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 an annual Amazon list of books that sold well; books I confess to not owning or reading. And here's a very smarmy response to each of these books written by someone who has an obvious political agenda.
A new PEW Research study finds library use is down this year, but a vast majority of Americans still say public libraries are important for their communities.
I'd have to agree with both points in this conclusion. I was a library trustee of the Collinsville Memorial Public Library for 12 years and loved that place. Libraries are remarkable places and thankfully they stay the course and are still part of most communities. Successful libraries have made use of technology and digital material to go along with hard cover books so that they remain a go to place. However, the ease of personal technology to get books and do research has made extra trips to the library unnecessary theses days.
Jed Robbins works at the Collinsville library and took a picture this week that has become one of my favorite photographs of the historic building.
A surprising description of Ernest Hemingway's last couple of years, years in which he was thought to be paranoid and depressed, so much so that he was given shock treatments and eventually committed suicide. He told friends he was constantly being monitored by the FBI.
“It’s the worst hell. The goddamnedest hell. They’ve bugged everything. That’s why we’re using Duke’s car. Mine’s bugged. Everything’s bugged. Can’t use the phone. Mail intercepted.” These stories and worries went on until he died, stories most of his friends discounted...until...
"Decades later, in response to a Freedom of Information petition, the F.B.I. released its Hemingway file. It revealed that beginning in the 1940s J. Edgar Hoover had placed Ernest under surveillance because he was suspicious of Ernest’s activities in Cuba. Over the following years, agents filed reports on him and tapped his phones. The surveillance continued all through his confinement at St. Mary’s Hospital. It is likely that the phone outside his room was tapped after all."
A surprise ending. Maybe food for thought for these days.
Katie sent me a video of Drew looking at a recordable book Dale and recorded last Christmas. These books are such fun because the text can be read by anyone through a recorder built into the book. Then your child or grandchild or niece or nephew or friend can listen to you read him/her the story. But the fun part was Drew knew my voice and actually said, "Oma" Oma. This post is probably a family thing, but it's also cute to see Riley laying next to Drew.
This is very cool. click on the image of any of the books and you'll get the first lines. So many well known they've become part of the vernacular. Makes me want to reread some of them and maybe try some others for the first time.
On Wednesday a new book will be available, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.
The book is based on 8 and a half hours of audio taped interviews she gave to historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. shortly after the assassination. It looks as though Amazon is not only selling the book, but including the audio tapes.
Excerpts which have been leaked make purchasing the book very tempting.
It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since JFK's inaugural.