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Mission To Mars: Mankind's Next Giant Leap, Or The Last Thing We Need To Be Worrying About?

Date: 07/20/2009

As human beings, it's in our natures to dream big. And as a species, we've done some astonishing things. Today, for instance, marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing and moon walk--a mission we achieved, in part, to impress and intimidate our cold-war rivals.   Now the astronauts from the Apollo missions (especially Buzz Aldrin ) are publicly urging President Obama to ...

Related Topics: 40Th Anniversary Lunar Landing, 40Th Anniversary Moon Landing, Apollo 11, Apollo Missions, Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Landing, Mars, Moon, Moon Landing 1969, NASA, Space, Space Exploration

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Templeton deadline draweth nigh

Date: 07/17/2009

Next week at this time I'll be back in England, poking around in the neighborhood of Bath, choogling proper beer, avoiding (one hopes) swine flu, and getting ready to go back to Cambridge to present my Templeton paper about Traditional Chinese Medicine, Eastern Orthodoxy and a holistic approach to health. I'm trying to finish the dang thing today, but it's rough sledding. I'm up to my eyeballs in ...

Related Topics: Orthodoxy, Procrastination, Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Communion on the tongue, vs. hand

Date: 06/30/2009

Non-Catholics may not realize that Catholics may receive the Host (= communion wafer) either on the tongue (the traditional way) or in hand (the far more common way today). When I was a Catholic, I received on the tongue normally -- that is, except when I was sick -- as a sign of respect for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. A few times when I was traveling, I'd find a priest who recoi ...

Related Topics: Catholic, Communion, Eucharist, Orthodox

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Swine Flu (H1N1) Declared First Pandemic of 21st Century by WHO: Now What?

Date: 06/11/2009

The Swine Flu (H1N1) moved through the US news cycle like Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. Much ado...and then nothing. Yet, schools still closed in New York and three people - a 2 year old, a teenager and a person in their 60s - died here this week.  Then, just when it seemed like all of that hand sanitizer was a waste of hand washing, today the World Health Organization (remember them? so las ...

Related Topics: Pandemic, South America, Swine Flu, WHO, World Health Organization

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it's official - H1N1 Swine Flu is now a pandemic

Date: 06/11/2009

Well, it's officially a pandemic now : The World Health Organization today declared the global outbreak of the novel H1N1 influenza virus to be in Phase 6 -- a full-scale pandemic. The announcement essentially warns WHO's 194 member nations to expect the arrival of the new flu strain, which is likely to infect up to one-third of the population in the first wave and return in later waves ov ...

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Prayer and modern living (Erin)

Date: 06/15/2009

Rod is very kindly letting me put up a post or so for the next couple of days; I'm glad, because I really enjoy getting to do this, and am frankly astonished by how fast these past two weeks have gone. In his post yesterday about coming home, Rod mentioned some things he'll be focusing on, like balance, and health, and prayer. That last one reminded me of something I've noticed, and that I want t ...

Related Topics: Habits, Modern Living, Inner Peace, Blogging

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An Ethical Update--It's Working! I'm Blogging My Way To Becoming a Better Woman

Date: 06/13/2009

Guess what? After my post on my failure as a recycler , I actually began to do much, much better at recycling. I now manage to remember semi-regularly to bring a 'green' bag with me when I shop. And, after I spouted off so sanctimoniously about the  ethics of censoring my dirty mouth by watching where I drop my F-bombs, I've been ever so much more conscientious about cussing in print and ...

Related Topics: Morals, Morality, Responsibility, Ethics, Hypocrisy

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