Category Archives: Other Places

Upper Plains Travelogue

As expected, our excitement was high for the drive out of Iowa yesterday. About an hour out from Sioux City, we hit the edge of a vicious thunderstorm. Amazing, but as we crossed the Missouri River into South Dakota, skies … Continue reading

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Good-byes and Busy

Light live blogging ahead. The family’s westward expansion begins tomorrow. There are three daily posts in the active series: Laudato Si’, Dives in Misericordiae, and the month of Saint Ignatius–these are written and scheduled for the next five mornings. While … Continue reading

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Faroese Football

Fascinating piece on soccer in the Faroe Islands. I didn’t think they were an independent nation, but apparently, they compete as Wales does. And ranked 102nd in the world–amazing for such a remote outpost. Aleksandar Djordjevic came to the Faroes … Continue reading

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Following Saint Francis

As this gets published on WordPress, I expect to be at an altitude surpassing five miles somewhere over Nebraska. Posting will be light this week, but you will get a daily dose of the DPPL. Comments have been thin there … Continue reading

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Svalbard Gets Totality

If I remember my geography right, Svalbard has a few thousand people living on its islands. Those inhabitants, plus some astronomical thrill-seekers got to see the year’s main total solar eclipse earlier today. For Americans, the big one is still … Continue reading

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Antarctic Orthodoxy and the Longing for Peace

A few readers may recall my fascination with farthest down under continent. A search for “Antarctica” on the side will uncover a collection of posts. Perhaps you recall this citing of a CNS article describing how Christian chaplaincy is handled at … Continue reading

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Flooding in Honduras

This won’t shove aside the celebrity news of the media, most likely, but our friend and contributor John Donaghy reports on flooding and landslides in the area he serves as a missionary. We can keep our brothers and sisters there … Continue reading

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Best Flight

It was largely rainy from Iowa to Chicago today. But the plane ride from there to Rochester was one of the best times I’ve ever had in the air. I was watching two Michigans, first the lake, then the state. … Continue reading

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Window Seats

I have always loved the window when I fly. My view this morning was slightly obscured by the wing, and more by rain clouds over Eastern Iowa. I wasn’t able to get my geographical bearings until we approached O’Hare and … Continue reading

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Beach Mass

Reader Joe Mcmahon sent me the link to his fine blog, including this post on a parish hosting a Sunday evening “Beach Mass.” He also suggested I check St Mary’s Facebook page for some images of the Mass. I noticed this … Continue reading

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The Francis Effect Afield

Interesting feature on the first woman picked to lead a Jesuit university. She declined the offer of a $600K house, choosing instead to remain in her family’s home. LeMoyne University will sell its president’s house.  

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The Gardens of Castel Gandolfo

Catholic watchers know of the summer vacation spot for popes. Astronomy buff may know of it as the location for the Vatican Observatory, run by Jesuits–even before Pope Francis. BBC has a nice video feature on Pope Francis opening up … Continue reading

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A London Symphony

Readers here know me as a lover of American music of all sorts. And early music, too. Music from about 1750 to about 1900 interests me little. There’s just a lot of it and orchestras seem to play it all … Continue reading

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On A Caribbean Island

Two nations, one island. Fascinating history, but far from a beautiful one–in contrast to the lovely surroundings. Miami Herald commentary on the elevation of Chibly Langlois, a simple bishop–no arch–to the red hat. Comparing Haiti and the Dominican Republic: Langlois, … Continue reading

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Winter Weather

For those of you in the central and northeastern part of North America, I wish and pray for safety and warmth in the days to come. I was reading that the state of Minnesota has cancelled school on Monday. Some … Continue reading

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