67 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-22-17

  1. I am reading a wonderful book. I can’t wait to share it with others. I just finished Chapter 7. Biddy is now in Egypt. I should have been taking notes of everything I wanted to saw when I write a review.
    I will say that it just brings home to me the many times I haven’t understood my circumstances but the benefit of time and distance has opened my eyes to see there was a plan all along. I am not as good a wife nor person as Biddy seems to be.

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  2. I didn’t understand some of those.
    Peter, I have a time zone advantage.
    Actually, I’m not really that early.
    I come in first thing to send a DIL an e-mail saying everything was OK here.
    Then I check in the blog before going off to breakfast.
    My schedule usually makes me first. After Aj ,of course.

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  3. Who is this Biddey and what is she doing in Egypt?

    Mumsee, eleven year old is going to have a rude awakening unless he understands something. Which is unlikely.
    He can get away with free loading as a cute young kid.
    But someday, three, maybe four, years from now, people are going to start expecting something from him.
    He may not have anything to give.

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  4. Biddy is Oswald Chamber’s (My Utmost for His Highest) wife whom Michelle has written about. ๐Ÿ™‚ And without whom Oswald would likely have remained in obscurity, of course.

    Happy fall, my favorite time of year! And I actually had to pull on a sweatshirt this morning.

    With the help of a neighbor, I got everything hauled out to the cub last night for this morning’s city “bulky-item” pickup. It was also trash night so after that I had to get the trash down into the street. I don’t think I finished until 8:30 p.m. or so and then I went to bed by 9:30 (which is why I’m up a bit earlier than usual today).

    Today will be sad at work, a co-worker of nearly 20 years is leaving — she’s probably the person I’m closest to at work so I don’t think it’s hit me yet how much I’ll personally miss having her around. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We went out to lunch yesterday (our city editor joined us). It’s all rather surreal at work now, people leaving, no clue as to what the powers-that-be intend to do with us going forward.

    I’m glad it’s Friday anyway. That newsroom is going to be so empty (it’s already nearly empty) in another few weeks as others take their exit.

    Sad days for long-standing community newspapers that have chronicled generations of our cities for well over 100 years in most cases.

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  5. I was reading about the 40 day temptation of Jesus in Luke this morning. The Gospels tell of the three temptations, bread, authority, mystery, but they don’t tell anything about the 40 days in which Jesus ate nothing.

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  6. It’s not *quite* fall yet, but Mammoth has snow already & our waterfront is all decked out for Christmas (for a movie that’s filming on location).

    Meanwhile, there was a huge mountain of tumbling pumpkins set out in front of the grocery store when I stopped by after work the other night.

    But temperatures are going to be back up into the 80s next week.

    Very mixed messages for us in California.

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  7. She’s 45 minutes if she goes over the bridge through Long Beach. (Have driven to Disneyland too many times).

    Am I supposed to be looking for something in that photo? Just checking . . .

    It’s cool up here and feeling like fall, except my tomatoes are only now turning red–four months! What’s the deal with those early girls this year?

    I picked my pumpkin weeks ago and it’s guarding the front porch. The green beans are still putting up a fight and cucumbers regularly peek out from under the big leaves. Zucchini, sad to say, has just about seen its last but there are flowers on it.

    I need to start planting for winter. Yikes!

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  8. My little tomatoes on the surprise vine that took root are barely starting to turn red.

    Yes, about 45 minutes from Anaheim. ๐Ÿ™‚ Southeast of me.

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  9. Fall tends to arrive in fits and starts here in Southern California. Bouncing temperatures expected for the next month or so. Summer-fall, summer-fall, summer-fall, fall-fall … Can’t put away the sandals just yet.

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  10. Ah, Michelle is having a tea for our anniversary!

    We are in the 80s here . . . and yesterday we got to 90 for the first time in 2 months and 3 days! I don’t know which is weirder, that we had 90 in the last half of September, or that we didn’t have 90 in all of August. As a Phoenix girl, to whom “summer” means 90 and up, I think the two months without 90 is weirder, honestly.

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  11. Still not feeling very well. Lord willing, this cold/virus will be over soon. The symptoms are fairly mild, in comparison to some I’ve had, but it has staying power.

    Fall seemed to be upon us at the beginning of September, but the hurricanes drove the hot, humid air to where we are, and it has been quite warm the past couple of weeks. Being in the attic, I will be glad when the cool autumn weather starts.

    Chas, 40 days – or in the case of Israel in the wilderness, 40 years – seems to be a time of trial in Scripture. Elijah went without eating for 40 days and nights (the same amount of time as it rained during the Flood) while traveling into the wilderness, after he fled from Jezebel’s wrath due to the incident at Mount Carmel (I Kings 19:8). I’ve read some unreliable sources that claim 40 days is the longest the human body can go without food – my studies in anatomy and physiology have not confirmed whether that is the case. I would assume, however, since Christ did not do anything superhuman with his body until after the Resurrection and that Elijah was a mere man, that it is possible to go without food for that long. As for what Christ did, I picture him doing much what Elijah must have done, walked through the harsh landscape while thinking through his life and what he would face. It would have been a time of mental preparation for the next three years of a ministry that would end in his death.

