photo courtesy of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Service
Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea are erupting together. Mauna Loa's last eruption was April 15, 1984. My sister smells sulfur. Pictures at night from the western side of the Big Island (Kona) are spectacular. These mountains are over 13,000 feet and have major telescopes atop.
“If kids knew what they wanted to be at age eight, the world would be filled with cowboys and princesses. I wanted to be a pirate. Thank goodness nobody took me seriously and scheduled me for eye removal and peg leg surgery.”—Bill Maher
ramp (gangplank?) not needed …
photo courtesy of Mary, my neighbor across the pond
This is a clip from a 1963-65 sci-fi television show I liked as a youngster. The Zantis, pronounced "zanteez", are sent from a penal colony far away. Mission: establish Earth as another penal colony.
Volcanos; tornados; dust storms; ocean waves; black sand beaches; green, white, and blue waterfalls; waterspouts; blowholes; multi-colored geyser fields; rice fields; mustard fields; gemmy lakes; sunrays; rainbows; mountains; rivers; verdant valleys; rain, snow, frost, and ice; cotton clouds; green and gold forests; and lots of math. Earth’s population has reached eight billion, and God’s creation bears the burden. Complaints notwithstanding, nowhere else in the universe has He done a better job.
This is the only authenticated photo of Dickinson 1846/7, born 1830 and died 1886 in the same place. So feminine was she, unlike many women today, who either dress too scantily or dress like men, or get tattoos like men, or want to replace men. Still, a reading tutor who is not guiding a student to the knowledge that life is bewildering is failing. -RED
From left to right, Fr. Angelo Van de Putten, FSSP, Fr. Anthony Sumich, FSSP, Fr. Charles Ike, FSSP, and Fr. Evaristus Eshiowu, FSSP. I met Fr. Ike today at St. Stephen, Sacramento, CA. He is visiting from Nigeria. Fr. Eshiowu, also born in Nigeria, is assigned to St. Stephen. The photo, snapped at the time of Ike’s ordination, is courtesy of the Latin Mass Society, Wrexham, Wales.
From their blog: “… members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter [FSSP] do not take religious vows. However, at the priest’s ordination, he solemnly promises to obey his Ordinary, or Ecclesiastical Superior. For the FSSP priest this means he must obey his FSSP Superior in matters regarding the internal life and discipline of the Fraternity – and the Diocesan Bishop in other matters regarding the apostolate where he is assigned.
“Each member incardinated in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter also has a solemn obligation to preserve perpetual celibacy, the same as other priests in the Latin Rite of the Church. In addition, each member must strive to practice the spirit of poverty according to the Constitutions. Thus, the priest’s salary is quite modest, and he strives to live simply, detached from worldly comforts and possessions.”
In 2021, there were 526 members: 341 priests, 17 deacons (last step before ordination), and 168 seminarians. The priests are spread across 147 dioceses in Australia, Austria, Benin, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Switzerland, the United States, and Viet Nam. The fraternity's membership represents 35 nationalities, and the average age is 38. The lay Confraternity of Saint Peter has over 8,000 members. We support the fraternity in a variety of ways.
The 168 will be in high demand as you can see by the spread. St. Stephen Sacramento is 1,500 strong. Math estimate - 1,500 x 147 = 221,026/526 = 420. That figure, one priest for 420 people, is on the low side and makes Francis' attempt to suppress and halt the spread of traditional orders evil.
The photo was taken in the Cathedral of St. Paul, Münster, Germany, after the Allied bombing had ruined this most beautiful cathedral. Greetings from Germany. From the diocese of Münster where I live … Oremus pro invicem. Let us pray for each other. – photo identified by Nico and provided by catholicgentleman.com
Münster is close to the Netherlands.
“In the entrance area (southwest transept) is a statue of St. Barbara [my mother’s name] which is not very prominently displayed. She holds a round tower with three windows in her hands. The legend has it that the saint was locked in a tower by her father to keep her from marriage and Christian influence. Because of the cramped nature of the tower and its stairway, she is now patron saint of miners – the cramped tower symbolizes the way through the narrow door of death to eternal life.”
My mother was not kept from my father’s Catholic influence. Her baptism and ours was a secret for 10 years, nonetheless.
From Steve Baker, Quora: “Learning ‘dust control’ is going to be important for Mars missions … Mars dust is more abrasive than Earthly sand but not as bad as Moon dust … but Mars dust adds the extra joy of being poisonous.” Dust grains below.
Namib sand dune (downwind side) on Mars (Curiosity rover; December 17, 2015).
Sister M. M. Joseph, Sister of Mercy, was one of nine nursing sisters at Hammond Hospital in North Carolina during the Civil War, a hospital seized by the Union Army to continue the mission of helping soldiers on both sides of the conflict who had lost a limb in the line of duty.
The American F-22 Raptor is not sold to other countries.
aerial demonstration Santiago, Chile
aerial demonstration Mach Loop, Wales
b. 1838 Scotland
d. 1914 Los Angeles
From Wikipedia –
“In 1878, when he was nearing the age of 40, Muir’s friends ‘pressured him to return to society’. Soon after he returned to the Oakland area, he was introduced by Jeanne Carr to Louisa Strentzel, daughter of a prominent physician and horticulturist with a 2,600-acre (11 km2) fruit orchard in Martinez, California, northeast of Oakland.
