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High tide for blessings in oceanside California diocese

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Surfers won’t be the only ones waiting for the first waves Sunday morning at southern California’s Huntington Beach.

So, too, will a throng of thousands from area faith communities.

The sixth annual “Blessing of the Waves” will bring together swimmers, beach-lovers and, yes, surfers to pray and show spiritual appreciation for the ocean, its resources and all its inhabitants.

A call to bloom amid summer's shortening days

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When summer begins its ending, I get sad. Even though the season is not what it used to be (and maybe never was), I still imagine there should be a few more long afternoons left for lying in the sun. Or for swimming. Or for thinking about sunning or swimming. 

I spent this summer playing tennis with people who say “Yabba Dabba Doo” after they hit a good shot. Let’s not call this quite “senior tennis,” but it is certainly not the high school team, either. I spent it, too, with grandchildren who put on their goggles and life vests to sit in the rubber kiddie pool on hot days.

Heavenly waters await New York's 'Neurotic Polar Bear'

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New York City and visitors to the Central Park Zoo lost their “Neurotic Polar Bear” Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, veterinarians discovered Gus, 27, had an inoperable tumor in his thyroid region and euthanized him later that evening. In the wild, the average polar bear lives just shy of 21 years, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Of measurements and immeasurables

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Mishnah 1: “These are the things that have not measure: the Peah (corners) of the field, the first-fruits … and the study of the Torah.”

Measurement is very important. Consider dosage. Get the dose wrong and the medicine can turn into poison. Substitute two cups of salt for two cups of sugar, as I did in a spice cake last Christmas, and people who usually regard you highly and warmly will say really mean things at your Christmas table’s finale.

More groups call for Vatican response against growing agribusiness models

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In late July, Eco Catholic contributor Br. Dave Andrews addressed Cardinal Peter Turkson in an open letter before the Ghanian prelate’s appearance at the World Food Prize 2013 Borlaug Dialogue in October in Des Moines, Iowa. Andrews called Turkson to speak out against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in light of the World Food Prize organization recognizing three scientists with the award for their work in such genetic engineering.

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