Our Daily Thread 4-30-15

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On this day in 1789 George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.

In 1803 the U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.

In 1900 Casey Jones was killed while trying to save the runaway train “Cannonball Express.”

In 1972 the North Vietnamese launched an invasion of the South.

And in 1973 President Nixon announced resignation of Haldeman, Ehrlichman, and other top aides.


Quote of the Day

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

John Lubbock


 Today is Willie Nelson’s birthday. From WillieNelsonVEVO

And some old Willie too. Or should I say young Willie….


Anyone have a QoD?

60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-30-15

  1. Do you realize that April has come to an end already?
    Willie used to be a backup for Ernest Tubb..

    Good morning Aj, and everyone else.


  2. I love Seven Spanish Angels. I saw Ray Charles in a private concert in 1996. I fell in love with his music.
    Willie Nelson has written a lot of good songs you dont know about.


  3. I always liked Willie’s straight ahead style. Most modern country is overproduced.
    On the second clip, the young Willie, at the end, you have a chance to hear “Blue Eyes crying in the Rain”. That’s the one that put him on his own, not someone’s backup.


  4. Fun start to the day….

    The trash truck, new, improved, and taller than the old truck, took out 3 phone lines and a cable line. They are now laying all over my car and yard. The police came, and did nothing but look, then they left. I called the phone company and they should have someone out to clean it up, in 4-6 hours. Good thing I don’t have to go anywhere huh? 🙄

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  5. I always loved Willie Nelson’s music. I finally saw him in concert some years back and was disappointed in the selection of songs used for the concert. They sort of seemed to me to be glorifying the baser things in life. I don’t remember the specifics but it gave me a down feeling. 😦 He was on stage with some other greats, maybe Dylan and Mellencamp (sp?). I’d have to ask husband to be sure. There were many old looking former hippies in the audience. It was at a major ampitheater near Atlanta on the northside.


  6. Con’t from yesterday’s discussion.One preschool son attended had a reading loft and that might work as a special place to get up into with a promise to be quiet while in that special place.

    Small motor skills and math work together with sorting beans, colored cereals, etc. Sort and count and see which group has greater or lesser. Another great thing is to use a large container and fill with sand or styrofoam pellets, etc. and put items in it that child has to dig out. At home I once had old models of dinosaurs and they were in pieces so to give them one final use I think it was some potter’s type clay I buried them in and let it dry out so a hammer had to be used to crack the clay to get the fossils out.


  7. More small motor skills: use jigsaw puzzle pieces to glue onto a large paper that child has laid down on and you traced his form. You can cut plastic straws into little beads and string those or string cereal, or make beads by rolling paper around a straw and glue it and remove the straw and cut beads to desired size. Count beads, make patterns for math learning.
    Make scented paints using cinnamon, etc. or jello. Use aluminum foil to make a hand shape by squashing it into that form. Make rings for the hand or write notes for the hand to hold, could use alphabet cards.


  8. AJ, I think some people who get the run around with the gov’t. red tape make an appeal to their US Senators to explain their situation and expedite processing. You may want to try that.


  9. Slacker Mom says give them a card board box and some crayons. I am an only child and BG unfortunately is an only child. My mother for all her faults did not entertain me 18 hours a day. I tried my best not to entertain BG. She was of a different termperament, but I still didn’t hover. I think it might be a tendency of grandparents to want to interact with their grandchildren more. Perhaps it is the realization that you statistically don’t have as many years to spend. I have found myself doing that with Mr’ P’s grandchildren. Of course we only have a few days at a time.
    My mother in law quit work when BG was 9 months old to keep her. The first week she threw her in an old play pin and painted the paneling in the den.
    I certainly do not hold myself up as a shining example of motherhood, God does know I have made a lot of mistakes, so I do not mean to pile on Karen and make her feel worse. I just sometimes think we need to go back to how our parents/grandparents raised children. They didn’t hover and they didn’t over think it. Most of us turned out semi-functional. I do think it is somewhat harder to raise an only child because they don’t have any other entertainment. My dad loved to read, so when he was home with me I was given a book and told to read.
    ***My Barbies rode around my bedroom and hall in an old shoe box.

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  10. At the Rabbit Chasing session last night, Pastor Steve talked again about same-sex marriage and transgender. All his rabbits are the result of input by the congregation.
    These questions are completely anonymous. No one but the submitter knows who posted the question in his in’box. (a box outside his door).

    He started with a quote from Blaise Pascal which I’m sure you have heard:
    “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every ,man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator made known through Jesus.”

