50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-13-18

  1. I gave up and got up. I have turned into a giant chicken. I am afraid to sleep in this house alone. Last night BG came for dinner, when she left I made her get in her car and wait while I put the garage door down. Then I locked the door from the garage to the house, closed all the blinds and locked the dogs in the bedroom with me. I also slept with my phone beside me and the TV on.
    Miss Maddie wore me out yesterday. Grandpa doesn’t have to do anything else but take care of her and believe me, he has spoiled her rotten. I, on the other hand, had to try to get a little work done. I spent an hour on a leadership call about how to coordinate getting KW Cares into the Panama City, Panama City Beach, Mexico Beach, etc areas of the Florida Panhandle. We were cautioned not to repeat what may be rumor and speculation, but if half of what I heard is true….
    Then I had my 6 assigned agents to contact to see if they were answering their phones or texts, ask what damage they had, their needs, and several other questions. Verizon cell towers were down and they were working on getting them back up. I had more success with texting people.

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  2. I have never been on the “inside” of something like this. The logistics are overwhelming. Transportation, lodging (in an already devastated area), feeding the displaced and the workers, cleaning supplies, and especially having someone with police or military experience to keep unscrupulous people from trying to get into the warehouse and take items so they can sell them. The big question is who do we have with military logistics and supply experience. Who do we have that may have been military police or special forces. Disasters bring out the best and the worst in humanity.
    They have asked for money and gift cards to buy supplies and to give to those in need. DO NOT SEND CLOTHES!
    We will take care of our KW agents first, then any agents belonging to the Board of Realtors. KWRI in Austin has already been wiring funds into accounts for some. It is good to work for such an organization.

    I will have Miss Maddie by myself again today. At least it is only until noon. I also have a listing appointment this afternoon at 4. I am pretty sure I will get it.

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  3. Quite a lot on your shoulders, Kim. I’m praying for you.

    Exactly sixty years ago, Elvera walked from our trailer to the telephone to tell the doctor that she thought the baby was coming.
    The dr told her to go to the hospital.
    I took her to the hospital and went to work.
    Some have said, “Why were you not sitting there waiting for the baby?”
    I said, “She was doing her thing, I was doing mine.”
    I was working for the Dept. of Agriculture, WAE (while actually employed). i.e. if I wasn’t there, I didn’t get paid. No leave.
    The guys teased me every time the phone rang.
    Finally, about 2 p.m., it was for me.
    I still had to wait about 45 minutes. When they brought him out, I was heartbroken. He looked all deformed. But the nurses said that everything was fine.

    But he’s a fine man now,
    We’re meeting them at Chick-fil-a for breakfast at 8:30..

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  4. Morning! And Happy Birthday to Chuck…back in the day they didn’t allow the fathers much space in the delivery of their children. Paul was at the hospital but I was having c-sections for both deliveries…I didn’t care much about who was around as long as my doctor was there!
    Praying for you Kim….a daunting task….the Lord equips us for what He calls us to do….trusting Him… ❤️

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  5. Thanks for the laugh, Chas, and happy birthday to your son. My husband also worked most of the time during my deliveries, although he only missed being at the hospital for the second one. That was because our car would not start. It was way below zero and had to be parked outside. He did not have the presence of mind to call someone and by the time he got it started I had delivered. He came and saw the baby when I was in recovery and left before seeing me, if I remember correctly. Then he went to work. Missing work was something no one wanted to do when you got no sick or personal days off. It put a good dent in a paycheck.

    I also had C-Sections (with a trial of labor for the first one) and he could not be in the room for that. He could have for the other two, but opted not to be. I probably would have had to worry more about him, so wasn’t too upset about it.

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  6. In my comment last night about Nightingale and The Boy hanging out down here with me some evenings, I said that I enjoy the interruptions. What I should have said is that I make an effort to enjoy the interruptions.

