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.
This is a book filled with photos with the premise: Imagine what a picture of all the food you eat in a day would tell you about your eating habits. What about when you compare it to that of a neighbor, a person in another state, another part of the world?
A story on this book has a few of the photos put on a slide show, but you'll have to get the book to see the rest.
This is a reminder put out by IDOT as well as local municipalities to warn drivers in cars and trucks to be aware that warm weather brings out people on motorcycles. They are often hard to see so beware. A horrific accident in Wentzville this morning where two people riding motorcycles were killed when they crashed into a school bus.
The accident reconstruction work isn't complete as yet to understand how this happened, but it is a warning to the rest of us to be vigilant. Also, however, if you're riding a cycle of any kind you do have to realize you are smaller than the rest of the traffic and may not be easily seen so you too have to ride defensively.
"So wait, all the cool and beautiful girls who are super-popular and wealthy got together and decided that not only were they not going to use a word but that no one else could either? No, that’s not bossy at all, is it."
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has resigned after two decades with the company. "She had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air."
This made me think of MSNBC's Morning Joe program which often features New York Times columnist David Robinson. He is always introduced as "political analyst" David Robinson. Which in turn, thinking about CBS and many other national news outlets, considers a political analyst someone who can best slant the news in favor of the Obama administration.
Sadly for Sharyl, CBS did not like her investigating or reporting since it did not take the party line.
The city of St. Louis will be doing a controlled burn in the west side of Forest Park from 10-2 today so if you're in the area and see a lot of smoke, you won't have to worry or call 911. This is the area known as the Kennedy Forest which is left in its natural state but a natural state often sees a lot of dead tree fall which can be ripe for unintended and possibly out of control fires. This burn will clear that out.
MoDOT is launching an effort to get those potholes filled and is asking the public to let them know locations where potholes are located. You can call 1-888-275-6636 or go online at www.modot.org or even tweet them at @MoDOT_StLouis. I haven't read about an effort by IDOT by here is IDOT's twitter handle @IDOT_Illinois
7 am and it's darn dark. For morning people this time change is disorienting. For night owls, it's fantastic. Supposedly the Monday after the change to daylight saving time is the most dangerous day for health reasons. "The physical problems associated with daylight saving time do not take place on the Sunday when the change occurs. They usually show up on the first Monday, when people have to get up earlier for work or school and really notice the difference in sleep and light outside."
"The risk of having a heart attack is 10 percent greater on the Monday and Tuesday after the clock is moved forward than other days, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The converse is true in the fall; when clocks move back an hour, the risk of having a heart attack decreases by 10 percent."
How generally true this is I do not know, but I do know I feel really groggy this morning as though I haven't slept.
This story in the Riverfront Times is so true, at least for this past weekend with its mild temperatures and sun.
"After a winter full of polar vortices, frost quakes and far too many snow days, St. Louisans are itching to feel the sun on their skin -- and to get those salt stains off their cars.
Patios, playgrounds and public spaces were packed Sunday, despite the temperature staying slightly-cool at around 55 degrees."
It was stunning to see lines of cars looking like airport security lines as they snaked forward and back, down and around waiting for their turn in the wash bay. But, even more evident was the surge of people outside yesterday, walking, biking, walking and strolling. On this campus it was an endless parade of people we've never seen before coming through singly, in groups, with dogs, all enjoying being outside without freezing.
We couldn't always see kids, but we could hear their voices as they played outside. And, Fox2 News had a report last night on the large numbers of people who headed into garden centers. Which is really rushing things-the soil is icy cold with a muddy top layer. Way too early to be planting anything even pansies. But, for those with zoysia lawns, it is a good time to aerate and power rake.
Chinese artist, Li Hongbo "crafts mind-melting sculptures from thousands of individually glued sheets of paper, creating a kind of ‘honeycomb’ structure that makes the sculptures completely malleable."
Currently many of his works are on display at an exhibit at the Klein Sun Gallery in New York City.
Also Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto is creating a temporary large-scale work out of salt entitled Floating Garden in Charlotte North Carolina's Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium at the Mint Museum Uptown.
Ok so MoDOT is removing bridges over I-64/40 this weekend and published the warning that a stretch of that highway from Kingshighway to Forest Park Pwy will be shut down in both directions. But what they don't tell you is the highway is actually closed from Hampton to who knows where to the east. Looking at the St. Louis traffic map it looks like traffic is jammed up at Brentwood heading east and the Poplar is jammed going west.
Here I sit with Ferdie in Collinsville wondering about getting back to campus. I guess it will be the new bridge if 55/70 isn't jammed all the way to 111.
This is a real coup for St. Louis which made the top ten list of the best food truck cities. Even better, St. Louis is number four out of ten, beating out many other cities which have had food trucks much longer. If you haven't tried any of the local food truck foods, make a point to do so this year.
As an aside to this story, the author calls St. Louis Mound City, a term rarely heard from locals and certainly harking back to the ancient Indian Mounds which were found in the city but more historically preserved in the Collinsville area.
"Chicago really is a big, wonderful amalgamation of unique enclaves. Where do the names for all these neighborhoods come from?"
Certainly some neighborhoods have been left out, but this list hits many of the high spots. If you grew up in Chicago or spent any time in that city as an adult you will recognize these neighborhood names and probably know exactly where they are located.
I spent the first half of my childhood in the Roseland neighborhood which borders the Pullman neighborhood, both of which are near the Beverly neighborhood. Also near Evergreen Park and Morgan Park. We thought of ourselves as being most specifically from Roseland more than Chicago.
What exactly is the purpose of daylight savings time and moving our clocks ahead an hour in the spring? Here are a few bits of history and reasons I've found this morning while I silently grumbled about having to do this tomorrow night.
It officially began in the US in 1966 when Congress voted in the Uniform Time Act of 1966. It had been talked about by Benjamin Franklin, implemented for a short period during WWII and not because it had anything at all to do with farming.
In recent years the time change has come along earlier and ending later in the year. Many who advocated more months of DST did so believing it would help save energy. But new studies find this to be not true and in many cases is just the opposite, more energy is being used. Also And on Monday and Tuesday, our risk of having a car accident will rise about 6%, research shows, as will our chances of being in a workplace accident. Productivity traditionally plummets too, in the days after a shift to daylight saving time.
Named Sleepy Monday because many people are still adjusting to that missing hour of sleep, work place efficiency drops.
I don't know if any or all of this is true, just know this is not my favorite thing. But it does remind us to change our smoke alarm batteries.
Drivers taking the Stan Musial Memorial bridge have noticed the road surface is pretty bumpy and KMOX's Brett Blume asked MoDOT about this. A MoDOT spokesman told him they've noticed this and the reason is concrete slabs were dropped into place instead of concrete being poured.
This weekend's Parade Magazine will feature a cover story on a new campaign headlined by 3 accomplished women to ban the word Bossy. Their aim aim is to change the conversation about girls and leadership.