    Then the discussion turned to Bruce Jenner.
    I don’t know Bruce Jenner. I understand he’s on a TV program which I’ve never seen. I understand he was an Olympic star, I don’t know which sport. All I know is that he is/was a man who wanted to be a woman.
    No way I can understand that, so I’m just repeating what I hear.
    But conserning the situation, Pastor Steve quotes Russell Moore, who is a SBC spokesman on such matters.

    ‘How should the church adddress the Bruce Jenner in your neighborhood, who doesn’t have the star power or the Malibu mansions but who has the same aleniation of self?

    First of all, we should avoid the temptation to laugh at these suffering souls. We do not see our transgendered neighbors as freaks to be despised. They feel alienated from their identities as men or women and are seeking a solution to that in a self-display or in surgery or in pumping their bodies with the other sex’s harmones. In a fallen universe, all of us are alienated, in some way, from who we were designed to be. That alienation manifestsis itself in different ways in different people. We are not machines to be reprogremmed at will; we are creatures.

    The answer is to realize that all of us are born alienated from what we were created to be. We don’t need to fix what happened in our first birth; we need a new birth altogether.”

    What I get out of that is the concept of “aleniation of self”. I hadn’t thought of that before. I suspect there is much of that. And it takes different forms. And leads to fantasies and behavior that are unproductive, but hot harmful to the person or society.
    (Guys and girls showing off in some way. Girls splurging on clothes and make-up, etc.)
    It has led to suicide in some cases.
    I have a BS in Psychology. So, I’m sure I have encountered the concept before. But never applied it in the real world.
    A real eye-opener for me..

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  11. I did not do all the activities I mention with son. I am just giving a variety of ideas learned from teaching preschool and Sunday school. Karen might want to try a few things since she has so many hours with young Forrest. I enjoyed doing all the creative activities so it was not just for the child’s benefit. If an adult does not enjoy these things then they would do them with a bad attitude and that could be bad for the child.

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  12. I know a grandmother who had a special needs child who loved Willie Nelson. She arranged for the boy to meet his idol. Willie was very generous in doing this after a concert. The grandmother was very disappointed, though, to see a big picture of a marijuana leaf and the atmosphere of the concert. Not the influence she wanted in this boy’s life.

    I do like his music. Blue Eyes is a classic. He had a difficult time making it in the music industry when they tried to fit him into their mold. He became successful when he started being himself. I mean successful in the industry.

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  13. Good Morning…oh how beautiful it is this morning in the forest….spring is here and I see signs of greem emerging from beneath the once frozen earth! 🙂
    The sweetest memories of childhood that I recall is playing in the refrigerator box in the back yard…it was a pirate ship, a house, and a dog house…we took our crayons and drew window boxes with flowers in them, tables, great masterpieces of art on the walls…all the while Mom was in the house watching soap operas 😛

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  14. There is no end to online sites that give ideas for things to do with children. Many are specifically for boys. I have one folder in my Pinterest account just for activities with grandchildren. I don’t see them regularly, but usually for a longer stretch. If they are here with their cousins, they find plenty to do. Sometimes that is not a good thing. 😉 It is amazing how simple projects can be so fun for them, however.

    When we get the chance, we take individual children to sites they do not have time to go to when they are visiting with their parents. I have realized, however, that some of the children go so much and have so many activities, that they would rather stay here. It is surprising what THEY want to do. One of the blessings is to learn more about THEM.

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  15. We gave Chuck toy cars to push around. That would occupy him all day.
    He would go “Hummmmm” and “beep beep” all day. Cars don’t go beep, beep much anymore.
    But helping daddy fix things was the big thing. He especially liked washing the car.
    About the time he got really useful, he got into other things.
    i.e. About the time I could trust him with a power mower, he was a bus boy for Three Chefs.
    I got about three good years out of him.
    I was away at Purdue one of those years. He was lots of help for Elvera. He was 13 that year.

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  16. Drug abuse, the “need” for more money, prostitution, wandering from a marriage, gluttony, etc, all manifestations of alienation of self, in my opinion.


  17. My thirteen year olds are not able to help, sadly. I had hoped they would step into the gap when the older ones got other interests. However, it is good for me to walk behind a lawn mower for three acres each week. Later it will need to be twice a week. The almost nine year old is starting to learn and that is good.


  18. Russell Moore’s take on our culture — and what ails all of us (in one way or other) — is always worth reading.

    AJ, your government at work.

    I like the birds at the diner.

    I don’t remember a lot of planned/nonstop activities either from my childhood, either, although I know my mom taught me to read early and both my parents fostered my early interest in drawing. But as I got a little older, I (alone and with friends, depending) climbed trees & dirt mountains where they were building our freeway, splashed in pools, played cowboys and pioneers and Barbie (not a lot) and Hula Hoops and roller skates and baseball and Olympic athletes and “army” and covered wagon train and Lassie (the cat reluctantly had to play the role of Lassie) and Black Beauty/Flicka. …

    I was exhausted after just reading all the lists & lists of activities suggested yesterday (?) ! Whew. I’m glad I have to just go work. 🙂

    Interesting debate going on about the family who believes in letting their kids go out alone during the day to the park (I think they’ve been charged with something by the state). That’s the way life was for most of us growing up, of course, but no longer, apparently.