    Sometimes when I realize they are going to be hanging around for the evening, I am initially disappointed. It may be because it’s already been a busy day and I would have preferred to be alone, or it may be (like last night) that I was planning to watch something I had recorded. But I decide to put aside my expectations, and enjoy having them around. It pleases me that they like to be with me. I am very grateful to God for the relationship I have with them.

    If I am really feeling worn out, or feel the need for some peace and quiet for whatever reason, I know I can ask Nightingale to take them upstairs, and she will. But I refrain from doing that too often.

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  7. Mimi Kim – When The Boy was a baby, I had to hold him even after he fell asleep. If I put him down, he would wake up. So I would have some music on, or set up my TV to watch something I had recorded, and hold him while he slept. And that baby boy slept a lot! By the time he was a toddler, I could put him down after he fell asleep, and he would be fine.

    I do not regret a moment of that. The Boy and I have a special, close relationship. I know there are other factors in that, but I think my holding him so much back then helped to instill in him a feeling of trust and security.

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  8. Roscuro, you said last night that “white” and “black” are lazy descriptors for people. I would say instead that we think in categories, and sometimes categories oversimplify, but they are still useful in their own way. For instance, you know something about a city when you know what percentage of its residents are black, how many are white, how many are first-generation immigrants, etc. When I moved to Chicago, I saw that it was 38% black and 38% white . . . which told me right away that it was a different setting than Phoenix, where I had just moved from. In my grade school, each grade had three classes, and I always had 28-30 students in my class, maybe 27-31. But we had roughly 80 students in my grade. In my class of 30, we would have three to five Hispanic students (only they were called Mexicans, and probably they all were); some years we had a black student and some years we didn’t. We never had the same black student two years in a row! Perhaps sometimes he or she was in a different class than mine the next year, I’m not sure, but I think they were usually just with us for one year. Were they renters? foster kids?

    Now, as I got to know Chicago, I found out that Chicago has two main black populations, the West Side and the South Side. (I lived on the West Side; my church was 60% black and I was the only white person on my block while I lived on the West Side for seven to eight years.) Chicago black folk will tell you those two populations are distinctly different. But you also find out that Chicago has a lot of people from Liberia and from Nigeria. And of course a lot of people considered “black” are actually bi-racial or a mix of several different groups. I knew a couple with the husband a red-haired white guy, the wife half-black and half-Jewish . . . and they gave birth to a blonde, blue-eyed little girl. Because several people in my church were from those two African nations (speaking with heavily accented English) and were not American citizens (in at least some cases), “African-American” seemed misleading. (I did use it with those who preferred it.) I also knew “black” people who weren’t from Africa. In my Nashville church we had a family who had just moved from their home country, South Africa, and yes, they were white. My oldest brother was born in Nigeria, and had dual citizenship until he joined the army. So “African-American” and “black” are not synonymous terms.

    Likewise, “white” encompasses a whole mass of cultural backgrounds (including those South Africans). “Asian” is a very broad term, too, including people from multiple countries with a range of cultures. It’s not good to call someone “Chinese” if she is actually from the Philippines, but to say that someone is Asian when you don’t know anything more specific than that, or white when you don’t know anything more specific than that (or when they are actually a mix of nationalities) is not offensive. If I knew an American Indian personally, I might know if she was Hopi or Navajo, but seeing someone in the grocery store I’m more likely just to know she is American Indian (a term they are OK with white folk using). It is a necessary simplification to sometimes speak in categories. Five-year-old boys are greatly different from seventeen-year-old boys, but both are still boys.

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  9. We had quite the electrical storm last night, 2-3 hours of crazy lightning, loud thunder and good rain. I guess the painting project will have to be on hold for a day or two — it’s still cloudy and supposed to continue raining off and on today.

    Tess was very stressed through it all, poor thing.

    It’s breakfast out for me this morning with a friend to celebrate her birthday.

