32 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-23-18

  1. Whoa, first! Second Arrow sent me a text five minutes ago, the little ding on my phone woke me up, and now I see there’s a new day’s thread up here!

    Good morning. πŸ™‚

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  2. Time to go back to bed. I’ve got a meeting in the morning with my district audition teammates. Hope I’ll get some decent shuteye.

    Have yourselves a very nice day, all, whenever it starts or ends.

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  3. Whoa…I am kind of speechless….did Linda go all the way to France for pink bon bons? And here I thought bon bons were chocolate! Morning/good night 6 arrows…I am up way too early and it would appear sleep does not want to return to me… 😳

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  4. Perhaps I am the first one truly awake. Those pink bon bons would certainly wake up anyone who is sleepy. Go back to sleep, ladies.

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  5. Chas- Bon Bons are candy. I always thought they were chocolate. Roscuro can verify that bon bon is the French word for candy.

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  6. There was discussion a while back about whether bon bons were even real and where can you get them. Well, I found them! In a mall candy store called Lolli & Pops. I may need to send Mumsee some to replenish her supply.

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  7. loll & Pops is an appropriate and cute name for a candy store. Lolly Pop is what we used to calla “sucker”. I know what they are, but not Bon Bons. Sounds like bon bons are for cultured people.

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  8. From Wikipedia: “The name bonbon refers to any of several types of sweets, especially small candies coated in chocolate. The word originated from the French language, where the first reports of bonbons come from the 17th century, when they were made at the French royal court. The name bonbon arose from the reduplication of the word bon, meaning ‘good’ in French. In modern French and several other European languages, the term simply refers to any type of candy or small confection. Bonbons inspired Johann Strauss II to compose a waltz named Wiener Bonbons.”

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  9. My first thought upon seeing the header was MUMSEE! Linda, it seems that the last time I was in the Annapolis Mall there was a Lolli & Pops.
    I have a busy day today. It is going to be a long, dull one. I have to be on a mandatory, three-hour call to learn about changes to the database system we use. I can barely keep my eyes open thinking about it.

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  10. Good morning, round two. NancyJill, that certainly is an early start to your day — 4:26 Eastern is much too early Mountain time! Hope you got some good rest after that. πŸ™‚

    I amazingly fell right back to sleep after posting here, so I was only up for about 15 minutes. Usually if my sleep gets interrupted about an hour in, as it did last night, then it’s like I had a nap and I can’t fall back to sleep until at least two hours later. It was wonderful to go back to bed at 12:12, fall right to sleep, and awaken with the 7:00 alarm. I’ve been sleeping better since having started running again.

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  11. I’ve never heard of Lolli and Pops, but it reminds me of the names my husband would use to refer to two of our children who were adept dawdlers back in their younger years — Lolly and Gag. πŸ™‚

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  12. An unpleasant subject for a QoD, but this is on my mind:

    How do you respond / not respond to curse words flung angrily at situations (not people). I’m speaking of when they are uttered by someone over whom you’re not in authority.

    It sets my teeth on edge, and I don’t know what to do. Say nothing and walk away? Say something? What? How?

    Thanks for any answers / advice.

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  13. Six; It depends on the situation and your relationship to the offender.
    You say you have no authority. It may be that it is none of your business.
    If it isn’t directed at you or someone you care about.
    Leave it alone. You could cause yourself some trouble to no good purpose.

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  14. It used to be: I’m sure none of you remember this. In the dark days:
    Men did not curse in front of ladies. And ladies didn’t curse in public at all.
    But we are in an enlightened age now.

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  15. Yes, so much for enlightenment. It makes me so sad.

    I, generally, ignore such outbursts. Eventually, people get the point, if they are around you much. They will then sometimes curb their language, apologize or use it more just to spite you.

    I did once complain to a man who was running for a township office. I told him that those employees working in the warming shack for the township need to watch their language, since there are children using it. I never ran into that issue again.

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  16. Interesting, I somehow guessed the photo today was a Linda photo (before seeing that it, indeed, was). πŸ™‚

    I have a busy day with 2 stories to write this morning and then a dentist appt I need to get to by 4 p.m. (for a small filling).

