Our Daily Thread 6-8-19

Good Morning!

This weekend our dear friend Chas and his lovely wife Elvera are celebrating their 62 wedding anniversary!

Congratulations!

Our pics for the weekend will be from our blog archives. So thank you to any and all who contributed these pics at one time or another. 

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Anyone have a QoD?

 

 

79 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-8-19

  1. First! Not really. I just happened by and the new thread is up. I had the choice of first for Saturday or last for Friday (since it’s still Friday here)?

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  2. LOVE seeing these pictures again! Happy Anniversary, Chas and Elvera!

    I was just over on Friday’s prayer thread. Kizzie, go over there and read what I wrote. 🙂

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  3. WHAT A SURPRISE1
    Thanks everyone.
    I use the one in the lower left as my screen saver.
    I must have told you before, or you wouldn’t have it. It’s Elvera on our honeymoon in NC.

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  4. Happy anniversary, for sure!

    It was fun to turn to these happy faces as I try, yet again, to fall back to sleep. 😦

    It’s NOT morning here!

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  5. The picture on the right is the first picture I made of her. We dated the first time in October, 1955. This was March/April 1956 at an IVCF retreat. It was just getting serious then. I don’t know how you got the picture, but that’s the story behind it..

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  6. I LOVED seeing these this morning. Happy Anniversary. You and through you Elvera are a blessing to us all. We are lucky to have you in our lives. Be sweet and kiss your bride.

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  7. Little Missy and I are up and facing the day. It has become easier for us on Saturdays for her to spend Friday night. We are making Grandpa (Pop-pop or Papa) French toast today.
    I laugh because the man who has insisted on being grandpa told me she can call him whatever she wants to. I refrained from smiling. Of course we all knew that.

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  8. Indeed those little ones grab grandpa’s heart.

    Happy anniversary, Chas and Elvera! What a joy to see the lovely photos. Indeed it is a joy to see lives well lived.

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  9. Peter Pan came home last night, but only because he is assisting husband with the men’s prayer breakfast and needs husband to drive him to the youth challenge for orientation this afternoon. I don’t know if he noticed that I have been downsizing his stuff from his room. Just trying to make my life easier in case he had moved out and forgot his things rather than just running away for two weeks.

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  10. One of my favourite pictures! Happy anniversary, Chas and Elvera! What an example you set for all of us here.

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  11. Pentecost tomorrow.

    From David Brickner in the Jews for Jesus newsletter:

    “All Jewish people, including those living in other lands, were commanded to come and celebrate in Jerusalem. God chose this holiday to break down barriers as He made the gospel known to people who spoke a wide array of languages. That dramatic demonstration proved that the curse at Babel had been reversed!”

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  12. Need to subscribe. I have no problem with God raising the dead. I have a problem with fake claims. I leave it to God to sort it out.

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  13. Michelle – Can you quote some from the article? It used to be that I could google the title and then be able to read it, but that doesn’t work anymore (at least not for CT or WSJ).

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  14. A Very Happy 62nd Anniversary to Chas and Elvera!

    Thank you, Chas, for sharing your stories and wisdom with us over the years. You are much loved and appreciated. Although Elvera has not been a part of the blog herself, you have made her “come alive” and be very real to all of us, and we love her, too.

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  15. The miracle at Pentecost ties into the recent revelations about racial heresies such as kinism being present in the church. Those who hold to kinism insist that the divisions that God created at the Tower of Babel are to remain in place. Some kinists even say the division between peoples will remain in the New Creation – in that, they strongly resemble those who erroneously insist that the curse to the woman, that her husband would rule over her, also remains in effect in the New Creation, and they are also akin to those who insist that because the flesh is not yet resurrected, it is all right to keep on living in sin as a Christian. But Pentecost shows that those divisions of tongues, tribes, and nations, as with other human divisions, were removed by the victory of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 3:28, Ephesians 2:11-18, Colossians 3:11). The Holy Spirit is our seal that God will bring the work that he began in Christ to completion (Ephesians 1:13-14) and that all nations will be brought together in the New Creation (Revelation 7:9-10, 21:24). The Gospels of Christ are the antidote to the tragedies of Genesis.

