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.
Iceland's Jolabokaflod (book flood) is a Christmas tradition which sounds wonderful, also news to me. Everyone receives a book on Christmas Eve and spends the rest of the night reading. Iceland publishes more books per capita than any other country and new books are published only during the Christmas season.
"The Book Flood tradition, according to The Reykjavik Grapevine's Hildur Knutsdottir, dates to World War II, when strict currency restrictions limited the amount of imported giftware in Iceland.
"The restrictions on imported paper were more lenient than on other products, so the book emerged as the Christmas present of choice. And Icelanders have honored the tradition ever since."
This is wondrous. Getting books was my favorite Christmas present in past years but I would never have conceived of an entire country settling down to read on Christmas Eve.
This story came as a shock to me. Thanks Rand. It seems there are many Golden Retrievers who have been abandoned and are now roaming the streets in Turkey. The Goldens were left struggling to survive among numerous dog packs, scrounging for food in garbage cans and dumpsters." "Goldens are known for their gentle temperaments so they don't fare well when faced with dog fights."
At one time these dogs were a status symbol but overbreeding led to too many dogs and so they were set loose. Now American Golden Retrieve Rescue groups have organized to get these dogs to America for adoption. Thankfully it seems as though there are many in this country wanting these dogs.
I just can't imagine, though, the sight of homeless Goldens roaming the streets hoping to find a little food. Here are a series of pictures of the Turkey homeless Golden Retrievers. What I like about these pictures is the dogs are big Goldens like Ferdie.
A donkey was rescued from flood waters in Ireland, he'd gotten away after a storm caused damage to his pen. But the best part is the donkey's smile after being towed to dry ground. click to enlarge if you can't see his smile.
He got named Mike after his rescuer. Just gotta love this donkey.
The evening of the horror in Paris, protesters at Mizzou who filled much of last week's news, took to Twitter to whine about their being taken out of the news in favor of Paris news.
"Now people are desensitizing Black Lives Matter and Mizzou for what's happening in Paris, have you no common decency?"
"Paris is all over my local news, but I didn't see S--T about the KKK threatening Mizzou?"
There are many more but it's more than disgusting. We have two kids who went to Mizzou and we became fans of that place due to their experience with faculty and coaching. But, frankly, I start to gag when I even hear the word Mizzou at the moment.
China recently opened the longest and highest glass bottomed pedestrian bridge. It spans a canyon 380 meters long and 300 meters up in the Zhangjiajie National Park. That converts to 1246.72 feet by 984.282 feet. It will be officially opened to the public in October but has been given a try by many already.
This is a lesson in how Israel overcame a drought which caused the people in that country to totally change their lifestyles, even down to how long they could shower. Plants in gardens were suddenly artificial as were lawns. Cars were not allowed to be washed and on and on. That was six years ago. Now there is plenty of water and the reason is the invention of ways to desalinate salt water from the Mediterranean Sea and recycle waste water.
This is nothing short of amazing, from drought to plenty of water in 6 years. Maybe people who could make similar things happen in California are over in Israel seeing how to make them back home.
What part of the world would be directly below you? This map is kind of cool, put in a place name and one map shows the name and the other map shows what is directly below you. I put in St. Louis and its direct opposite is the middle of the Indian Ocean.