103 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-26-15

  1. Evening you all. Just got home from the women’s retreat down the hill. This evening was very special. You see it is not safe here and I don’t get to go out after dark, just to walk to my car. Well this evening we ending with going out on the lawn in the dark. They gave us each a handful of glow sticks to write a word that signified the journey we are on. So in the dark we cracked our glow sticks and then quietly wrote our word. Then I had some quiet to contemplate my word. Then I quietly walked around reading the words of others. So profound and peaceful.

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  2. The header photo may look pretty but around there you would know there would be a nest of water moccasins somewhere nearby.

    I told you the story of Miss Daphne and her marathons and last night a friend showed me this. It’s pretty funny.
    Where your marathon runs into Deliverance

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  3. The header photo was from the walk my hubby and I took the first day of spring. We often go to a state park that has lots of hiking trails, and we discovered this trail early in the spring, when dogwoods and redbud and trillum were in bloom. Among other things that day, we followed an oriole for about 20 minutes and saw a beaver. The trail is mostly easy and there are benches situated near the ponds it winds around, but you have to hike another (easy) trail to get to it, so it takes a while to hike it and apparently no one knows about it. (Last time we didn’t see anyone on the trail itself, just on the other trail you take to get to it, and this time we only saw one person.) So it’s the perfect trail when the weather is perfect (no chance of rain and not hot) and when we have a leisurely three or four hours for it. (Including the other trail it’s probably about four miles of walking total, maybe five, but if you’re going out to see nature on a peaceful trail, it makes no sense to power walk.

    We saw wood ducks in one or two of the ponds, but not anywhere close to us, and in shade. We didn’t see any turtles this time, and definitely didn’t see the beaver or any hint of it. (My guess at the time we saw it was that it was a young one that had left home and was looking for a place to set up camp. My husband questioned whether it could be a beaver with no signs of felled trees or a lodge or a dam, but the photos identified it as definitely a beaver.)

    I’ll explain the photo itself in a second post.

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  4. Water moccasins– have never seen one but have heard enough terror stories I don’t think I’d ever swim in a lake in the south. Two stories a little later. Do you ever find them gliding around swimming pools?


  5. Whoops, that should have said first day of fall.

    Anyway, that little bird seems to be an eastern phoebe. Eastern phoebes have one little trick that makes them kind to photographers (though I’ve had few chances to photograph them, and they are so little and brown it’s hard to get a good photo of them)–they hunt by hawking. Hawking means they land on a branch or other object (in this case, the stump in the upper right of the frame, which has one portion that sticks up at least twice as high as the part that can be seen in the photo), and from there they fly out to grab an insect, catch it in the air, and fly back to the same spot. So it’s easier to focus in on them, since you know where they are going to be.

    Well, this little guy flew out and grabbed something from the water, and I saw that it made a lovely reflection as it briefly hit the water before flying back to its perch. I didn’t dare zoom in close, since doing so would mean it would be out of focus if it went anywhere else in my frame, and it might fly out of the frame. Instead I moved the camera to action mode, waited for it to leave the perch, and quickly pushed the button. I knew I had the photo, so I didn’t even try again. At home I cropped it a lot (this is maybe 25% of the original frame) and was pleased to see it was still fairly sharp, because that often isn’t possible to crop it that much and still have it clear when blown up large.

    Like the bird yesterday by someone else, it’s a plain little bird, but a bird doing something quite interesting and photogenic.


  6. Good morning. We’ve had enough rain in the past few days to make a nice pond for moccasins.

    So far, not one doc appointment on schedule for today. But one is scheduled for Monday.

    Husband has been watching the marathon back to back Law and Order shows. A little tv goes a long way for me. Miss Bosley likes to watch football on tv but she wants to scratch the other programs off the tv. I will be thankful for football, too.

    My friend, Karen, has been so moved by the Pope’s visit. She thinks he is great. I have not seen him on tv at all.


  7. Good article posted from this week at The Gospel Coalition on why Protestants don’t have a pope. Several have reminded us that our problem with the pope isn’t personal but is theological in nature.


