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.
St Louis local news and weather people are good at using Twitter to quickly give out information on traffic, weather, breaking news and sports scores. Actually we're fortunate to have many from each of the 3 stations regularly tweeting. But this morning in her hurry to get an accident tweet out, KSDK's Jeanie Smith added an on the scene photo which she could have done without.
There was a accident at westbound I-70 at 170, a particularly busy spot at the convergence to two interstates. Here's the photo.
Not much to see here. But as you can see by her Twitter feed, most of her pictures are good ones.
Each year this comes up as our culture trys to be all things to all people. Stores egging us on to buy more and more stuff have ironically often stopped using Christmas in their ads in favor of holiday sales. Happy Holidays not Merry Christmas. I've been taken to task on this blog in past years for expressing my frustration over people who make profits on Christmas or do seasonal stories on Christmas but who will not actually use the word, Christmas.
So this Tweet from Frank Fleming at the long running website, IMAO, rang true for me last night:
"You can make fun of the "War on Christmas," just don't pretend there isn't a lot of idiocy associated with avoiding saying Christmas."
"Morning! Anyone seeing anything falling out the sky? Let scottontvKSDK and me, chester_lampkin know."
My first reaction to this was to consider the possiblity of bits of tree branches or meteors or planes coming down on us. And, as I had just read a story of a man who broke the fall of a woman who jumped from the third level upper deck at the Oakland football game, the image of people falling from the sky was on my mind.
Sometimes a news update by a reporter and the reaction to the information by readers makes me laugh. What did we ever do before comments were a part of stories? Last night CBS White House correspondent, Mark Knoller tweeted this:
"Pres Obama also holds talks tomorrow with King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The 50-year old monarch has been on the throne since July 1999."
"Good news. We need to solve the festering problems we've been having in Monaco."
Mark Knoller tweets all day long and into the night with matter of fact statements on the daily White House press releases.
With Twitter going public on the NY stock exchange yesterday, it might be interesting to see who actually uses it. And right on time the PEW Research people have a survey with just that information.
8 percent of adults get their news from Twitter. 'News is defined by PEW as, "information about events and issues that involve more than just your friends or family." The 8 percent are defined as younger, more mobile and more educated.
So young adults get news from Twitter more than the rest of us, although I, being not young, do get news from Twitter because breaking stories in all areas-politics, sports, local etc-appear within seconds of their occurring. I've gone to bed or been at a function long before a major sports game has ended, i.e. World Series, Mizzou football, and just check Twitter on my phone once in a while to see the score. There are constant updates. Call me obsessed. Dale does.
News aside, 16 percent of adults now use Twitter, often for personal updates and communication with friends. Mobile devices are the most common vehicle for using Twitter.
Twitter is only going to continue to add users, if you haven't tried it, why not give it a chance. Pick out some people or news outlets to follow and see how you like it.
The Tweet which made me laugh this morning was from Jon Gabriel. He wrote: "Not a mingler."
I'm not either and glad to know someone else finds it hard. When we have to go to events that have a half hour or so of appetizers and wine before the dinner, I wander around trying to find other minglers. Not easy. But I'll be mingling much today as this is the annual Taste of St. Louis we host for the women of Concordia Seminary.
Politics has been crazy, I don't know about you, but I stopped paying attention when the baseball playoffs began. It was just too hard to figure out who was doing what and why, who was saying what in what context and how do we know who was correct with all the screaming from pundits.
Anyhow, historian and commentator, Jon Meacham tweeted this: "When the word moderation becomes a dirty word we have some soul searching to do."--George H.W. Bush, after the 1964 election."
Sometimes moderation can be real wishy washy-no substance thinking. Other times it can mean, COME On PEOPLE stop thinking about your own little kingdom and do the right thing or at least do something which shows some well thought out plans. STOP turning those who don't agree with everything you say into evil manipulators as though that will make your opinion more viable.