31 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-8-19

  1. Congratulations Tychicus.
    And maybe Nancyj.
    I don’t much care. Somebody had to win and I left during third quarter.
    They beat Bama worse than they did the Gamecocks.

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  2. Cheryl, that article reminded me of something that happened this past weekend. On FB, I have been “friends” with a popular local plumber who is a one-man show and does all of his marketing on FB. I suspect he even gives a discount or kickback if his customers post an atta-boy after receiving his service because there are always tons of them. Over the weekend he posted a very cruder meme. Uncharacteristically, I posted a response suggesting that “it might not be advisable to post something off-color in his primary marketing space” (that is exactly what I wrote). I was BLASTED as being a snowflake for being so sensitive and offended, told to just scroll past stuff I don’t like, and he was advised to block me (16 responding comments). I probably shouldn’t have, but I finally posted that I did not say I was offended but was just offering some “motherly advice” after which his actual MOTHER posted that she thought what he posted was not only fine, but hilarious.


  3. Cheryl – Thanks for the link. I gave it a quick glance, but it will read it soon.

    Replying to your comment from yesterday (which I meant to do yesterday, but then forgot πŸ™‚ ):

    Yes, I agree that we cannot expect unbelievers to act like believers.

    In the case of attitudes about gay and trans folks, it is not only believers who disagree with their theories, and even some believers do agree with their theories.

    Nightingale, although accepting of homosexuality, is skeptical about the transgender issue, as are some other liberal people. But those liberals, unless they’re someone like Camille Paglia, keep their mouths shut for fear of being labeled cultural heretics.

    I pray that the pendulum will begin to swing the other way, although not all the way back to persecuting and hating LGBT folks again.


  4. I slept for a glorious 9+ hours and got up when it was light. I feel SO much better. I could barely keep my eyes open by the end of the day yesterday. I forced myself to walk the dogs and stay up until 9:30 p.m., though I could have fallen fast asleep at 6:30 p.m. shortly after I got home. I had to fight to stay awake.

    No deal yesterday between the school district and teachers. Union says ‘It’s on’ but first they all have to go to court today to figure out whether enough advance notice was given for Thursday’s planned strike.

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  5. Facebook/social media pile-ons are not pretty. Like kids brawling on a playground, it’s all just plain ugly. Hard to fathom how adults behave nowadays.

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  6. They did not learn how to behave well in school or at home. Have you been in a classroom recently? We have taken most of the tools from the teachers and filled their time with inane requirements

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  7. Cheryl, I like alphabet books. I have some that use large letters (sometimes featuring both upper and lower case) and then also smaller text to be read by someone for the child until they can read it. A reader can adapt how much they care to read to the child. They can also stress the sounds of the letters as much as they want to do so. All my daughters are very good readers.

    My oldest learned her letters by using Velcro ones I had in a book she could take in and out. It was a cloth book I made. She knew them all by 18 months, which I accidently found out when I asked her to retrieve one from the floor and she named it. She is, obviously, very bright and not the norm. Nevertheless, she is a good example of just introducing things to a child and seeing where it leads. I think it is the same for books. When an infant or toddler will sit and enjoy a book that is the time to read to them. They usually show you quite easily how much they are interested. If they want to tear pages or not sit it is a good clue the time is not right. I like books that can be read on different levels. That way you can adapt it to suit your purpose.

    I also like picture books that can be a shared experience and have no printed words at. They introduce a joy of books.

    Your project sounds like a lot of fun.

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  8. Kathaleena, thanks for the encouragement. I too like the idea of just casually introducing things from our world. I don’t think that “learning to read” needs to be formal, for most children. You teach letters, you show how they come together to spell words, you read to them, and somewhere in there they learn to read. I don’t remember ever not knowing how to read. Some letters are easier to write than others, so it probably makes sense to teach them first in terms of writing, but I think that basic familiarity with letters can come from blocks, the alphabet song, or any number of other places. When my neighborhood children weren’t doing all that well with math, I made cookies with them, as a natural way to use some of the concepts (esp. fractions). Children who participate in daily life, including grocery shopping (and paying), probably pick up as much in the ways of “academic” learning that way as in school.

    I am trying to introduce other things to talk about into the book. For instance, the D page has “deer,” and it has a buck, a doe, and a fawn, so a parent could ask “Which one is the daddy deer? Yes, that one! He’s called a ‘buck,’ and those are antlers.” Other pages might have different colors or things to count.

