Lord, Make Me a Banyan Tree

We lost a mighty tree in our front yard last year.  It was an ash, and yes, it was already dead—defeated by Michigan’s pernicious emerald ash borer.   When it toppled during a windstorm, it brought down the electrical wires, snapping a wooden pole, pulling the meter off our house and taking out the cable and internet in one fell swoop.  The weight of the massive trunk wrestled the roots from the damp earth, and 80 feet of bark and bole and branch sprawled across the lawn. Looking at the … [Read more...]

I See LOTS of God-Particles!

God particle

This is the day! The science world is panting with excitement, exhilarated because scientists at Europe’s CERN research centre near Geneva have announced that the elusive Higgs boson—the subatomic particle imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs—has been discovered.  According to Reuters, CERN Hadron Collider director general Rolf Heuer told scientists and reporters gathered at the CERN near Geneva that:  Two independent studies of data produced by … [Read more...]

Update on the Crocodile That Met the Pope

Pope and Crocodile

Do you remember when the Pope met the crocodile? It was back in January when Yitzhak Yadid, an official from Rome’s 100-year-old Bioparco zoo, in a nod to Pope Benedict’s upcoming trip to Cuba, brought to the Wednesday General Audience an endangered Cuban crocodile.  About two feet long, the scaly Crocodylus rhombifer had been confiscated from an Italian woman who owned it illegally.  The plan was to rehabilitate the young reptile, and then return it to its swampy home in Cuba during … [Read more...]