    Although I will say there have been popes who have been at least closer to sound biblical theology and its application than this one seems to be. πŸ™„


    … By definition Protestants do not make very good Catholics. (Or to be more precise, we are not good Roman Catholics, though I’d like to think a robust Protestant is a small-c catholic in the best sense of the word.) However much Protestants and Catholics can work together on social issues, and however much we may share an early creedal tradition, there are still many significant issues which divide us. One of the most important of those issues is how we understand the government that Christ gave to his church. In his massive four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) gives six reasons Protestants reject the primacy of the Pope and the Catholic understanding of apostolic succession. …


  8. Of course, the most enthusiastic people when it comes to this particular pope seem to be political liberals and even atheists. He seems like an awfully nice guy, but a theologian he isn’t.

    I’ve noticed at least one conservative Catholic blogger is straining to still give him the benefit of the doubt, however, suggesting that the language barrier (coupled with a biblically illiterate secular press) has led to his being misquoted frequently, which also I think is probably true.

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  9. I’ve never seen water moccasins, either, but the whole idea of a poisonous creature that is more at home in the water than I gives me the creeps. It’s probably why I’ve never been a big fan of alligators or crocodiles–or sharks–though I find most predators fascinating. (Big cats and raptors, especially.)

    My pastor in Nashville had grown up in the shrimping business in Alabama. He once explained his having what he recognized to be paranoia about snakes. It seems that some hurricane left his family shrimping business largely underwater when he was a teenager, and he was one of the ones helping with cleanup (if I remember correctly). Well, the “factory” (or whatever the shrimping business would have had) had a dozen or so water moccasins that had been swept into it with the high water, and he has been freaked out by snakes ever since.

    I grew up around snakes; rattlers in the Arizona desert are as common as cottontails where I live now (meaning not an everyday sight, but an extremely common one). I respect snakes, but they don’t scare me. But the very idea of water moccasins creeps me out, even though I’ve never seen one. Basically, a rattlesnake is no threat as long as you see it first and you aren’t about to step on it when you do see it. You’re both on solid ground, and he is as inclined as you are to keep a distance between you; your danger is only if you surprise it or you go after it aggressively and he has no good escape route. But if you’re in the water and so is a moccasin, he has an advantage over you, and from what I understand he won’t be as careful to keep his distance as a rattler will be. No thanks.


  10. I hope there’s not a connection . . .

    The stories, real fast.

    A long time ago, a friend from Texas was being sworn into the Navy. As he raised his hand, someone ran in, “Mr. Johnson, your eyes!”

    He put down his hand. “What about my eyes?”

    “THey’re not good enough for submarines.”

    “I’m not joining the Navy.” He was terrified of WATER MOCCASINS and would only join the Navy if he could be safely underwater.

    “We’ll get an exemption.”

    He swore. Of course there was no exemption.

    But, they put him on a surface nuke ship being constructed so he never had to go out to sea on the lakes of the south.

    Second story. Don’t read if horror is too much.

    My niece’s husband grew up in North Carolina. When he was a kid, about 10, the family was out on a lake with another family. His friend jumped out of the boat into the water.

    Into a nest of water moccasins.

    He did not recover.

    I feel sick all over just remembering Kris’ description of the screaming . . .

    So, when I visited Florida some ten years ago and was shocked driving around Orlando at all the houses that seemed to have giant screened in backyards, I understood when my friend explained it was to keep snakes and crocodiles out of the pool.

    Now there’s something we NEVER worry about in California!

    Please pray for rain, though.

    Off to prepare my study on heaven and then attend two toddler birthday parties today. My house is clean and empty–and I think I am, too! πŸ™‚


  11. I wear my moccasins on my feet but try not to get them wet.

    I was scared of the tree snakes dangling down to bite people when we moved to Georgia. But I did not see any. We were warned where to swim and where not to swim in the lake. Why would anybody choose to live there???????????????


  12. No water moccasins up here of course, but there is a reason I don’t like swimming in places where I can’t see the bottom. Things that live in the water have always freaked me out. We had a lot of old National Geographic magazines growing up, and I would cover my eyes when I came to the pages of an article with underwater pictures, peeking between my fingers to see if I was past the pages yet. I had trouble watching Disney’s live action film o Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea for the same reason. I got a bit better as I got older, but even now I prefer swimming in clear pools or lakes.

