May 31, 2017


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Did you hear?

THAT…U.S. Army Vets are protecting Rhinos?

Somewhere beyond the ring of light cast by the campfire, out in the vast dark expanse of thornbushes, baobab trees, rocks and grass, are the rhinos. Somewhere, too, may be the poachers who will kill them to get their precious horns.

The job of Tate, a 32-year-old former US Marine, and the group of US military veterans he has assembled in a remote private reserve in the far north of South Africa is simple: keep the rhinos and the rest of the game in the bush around their remote base alive.


Good News

Horse Therapy and Veterans PTSD

Rob Simison always thought Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was a crutch veterans used to explain bad behavior or at worst, a weakness to be beaten back — if it even really existed.

He still thought so the day he exploded while waiting in a line for service at a branch of Bank of America. The handsome, twinkly Army medic still didn’t get it. The line, he told himself, was taking too long, and somebody had to get things moving.

Yeeeahhh. Welcome to the angry, anxious — and illogical — world of thought in PTSD.

Today, Simison slowly is learning, with the help of horses, how to avoid being overwhelmed by the plethora of events swirling around him, how to take a step back and regain control when anger erupts.


In the News

PADDLE boarders in the midst of 15 great white sharks

The last thing anyone participating in a water activity in the ocean wants to learn is that they are swimming next to a great white shark. A few California paddler-boarders received a terrifying warning when a helicopter flew overhead to alert them to “approximately 15 great white sharks” that were swimming close by.

Video footage of the helicopter alerting the California paddle-boarders of the situation and warning them to “calmly” exit the water has gone viral. In the viral California video footage, you can see some of the great white sharks swimming next to the paddle-boarders.


Picture of the Week

The “giant armadillo,” the largest species in the Armadillo family which has a range over much of South America, is on the “red list” of endangered species. The giant armadillo can reach up to 59 inches and weigh up to 110 pounds. Due to its cryptic behavior and low population densities, this animal is very rarely seen.

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 Weekly Column

A Rabbit & God

~by Susi Pittman

It was the miracle that confirmed a lifetime of loving and caring for animals. It was the signal grace that I could never turn away from. It was the reason for my book and this website!


Catholic Journeyman

Jesus, the Name of God

~by Louis Templeman

God, the Incarnate Word was made manifest to us so that we could indeed embrace and love the Great I Am with all our heart, with all our mind, with all our soul!


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

How Do You Do It? I Need to Know

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

The noise pollution in the world can leave the mind yearning for an oasis of peaceful silence.


Weekly Commentary

God is a mathematician? Oy vey! – by Bob Kurland

I view mathematics, logic, reason as the foundations and the framework of the building in which we live. There are essential additions–faith, religion, beauty, love. So my answer to the question in the title is, God is much more than a mathematician.


Catholic Writers

Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg

Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg is a Dutch psychotherapist in private practice. In addition to his work in parapsychology– writing and speaking about near-death experiences and paranormal events such as those detailed in his book Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory (TAN Books, 2009: — Dr. van den Aardweg has written extensively on pro-life and pro-family subjects. He current resides in the Netherlands with his wife, with whom he has seven children and seventeen grandchildren.

Recommended Read

Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages and Warnings from Purgatory

~by Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg,

After a week of hearing ghostly noises, a man is visited in his home by the spirit of his mother, dead for three decades. She reproaches him for his dissolute life and begs him to have Masses said in her name. Then she lays her hand on his sleeve, leaving an indelible burn mark, and departs…

A Lutheran minister, no believer in Purgatory, is the puzzled recipient of repeated visitations from “demons” who come to him seeking prayer, consolation, and refuge in his little German church. But pity for the poor spirits overcomes the man’s skepticism, and he marvels at what kind of departed souls could belong to Christ and yet suffer still…

Hungry Souls recounts these stories and many others trustworthy, Church-verified accounts of earthly visitations from the dead in Purgatory. Accompanying these accounts are images from the “Museum of Purgatory” in Rome, which contains relics of encounters with the Holy Souls, including numerous evidences of hand prints burned into clothing and books; burn marks that cannot be explained by natural means or duplicated by artificial ones. Riveting!


Quote of the Week

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.

