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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Life as a Turkey Documentary

The life of jakes, hens, gobblers, toms; it’s a thrilling yet sensitive glimpse into one of nature’s most misunderstood and mysterious creatures – the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

Combining unique photography, dry swamp nature scenes, and insight from naturalist Joe Hutto, this PBS special is one not to miss. Gather all your friends and family. What a story. Just fantastic! Plus a great soundtrack to boot, including music from Cat Power, Sarah Harmer and more.

Hint: Ever since childhood I’ve been fascinated with these birds. In fact, I can’t seem to get away from them, especially after an angry one charged across a state highway road, and then dive-bombed right into the front left headlight and grill of my truck last spring causing several hundred dollars’ worth of damage. What?

Turkey boy, you’re a mean one...mister.

Happy Thanksgiving!

PBS Nature Synopsis: After a local farmer left a bowl of eggs on Joe Hutto’s front porch, his life was forever changed. Hutto, possessing a broad background in the natural sciences and an interest in imprinting young animals, incubated the eggs and waited for them to hatch. As the chicks emerged from their shells, they locked eyes with an unusual but dedicated mother. One man’s remarkable experience of raising a group of wild turkey hatchlings to adulthood.

Watch the full episode here

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pro Orantibus Day

Pope Benedict XVI has set Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of Mary, as a day to pray for cloistered religious. It is called Pro Orantibus Day (“For those who pray”). 

To all who serve in such a dedicated way,
you have our deepest gratitude and appreciation.

Thanks be to God.

Mary, teach us to understand the Brotherhood of Man
in the holiest of ways.
Teach us silence, when we want to gossip and slander.
Teach us to know true happiness and joy in life
through the presence of Christ
in our everyday life.

Give also peace of mind to the sick and suffering,
fill them with your loving trust and hope...
Be their true Star of the Sea -
a lighted ship on the turbulent waves,
set sail to our Father's house.

Most holy Mary, humble servant of the Lord,
pray for us.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.