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  13. I am terrified od snakes as Mumsee can attest. I also have heard stories like the one Michelle told. Where I am we have a lot of salt and brackish water so I don’t worry too much. In a river where there is lots of boating you don’t havery to worry as much but I wouldn’t go into trees or where there were stumps and other vegetation. You just grow up knowing g those things.


  14. I quickly learned to be cautious of trees and long grass in West Africa. When I came home, I had to keep telling myself it was okay to walk in the woods, there were no venomous snakes here and no crocodiles in the swamp (The Gambia River has crocodiles, and though we were somewhat inland, there were reports of crocodile sightings at the local swamp). Although here, one has to be aware that there are coywolves, bears, and cougars. I heard the pack on the hunting trail the other night, and my mother and I saw where a bear had been at the berries and apples that grow wild on the roadside.


  15. Yeah, you basically just know your area and what is safe or not. Some people I know can’t imagine casually taking a walk in an area where, if the weather is right, you are very likely to see one or more rattlesnakes if you take a two-mile walk. Well, if you’re walking in such an area, you watch your step, and you never, never walk between two bushes growing close together, and you never brush against a bush as you pass it, and you never jump from one rock to another unless you know what is between them (or you know for sure it is the wrong time of day/year for snakes to be out), etc. But those precautions can become as much second nature as, say, walking after dark in Chicago and knowing exactly where you can or cannot go, what you can and cannot do, etc. In Chicago I never carried a purse, never walked down alleys after dark, kept aware of my surroundings, walked with confidence, etc. I wasn’t “guaranteed” safety in either place by walking with awareness of my surroundings, but your chances go way up if you know what you’re doing. And your risks go way up if you do not.


  16. It’s interesting to me with all the recent shark activity (fairly close to shore) that it never seemed to be an issue when I was a teen and swimming in the ocean so much. Nature and sometimes the changing habits of predator species (and, yeah, that includes criminals in the city) keep us on our toes.

    We have rattle snakes on a hilltop where it’s popular to walk dogs. It’s just a very short distance from where I live, a couple blocks literally, but I won’t go there in the summer time (part of the appeal up there is you can get away with letting your dogs off leash if they’re trustworthy — but I’d really worry about a dog diving into a bush or taking on a rattlesnake.


  17. Easily one of the spookiest snake stories I’ve ever read (no bites) was from a book I own about bald eagles. The writer had heard of bald eagle nests on some island, and he had his father and some other man take him to that island. The tide was going out and the boat had to leave right now or get stranded, and he made a last-minute decision to spend the night on the island. He literally pushed the boat away from him as he got out of it, over his father’s protests. He told them leave now, pick me up in the morning at high tide, but go or you won’t be able to leave, so they did. He then waded the rest of the way to the island. Too late, he discovered the island was absolutely covered with rattlesnakes just emerging from hibernation (they can den together in large numbers) and there was no way to be safe from them unless he spent the night in a tree. I believe he actually found the eagles’ nest and spent the night in it–the eaglets had left the nest but the family was still nearby, and the presence of the eagles kept the snakes away from him. But he made himself a tight nest with tarps and tape and his coat and I don’t remember what all, to make sure no rattlesnakes crawled over him. But the details of piles of rattlesnakes rattling was unnerving even to read, and naturally he didn’t sleep. And photographing young bald eagles moved down his priority list that night–staying alive until the next high tide was his greatest desire.

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  18. Tomorrow night is a blood moon. One of the coolest-sounding events here is a free viewing up at the Griffith Park Observatory — all set to live classical music. Too bad it’s a Sunday night, just not good timing for me to get up there, although you can view it on the live stream app. I told Carol about it, she lives very close to the observatory (it’s in the hills right above her residence, visible from her place).

    Meanwhile, I guess some Mormons (and others) view it as a sign of end times


    AP: SALT LAKE CITY >> A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.

    Sunday night’s β€œblood moon” and recent natural disasters and political unrest around the world have led to a rise in sales at emergency-preparedness retailers. Apocalyptic statements by a Mormon author have only heightened fears among a small number of Mormon followers about the looming end of time. The eclipse will give the moon a red tint and make it look larger than usual. It won’t happen again for 18 years.

    It’s unclear how many Latter-day Saints buy the theory, but Mormon leaders were worried enough that they took the rare step this week of issuing a public statement cautioning the faithful not to get carried away with visions of the apocalypse.