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  16. The city church will be celebrating Pentecost by singing and reading Scripture in as many different languages as are spoken by people in the church. The music pastor said they had identified about 16 languages.

    At Easter, I shared a video of Christos Anesti, Christ is Risen, a troparion that the Orthodox and other traditions sing at the Celebration of Easter. Their tradition is to sing it in as many languages as possible, and I came across this video made at an Orthodox music convention, in which the troparion is sung in about twenty languages:

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  17. So-called “pay walls” are frustrating, mainly because they appeared way too late, after all of us were used to reading content for free for 20+ years.

    We launched ours maybe 2 years ago now and still get often rude blowback on social media about it. For larger, national publications the digital subscription model seems to be working, however — NYT, WaPo, WSJ (which has one of the strictest, most impenetrable walls) all have been able to find new revenue streams that are substantial enough in helping publications survive and even still thrive in the new media landscape.

    More regional and local publications haven’t done as well.

    Hindsight is perfect and newspapers all should have banded together in the early days to require some payment for online access. But who knew what a downward spiral it would become over time, with real solution to business survival on the horizon.

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  18. I couldn’t read the CT article either and with my subscriptions already to the LA Times & WSJ (and World, of course), I don’t want to pay for anymore right now.

    Count me skeptical, however, on raising-the-dead claims by evangelists.

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  19. I have a subscription, so it opened on my computer and I didn’t think it wouldn’t for anyone else. Sorry. Here’s what I posted on my FB page when someone asked the same question. She’d watched the Fish video and was blessed by it.

    The article talks about how often we in the West discount the works of God in poorer parts of the world, but this author is related to a woman who was raised from the dead–and knows she’d never make up a story like that.

    Interesting, too, in several stories the author recounts, he asked the praying person if they often prayed for people to be raised from the dead. The answer was no, “I was as shocked as everyone else was,” said one woman.

    Then, too, miracles like these are often bestowed in places where the Word of God is not as prevalent or common. It’s done to shock the unbelief of the people into considering Jesus.

    This morning I was reading in John 12 about the chief priest’s reactions to Lazarus being raised from the dead–that absurd argument that they should kill him.

    “The chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also: The chief priests were mostly Sadducees, and the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection. Lazarus was a living example of life after death, and having him around was an embarrassment to their theological system. For them, there was only one solution to this embarrassing problem – to put Lazarus to death also.”

    It’s all interesting to me and something to consider.

    As you well know, I come from a journalism tradition and like to share articles and information I find interesting. You can take them or leave them, I’m not troubled if you don’t agree.

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  20. The little that I could read on Michelle’s link before the pay wall blocked the rest seemed to concede that some claims were faked. The introduction related a story that seemed believable – although, having some practical knowledge of snake bites in Africa (not every snake’s bite is equally lethal), I would point out that the girl may have simply gone into deep shock and not actually died – but that story was of a desperately real situation, where a grieving family prayed, having no other hope.

    The article then began to relate a situation where a so called evangelist performed a highly publicized raising from the dead, and was about to relate how that was faked when the article cut off. It is that kind of professional miracle working by ministers or evangelists who claim to have gifts of miracles that I strongly object to. In the snakebite story, no one is endowed with special powers – the miracle (for even recovering spontaneously from deep shock is miraculous, as untreated shock is usually lethal) occurs through prayer. In the stories of these professional miracle workers, they are the ones performing the miracles, with an obligatory mention of the Holy Spirit to appear suitably humble – the focus is really on the personality doing the miracle, not on the power of God. These evangelists also make money on their miracle working. I will simply quote the Apostle Peter, a man who did raise someone from the dead and whose shadow was enough to heal the sick, on the topic of making money from the gift of the Holy Spirit:
    “May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money! You have no part or share in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.” (Acts 8:20-23)

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  21. Michelle, Jesus put it bluntly in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus: “If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” (Luke 16:31). He also said that the miracles he did left unbelievers with a conviction of their sin and as a result they hated him (John 15:24). As the incidents of Peter and John in the temple or Paul and Silas in Philippi demonstrates, miracles done by the Apostles were no more popular. Working miracles in the power of the Holy Spirit does nothing to persuade those who do not already have the Spirit of faith to believe.

