Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
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The neighborhood changed when the skunk moved in

SkunkFor many year a ground hog has lived in a burrow in our backyard. Season after season he waddles around and lived peacefully with the other wild life on the property; the raccoons and the deer with a few stray snakes. But recently a skunk appears to have taken over the ground hog's home. the last few nights Petunia (the name I've given the skunk) has been working hard dragging something into the burrow. This evening at dusk I got the picture that is up on the right. It's a bit blurry, but I wasn't about to ask her to pose for me for a closeup portrait.

Grazing_deerDeer_behind_garage_2 The deer do not seem to be phased by the skunk or the other wild life. They graze quite close to the friary and seem to have accepted us and the raccoons as peaceable neighbors. We have a herd of deer on the property and there is another one across the street in My Airy Forest. What effect Petunia will have on the overall balance of nature on our property is yet to be seen. I have a feeling the human animals will feel her presence the most! 

(I apologize for the quality of the pictures. I took them at dusk when there was little light and they came out blurry. Sorry.)


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