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Crocodiles climb trees to hunt prey

If you thought that climbing a tree was a prudent way to escape a crocodile, think again. New research suggests that several crocodilian species are capable of climbing trees, reports Phys.org. Even scarier, some crocs can climb trees all the way to the crown of the tree — and the behavior is fairly common.


Good News

Pet ownership and its potential benefits for older adults

New research calls for increased understanding about older adults, the relationship between pet ownership and health, and the current barriers which limit older adults’ chances to own a pet. The study goes into detail about physical and financial risks for older adult pet ownership and how it can be diminished.


In the News

Coyotes create divisions in dangers in New York suburbs

Periodically, it seems, an animal species arises to wreak havoc on the best laid plans of human beings. In years past, deer have eaten every hosta and tulip in sight, wild turkeys have chased homeowners off their lawns, bears have ripped apart bird feeders like tin cans.

This year, it is the coyote.

In New York City, where Eastern coyotes are having a breakout year, a glimpse of one of the animals is still rare enough to elicit curious amazement. But in the suburbs, the feeling is different.


Picture of the Week

The Quokka is an Australian marsupial that has no fear of humans and it is common for it to approach them closely. The Quokka was one of the first Australian mammals seen by Europeans, and because of its facial distinctions has earned the title Happiest Animal on Earth.

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

As New As Tomorrows News

~by Susi Pittman

Animals In Heaven? Catholics Want To Know!

Always new!

My book was written in 2009 with my unconditional submission to the official teachings of the Magisterium of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. I have loved my faith dearly and the Holy Father’s new encyclical has made my book as new as tomorrow’s news.


Catholic Journeyman

Keeping Company at the Cross

~by Louis Templeman

There is mystery in suffering and Louis shares just how this mystery unfolded and became a beautiful truth in his life, allowing an ascent closer to the heart of Jesus.


A Poet’s Voice


~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Do you find yourself in the “thick” of life, perhaps trapped by your own defenses to shield yourself from hurt or a problem? Paula needs you to walk with her into the thicket for a moment.


Book of the Month

Paw Prints at Owl Cottage

(The Heartwarming True Story of One Man and His Cats), by Denis O’Connor.

~review by Michele Gregoire

It is a book that looks at the circle of life emotionally and intensively as a cat lover and psychologist walks through living life fully with his feline family.


Meandering Along the River’s Edge

Nature, my second home

~by Virginia Rhys Anson. OFS

For many of us, this time of year, the moments we spend away from home on vacation with our families can be the moments we will most cherish as time hurls us forward in our normal work-a-day lives.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Atmospheric mysteries unraveling

Naturally occurring bromine in air aloft illustrates the global interconnectedness between energy choices affecting mercury emissions in developing nations, and mercury deposition in the U.S.. Atmospheric chemist Rainer Volkamer’s team’s measurements show that the first step in that process, the oxidation of mercury in the atmosphere by bromine, happens up to 3.5 times faster than previously estimated because of halogen sources in oceans. Their work may help explain a mystery: For many pollutants, thunderstorms can rain out the chemicals quickly, so by the end of the storm there’s little left in the air. Not so for mercury. Volkamer said its concentration in rainwater remains constant throughout a storm.


Weekly Commentary

A Bloody Secret Still Haunts the Diamond Industry

Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end. They may be the proverbial “girl’s best friend,” but diamonds are far from friendly for many of those involved in the mining process.  


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Geology and Archaeology

Gemstone Mining in the U.S.

A surprising diversity of gemstones are produced within the United States. Did you know that Montana is the home of world-famous sapphire localities, and that emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are all found in North Carolina? Have you ever seen an “Oregon sunstone” that flashes with a copper aventurescence or a cultured freshwater pearl with a golden luster produced in Tennessee?


Discovering Catholic Writers


My writing has concentrated on the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia, building upon my personal experiences as a humanitarian aid worker. The influence of my analysis of the ICTY’s Gotovina et al. case has been recognised in the Croatian media and is the subject of a documentary film, Udruzena Nepravda. More recently, I have built on my interest in conscience with practical analysis of legislation relating to abortion.

Two short stories, ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Balkan Justice’, have been broadcast on Radio for the Print Handicapped, and ‘Collateral Damage’ was Highly Commended by the Fellowship of Australian Writers in its Iris Milutinovic Short Story Competition. I also have a chapter on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Women of Hope: True Stories of Suffering and Faith (edited by Linda Baraciolli).