    It is interesting to think about the similarities and contrasts between the two. Elijah was the greatest of the prophets, wandering through most of his life alone, confronting kings and doing marvelous works. Despite the power he wielded, he was very obviously a fallen human born of Adam, becoming depressed and fearful for his life. Yet, he never died. Even when the chariot of God came for him, he was not alone, because Elisha insisted on accompanying him. Christ was the last God sent, as he himself noted in the parable of the Lord of the vineyard (Mark 12:1-12). The Son of God, he was also human, but born of Mary so he did not inherit the sin nature of Adam. He did not confront kings, remaining silent in the presence of Herod and saying little to Pilate, but he did marvelous works. Though not subject to sin, he nevertheless felt the weakness of human flesh, and agonized over his approaching death. He did died. His companions deserted him at the last. When Christ talked to Elijah, and Moses, during the Transfiguration, God made it clear that Christ was the greater, yet Christ was the one who suffered a painful and cruel death in utter loneliness.

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  12. Good morning. Fall is my favorite season, also. It is also the busiest time.
    Canning, butchering, wood gathering, winterizing….

    Today, we attempt our first pleasure outing. We are going about 65 miles north to a farm store, to get green beans and beets to can, corn for the freezer, and watermelon to eat fresh. Then maybe get to stop and visit with my FIL for a few minutes. We will stop at a different farm on the way back and get our pinto beans for the year. Probably 200 lbs. Then will check on hay prices on the way back.

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  13. It’s a young green heron. Mom and 3 youngsters were practicing flying and fishing at the edge of the lake. They aren’t flying yet though. They just kind of leap and flap around, never getting more than a couple feet off the ground. I did see one who looked like he had the fishing part down though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. We have blue herons here.

    Well, I have to say that RK’s routine looks nothing like mine today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sad day ahead for us, though there will be pizza and cupcakes and sodas. A very strange transition going on at work, I’m trying to get my head around it — but it feels like the beginning of the end of a lot of things somehow. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  15. Morning all. Up late here as I attempted an online course last night. I got the first part done and then the internet appeared to disappear. Figured it was time to sleep. We had snow in the mountains on the last day of summer. Glad to have the heat on here, but expecting it to warm up next week.

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  16. The reason he can get away with free loading is the people in town think we are horrible cruel parents….and they really like how our children turn out. Bizarre. Anyway, because we are considered cruel and mean and all that, they want to fill all the desires of our children. It makes it challenging. When I ask the children when we were strict, they say, “You were very strict.” Give an example. “Hmmm, I guess you were not strict, we had a lot of freedom.” Well, yeah.

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  17. Roscuro, I suspect he is right. I least I enjoy reading it over and over and being amazed that anybody could write such a neat story out of their brain.

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  18. Fogged in again here, which gave me time to try to grade the driveway with the device eighteen year old built in welding class for his dirt bike track and then left here for me to get rid of. I was dragging it off and thought, wow, this just might be what I need to fix the driveway. We will see if it worked. Nobody was killed in the effort.

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  19. AJ, I was going to ask if that was a baby green heron. Was that from last week? I’m shocked you’d find juvenile birds in Florida in September (if that was the case).

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  20. I understand that Lewis and Tolkien were friends.
    Just the same, Lewis is correct. The Hobbit is a children’s book. But it is important because it is the preamble to the <Lord of the Rings series.
    TLOTR is a must read.
    I have commented on this before. My only quarrel is his cartography.

    I have read The Silmarillion also by Tolkien. It’s a heavy book. Very difficult and I don’t recommend it unless you are very serious about Tolkien. The main problem is that the names don’t stay the same.
    Heavy stuff. Very heavy stuff.

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  21. I never read the Silmarillion but I had a sixteen year old many years ago who read it and thought it really something. It must be around here somewhere…..

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  22. Interesting discussion on FB about what people carry for coyote protection on dog walks these days:

    A marine flare pistol; bear spray; pepper spray; a carved wooden (fake) rifle (good for whacking in the head, owner says); air horn; canes, whistles and cans with coins, in some cases several of the above items.

    .

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  23. Add to that the usual stuff we all have to carry on dog walks in the city — poop bags, keys, phone, flashlight — and someone said “How do you carry all that stuff?

    “With great difficulty,” someone answered

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  24. Oh, here’s another suggestion:

    “Everyone should get those long walking sticks that have a spear blade on one end. And a leash that will attach to your body so if you need both hands to fight off a coyote the body leash will keep your pet close to you.”

