21 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-8-18

  1. Morning all. Yes, the day went well. A gal came in and told us about the Netherlands with the help of one of my students. They are so proud to share their country.

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  2. Thanks, Chas. I had no clue and was taught to pronounce it the other way all my life. I recently started watching Barn Builders (a show about guys who go around saving old barns and cabins) and heard them saying it the correct way.

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  3. Kizzie, I should have been more clear yesterday. Our Pastor does not consider a funeral a “celebration of death” and does feel that it’s important to recognize the grief. I was simply making the point that he refuses to call it a celebration of life. Ours always follow the funeral liturgy that is in our hymnal, which is quite lovely. Blessings.

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  4. So sorry to hear you are having another round of cutting down the staff, DJ. It dawned on me as I read your comment that it is a similar feel at my church. We keep whittling away.

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  5. Clinical day yesterday. It went OK, all things considered; but I forgot to do a few things that should have been routine (no damage was done, except to my confidence in my abilities, which has never been very strong).

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  6. He’s back.

    http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article210538069.html

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    Televangelist Jim Bakker calls his Missouri cabins the safest spot for the Apocalypse

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    Televangelist Jim Bakker suggests that if you want to survive the end of days, the best thing you could do is buy one of his cabins in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. And while you’re at it, be sure to pick up six 28-ounce “Extreme Survival Warfare” water bottles for $150. …
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  7. thanks, Janice — yes, cutbacks for us have been very disheartening. Apparently there’s a protest planned in NY in front of the owners’ Wall Street headquarters by some of the papers in our chain. Can’t remember if that’s today or Wednesday, though. And it won’t make any difference, of course.

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  8. Re – the correct pronunciation of Appalachia: American pronunciations are not always correct; for example, the name of a city in Pennsylvania, DuBois, which is properly pronounced du-bwah since the name is French and means literally ‘of the forest’, is pronounced by its inhabitants as Doo-boys. But the origins of the name Appalachia appear to be derived from a Native America language – mangled sorely by Spanish, French, and finally English tongues no doubt – and thus, apple-latch-ya may be a correct pronunciation as any. It may be the spelling that is inaccurate, since the first written records of the name are in Latin and spell the name much differently (Link: https://web.sonoma.edu/users/w/wallsd/on-the-naming-of-appalachia.shtml):
    What is certain is that Le Moyne’s map, “The Province of Florida in America”, is the first to clearly name the mountains as Appalachian. Inscriptions on the map read “Montes Apalatchi, in quibus aurum argentum & aes invenitur” (“in which gold, silver and copper are found”), and in the lake fed by the waterfall, “In hoc lacu In­digenae argenti grana inveniunt” (“In this lake the natives find grains of silver”).

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  9. The essay I quoted from reminded me that the Appalachian mountain range* extends the length of eastern North America, from Alabama to Newfoundland, and are called many names along the way:
    In the U.S., the Blue Ridge, Black, Green and White mountains, the Alleghenies, the Catskills, the Berkshires, the Ponocos, the Taconic, the Longfellow;
    In Canada, the Notre Dame, the Chic-Choc, the North and South mountains, the Cobequid, the Cape Breton Highlands, the Long Range, and perhaps the best name of all, courtesy of Newfoundland and pronounced exactly as spelled, the Annieopsquotch.
    My father, when he was a boy attending a one room school in one of the valleys in the northern part of the Appalachian range, had a pen pal attending a similar sized school who lived somewhere in the southern part of the range (cannot remember which state, but it was somewhere around the Virginias and Carolinas). He still has a letter from that pen pal, which we chuckle over every time he digs it out again. The young pen pal seemed to have modeled his spelling, grammar, and hobbies after Daniel Boone’s famously carved phrase “D. Boone Kilt a Bar”, as the letter is full of misspelled and grammatically incorrect narrations of guns and hunting. My father also took a gun out when he explored, and brought back a few birds for his mother to cook, so the two pen pals probably agreed fine.

    *The Adirondacks and Laurentians (French: Laurentides) of New York and Quebec are a different range.

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  10. Chas, that sounds rather existentialist in philosophy. There are many who now extend that rule to the pronouns by which one wishes oneself to be addressed.

    It is never so simple as saying, “This is that.” Many factors go into the names of places and people. DuBois, PA, for example, was renamed in honour of a local lumber magnate who was descended from a French Huguenot family who had settled in the early American colonies. Thus, culture (of naming settlements after prominent citizens), politics (of renaming the town), economics (of a town founded on the lumber industry), geography (of a location near raw industrial materials), history (of both France and the U.S.), religion (of the Huguenots), and language (of French surnames) all played a role in the naming of the city.

    People are almost never name themselves. I never tire of hearing how my parents chose my name: how one name proposed by my father was a deliberate pun and summarily nixed by a family friend (to whom I am forever grateful); how another name was eliminated because an extended family member used it a few months before; and how the sight of a favorite plant finally decided my mother. One of my young relatives got one of their names from the answer to a crossword puzzle.

    No one and nothing created is named in a vacuum of any outside influence. Even Adam and Eve were named by Someone else. Only the Creator of all could name Himself, “I AM that I AM.”

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  11. Praying for Michelle as she speaks to the women of my home church today. She already sent me a picture that she had arrived at the coffee shop that my daughters manage and where four of my grandchildren hang out. I asked her to give the new little Lucy a kiss for me.

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