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Did you hear?

About the homeless jazz singer and her parrot?


For a time, homelessness may have kept them from sharing the same nest, but these two songbirds have built a bond that’s totally unbreakable.

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Good News

How Wolves Changed Rivers


When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States in the mid-1990s, after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred, effecting hundreds of other species.

Gary Wockner, a wolf expert in Colorado explained, “Willows grew higher and spread more widely, beavers returned and made ponds, riparian-dwelling plants and animals returned including songbirds and trout, elk carrion fed scavengers such as grizzlies and ravens, and coyote populations dropped resulting in more ground squirrels and gophers which in turn fed hawks and eagles.”

In the News

Birds dying along Pacific flyway due to drought


Along the 4,000-mile-long Pacific flyway—one of four main routes in North America for migrating birds—up to six million ducks, geese, and swans wing south every year to find warmth after raising young in the rich habitats of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia. They are joined by millions of shorebirds, songbirds, and seabirds, including the ultimate endurance winner, the arctic tern.

But California’s drought has dried up its wetlands. Many insects, fish, and plants are gone. As a result, some migrating birds have died or been depleted of so much energy that they have trouble reproducing.

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Picture of the Week

Wolves of Yellowstone National Park

Although wolf packs once roamed from the Arctic tundra to Mexico, loss of habitat and extermination programs led to their demise throughout most of the United States by early in the 1900s. In 1973, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern Rocky Mountain wolf (Canis lupus) as an endangered species and designated Greater Yellowstone as one of three recovery areas. From 1995 to 1997, 41 wild wolves from Canada and northwest Montana were released in Yellowstone National Park.

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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.

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Susi’s Weekly Column

SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

~by Susi Pittman

All are called to be concerned about the care and protection of the natural realm of this planet. Have you considered how you are personally responding to your Christian duty as God’s good steward of these earthly gifts?

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Catholic Journeyman

When life piles on

~by Louis Templeman

Louis, having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, has shared with us over the months the mountains and the valleys of making the walk. This week, Louis deals with a personal valley and is honest with us about just being human.

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Book of the Month–July

Tony Hillerman’s Landscape: On the Road with Chee and Leaphorn, by Anne Hillerman, Photographs by Don Strel.

~Review by Michele Gregoire


A photographic journey through the landscape immortalized in bestselling author Tony Hillerman’ s beloved mystery series featuring the legendary Navajo police officers Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn and Sergeant Jim Chee.

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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.

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This Week’s Top Global Weather News

New South Wales sees record snow falls


Snow has coated parts of New South Wales overnight, as the weather bureau warns of wild weather across the state. The Blue Mountains have seen significant falls, with snow in Katoomba, and locals have estimated about 10-15 centimetres at Blackheath. More than 20 centimetres fell in towns surrounding Orange and Bathurst, with the area coated for the third time this week. Residents of Orange said it was the heaviest snow fall they had seen in half a century.

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Weekly Commentary

Are all great scientists atheists?–by Bob Kurland


Reflecting on a snarky comment to one of my articles…I can only conclude that evangelical atheists (including Richard Dawkins) learn about science from the popular media rather than from research–their own and that of others.

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Geology and Archaeology

Volcanoes close Indonesian airports


Ash streaming from two volcanoes has forced Indonesian authorities to shut five airports, leaving thousands unable to travel home for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The closures were prompted by eruptions at Mount Raung on the main Java island and Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia, CNN reported.

Mount Raung, which has been active for weeks, caused Denpasar airport on the Indonesian island of Bali to close last week. Fresh eruptions took place on the eve of Friday’s Eid festival, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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A Song Before The Lord

I Touch The Sky

Discovering Catholic Writers

Connie Rossini


I’m Connie Rossini. I give whole families practical help to grow in holiness. I am the author of Trusting God with St. Therese and the free ebook, Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life.


I write a spirituality column for The Prairie Catholic of the Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota. I am also a columnist for SpiritualDirection.com. My posts have appeared on Catholic Lane and elsewhere. I administer the Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network and own the Google+ Community Indie Catholic Authors.

