Miracle Doctor of Ginde Beret, Ethiopia

From 1956 to 2004, Tom and Elaine Coleman provided medical care to some of the poorest people in Africa.  Their first clinic in Ginde Beret, central Ethiopia, was a small wooden shed.  This grew as hundreds of people came from all over Ethiopia to be treated for broken bones, leprosy, tumors, intestinal diseases, cancer, and gunshot, spear, and arrow wounds.  Tom and Elaine’s journey has been chronicled in a documentary film, “The Tom Coleman Story,” which premiered this April in Cambridge, Minnesota.  I attended the celebration prior to the showing with my parents, since we are relatives of Tom.  It is remarkable people in Ginde Beret to this day fondly remember Tom and his work.

 

 

 

 

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Como Park Conservatory

img_2057img_2065It has been years, maybe decades, since I visited the Como Park Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I believe my first experience visiting was as a child as part of a Bluebird trip.  The same star-like lights were still hanging in the Sunken Garden and the tropical trees looked the same, although they have been cut back a huge number of times.  The Conservatory is free to all, although a donation is gladly accepted.

 

The Unique Indian Pipe Plant

For the first time ever, I spotted several Indian pipe plants, with their nodding flowers, in the woods near our house.  These rare plants are usually white and do not have any chlorophyll.  Indian pipe plants are parasitic, relying on certain fungal hosts associated with the roots of trees in dense forests.  Here, the plants flowered in later August after several days of heavy rain.

King William Cultural Arts District, San Antonio

In the late 1800s, many wealthy German merchants built elegant and lavish homes along the San Antonio River, just south of downtown San Antonio.  Known as the King William District, the neighborhood is known as one of the most beautiful residential areas in Texas.  King William Street, named after King Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, is lined with many of the most famous homes.

Cathedral of San Fernando, San Antonio Texas

More than 100 years before my home state, Minnesota, was granted statehood, San Fernando was founded by 56 Canary Islanders in 1731.  The Patroness of Candelaria is one of several outstanding retablos found in the main chapel.  The original front of the church was replaced with a large French Gothic addition in 1868.  Notably, Pope John Paul II visited San Fernando Cathedral in 1987.  A marble coffin to the left of the east entrance is the sarcophagus of the Defenders of the Alamo.  The remains were found buried under the sanctuary in 1936.

San Fernando Cathedral with Boys April 25 2016Boys in SF Fountain April 25 2016Nave in San Fernando Catherdral April 25 2016Altar in San Fernando Cathedral April 25 2016Black Christ at San Fernando Catherdral April 25 2016 (1)Patroness of the Canary Islands April 25 2016Alamo Remains at San Fernando Catherdal April 25 2016

Hey, You Foxy Fox!

I have been fortunate to spot and photograph a red fox in our backyard this year.  Red foxes tend to be very shy and primarily nocturnal.  I saw this particular fox several times during mid-morning and early evening.

Red foxes are more common these days throughout the U.S.  Most are thought to be the descendants of red foxes imported from England for sport in the mid-eighteenth century and released on the east coast of the U.S.

A red fox can run almost 30 mph and can leap in a single bound more than a kangaroo, some 15 feet.  My fox was eagerly awaiting a very nervous squirrel to come down from our deck.  Too bad for our fox, the squirrel did get away!