    Did Willie Nelson sing “On the Road Again”? At my former paper, the managing editor and the head of advertising used to break out in a duet of that every Friday afternoon, right around 5 p.m. …


  19. So I come home last night and notice the bin where I keep all the canned cat food had been tipped over and upended in the kitchen. The new 12-can case of cat food was missing.

    I found it torn apart with the cans scattered in the backyard, with one tin can chewed open and the food (“succulent chicken) gone.

    Tess is ravenous always, it seems, she’s part billy goat, I think. But all her teeth still seem to be in place. It hurt my mouth just looking at the empty can with all the holes and dents in it. The pop top was missing, I guess I should go out and make sure that’s picked up where ever it landed (hopefully not inside her).


  20. And I see “On the Road Again” was released in 1980, so that makes sense — this would have been in the early to mid 1980s when I worked at the paper, so the song would have been popular still.

    Loved it when they’d both start singing with gusto in the newsroom, you always knew the weekend was ready to launch when you heard them singing that song … 🙂 Good times.

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  21. It likely was somebody wanting my bank account number so he could deposit $3,000,000. He could just send a check. That would be ;logical, wouldn’t it.


  22. The other scam they run is sending you a message that it is your grandchild in jail and needs bail money, but please don’t tell mom and dad.


  23. Mumsee @ 10:54. Lots of truth in that.
    It can be a strong motivator tool
    “Alienation of self” is different from not liking where your life is headed and deciding to do something about it. That presumes an amount of self confidence.

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  24. Kim, I got those twice. Brian was in trouble in Mexico. Sounded exactly like Brian. But it tipped me off immediately when he called me “Grandpa”. None of the kids call me that. Becky gave me a name when she was first talking. All the kids still go by that.

    Not concerning this, but I once paid a lawyer $50 to tell me, “Never, under any circumstances, wire money to an offshore bank.


  25. One of my dad’s favorite ways of keeping children occupied was to give them a bunch of nails, an old board and a hammer. Most children love to hammer away. And, no, no one was hurt doing it. Of course, most parents and social workers would scream in horror at the stuff we were allowed to do (or just did) when we were young. Yet, most of us survived just fine.

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  26. When I was young we spent hours outdoors and not within mother’s calling voice area. We were pretty far from home in the creeks and woods or even in a trashpile if we were so lucky. That is not a choice for parents today, so they sometimes have to make other provisions to supplement time on the screen and video games. We did not do video games at home. I was so thankful, but it really put son out of sync with his peers. I felt it was an academic advantage not to spend time on those type games. We did plenty of board games. I was the one who did them with him because no one else was available for a lot of the hours. My husband never likes to do board games, but my brother will play them. Maybe husband never had anyone to do them with him when he was young. My brother and I occupied each other a lot with board games when young.


  27. I am at the office now for the first time in months. I am enjoying the large computer screen, but have way too much to catch up on. It feels a bit socially awkward to be back here after the long absence. The office I use is occupied by one of the preparers who come in to work during the main tax season so I basically lose my space unless I work at the receptionist area which gets crowded at times during “the season.” I just try to do whatever keeps the peace. I am doing more writing now and find it distracting to hear all the office banter, phones ringing, and other happenings.


  28. As I’ve mentioned previously, Emily is not an over-protective mom. She even let’s Forrest use real tools & real garden tools, that would make others nervous. He was using a real paring knife to help her in the kitchen when he was still a toddler. He’s great at cracking & scrambling eggs, too. 🙂

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  29. This morning, Emily & I were discussing concerns about Forrest starting kindergarten this fall. I mentioned the matter of small motor skills, & she pointed out he can use scissors, among other skills, & we’ll teach him to write his name. She told me she talked to another mom she knows, whose little boy is currently in preschool, & will be going to kindergarten in the fall, too.

    The other mom said they don’t push reading or any other “academics” in our town’s preschool, so Forrest, having not gone to preschool, would not be too behind when he goes to kindergarten. (I do want to work with him on learning some more before he starts, though.) She also said that the kindergarten classes are small, & the teachers can give some individual attention to each child. Emily felt relieved to hear that.

    Then Forrest, having heard me talking to his mom, says, “Mimi, I’ll be fine!” 🙂

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  30. We also don’t have to worry about him being smaller than the older kids in class. When he turned four, he was already as tall as an average five year old. He may end up being one of the tallest in his class.

