Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Dirk's Fund Golden Retriever Rescue group put up a photo and information on a dog named Elvis who will soon be ready for adoption. Oh, the face on this guy, you can almost read his eyes which tell you how bewildered he is to have been left behind by his first family. His owners left town and left him." Oh I hope he gets someone who loves him and lets him forget. Goldens are such loyal dogs and so emotionally attached to their people.
" He is a very sweet creature. He loves car rides and does very well on a leash. He was born around 02/01/13. His owners left town and left him. He weighs 75 lbs."
Saw a news blurb last night from a tracking group which said that there were over 1 million tweets about Ferguson before CNN began carrying it in prime time.
Amazing. I keep telling people that if you are a news junky, sports junky, weather junky and want to know things before the top of the hour, start following reporters, sports writers and teams, weather people (Chester Lampkin!).
We just got Dale a Twitter page and even though he most likely won't be tweeting much of anything, he now has a list of people he can follow during the day for up to the minute news.
Chefs are beginning to see a real cost saving in planting their own herbs and vegetables. In DC one restaurant has been saving $250 per month in herbs since this year’s planting, and the owner expects to get that up to $475 per month next year with the addition of more beds.
We have lots of different herbs growing on campus available to anyone who walks through or is part of the seminary community. They are relatively easy to grow, they produce abundently, and make meals flavorful. And that DC chef is correct about cost, a tiny handful of fresh herbs in grocery stores are ridiculously expensive, especially for students or others on a tight budget.
Helping to make good meals with free herbs is part of what we do here.
We have a beautiful row of green herbs growing in the campus kitchen garden. It looks very much like parsely and I even put a brass plant marker in the front labeled parsely.
Unfortunately it isn't parsely, it's Lovage. It smells and tastes rather like celery and was cultivated in the old days, mainly in England, for it's medicinal value.
"The roots and fruit are aromatic and stimulant, and have diuretic and carminative action. In herbal medicine they are used in disorders of the stomach and feverish attacks, especially for cases of colic and flatulence in children, its qualities being similar to those of Angelica in expelling flatulence, exciting perspiration and opening obstructions. The leaves eaten as salad, or infused dry as a tea, used to be accounted a good emmenagogue. "
The description of which has made me steer way clear of it even when strongly encouraged to use it. The old uses differ from some current day gardeners and cooks who seem to be very proud of having it and use it in cooking regularly.
"The taste of the foliage is, admittedly, unsubtle -- much like celery's, but stronger. Nonetheless, it has its place in the kitchen. Early in the season, before bloom, it's a bit milder and you can toss a handful of the leaves into a green salad. They are also good in soups, stews, sauces and other cooked dishes, used the way you would celery. Even the hollow stems can be cooked, though I prefer the freshness of the leaves."
The two quotes are quite different and knowing the first keeps me from any enthusiasm for the second. And, I did learn a new word while researching lovage-'emmenagogue'. It sounds like demogogue and that's enough for me to stay far away.
Many Ferguson protesters are demonstrating outside the county courthouse in downtown Clayton. If I'd only known this was going to happen, I'd have headed over there to see what was going on. But it's too late in the day now.
Another night of protests and violence in Ferguson. Reporters were arrested along with some of those throwing molotov cocktails and shooting. In fact there are so many media in Ferguson that Twitter was filled with people commenting their numbers last night.
When asked by a reporter why media were being arrested, Captain Ron Johnson answered: "arrests of media has been because it's hard to distinguish who is media and who isn't in the midst of chaos."
Much reporting is being done via Twitter which means those reporting are not in front of a camera or behind a microphone, but merely holding an iPhone. This certainly does't indentify media since everyone out there has a phone. Almost all of St. Louis local news people have been using twitter continuously as have the national types. This method of reporting enables news to be sent out as soon as it happens.
Here's last night's Twitter timeline of Belleville News Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee.
Captain Johnson has asked, no begged, protesters to protest in the daytime from now on. It would be great if they followed his request.
Here at Concordia Seminary we have students who are not only engaged in their studies of scripture and doctrine and worship, but who are also engaging in the community beyond the campus/church walls. One of these students has been working as a St. Louis city police chaplain and spends his weekend evenings riding with street officers. Last night he was sent to Ferguson where more outbreaks of violence were taking place.
We are really taken with Travis not only for his courage to be out in troubled streets but with his desire to bring the comfort of the Word of God to those injured, frightened, or to family members of the same.
Another of our students on Saturday headed to Ferguson with Tim Hetzner who is head of the Lutheran Church Charities Comfort Dog program. They met with families all around the affected area with Luther Comfort Dog.
