Our Daily Thread 1-29-14

Good Morning!

On this day in 1802 John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress.

In 1820 Britain’s King George III died insane at Windsor Castle.

In 1845 Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was published for the first time in the “New York Evening Mirror.”

In 1936 the first members of major league baseball’s Hall of Fame were named in Cooperstown, NY.

In 1949 “The Newport News” was commissioned as the first air-conditioned naval ship in Virginia.

And in 1990 Joseph Hazelwood, the former skipper of the Exxon Valdez, went on trial in Anchorage, AK, on charges that stemmed from (what was at the time) America’s worst oil spill.  Hazelwood was later acquitted of all the major charges and was convicted of a misdemeanor.

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Quote of the Day

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

Thomas Paine

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Today is the birthday of Frederick Delius. Given the weather most of us are having, a reminder of what’s to come seems appropriate. So here’s Delius’ “On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring” From George Morton, who I believe is the conductor. It’s the Sheffield University Orchestra, and they do a very nice rendition. 🙂

And this one makes me feel a little better about the weather. Kings College Choir, who never disappoints, with “In the Bleak Midwinter”. From Suila2007

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Anyone have a QoD?

47 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-29-14

  1. Good morning! It’s 28 in Spring, Texas. Schools are resuming today as there is no ice, much to elder daughter’s dismay…

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  2. Morning Annms,

    I didn’t get a chance to comment the other day when you mentioned your homeschooler wanted a snow day, so I will now.

    Our policy here is if the local schools call a delayed start or closing, we do the same. Seems fair, and what kid doesn’t love a snow day? 🙂

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  3. Hey Aj! Thanks so much for running this blog! I’m sure it takes a good deal of time, but your efforts are much appreciated. I don’t often comment on the political thread, but I do enjoy reading it.

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  4. As far as snow days go, we did a short school day yesterday, and then Becca ran around with five other elementary girls in the neighborhood, taking turns playing at different houses. She had a lot of fun and begged to go to bed at 7:30, she was so worn out! Of course , she awakened today at 5:30, but I was already awake so….

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  5. It’s ten degrees in Hendersonville with about 1.5-2 inches of snow. Schools are closed. In N. Va. that would be trivial, but it’s a wise decision here. Just wait for the sun to do it’s thing. And it does. It doesn’t have to be above 30 degrees for the streets to clear.

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  6. I knew that would happen, but I waited before correcting.
    I didn’t see/hear the President’s speech. I already know what his agenda is.
    Clean energy
    Income equality.
    get rid of the tea party.
    🙂 I just added that, He didn’t say anything about it, but that’s what he’s after.
    He would also like to get rid of Rush and Fox. Though O’Rilley says he will have a 15 minute interview Sunday.

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  7. I semi-watched the State of the Union. Every time I listen to him speak, my blood pressure goes up (not dangerously, I usually run extremely low, but I swear I can feel my blood beginning to boil….). I honestly believe he is the most extreme, dangerous leader we’ve ever had…It drives Hubby crazy to watch him with me, as I can’t refrain from commenting, sighing, etc. throughout his speeches…Hubby doesn’t like him, either, but he’s not quite as vocal about it as I am!

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  8. KBells and Janice, I hope you are OK. The photoes out of Birmingham and Atlanta on Facebook last night was bad. I had friends who were posting churches, etc that were open for motorists to take shelter. I was impressed that Home Depot in Atlanta kept their stores open for motorists to take shelter when they couldn’t get through.
    Conditions are bad in Mobile and Pensacola, but nothing like what I saw from your area. They closed the bridges here and motorist were stranded.

    On another note, as I predicted yesterday, there was no snow so I feel for the parents of those kindergartners from yesterday.

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  9. My family is all okay. I hold done the home front and husband holds down the office front. Brother finslly mafe it home late yesterday. I heard this is worse than Snow Jam ’82 which was truly bad. Not sure how long it will last.

