82 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-29-18

  1. We were asleep Jo while you were rambling around doing your thing.
    Now? Have a good rest tonight.
    Everyone else? Up and at it.!!!


  2. I’m probably the only one on this blog who doesn’t know what IKEA is.
    Aj. Was yesterday’s picture taken at Harper’s Ferry?


  3. I have seen that view!!!!
    Mr P and I have made a new rule. Adorables should have at least one spend the night party per month with their grandparents.
    After a good three days off it is back to work for me. I read a book for pleasure yesterday. It has been a while since I have done that. I have been reading/listening to books that were for business/education for a few months.

    Cheryl, please tell us more about the house now that I have some “breathing room” in my schedule.


  4. Chas, IKEA is a furniture company based in Sweden that has outlets all over the world.

    Thankful for the air conditioning unit in my room. Yesterday was extremely hot, and the rest of the attic barely cooled last night. It would have been miserable trying to sleep without the air conditioning.

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  5. Sharing these two related articles, because I think they touch on something that has been missed in the laments over the recent news about Ireland:

    I know this because as a church pastor I often find the most vocally conservative people in church are often the most loosely wedded to the local congregation. They all have projects that take up their time and attention – mostly good and zealous ones that need constant attention – and they view the church as a place to help them realise their dreams.

    So like everyone else they shop around for the church that will do for them what the last one failed to do – to take their personal project more seriously than the church’s communal project – to glory God in Christ as a gathered people, and then be sent out in peace to love and serve God and the world.

    It’s as if they feel such mundanities are beneath them, which of course is exactly what they do feel. Such types have simply drunk too much of the “iWorld” Kool Aid without even realising it, yet espouse temperance – indeed abstinence – for everyone else.

    This rejection of the “tWorld” abuses came through strikingly in the Irish vote on same sex marriage. As many a religious observer in Ireland pointed out, you could hardly campaign as an Irish priest against same sex marriage on the message “It will be bad for our children.”


    So I write this from two perspectives. The first perspective is that of a traditional Christian who believes, as all traditional Christians have believed and continue to believe, that all human life is from God and belongs to God. Who believes that a human at the instant of conception becomes a human and that they are made in the image of God – imago Dei with a value, dignity and worth far beyond what our disposable society places on them.

    But I have another perspective. The perspective of the son whose mother was conceived out of wedlock in a strict Northern Irish Brethren family – well, strict on the surface at least. For the events of the past few days are not just about the Catholic story in the Republic of Ireland, but about the Protestant story in Northern Ireland too. It’s the story of how a parody or shadow of the gospel has to hide sin at all costs, and sometimes – most times – that cost is too high.


  6. I thought the Irish vote was about abortion.
    If it was about men marrying men, their children would never forgive them.


  7. I have been thinking about the recent vote in Ireland and gathering my thoughts together, and reading those two articles helped me crystallize my thoughts. As you all know, I have stood against therapeutic abortions (the word ‘abortion’ refers to any termination of pregnancy, whether natural or deliberate, it is a therapeutic abortion that is deliberate) at the risk of a job prospect. I continually mourn that therapeutic abortions are practiced with indifference in both my country and in other countries, and I pray that people in these countries will see the enormity of what they are doing to the least of theirs.

    I also understand something else, that “he will have judgement without mercy who has showed no mercy, and mercy rejoices against judgement.” (James 2:13). Ireland’s movement towards allowing abortion was spurred on by a case that I, as a Christian who is trained in the healthcare field, believe was truly unjust. A pregnant woman was miscarrying at 16 weeks, and developed sepsis (overwhelming bacterial infection) as a result of the ongoing miscarriage. Because of how Ireland’s law against abortion was worded, the dying baby that was giving her the infection could not be removed from her womb, because the baby still had a heartbeat. The only way to save the mother’s life was to remove the baby, but the baby was not removed, and both mother and baby died. That is the case that galvanized activists into getting Ireland’s abortion law overthrown: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/14/savita-halappanavar-medically-unnecessary-death.

