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Day Trips: Oblate Missions, San Antonio
Can't make it to France or Mexico City? A pair of religious shrines make one holy site in the Alamo City.
Columns  August 25, 2016, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Our Lady of Guadalupe "Tepeyac de San Antonio" at the Oblate Missions in northwest San Antonio combine replicas of two religious shrines into one unique holy site...."

Day Trips
The beautiful and peaceful Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Rio Grande City is steeped in history, religious and otherwise
Columns  April 6, 2007, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...A member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order, Gollbach built much of the mountain himself. The rocks were gathered from around Roma with petrified wood found near Escobares..."

Day Trips
Historic chapel on the Rio Grande
Columns  March 1, 2013, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Beginning around 1849, the friars of the Oblate order camped near the site of the chapel on the banks of the Rio Grande as they traveled from Brownsville to the isolated ranches scattered around the region. Known as the "Cavalry of Christ," the mission began with five priests from France..."

The LuvDoc's Celebrity Corner
The LuvDoc chats with Marcus G. Ollington, rock star cartographer
DAILY Chronolog  August 8, 2012, by The Luv Doc
"...Marcus:  The Earth, capitalization mine, is an oblate spheroid. Oblate spheroid is the best pickup line I managed to learn in graduate school...."

Gift Guide 2016: Coffeetable Books
Big books give heft to big success stories about women in business, Flatbed Press, UT’s collections, Pan Am, and the Spurs
Arts Story  December 15, 2016, by Robert Faires, Kathleen Brady Stimpert, Nina Hernandez, Wayne Alan Brenner and Jonelle Seitz
"...But then, Pan American Airways had started back in 1927 and would continue in various incarnations until its sad financial collapse in 1991, so there's a whole lot of history that the international powerhouse of travel covers as it once covered the geography of this oblate and rapidly warming spheroid. And if you think that's a worthy topic of investigation, that vibrant history, then there's a new book you'd probably enjoy reading..."

Dry Storeroom No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum
Paleontologist author Richard Fortey comes across like an aging UK dreamboat with a twist of Indiana Jones' wry charisma
Books Review  August 22, 2008, by Dan Oko
"..."It is interesting that the embodiment of respectability for an idea is still a museum, as if a Museum of Falsehoods were a theoretical impossibility. I look forward to a Museum of Flat Earth as a counterbalance to all those oblate spheroid enthusiasts."..."

Long Way Home
Considering the art of the map, as inspired by two local exhibitions and a housewarming party
Arts Story  May 20, 2005, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The Earth, our enormous, oblate spheroid – its poles slightly flattened, its tectonic plates moving in the very definition of geological time – is the point at which our sense of place in the universe begins to jell. Even if we could disregard the compelling illustrations and the precise methods of annotation, when maps or globes show us our own place in the context of the rest of the world ....."

Letters at 3AM
Changes in Earth's atmosphere – solar flares, the shape of the planet, disruptions in the ozone layer and magnetic fields – are bigger than any of our more quotidian concerns
Columns  July 23, 2004, by Michael Ventura
"...The New York Times, Aug. 3, 2002: "Over the last four years Earth has been getting fatter around the middle." Wha? Over the last four years??!! "Earth is wider around its Equator than a perfect sphere, but recently it has become even more oblate or pumpkin-like..."

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