“In 1880, after he returned from a trip to Alaska, Muir and Strentzel married. John Muir went into partnership with his father-in-law, John Strentzel, and for ten years directed most of his energy into managing this large fruit farm.
“Although Muir was a loyal, dedicated husband and father of two daughters, ‘his heart remained wild’, writes Marquis. His wife understood his needs, and after seeing his restlessness at the ranch, would sometimes ‘shoo him back up’ to the mountains. He sometimes took his daughters with him.”
As I wrote in Sweet under the More Tab, a man named John McLaren, friend of John Muir, gave my dad his first and only career. McLaren (b. 1846 Scotland, d. 1943 San Francisco) created Golden Gate Park. I have it firsthand: McLaren did not like any buildings or statues in the Park and tried to hide them with hedges, except for the lodge where he lived and where, from its balcony, he gave my dad a raise.
Mount Muir, 14,018 ft (4,273 m) — Eastern Sierra peak near Mount Whitney, within Sequoia National Park and the John Muir Wilderness. Photo author Poppy, dated June 2005. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mount_Muir.jpg
I debated with myself whether to put this clip under the Crime Blog or the blog blog.
Fifteen prime ministers served under Queen Elizabeth, twelve men, beginning with Winston Churchill, and three women, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May, and Liz Truss, all three conservatives. What you will not see, but which I have, is the Queen speaking in support of tradition and against modernity. I agree with the last comment in the documentary, and I have the same feelings about the pope. Mystery supports dignity.
I would rather look at Michele Bavassano wildlife photography than listen to gloomy Thunberg. She is not a climate scientist, has no formal scientific training, possesses no expert-level knowledge or skills, and has never worked on the puzzles facing environmental or atmospheric scientists, geophysicists, solar physicists, or Earth scientists, matters that are properly assigned to them, not me, not you, and not her, nor do I have a problem with wildlife hunters who use guns. They obtain permits.
Monarchs who are canonized saints: 55
Saints from royal families not monarchs: 127
Number of monarchs classified Blessed, Venerable, or Servant of God: 8
Number from royal families classified Blessed, Venerable, or Servant of God: 25
Blessed Charles I or Karl I (1887 – 1922), as a boy and as Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, King of Croatia, and King of Bohemia, was the last monarch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine to rule over Austria-Hungary. The most recent blessed monarch, he fathered eight. Pronounce “blessed” as two syllables.
“Charles did not leave Madeira. On 9 March 1922 he caught a cold in town, which developed into bronchitis and progressed to severe pneumonia. Having suffered two heart attacks, he died of respiratory failure on 1 April, in the presence of his wife (who was pregnant with their eighth child) and nine-year-old former Crown Prince Otto, remaining conscious almost until his last moments. His last words to his wife were, “I love you so much.” He was 34 years old.”
A Benedictine's story with pictures, including Karl's deathbed, is here:
Posting an unusual family photo, unusual because it is from the 1800s and spotlights three generations of women born in the 1800s, photo dated 1898, location Johnsville CA, left to right
Great-great grandmother Louise Howe b. 1840
Grandmother Louise Perkins b. 1890 (in Tombstone, AZ!)
Great grandmother Gertrude Perkins b. 1869
My great grandfather, mining engineer, built the stamp mill at the Jamison Mine in Johnsville. Below is a picture of an actual receipt for delivery of a gold bar from the mine, my great grandfather acting as agent.
Grandma and her twin delivered the gold bars, covered with a blanket, in a horse and buggy to the shipper. The gold was then shipped to Wells Fargo in SF. Their father rationalized that robbers would not suspect girls of 12 were secreting gold in a buggy.
From Placerville, it is three hours by car to reach Johnsville. The father of a boy at my high school opened a restaurant in San Francisco in 1954, the Iron Horse. My grandma had some hearing loss.
The first four months are academics for students in the B-52H Formal Training Unit. In the second phase, they start the flight line portion, which lasts about four months. B is for Boeing. One of the pilot patches reveals something: we would never forsake the UK.
B-52 LIBERTATEM DEFENDIMUS - WE DEFEND LIBERTY
USAF AUT VINCERE AUT MORS - CONQUER OR DIE
Livestly.com stated: “Conrad Heyer (10 April 1749 – 19 February 1856) worked as an American farmer, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, and a centenary who is remarkable to be perhaps the earliest-born man to be photographed. He was born in the village of Waldoboro, which was then known as “Broad Bay”, and belongs to the Massachusetts Bay Province. He took part in the revolutionary war under George Washington, and it is even believed that he crossed the Delaware River with him. After the war, he returned to Waldoboro and worked as a farmer until he died in 1856. At the age of 103, in 1852, Heyer posed for a daguerreotype. This photo led him to become the earliest known person to be photographed.”
photo courtesy of reddit.com
Dr. Ketzer commented that there is an older photo. Taken in October 1840, the photo shows Mozart’s widow, Constanze (1762-1842), seated on the far left, front row. Courtesy of Ho Stadt Altoetting/AFP/Getty Images
Here it is -
courtesy of Current Time, RadioFreeEurope. RadioLiberty, and Voice of America
A blue California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) helicopter sucked up water from the pond next to my house to extinguish two fires, about one mile apart and in opposite directions, possible arson against PG&E poles, fires extinguished. Water is drawn up into a tank in the fuselage. The helicopter sent a skunk in my shrubbery scurrying. Time 11:15 am. Temp 91 degrees.