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.
Driving to Collinsville for church this morning I was listening to KMOX and the sports announcer said that after a commercial break we'd get a "Cardinals rainout recap." Seriously. The game was rained out yesterday so even though there was really no Cardinals news, he made one up. Recapping the rainout. St. Louis people love their Cardinals and any story is better than no story.
Thursday and Friday were set aside for grandparents day at our grandsons' school. They are now on two different campuses so Dale went for Connor's day and I went yesterday for Christian. There were activities in each classroom, chapel and the chance to take the grandchild out for lunch. What I was amazed at was what we learned in Christian's math class.
The teacher has a program on his iPad which allows him to immediately see everyone's answers and know who got them right and who didn't. I don't know if I can explain this perfectly but here goes. The problem or question is put on a digital screen which hangs on the chalkboard. Each child comes up with an answer at his desk. Sometimes it's multiple choice sometimes just one answer. When everyone is done with all the math problems the teacher tells them to get out their Plickers Cards which look like this:
If you click to enlarge the picture you'll see that the image has a number on each corner which corresponds to an individual child. Also letters A, B, C, and D on the sides. Those letters correspond to the multiple choice answers. The black portion is on a shiny white laminated paper of some kind.
When everyone has finished the assignment the teacher picks up his iPad and tells the class to hold up their Plicker and he walks across the front of the room and as he does, the iPad program somehow reads each child's answer as A,B,C,or D and records whether it is right or wrong. For instance, he let us play along by putting up a couple of multiple choice questions and gave each of us one of the Plickers. One question was "when you were in 5th grade what did you want to be when you grew up?" There were 4 choices-ABCD. D was "none of the above".
Then he had one of his students walk across the front of the room while holding the iPad in front of him and it recorded all the answers. In this case the teacher had the answers form a graph which showed up on the digital screen on the chalkboard. This blew me away. 90 percent of the grandparents answered "none of the above" for the choices. He did this a couple more times with other questions. I loved this.
Here's Dale with Connor in is classroom. They worked on word and number sheets.
They went to lunch at Steak N Shake
Then not to be outdone, Christian and I took a selfie.
And we went to lunch at Qdoba which was right across the street from CCLS Kirkwood campus.
"A threatening email has derailed one of the Portland Rose Festival's signature events, and spurred new debate about the ongoing political protests in Portland. Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade announced Tuesday that the event will be canceled, for fear that the east Portland parade could be disrupted by "the type of riots which happened in downtown Portland."
And why would they want to protest and riot over a traditional parade featuring roses? Here's why. "This year's parade was once again set to feature the Multnomah County Republican Party as one of the many groups slated to march, but that inclusion drew ire from some of the city's left-leaning protest groups.
The oldest grandson of each of our daughters had the opportunity to do something pretty cool. Last night during the Call Day service where our 4th year class learned which church/state/district each would begin their ministry, they were given a new clerical stole marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. When each name was called the candidate would shake hands with various clergy and at the end of the row receive the stole from Dale. Dale asked Christian if he would help by handing him the stoles. Pretty thrilling.
Katie was watching the live stream of Call night from Maryland and snapped this picture from her computer of Christian standing in the line.
Today is Take Your Child to Work Day and Katie took Drew to the House of Representatives today. They took the train in and Drew immediately took out the map from the seat back and began studying the route.
Well that stopped me in my tracks. I sure hope Missouri isn't considering doing this, those rest stops are the saving grace of long road trips. It seems that several states have already closed theirs-Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and South Dakota among others with Connecticut close to doing the same. They did this because of state transportation budget shortfalls.
Although Urban Review admits there is no known plan in Missouri to do this, it just might be one of those fair warning type things. Losing these rest stops take away the most convenient opportunity for drivers to do what they have to do and get back on the road. Plus you don't have to feel as though you need to buy something as you would pulling into an off ramp gas station or fast food place.
This is a fascinating article in Politico, a news outlet well know for its left leaning/democratic favoring, news stories. They bit the bullet and did some research and found that it is true what so many say about our US media having a bias.
"The results read like a revelation. The national media really does work in a bubble, something that wasn’t true as recently as 2008. (I'd take issue with that statement, I mean come on, all were favoring Obama) And the bubble is growing more extreme. Concentrated heavily along the coasts, the bubble is both geographic and political. If you’re a working journalist, odds aren’t just that you work in a pro-Clinton county—odds are that you reside in one of the nation’s most pro-Clinton counties. And you’ve got company: If you’re a typical reader of Politico, chances are you’re a citizen of bubbleville, too."
There is so much in this piece that is worth reading. How to change the way the media presents political stories is another matter.