34 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-30-18

  1. Morning all. What a cheerful looking fellow to begin our day.
    Morning, Chas, and good night.
    I can still smell the fumes from the roach spray I used in the livingroom. Yuck

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  2. When we were preparing to move here, seeing all the trees I knew that it would be a prime spot for migrating warblers. I’m looking forward to spring, since that is better warbler-watching season for two reasons: in fall the trees still have leaves, so warblers are harder to see than in spring; also in fall, males are often in a less pretty plumage, and plenty of young birds (not yet in adult plumage) are migrating too. Warblers are also small birds (smaller than sparrows) and many of them forage high in treetops, so amateur photographers like me can really only get some species with good “luck.” (Last time we were in the Smokies, the deck to our room overlooked a forest across the street–but alas, I didn’t yet have this camera, as I saw beautiful birds such as several sightings of a hooded warbler and a brief one of a scarlet tanager, but the camera I had at the time couldn’t get the shots.)

    My last year or two up north I finally discovered that the apple orchard next door drew a few migrating warblers, and I’d go out with my camera to see what I could see. But there I mostly saw ruby-crowned kinglets (not a warbler, but it would hang out in the same spots) and yellow-rumped warblers, and only occasionally something more interesting–and they actively avoided whatever tree I was standing near, so I was more likely to get photos of resident species such as chickadees.

    It is fall and they are less colorful, and some can’t really be IDd at all by a non-expert (some females and juveniles look a lot alike, especially in the fall), but for sure I have seen yellow-rumped warbler, common yellowthroat, palm warbler, yellow-throated warbler (that one cheating a bit–the bird is in a photo I took of a downy woodpecker, but it’s clear what species it is even if I didn’t see it live), American redstart, Tennessee warbler, and probably a magnolia warbler. I’ve also seen several that I haven’t IDd.

    This one is a Nashville warbler, foraging low (below eye level) and out in the open long enough that I got two photos of this pose alone. Other than the yellowthroat (of which I got only one mediocre shot), this is probably my prettiest warbler this fall, and far and away my best shot of one, or at least my best shot of a new-to-me species. (I also got good shots of yellow-rumped, but we saw them frequently up north, and I’ve never yet seen them in spring and I’m ready for that sighting of that species.) I’ve seen several species other places that I have not yet seen here, but for a non-expert (in terms of warblers) birding only in one small area near her home, that’s a pretty good first-fall list.

    I could see this fellow poking in and out but was having trouble finding him with my camera, and I prayed, “God, You know where he is. Can You let me find him with my camera?” And I ended up with several good shots of a beautiful little creature of God’s handiwork. I read that birds of this species aren’t shy of people during migration; they’re more focused on eating. And that seemed to be the case for this fellow, and I’m glad.

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  3. Kathaleena You are right about that. I use my phone for weather and to locate my people, mostly. I don’t have any of the apps that I use. You don’t need a watch anymore and I think my “maps” app could replace GPS, but I don’t know how to use it. i.e. It’s too sensitive and I get junk that I don’t want on it so I don’t use it anymore.

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  4. I’m very good with maps (the daughter of a geographer) but I use google maps all the time on my phone–though sometimes I have to mute it when it becomes too explicit (in the directions!)

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  5. I gain so much from reading David Guzik’s commentaries each morning. Just a snippet from today–on Habakkuk 3:

    Benjamin Franklin – who was not a Christian, though he had great respect for the Bible – used Habakkuk 3:17-19 to confound a group of sophisticated, cultured despisers of the Bible. When he was in Paris he heard this group mocking the Bible, and mocking Franklin for his admiration of it. One evening he came among them and said that he had a manuscript containing an ancient poem, that he was quite impressed by the poem and he wanted to read it to them. When he read Habakkuk 3:17-19, his listeners received it with praise and admiration – “What a magnificent poem!” they said, and wanted to know where they could get copies. Franklin told them to just look in Habakkuk chapter 3.

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  6. I’m still experimenting with the different options available on my new car radio, including the bluetooth connection and an auxiliary connector that allows me to connect my phone to it — last night on the way home I listened to RefNet, an online-only 24/7 radio station hosted by Ligonier Ministries. Good sermons, lessons and music. It’s an app so you can also listen to it on your computer.

    It also allows me to connect with Pandora Radio on my phone inside the car.

    I probably use my smart phone most often for texting; GPS; and to check some things during the day, such as weather, news headlines.

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  7. Morning! No sunshine here this morning…we are all socked in with clouds and it is a tad bit chilly! Waiting for the snow to fall and the predictions are 5-8 or 8-12 inches along the Palmer Divide. ⛄️ 😊

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  8. The “cell” in cell phone is short for “cellular”. The technology involves an area of land called a “cell” and a tower for each “cell”. The towers are set such that they overlap so the circular area of the cells are all covered. Motorola developed it in the early 80s.

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  9. Donna, the USC Alumni Assn says that the Red Socks beat Them Bums because of former players Jake Bradley and Steve Pierce.
    Gamecocks have won several college world championships in baseballs..

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  10. Hey, chas.

    Two words.

    Next. Year.

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  11. Good afternoon, or good morning.

    Sixth Arrow picked out her competition music over the weekend and is enjoying getting started on the three pieces she chose. A couple of weeks ago I had played 14 pieces of varying styles for her to choose from, and after listening to that bunch, she narrowed the number down to eight that she wanted to try out herself.

    Each day for a little over a week, I’d give her a mini-lesson on key aspects to look for in her music, then she’d sightread one piece a day, starting with the hands separate, then together.

    Saturday she sightread the last of the eight, and chose which three were her favorites to play.

    I’ll post videos of those pieces, if I can find some good examples on YouTube, for any of you who may be interested in which repertoire she’ll be preparing.

    Here’s her piece by a composer born before 1800, which date satisfies one of the requirements of the auditions:

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  12. I was pleasantly surprised when she picked this one, the lovely The Poet Speaks, from Schumann’s Scenes from Childhood. Last year she mainly wanted to do pieces with faster tempos, but she is maturing as a pianist and is beginning to be able to interpret slower music with subtle, yet expressive nuances. This piece has many opportunities to play in such a manner.

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  13. If your computer works like mine, at the end of Six’s 3:43, you get to hear the best rendition of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” that I have ever heard. There has to be a million dollars worth of musical talent in that rendition. Recorded in 1989 if I remember correctly.

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  14. Who was in the rendition of Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

    By the way. I am still here. Just stretched out. Yesterday I left home at 7am and got back at 9:30PM.
    Today was a little better. Tomorrow will be exhausting.
    Thursday should be good. The Association of Realtors that I belong to has somehow managed to be able to offer us group coverage for healthcare under them. I am going to check it out.

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  15. Kim, it started out with Johnny Cash, then Roy A cuff on the second verse and others. As I said, at least a million dollars worth of talent on that.

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  16. The first on e Kim. I think every country musician participated in that one. As I said, a million dollars worth of talent.
    The fact that I love the song may have something to do with it.
    Thanks.

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