Reprinting a favorite volume

It gives us great pleasure to advise that Evening Post Books has decided to offer a second printing of Rice & Ducks: The Surprising Convergence that Saved the Carolina Lowcountry by Virginia Christian Beach. Arriving just in time for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, this volume illuminates an understanding of Lowcountry culture in a most impactful manner. Rice & Ducks is based on a wealth of personal interviews, letters, family papers, plantation and game journals and other primary source materials. This book is an essential part of every conservationist’s library. All proceeds from the collector’s edition and all royalties from the hardcover edition will go toward protection and restoration of migratory bird habitat in the Carolina Lowcountry and northern breeding grounds — a fitting tribute to the legacy of the landowners and conservationists who are the subject of Rice & Ducks.

Duck politics

Speaking of waterfowl, it seems that one curmudgeon was looking for someone to blame for changing the name of a bird species so that our Native American friends are no longer offended. The subject is the sea duck once known as the “oldsquaw”; the American Ornithologists’ Union — not the Obama administration — declared in 2000 that this fowl should be known as the long-tailed duck, conforming to the name used in other parts of the world. Political correctness is more than it was quacked up to be, so to speak.

Hope on the subcontinent

On the good news front, February starts with something we reported last month; it is the Global Impact Celebration (GIC) at St. Michael’s Church and we are now getting fresh reports of what type of impact is involved. Looking only at the outreach to India, a team went to visit for 10 days last December and saw the inauguration of the Good Shepherd Eye Hospital’s Laura Hewitt Block in Durgapur. After Bishop Dutta learned that the Christians were forbidden to take water from the Hindu village well in Malda, funding from the missionaries and others supported a well for the Christians. When the bishop told the villagers they would have their own well, they declared they would share their water with the whole community, which they are now doing from their new church property. Also, the missionaries report that a safe house is operating thanks to GIC help and providing a needed place for girls rescued from the horrific sex trade. The facility is holding afternoon classes for 50 children in the area who work in the fields; many of them are not allowed to attend school. Missionary undertakings such as these can make an even larger impact as they are repeated across this nation of more than one billion.


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