  19. While doing housework today, I’ve been listening to a random loop mix on my old iPod (attached to a home speaker in the kitchen) today. It makes for an unusual combination. Just heard a Rod Stewart tune followed by a reading from the Book of Romans. I have all kinds of things on that iPod, from classical music to movie themes to rock to Motown to show tunes to jazz — to a reading through parts of the NT. πŸ™‚

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  20. Housework? We are supposed to do housework? That could explain something…..

    Nine year old is cleaning out the eaves again. He did need a bit of help when he reached a spot with a large spider on the wall. He did not want to kill it, but did not want it to kill him either. One of the brothers helped him out by watching the spider while he worked.

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  21. Cheryl, there is an island off the coast of Brazil, Ilha de Queimada Grande, that is so densely inhabited by one of the most venomous snakes in the world, the Golden Lancehead Pit Viper, that people are forbidden to set foot on the island. You wouldn’t want to end up marooned there – the estimate is that the density is one snake per square meter.

    Donna, that idea about the four blood moons has been around for awhile and one John Hagee has written a book about it. Hagee postulated that such tetrads occurred when events significant to Jewish history happened. From all that I’ve read, there are Christian and Jewish sects who are also buying into the idea. Silly really, as there is no real connection between the tetrad and world shaking events. For example, the tetrad in 1949-1950 occurred after the creation of Israel, not before, and thus it predicted nothing.


  22. You know, if I had water moccasins I could walk in the rain and keep my feet dry. Oh, you’re not talking about that kind of moccasin.

    We had a good day. Several people from various churches in Missouri met for a bicycle ride on the Katy Trail (former railroad line across Missouri.) We had to drive over two hours to get there, but it was fun. I rode about 10 miles out and back. The trail is along the Missouri River. beautiful place, wonderful fellowship afterwards at a picnic. D2 and her new beau were there too, since he lives only 20 miles from the meeting place. Of course, now I am rather sore.


  23. What do those Brazilian pit vipers eat? One each square meter (yard( doesn’t leave room for whatever is food.

    I don’t believe northern water snakes are poisonous. I don’t know where the lineis.


  24. Yes, I’m pretty sure that is what they were. There were green mambas around there as well, so there is a chance they could have been baby green mambas, but the three I killed had black on the inside of their mouth, which is the identifying mark of the black mamba (black mambas do not necessarily have black skins). I also found a picture of a baby black mamba on the internet which looked exactly like what I had killed. But that doesn’t mean I’m a fearless snake killer. After the third kill inside my house, which revealed just how they were getting in, I asked if I could switch houses. I moved the same day, and then had nightmares that snakes crawling all over my bedroom. I woke myself up saying, “No!” For some reason, the nightmares came back when I came home; and I dreamt there were mambas now in Canada 😯 I’m still a bit jumpy when I catch a glimpse of a snake or any object resembling one.


  25. Now I have visions of Phos racing through the house, skirts blowing, hair billowing, bow in hand, as she wallops yet another black mamba.


  26. The kill count for confirmed venomous snakes while I was there was:
    1 Puff Adder, found under a pile of leaves in a backyard
    1 Large Female Mamba, burnt in brush fire while laying eggs – I have a picture of the charred remains
    1 Forest Cobra, which they discovered and shot shortly after I had walked by the place where it was at night – I heard a strange sliding noise as I walked by
    4 Baby Mambas, three by me in my house, one by my neighbours who found it crawling up their screen door
    1 Python, who was caught eating chickens


  27. Oops, technically, a python isn’t venomous, though it can be dangerous. The villagers did not discriminate – in their eyes, the only good snake was a dead one. It had to be decapitated for them to think it was really dead.

    Knife, Mumsee, knife… a bow would be useless, though a gun works very well. I used a knife and a garden rake (to pin the snake down while I cut off its head).


  28. And yes, the vision of me racing through the house would be accurate for the last kill, as I was chasing it down the hallway when it crawled out from under the door, trying to pin it down. The other two were slower, as they crawled underneath furniture, the first under my bed, the second under a desk, and I had to pull out the furniture, and then crawl on top of it to reach down and kill the snake. I started using the rake after the first kill, because I struck too low down on the snake with my knife, and it whipped around and bit the knife blade. Thankfully, it wasn’t any bigger, or it would have been me that was bit. Mambas are venomous within 12 hours of hatching, their venom kills in 1-4 hours, they are the fastest snake in Africa, and they can grow up to 4 and a half meters in length. So it could have been a lot worse.