My latest novel, Wellspring, is an epic fantasy attuned to Judeo-Christian principles, and Fragments of War is a novel-memoir based on my experiences as a humanitarian aid worker. I am currently working on Restitution, the sequel to Wellspring, and researching a novel set in WWII Croatia.


Quote of the Week

One of the chief uses of religion is that it makes us remember our coming from darkness, the simple fact that we are created.

~G.K. Chesterton~

Discovering Catholic Saints

St. Benedict


Seafood supply altered by climate change

The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists. “The types of fish that we will have on our dinner table will be very different in the future,” said William Cheung, UBC associate professor and the co-director of the Nereus program. “Fisheries will be catching more warm-water species, with smaller size, and that will affect fish supply through our domestic and oversea fisheries as well as imports.”


Looking For Sustainability

Jackson Family Wines’ investment in sustainability pays off

Spend a day at the various sites operated by Jackson Family Wines, and a visitor can see it in the fog machine and ultraviolet lights used to sanitize tanks, the Tesla battery systems to better store energy, and drone technology to monitor vineyards to make sure they get the right amount of water and not a drop more.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Mezza Luna Lavender Farm wraps up first public harvest

It was the final harvesting day at Mezza Luna, the lavender farm the family runs at their house on New Hope Church Road in western Apex. Three years after planting the lavender as a project that the family could enjoy together, Santos and her kids capped off Mezza Luna’s first year on June 12 as a business open to the public.

The farm sells lavender bundles, sachets, soap and ice cream. And, for a select few weeks in late spring, Mezza Luna offers patrons the opportunity to pick their own lavender from the field.


Steward Alerts

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: A Plea For Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good

At its core, global climate change is not about economic policy or political theory. It is about the future of God’s creation, about our stewardship of the “earth that is the Lord’s” and our responsibility to those who come after. In this statement, the bishops open a new avenue of dialogue in the sometimes convoluted discussions about global warming, offering a distinctively religious and moral perspective on the need for environmental protection as a sign of respect for God’s creation. 


Steward Activities


While the tiniest film fans might be put off by the peril in which its characters occasionally find themselves, the splendid comedy “Inside Out” (Disney) offers all others outstanding entertainment founded on strong values.


Environmental Education

Parks not Pipelines!

Congress is trying to make it easier to construct gas pipelines through national parks! All parks would lose protections–from Shenandoah to Yosemite to the Grand Canyon. As it stands now, the American public, acting through its representatives, has a voice before deciding to allow gas pipelines through national parks. But Congress wants to change that. Three bills currently working through the House and Senate would make it easier and faster to build pipelines in national parks from coast to coast.


Tell Congress that national parks are not the place for gas pipelines! Tell your representatives in the House to oppose H.R. 2295 and your senators to oppose S. 411 and S. 1196.

Youth Stewardship

Youth & Elders

It’s our mission to: Reinvigorate hope for sustainable responses to current crises; Build strong relationships between Youth and Elders, between fresh energy and passion and deep insight and experience; Renew the drive for wholeness in our actions, of embodying intergenerational exchange in our individual next steps.

All our explorations seek to ripple out and form the basis for a culture of connectedness and stewardship, where people encourage each other to step into their highest potential in the service of creating the projects and ideas that will safeguard the planet we inhabit for generations to come.



Gardening With Rainwater

Gardeners can play a key role in conserving freshwater by harvesting rainwater. In addition to reducing demand on our water supplies—especially important during drought and summer (when 40 percent of all water is used outdoors)—rainwater harvesting reduces water pollution. In a rainstorm, oil, pesticides, animal waste, and fertilizers from our lawns, sidewalks, driveways, and streets are washed into sewers that often overflow into rivers and estuaries, contaminating fish and other wildlife. Rainwater harvesting prevents rain from becoming polluted stormwater and puts it to use where it falls.


Wellness & Nutrition

10 Perfect National Parks for Kayakers

Go beyond the hiking trail and enjoy parks from a refreshing vantage point: water. Rivers and lakes offer adventurous routes through some of the country’s most remarkable landscapes, including views you just can’t see from land. From lazy float trips to exhilarating whitewater, national parks have fun options for visitors of every experience level—sometimes even on different stretches of the same river.



The Far Side of the Moon

A number of people who’ve seen NASA’s annual lunar phase videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can’t be seen from the Earth. This imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data.


Doggie Photobomb


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