There's Tim with Luther and a resident of Ferguson
Seminary student, Jim
A different face on things. We have so many students willing and desirous to be out in the neighborhoods around them, bringing the good Word.
An article telling us that all that knocking walls down to open up rooms in our homes as seen on HGTV is now being met with dismay by some designers. It's now all about how open spaces bring noise, odd furniture layouts, messy kitchens and in view toys that open concepts bring.
"House interiors are part of the fashion industry. Hemlines go up, and then they go back down again." Walls go up, walls come down, walls go back up again.
I tend to stand with the walls come down crowd, at least some walls. The rooms are brighter, less claustrophobic. When we bought our house in Collinsville all the rooms were separate spaces except for the living/dining rooms which opened to each other by means of a wide arch. The kitchen was beyond a door from the dining room and the dining room also had a door leading to a hallway which opened to a bath, stairway to the second floor, stairway to the basement and lastly to a back bedroom. The bedroom shared a wall with the kitchen.
In 1983 if memory serves me, I set to work one Sunday after church blowing out the plaster and lathwork in the kitchen wall in order to open the area up and use that unused bedroom as a family room to breath life into the kitchen. Neighbors came and helped with this demolition which occurred while Dale was preaching the second service at Holy Cross and was quite suprised to come home to a partial opening in the wall.
Anyway, this turned out to be the best thing we ever did, so I am on the side of "opening up the space."
These pics are from a couple of years ago when we painted and had some other work done in the house.
Ryan Riley, a reporter covering Ferguson for the Huffington Post, put up a tweet early this morning that asked: "These look like rubber bullets, can anyone confirm?" And here is the photo he added under the question.
Um, no, they're earplugs. As you might imagine, the Twitter world had a grand time making fun of him.
One tweeted, "I believe this to be an assault rifle. Can anyone confirm?"
And on it on it went. Kind of nice to have something to laugh about.
But after another night of looting and protests in Ferguson, I'm curious about the absence of Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain, Ron Johnson, who was put in charge by Governor Nixon on Thursday. He was on the news constantly up until last night and today.
In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the amendments was one by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) which would’ve prohibited funds from being used to transfer certain kinds of military surplus to local police departments. The amendment failed by a wide margin, with only 62 votes for and 355 against.
Among those voting against this bill, which would slow down the militarization of America’s police forces, was Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), whose district includes Ferguson, Missouri, where many Americans have gotten their first glimpse of America’s militarized police in action.
If you travel by car you probably noticed how windfarms have cropped up. And cropped is the best word since these giant windmills stand where once corn and wheat grew.
According to a story in the Telegraph: "A wind farm requires 700 times more land to produce the same amount of energy as a fracking site, according to analysis by the energy department’s recently-departed chief scientific advisor."
At some point the romance of these wind farms will end. They're beautiful in their way, but take up so much land area and it would not be surprising if the vibrations and electomagetic whatevers will be found to cause problems.
News websites are the absolute worst when it comes to ease of navigating. They are all filled with flickering ads, some with audio that breaks in loudly. But worse are the ads which have a lag time and suddenly cover the screen just as you begin to read an article. You'd think major news sites could do better. KSDK is frustrating as is KMOX. But almost all news sites are ridiculously cluttered and way too busy.
The local news people finish their stories with the advice to go to our website to see more. Most of the time it takes a long time to find that story if it's up loaded at all.
Last night members of the board of Collinsville Progress went to La Gardenia Mexican restaurant to present the owner with the Carl Schultz Improvement of the Month Award, given regularly to area businesses which have put time, effort and money into upgrading their property. Then we all stayed and had dinner.
La Gardenia is located on Collinsville Road in an unassuming strip just a bit south of Cahokia Mounds Visitor Center. What a great place, the inside is fitted with beautiful, gleaming, dark wood booths, a cool bar, while the back outside patio is inviting with it's iron tables and shaded overhang held up with beautiful stone columns.
The food is as good as you'll find anywhere. I'm glad we went, and I know for a fact we'll go back.
Owner Jesse Hernandez was a delight, so congenial and involved. He came around and shook each person's hand individually and checked on us all evening.
Ann Althouse asked her blog readers this question: What is the greatest sentence ever uttered by a human being? She received a ton of great answers in the comments. Here are a few.
In the beginning was the Word.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. JFK
HEY watch this...!
Hold my beer and watch this.
Tear down that wall.
Your sins are forgiven.
I love you.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
How hard could it be?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God