    Now, I know of just such another case. One of my cousins’ wives had the same thing happen. Her baby, a child whom she greatly desired, began to miscarry. As a result, she became infected (during a miscarriage, the amniotic sac around the baby often ruptures, allowing bacteria to enter the woman’s womb, and from there, infecting both the child and the mother). The parents, with the physicians, made the decision to remove the dying child, a boy. They and the grandparents (another set of my uncles and aunts) held him after he was born, and mourned his death. She recovered from the infection and went on to have two more children. Here in Canada, even when our law against abortion was in effect, the dying baby could be removed from a mother’s womb to save her life. That is not a callous therapeutic abortion. That is a difficult decision that has to be made in a world where death reigns. Sometimes, as in a car accident or other traumatic events, not everyone can be saved. Triage training teaches you to give care first to those most likely to survive. An 16 week old unborn child who is being miscarried will not survive anyway, but the mother can be saved if action is taken. If action is not taken, both will die.

    As the articles I shared above point out, a world where everyone is morally upright can wreak just as much injustice on the weak as a world where everyone is morally permissive. In El Salvador, for example, strict laws against abortion mean that poor women who simply miscarry their child are often imprisoned for murder, because the court, which knows nothing about how the human body works, decide arbitrarily that the woman must have done something wrong to cause her child to miscarry: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24532694. That is truly awful. My mother miscarried a child, between Eldest and Second sibling. It is unthinkable that there exists in this world those who would blame her for that miscarriage.

    So, while Ireland has swung too far in the other direction, it must be acknowledged that people were exasperated by an unjust law. Activists took advantage of that exasperation to push forward an agenda which is also unjust. Yet, we are responsible for our own actions. I have lately noticed, from conservative Christian commentators commenting on Ireland’s vote, and from other news stories surrounding pro-life stories, a repellent moralism arising. One, in reading their morally indignant words, catches sight of the Pharisee standing in the temple and praying, “I thank thee that I am not as that sinner over there” (Luke 18:9-14). I also see a failure of those commentators to really engage with and address the type of situations where it really is a choice between saving the mother or having both mother and baby die. Rather, I have begun to see suggestions arise that it would be better for the mother to die than that the child should be removed too soon. Such a lack of humility and humanity will only lead to further injustice. The command we are to follow is rather simple, “What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8)

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  8. I have an acquaintance who recently converted to Eastern Orthodox. There has been quite the conversation on FB about it and some have questioned the family’s decision to do this.
    One of my comments was that the more liberal the Protestant churches become the more people will turn to Orthodoxy or Catholicism. People want rules and boundaries. We are like children. We like to test the boundaries, but we also like for there to be some.
    Roscuro, your post is very interesting.

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  9. Phos, I have a situation that is probably unique to me.
    The attachments in italics are so light that it is hard for me to read. I don’t know why that is. But it is.


  10. Kim, I agree we like boundaries. That is, in fact, just what I see in the commentors who say things like it would be better for the mother to die than that the baby be aborted. They want a world in which good and evil, right and wrong, are clearly laid out; a world in which if they do A and don’t do B, they will be guaranteed to not do anything wrong; a world where they can avoid sin by following rules; a world, where, if one puts in the effort, one’s sin nature can be overcome by works. They want to walk by sight, and not by faith.

    I was taught, in my formative adolescent years, by those who desired just such a world, and I was brought to believe in it too. It has taken me years to unlearn that, to see how much of a sinner I am, so that I can see how powerful and wonderful a Saviour Jesus Christ is. Even the mistakes I make in clinical, I am coming to see as a gracious reminder that not even in my field of work am I capable of being perfect, and any good that I do is solely by the strength of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christ. More and more, I understand why, in Revelations, all crowns are laid at the feet of the Lamb. “The life which I now live, I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

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  11. Chas, I understand. I put things in blockquotes so that it will be obvious when ideas I post are not mine, but somebody else’s, but I have wondered, when I see how they look after I post them, how readable they are.


