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.
A book,The Future Dictates of Fashion by W. Cade Gall, was found in London recently and the illustrations from that book were published in the January 1893 edition of Strand magazine. Mr Gall drew pictures of what he saw as future fashion for men and women for each decade through the 1990's. In other words, 100 years of fashion prediction. Scroll down the page and see what he believed people would be wearing from his vantage point in 1893 and you'll realize how wrong predictions can be. Some are hilarious, others just mind bending and funny. None came true.
Also, the 1964 World's Fair in New York which was held within sight of the Mets home stadium, had exhibits which sought to see into the future as well. In this case, some were sort of right others wrong. Funny, looking at the pictures from this Fair, I can see myself there. And I was. My dad and I went to this World's Fair and my greatest memory is that of meeting Frankie Frisch, the Fordham Flash, major league baseball player in the early to mid 20th Century. My dad recognized him in his booth right away and we stood and had a nice conversation with him.
Last week it was Mars lining up with the earth and moon, tonight it will be a Blood Moon during a total lunar eclipse. And there's more for sky watchers, this is just the first of 4 Blood Moons/total lunar eclipses in the coming year and a half. There are normally only two lunar eclipses each year, none full, mostly unnoticeable. The four blood moons will occur in roughly six-month intervals on the following dates: April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.
Some Blood Moon references in scripture
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes,” [Joel 2:31].
THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. 21'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'…Acts 2:20-21
And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. Rev 6:12
This moon is called a Blood Moon because it takes on this color during the eclipse as it passes through the Earth's shadow, which is the color of a desert sunset.
There are a lot of out of business and shuttered malls across this country and a group of old mall lovers has put together photos of how 7 of these once thriving malls look now. Crestwood Plaza in the St. Louis area is one of them, as are several in Ohio, Dixie Square in Harvey for my Chicago people, and a few other states.
The story doesn't say how anyone was able to get into these abandoned malls to take photographs, but they are at once fascinating and disturbing. Crestwood Plaza looks better than most.
Skywatchers will get a rare treat Tuesday night, when Mars, Earth and the sun will be arranged in a nearly-straight line. Every two years, Mars reaches a point in its orbit called "opposition," when the planet lies directly opposite the sun in Earth's sky.
This means Mars rises near sunset and remains visible all night long as it moves nearly overhead across the night sky. It will be a bright burnt orange color, NASA's Mars Exploration Program reports, and almost 10 times brighter than the brightest stars in the sky.
"A number of bloggers are posting videos that show bison and other animals allegedly leaving Yellowstone National Park, prompting theories that as earthquakes ramp up the seismic activity will set off the Yellowstone supervolcano."
A few weeks ago I decided it was time to wash windows because the winter weather, wind and dust wreaked havoc on them. But I didn't want to use Windex or any other commercial cleaner and I did want to use a squeegee to see how that worked. So I googled around until I found a fantastic window cleaner you make with ordinary products. It works so well I want to share it.
Combine in a quart spray bottle: 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 cups warm water. Shake til combined and get cleaning.
I have no idea why cornstarch in the mix helps but in any event after spraying, squeegeeing off and wiping the excess with a terry or microfiber cloth, the window were perfect and with much less effort than windex and paper towels or..vinegar and newspaper.
We're ready to plant! The weather isn't ready for us though. But when it's time here's a good idea for planting those large outdoor pots. You really don't need to put potting soil in the entire pot and since bags of dirt are fairly costly if you several planters, you don't want to use more than you have to.
Put some gravel or small rock in the bottom, add a few empy water bottles and then the soil. Some people use those styrofoam peanuts rather than water bottles, but either way works.
We're living in a 'grow your own' era, vegetable gardens have become rather commonplace on vacant city lots and in corners of school yards. We all want our vegetables fresh and organic. But in the World War II days, much of what food was raised on farms had to go to the troops overseas so a huge Victory Garden campaign was created to encourage citizens to put in their own gardens. By growing their own, they allowed more to be given to the troops. At one time during the war there were 20,000,000 victory gardens.
Here are a few of the many posters and articles put up to garner enthusiasm and a sense of patriotism among the folks back home. On this link there are tons more of these posters and Victory Garden photos. Really a fascinating look back.
Even comic book characters got into it.
There were many newspaper stories giving advice to city people who'd never planted a garden.