    You know, I hate that we have to be concerned about a little child being academically ready to enter kindergarten, for crying out loud! It used to be that kindergarten was mostly play, a way to get children used to the school environment. I didn’t learn my letters until first grade, but was an avid reader at least by age eight.

    A recent article noted that a study was done, comparing children who learned to read at five to children who learned to read at seven. By age 11, those who learned to read at seven had better reading comprehension than those who learned at five. Interesting.

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  31. When I went through graduate school, one of my professors was a nun who had taught first grade. The way teachers used to assess reading readiness was if a child could jump rope and if they could clap a tune–ta-ta-tee-tee-ta. Before they can master those skills their brains aren’t ready to put the letters together. Because of standardized testing and No Child Left Behind we are forcing students who aren’t ready to learn to learn it. It is a great frustration to them and to the teachers, but it is a greater disservice to the students.

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  32. such a strange day. Court had been cancelled by a clerk error and my friend had not been notified. But we persisted, drove quite a ways to the central courtroom, and got the files out of the archives and the case set for another court date. The other party had cancelled everything. I picture God laughing as we know He will triumph and He is working all this together for her good.

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  33. Kim, I don’t remember not knowing how to read. Mom said yes, I learned when I was five, and no I didn’t just teach myself to read. But rhythmic stuff has always been hard for me, so I might have flunked that “ready to read” test when I was already reading 100-page books. (I read Heidi for the first time in first grade, and it’s more than 200 pages, not sure the exact length of the edition I had, but the one I have now is 350 pages and that edition was also unabridged.)

    Karen (4:46), I’d be curious as to the reasons the children learned to read at seven, and how that affected their learning. In other words, when a child is in school at five or six but doesn’t learn to read until he’s seven, or eight, or ten, it might well be because he has learning disabilities, and his comprehension skills aren’t going to be improved over those of his peers. If a parent is homeschooling and chooses to wait till the child is a little bit older to start to teach him, then he may indeed have an advantage over the child who starts earlier. But what about the child (like me) who is in a household where everyone loves to read, where reading is seen as a special privilege and the child willingly plunges right in and learns easily and eagerly? (I can only guess that was the case with me, since I remember learning to write–with some frustrations along the way–but have no memory of learning to read.) Would that child be better off waiting a couple more years? I can’t imagine how. If he’s pressured, yes, but if he is not, no. I can’t help but wonder if those doing the study might not have had an agenda, since waiting till seven isn’t the norm; if parents deliberately choose to wait because they think their child isn’t ready, they might be the sort of dedicated parents whose children have a bit of an advantage over other children, anyway. Was it a valid study, controlling for other variables, in other words?


  34. Cheryl the key is to let the child learn to read when they are ready. Those were just some of the clues that old fashioned teachers looked for. Now we force it.
    I don’t remember learning to read but I suspect I was in first grade. From second grade on I was reading at least 4 or 5 grades ahead. When I have time I read 3 or more boops a week. Each person is different

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  35. Eight year old is going to have tremendous comprehension as he is still not reading. But little sister reads quite well and has astonishing comprehension. I have heard those studies, and as with any studies, there are variables. Pushing a child to read is probably not a great idea. Letting him get out of it because he is busy probably is not a good idea. Some would probably never read. So, I suppose everybody will just muddle through as best they can and it will turn out one way or another.

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  36. Cheryl – I don’t really know anything else about that study. You have a point about it not being the norm for a child not to learn to read before seven. I think the point of whatever article I read with that study was that many children are not ready to learn by five, & maybe “forcing” it on them sort of short circuits something within them. I don’t know, just guessing here.

    I think I would have loved to learn to read earlier than I did, but my mom didn’t really like reading to me. That was my dad’s thing to do with me, but of course, as the breadwinner, he didn’t have much time to do anything beyond reading a story or two. And back then (early 60s), I don’t know if there was much emphasis on parents teaching their children to read.


  37. I had a cloth book I made for my first born. It happened to have Velcro letters made of felt. She loved to take them off and replace them in their ‘spot’. I accidently found out she knew all her letters by the time she was eighteen months old. She learned to read before Kindergarten, just by listening to me read and sometimes show her the letter sounds. None of it was forced. The big deal at the time, was to not teach them to read. I do know some boys who were pushed and had some problems from it. I let her learn as she wanted. It did create some challenges in the public school, but it all worked out. Her comprehension is wonderful, btw.

    I was very frustrated by the slowness of learning to actually read. I thought we’d never get out of picture books. I thought Dick and Jane were the most boring books on earth.

    Children are so much NOT machines. They are NOT a product to be developed. That makes for big challenges in classroom settings. Thank God for the hard working teachers who take up the challenge, whether at home, private or public schools.

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