  12. Morning! We didn’t get the big storms yesterday. The Denver area received some tennis ball sized hail and I am thankful that didn’t fall upon us! We did have a nice rain shower overnight evidenced by the puddles on the driveway 😊
    Taking the dogs in for their shots and checkups this morning….wrangling them both in the office is quite the challenge…Lulah is the neurotic one whining and antsy the entire time. I’m thinking Vets making house calls would be a great service! 🐶

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  13. Chas, if you want to read them, you can always copy and paste (paste-special) into Word and change the font to something you can read.


  14. Pic: El gato in the late afternoon sun on my patio.

    Yep, it’s back to work today for me, too, but it was such a wonderful 3 days off. I think all weekends should be 3 days.

    It may be just two of us reporters in our gigantic, mostly empty newsroom today — I think the editors and a couple of our reporters are all being shifted this week to the sister paper that lost its staff. The new city editor we have now will have to be editor of both our papers as they are not replacing that position, only the 2 reporter positions that were vacated (although one was a beloved columnist who will probably really take a number of readers/susbscribers away with him).

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  15. IKEA has been very popular among college students and young people. I’m guessing it’s a bit more upscale now that it’s been around so long. But it was probably among the cutting edge companies for the spare, minimalist industrial look that has been so popular in architecture and furniture design for a while now. Lots of metal and glass. At least that was then. Maybe not now. ?

    I was in an IKEA store only once, probably 20 years ago. They’re laid out like a gigantic maze so you are led from pod to pod where the furniture is organized and displayed by room type.

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  16. DJ, there is lots of real wood in Ikea now. But then, we were looking at dining room tables, bookcases, etc., and ideally they aren’t metal and glass.


  17. I know about taking 2 dogs (and sometimes the cat, too!) into the vet’s for group checkups at one time. Crazy! But overall it’s just easier since my vet is a bit of a drive away for me and getting off work is now difficult since they cut back our vacation time.

    My dogs are pretty good (they love to go anywhere!) but I do have to keep a short leash on Tess as she doesn’t like other dogs getting too close to her and she is always trying to beg for human love from other clients sitting nearby.

    We do have a house call vet in our area who is very popular. I’m sure the service costs extra, but people have used him for euthanasia for their pets as way to make the process less traumatic all the way around.

    I picked up “Acting the Miracle” again last night (about the “mystery of sanctification”). There’s a good section in the back that’s basically a transcript of a free-flowing conversation among all the chapter authors, including John Piper, Russell Moore, Kevin De Young, Ed Welch in which they discuss their prayer lives, what habits help them most (it’s different for each one it seems — long morning vs. afternoon/evening prayer times, praying while sitting vs. walking, etc.). Anyway, good book that you can pick away at as the individual chapters are good as stand-alone pieces.

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  18. Cheryl, oh good to know! I’ve never been a metal-and-glass person when it comes to furniture, but I do know people who love the spare industrial looks. I like some industrial styles, but it has to have some cool, distressed wood along with rustic metal — and no glass.

    I still prefer my mom’s family’s simple, old pine kitchen table (from probably the very early 1900s or even late 1800s?) as my ‘dining’ table of choice now.


  19. A house call vet? When I was a kid, I didn’t know that there were animal doctors. My two dogs could have been saved.
    But we didn’t have money to spend on animals.

    🙂 There was a notice, issued in just, I’m sure, in answer to a question, also in jest I surmise. The notice is: “Don’t roast marshmallows over volcano eruption” It isn’t safe and the marshmallows will taste bad and are bad for you.


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  20. The heat is on. We never really had Spring this year, just a few days of mild weather. Now we are 10-15° above average, with the low temps being near the average highs. Now you know why this state is sometimes pronounced “Misery”. I can’t imagine the tourism bureau using it though, but “Misery loves company” would be a good slogan.

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  21. Mumsee, yes. Copy the text, open a new blank doc in Word, click on “Paste,” select “Paste Special” from the dropdown, and click “Unformatted text” in the pop-up box. Then you can do whatever you want to the font type, size, and color.