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  10. I personally will use African-American but in writing for work, because we are bound by AP style, I use “black” — AP, I believe, tries to use the terms most accepted by the groups themselves at any given period of time (thus it tends to change over the course of years, sometimes it’s even gone back and forth as terms fall in and out of acceptance or preference in the population).

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  11. Karen, I don’t know if Chuck knows about the blog. But Linda does. And Chuck has instructions to notify my e-mail. Several of you are on my e-mail address list.
    Aj in particular.

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  12. It truly is stunning, isn’t it, Kim?

    I’ve lived all over the country but until last October’s events, had never lived or been anywhere in which the National Guard was called out!. Daunting to see Humvees parked at the end of your street!

    At some point, we need to get used to craziness like this, I suppose. 😦

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  13. We liked the movie “First Man” last night–about Neil Armstrong and ending with his walk on the moon. I had no idea how noisy those space crafts must have been.

    If I’d thought about it, I’d have realized one popped bolt and it was over.

    Dramatic and not as swellingly patriotic as The Right Stuff or Apollo 13, but good.

    And, of course, we thought of my aerospace engineer father-in-law who was in the middle of everything. It was a good distraction.

    But of course, we came home wanting to watch all the other movies . . . LOL

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  14. An interesting piece — if offering no particular answer — on racial terms we have used through the years:

    https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2018/01/black-or-african-american-2.html

    “Yet names do matter,” Smith says. “Blacks have successively changed their preferred term of address from ‘Colored’ to ‘Negro’ to ‘Black’ and now, perhaps, to ‘African American’ in order to assert their group standing and aid in their struggle for racial equality.”

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  15. Michelle @ 11:50

    , I didn’t see the movie, and likely won’t. But the real heroic and amazing real-time astrodynamics effort was on the failed Apollo 13 mission. They brought the failed mission back safely. All non rehersede flying by the seat of your pants problem solving. They did a great job. That would be a good story. One of failure/success.

    Our agency (Defense Mapping) made the lunar maps for the Apollo missions. I was chief of the DMA branch for several years. There was a branch in St. Louis doing the same thing. It just happened that they landed at the sites we mapped.
    There is a picture of Earth from a circling lunar orbiter. They call it the “picture of the century”. I disagree, though not as spectacular, I think the Apollo 12 picture of the astronaut standing beside the camera in the lunar crater has that claim. Just this:
    In preparing for the missions, NASA sent a camera to the moon. It landed inside a crater and sent back some good pictures. Later, an Apollo 12 astronaut (forgot his name) went back and retrieved the camera.
    That is what I call a technical feat for that day.

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  16. “Celebrates a bold era when voyaging beyond the Earth was deemed crucial to national security and pride.”
    -The Wall Street Journal

    Restoring the drama, majesty, and sheer improbability of an American triumph, this is award-winning historian Craig Nelson’s definitive and thrilling story of man’s first trip to the moon. At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Rocket Men presents a vivid narrative of the moon mission, taking readers on the journey to one of the last frontiers of the human imagination.

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  17. Cheryl, the reason I say the terms are are lazy is because they identify people only by a perceived skin colour difference, and ignore other distinctions that are actually much more significant. I have observed that ‘white’ people often get very frustrated when those of other skin tones say that ‘white’ people always think this or do that.
    As a ‘white’ woman, you know that you are actually descended from different cultural groups, and that your ‘whiteness’ doesn’t define who you are and how you think, anymore than it describes the history of where you came from. It is the same with those Americans call ‘black’.

