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The Great Wall of America

I rarely comment about political issues in this journal, but I have to note my revulsion to the new “fence” on the US-Mexico border. Bush recently signed a bill for the US to start building a 700-mile “fence” along the border with an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Descriptions of it sound vaguely like the […]

300 Million

The U.S. Census estimated that the population of the United States reached 300 million today. From the census page, the statistics for October, 2006 estimate: One birth every 7 seconds One death every 13 seconds One international migrant (net) every 31 seconds Net gain of one person every 11 seconds It took 39 years to grow […]

$1.96

I’ve been waiting to see this sign for the last couple weeks. The price for a gallon of gas has been dropping fairly quickly over the past two months, from a high of $2.99 this summer. I wonder how low it will go?

12 Days

We just ended a twelve-day streak of 90+ days here in central Oklahoma. We normally don’t start those until late June, early July. The rain has finally come too. It has been skirting the area for a couple days. Not much, but enough. I reckon it’s going to be a long, hot summer. (Reminds me […]

Paperclip Campaign

This week is the national week for the Days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. As a way to remember them, and to remember all victims of terrorism and hate crimes, wear a paperclip on your collar this week! A few years ago, a grass roots campaign was started by Sharyn Markus, a […]

We Remember

We remember the 168 victims (149 adults and 19 children), the survivors (30 children were orphaned), and their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995. Our prayers go out for you. We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all […]

St. John of God

St. John of God picked me! Moneybags at A Catholic Life (via Julie D.) reminded us Catholics about “the practice of picking a saint at random to be your ‘holy protector’ for the year. Actually, the saint is the one who chooses us though.” He quotes an excerpt from St. Faustina: There is a custom […]

Paperclip Campaign

This week is the national week for the Days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. As a way to remember them, and to remember all victims of terrorism and hate crimes, wear a paperclip on your collar this week! A few years ago, a grass roots campaign was started by Sharyn Markus, a […]

New Pope!

Please Lord, send your Holy Spirit to guide the new pope, Pope Benedict XVI, age 78, formally known as German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Deepen our faith and hope in you, Lord.

We Remember — 10 Years Later

We remember the 168 victims (149 adults and 19 children), the survivors (30 children were orphaned), and their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995. Our prayers go out for you. We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all […]

The New Oklahoma Quarter

The new Texas quarter has been out in circulation for a while now. Oklahomans, not to be outdone, have minted their own quarter. (The U.S. Mint is not too happy about it either.) The idea was a pretty good one except for one problem—the new quarter kept jamming soft drink machines. (We call them “pop […]

We Remember

We remember the 168 victims (149 adults and 19 children), the survivors (30 children were orphaned), and their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995. Our prayers go out for you. If you are ever passing through town, please stop and visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It will […]

100 years old today!

Today marks the 100th aniversary of the laying of the cornerstone for Mount St. Mary High School. Back in 1884 (five years before the famous land run), Sister Mary Catherine Troy and four other Sisters of Mercy arrived at the Sacred Heart Mission in Oklahoma Territory to setup a school to educate young Indian girls. […]

Summit Day

Fifty years ago today, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

A Martian View of Earth

The Mars Global Surveyor took this picture of Earth (image on left) from the orbit of Mars on May 8, 2003 at 8:00 am CDT. (The image on the right has a map superimposed on the left image to indicate the early morning sun over North and South America.) “This is the first image of […]

All POW/MIA’s Found

Thanks be to God—all of the POW’s and MIA’s from Operation Iraqi Freedom have been accounted. As for the POW/MIA’s from the Vietnam and Korean Wars, a prayer goes out to those soldiers and their families. You have not been forgotten.

Paperclip Campaign

Are you against hate and discrimination? Wear a paperclip this week! This week is the national week for the Days of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. Also, a grass roots campaign started by Sharyn Markus at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Colorado has extended the idea to include the Days of Equality and […]

Double Helix

Fifty years ago today, James Watson and Francis Crick published their Nobel prize winning discovery in Nature describing the geometric shape of the DNA molecule. Mathematician Keith Devlin said, “Their discovery opened the door to a new understanding of life in general and genetics in particular, setting humanity on a path that in many quite […]

We Remember

We remember the 168 victims (149 adults and 19 children), the survivors, and their families of the Oklahoma City Bombing at 9:02 am on April 19, 1995. Our prayers go out for you. If you are ever passing through town, please stop and visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It will be worth your time. […]

POW’s Found

Yesterday, seven American POW’s where found near Tikrit. Ya-hoo! All of the Coalition POW’s have been accounted for; but, there are still five MIA’s. I pray that they are still alive and will be found.

Palm Sunday

Earlier in the week, I noticed in one of the news reports a scene of Iraqi people cheering the arrival of Coalition forces. About 10% of the crowd was holding and waving palms around in the air. I was reminded of the scene in Mark 11:1-10 where Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt. I am […]

Ding-dong the Witch is Dead?

Crowds of Baghdad citizens cheering on the morning news reminded me of the scene in the movie Wizard of Oz where the Munchkins were cheering and singing “Ding-dong, the witch is dead!” Is the wicked witch of the East really dead? Did the house (or restaurant/bunker) fall on him? No one on earth knows yet. […]

Baghdad Airport

Hoping to catch Saddam Hussein, the war started on March 19 (about 8 pm EST) with a preemptive air attack on a single leadership site. Ground troops started crossing the border the next night, and the air attack started the following night. Now, the Coalition forces have complete control of the newly renamed Baghdad International Airport. Coalition […]

Home for Christmas?

It is Day 12 of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The news reports are talking about another 100,000 U.S. troops being sent to Iraq to help topple Saddam Hussein’s regime. Some reporter made the comment that this will most likely push the war into the summer. I don’t think that the troops will be home for Christmas. […]