  22. Linda, the steps of choosing unformatted text aren’t really necessary either; you can simply “select all” of the text after copying it and choose what font to use.


  23. Cheryl, I’m not sure what you are suggesting; are you confusing the copy-paste step with changing the font? To copy from a web site, you’d block the text and click cntrl-C, then do the steps I listed to paste into a Word doc.

    Chas, try the steps and you’ll see one.


  24. As you know, I’ve volunteered with crisis pregnancy centers since 1987. Four different centers in four different locales. I cannot think that any center I’ve worked at would behave as happened in Roscuro’s story.

    I’m sorry, why not put the miscarrying woman into labor rather than let her die? My understanding has always been the Catholic Church recognizes if there is a choice between the child and the mother–and the child is dying and threatening the mother’s health–you can do the abortion.

    In our family, we’ve just come through this. The doctors in San Francisco volunteered to give my daughter-in-law a shot. She would go to sleep and the baby would die in the womb since she was more than 24 weeks.

    They said no. They would take the baby home in her mother’s womb and pray until God made His way clear.

    The thing, too, that drives me crazy about Ireland–among other things–is, you just catch a ferry to England and get your abortion there.

    This pandora’s box of evil and hatred will shred the souls of way too many people for the sake of the truly unusual awful circumstance as described in Roscuro’s story.

    An agenda drives, not mercy, from apparently both sides. 😦

    Wheel out the millstones, please. 😦

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  25. Linda, I tried copying your comment and went to the new document. When I clicked paste, it offered several changes. I clicked the change but the font did not change. I will try again.


  26. Wandering Views is now EU GPDSTUV compliant. Not sure what that means, but we are.

    I did notice a new reference to Akismet, the anti-Spam program, and a disclaimer about learning what nefarious purpose we may be mining your data for. 🙂

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  27. Mumsee, the steps I listed just got the comment into the Word doc. After you paste(special, unformatted text) into the document, you leave it all selected (or click cntrl-A) and go to the top and make your font selections (size, color, type).


  28. Irish vote shows need for new pro-life strategy



    (RNS) — The overwhelming vote in Ireland in favor of allowing access to abortion shows that the pro-life movement needs a new strategy. Trying to preserve anti-abortion laws or trying to reverse the legalization of abortion is simply not working.

    In almost every country where abortion has been on the ballot, abortion has won. Rarely have pro-choice laws been reversed. This trend is not going to change. To think otherwise is simply ignoring reality.

    The American pro-life movement still holds out hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse Roe v. Wade, but even if that does happen, most Americans will still live in states where abortion is legal. Those who don’t will be able to travel to a state where it is, just as Irish women have long traveled to Britain.

    The reality is that most Americans think that abortion should be legal even if they think it is immoral. There is no indication that this thinking will change. In fact, opinion is moving in the opposite direction, thanks to the attitudes of younger generations. The Pew Research Center shows Americans under 50 are more likely than their elders to support abortion in all or most cases. Likewise, in Ireland, younger people voted more strongly to change the law. Time is on the side of the pro-choice movement.

    If making abortion illegal is an impossible goal, what should be the pro-life strategy for the foreseeable future?

    The answer is simple and obvious: work to reduce the number of abortions. …


  29. Peter, yes, Talavera — in this case, picked up at the Tuesday Morning store

    “Talavera is a type of maiolica earthenware, distinguished by its white base glaze. Authentic Talavera pottery only comes from the town of San Pablo del Monte (in Tlaxcala) and the cities of Puebla, Atlixco, Cholula and Tecali, as the clays needed and the history of this craft are both centered there.”



  30. One delegate proclaimed at the time, “I believe we are confusing God at this point.”

    United Methodist court opens door to petitions for special session on sexuality



    EVANSTON, Ill. (RNS) — A decision this week by the United Methodist Church’s top court hints at what the denomination’s planned special session on sexuality will look like.

