about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Science
I noticed Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted’s Directives for Catholics Concerning Artificially Administered Nutrition and Hydration. I was pleased to see the recognition of the body’s natural shutdown during the dying process, the end of the body digesting food and processing … Continue reading
I asked the docent at the Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo, “Why isn’t the term ‘flutter-by’?” I caught a few moths, like this luna moth: And this moth >>> <<< and this butterfly I used to be able to … Continue reading
I like the discussion on the Universe Today site about arctic ice photos declassified by the Obama administration. Easy to see why the Bushies would want to keep this under their hats. (I wonder how much of the financial mess … Continue reading
I’ve been following the Catholic blogoutrage on embryonic stem cell research, so hearing about it on NPR today took me a bit by surprise. One would think the matter was already settled and the Furnaces of Death already fired up. … Continue reading
Not A-Rod, but G-Will. In his defense, he’s a good writer, and I think his books on baseball stand out above his political punditry. Funny how something as obvious as climate change can make chumps out of otherwise smart people.
A curious quote from the usually competent Elizabeth Lev of Zenit: An increasing number of people believe Galileo to be the father, Darwin (whose Origin of the Species is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) the son, and Albert Einstein … Continue reading
Zenit reports that Pope Pius XII experienced the “miracle of the sun.” From the pope’s diary: The sun, which was still quite high, looked like a pale, opaque sphere, entirely surrounded by a luminous circle without the slightest bother. There … Continue reading
I like stories like this. Two big challenges with lunar colonization are finding water to drink and oxygen to breathe. If explorers have to haul it up from the Earth, space exploration will never really take off. Who would imagine … Continue reading
I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks. What is it? a. A space probe’s view of Saturn’s rings appearing over the planet’s horizon (astronomy) b. A microscopic view of silk strands being laid on a pupa (biology) … Continue reading
Perhaps soon the tropical beach will drop to number two in the eyes of engaged couples seeking exotic knot-tying locales. Rocketplane Global plans to cater to folks who want to express a higher love. That’s going to have to include a higher … Continue reading
This should be an interesting tussle as aerospace engineers have come up with a faster and cheaper alternative to NASA’s new Ares rockets. The agency is playing up the strong, silent angle. But it points out the huge disadvantage in … Continue reading
Since my return to the realm of television in 1993 (I hadn’t owned one and watched little since the mid-70′s), I’ve been an admirer of David Attenborough‘s documentaries. I first saw The Private Life of Plants around the time I got married and … Continue reading
Ian O’Neill at Universe today reports on astronaut Mike Kelly’s concern that a person could get stranded in the center of the ISS’s new Kibo module. Interior space is thirty-seven by fourteen. An inattentive astronaut might drift slowly to the … Continue reading
I haven’t done one of these in a while. Take a guess as to what this might be. Here are some possibilities: a) luminous bacteria in the deep ocean (biology) b) aurora borealis (physics) c) a ring of Saturn (astronomy) … Continue reading