Our Daily Thread 5-23-14

Good Morning!

Today’s header photo is from Kim.

This one is from Cheryl.


It’s Friday! And even better, the start of a long weekend! 🙂

On this day in 1618 the Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window. 

In 1701, in London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy. 

In 1879 the first U.S. veterinary school was established by Iowa State University. 

In 1900 Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner. 

In 1934 the notorious Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers.

And in 1960 Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.


Quote of the Day

“Love, dearest Lady, such as I would speak,
Lives not within the humor of the eye;—
Not being but an outward phantasy,
That skims the surface of a tinted cheek,—
Else it would wane with beauty, and grow weak,
As if the rose made summer,—and so lie
Amongst the perishable things that die,
Unlike the love which I would give and seek:
Whose health is of no hue—to feel decay
With cheeks’ decay, that have a rosy prime.
Love is its own great loveliness alway,
And takes new lustre from the touch of time;
Its bough owns no December and no May,
But bears its blossom into Winter’s clime.”

Thomas Hood


Today is Artie Shaw’s birthday.

Today is also Charlie Hunter’s birthday, the master of the 8 string guitar.



What are your plans for the long weekend?

60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-23-14

  1. Friday evening here, but, alas, no three day weekend.
    I need to go online shopping as I have a grandson turning three and a daughter turning 30.
    The grandson is easy, not so the daughter.
    Have a blessed day.
    Enjoying a quiet evening reading.


  2. Morning, evening and all in between!

    I guessed right on the header. Kim, a large downtown store in Atlanta which is no longer there had a really good spot to get a meal, The Magnolia Room. You would have loved it. A perfect place for a Southern Belle to take a break from filling shopping bags.

    Cheryl’s lovely flowers would have been well received in a vase on the table at The Magnolia Room. Sweet bouquet!


  3. Good evening, Jo. Good morning, everyone.

    Today’s QoD: We’re headed to our ranchette in Centerville tomorrow for the long weekend. Hubby’s birthday is Sunday and the ranch is his favorite place to be. Tonight, Becca has a friend sleeping over (a little girl I’m quite fond of), and L. is going to the movies with a big group of kids (one of whom is the boy she’s been crushing on since September!).

    Becca and I are going to Academy today to pick up some birthday gifts for Hubby. Otherwise, we’ll have a pretty quiet day. I’ve got to get Scott’s blackberry pie made, as well as pack for myself and Becca.


  4. Good morning. I posted earlier on yesterday’s thread, but didn’t say anything, but to Jo.
    It’ Friday. Busy day, as Fridays usually are for me.


  5. Good morning, all. Happy belated, Peter L.

    This weekend will be focused on bringing the sixteen year old home for a few days of adjustment back into family life. He has been gone almost as long as he has lived here so it should be interesting. Husband and seventeen year old boy will go get him. Seventeen year old will drive as a training exercise. The other boys will be off working, the girls will be off working, just the little folk with me.


  6. Question. I think I know what a hash tag is, It’s a statement/proclamation proceeded by #.
    Does anyone know the purpose and origin of that?
    What is the significance of the #?


  7. Thanks to all who prayed about Connie’s car situation. I am thrilled to tell you all that my Dad agreed to give me an advance on my inheritance so I can buy her a new (used) car! I haven’t been this excited about something in a long time! Connie has been an amazing presence in my life these last nine years and I’m so glad to be able to help her in her time of need. I truly believe our meeting was orchestrated by God. She has been an incredible blessing to me and my entire family. And, now that she will have a reliable car, she won’t be leaving us! Praise God!


  8. Good Morning, Y’all!

    Thanks, Kim! Now this is in my head…

    Whippoorwill’s singing
    Soft summer breeze
    Makes me think of my baby
    I left down in New Orleans
    I left down in New Orleans

    Magnolia, you sweet thing
    You’re driving me mad
    Got to get back to you, babe
    You’re the best I ever had
    You’re the best I ever had

    You whisper “Good morning”
    So gently in my ear
    I’m coming home to you, babe
    I’ll soon be there
    I’ll soon be there



  9. Chas, hashtags are used to collect tweets under a particular topic.

    If I want to know what’s being said about a “trending” topic (such as #hurricane if there’s one that’s prominently in the news) I would use #hurricane in tweets I wrote. But it also allows me to just do a Twitter search for #hurricane and it’ll give me the list of all tweets written about it.