    The modern evangelist/miracle worker uses the magnetism of his own personality to build up a following of supporters, who eagerly flock to see him, or her. Paul speaks of the foolishness of preaching, saying he did not dazzle the Corinthians into believing by his own force of personality (I Corinthians 1:17-2:5). The Corinthians would have agreed with him, as he later quotes the decidedly unflattering description of him by his detractors in the church (II Corinthians 10:10).

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  22. To say that God doesn’t raise the dead anymore puts a limit on God’s power. Just because we don’t see it in the Western world, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. One pastor I had believes that since the West is mostly Christian, God doesn’t use the miracles of the book of Acts here. However, in places where Jesus is unknown, God may use miracles to show He is more powerful than the idols they worship. That said, there are a lot of false claims in the Third World.

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  23. Iowa?

    https://whotv.com/2019/05/31/extreme-violent-student-behavior-pushing-iowa-teachers-to-breaking-point/

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    Extreme & Violent Student Behavior Pushing Iowa Teachers to Breaking Point

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa teachers tell Channel 13 they are so overwhelmed by extreme violent behavior they have reached a breaking point. They asked us to share their stories so people will understand what happens inside classrooms.

    Ashlee May teaches second grade in Des Moines. She said, “Most people, I don’t think, realize kind of what’s happening. We get screamed at and cursed at daily. I’ve been stabbed with a pencil before.”

    Police reports back her up. They contain stories of children ages 10 and younger throwing chairs, punching teachers in the face, and leaving bruises on instructors. May considers herself lucky. “In terms of what other teachers deal with, I think I’ve been kind of blessed because I’ve never had to go to the hospital.”

    A teacher whose identity we concealed based on her fear of retaliation from administrators for speaking out told us children “get in the faces of the teachers.” She said she hears things like, “Get out of my way, you (expletives). You can’t do anything to me. I’m not going to get into trouble. You’re going to get into trouble.’ All kinds of intimidation.” …
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  24. The prosperity Gospel, which is inextricably linked to modern claims of miracle working, is huge in developing countries, as it gives a false hope to those who are impoverished and powerless, but who know that there are others who live on the same earth and in the same age, who are far more wealthy and powerful and have far better healthcare. In many Latin American countries, Pentecostalism, the denomination with which prosperity teaching and miracle working is most closely associated (although, I would say that any denomination is capable of giving such teaching, often in subtler and more insidious forms), is second to Catholicism in size. In the tiny, impoverished hamlet in Nunavut there was an Anglican church, as Anglicans had been the first missionaries to the area, and a Pentecostal church, which I know, from social media postings, does have a health and wealth output. Among the Christian communities in West Africa, there was a decided bent towards working miracles and a pull towards prosperity teaching – I have already related the attempted miracle working that I witnessed. Miracles of prosperity and power are to the developing world what miracle workers such as Amy Semple Macpherson were to Americans in the Great Depression.

    I do not say that God cannot work miracles. I deny that modern ministries specializing in miracles are of God, judging them according to their fruit.

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  25. I think you’re correct, Roscuro— we look at the fruit and see who gets the glory.

    Prosperity gospel is the work of the devil— whether in the west or in the developing world.

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  26. I may be wrong, but it almost sounds like LA will be on the brink of a more conservative turn come election time — thanks to years of seeing the mounds of trash pile up, the recent uptick in homeless numbers, long-eradicated diseases popping up due to the accompanying rat population, the voters voting against Measure EE (the school district’s request for more property tax dollars to help pay for the smaller class sizes they’d already promised teachers in order to end the strike last year)

    People seem to be calling out the chaos that we now find ourselves in, much of it due to a costly trek through the years to fund and pay for progressive ideas that aren’t really working. We’ve voted to tax ourselves to help ease the homeless problem only to see the massive city bureaucracy and other hurdles make the hoped-for solutions (at least so far) unattainable. I doubt more tax money will be approved by voters going forward.

    Interesting to see the growing tide on social media — even the liberal LA Times has taken up the torch with some hard-hitting stories and editorials, saying the city and its mayor have so far essentially failed.

    The local mini skid row in our waterfront community (which is also within the sprawling city of LA boundaries), meanwhile, grows and looks worse every time I drive through it. The skid row in downtown LA is beyond comprehensive, blocks and blocks and blocks of tents, debris and human misery. And yet another lawsuit by a successful homeless advocacy attorney recently was “settled” by the city, allowing skid row residents in downtown to keep as much property with them as they want on the sidewalks.

