It said "Wild Animals" with the words "Importer Exporter" above. As you drove up the coast, past the town of Thousand Oaks, you could literally see elephants and occasionally other animals chained to the side of the road advertising the zoo.Curious why such a strange sign was hanging on the back of the historic building, I of course asked our guide. Today the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza resides at the former site of Jungleland.Not just ticking the box for marriage prep and daydreaming through half a dozen classes while you mentally arrange table seatings for your wedding, but real, ongoing and substantial formation in this critically important and, let’s be honest, make-it-or-break-it area of intimacy?
Last week’s guest post struck quite a nerve for many of my readers (something to the tune of 30,000 views on Facebook, which is a substantial nerve! A babysitter so you can attend the freaking classes and pay attention? And how about a homily once in a while about the call to Christian marriage?
) As I read through the dozens and dozens of thoughtful, sometimes heartbreaking comments, I wanted to reach through the screen and ask every single one of you: What do you need to help you continue in this radical, counter cultural, often thankless and frequently ridiculed but oh-so-worth it lifestyle? A call on/smack down from the pulpit reminding us – and us – that this thing we all signed up for? And it is meant to sanctify and break down and consume and resurrect us into something more beautiful and more real than we could have imagined when we made our vows.
Mabel Stark was probably the world's first woman tiger and lion trainer.
Despite being mauled several times by her large cats (tigers, lions, panthers and others), Mabel Stark performed for nearly sixty years at both circuses and parks.
What do you need from the Church right now, while you’re drowning (maybe in debt, maybe in post partum hormones, maybe in tears over a positive pregnancy test) and really, really close to throwing in the towel? My parish is an unusually dynamic and family-focused place. And yet, I’m not sure even we have concrete resources for couples struggling to live out NFP, or that I’ve heard many homilies going into detail about the Church calls us continually to take up this cross of rejecting contraception and living out a different path in a world that says “you’re crazy.” And I think that would be awfully good to hear.
I’m wondering what it would look like, on a practical level, if there were more support for actually NFP. A parish position or at least diocesan position dedicated solely to walking alongside struggling couples – which any of us at any moment in our marriages are likely to be – and saying, hey, the Church is here. You’re living this lofty call out in a secular culture that holds you in actual contempt in the grocery store, some days, but you won’t get that here. By the sixties, Jungleland rapidly increased in popularity and had by now acquired a variety of different animals.The movie industry had also discovered Jungleland and several animal actors were housed at the zoo. Ed, the talking horse; Bimbo, the elephant from Circus Boy, and Getta, the chimpanzee from the Tarzan films all resided at Jungleland.Goebel began working at Gay's Lion Farm in 1919 and started off as a butcher of animals for the lions' food before moving up to feeder and grounds keeper.After Gay's Lion Farm moved, Geobel began working directly for Universal Studios caring for their animals and lions.Tula rashi or Libra moon sign ascendants are now into the second 2.5 yr phase of Sadesati as Saturn has moved into their home sign or moon sign.