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 for grammar geeks. "The muse gets all the press, but here’s a fact: Good writing involves obsessing over punctuation marks. It’s 1 a.m., you’ve got a 5,000-word piece due the next day, and for the last twenty minutes you’ve been deliberating about the use of a semicolon versus a period in a single sentence."
The author of this post (someone Schulz) went in search of remarkable examples of punctuation and chose 5 for our enjoyment. I learned what an em-dash is through Schulz and how to make your keyboard write it.
There is also an en-dash. An em-dash differs from an en-dash in that the em symbol is the with of a m and the en is the with of an n. Ha.
To form an em dash on most PCs, type the first word, then hold down the ALT key while typing 0151 on the numerical pad on the right side of your keyboard. Then type the second word. You may also form an em dash by typing the first word, hitting the hyphen key twice, and then typing the second word. Your program will turn the two hyphens into an em dash for you.
To form an en dash with most PCs, type the first number or word, then hold down the ALT key while typing 0150 on the numerical pad on the right side of your keyboard. Then type the second number or word.
The Technical University of Munich has twin 4-story slides installed in the atrium of one of their campus buildings. Honestly? I can't say anything that would describe how cool this is better than the photograph.
The list covers over 500 schools as to winter cold and most on the top twenty are in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The ranking is based on "student reviews of weather on campus, average high and low temperatures during summer and winter, and average summer and winter precipitation amounts.
The American Institute for Economic Research did some...research...and came up with the top destination college towns. "The “college experience” is about more than simply attending a top-notch university. The city or town where the school is located also is important. The people students meet, the places they go, and the jobs they may hold are essential supplements to formal education."
The Institute found the top 75, but singled out the top five college towns in 4 categories: Major Metros, Mid-Sized Metros, Small Metros and the top five overall college towns.
Number one in the best college town category was the city of Ithaca New York. And oddly, at least in my mind, Iowa has two in this top five category, Ames and Iowa City. You can click any of the colored splotches on the map for more info on each of the 75 towns.
Which areas of study will bring graduates the biggest paycheck...and the lowest? The highest paid professions require a course of study which most of us would never be capable of completing: Engineering of all types. The lowest paid professions are the most people oriented as opposed to numbers and formulas and chemistry.
CCLS (Christ Community Lutheran School) in partnership with its conference offers many sports options for students and one that surprised me the most was cross country. Kids at CCLS can begin competing against other schools in the conference while in kindergarten and continue through 8th grade. Kindergarten! First, second and third grade! And lots of kids turn out to run which is fantastic.
Here's a picture of yesterday's cross country meet near the end of the race and, WARNING, this is a proud gramma photo with Christian in the lead and eventually winning. That aside, I just like the composition of this picture, like a flock of geese in V formation.
An informative and surprising story in the Post Dispatch on the growth of Charter Schools in St. Louis, most with the backing of Mayor Slay. So often big city mayors fight charter schools because of the longtime power of public school teachers unions, but not anymore.
This story includes Pastor Matt Hoehner, a 2008 graduate of Concordia Seminary and now wearing two hats-assistant pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church on Grand in the Tower Grove area and executive director of Educational Enterprises Inc., the nonprofit group managing EAGLE.
Last week Mayor Slay was at the opening of EAGLE College Preparatory Academy, an elementary charter school opening in the Tower Grove South neighborhood.
Once a charter school receives Slay’s backing, his staff offers
support ranging from help with the city’s permit process to finding a
building. “It takes collaboration to do it right,” said Matt Hoehner,
regional executive director of Educational Enterprises Inc., the
nonprofit group managing EAGLE.
The school opened in the old St.
John’s Lutheran School building at 3716 Morganford Road. Some of its
families would be in Lutheran schools, were they still around. Decades
ago, there were 23 Lutheran schools in the city. Today there are three.
school opened with 119 children in kindergarten through third grade. It
plans to add a grade each year through eighth grade. Organizers hope
eventually to open two more K-8 charter schools, plus a high school, in
Hoehner is pictured on the front page of the print addition but not yet on the paper's website.
All of a sudden there are stories and commentary on hard news programs, sports programs, newspapers and digital media arguing for paying college athletes. Well paying football and basketball players anyway. Seems colleges and the NCAA make so much money off these players and forbid even the slightests gratuity by the student athletes that it has begun to bother many sports writers.
This is one of those issues which is hard to form a hard and fast decision on because the students do get a full college ride plus room and board, money most average students have to borrow. But I don't doubt the colleges and NCAA are flush with money for themselves.