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.
Yesterday afternoon the Budweiser Clydesdales paraded through the campus of Washington University as part of the hoop d la surrounding the presidential debate coming up tomorrow. I have to say that even though voters will be choosing between two flawed candidates (my opinion) Wash U has done a masterful job of making this event one of pure joy. Having the horses pulling the beer wagon with president Wrighton riding on top brought out crowds of people from the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Everyone just just delighted to be out in the sunshine to see the gorgeous horses up close.
Students from the Forsyth School across the street from the University were allowed to come and watch.
During the wait before they cantered through the campus the horses waited along the driveway to Brookings Hall. And people flocked over there too.
And I'm telling you, the dalmation which is always with the beer wagon was the most engaged dog I've seen in a long time. He never missed a thing.
When we first got there the crowd in front of Brookings looked like this
Then became this
And here they came
The horse on the front right saw me with my camera and decided to veer toward me as if to pose better. As he passed he looked me in the eye.
Here's Wash U president Wrighton and the always alert dog.
Lots of cameras
These guys are the Budweiser pooper scoopers
And after circling the Brookings area twice, they headed out to Forsyth Ave and down to the athletic complex on Big Bend where they'll pass out beer to anyone over 21. We did not stay for that, but what a wonderful experience this was. So St. Louis, so American.
St. Louis is getting pretty excited about the next Presidential debate being held here and we are right in the middle of it all here at Concordia Seminary. Wash U is right down the street from us so we're seeing all the preparations and getting notices of upcoming street closures. Washington University will be the host for the 3rd time and honestly, they know what they're doing. Last night Dale and I went over to that campus to see Brookings Hall, the administration building facing Skinker, which has been lighted in red, white and blue. Dale received his PhD from Wash U so he was enthralled by what we were seeing.
That tiny person in the arch is Dale who was heading up to look at the quad.
We got there just around sunset, so the first pictures showed sky and lighter colors. Here is how it looked when full dark.
Whatever color shields they used to do this, we'd sure like to get some for our buildings at Christmas.
Sometime Friday the Budweiser Clydesdales will be trotting down Forsyth from Skinker to the WU athletic complex on Big Bend. I hope to get over and see that too.
This weekend was filled with events revolving around the first ever Alumni reunion for Holy Cross Lutheran School. Almost 300 people attended a dinner at the VFW on Saturday night and Sunday morning continued the fellowship between services. What struck me most was the happiness and joy surrounding the weekend. You could sense this by the sheer volume of talk and laughter which never stopped. The food was great, the stories fun, the memorabilia displayed was riveting. Our new pastor played the banjo with the only song he knew...or so he said. Good times. Here's a short glimpse of Saturday night.
Former principal and former Athletic Director
Former teacher, Cindy Davis Hammond with her husband and daughter. She's now principal at a school in western Missouri.
A table of Holy Crossers. Hi Louis!
The reunion committee
There was even a photo area and photo booth where families and friends could have their pictures taken
An impromptu choir lead everyone in the school fight song
The food was catered by Ravenelli's and I give lots of props to the two young women who handled this all by themselves. They carried and lifted and moved food into and off the table all night. Heavy pans. They were consistently cheerful.
And there was one woman doing the bartending dealing with constant long lines and she was just as pleasant.
Didn't really need any encouragement to laugh but fun anyway.
A great night
And most fitting, a Kruta Bakery cake on Sunday morning.
The Illinois stopgap budget agreement will allot 25 school districts gain more funding than others. Surprisingly, Collinsville will be one of them and will gain 1.08 million. I'm surprised to learn Collinsville Unit Ten is considered Impoverished.
Education funding had been the main sticking point in budget negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders. But in an 11th-hour deal, they agreed on a plan that adds an additional $361 million to K-12 funding over what was spent last year.
The measure also sends an extra $250 million to districts that serve a high percentage of low-income students through a new “equity grant,” as well as $80 million for early childhood education. Of that, Chicago Public Schools stands to gain about $131 million, while the rest is split among other impoverished districts across the state.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and originated after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. First named Decoration Day because graves were decorated with flowers and flags. It was traditionally observed on May 30, but with the National Holiday Act of 1971 passed by Congress, Memorial Day is the last Monday of that month. This act ensured 3 days weekends for Federal workers.
This history made me think of Jesse Watters and his weekly Watters World segments in which he goes out in public and asks random people questions about history or culture or politics. It is more than a bit shocking and embarrassing to watch what looks like fairly intelligent/educated Americans not know the answer to questions most of us would consider obvious. Here's last night's Watter's World in which he asked a number of questions about various American Wars. Question such as, "Why do we observe Memorial Day? Who did we fight in the Revolutionary War."
We watch and wonder about just what these people were doing during their school days.
Last night the students in grades 1-4 at Christ Community Lutheran School in Webster Groves put on their annual musical, an operetta of sorts before a packed house. There were so many people in attendance there was no where to park in either of the two large parking lots. I ended up in a nearby neighborhood I was totally unfamiliar with. The many people were there for a reason, this was a spectacular production for which the kids had been rehearsing for months. There are approximately something over 300 kids in these grades and they were all in this baseball themed musical. You would not have believed how professionally they sang and acted. No hesitation, no scared/quiet voices. This was amazing.
In the end, the 4th graders were the lead because this is their last year on the Webster campus. Next year they head to the Kirkwood branch of CCLS and that includes our oldest grandson, Christian.
Here are a couple of pictures taken after the operetta ended with the 4th graders (and there are 50 of them) making a silly pyramid.
Christian is on the top left, arms out, cap in hand.
Then who is the one to leap off into thin air? Christian
Here's how things looked, the kids in the play were across the front and covered both right and left sides.
"Andrew Hacker, a professor emeritus at Queens College, argues that, at most, only 5 percent of jobs make use of algebra and other advanced math courses. He favors a curriculum that focuses more on statistics and basic numbers sense and less on (y - 3)2 = 4y - 12.