Creation is enthralling and mysterious, and the wisdom of God remains perennially unfathomable. To know Him is to barely understand His heart, but to know myself, despite the many regrettable mistakes that have been made, is to understand the sufficiency of His grace, faithfulness, and lovingkindness. My enriching journey with Him took me through the halls of national service (the army), auditing, cross-cultural missionary service, church work, mentoring, psychology, and caregiving. Although now in retirement, I am still very much a learner at heart and an avid reader, and despite the smudges in life, I love it. Eternity then becomes a lifelong expectation.
Javan Rhinoceros

Javan Rhinoceros

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is a very rare member of the family Rhinocerotidae and one of five extant rhinoceroses. It belongs to the same genus as the Indian rhinoceros, and has similar mosaic, armour-like skin, but at 3.1–3.2 m (10–10 ft) in length and 1.4–1.7 m (4.6–5.6 ft) in height, it is

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The Serpens Constellation

The Serpens Constellation

Serpens is a constellation of the northern hemisphere. One of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy, it remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. It is unique among the modern constellations in being split into two non-contiguous parts, Serpens Caput (Serpent Head) to the west and Serpens Cauda (Serpent Tail) to the

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Surge In Chemical Use A Threat To Health & Environment

Surge In Chemical Use A Threat To Health & Environment

Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics. The second Global Chemicals Outlook, which was released in Nairobi on Monday, said

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Christian Peacemaker Teams

Most Inspiring Peace Initiative: Christian Peacemaker Teams

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is an international organization set up to support teams of peace workers in conflict areas around the world. These teams believe that they can lower the levels of violence through nonviolent direct action, human rights documentation, and nonviolence training. CPT sums their work up as “…committed to reducing violence by getting

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A Local's Guide To Seville, Spain

A Local’s Guide To Seville, Spain

Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses, after the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. Seville has a metropolitan  population of about 1.5 million, making it

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Resource Extraction Responsible For 50% Of Carbon Emissions

Resource Extraction Responsible For 50% Of Carbon Emissions

Extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming. While this is crucial for food, fuel and minerals, the study by UN Environment warns the increasing material weight of

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Two Continent-Size Mountains In Earth's Deep Mantle

Two Continent-Size Mountains In Earth’s Deep Mantle

About halfway between your feet and the centre of Earth, two continent-size mountains of hot, compressed rock pierce the gut of the planet — and scientists know almost nothing about them. Technically, these mysterious hunks of rock are called “large low-shear-velocity provinces” (LLSVPs), because seismic waves shuddering through Earth always slow

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Spiraea

Spiraea

Spiraea sometimes spelt spirea in common names, is a genus of about 80 to 100 species of shrubs in the family Rosaceae. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest diversity in eastern Asia. Spiraea plants are hardy, deciduous-leaved shrubs. The leaves are simple and usually short-stalked and are arranged in a spiralling, alternate fashion. In most species, the leaves

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1200 Species Under Severe Threat

1,200 Species Under Severe Threat

More than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research. Scientists working with Australia’s University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society have mapped threats faced by 5,457 species of birds, mammals

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Most Inspiring Peace Initiative: CENTRE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Most Inspiring Peace Initiative: CENTRE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION

The Centre for Conflict Resolution is a social research institute of the University of Cape Town. It was founded in 1968 by Professor H.W. van der Merwe in Cape Town, South Africa, to conduct academic research on relations between “racial” groups, with the goal of promoting mutual acceptance and co-operation. Initially named the Abe Bailey Institute for Inter-Racial Studies

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