READING! “My” for Monday and Pandemic Note and Photo O’ Day 164

August 25th – Montgomery, Alabama, home of Robert Graetz, white minister of Trinity Lutheran Church and Montgomery Association board member, is bombed.




Today was my return to an actual daily work schedule – after a long summer of lots of “free” time.

I want to keep posting every day, for as long as I can, both the READING! “My” as well as the Pandemic Note and Photo O’ Day features.

To both shift the “My” from the morning as well as to be more efficient, I’m going to post both of these features together – near the end of each day.

Of course this plan (like pretty much every plan these days) could “evolve” at any time. For now though, here goes….


NOTE: Each day’s “My” is set to automatically update every day around 5pm EDT. Sometime soon after that time, I’ll “hand curate” it, aka take out irrelevant articles which the AI aggregator picks.

Just think of it as an old-school evening newspaper which used to show up on your doorstep when you got home from work. Yes, I’m dating myself by mentioning evening newspapers!

And here’s the link (which stays the same each day) to “My”

The Ed Tech Emergent Daily, Monday August 24th You can bookmark this link!


Here’s the top stories from this evening’s “My”:

[COVER STORY] – The Melting Pot’ is an outdated image of America. We need a new metaphor to define the nation.

As Schools Turn to Online Learning, the Impact of Digital Inequity Grows

The best history podcasts: 11 shows that tell you forgotten stories

The Editors: In our divided nation, Christians can be models of unity

Advocate says ‘truth and common good’ key in 2020 election


Today’s photo is from the classroom where I’ll be teaching four out of my six class periods. It was my first full day of in-service today and also my first time spending a little while in the space where I’ll live my educational vocation for this coming school year.

You see two things which are going to be essential. There’s the webcam which will allow me to Zoom with the half of my students who will be learning from home that day.

And there’s my self-given “back-to-school” gift – an old school, heavy duty “thermos” for my coffee!

Just for fun, here’s a poster hanging in the classroom of one of my Theology colleagues:


The note and quote from the day comes from the article which is the Cover Story from “My” for Monday – The Melting Pot’ is an outdated image of America. We need a new metaphor to define the nation.

It’s a thought-provoking exploration of the dangers of the oft-grotesque individualism in aspects of our culture these days and how this is embedded in the classic American “melting pot” metaphor.

So, with what metaphor should Americans of faith and good-well replace it?

I’ll give you two hints – it comes from Pope Francis quoting the gospels and it’s illustrated in the image which heads the article.

A key quote from this article:

There are also those who face the uncertainty with trepidation; so much of who we thought we were was enmeshed inside our well-laid plans.

We feel lost, but in the midst of this disorientation we can be patient, knowing that there is something new being born.

And there are many spirit-filled people finding purpose in sharing vulnerability and discovering a side of themselves they had not known before.

These days, I hear from young (and not so young) people how they are experiencing a time of awakening, asking difficult and unavoidable questions, getting to know themselves and others more fully, discovering strengths and weaknesses and taking stock.

We might say that for humanity the coronavirus pandemic is a raging storm.

What kind of people will we be, not only at the end of the storm but throughout the journey?


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