    One funny thing is that no font has all the right letters for learning. The font I selected is spaced nicely and it is good for most of them (and it has the right lower-case a), but it is a sans serif font, and so its capital I looks like that one–like a lowercase el. And its lowercase y brings the down stroke curved up toward the letter, like a g. So I looked for fonts that had those letters “correct” and substituted just that one letter within a word (at a slightly different font size to fit). On the screen it “works,” and hopefully when it is printed it will, too.

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  9. Cheryl – What about using different fonts for different letters? Or would you feel that is too mixed up?

    Mumsee – You do have a point about how some people have been raised, but a lot of the folks who become belligerent on social media are not only the younger ones, but even folks in our general age group. There is something about mixing being behind a screen, not face-to-face, with our sin nature that often has a bad effect on people. Fortunately, there are also the more mature, polite people on social media, but it is the others who get all the attention when the subject of social media comes up.

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  10. I have been to El Paso and back this morning. We got diverted from the level 3 trauma center to the level 1 due to overcrowding at the nearer facility.

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  11. Miguel ended up taking Trey to the dentist. He says there is no longer a catch in his knee even with all of the surgery swelling. That meniscus must have been the culprit.

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  12. It has been a bit since I had a chance to check in. Getting started into the new, and final, semester is taking up a lot of time and energy. The first half will be insane, as the one in-class course I have to take is crowded into six weeks, with more assignments than the online course last semester. In addition, the clinical work also comes with its share of near weekly assignments.

    I am also adjusting to new living conditions. Some things are better than the attic room in which I lived last (I no longer have to go down a flight of old creaky stairs to use the washroom, or two flights to make a meal, or three flights to get out of the house, as I did before), but other things are not as good. Having a room next to the kitchen in a house full of tenants with a landlady who is somewhat particular, has its challenges.


  13. sitting in a recliner with a heating pad on my back. It feels so good. I figured out what I did that I should not hve done yesterday. Please pray that my back will get well nd the flights will not be too hard. I may sleep in this recliner tonight.

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  14. Praying for you Jo…I slept in the recliner a few nights whilst fighting the sinus infection…pile on lots of blanket and form them around you…feels kind of like being in a nest…I suppose…I don’t believe I have ever actually been in a nest…but I would imagine that is the way it would feel if you were in a nest…..(why do I suddenly feel like Anne Shirley trying to explain
    something?!!) 😜

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  15. RKessler, I hadn’t heard of the dyslexia font, but I googled it. Comic Sans is supposed to be a good one–but it’s a font that is otherwise pretty universally disdained.

    I have no plans to publish the book, and realistically am unlikely to be able to. I have some books (with photos) that I looked into self-publishing, and the price is just too high to get a book with photos onto amazon (about $25 for a 50-page paperback before I get any profit if I go through the publisher I was looking at, and I didn’t like the idea of going through Create Space, amazon’s publisher–I’d be signing away all rights to my photos, and they’re free to distribute copies at their discretion in other countries). I’m back to looking at traditional publishers for those other books, and unless whoever accepts it is interested in an alphabet book, it probably won’t happen.

    But it is a good suggestion.

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  16. RKessler, it looks like those fonts have pretty much the same idea as what I was looking for–very readable. I’m limited to the fonts available through my photo book program, and the one I settled on has simple letters with enough spacing between. I made the type bold and used it large. If you want to look up the font, it is Quicksand, and I currently am using it at 40 point bold. I may adjust some of that once I have looked at some published alphabet books, but that looked like a very readable font choice. I traded out the capital I for a Jack Input (44 point) and lowercase y’s for Raleway (36 point), but all the other letters seem to work as is.

    When I worked on yearbook in college, I took a class focusing on Production, and one of the yearbook staff members had attended a high school that focused on art and design. I learned a lot from her, and ended up creating layout for a few pages of the yearbook when she wasn’t around. (We didn’t do layout on computer the years I was editor, but they switched to computer the next year.) I never imagined myself someday making my own books and trying to publish books with photos, or designing (and illustrating) a book for a grandchild . . . but I have thought many times that her presence on the staff for a year and a half, and what I learned from her in that time, has proven to be a real blessing to me. I’ve made quite a few photo books for fun, and what I do with color is directly connected to aspects I learned from her, and so is a lot of the design.

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  17. The church called me about what to do with that big, commercial grade mixer sitting in the office. I told them that I had hurt my back bringing it up the narrow stairs from the basement. The gal said we are having a staff meeting soon and we will pray for you. A while later I got a text saying we prayed for you. It included an picture of a card where they had written me a message and all had signed it. Blessed by each of them.

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