Sunday, August 31, 2014

How Inconvenient....

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
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To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.
This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Six Miles

John and I did a six mile walk tonight.
We walked up 155 to Earlton rd, down Earlton to Chapel, and down Chapel to Tydings.
It was a perfect night for walking.
The temperatures have been so perfect. Almost no humidity!
The traffic is noisy along the highway, but there are few cars on the other roads, so it was very peaceful.
I really want to get out and do more of the long walks. I would love it if Maggie could go, but it's too warm and too far. Hope to get out on some trails soon!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


After a long wait for the right day, John finally got to go parasailing on the gift certificate that he got, through me, for his birthday last year. I got it for my birthday, but I'm not a real water sports kind of gal, so we thought John would really enjoy a ride in the sky.

He Did.....

Friday, August 15, 2014

Romeo, O...Romeo!

This year's Shakespeare production was a famous play with a different twist. Paula, her sidekick John Andrews, and the cast decided to turn to film this time.

I think that many of the kids, and certainly the directors, thought that they had bitten off way more than they could chew about the middle of July, but it is going to be a fantastic accomplishment once it's finished.
They have been all over two states and several counties.
The locations have been historical and an education in themselves!

They have filmed at Tudor Hall in Bel Air...

An ancient barn on an historic farm that The Balint family is blessed to be living on...

Swan Harbor Farm near Havre de Grace....

A very old church at Old Bohemia near Warwick, MD....

A beautiful mansion in Bel Air called Liriodendron....

An Historic old house in Havre de Grace that is now the Spencer Silver Bed and Breakfast....

An actual castle called "The Cloisters" that was built as a replica of medieval castles in Europe....

The Susquehanna Players have just done an amazing job of memorizing and remembering lines for literally months! They have had to rehearse scenes and then re-rehearse when a location would fall through, or a scene had to be changed. They have had to show up on short notice.
They have learned how long it can take to film just a few minutes of footage. Multiple takes and angles, over and over. Lines repeated from different places and with a tweak here and there.
Everything is set and ready to go, John calls "action", the acting begins....and a jet goes over, or a sheep bleats in the stall next door, or someone is roofing their house....
They filmed in all kinds of weather. One night when we were filming in the barn, a storm came through and the thunder and lightning were right over the barn, and the rain was so loud on the roof that we couldn't hear the lines. Then one of our families had a flat tire, and another had their car battery die while the car was parked in the barn. What a night that was!
At the Spencer Silver the kids had to be really quiet because there were other guests at the bed and breakfast. They were absolutely perfect.
The costumes had to hold up for months. And the beards.....everyone that needed one had have it put on before each filming session.

The moms had to drive hours and miles to locations all over the place. Everyone has been so wonderful.
We have Paula and John to thank for their vision, persistence and willingness to see it through.
Once it is edited, and we are able to sit down for the big premier, everyone involved is going to be so proud of what they did!

The 95%

That's the number of Christians in Iraq that refuse to deny their Faith in Christ.
They are being slaughtered in the streets and in their homes, and yet they refuse to convert to Islam.
Something like 3% have converted.
These people are losing their homes, their lives, and their children's lives, but they are still clinging to their Faith.
If the Blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, then there is going to be a new springtime of Christianity right there where so much of the Old Testament took place.
I wonder what would happen here?

Happy Feast Day Blessed Mother!

What a special Feast day for Mary!
She goes to be with her Son, Jesus, and to bring to her children so many Graces and blessings.

We had a nice day today.
John and I got out the door early to go to the college to get his student ID.
When we got back I got a text from Paula saying that a bunch of the homeschoolers were over at the school spreading the mulch that had come a week early!
So we went over for a couple of hours and the boys got some good exercise!
Then we came home and I got out and mowed the lawn. It is a lot of work these days, what with the cooler temps and the rain every so often. The grass is still growing like it's Spring or something!
We had a thrown together dinner and then it was time to get ready for Mass.
We decided to go downtown to St Patrick's because they were having a 7:00 pm mass.
John decided to walk down. It only takes about 15 minutes.
We are going down there for Confession tomorrow.
Paul is going on a birthday camping trip for his friend Timmy, and John is going Parasailing!
I'll blog that tomorrow!