    It creates a conversation, if you will, that’s often times global with people tweeting about a particular topic.

    It’s handy for journalists who are using Twitter to find people who are talking about an issue they’re writing about.


  10. annms, that’s wonderful about that car! Yay.

    I knew that big flower had to be from the south. 🙂

    I’m still fighting off a cold that’s been very slow coming on — scratchy throat since Wednesday but now it’s becoming more of a congested head cold. Too much to do today to stay home (and I’m not that sick anyway). But I hope it doesn’t slam me over the weekend. 😦


  11. Other current news-related hashtags being used include #Benghazi #Benghazicoverup and #Benghazimatters

    So if you search for any of those hashtags on twitter, you’ll see the whole feed of “tweets” commenting about Benghazi.

    It’s most useful in fast-breaking news events, such as the Boston Marathon bombing, etc., where Twitter becomes almost like a live news feed from the scene. You can follow tweets from news organizations and often witnesses & others using the hashtag that’s most popular for that particular topic.


  12. I love those big ol’ magnolia trees. My daughter has a small one she received as a gift. I am not sure how big it will get. There are many, many varieties. Some will even grow up here in the north.

    I once had a conversation with a man who grew palms. I was astonished to learn that there are at least a thousand varieties. I had no idea.


  13. Thank you for that good explanation, Donna. I just read it to my husband and he finally understood what I had been trying to explain. You must say it better. 😉


  14. Parties, with me trying not to get upset about the time away from the book . . . With my daughter unexpectedly home, the house is full, the social tempo at full blast and me impossibly torn.


  15. The “#” is just the symbol they use before the topic to collate the comments, not sure it has any significance other than Twitter made it up somewhere in the ancient cyber past (like probably 8 years ago) and it’s stuck. 🙂

    FB now also is using hashtags to connect conversations about particular topics if you want to use them — but it’s most useful on Twitter as that’s the immediate news posting site for most of us.

    (There also are standing hashtags such as #dogs — if I want to see who’s posting anything about #dogs I can — though that’s a pretty broad topic! But we use hashtags in front of all the cities we cover, for example, as a local tool for connecting and collecting tweets about our geographical areas. When I was posting news tweets about the police officer who was killed a couple Saturdays ago, most of us just used #LAPD which is another popular hashtag for all news related to the police department.)

    So is that way more than you wanted to know? 😉


  16. I just wanted to share with you about Charlie, the guy in the nursing home in my town what we donated money to buy a motorized wheel chair. I was on my way to work yesterday morning when I saw him zip across the street ahead of me and go to the grocery store. He gets around town quite well and has become our local celebrity.


  17. Thanx Donna. I gather that if you don’t tweet, you don’t need to worry about hasthags. But at least I know what they are. Sounds like a good search tool. But it still leaves a question: Why did they put the hashtag on the sign? To call attention to it?

    🙂 I’m glad there’s a celebrity named Charlie somewhere. But I don’t envy him. Thanks for the update Kim.


  18. Thankful for the hashtag explanation. I have been on Twitter for a short while and still have lots to learn. I am still being quite impressed with Linkedin.


  19. The other day we talked about annoying ads. I would like also to mention that I cannot stand broadcasters who do not use proper grammar. This weekend we are all encouraged to “drive safe.” Excuse me? How can I drive a safe since it has no engine? “Drive safely and arrive safe.” Or: “Practice safe driving.” Newspapers have proofreaders who catch such errors. Broadcast news organizations (radio and TV) should also have one.

    Along the safe driving line, today a state policeman was on the news pointing out the four unsafe driving practices: speeding, distracted driving, driving under the influence and not using a seat belt. I think the last one does not fall under unsafe driving, as one can be perfectly safe while driving without a seat belt. But one needs the seat belt in case some other driver is not safe. By the same token, one can wear a seat belt and do all the other unsafe things.



  20. I’d guess that the # is the way computers recognize it — Could have probably used any other symbol, but it needs something that tells the computer it’s a specific “tag” and not just words running together.


  21. Kitchen duty with Bosley underfoot went better today. The object was to prepare kidney bean salad. Bosley discovered the joy of a tomato peeling that grows longer and longer as it hangs and dances over a trash can.

