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.
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.
The Space Weather Prediction Center (who knew) is warning us that the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on September 13, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong Geomagnetic Storm Watch.
Wowser. What does this mean? "Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas — 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium. Every now and then it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection, or CME."
But what does this mean? Space weather experts aren’t sure yet what this solar storm will do. But. You might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications — including those on commercial airliners — and they can damage satellites.
On the upside, solar storms also create beautiful aurora. Aurora watchers in the northern U.S. should be watching the skies on Thursday and Friday nights. Plus, as an added bonus, the Aurora Borealis will be visible to parts of the United States tonight, parts which normally don't get to see them. Looks we are right on the edge of seeing/not seeing. Map of who will see the northern lights is at the link.
The 2001 September 11 attacks are something I will never get over. Looking at photos people put up from that day bring it all back and the emotions I had that day remain. It is not just history, it is real and painful and still shocking.
Five years after the towers came down and the rubble was still being removed, when the Pentagon was on the way to being restored and the Pennsylvania farm field was still a horror, a bloggers from all over the country joined together to put a face on each person who was killed that day. I was selected to write about Walter Matuza, a 39 year old married man with 3 sons who worked on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. I remember him each year on this date.
In 2011 Art Hill in St. Louis' Forest Park was the scene of a grouping of flags put out for each person killed that day. Each flag had a name. I purchased one that year and fly it for every Federal holiday and on 9-11.
The inconceiveable happened and it is as fresh today as it was 13 years ago.
Earth Addicts is a Twitter account which publishes outstanding photos of natural things from all over the world. This picture taken from above an eagle by a drone is riveting especially since we have so many hawks flying overhead every day. A good look at what the eagle sees and a lesson for us in the tremendous eyesight these birds must have in order to spot a rabbit, squirrell or other small prey from that height.
The old saying is "He has eyes like a hawk" might just as well apply to eagles as well.