    Doubly happy to have Bosley for company this morning. 🙂

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  10. Good morning from Birmingham.On a whim I went early to get the Kid from school.Good thing I did. By the time I got home the roads were like skating rinks. Lots of friends stranded at work but all the siblings, nieces and nephews made it home. Mama has no heat, but my nephew lives a few blocks away and took her home with him. Most importantly I still have half a loaf of bread and 2/3 of a gallon of milk. 🙂

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  11. Kbells, you just need some eggs, sugar, vanilla and spices to make a batch of bread pudding. I think I will make rice pudding today. The baking will heat the house and the water bath for the dish while it bakes will help humidify.

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  12. AJ, would it be possible to put an edit feature on for our comments? I am having some challenges lately and I apologize for the typos, etc.

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  13. It’s dense fog here, everything looks gray. And I’ve gotta run, need to get to a meeting by 9 a.m. At least the animals are fed. But I can’t really shuffle in to cover a meeting wearing my sweats and sheepskin moccasins so I need to get dressed.

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  14. Just heard the Governor has shut down all state oofices for tomorrow and that GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency) has told everyone to stay off the roads. I think they are serios about this. probably already overloaded with stranded people and don’t want more.

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  15. Jo – To answer your question from a couple nights ago…Yes, I will be babysitting Forrest for more hours than I currently am. I’m thankful that Emily is pursuing this part-time instead of full-time. It will be easier on all of us, her included.

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  16. On yesterday’s thread, NancyJill said the she isn’t “a ‘ladies ministry’ type person.”

    In my experience, much, if not most, of what I learned about being a mature Christian woman & a good wife came from years of good conversation, shred stories, & advice at ladies’ Bible studies or monthly brunches, at my former church. I was so blessed to have some godly, mature, & sensitive older women to learn from. I often find myself using one of their stories or pieces of advice to help younger women.

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  17. Ann, your post at 8:24 made me chuckle a little — my hubby and I are very much like your hubby and you. I didn’t watch the speech last night, and hubby was still at work at that time, but whenever things like that are on and we’re both watching, though we’re on the same page politically, I’m the vocal one and he’s pretty quiet. 😉 (Except he sometimes mutters under his breath, “Ah, they’re all crooks.” And he’d be mostly right. 🙂 )

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  18. Jo, my apologies for my careless comment near the end of yesterday’s thread about nobody being around to care. What was I thinking? 🙂

    Of COURSE you were still there keeping an eye on things, and it was nice to see that others came out of the woodwork too after I was gone.

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  19. I will try again since my post didn’t go through.
    Thanks, Kevin. 🙂 I just had to comment! It is 7am here and I am getting ready for school on Thursday.

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  20. Karen, I, too, was blessed to “learn at the feet” of older women as a young believer, mother and wife. It has been my experience, now that I am an “older” woman….the women’s ministries in the churches we have attended are now headed by young women…I mean 20 and 30 year old’s……this is the case of the church we attend now. There seems to be a divide which is bothersome to me….older women treated as though they are “out of touch”….younger women believing they have it together with no desire to listen to an older woman….I have had this conversation with my mid thirties daughter…and she has confirmed my uneasiness….although, she seems to feel older women are out of touch with issues faced by those women her age…I just don’t get it…so I guess I have just confirmed her view 🙂

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  21. Cell phone question (yes, I do have husband’s old phone with a new number which has only been given to the neighbor who is a grandma to the children): we were upstairs doing schoolwork when husband asked what time it was. Approximately nine o clock but his cell phone read eleven. I looked at mine and it did as well. Mine switched back to the correct time a while later, his new phone did not. I was speaking with the neighbor and she said her phone gained a couple of hours that morning as did her husband’s. Her new phone reset back to the correct time a few hours later but his old one did not. She called the phone people and they said to take the battery out and put it back in because old phones need that done every day. Sounds to me like there was a glitch somewhere and it had nothing to do with our phones old or new. Anybody else encounter that?

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  22. Mumsee, I don’t know if the time on my cell phone was ever off today, as I generally keep it tucked away out of sight during the day, but the time on it now is correct. I’ll ask hubby and 1st Arrow when they get home if they noticed that their times were ever off on their phones.

    Donna, loved that video! ABBA used to be my favorite group for a while in the 70’s/80’s, and “Take A Chance On Me” was one of my favorite songs of theirs. Perfect for that ad!

