs to but One species

~by Susi Pittman

Know the Bible and know God. Thus know that all creation is loved and wanted by God, but man holds a unique design above all other creatures.


Catholic Journeyman

Sleeping in Class

~by Louis Templeman

How many times we hear that the disciples were asleep at various times when the Lord needed them. Yet, the Lord is merciful.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Citizen Scientists

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

Have you ever thought of being a Citizen Scientist? It’s easy and it can be extremely rewarding. Ginny has some great suggestions to get you involved!


Weekly Commentary

The Empathetic Dog

~by Emilie Beau Lucchesi

Benjamin Stepp, an Iraq war veteran, sat in his graduate school course trying to focus on the lecture. Neither his classmates nor his professor knew he was silently seething.

But his service dog, Arleigh, did. She sensed his agitation and “put herself in my lap,” said Mr. Stepp, 37, of Holly Springs, Miss. “I realized I needed to get out of class. We went outside, I calmed down. We breathed.”

During his two deployments to Iraq, Mr. Stepp endured a traumatic brain injury and multiple surgeries on his ankle, and most days he suffers excruciating pain in his legs and lower back.

“Anger kept us alive overseas,” Mr. Stepp said. “You learn that anger keeps you alive.”

Arleigh, a retriever mix who came to Mr. Stepp from K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs, has been helping him to manage it.


Catholic Writers

Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid (born 1960) is an American Catholic author, radio host, apologist, the host of several EWTN television and radio series, and was the publisher of Envoy Magazine. He is the author of 16 books and booklets on Catholic themes. He served as vice president for eight years (1988 through 1995) at Catholic Answers.

Patrick Madrid has been active in apologetic’s since 1987. He hosts the Morning show on Immaculate Heart radio from 6:00 through 9:00 (Western Time), discussing the problems in today’s culture. He has conducted Thousands of apologetic seminars, in English and Spanish, at parishes, conferences, and universities across the United States, as well as throughout Europe, and in Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has engaged in public debates with Protestant, Mormon, Atheist, and other non-Catholic spokesmen. He owned a moderately sized company known as Envoy Institute, that issued out thousands of magazines a month. He no longer runs the company but is well connected with his associates of the company. He earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix as well as a bachelor of philosophy degree (B.Phil.) and a master’s degree (M.A.) in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He has also done graduate studies in theology at the University of Dallas. He, his wife and family live in Ohio.


Recommended Read

On A Mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Sales – by Patrick Madrid

In this book, Patrick Madrid uses the example of St. Francis de Sales to illustrate the zeal, spiritual principles, and attitude of one who sets out to live and share the faith. Christ sent his apostles into the whole world to make disciples of all nations, and by virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to be apostles on this same mission. But how do we start? How can we accomplish this in today s culture?


Quote of the Week

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.

~John Muir~

Catholic Saints

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

Geology & Archaeology

Decoding the World’s Largest Volcano

After decades of work and a series of state-of-the-art oceanographic expeditions, one of the world’s most confounding geologic mysteries is slowly coming into focus.

The object of interest is the Tamu Massif in the western Pacific Ocean, a New Mexico-sized bump in the oceanic crust that constitutes the world’s largest volcano. This superlative was only bestowed in 2013, when the enormous feature was declared a single structure; the recency of the finding highlights the inherent difficulty of even the most sweeping reconnaissance, when done underwater.




The CALIPSO satellite provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols play in regulating Earth’s weather, climate, and air quality.

CALIPSO combines an active lidar instrument with passive infrared and visible imagers to probe the vertical structure and properties of thin clouds and aerosols over the globe. CALIPSO was launched on April 28, 2006, with the CloudSat satellite.

CALIPSO and CloudSat are highly complementary and together provide new, never-before-seen 3D perspectives of how clouds and aerosols form, evolve, and affect weather and climate. CALIPSO and CloudSat fly in formation with three other satellites in the A-train constellation to enable an even greater understanding of our climate system.


Global Weather

The Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet

A team of scientists are trying to determine how much of a role algae is playing in the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The five-year “Black and Bloom” project, which is led by the University of Bristol (UK), is the first effort to systematically explore algae’s role in darkening ice sheets. These red-, green- and brown-colored algae blooms darken the snow and ice, which cause them to absorb more sunlight and melt faster.



Best Global Solutions: Turning waste water into a resource

Reducing, treating and reusing wastewater are important routes to achieving sustainable access to water for all, but the practices have not yet caught on.