    I overslept and am now eating red grapes for breakfast, I couldn’t find anything else that sounded appealing.

    My new car radio, which I have yet to really figure out how to work, has bluetooth capabilities. Last night as I was driving home from work a phone call (from the screen guy) lit up the radio dial with my name and a cute little musical bell jingle. I froze. I just kept driving not knowing what button to hit or how to really deal with this. I am officially old.

    I called him back — on the phone — when I got home.

    I really do need to read through that ‘your new radio’ booklet.

    Vector control came by yesterday (I’d sent in an email request for them to check my yard out). Since I was at work, my neighbor intercepted, let him come into my backyard, and then had him come over to check her yard as well. She said he found no problems, which was good, although the painter later left a tub of standing water in my driveway that I had to dump out. Inspector told my neighbor that it’s been a crazy year for fleas, too. I guess all our buggies are enjoying our new, more frequent waves of summer humidity along the coast. That is a change for us. 😦

    One reader wrote to me saying the entire problem can be traced to the banning of DDT. I do remember reading opinions about that, especially as to how the ban has allegedly led to rising deaths from mosquito-spread diseases, particularly in third world countries.

    Anyone know much about that whole debate?

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  17. Yes, the reader mentioned that and it did ring a bell that made me remember reading about the debate (after the fact) and whether the banning of DDT was a good thing or not, especially with regard to the impacts on the health of people in poorer nations where medial resources, both in treatment and prevention, are so limited.

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  18. Banning DDT was a big thing in the forest industry as DDT was thinning the shells on bald eagles but also killing the beetles that were killing the trees Now we have immense swaths of beetle killed trees which translates into huge wildfires. And lots of bald eagles.

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  19. DDT has been in the news for years in our area:

    https://la.curbed.com/2013/3/13/10264452/worlds-largest-ddt-deposit-mysteriously-shrinking-in-palos-verdes

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    From 1947 to 1971, the now out-of-business Montrose Chemical Corp. “discharged millions of pounds of DDT into Los Angeles County sewers, which empty two miles offshore in an area called the Palos Verdes Shelf.” Over time, the site became the largest DDT deposit in the world, covering about 17 square miles of ocean floor, according to Environmental Health News. (The US banned the pesticide DDT in 1972 because it was majorly contanimating the food web, including fish, birds, and marine mammals–“until 2007 bald eagles on Santa Catalina Island … had been unable to reproduce because DDT thinned their eggs.” It can cause cancer and neurological effects; humans are advised not to eat potentially-contaminated animals.) The size of the deposit has been estimated to be as big as 110 tons, but very weirdly, the latest EPA tests now show it’s down to 14 tons. No one can explain the sudden drop: “Scientists have no explanation for how almost 90 percent might have vanished in a mere five-year period — between tests in 2004 and 2009 — after decades of a slow, gradual decline.” (The data was just made public.) Scientists sound completely baffled.

    The shelf was declared a Superfund site back in 1996 (and because it’s in 200-foot eep waters, “it is one of the most unusual and challenging sites on the nation’s list of the worst dumpsites”). The EPA has a plan to cap part of the shelf with clean sand, but the latest drop-off brings DDT levels down to what they’d hoped to achieve anyway; the idea hasn’t been abandoned yet, though. …

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  20. Thanks, Chas and Kathaleena.

    We (our district auditions team) had a nice meeting this morning. The four of us work well together; it’s always so good to get together and discuss business.

    Our meeting today didn’t get started right away, though, due to a little surprise. One teammate and I both arrived at the coffee shop at the same time, and we chatted a bit in the parking lot as we headed toward the building.

    When we got to the door, the other lady reached to open it, but found the door locked. (There is an employees-only entrance on the same side of the building, and for a second I thought we’d gone to the wrong entrance.)

    That’s when we noticed the sign in the window that said the owners were concentrating their efforts on their older location in a neighboring city, and that, effective August 20, this location was closed.

    It was such a nice place for meetings — conveniently located, friendly staff.