  29. Let’s see, last night I dreamed about my father, who died in 1984, and I literally do not remember ever dreaming about him. (I’m sure I have done so at some point, probably as a child and maybe after he died. But I don’t remember doing so.) In the dream, I was outside working on some garden stuff, some plants that were in a miniature fenced area (the little fenced area was basically the metal equivalent of a crib, about that size and shape–well, maybe a bit bigger–and with bars about like that). I looked down and saw a snake. I couldn’t see the whole thing, but the head itself was about a foot long and almost as wide and I knew the snake must be enormous.

    I ran inside and told Dad, and he went outside, and went to a different planter type thing, and tipped it, and I was about to tell him no, it was in a different one when a snake crawled out. Dad grabbed some tool (it looked like a broom with most of its bristles worn down to nubs) and put it against the snake’s head and held it down, and then with his other hand he grabbed a chainsaw and started in on its neck, and I looked away cuz I didn’t want to watch.

    I also think about one of my brothers when he was young and foolish (a teenager, I think). He thought it would be cool to have a rattlesnake’s rattle, so he reached out from behid a bush and chopped at the thing’s tail with an axe or some such tool. He didn’t get the rattle! My mom said probably he only got away without a bike since (1) the surprised snake had no idea where he was until he struck, and in the second or two it took the snake to recover, my brother had wisely jumped away and (2) it was probably a fairly young snake.


  30. Violent thread.

    I spent a nice hour at that dog park where it was cooler than inside my house, at least. Let’s see, the conversation (there was a group of about 8 of us) spanned from the merger of Direct TV & AT&T (one of the guys works for Direct TV), what happens to cars when they hit deer, cows and bulls on the road, what happened to the burglar who tried to squeeze into a house via the doggie door only be be attacked by the resident standard poodle and 80-something year-old woman with a broom.

    One of the women with a sweet but odd pit bull, Ollie, has a dilemma though — her dog has become weirdly attached to one of the other guys there after she took her dog to his place or a visit once — ever since then, Ollie literally will run after tis guy and his dog as they leave the park and won’t leave now with his owner (if the guy is still in the park) unless she leashes him and kind of drags him out toward the gate. She feels really hurt. I feel really bad for her. 😦


  31. Interesting thread today. We could have used snake aversion training for our dog when we lived in rattlesnake country – he likes to stick his nose down every holes and into every crevasse. We usually left him at home when we went out hiking and only ran/walked him on roads where a snake would be very visible and obvious.

    We wore snake gaiters for our hikes and carried walking sticks to probe places that we needed to pass too close for comfort. The locals used to say that you never wanted to be the third one in a hiking group because the first one woke up the rattler, the second one made it mad and the third one got bitten πŸ™‚

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  32. Good scary movie on tonight.

    Divorced dad, writer, moves kids to the country (Mercy, South Carolina) (check); Marmalade the family cat weirdly vanishes (later found in two pieces) (check); creepy history of house discovered too late (check); spiders invade kitchen cabinets (check); teen daughter disturbs local Indian burial ground (teenagers, I know, but why-why-why do they always have to DO that?) (check); elderly babysitter mysteriously vanishes (later found to have been eaten “alive”) (check).

    But, hey, what a gorgeous, old 3-story country house it was, I would have bought it too. In a heartbeat.

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  33. I thought Donna was going to tell us about a snake in the dog park.


    We’re going off to meet some friends from Falls Church for church here this morning.


  34. I see you are done being grumpy. Our guest room is open again, by the way. Unfortunately, we don’t get television here, so you won’t be able to watch things like that.

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  35. Donna, why do you inflict D list movies upon yourself? I know, I know, you just wanted to watch something. I would get that way too, when I went to the city and could watch TV. The Mid-East TV stations we got in Africa would play a lot of Hollywood blockbusters, but they would also play some B-D list stuff as well. I could feel my mind melting into mingled horror and disbelief trying to watch the stuff and usually ended up turning it off. It wasn’t just the awful methods of death and the twisted characters usually portrayed, but there is an overall disjointedness and purposelessness about such films which make one feel as one is watching someone’s LSD trip.

