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.
On the eve of the funeral for Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals remembered him by turning on only the right field lights. He played right field during his short time with the team. Memorable and quietly beautiful tribute.
Here is part of reporter Sharyl Attiisson's Twitter feed on the quarantine of a nurse now in the US who may or may not have been exposed to the Ebola virus while working in Africa. The nurse is uphappy, other officials are not in favor of quarantines. So here is Attkisson's take on all this:
"I keep hearing people on TV argue that a quarantine is against "science". That doesn't seem to make sense. A properly administered quarantine provides scientific protection against the disease."
"I would probably find being quarantined inconvenient too, but I don't think it's too much to ask considering the alternative possibilities."
"Is it any rougher being quarantined in a safe US environment than working in the terrible, risky, hot, tragic conditions in West Africa?"
"When I volunteered at my kid's school, I wasn't allowed until I went to my doctor and paid for and took a TB test and waited for results."
"Not the same thing in terms of quarantine, but the point is: you agree to measures to protect others you might expose. It's not uncommon."
Here is a link to Attkisson's Twitter feed. A brave voice and a voice of common sense. As with all Twitter feeds, the newest tweet is at the top.
More specifically, raking leaves can be hard work, but dangerous may be too strong a word. Leaves are dangerous when they're wet and lying on pavement waiting for someone to come along and slip on them. But raking is mainly hard work which leads to sore muscles.
My suggestion is to mow the leaves to mulch them rather than get out and rake when possible.
While reading a news story about Midland Texas being licensed as the 9th U.S. Spaceport, it jumped out at me that Midland airport's official name is Midland International Airport. Midland Texas gets an international airport while St. Louis lost their right to be an international airport. Hmmmpft Whatever happened to St. Louis that it's only a minor player in the transportation industry?
And Midland International Airport will now be named: Midland International Air and Spaceport!
I guess we all should be paying more attention to whatever the heck a Spaceport is since there will now be 9 of them in this country.
Remember that huge periodic table of the elements that hung on every science classroom wall? It wasn't even one of the pull down type of things that could be rolled up and out of sight once in a while. It hung there accusingly every day. Sometimes it looked benign and other times impenetrable. Like peering into the dark unknown with no chance of escape. Memorize the table...ok. Can do. But then they started dancing all those little letters with numbers hanging from them all over the place and putting them in formulas for no reason I could ever figure out.
Here's the thing about chemistry. They present an atom which has a name. Then they split the atom into 2 and give those two halves names and then split the 2's in half and name them and so on and so forth. By the time they ask you to show how each reacts with each other in partner with some other sized atom, (using math) my brain went numb and OMG WUT?
Well, here's the most benign of all the charts of the elements showing the country of discovery for each.
Francis Scott Key wrote what became our official National Anthem on September 14, 1814 as he watched the last of the smoke die away from the Battle of Baltimore. This pivotal battle of the War of 1812 marked a turning point in the United States' 2½ -year war with England.
The city of Baltimore is having a big celebration this weekend commemorating the writing of the Stars Spangled Banner and the University of Maryland football team was wearing uniforms yesterday with some of Key's original handwritten words on the Terrapins' helmets and jerseys.
Interesting to those interested in highway construction for good or ill, the birthplace home of Key, was demolished or taken apart to make way for a highway to connect which enters DC via the Francis Scott Key Bridge from Arlington Virginia and which ends in Silver Spring Maryland. Better know nowadays as just the Key Bridge. His home was in the Georgetown neighborhood.
The construction of this highway had all sorts of opposition and support, fights and battles. Supposedly the Key home was dismantled and put into storage in order to be rebuilt elsewhere, but along the line all the parts were misplaced, lost or destroyed. It's still a mystery and fingers were pointed at the National Park Service over this loss but no one really knows what happened.
There is a small park along the portion of the highway at the entrance to Georgetown which is named the Francis Scott Key Memorial Park.