    In the tiny village in West Africa, there lived Mandinka, Wolof, Bambara, Fula, and Serer. Each group had its own language and its own history, and even their own unique surnames. The Serer, for example, are believed to be the first tribe in the area, and are believed to be responsible for the mysterious stone circles of the Gambia. The Mandinka are remnants of a wider empire that existed in the early Middle Ages and had seven kingdoms that lined the Gambia river, and are noted for their stringed instruments. The Wolof are called the merchants of West Africa, having a reputation for being sell anything to anyone, and are noted for their percussion instruments and favorite sport of wrestling. The Fula, also called Pul or Fulani, are a nomadic people, the herdsmen of West Africa and can be found in West African country – their surnames are generally monosyllabic. The Bambara are immigrants, having come more recently from Mali. Yet, if the inhabitants of that one village were somehow transported to America, as people were in former years from similar villages in the same area, they would all be identified by one word, black, or in Spanish negro.

    That is why the using words for skin colour to identify people is lazy, the terms take no account of the distinctions between people who only share a lighter or darker skin tone and enable the pretense that there are no other distinctions.

    I am well aware that not all Africans have a dark skin tone. The Fula, for example, were often lighter in skin tone and had straighter hair than the other tribes in the village. The Fula are not, however, as light skinned as the Berbers who came down to trade in the village from Mauritania. The Mauritanians are another of the independent examples of that sinful human tendency to prejudice against dark skin tone as the enslavement of darker Africans still exists in Mauritania. The appearance of Berbers tends to bewilder those who make assumptions about just who lives in Africa. The Berbers of North Africa are not Arabs, but bear a strong similarity to inhabitants of southern Spain, as they should, since they were the Moors (Maurs) who invaded Spain in the early Middle Ages. They were also the desert raiders who sacked the great centre of the Malian empire, Timbucktoo, and the Moorish pirates who raided the shores of England for slaves. The Berbers are indigenous inhabitants of North Africa, but they did intermarry with the Phoenicians, whose colony of Carthage – famous for its last ruler Hannibal, and his failed attempt to conquer Rome – ruled over the Berbers at the height of the Phoenician’s trading empire. The Phoenicians originated from Tyre, that great Canaanite city to the north of Israel which both traded with Solomon and whose destruction by Rome was prophesied by Isaiah. So the Berbers have some Canaanite ancestry, though not as much as some Jewish and Arab medieval historians have claimed.

    I mention this because in one of my gravest disagreements with a certain pastor, someone whom I otherwise respected and loved, he cited the curse of Ham as being the reason for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. I was a bit stunned that anyone still used that argument, but I pointed out that Noah had never cursed Ham. He had to think about that for a bit, but he came back with an assertion that the Canaanites had migrated to Africa. I was only a teen at the time and unsure about that period of world history, but I felt like the argument was still wrong. It was only later that I realized that, yes indeed, the Canaanites had migrated to Africa, but they had migrated to North Africa, to Carthage. The Berbers of North Africa are light skinned, and the Europeans did not enslave them the way they did with the dark skinned tribes further south on the continent of Africa. In fact, the Berbers, more than once in their history, had enslaved the Europeans.

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  18. The movie Apollo 13 was very good. What made it an interesting piece of movie-making is that we already know the outcome as we watch the movie, and yet it builds suspense anyway.

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  19. Roscuro, in what context is it lazy? “Woman” is a broad term, too. Am I being lazy if I describe a fellow shopper at the store as a white woman around the age of 60? If I describe one of my neighbors as a black man, that is a very generalized way of speaking of him, but is is lazy to say that about him if I haven’t yet met him and that is all I know about him, or if I say my neighborhood is about a third black? (It isn’t, by the way. Indiana isn’t heavily black, or at least not the areas where I have lived so far.)

    That’s what I’m trying to get at. I’m trying to understand in what context it is lazy and not just a broad term, like “woman” or “child” or “person” might be.

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  20. When I say that we are known as white skins, that would be in tok pisin or the trade language of PNG. It is a limited language as I understand it. In a country that has more languages than anywhere else in the world, who knows what other terms are out there.

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  21. I’m watching the Dodger game in Spanish today because that’s all my TV provider offers.

    The score, however, is in English — 2-0 Milwaukee, 6th inning.

    No bueno.

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  22. This is for everyone but Michelle. (No peeking, Michelle, and no saying I didn’t warn you.)