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  36. “Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes?” Quick, trivia quuestion: Who said that and in what movie?

    Husband and I have never seen hanging snakes in Georgia. I once saw a big black rat snake hanging on a tree limb in Russellville, AL. Maybe the hanging snakes migrated west. πŸ™‚ Perhaps they will make it all the way to CA!


  37. Excuse me roscuro but this movie was a solid C. Said so in the ratings. And it starred Kevin Costner, a big name at that time (late 1990s). What, do you think I watch trash??

    Well, the pope has left the room — and with the usual remarks that say just enough to make people scratch their heads and wonder if that was what he really meant to say … it’s a tendency that makes not a few folks crazy …

    He’s just not a very careful speaker. Or careful theologian. Or something.



    PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis ended his historic, and taxing, trip to the U.S. on Sunday (Sept. 27) after again renewing his call to American Catholics – and, by extension, the entire church – to move beyond a β€œnarrow” vision of Catholicism that he denounced as β€œa perversion of faith.”

    the persistent thread of openness – to people who may think differently or disagree, and to change in the church – will also be the theme, and flashpoint, of a pivotal Vatican summit of leading bishops that Francis is set to convene next Sunday to discuss concrete ways to welcome families that may not conform to the ideal of the catechism. ….

    That three-week meeting, called a synod, will bring together nearly 300 cardinals and bishops to discuss whether, and how, the church can tweak it practices or doctrines to be more open to divorced and remarried Catholics, for example, or to gay Catholics.


    Charges of heresy and dire warnings of schism have set the stage for the synod, which in many respects β€” despite the massive media coverage of the U.S. visit – will be much more crucial to the success of Francis’ agenda, and the future course of Catholicism.


  38. Interesting news swirling around the pope. Was there a plan? Could explain some things …

    Gotta love Vatican intrigue:


    ” …. This is the first confirmation of rumors that had been going around for years about Benedict being thwarted by a liberal conspiracy, one that eventually forced him out. These men β€” Danneels, Van Luyn, Kasper, Lehman, and Hume, at least β€” all preside over dying churches. And they killed the Benedict papacy. …”


  39. Donna, I’m tempted to say, “Kevin Costner? He’s so old!” πŸ˜‰ I was too young to watch the kind of films he starred in during the ’90’s. I finally saw Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves in my early 20s and watched it in mingled dismay and incredulity – the Wild West doesn’t combine well with Medieval England. The Mid-East programmers played a film of his called The Postman, but with any questionable scenes cut out (they edited a lot of films that way, which was kind of nice – you hardly missed them).

    I never did watch any of the Indiana Jones films, though I’ve seen bits and pieces of them over the years. My cousins would watch the Spielberg TV series The Young Indiana Jones, and I watched one full episode with them, where the boy Indiana goes with a young Indian boy and visits all the different religions in India. At the end, Indiana asks the Indian boy which religion he believes, and the boy replies that he believes in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. That impressed me, as I grew up hearing that TV had nothing good to offer.

    I’m skeptical about the plot rumours. Obviously, Benedict was pressured to resign for various reasons, but I doubt the sinister Jesuit plot line. It sounds like something Jack Chick (of Chick tract fame) would dig up – only he would drag the Illuminati into it. Francis is obviously not the most conservative of Catholics, but he hasn’t come out in support of abortion or gay marriage. When I think of the popes that ruled during the 1400 to 1500s, Francis seems mighty tame and conservative. He ain’t got nothin’ on the Borgias.


  40. I think I’m going to go off that 10 mg statin I’ve been taking, after reading some of the side effects, I think I’m getting some (even though it’s a low dose and the pharmacist said I shouldn’t have issues). But aside from the normal ones they’ve warned about (muscle soreness when exercising, fatigue, depression) there are impacts on the nervous system that could be causing the neck tremors (it started only in this past year which is the time frame in which I’ve been taking the statin and pain in the neck and shoulders also another symptom listed). And now a new study in the UK says they speed up the aging process by preventing stem cells from regenerating or doing whatever it is they’re supposed to be doing to renew you.

