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.
An article telling us that all that knocking walls down to open up rooms in our homes as seen on HGTV is now being met with dismay by some designers. It's now all about how open spaces bring noise, odd furniture layouts, messy kitchens and in view toys that open concepts bring.
"House interiors are part of the fashion industry. Hemlines go up, and then they go back down again." Walls go up, walls come down, walls go back up again.
I tend to stand with the walls come down crowd, at least some walls. The rooms are brighter, less claustrophobic. When we bought our house in Collinsville all the rooms were separate spaces except for the living/dining rooms which opened to each other by means of a wide arch. The kitchen was beyond a door from the dining room and the dining room also had a door leading to a hallway which opened to a bath, stairway to the second floor, stairway to the basement and lastly to a back bedroom. The bedroom shared a wall with the kitchen.
In 1983 if memory serves me, I set to work one Sunday after church blowing out the plaster and lathwork in the kitchen wall in order to open the area up and use that unused bedroom as a family room to breath life into the kitchen. Neighbors came and helped with this demolition which occurred while Dale was preaching the second service at Holy Cross and was quite suprised to come home to a partial opening in the wall.
Anyway, this turned out to be the best thing we ever did, so I am on the side of "opening up the space."
These pics are from a couple of years ago when we painted and had some other work done in the house.
In June, the House of Representatives voted on a series of amendments to H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act. Among the amendments was one by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) which would’ve prohibited funds from being used to transfer certain kinds of military surplus to local police departments. The amendment failed by a wide margin, with only 62 votes for and 355 against.
Among those voting against this bill, which would slow down the militarization of America’s police forces, was Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), whose district includes Ferguson, Missouri, where many Americans have gotten their first glimpse of America’s militarized police in action.
Ann Althouse asked her blog readers this question: What is the greatest sentence ever uttered by a human being? She received a ton of great answers in the comments. Here are a few.
In the beginning was the Word.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. JFK
HEY watch this...!
Hold my beer and watch this.
Tear down that wall.
Your sins are forgiven.
I love you.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
How hard could it be?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
Robin Williams died last night after taking his own life. While news reports zero in on his comedic talent, it was the Dead Poet's Society that first came to my mind. We're not movie people, we don't go to theaters and rarely buy movies to watch at home. Weird I know. However, we have seen most of Williams movies either on tv, on dvd or in an actual theater. But the Dead Poet's Society is my favorite and one I watched, purchased, and re-watched many times.
He played an English boarding school teacher named John Keating and was called captain by his students, O captain my captain, after a poem of the same name by Walt Whitman. I had an English teacher in 8th grade who had us memorize scores of poems and O Captain my Captain was one of them. I can still reel off the first stanza unbidden.
Williams' fearful trip is done.
Quotes from Dead Poets:
Keating: Why do I stand up here? Anybody?
Dalton: To feel taller!
Keating: No! [Dings a bell with his foot] Thank you for playing Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.
There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for.
Sucking the marrow out of life doesn't mean choking on the bone.
Listen, you hear it? - - Carpe - - hear it? - - Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.
Beginning at midnight August 1 through Sunday August 1, the annual back to school no sales tax holiday begins. When this practice began, it was a boon to many families needing all kinds of things for their kids including tech items. Taking away the 7-9 percent sales tax helped.
But as you can see by the list of cities choosing not to participate in this, it's pretty much a useless endeavor. The state website would be more helpful if they put up a list of the cities which will be participating because almost all local cities with actual shopping areas have opted out.
Noteworthy however, the City of St. Louis has not opted out and will be taking part in the no sales tax weekend. So, parents might want to head for Targets in the city limits.
There is an advantage to shopping this weekend even with the sales tax, many stores are holding huge sales.
For years Fox 2 News had their studios at Hampton and HIghway 40/64. Since they moved out to west county, the former site has been undergoing some work and the word on the street was that it would become a car dealership. But who ever expected the dealership to be a Mercedes Benz? But yes it is and is ready to open.
Most of the luxury car dealers have moved west or located in upscale places like Clayton or Ladue, this site is smack in south city.
A most beautiful house is for sale in St. Louis at a listing price of 149,000. Looking at the photos of the inside and outside, you can well imagine this home having been a real jewel at one time. It still is, actually, but it needs some work and the commentary to the page points to its being in a questionable area. It is located just south of Page and halfway between Skinker and Kingshighway. So if you're familiar with the U City Loop, it's the neighborhood east of the Pageant Theater and north. But the stairways and built-ins and moldings and airyness! Just the kind of house you daydream about owning and re-doing.
Looking at real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, I can't really be sure it is currently on the market as their estimates and info have nothing about list price at the moment.