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.
One of those scrolling news headlines at the bottom of the tv screen caught my eye this morning, mainly because I had no idea anyone even thought this might be the case. And being a chocolate lover, I had to check it out.
Cadbury Products Found Not to Contain Pig DNA was the headline, and the story explains "New tests conducted by Malaysian authorities found that chocolate bars made by British confectioner Cadbury do not contain pig DNA, contrary to a previous finding, the country's Islamic affairs agency said on Monday."
I guess we just never know what gets slipped into our food or why.
Serious question, hopefully not inflammatory. Are some of the same people who nixed Ayaan Hirsi Ali as the graduation speaker at Brandeis University this year among those who are now speaking out on the 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram organization? Their plight has become a (warranted) worldwide effort to find and free them. There is even a Twitter hashtag used by Michelle Obama #bringbackourgirls.
The horror everyone sees in this abduction has long been reflected in the writing of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken voice for women and girls' basic rights globally, zeroing in specifically on the violence perpetrated on young girls.
The LA Times correctly asks regarding Ali, "Why shut her up?" The world needs more brave people like her.
This is very cool and makes me wish I lived in Germany for a few minutes. In a remote German forest are placed thousands of no longer needed old phone booths which once stood on every corner in that country.
The older, more prized, yellow ones are being sold for 450 Euros (624.20 US) and the later model pinks go for 300 Euros (416.23 US)
Makes me wonder what happened to all the phone booths in this country. Is there a forest or warehouse filled with them somewhere in the US? Or were they all recycled or tossed in landfills?
In the Netherlands light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway.
This looks fantastic in large part because the lane markings can actually be seen. There is something in the paint powder which is activated in daylight hours which causes the glow during nighttime. In the St. Louis area, mostly on the Missouri side, lane lines disappear at night or during rainy weather which makes me jealous of drivers in the Netherlands.
However, I'm not convinced it is a good idea to eliminate the street lights since it appears to be impossible to tell what may be in the above car level darkness. Love the way drivers can see the lanes, but it seems too one dimensional with ensuing loss of depth perception without the above ground lights.
A northern Italy farm was the scene of a landslide which set loose an enormous boulder which obliterated the barn, just missed the house and left a deep groove in the ground all the way down. Slide show of the end result is here.
The Technical University of Munich has twin 4-story slides installed in the atrium of one of their campus buildings. Honestly? I can't say anything that would describe how cool this is better than the photograph.