    And it has some worried that the special session of its General Conference, called for February 2019 in St. Louis to settle questions of ordination and marriage of LGBT members, could become mired in the same opposing petitions and points of order that led the 2016 conference to defer all discussion of sexuality to a commission. …


  31. Speaking of things listening in on us: I was texting my brother about his new move. Siri interrupted to let me know my brother’s new address. He had not told Siri and nobody ever activated Siri on my phone.


  32. Greetings! Coming up for air after a week of work, company, butchering, and grandchildren. Hoping all is well with each of you. Have been praying that AJ’s Cheryl is recovering well.

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  33. Michelle, in case you didn’t see my question yesterday, what is the “GDPR newsletter” you mentioned working on?


  34. Back from the Vet…I have three…count them…three wounds on my left arm and hand from Lulah’s claws!! I have cleaned my wounds and my blouse is being soaked in prewash to remove the blood stains. Our Vet attempted to look at her gums and teeth and she jumped into my lap clawing her way over my head!! Paul has two large scratches on his neck as he attempted to get her off of my head!! Next year we will be sedating her!!! Dogs!!!! 😳 (Fly did very well…she is now my favorite child dog)

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  35. Linda, I use copy and paste all the time. I don’t know how to use a spreadsheet, but I use Word daily. My point is that the “unformatted text” thing might confuse people, and it isn’t a necessary step. You just “copy,” open a document and “paste,” then “select all” (from the drop-down menu, rolling your cursor across the text, or control A), and then you choose what font you want the text to be. Everything you try to do in Word has about three ways of doing it. You can also use format painter, but I’d save that for someone who has to work with complete documents.

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  36. General Data Protection Requirement law passed in the European Union requiring anyone who has access to your personal data, be required to spell out their policy on their website and have “double opt-in” on newsletters if you do business in the EU.

    It went into punishable by law effect to on May 25. People have been scrambling ever since to become compliant, at least with EU customers and while they were at it, went global as well.

    Tychicus would be our case in point.

    None of it is required in the US.

    Where’s your privacy policy, AJ? 🙂


  37. Cheryl, what you are saying is true, however, paste-special/unformatted is always safer because if you happen to pick up any xml or html from the web page, when you paste it, you get something you can’t use. Using it just for comments on this site will work fine but I frequently copy a whole site and then delete out what I don’t need in Word.

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  38. 🙂

    Actually I have no idea. When I logged in as admin it told me to enable it. I did, figured it would do what needed doing. It did, and said I was compliant. That’s about the extent of the effort I’m willing to give. 🙂

    Do I need more?


  39. Cheryl had her surgical follow up this AM. She’s doing well, they won’t take the 21 staples out until next week, then she can return to working (from home for the first 2 weeks).

    I took some pics when they removed the bandages. Gnarly is the word I’d use, but an incredibly straight scar this time, I’m thinking robotics.

    I could show you, but before you say yes, remember, it’s gnarly. 🙂

    Show of hands…..

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  40. I have a privacy policy, but It’s private and no one knows it but me.
    Actually, there’s nothing about my private life that’s worth telling.
    My dad said that people were asking about me all over the area in 1963 while I was awaiting security clearance for Top Secret. What I was doing then has been so long ago that it is no longer classified.
    And nobody cares.


  41. Michelle, I’m very familiar with GDPR at work as we’ve been scrambling for compliance, but I couldn’t figure out what it had to do with you and what your “GDPR newsletter” would be. Are you writing a newsletter about GDPR?


  42. Chas, “dropdown” is short for “dropdown menu”, usually referring to the menus that drop down from a link or button you click. Not to be confused with a “popup menu” which usually is one that pops up when you right-click on something.


  43. Oh, my GDPR newsletter is a short one I’ll send to the readers of my newsletter who live in the EU asking them to opt in again to confirm for my records required by the EU. I only have about a dozen EU readers anyway and most have come in the last year, so I’m not worried about it.

    I’m going to mail it next Monday after all the other craziness has died down for the poor folks in the EU. I had thought to send it to everyone who hadn’t already double opt-in (ed), but decided that was overkill.