Globally, the majority of wastewater is not collected and in developing countries, 90% flows untreated into rivers, lakes and coastal zones. This threatens the safety of drinking water for people living in those areas, as well as their health and food security.

But wastewater is a valuable resource. When it is safely treated and reused, the health and wellbeing of consumers, farmers and other users are protected, and the strain of securing sustainable water access is reduced.



The Fall Hummingbird Migration

It is during August and September, that hummingbirds are moving south, refueling their bodies in the early morning, traveling midday, and foraging again in the late afternoon to maintain their body weight.

August brings lots of activity, when we have 10-20 Ruby-throated hummingbirds at a time, with peak numbers in early September when we typically spot as many as 25-40 hummingbirds at a time as part of the fall migration. Most are Ruby Throats, with an occasional Rufous in the mix at the feeders.

Ruby Throats gather in Florida, Louisiana and along the South Texas coast in September in preparation for the final push to the south, either over the Gulf of Mexico or via an overland route through Mexico.

Other species travel south down the Rocky Mountain chain into Mexico and Central America.

Be a Citizen Scientist and help track Hummingbirds HERE.


In Nepal, Rhino evokes national pride

When Nepal adopted a new constitution in September 2015, lawmakers anticipated conflict over the rights of ethnic minorities and women, the delineation of provincial boundaries and the official adoption of secularism. In the midst of these negotiations, a more surprising bone of contention arose: the designation of the national animal.

Under previous constitutions, the domestic cow held that honor, out of respect for Nepal’s Hindu majority. However, lawmakers from the country’s indigenous communities lobbied for the greater one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) to replace the cow as the national animal.

“The rhino deserves to be [the national animal],” said Kunda Dixit, senior editor of the English-language Nepali Times and a conservation enthusiast.


God’s Green Earth

Feeding Hummingbirds

Farm News

Who really owns American farmland?

When city people look out over a farm—whether they see corn stalks, or long rows of fruit bushes, or cattle herds roving across wild grasses—the price of real estate is probably the last thing that’s going to come to mind. Investors have also sought to turn a profit by investing in the most valuable rural real estate: farmland. It’s a trend that’s driving up costs up for the people who grow our food, and—slowly—it’s started to change the economics of American agriculture.


Steward Alert

The Priest Who Ministers to America’s Smallest Parish

Father Rafael Bercasio pastors perhaps the smallest parish in America — and the most uniquely situated.

A short walk away from the south rim of the Grand Canyon sits El Cristo Rey Chapel, a small wooden building that serves as the spiritual home of the Catholic families who work at the national park.

El Cristo Rey has 26 registered families, who are “always outnumbered by the tourists,” Father Bercasio said.


Steward Activity


~by Jimmy Akin

I just finished watching Shin Godzilla–the 2016 Japanese Godzilla movie, whose name means “Godzilla: Resurgence”–and it was surprisingly good!

The movie is a complete reboot of the Godzilla franchise, meaning that it is a first contact story.

Despite the fact that the Godzilla action isn’t continuous, the film is surprisingly quickly paced and doesn’t get boring, even when the puny humans are the focus.


Song Before The Lord

Monks of the Dark Abbey


Garden Volunteers–Let your garden reseed

In our everyday lives, volunteers are highly regarded . Unquestionably people who come back again and again to help are valuable members of society. Volunteers just show up and do their thing. Admirable

The same is true in your garden. Volunteers are plants that just show up, beautiful unexpected rewards of creation. How do you get them?


Wellness & Nutition

Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

Think you feel hot on a summer day? Consider a heat wave from your dog’s perspective! Canines have no more layers to take off and are still stuck in a fur coat. This isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also be dangerous, says Susan Nelson, DMV, clinical associate professor at Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center.



Benjamin Bannaker and the Practical Way of Astronomy

Astronomy is often said to be the oldest of sciences. But why would anyone have cared to study the heavens, way, way, ‘back in the day’? Surely people back then had pressing demands on their time that would have kept them from wasting it star-gazing!

Well, one answer to the question of why is that the heavens provide a great method for keeping time. Today we keep time with watches and clocks and cell phones, but for most of human history time-keeping devices either did not exist at all, or were not very accurate. The heavens provide a time-keeping service. Our basic units of time—the day, the month, and the year—are based on the cycles of the heavens.



Up in the A-I-R Junior Birdmen, get your feet up off the ground!

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