    Some critics now are saying it’s time for the city to stop settling these lawsuits (there have been many that have gotten us to where we are now) and to fight them instead.

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  27. https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-cleanup-property-skid-row-downtown-lawsuit-mitchell-case-20190529-story.html

    L.A. agrees to let homeless people keep skid row property — and some in downtown aren’t happy
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    In a pivotal legal settlement, the city of Los Angeles has agreed that it won’t put a ceiling on the total amount of property that homeless people can keep on skid row, but will throw away sofas, refrigerators and other large items crowding the squalid 50-block area of downtown.
    The agreement, released Wednesday and reached after months of closed-door negotiations, applies only to skid row and adjoining streets. …

    … The case, Carl Mitchell et al. vs. city of Los Angeles, marks a critical flex point in L.A.’s long struggle to balance homeless people’s property rights against the welfare and qualify of life of the whole community.

    Because the lawsuit, filed in 2016, only targeted a specific geographic area of downtown L.A., the settlement sets a different standard than in the rest of the city, where authorities have set a limit on how much property that homeless people can store in the streets to what can fit in a 60-gallon container.

    Some civil rights attorneys believe the 60-gallon limit is unconstitutional and the settlement states that the parties do not waive future challenges over enforcement under any law, state or federal. …
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  28. Out walking tonight we had a chance to talk to the young man who has cattle around us. He told us one of his newly born calves was killed and eaten by wolves. The DNR set traps and did get a large male. They removed the traps after two weeks of not getting any other wolves. The farmer mentioned he would be getting a couple of mules to keep in the field to help with the wolves. That led to a discussion of God’s amazing creation. Simply amazing to think anyone thinks all the complexity could just happen.

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  29. DJ @1:18- Yes, Iowa. Of course it’s Des Moines which has the same problems as other big cities: poverty, drugs, single parent households, etc. I don’t think those kinds of incidents are as much an issue in rural schools, though some of those are big schools because of consolidation.

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  30. It is definitely a problem in this area. Children seem to have lost all respect for adults and themselves. Sad. One of the reasons the school is done with our son is when he was told to hand over his phone, he told the superintendent to go ahead and try to take it. Not good. Not good at all. The amusing part to me is that he apparently did not pay his bill and had no service.

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  31. I see my latest letter to the editor made it to the paper this morning, but I also noticed they removed the capitalization of all things in reference to the Creator. But the message should still come across. Waiting, Kizzie, to see if there is any feedback. There is not usually though it was interesting to me that the numbers of pro life letters seem to have gone up since I began my campaign. Yesterday there was one quite similar to my last one as the writer discussed thinning radishes in his garden but everyone of the thinnings, regardless of size and development, was still a radish. He went on to point out that humans are humans from the start.

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  32. Mumsee, deity caps is simply a style issue. Some Christian publishers use it and some don’t, and some basically leave it up to the author as long as it’s consistent. Some Bible versions use it and some don’t. (I used to remember which ones do and which ones don’t, but there are so many now. But the KJV doesn’t and the NKJV does, for example.)

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  33. Understood. I like to capitalize Creator because that is an amazing aspect of God and Who He is. And in an effort to point people to the true God.

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  34. You would think that since it is one of God’s titles the paper would capitalize it. After all, they capitalize the Queen in reference to Elizabeth, or the President when referring to him.

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  35. Mumsee, yes, I do think “Creator” should probably be capped. But I don’t have a current AP style manual. And I’ve been surprised in recent years by the number of Christians who don’t cap “Bible” and “Savior” and other words that seem basic to me.

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  36. Morning! And Happy Anniversary Day Chas and Elvera!
    It is 35 degrees here in the forest with very gloomy/overcast skies. The furnace is running and I have a humdinger of a migraine…missing church today which I really dislike!

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  37. Good Morning. This afternoon I will help celebrate my stepmother’s 80th birthday. Her birthday is on the 10th. I am thinking of giving her a single red rose and telling her it is from my father. Too sappy? Too anything else? I have also thought of giving her two pink roses from Chloe and me. She and my father married 20 years ago now. Wow. Where did that time go. BG was 18 months old.