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  25. Interesting to read about sweatshirts and cool temperatures in California when we have a heat advisory in effect here today. Second day in a row of temps in the 90s, today higher than yesterday, and with higher humidity, too, it’s resulting in a heat index of 100.

    In other news, our neighbors are on vacation, and my youngest three walk over to their house about four times a day to let the dog out, see to her food and water, and generally love on her. The little dog, a shih tzu, immediately took a liking to 6th Arrow, crawling into daughter’s lap to snuggle up, my neighbor told me after the children had gone over there the first time (before the neighbors left) for a little tutorial on what to do.

    This morning when I drove past their house on the way to Bible Study, I saw 4th, 5th, and 6th Arrows already there, walking on their sidewalk, and 6th Arrow carrying the dog pressed to her chest.

    A sweet little “Awww” moment for this mom — so many of my kids have such tender hearts for pets; theirs and others’. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Thanks for the Vivaldi, AJ. Though it doesn’t feel like fall here, I’ll never tire of the crispness of that Autumn concerto. What a great young player and an invigorating performance!

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  27. Cheryl,

    Yes, in Fla. last weekend. They were at the lake at Downtown Disney, which is now Disney Springs for some reason. And I was shocked to see them too.

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  28. I agree with Chas about The Silmarillion. Read it if you want to be a Middle Earth scholar. But don’t read it expecting an engaging absorbing tale like The Hobbit or LOTR.

    I forced myself to read it a couple years ago so I’d have a more complete picture of Middle Earth’s world. I say “forced myself” because I wanted to quit several times. It does illuminate some things that are hinted at in LOTR about Numenor and such, but I didn’t enjoy it.

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  29. It’s hot here in Southeast Michigan too. The average high temperature for this time of year is 72, but we hit a near-record-breaking 90 yesterday and today, with more of the same forecast for the next four days.

    I don’t mind. Where I grew up 90-100 was not unusual in September, and even October. Fall always comes too soon for me here.

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  30. Interesting link, DJ (3:25). I wasn’t surprised to see “miniskirt” on the list for my birth year, but never expected to see “log in” and “log on.”

    “Fender bender” and “buckle up” were both on the list, too.

    Speaking of buckle up, we didn’t always have seat belts in the vehicles my parents owned, though I don’t remember those times very well. My dad said that when my siblings and I were small, and there weren’t seat belts, he’d automatically reach his arm out to the right while driving if he had to brake suddenly, to “stop” a front-seat passenger’s sudden pitch forward. A natural reaction, I’m sure, in the pre-seatbelt days, though that wouldn’t help much at anything other than a low travel speed.

    Oh, I remember now a time, probably in the late sixties, that my sister fell out of the car. Not sure what year the car was, but there must not have been seat belts in the back seat, where she was sitting, otherwise my mom certainly would have had her buckled up. (She’s always been cautious about such things.)

    Anyway, we were leaving a parking lot, and when my mom turned out onto the road, my sister leaned against the car door, which wasn’t completely closed, and out she fell onto the side of the road.

    Never got hurt, but when another sister reenacted the event later at home for my dad, she purposely fell off the kitchen chair and ended up breaking her finger when she hit the floor!

    If it’s not one thing, it’s another!

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  31. Mumsee, there was a collection of Tolkien’s Unfinished Tales in the guest room. In the (few ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) spare moments I had to myself, I attempted to read them, but they were all sad. That’s my greatest quarrel with Tolkien, that he seemed allergic to happy endings. Even LOTR was extended by appendices that were depressing. Only The Hobbit escaped that fate. I’m familiar with some of the Old English and Germanic legends that Tolkien was a specialist in (don’t really like them), so I know where he got his inspiration for unhappy endings from, as the ancient myths and sagas of many peoples seem to have more of tragedy than comedy in them. I’ve read The Silmarillon, but there were only larger than life heroes and villains in it, no real people. LOTR tends in that direction, but there is still enough reality in characters like Pippin and Merry to make it relatable, but only The Hobbit is peopled by the types of characters you might meet in everyday life.

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  32. On DJ’s link: A lot of words related to computers and medicine entered the dictionaries when I was born. I’m surprised that ‘caps lock’ and ‘app’ are the same age. The former I’ve used since we had our first Amiga computer in the early 90s, the latter I did not use until around 2010, when my sibling bought her first smartphone.

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  33. 6, I remember reading a poignant column (Erma Bombeck?) that mentioned the role reversal that takes place between parents and children.

    She realized that had happened when, driving her mother somewhere, she had to stop suddenly and she instinctively reached out to protect her mom — in the same way she always reached over to keep her children from pitching forward.

    But I suppose it’s just a natural instinct, I’ve done it with dogs, too ๐Ÿ™‚ (though mine currently always ride in the back cargo area of the jeep).