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  23. Oops, Donna, I clicked on the wrong video. I was wondering where the horses were in the video I saw. 😉 (I had first clicked on the adoption video farther down the page you linked, which was fun.) I just watched the one you were actually referring to, and that I liked, too, even though we don’t have dogs or horses. 🙂

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  24. Nancyjill, I can see that is the way things are going in a lot of circles. I just tufned sixty and I am happy to learn from the eighty-year-old women. Bug I rarely hVe anyone looking to me for advice. It could pretty easily be thought to be a disregard for the older women. It is a pity because everyone can share bits of wisdom. One thing I have noticed is that many of the younger women who are career oriented have relegated cooking to their husbands. So in that respect there are less shared interests. I don’t know if it is something along those lines that has caused the gulf between the gdnerations?

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  25. I think young women are so busy juggling so many different balls in the air that they don’t have time to chat with one of us older women and/or they do not believe we have much to tell them–because their mothers don’t get it.

    I’ve found, however, that I have a lot of influence on young women who are not related to me but in relationship to me because of work or ministry. My daughter-in-laws are coming around to ask things of me now and my daughter continues to watch. It maybe that my job forces me to deal with technology issues and pay attention to what the younger generation is focused on that makes me more approachable than some.

    I don’t know. But I’ve got a couple friends who have voiced similar frustrations that young women don’t pay attention to the older women’s wisdom.

    Some of it may be the generational divide in the church, though one young woman did ask me to join the young mothers group. Alas, I work that day or I might have come.

    (I’m wearing high boots over my jeans today and feeling like a cool 30-year old . . . Unfortunately, I don’t look like one!)

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  26. Meanwhile, from over on Facebook, here is today’s post about my continuing irritation with B. O’Reilly and his co-writer. Maybe you guys can answer the question?

    I am not going to pretend I am seminary trained. I have, however, been reading the Bible, religiously shall we say, for 40 years. I’ve taught Bible study for 30 years. I’m pretty confident I know a lot about the Gospels in particular.

    Yesterday I even taught on the resurrection in Matthew 28.

    Today, however, my CD buddy Bill O’Reilly and his cowriter explained, in passing, that it was Jewish custom on the third day to open the tomb and inspect the body–to make sure the corpse was truly dead.

    Has anyone else ever heard that before?

    They went on to explain after one year, the tomb was opened again and the bones collected for an ossuary. That does make sense to me.

    This is the problem when you’re listening to such a sloppily written book. I have no way of knowing what is true and what is manipulated. It makes me ANGRY. I should be able to trust the narrator–unless I’ve got an unreliable narrator (see the wonderful Code Name: Verity). But this is NOT a novel. Driving me crazy and I’m so thankful it’s nearly done!!!!!

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  27. I briefly tried to google the answer to your question Michelle, but couldn’t find anything. I can’t stand for people just to make stuff up and pass it off as fact. Does he have footnotes of where he got the information?
    Hmmm…I guess I am strange but it has nnever bothered me to be in Bible Study with older or younger women. I figured we all had something to offer each other. At this point in my life I would prefer to be with those older than me who can offer encouragement. Of course I feel I need to offer that encouragement to those younger than I am. For the first time in my life I have tried Bible study that includes men. It has positives and negatives, but I think I might prefer to be with women. The problem is finding a time that people can get together.
    Having a job that is only 10-15 minutes from my house is going to free up some time. Maybe I can do more.

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  28. I have been rather oblivious to it all since I have been at home.and inside except to go to the mailbox once. My brother was out in the tremendous mire yesterday and that was my biggest concern. He was not prepared for it with proper clothing or his diabetic meds and food. I try not to worry, but I was grateful to God when I heard he made it home.

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  29. I just had an email from Geargia Power Co. advising how customers can keep costs down during this cold snap. They also expressed concern for those who will be burdened by high heating bills and said they can make payment arrangements. It was good customer service to send that out. I have not gotten such an email before now.

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  30. Glad all seem to be safe…Georgia is not equipped for this. Out of school early yesterday, today and tomorrow…kids are happy, I hate to get behind. Enjoyed a mid week day home with Mrs. IBNO though 🙂

    Northerners don’t understand how unprepared we can be for something so rare…it’s like them winning a BCS Championship…sorry, couldn’t resist! 😉

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