    Also, the kitchen floor was more interesting today because I cleaned out my car yesterday for taking it to the shop. Unexplored bags on the floor are more interesting than dish drainers. We both “worked” at our chores without incident. Husband will be happy to have his beloved bean salad for dinner.


  22. Thanks, Peter.

    I read and appreciated what the pastor had to say. However, it seems he may be doing the same thing he is criticizing others for which is supporting his view with only one portion of the Bible. Certainly, it appears that he is giving less importance to the great commission than others do. It seems to me that God gave plenty of opportunities at home and abroad and some people are better equipped physically, mentally and emotionally to be travelers for God while others are better equipped to be stay-at-homers for God. I think it is awesome that God made these two types and all in between. High adventure people meet cautious people giving respect and love because we are all parts of the body of Christ.

    I am currently reading Prone to Love by Jason Clark. It is quite a fascinating read as it considers the neediness of people alongside the love of God. God is love, and that needs to guide the thinking in judging “Radicals” and the “Not So Radicals”. Is the person out of love for God following Christ in obedience? Are we to judge or is that God’s responsibility? IMHO


  23. We kind of see it played out in Hind’s Feet on High Places and Pilgrim’s Progress. All along the way are folks serving God by serving His people, wherever He calls them. We do tend to get a message of “if you are not out doing great things, you are not fulfilling your mission”. Who are we to tell the Potter where He wants us or how to use us?


  24. Donna, I was able to read your link. As I’ve mentioned before, the World site allows you to view five full pages before it puts up the pay wall.

    I loved Sophia’s article. Due to my problems getting/keeping a license and not being able to afford a car, I have made use of all forms of public transportation. The bus is a mixed experience but I love the train. Traveling on the rails always gives me such a feeling of content. It is wonderful to just sit and quietly observe the passing scenery and my fellow passengers. I am prone to motion sickness in cars and air sickness in planes, so the train is much healthier for me.


  25. I have limited travel experience on trains. I have been on a fall leaves excursion from Atlanta to the Georgia mountains. Also our family rode the train around Stone Mountain at Christmas when everyone sings Christmas songs while riding. Both were enjoyable but did not give any of the flavor of Sophie’s trip. We also took our son to a train museum north of Atlanta when he was young. That was interesting. And then there is the minature train at the Atlanta zoo that shoos the peacocks off the track. Fun! It has been a long time so it could be different now.


  26. On Peter’s link: I once read Platt’s Radical, but what I have ended up doing in my life to this point hasn’t been because I was following the “Radical Christianity” movement. However, the blog writer in Peter’s link didn’t go far enough. He was right that the most radical thing Christians can do is just live by the power of the finished work of Christ, walking in the Spirit in obedience to God. But you see, it is those people who end up making a radical impact for the Gospel. You cannot hide a shining light; you cannot dilute seasoning salt. As the agnostic novelist Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot, concluded her novel Middlemarch: “…the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”


  27. My thoughts on the Ephesians article:

    There are those whose “radical” life is to go overseas to spread the Gospel or to have a very visible ministry. And there are those whose “radical” life is to stay here and be the light in the lives of those around them, leading a quiet life of prayer and one-on-one ministry. I know those who have done both.

    A man I know in Iowa is quiet and simple, yet has had more influence for Christ on others than some who go to another land as missionaries. He was a major influence in some of the pastors I have had and known here in Missouri and Illinois. Some his children have gone on to more visible “radicalness”.

    Another is a missionary in Panamá who has started several churches and lead countless people to salvation. He went on his own and lived a simple life, sleeping on a board for several years before getting a comfortable bed. I think that is part his success in his work- the people saw him as one of them, and not a typical “foreign missionary” who tries to live a middle-class American lifestyle in the midst of poverty.


