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[17 Jul 2014]
Our World Today: Choosing Sides or Stepping Back

by Lauren Van Ham And just the moment when you are all confused leaps forth a voice hold me close I’m love and I'm always yours. - Rumi Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 I had already begun to blog about a fun adventure my Mom and I had undertaken in May, when the NPR sound waves interrupted my train of thought. My hands left the keyboard as I listened to the reporter interview Palestinian families who were registering with U.N officials at a shelter site, near Gaza. With a sigh, I sat back from the computer and felt my chest tighten in the way it does when I experience the discomfort of having so much, when others have so little. I thought about how I had taken a bike ride that morning, through a gorgeous, protected expanse of preserved land; and how very soon, I would be ...

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[15 Jul 2014]
Another Prayer for the Meadowlarks

by Angier Brock In the last five weeks, I have gone every day but one to watch for the Eastern Meadowlarks that are nesting on a section of the Yorktown battlefield. While Meadowlarks are not endangered, their population has been decreasing at an alarming rate. Because they are ground nesters, they are vulnerable not only to other animals but also to the human appetite for manicured green spaces. This year, however, rather than being mowed every few weeks, the grasses on part of the battlefield have been allowed to grow up into a meadow, thus accommodating the Meadowlarks’ breeding season. What I watch for and report each day is the birds’ behavior, from which we can infer where they are in their cycle—and hold off the mowing until the season’s offspring are able to fend for themselves. I have learned a great deal about Eastern Meadowlarks, not only from reading books and ...

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