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What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence

Good News

50 Wonderful Facts About the Declaration of Independence

The following 50 facts about the Declaration of Independence provides interesting facts in the quick, comprehensive format of the Declaration of Independence fact file. The Purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to announce and explain separation from Great Britain.


In the News

The Spirit of 76

Archibald Willard was an American painter who was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio. Willard joined the 86th Ohio Infantry in 1863 and fought in the American Civil War. During this time, he painted several scenes from the war. One of his most famous works is The Spirit of ‘76 (previously known as Yankee Doodle), which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition. The original is displayed in Abbot Hall, Marblehead, Massachusetts, with several later variations painted by Willard exhibited around the country (including in the United States Department of State). Of note, he used his father as the model for the middle character of the painting.


Picture of the Week

Washington Crossing the Delaware—by artist George Caleb Bingham

George Caleb Bingham paints Washington seated atop a horse, which forms the apex of a pyramid, with the oars creating the base of the triangular composition.  Artists create a sense of stability and balance by using this choice of arrangement. Washington’s huddled men row across the frozen river almost directly toward the viewer. Bingham added minor embellishments to the scene.  Washington was unlikely to have been mounted on his horse for the crossing.   It would have made the ride too unstable.  In addition, the event happened in the early hours of the morning, in the dark.  Regardless, the artist is still able to capture the tense and risky crossing occurring on December 25, 1776 in a perilous snowstorm, leading to the Battle of Trenton.

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

A President Who Nixes God

~by Susi Pittman

America was forged with a unified belief in the Creator, Who was invited in to the very beginnings of the establishment and governing of this great land. And The President of the United States should never allow that torch to be extinguished.


Catholic Journeyman

A Pharisee in Sodom

~by Louis Templeman

The Supreme Court declares same sex marriages legal in all 50 states. Louis recalls a watershed moment in his past that set his conscience on the subject


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~June

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

Longing for My Complement Self

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

A moment of joy spent in the sanctuary of creation can lend itself to an everlasting thirst to remain there. It is a reminder of the life to come.


This Week’s Top Global Weather News

Europe braces for heat wave

A powerful heatwave is forecast to sweep across Europe’s western flank next week, to the delight of fans of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in Britain even as France and Portugal were put on alert. “It looks like heat will start to build across Iberia later this weekend and spread northwards across France early next week,” Britain’s weather forecasting Met Office said on its website.

Temperatures across Portugal and Spain and southern France could reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) or more by the middle of the week and reach almost that level in northern France.


Weekly Commentary

Ultimate Freedom Means Choosing the Good

~by Bishop James D. Conley

Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom. “We are set free by Christ so that we can love as God loves,” the bishop said June 27. “Freedom is the responsibility to choose goodness over profit, or comfort, or consequence. As the letter of St. James says, freedom is the responsibility to ‘be doers of the word, not hearers only.’”


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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.




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.


Geology and Archaeology

Archaeologists discover oldest colonial fort in U.S.

A team of archeologists announced the discovery of the remains of a long-lost 16th century Spanish garrison in western North Carolina that predates the earliest English settlements in North America by decades. Established in 1567, Fort San Juan was just one of at least six military installations built by the Spanish across the Appalachian mountain range, stretching from the coast of South Carolina to eastern Tennessee—and the only one of the forts scientists have located so far.


Discovering Catholic Writers

Remembering Joyce Kilmer—Catholic Writer & Patriot

Joyce Kilmer, a Catholic poet most widely renowned for the poem “Trees,” was very popular in the early 1900s. He was author of three books of poetry and editor of Dreams and Images, an anthology of then-modern Catholic poets of England and America. Trees was probably the most printed poem of its time, put to music, and memorized by more school children than any other. But that’s not important. What’s important is that Joyce was more than a poet—he was a Catholic poet . . . and, in fact, more than a Catholic poet—a unabashedly Catholic writer, interviewer, husband, father, speaker and patriot . . . and when it comes right down to it, an uncommonly good man.


Quote of the Week

We no sooner begin a work for the honor and glory of God, than the world at once becomes uneasy, or the devil throws obstacles in the way.

~St. Ignatius of Loyola~

Discovering Catholic Saints

Our Great American Saint—ELIZABETH ANN SETON


120 Years of Climate Scares

Scientists seeking funding and journalists seeking an audience agree: panic sells. “Global cooling is going to kills us all!” “No, wait: global warming is going to kill us all!”

That’s the gist of an amazing chronology of the last 120 years of scare-mongering on climate, assembled by butnowyouknow.net and reprinted by the estimable Anthony Watts who updates it to the present. It is truly mind-boggling.


Looking for Sustainability

The American Library Association: Sustaining Democracy

Our public libraries assist local communities in supporting and encouraging the domocratic nature of a society by providing citizens with accessibility to information regardless of race, income, class, age, or gender. Equal information access for all is a primary component of the democratic process.


God’s Green Earth


Farm News

Colonial Farming & Food: Famine to Prosperity

In colonial America, before the grocery store, men and women had to hunt, gather, or cultivate food, and at times wait for shipments from Europe, in order to survive. The work needed to secure sustenance molded society and the way colonists lived and expanded in America in colonial times.


TIMELINE for the History of American Agriculture HERE…

Steward Alert


The Catholic Association (TCA) is dedicated to being a faithful Catholic voice in the public square and the public arena. TCA is responding to the call of the Catholic Church for members of the lay faithful to apply Catholic teaching, wisdom, and principles to the issues of the day.

Partisan politics is what divides many Catholics — we want to focus on what unites faithful Catholics in order to build a powerful coalition to positively influence our world.


Steward Activities

CALL TO PRAYER: Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty

The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation. When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray. Click below to learn more about how you can answer the Call.


Environmental Education

National Parks Conservation Association

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations. Now, nearly one hundred years later, NPCA has a million members and supporters.


Youth Stewardship

Operation Purple Camps

What’s Operation Purple Camp, and why is it PURPLE? That’s a great question, we’re glad you asked! At OPC, we offer military kids a FREE WEEK of camp where they connect with other kids, just like them. And purple happens to be the perfect mix of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force Blue, Marine Corps Red, and Navy blue! In the military world, purple symbolizes all who serve, and at our Association, we know families serve, too!




Share your passion for gardening with your kids while teaching them responsibility and patience. Here are some of our favorite ideas to get you started. Grow many varieties of the same vegetable like red, pink, black, and yellow tomatoes. Beets aren’t just red — there are candy-striped Chioggia beets and Golden beets. Cauliflower comes in a rainbow of colors — green Emeraude, orange Cheddar, and lime-green Gitano. You can even find purple carrots, yellow cucumbers, and pink corn for popping.


Wellness & Nutrition

Celebrate 67 Best American Wines

After tasting more than 300 affordable American wines, Senior Editor Ray Isle reports on his most exciting finds, from Chardonnay to Zinfandel— to buy by the case for everyday drinking or casual entertaining.



America’s Space Program: Then & Now

After the Apollo space program in the 1960s — which put a man on the moon in 1969 — President Richard Nixon commissioned the space shuttle program in 1972. The first shuttle, Columbia, blasted off in April 1981. Unlike Apollo, the space shuttle never ventured beyond Earth’s orbit. The shuttles, as big as DC-9 airplanes, were billed as a spacecraft that could launch and land 25 times a year.

They never did.



In America, every dog can dream of becoming “super dog!”


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