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  44. Wednesday morning here and sunshine! We had a good rainfall last night nd I just kept praising the Lord. The dust has been so bad, my car needed a washing and all the rocks come up, think heavy gravel, on the roads so almost not safe to walk. very grateful for my car.

    I decided that students who misbehave are going to do some cleaning on the back verandah as time outs do nothing. We will see.

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  45. I’m still baffled about what, if anything, I need to do about GDPR-compliance with my website. I’m not selling or marketing anything to residents in EU countries, but because I have a blog on the site, where people can comment, and I know I have traffic from some EU countries, do I need a privacy policy and cookies policy and so on? Commenting on my site results in my knowing the commenter’s email address, though not the IP address or location.

    I only know that I’m getting traffic from certain countries because Wix provides those site stats to me. There are no cities, no names or email addresses, no IP addresses associated with those stats.

    Is the possibility of getting a blog comment from an EU reader (and thus acquiring his/her email address) enough reason that I need to have various policies like the above in place?

    How many Europeans are going to want to comment on an unknown American piano teacher’s blog, anyway? And if they’re really worried about their privacy, wouldn’t they just read and not comment?

    This all seems so ridiculous to me.

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  46. @The Real’s 4:33: Wouldn’t bother me any. It’s always very nice to see a clean healing incision. Much preferable to seeing the ones that didn’t heal. But I suspect I’m in the minority on here 😉

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  47. Linda, I also despise copying something from a webpage or elsewhere and find it has a hyperlink within it. I have times I almost cannot edit a book because every time I pass my cursor by a certain part of the page it takes me to the internet, and I can’t even get to the place that needs the link removed without triggering it. I’ve turned off hyperlinks on my system but to no avail–every chance the system gets, it uses one. So I take stuff to plain text any chance I get. If nothing else works (and sometimes nothing else works), I go to juno and e-mail it to myself, since juno seems to be the single most reliable way of removing all formatting. Crazy making!

    I don’t know which I despise more, hyperlinks or videos that play automatically.


  48. In my e-mail was a letter from the Starbucks CEO about the incident in which the police were called on two (black) men who were sitting in the restaurant without buying anything while they waited for a friend. (Assuming they told the store they were waiting to meet someone and would make a purchase then, it makes no sense that police were called. But it also makes no sense that people can sit in a place of business indefinitely without buying anything. Having no idea whether the would-be customers had explained their situation, I take no position on whether they were treated fairly.)

    Anyway, Starbucks was closed this afternoon for some sensitivity sessions, and the letter from the CEO said this: “After investigating what happened, we determined that insufficient support and training, a company policy that defined customers as paying patrons—versus anyone who enters a store—and bias led to the decision to call the police.” So from here on out you need not buy anything to hang out at Starbucks. Seems like a good, cozy place to hold Bible studies, writing groups, and knitting clubs! It’s a whole lot cheaper to go somewhere where you don’t have to pay rent or make a purchase. Isn’t that sweet of them to issue such an open-ended invitation?


  49. Here’s my common-sense but completely non-authoritative and unofficial thought on 6’s question.

    If your website is non-GDPR compliant, I don’t see how anything bad can happen to you.

    Legally, since you have no presence in the EU, you are not under the jurisdiction of any authorities there. (Contrast that with my multi-national employer which is a legal entity in most EU countries and subject to fines and prosecution there). I don’t see how anyone could come after you legally.

    Non-compliance could give you a bad reputation and be bad for your business — in Europe. But since you’re not looking for business there, that doesn’t hurt you either.

    This is more venting than real advice, though. My knowledge about GDPR is as an employee of a big company that really does have to worry about it. It doesn’t give me much insight into your situation. Michelle probably has better advice.

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  50. 6 Arrows: If your only concern is someone from Europe making a comment on your blog, then turn off comments.


  51. We’re looking forward to working out of Starbucks as our cheap newsroom someday soon.

    That’s Cowboy and he always looks that way. Sad, anxious, guilty, take your pick.

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  52. For now, we seem to be down to 2 reporters since they’ve shifted resources to the recently vacated newsroom (and that could remain permanent).


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