    Soon after we read the sign, the other two ladies got there, and we decided to head to the nearby Panera Bread to meet instead.

    I haven’t been to Panera in close to 10 years, it’s probably been, and it is way different inside than how it used to be. But a nice place, too, and we got a lot accomplished in the hour and a quarter or so that we met.

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  21. Interesting post from my pastor on FB today:

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    So I posted a Puritan prayer which read:

    β€œLet the mighty tide of His everlasting love cover the rocks of my sin and care;

    Then let my spirit float above those things which had else wrecked my life.”

    Somebody responded:

    β€œWhy sin in the first place – than ask God to forgive you for your sins- I dont get it ?its your own choices in life that can wreck your life – God gives you choices after that it’s up to you – thinking it’s ok to sin- than asking God to forgive them is not the right way to go about it – how about dont sin ever?”

    I was a bit surprised so I responded:

    β€œWe should seek, as Jesus taught, not to sin with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We should never think it’s okay to sin. If you can manage to not ever sin, this post won’t be very helpful to you.”

    Would be open to comments
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  22. After the meeting, I went to visit my 94-year-old Bible study friend who is in assisted living apartments. She’s been quite weak and fatigued this whole summer, and thought she’d be able to shake it, as she’s been in quite good health her whole life, but the weariness is hanging on this time. She attributes it to her age, and remains grateful for the many blessings she’s got in her life.

    This year her first great-great-grandchild was born. Some of her family live in different parts of the country, but in the next month or two there will be an opportunity for several generations to get together, and a five-generation picture will be taken. She glowed when she told me that.

    She is mentally quite sharp, and we had a lovely almost hour-long conversation about a lot of things.

    What a blessing this dear lady is. Could I ask you to pray for B and her strengthening, if it’s the Lord’s will? She hasn’t felt well enough to go anywhere, other than to doctor appointments, and she misses not being at church these past few months.

    Thanks.

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  23. Hello, life is a bit crazy for me right now. I traveled to the city again today for my follow-up appointment to those tests I had two weeks ago. Eldest Niece very bravely accompanied me, and since it was the day my Bible study group usually met, we joined them after my appointment. Eldest Niece said she enjoyed it. My talk with the respirologist was quite brief. He was pleased with the test results, which I take to mean that I have not lost any significant lung capacity. He explained more about how to use the new inhalers he put me on, and said he would hand things over to my family doctor from there. I am thankful to have had the tests, as my greatest fear about my asthma is slowly losing lung capacity until I find myself with irreversible emphysema – emphysema, as a part of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are the two things that uncontrolled asthma can lead to later in life. I have worked with COPD patients and it is a very difficult disease indeed.

    I will have to return yet again to the city next week, to meet with the person who will supervise me while I am in Nunavut. It will be another long trip and I have to be back in time for an appointment here. I am already feeling a bit overwhelmed with drawing together all the loose ends before I go. I don’t want to arrive in Nunavut completely exhausted.

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  24. Roscuro – Here’s a little article that made me think of you, as Nunavut gets a couple mentions. It is about Roald Amundsen’s ship Maud being returned to Norway. . .

    “After a Century in the Ice, Maud Has Returned Home to Norway
    The polar exploration ship survived freezing, sinking, and seizure by creditors.”

    https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/maud-returns-home-norway?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=182843a97e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-182843a97e-68177353&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_8_21_2018)&mc_cid=182843a97e&mc_eid=e9bb612a93

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  25. I don’t remember the details, but it seems to me that I have read that Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring has been at least partially debunked, including the part about the eagles’ eggs. Again, I don’t remember the details, but I think they found another reason for the thinning of the eggs.

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  26. Good to hear from you roscuro.

    I had 2 stories to do (fast) today (luckily I’d done the interviews yesterday) as I had a 4 p.m. dental appt (to get a tiny cavity/fracture repaired). An editor was still texting me with questions while I was in the chair (but thankfully we cleared her confusion up by the time the dentist walked in).

    He used a new laser thing-y so no novocaine needed, which was nice. In and out in less than 30 minutes.

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