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.
I got an email last night which told of someone in Southern California who noticed a Seminary sweatshirt on sale at a local Walmart.
We debated just how this could have happened since our school apparel is only sold in the campus store. There were two theories: 1. Part of a seminary order to the manufacturer got mixed up with another order and the shirts were just added to Walmart's mix. 2. Sometimes clothing comes off the line with slight flaws and wouldn't be acceptable to the school who ordered them but are sellable to clothing wholesalers who then sell to places like Walmart.
This was a bit of an eye-opener to me. I got to wonder how much clothing sold at Walmart was turned down by other stores due to some flaw or other. But this may be true or may not be. I just don't know.
As part of the campus Christmas lighting, often the guys hang lights on Luther Statue which is not as easy as it looks, this is one big, tall statue. This year's crew decided it would be a good thing to create a clerical stole made of lights around Luther's neck and they did it.
For several years sem students who work part time on landscape and grounds have arranged to pick up the spent grounds from Kaldi's Coffee on Demun each day. This has helped Kaldi's from having to dispose of them and it has provided a good addition to the campus compost piles. A nice relationship developed between the students and Kaldi's managers with the result being a newly created coffee blend named for the seminary.
I have a feeling this is going to be a hot seller.
Yesterday Marla and I happened to be visiting the seminary powerhouse and we received a lesson in how the gigantic boilers which heat the entire campus works. The lesson came from Kirt who has worked here for decades and knows not only how everything works, but the history of all the equipment. When they say boilers, they mean boilers.
There are three of these all in a row
When activated, the inside of these big tanks are filled with fire. There is a small eyehole on the back side from which you can see inside and the fire is obvious.
At the moment only one boiler is churning away, the others aren't necessary at the moment. The heat goes up a large pipe and travels underground through tunnels under the campus and into various buildings. When the maintenance powers that be say they don't want to get the heat on until such and such a date, you can understand why. Turn this complicated system on and it needs to say on so we wait until the days of sudden hot days are gone.
One boiler is from the 50's another from the 60's and the third is from the early 70's. Before that coal was used.
Yesterday two of our seminary staffers went with me to Holy Cross to take overhead photos of the church and school property. These two staffers have been trained in the use of a drone and its camera which made it fun for the school children and adults who came by to watch. The purpose was to get a few good shots to put into the new time capsule which will go into the building's cornerstone.
We were all pretty surprised at just how many trees surround Holy Cross.
And here are Michelle and Justin operating the drone.
Justin was operating the drone while Michelle was watching the images in the device she was holding. She was able to tell him to move left or right, up or down.
And Holy Cross' new comfort dog, Esther, came to watch.
Gayle and I were the speakers at yesterday's monthly seminary guild luncheon and we spoke on the campus landscape-what we grow in the way of vegetables, trees and flowers. Since the campus is filled with edible plants for everyone to pick and the guild has funded some of this over the years we were happy to put on the program. Gayle is our director of grounds and landscape and is wonderfully creative.
The women really enjoyed looking at all the examples we'd brought in to display
Hearing about food makes everyone happy.
Two of our students also spoke, a married couple, Chris and Lisa. They shared where they were from, what they do on campus, (Lisa is the president of the Women's Association, and how much all the vegetables and herbs meant to them during their 4 years.