Friday, January 30, 2015

SPECTACLE FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR

This was sent to me by my friend in Grand Prairie, Luisa Lee.  Luisa is Chinese, was raised in the Dominican Republic and was the coordinator for a Spanish Parish Mission we Redemptorists gave in that area a few years ago. Thank you, Luisa

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A EUROPEAN STARLING "MURMURATION"

When I began this blog..THE HUDSON RIVER BIRDER I had just finished 10 years in the South Bronx.  During those years my Thursdays were largely spent 1st walking from 149th St. in the South Bronx,  Immaculate Conception Parish where I lived, to 110th St and Central Park West.  There, at what is called the Harlem Meere, I entered the North Woods of Central Park to head down through the Park, heading toward Belvedere Castle and Turtle Pond where a lot of birders "hang out". My first encounter with European Starlings were precisely that!! That had been brought to Central Park, precisely to the area around Belvedere Castle where the Delacourte Theatre and the Shakespearian Garden are located.  "Someone" (I never found out who) thought that the Shakespearian Garden should have all the various birds that Shakespeare mentions in this play.  (The Starling was one of those birds that we did not "have yet" in the States).  So "that" or "those" "someone" brought us the European Starlings.  Now, as they are such hearty birds, they are one of the most numerous species in the USA.  Anyway you don't have to go out of your way to see a European Starling nor a House Sparrow in the USA...
Anyway, as you'll see in this film the "murmuration" is a humungous flock or flocks of Starlings deciding just where it is best to roost "or "rest" for the night. I's quite impressive. They seem to be a swarm of locusts.
ENJOY

Friday, January 2, 2015

THE OTHER LETTER

I got this from my friend Tom Reynolds who sends me lots of things to read. He got it from Mr. Ed Mechmann who works for the Archdiocese of New York. It is a truly wonderful commercial for done by IKEA that touches strongly on strongly on FAMILY VALUES. It was done in Spain.  (I can tell by the accent in Spanish). But the subtitles are quite clear.   Enjoy

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM ESOPUS/ULSTER PARK REDEMPTORISTS

This is a video that Gene, Tom and I did last week. It's just 5 mins,
and it shows a bit of what our mission and apostolate are here.
Most especially it shows our new ST. ALPHONSUS GROTTO OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS that we have built.
ENJOY

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SOMETHING ON KATIE´S KROPS---ABOUT KATY STAGLIANO AND KATY CANNON

I am tending to be not the HUDSON RIVER BIRDER, because I don´t take much time to write about birds and nature.  (I may do this occasionally, though)...I think that now I just might call myself
THE HUDSON RIVER EMBEDDER because I love to embed interesting videos.  For instance the one below. It is about a 9 year old girl, Katy Stagliano, (now 12) , who, like another Katy Cannon (10 yrs. old)  began by growing a 250 pound cabbage she´d grown to a food bank. Then she went further and began to grow vegetables for food banks and kitchens. Like her friend, Katy Cannon she has encouraged other youth around the country to grow vegetables to help the hungry. Bless her ...and all like her!

Friday, July 11, 2014

WHY IS CREATION "GROANING"?


The 2nd reading from St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians in this Sunday's Liturgy speaks of..."Creation "groaning" and being in labor like an expectant mother..The Sacred Heart Cathedral website that I use says this about it all:

"The impact of climate change falls heaviest on the world's poor. As Catholics, our faith demands prudent action. Our cars and power plants, more energy consumption and waste---we're leaving a bigger carbon footprint. Scientists tell us that means more climate change. Here and around the world, it is the poor who will be hit hardest. As faithful Catholics, we have a moral obligation to care for both Creation and the poor. Pope Benedict XVI insists, 'Before it is too late, it is necessary to make courageous decisions' to curb climate change.".... 
Let us be loving midwives to all of creation.

Here is the video about it all.  It's called: 
 WHO'S UNDER YOUR HYDROCARBON FOOTPRINT?

Monday, May 19, 2014

OUR LADY OF LOURDES--SHORT FILM

This a short film from Vimeo.  It is from the Awakening Channel which promotes films that are  well done and promote a truly deep devotion to life, love, sacrifice...and to the God that loves all that..ENJOY!

Our Lady Of Lourdes | Short Film from Peter Szewczyk on Vimeo.