    This morning I went out for a bit of a walk, though it was chilly. I was down almost to the trail when movement across the street caught my eye. I looked over, and a deer was watching me. She continued watching me, almost expectantly, while three other deer passed by her. I almost expected her to come to me, and if I had held out food, maybe she would have. I definitely didn’t want her crossing traffic or coming closer to a person, though!

    This afternoon, or maybe late morning, my husband was in his studio and started urgently saying my name and “Hurry, hurry!” I said, “I’m already running, honey!” I got to his window and looked out, and there, walking down the sidewalk in front of our house, were two deer. (That same sidewalk goes all the way down the street and to a few yards from where the deer I watched earlier had been.) He told me there were four in all, and I went to our bedroom window and looked out there, and was able to see all four continue, then move off onto the grass, and then cross the road while traffic both directions waited for them. (They crossed at a place where they could continue on concrete on the other side.)

    When my husband and I went for a walk ourselves later, he was imagining what the head deer might have been saying to the others. “Now, do your best to fit in. Just act normal.” “But Mom,” I said, “we have four hooves!” “Yes, I know, dear, but don’t act like we’re superior. Just act normal.”

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  23. Someone in Facebook comment, on a friend’s post, used the expression, “Mox nix.” I had not heard that in years. My dad often said it. Another commenter had never heard of it, which surprised me because he is older than I am.

    For those who may not know, mox nix is an Americanization of the German “das macht nichts”, which pretty much means “doesn’t matter, makes no difference”. It seems to have started being used by American GIs during World War II.

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  24. I remember macht nichts from our four years in Germany. We also have a son to help us remember. But he does not speak German, though he can speak Arabic and Spanish and English.

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  25. Cheryl, why is the skin colour a necessary identification for your hypothetical neighbor or the woman in the store? What information needs to be conveyed by that description? Would it make your narrative any different if their skin colour was left out? If one was giving a police description of the person one saw rob the bank, then skin, hair, and eye colour, height, build, approximate age, etc. all are important information. But in casual conversation about one’s neighbour, or the woman at the store, why is skin colour a necessary description? What are the words ‘black’ or ‘white’ meant to convey to one’s hearers, and why does it need to be conveyed? And why isn’t hair and eye colour equally important?

    To use an example, when I had to make up my clinical hours that had been lost from the strike, I had occasion to mention my instructor on here, and how supportive she was. She was a very good instructor and from the beginning, I was thankful she was the instructor I was assigned to, as completing that clinical was very difficult for me and I needed someone who had both wisdom and kindness. I never gave a description of how my instructor looked, as I almost never have occasion on here to describe the physical appearance of people I mention and it was irrelevant what my instructor looked like. As it so happens, the instructor is of Jamaican origin, so she would be called ‘black’. Does that detail make any difference to my description of her quality as an instructor?

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  26. I remember “macht nichts” (literally “makes nothing” but idomatically “doesn’t matter”) from high school German, but I’d never before heard the Americanization mox nix or heard it used outside of a German-speaking context. I learn something new here every day!

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  27. Wow, our new to us vehicles are awesome. I’m looking forward to driving my new (to me) Subaru. It seems hard to believe that we just bought two vehicles that we had never even seen before. All in all, we have been doubly blessed.

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  28. Soon it will be midnight and we will be into the deadline day for tax extensions. I got into the office around 3 p.m. It has been a constant flow of documents to scan. We are about to say enough for today. You’d think traffic would be okay this late, but this is when road crews are at work and lanes get shut down for the night work. At least we have an audio book to listen to. 😀 Sweet dreams to most. Have a good day, Jo.

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  29. Kizzie, that is sweet. We paid $X.00 for the truck and the folks gave Tim an envelope to bring home. Inside was a cheque for $X.00 plus $500!!! We just called to thank them 🙂

    One day we hope to be so generous to our children.

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