    I’m due in this fall for a recheck. But I’m curious to see if some of these symptoms (real or imagined) go away if I go off the statin for a few weeks … I feel like I have had all of them, although I realize reading through lists of symptoms can prompt one’s imagination to assume things that aren’t real …

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  41. Donna, Costner acted recently in a film called Black and White, in which he plays a grandfather πŸ™‚ Haven’t seen the film and only know about it because World reviewed it.


  42. There were many films over the years that I only knew by their music, because the local classical music station would play the main theme. “Dances with Wolves” was one of those films. I looked up the trailer on YouTube a while ago, and decided it wasn’t worth my while. The films of the 90s were really quite risquΓ© and also very long. I think Hollywood has actually gotten tamer about showing, ahem, ‘bedroom scenes’ these days.


  43. On statins, when I was studying nursing, they were part of a trio of medication given for high blood pressure (beta blocker, statin, & diuretic). I always winced at the list of side effects for the statins. Shortly after I finished, I heard reports of a long-term study which said that the trio of medication, once thought to cut down on all risks for high blood pressure, could actually increase the risk of fatalities in that combination. Statins have nasty side effects, and the reason they are given, to reduce cholesterol levels, is now under question. High cholesterol is increasingly understood to be genetic – some people get it and some don’t – and high levels do not automatically mean clogged arteries. Some other mechanism is causing arteries to clog, other than high cholesterol. It is probably stress related, as cholesterol acts to heal microscopic tears in arteries which can happen due to stress. I would always say talk to your doctor before stopping a medication (in case you need to ease off it), but I can understand stopping a statin.


  44. I have vetted films for my mother for years now. Not that she ever goes to a movie theater, but she doesn’t like anything with too much action or suspense, and definitely nothing scary. It is a pleasure to find a film she likes. I recently showed her and my father the Danish film Babette’s Feast, which they really enjoyed. When the new Cinderella came out, I went to see it in the theatre, and enjoyed it so much that when it was released onto DVD this month, I got it from iTunes and showed it to my mother. She just loved it.


  45. Saw a sliver of the red moon when I got home from the dog park but looked out later and didn’t see it … We also have some overcast here, wondering if it’s obscuring the views

    I’m just curious to see if I ease off the statins for a few weeks only whether some of what I think are side effects will go away. I’m due to see my doctor soon so we’ll be talking about it anyway

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  46. Mrs L and I were driving home form a concert in Iowa and saw the beginnings of the eclipse. Then it got cloudy. About 5 miles from home we saw the moon as just a small sliver of white with the dark red. But then clouds covered the moon again, so we couldn’t see the full eclipse.


  47. I saw a brief sliver when we got home from the dog park but when I checked about 10 minutes later, nothing — there may be more of the moon visible at some of our lookout points hear the cliffs, I Probably should have gone but didn’t.


  48. Roscuro, I saw Babette’s Feast once several years ago, and my husband had also seen it once. We own it, though, and we watched it together a week or two ago, and enjoyed it.


  49. Well I did get something of a picture of the moon on the dog walk, posted it on FB.

    Back to the pope, this story is a little different than hearsay I think, as it comes from someone inside the Vatican who was, he says, involved. It frankly would explain a lot …

    Should be interesting to watch what else unfolds.



    Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of ‘Mafia’ Club Opposed to Benedict XVI
    New authorised biography …

    Maybe he’s making it up, but … ?


  50. This pope does seem to be heading in quite a different direction, perhaps at least setting the stage for more changes to come under someone else. Makes sense to me that it’s a deliberate turn backed by many/some?

    I’m not convinced there isn’t a whole lot of politics that go on behind the scenes in the Vatican.


  51. And I saw my first “shooting star” ever, tonight. I know — crazy that I’ve never seen one in all my years here on earth, but glad I can say now that I have. πŸ™‚


  52. Well, I’ve definitely gotten better photos of the moon. I stood in my backyard as it popped in and out of clouds for an hour (mostly in) and the first glimpse was the only time I saw it red. Long enough to zoom the camera quickly and it was gone.


  53. We had a lot of coastal clouds but a few of the professionals got some good shots. Cheryl, yours looks good, a lot better than mine (I snapped mine with the iPhone while walking dogs).


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