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.
There's something about the onset of warmer weather that brings out crazy and bad behavior.
The car break-in guys are back at it, smashing car windows and stealing whatever they can grab. This morning 2 of these hit at least 3 fitness center parking lots in south St. Louis city, leaving a trail of broken glass from Kingshighway to Hampton. Get used to it St Louis, smash and grabs are a part of the season around here.
A Wentzville man and his 13 year old son were pulled over on I-70 early Saturday evening because police saw the car swerving and drifting from lane to lane. When the officer approaced the car he found that the driver was the boy and the father was double the legal limit drunk. He obviously knew he was too drunk to drive, but too drunk to realize the boy had never driven before much less on an interstate.
It's early in the warm season, but it's not cool enough to leave a dog unattended in a car while you run errands or visit the zoo as one family did yesterday. Someone noticed the panting dog and called the police and Humane Society which rescued the poor thing. Don't leave your dogs in a car nowadays. Or a child for that matter, cars heat up very fast.
What else happens these days? We forget bikers are out, walkers are out, cars are out and if the stars are aligned in a certain way, these things all collide. Be watchful
There's a conversation going on around the web this morning about how creepy many folks see the Easter Bunny who is always a fixture at the White House Easter Egg Roll the Monday after Easter. Frankly I don't see anything creepy about him or her and certainly the costume is no more cartoonish than Fredbird or any other sporting mascot.
I did not realize M&M's put out limited edition special flavored candies for certain times of the year until I saw a story on their White Chocolate Carrot Cake M&M's. These came out for the first time last Easter time as far as I can tell and they're back again this year for a short time.
But ok. I have to confess I am not a fan of carrot cake, carrots should know their place as a vegetable and stay out of desserts. I don't like vegetables in my cake and carrot candy doesn't appeal to me at all, but there are many fans of this seasonal carrot cake M&M if you believe the oohing and aahing.
Walmart seems to be the dominent seller (or only seller) of these things but Amazon has some too. This is one of those times when Amazon's price is way higher. $14.25 for two 9.9 oz bags while Walmart sells each 9.9 oz bag for 2.88.
A Sunday tweet from David Burge (Iowa Hawk) said this: "First warm day of spring in Chicago, when the murderers come out of hibernation."This brought to mind a conversation we had with one of our seminary students Saturday morning. He's been doing weekend ride alongs with the St. Louis police department as part of a pre-public safety chaplaincy program and he told us about being at the scene of 8 shootings Friday night. He also said there is more bad stuff going on since the weather moderated.
Kmov reported Sunday night about 4 shootings since Saturday night and 42 homicides in 2014, 6 since April 6. In Chicago it is reported that 4 are dead and 36 shot in that city over the weekend.
People who mean to shoot other people will do so no matter the time of year but it does seem as though warmer weather brings more of this. No need to be couped up inside against the bitter cold. Spring also sees the start of local car break-ins and other crime. Spring ahead to making sure your vehicles and homes are secure.
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.
Stained glass from the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, and St. Patrick, Goleen, County Cork, Ireland by Andreas F. Borchert
From our Lutheran Witness magazine: “In many ways, Patrick was more Irish than the Irish. He loved Irish legends, poetry and songs, and he insisted that this heritage be documented and retained. For their part, the Irish loved him and embraced him. Patrick lived his life in Ireland and died there. He left behind a Christian people, a civilized people, and he left behind towns, schools, seminaries and a love of learning perpetuated to this day.” – John Murphy Bell
7 am and it's darn dark. For morning people this time change is disorienting. For night owls, it's fantastic. Supposedly the Monday after the change to daylight saving time is the most dangerous day for health reasons. "The physical problems associated with daylight saving time do not take place on the Sunday when the change occurs. They usually show up on the first Monday, when people have to get up earlier for work or school and really notice the difference in sleep and light outside."
"The risk of having a heart attack is 10 percent greater on the Monday and Tuesday after the clock is moved forward than other days, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The converse is true in the fall; when clocks move back an hour, the risk of having a heart attack decreases by 10 percent."
How generally true this is I do not know, but I do know I feel really groggy this morning as though I haven't slept.