    I did lose a dog out the passenger side window of a VW bug when I was a teenager, though. He was fine, in fact was rather happily bouncing up the sidewalk to check out the neighborhood when I finally caught up with him. Guess that left turn I made was a bit steep and the radio was playing a little too loud …

    Wait, where’d the dog go??

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  34. That probably didn’t bode well for me as a future dog owner, although our pint-sized family dog that ejected seemed to love the adventure in a brand new neighborhood he’d never sniffed out before.

    I had another bad experience with a dog and an open car window years later — this was a new dog I’d adopted, an Australian shepherd, and we were stopped at a light with his passenger side window mostly down. Next thing I know the dog flies out the window to charge a guy on the street corner selling flowers. The guy whacked my dog with his flowers as I threw the car in park & hit the emergency flashing lights as I leaped out to retrieve him.

    No one was hurt.

    No more (wide) open windows!

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  35. Oh, yes, I do remember that book. That too belonged to young son who was a Hobbit LOTR fan. It may have gone upstairs…. Did you see it in there, Jo?

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  36. .The Silmarillion . wasnโ€™t supposed to be enjoyed. When reading it, I always likened it to a PhD thesis on a foreign culture.
    It has been a long time, the sticker on the inside has a Virginia address. But to show what I mean, the first sentence in the book is:
    โ€œThere was Eru, the One, which in Arda is called Iluvatar; and he made first the Ainur, the Holy Ones, that were the offspring of his thought, and they were with him before ought else was made.โ€ He doesnโ€™t say here, but Iluvatar means โ€œFather of allโ€. I found it fascinating, even enjoyable, but difficult. As you can see.

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  37. I remember starting it a couple of times. I will keep looking for them both.

    DJ, you threw two dogs out of windows? That seems like it could be some sort of prosecutable crime. Better hope they don’t come back and charge you.

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  38. Tearful goodbye hugs here in the newsroom & then in the parking lot, I walked the departing co-worker out. Did you ever see the final Mary Tyler Moore show? Yeah. Except for singing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” and turning out the lights for the last time, which will eventually come later, someday. Our editor even sounded just like Lou Grant when he was saying goodbye to her.

    Of course, typical — after 25 years, the departing colleague today was shut out of her computer too soon, her account killed (“see ya!”), so she couldn’t finish her final odds and ends or send a group goodbye email — and that was right after she discovered her final pay bank card the company gave her was … yes, empty. Sigh.

    HR promised to try to figure it out.

    Crazy place, crazy line of work. Still fun in spite of the downsides. But today was hard, with more hard goodbyes to come.

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  39. Sorry it is so hard, DJ. I can only imagine. I was the first editor in ten years (my length of employment) to leave voluntarily; one by one I watched others let go, till we were down to just two (and probably ready to hire one) when I chose to go freelance. Even though I knew my own job was secure, it was sad and disconcerting.

    I tried a couple times to read the Simarillon and then gave it away. When I married my husband, he had never succeeded either, but we both went ahead and read it. I read it straight through, knowing I wouldn’t understand it all, but he took time to look everyone up in the appendix to understand all the interconnected details.

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  40. AJ, that little heron is so cute, especially that second photo.

    I can just hear him saying, “I am NOT cute. I’m a mighty hunter!”

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  41. I got Tolkein’s Unfinished Tales and the Lost Tales for Christmas a few years ago. I may leave them unfinished, as there are dozens of footnotes in each tale, making it confusing to read. Tolkein’s son edited them and put in the footnotes to clarify or point out differences between them and the published books. Tedious.

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  42. Yes, mumsee. Some schools around here let out early when the heat index gets to the high 90s. My classroom gets up to 85ยฐ+ on those days. The students can’t/don’t want to learn, so we might as well send them home.

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  43. Well, Peter, if “wanting to learn” is the criterion, why do you keep them the other day?

    I remember that in Phoenix the first half of September still frequently has days of over 100, and it was hard to be in a classroom on those days. (We didn’t have air conditioning, of course, just a swamp cooler, which may take it down 20 degrees but it also makes it more humid; in a classroom that has been shut up all summer, you just can’t take the edge of a day of 105 degrees.) The school year only went a few days into June, and that was good, since the end of June was likely to have 105-110. Here, this year classes started the first day of August, and I said that simply would not work in Phoenix. Mid-July to mid-August the temperature may well be 110-115, even 118. You can’t cram 30 students and a teacher into a small room at those temperatures!

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  44. I got this e-mail this morning. I didn’t open it because it’s in the spam filter and it said something was wrong with it.
    I have heard of the Rosenthal’s, but don’t know much about them
    I think Christ is supposed to come tomorrow
    It’s a Sunday in the Western hemisphere so he should be active in thousands of churches around the country.
    In any case, I am ready..

    Will You Be Caught Off-Guard at Christ’s Coming?

    Marv & David Rosenthal

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