~ Rudyard Kipling ~

Our Catholic Saints

Saint Catherine of Siena

Geology & Archaeology

Earth’s Seismic Orchestra

At the turn of the century, scientists discovered a new type of “sound” produced at subduction zones, known as Episodic Tremor and Slip (or ETS for short). ETS are typically low-pitched rumbling signals (like the double bass instruments) lasting minutes to hours that do not produce the jolts associated with normal earthquakes. These rumbles come from a type of event known as seismic tremor, which is similar to tiny earthquakes. Moreover, in subduction zones in southwest Japan, Mexico and New Zealand, the gap between the part of the fault that hosts large earthquakes and the zone of ETS is filled with an area producing silent ruptures that occur over many months (the virtually inaudible violinists). These cannot be detected using traditional seismometers.



Previously, on Arctic warming…

Since the 1970s the northern polar region has warmed faster than global averages by a factor or two or more, in a process of ‘Arctic amplification’ which is linked to a drastic reduction in sea ice.

But then how to explain a similar rapid warming that occurred during the early 20th century, when the effects of greenhouse gases were considerably weaker than today? And what can we prove about the period, given the scarcity of usable data and observations prior to the 1950s?


Global Weather

Above average hurricane season to come

Warm sea surface temperatures and a weak or non-existent El Niño will contribute to an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic this year, NOAA announced Thursday, saying that 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes are possible. The predictions came in the official forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the hurricane season that begins June 1.



Feeding the world without future deforestation

Deforestation is necessary to feed the growing global population — this is a common believe that has now been disproved by researchers of the Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna. In a study published in Nature Communications they present results that reveal that it is possible to produce sufficient food for the world in 2050 and at the same time maintain the current forests of the world.



Ontario Needs More POO Power

“Biogas from sewage can offer renewable, low-carbon energy, replacing fossil fuels for heating, for electricity generation and for transportation,”  added Environmental Commissioner Diane Saxe, after releasing “Every Drop Counts,” her annual report on energy conservation.

“To create even more biogas, wastewater plants could process food-type wastes along with the sewage. This would also keep food-type wastes out of landfills, where they release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.”



The World’s Trashiest Island

An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish from boats and South America.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

The Murton Trust, U.K.

Our visitor farm is home to different kinds of animals. Now Kune Kune pigs root and snuffle contentedly and the crowing and clucking of the rare breed poultry raises many a smile. Numerous young people benefit from hands-on vocational training which can set them up for life in land-based jobs. The Trust meets its environmental and educational aims by providing a nature reserve and a farm for the education of the public and by organising classes and training for young people from local schools. Today Murton Trust is a special place for everyone to enjoy. The scenic nature reserve with its meandering paths is a wonderful place for walks.


Steward Alerts

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Steward Activities

Movie Review: THE SHACK

~by Steven D. Greydanus, N.C. Register

Like many popular sensations, from Titanic to Twilight, from Dan Brown to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, The Shack is easy to rip apart if one has a mind to. It’s too didactic for drama, too literal for allegory, too artless for poetry, and too fuzzy for theology. The writing is folksy and florid…For all its issues, this Shack doesn’t warrant being condemned. I can’t recommend it, but I can see why this story has moved so many people, and it’s not all bad.


Song Before the Lord

Your words are spirit and life O Lord


7 reasons you need a raised garden bed

Skip the open ground for seeding your favorite plants — raised garden beds are the way to go. Thanks to raised beds, your garden can be virtually anywhere in your yard while maintaining near-perfect soil and growing conditions. The benefits don’t end there; raised beds are the best way to garden, and we can promise that you’ll love them as much as we do.


Wellness & Nutrition

Safe Mosquito & Fly Repellant for Dogs & Cats

Furry hair coats help somewhat, but dogs and cats get bitten by mosquitoes, flies and other insects just like we do. Biting insects are not only bothersome; they may transmit deadly diseases such as heartworm and West Nile Virus. DEET and other human insect repellents should not be applied to dogs or cats. This chemical is toxic when ingested at high doses, and dogs and cats may lick it off and ingest it, potentially resulting in a toxicity.



The largest thing out in space

Think big. Really big. Like, cosmic big. How big can things in the Universe get? Is a galaxy big? What about a supercluster? What is the biggest thing in the Universe?

Our observable Universe is a sphere 96 billion light-years across, and the entire Universe might be infinite in size. Which is a hoarders dream walk-in closet space stuffed full of “things”. It’s loaded down with so much stuff, we’ve even given up naming things individually and now just spew out a list of letters and numbers to try and keep track of it all.


Sure to make you Smile

Who is Lottie’s “best friend?”

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