  28. Re: Sophia’s train trip. I read it in hardcopy.

    I have traveled by almost every modern means. (Except helicopter. They have helicopter rides at Myrtle Beach for only $20.00, but I’ve never been tempted to take one.) We traveled by train in the thirties. Auto travel was a challenge. My longest train trip was from Charleston, SC to San Antonio. It was good travel. In those days passenger trains traveled fast and had the right-of-way.
    My last train trip was in 1952. I was in Arabia and got a Red Cross msg that my brother had been hit by a car and that I was needed at home. I got emergency leave, took various military flights back to Westover, Mass. There I learned that Frederick had died. I got a hop to Andrews AFB just out of Washington. I tried to cash a check at a bank in DC so I could buy a ticket. The banker looked at an unshaved, disheveled airman (Though I was a S/Sgt and in uniform.) and wouldn’t cash my check. The USO at Union Station took my check and I boarded the train at Union Station. I was asleep before I crossed the river and the conductor woke me as we pulled into Charleston.
    In 1949, after basic training, I took a Trailways bus from San Antonio to Shreveport. I still associate a song with that trip. I was sitting in a Shreveport bus station either late at night or early morning. Some young people, though beyond high school, were there, likely because nothing else was open at that time of day. They kept playing the Delmore Brothers’ song “Blues Stay from Me”. And I felt blue at the time. Trailways down US 80 east and somehow got to Orangeburg, SC around 3 a.m. Everything was closed and I had to wait on the curbstone for a bus at about six. I got home about 18 hours later than my buddy who took a plane (at considerable expense). There was lots of waiting on a plane trip from SA to Charleston, SC. Probably still is.

    Westover AFB, near Chickopee Falls, Mass. has been relocated to Charleston. I spent the summer of 1953 testing asphalt for the runways. They had been talking about Dover, Del. while I was there.


  29. Chas, you reminded me of the bus trip I once took home from Georgia Southern College, about an hour from Savannah, up to my home in Atlanta. It took forever stopping at all the tiny towns along the way. I said never again. It was painful, and like childbirth, I don’t remember the worst of it.


  30. Janice, I’ve heard of those busses. The Trailways I was on was an express. It stopped at major towns and made it from Shreveport to Orangeburg in about a day. That was good in those days. Remember, the Interstate system wasn’t even planned until Eisenhower. When we traveled from Columbia to Fort Worth in 1957, we had mostly two lane highways and had to go through small towns. When we left in 1962, we had many miles of Interstate, but not completely. The main advantages was that the interstates bypassed the large towns.


  31. I will be listening in on a conference call with the person promoting Run, Ben, Run (Ben Carson). Not sure if you have to register. It starts at 8:00 EST
    Call in number is 857-232-0156
    Access Code is. 270490

    I think the call is partly about Csrson’s new book and book tour.


  32. Hi Chas, the thread is still alive here!
    My oldest wanted to see several colleges and they had special see America rates on the train so we took younger sister and a friend along. Went from Northern California up to Seattle and then over to Spokane (that portion they put us on a bus, surprised me) then over to Chicago. Coming home we went Chicago to Denver and then back. It was a beautiful trip and very affordable. The train was also comfortable.


  33. From Lifenews.com:

    Where is Michelle Obama’s Hashtag for Meriam Ibrahim? She’s Pregnant and Sentenced to Die.

    She is married to an American citizen and I think her child will be an American citizen. But they will take it and raise it Muslim. Obama will do nothing about this. But She won’t be executed for two years and we may have a real President by then.


  34. Tonight we are watching “Flags of our Fathers”. I read the book several years ago and of course I know all of the words to The Ballad of Ira Hayes….still….Remember this weekend is about so much more than picnics, the beach, and BBQ’s, Ira Hayes is buried at Arlington…I don’t think he would have appreciated it, but the rest of us are glad he has that honor…along with 26 others.

    Chas, the irony and injustice of it all is too much to comprehend or to bear.


  35. So I get a text from D1 about not letting the dog run while dog sitting this weekend because of de-worming medication. I reply asking if someone forgot to tell me about dog sitting. She responds with an “Oops” because it was supposed to be a surprise. D2 wanted to surprise me for my birthday. Anyway, all but the son will be here tomorrow (D2 and the dog already arrived). Poor D2. This is the second time this month someone let the cat out of the bag for one of her surprise visits. She forgot to tell D3 that the Mother’s Day visit was to be a surprise.


  36. I’ve been on trains to and from Iowa, although we mostly drove. But my grandfather would come out by train every winter (carting his big trunk), we’d pick him up at Union Station in downtown LA. I like trains.

    I wrote 4 stories today and am exhausted. Plus I was sick, coughing, sneezing, feeling feverish (but I have no temperature). I have a feeling it’ll be a mostly stay-at-home long weekend for me, can’t wait to go to bed tonight and SLEEP. Ugh.


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