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Quote of the Week

The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.

~Isaac  Newton ~

Developed  calculus  and  described  it  in  Principia  Mathematica, from which the above quote is taken.  He described universal gravitation, the three laws of motion, and developed color theory.  He wrote more on theology and religion than he did on science.

Discovering Catholic Saints

Saint James the Greater

Climate

Air pollution costs France 100 billion euros per year


The effects of air pollution cost France some 100 billion euros ($110.1 billion) each year, a French Senate committee report estimated Wednesday, citing impact to health as the major expense.

The study said air pollution is not merely a health threat, but also represents “an economic aberration” costing the French state and businesses billions annually in treating illness, and financing employee sick leave, lost productivity, reduced agriculture yields and cleaning up sooty buildings and other venues.

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Looking For Sustainability

LandLearn:NSW, New South Wales


We hear the words ’sustainable’ and ’sustainability’ almost every day. But what does it mean exactly? Is it about people and culture, our environment, or jobs and money? Is it about cities or the country? Is it about you and me or is it something for other people to worry about? Sustainability is about all of these things and more.

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God’s Green Earth

The Earth is Beautiful

Farm News

Dairy Farm to implement robotic milkers


The cows on Freund’s Farm are about to trade in their cowbells for transponders, and robots will take over their daily milking.

The Northwest Corner farm next year will become the first in Connecticut to include robotic milkers in a new, high-tech barn — a move that the Freund family says will save manpower and could increase milk production. It’s a bold move for the family business, one of the last 149 dairy farms in Connecticut in a state once home to hundreds more.

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Steward Activities

Seton Home School Study


Seton Home Study School has helped thousands of families successfully homeschool for more than thirty years. We are nationally accredited by AdvancED and recognized by the Diocese of Arlington, VA as a Catholic School.

Our staff is committed to helping you give your children the best Catholic education possible. Request an info pack to find out how we can help you!

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Environmental Education

Commercial fishing at North Pole barred

Nations with territory in the Arctic on Thursday agreed to ban unregulated fishing in the rapidly melting international waters around the North Pole, amid fears they could be targeted by commercial operators in future.

The agreement signed by the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark on behalf of Greenland, and Norway prohibits commercial fishing in a 1.1 million square mile area — five times the size of France — in the absence of international regulation.

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Youth Stewardship

LandSmart for Kids: Young Stewards Program


LandSmart™ for Kids brings students, teachers, land-managers, community volunteers, and natural resource professionals together to pair on-the-ground restoration and stewardship projects with ecology lessons to provide a memorable environmental education experience. The Young Stewards Initiative is geared toward providing high school students, our decisionmakers of the future, with an in-depth opportunity to implement a restoration project and learn about working agricultural lands.

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Gardening

Keep the good bugs in your garden


Among the reasons not to spray your garden with pesticides or general bug killers is that there are some bugs in your garden that are actually helping to keep your plants healthy.

“Good bugs” are all of the little guys that like to eat the types of bugs that eat your plants, and many good bugs also help to pollinate your garden.  These insects will help to keep the natural balance and help your crops to flourish.  Here are a few of the most beneficial insects for backyard gardening.

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Wellness & Nutrition

Keeping Your Pets Hydrated


As permanent wearers of fur coats, dogs and cats often don’t cope with the heat as well as their human owners. Temperature increases aren’t easy to adapt to as cats and dogs have limited ability to sweat. In fact, sweat glands involved in cooling down are found only in the pad s of the paws.

For cats and dogs cooling down happens through panting, convection (movement of air over the body) and also grooming.  As you can imagine, panting is thirsty work, so an unlimited supply of cool water is very much needed in hot weather.

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Stargazing

NASA sets sites on robot-built Moon colony


It may not be quite Earth-like enough to be habitable, but the Moon is our closest planetary body, and that proximity would make it ideal for an extraplanetary base of operations. NASA is now seriously considering that option, and may send robots to terraform a crater on the lunar South Pole.

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Smile

Today’s forecast…SUNSHINE ! Lots and lots of sunshine all day long !

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