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About Parks After Dark: 9 Ideas for Nighttime Fun

Summer nights may be short, but national parks often host extra activities to educate and entertain visitors during this popular tourist season, including more fun things to do after dark. Whether you’re exploring on your own or hanging out with a ranger, try a few of these excuses to stay out late in special places.


Good News

A Bright Future for two cats, victims of cat hoarding

Animal hoarding is a complex animal welfare issue that can involve mental health and public safety concerns. Hoarding occurs when an individual has more animals than they can adequately care for, and in some cases—like that of kittens Hilary and Wendy—it can lead to some serious physical impairments. But old wounds weren’t enough to dampen these sweet cats’ spirits, and the bonded duo was eager to find a loving home where they could stay together. It took nearly a year, but they finally got the Happy Tail they were waiting for. Here is their story. READ MORE…

In the News

Cat Advocacy 201: Working with elected officials

Protect cats and support a spay-neuter-release program in your community. This webinar will help you prepare for city council presentations, and understand how to effectively speak with elected officials to make the most of your next meeting with local decision makers.


Video of the Week

Dying dog gets last play in the snow

Sophia the St Bernard visited the Chill Factory in Manchester England to have one last play in the snow before being put down because of terminal bone cancer. Her owner Alyson asked the center on the off chance Sophia could make one final roll around in the white stuff before her death. Sophia had not shown any interest in anything for the past two weeks, but look at her in the snow! What a gift!

Ask Susi

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

Goodbye Summer!

~by Susi Pittman

The seasonal changes are a two-edged sword. Like beloved relatives, you are glad to see them come and glad to see them go.


Catholic Journeyman

Lots of attention, lots of love

~by Louis Templeman

Sunshine dispels the shadows as love can dispel doubt. Lou has found that living with his Parkinson’s has brought him in contact with so many beautiful souls that support and strengthen him, affirming the “good” that really does prevail in this world.


A Poet’s Voice

More than things

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Parents ARE the spiritual guides of their young children. Paula reflects on the value of the long ago lessons she learned from her father and mother that echo so clearly in her life today.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Tear of the Pine

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

You will never look at a pine tree the same way again!


Book of the Month

Books of Prayer & Reflection

~review by Michele Gregoire

Many of us find that busyness has once again returned now that school is back in session and time for reading is at a premium. This month, Michele reviews several short books which are notably strong in spiritual fruit and inspiration and are quick reads. 1)Praying with Julian of Norwich—2)Praying with Elizabeth Seton—3)Companions for the Journey Series—4)The Joy of Co-operating with God; all wonderful books to consider for inspiring your quiet time with the Lord.


Weekly Commentary

Should the Church be involved on agricultural policy?–by James Ennis

The Christian community and the Catholic Church in particular address agricultural issues because much is at stake in moral and human terms: food sustains life itself.
Who can deny that providing food for all is a Gospel imperative? But this prompts a legitimate question: If the ultimate need is to provide food for all, then why should the Church ask anything more from farmers than producing an abundance of food, as modern industrial practices do?


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Geology & Archaeology

Archaeologist’s execution by ISIS reflects risks for history’s sake

He wanted to preserve an ancient Syrian city from the hands of the Islamic State, and yesterday, ISIS killed him for it. We begin this hour with the story of the archaeologist who devoted his life to the historic city of Palmyra. NPR’s Alice Fordham reports he’d refused to leave the area when it was taken over by the militants.


Global Weather

The 10 Driest Places On Earth

Sometimes it seems like summer stretches into a hot, dry mess. But there are some places on the globe where being dry is taken to an entirely new level. Find out about spots where rain rarely falls. In these dry climates, it’s difficult to grow anything because continuous evaporation and transpiration means that water doesn’t stick around for plants or people to slurp up.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Don Brophy

Don Brophy grew up in Connecticut and lives in New York City. For more than thirty years he served as an editor and managing editor of Paulist Press. He is the author of One Hundred Great Catholic Books and Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life.

Deeply researched and based on the latest sources, this history recalls Saint Catherine—as she would later be called—as a champion of peace who cajoled and, at times, begged popes, monarchs, and ordinary citizens to do her will. Describing her sheer fortitude and personal magnetism, this accessible and absorbing account details the spiritual and political beliefs of Catherine of Siena as she attempted to restore order to a fractured Italian city-state system, campaigned Pope Gregory XI in Avignon to return the papacy to Rome, and tried to resolve the Western Schism of 1378—a challenge that proved to be her ultimate test.

Purchase the book HERE.

Quote of the Week

Perfection consists in doing the will of God, not in understanding His designs.

~Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint Monica


7 million acres burned…and counting

Some 30,000 firefighters and additional support staff are now fighting fires across the United States — the biggest number mobilized in 15 years, according to the U.S. Forest Service. And it’s still not enough.

Two hundred members of the military are being called up to help further — they will be trained and deployed within just a few days — as are Canadian firefighting forces. There’s even some talk of potentially needing to draw on resources from Australia and New Zealand, which has been done before in a pinch.



Celebrating the First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S.

Despite the pouring rain, the mood was bright onboard the Rhode Island Fast Ferry en route to view the first steel in the water for a wind farm built by Deepwater Wind. It was a great day to celebrate an ocean planning success by the Rhode Island SAMP and Deepwater Wind.


God’s Green Earth

Magic of the Northern Lights

Farm News

Farming as a Sacred Profession

A large and busy family unified by working together on a family farm is a good worth promoting and protecting,” said His Excellency, Bishop Paul D. Etienne of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The bishop made these comments earlier this month at a dinner in a St. Paul, Minnesota hotel. He spoke to other clergy as well as religious, theologians, farmers, ranchers, and their supporters. “Society depends on the country and the farm for the produce that feeds the nation—the world,” he said. “Even more, it needs the wholesome vitality of the families produced by rural living. There is a sacramental nature to living and working in a rural setting. Farming provides a common purpose and a natural setting that helped pull and hold a family together.”


Steward Alerts

Catholic Rural Life

Catholic Rural Life (CRL) is a national, Catholic nonprofit organization dedicated to the vitality of the American countryside. Since 1923, we have been applying the teachings of Jesus Christ for the social, economic, and spiritual development of rural America, strengthening and sustaining the Church in the countryside by educating and inspiring leaders and advocating on their behalf.


Steward Activities

Family Theater Productions: Guardian Angels

Guardian Angels inspires as it entertains and will encourage faith-filled conversations about sharing our gifts of the Holy Spirit in collaboration for the good of all. Joshua is a creative, artistic 8-year-old boy. His parents have recently died and he feels very along. The caretaker at the orphanage assures him that his parents will send a guardian angel to watch over him. Joshua imagines his parents visiting the prestigious Divinity School for Guardian Angels to select the guardian angel for him. Among the angel students are Grace, the school’s star student, and Edmund, a rather unfocused and disruptive student. Grace and Edmund get caught up in a thrilling adventure and ultimately learn about using their diverse individual gifts in collaboration with others for the good of all. Joshua learns he and the orphans must do the same.


A Song Before The Lord

Gregorian Chant: Benedictinos

Environmental Education

Wilderness Watch

WILDERNESS WATCH is America’s only organization dedicated to defending and keeping wild the nation’s 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Our work is guided by the visionary 1964 Wilderness Act.

Wilderness Watch believes that wilderness is defined by two primary characteristics. First, it is a place where nature is free to exist as it did in ages past, self-willed and untrammeled. Second, it is a place where humans are free to roam through nature in its wild condition, to experience a feeling of solitude and self-reliance found nowhere else.


Youth Stewardship

Young People’s Trust For The Environment, U.K.

Originally founded in 1982, the Young People’s Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and of the need for sustainability. We want to give young people a real awareness of environmental problems, such as climate change, disappearing wildlife, the pollution of soil, air and water, the destruction of rainforests and wetlands, the spread of desert regions and the misuse of the oceans. All our materials aim to provide balanced views to take into account the realities of the modern world. Sustainable development – industry with less impact – is the way forward.



Dog Friendly Gardening

Flowers are smashed, vegetables are suffering from unwanted canine fertilizer, and pretty ground cover is now brown cover. Your favorite shrubbery looks like a chew toy. Does living with a four-legged friend mean forfeiting your love of gardening? Dog lovers know that some things have to change. Dog-friendly gardens require some education and planning to create a garden spot both you and your dog can enjoy. READ MORE…

Wellness & Nutrition

Common Fall Allergens & How To Avoid Them

When it comes to seasonal allergies, most people immediately think of the pollen explosion in the springtime. But an itchy throat, teary and red eyes, sniffles, and sneezing aren’t relegated to April and May alone. When the leaves start to fall and the air cools, a host of allergens can cause the same set of symptoms.



Russia considers revival of its reusable Space Shuttle Program

After a 25-year pause since the death of Russia’s winged space shuttle program, known as Buran (Snowstorm) designed to serve as the Soviet counterpart to the US Space Shuttle, Russia is set to develop a new Reusable Space Rocket System, or MRKS in Russian. The idea is to reduce the cost of launching satellites and other equipment into space. The system, which is being developed under the Federal Space Program, is set to cost not less than $185 million.



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