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  38. Editing for consistent (AP) style, including on letters to the editor, is done wherever I’ve worked. Bible — when referring to “the” Bible — should always be capitalized, according to AP, along with God.

    Beyond that, I’m not aware of any theological terms that are capitalized.

    But congrats on getting the letters published. We used to have a very active letters-to-the-editor section on our editorial page. But now that things have changed so drastically, all 11 papers in our “LA” group have to use a common editorial page, meaning only a small smattering of letters, from the beach to the mountains to the valleys to Orange County, get used. We also began refusing to accept handwritten/typed or any letter that is snail-mailed in, email only.

    It’s really another hit from the Internet & social media — in metro areas people can now shred’s their unedited opinions via their own computers on group pages, the paper is an afterthought.

    One thing that bothered me somewhat was we began “fact checking” letters, even those with political opinions. I knew the gal who did it for us (she took a buyout, I still see her — she’s somewhat centrist but has very liberal leanings, though you wouldn’t know it as she’s so quiet). Anyway, I would hear her on the phone sometimes with letter writers arguing about whether something happened or was said in the way the letter writer contended. I’m old-school First Amendment, let the readers write what they want, it’s “their” space.

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  39. At least we were never as bad as the liberal alternative paper in our area where every letter expressing a less-than-far-left viewpoint receives a lengthy, point-by-point printed drubbing by the editor in italics that runs right behind the letter.

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  40. When Husband had one of his letters printed, questioning how the Quran fit with our Constitution, a woman from CAIR was given an op ed rebuttal space to his letter. He asked for similar treatment but was denied. But generally, they do have some conservative op eds and lots of letters. The paper is much more liberal than the readers generally, though it is a college town.

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  41. It has been a nice day so far. It was mentioned in the early service.
    I went in to wake her for breakfast and said, “You have been married 62 years today.” She said, “To the same man?”
    I think she was kidding.

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  42. Mumsee, college towns tend to be liberal, so they vote more liberal than the population would otherwise. Is that what you mean?

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  43. Re: yesterday’s 7:49 I was thinking about that picture and wondered if anyone thought “what do you mean by just getting serious?”
    It begins to get serious when you start talking about the future.
    That’s always a good clue, whiter anything else is mentioned or not.

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  44. For Pentecost Sunday: A rendition of ‘As the Deer’ in multiple languages from Indonesia, South Korea, India, Sri Lanka (both Sinhalese and Tamil), Taiwan, and Cambodia.

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  45. Years ago, when I was still a child or young teen, I remember that there was a push to allow college students in a certain college town to vote. My dad said that wasn’t fair, as they were not actual residents, and tend to be more liberal. I can’t recall the town or the issue, but I think they were allowed to vote, and voted in something that the majority of residents were against.

    Do most college towns or cities allow the students to vote? (Of course, students who actually live in the city or town year-round should be allowed to vote, but I mean the ones who are only there for college.)

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  46. Cheryl- “I’ve been surprised in recent years by the number of Christians who don’t cap “Bible” and “Savior” and other words that seem basic to me.

    Blame texting and social media. Too many people think grammar and spelling rules don’t apply, especially on sites like Twitter that limit the number of characters.

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  47. Evolving cultural norms do influence AP style, although very slowly.

    We sang Amazing Grace today, always a favorite.

    And our sermon was on the raising of Lazarus (is this a theme this week?). One thing that occurred to me (in light of our discussions of possible modern-day resurrections being reported) was the Lazarus was really, really dead. Dead-dead. Not just for an hour or even several hours or so (which, as roscuro has pointed out, can sometimes have similar symptoms to comas of some kinds).

    Four days dead.

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  48. But I think also with blog sites and other digital (though not necessarily professional) “media” popping up, style is becoming a thing of the past.

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  49. I’d think if college students live in town, whether in the dorms or an outside apartment, they should be able to vote there so long as they’ve re-registered with that as their current address.

    I can’t imagine that Winchester is liberal.

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  50. DJ – My dad’s point was that they are usually there for only four years of college (and often not year-round for those four years) and then move on, leaving the regular residents with the effects of whatever they voted for/against, along with the raise in taxes that often come with various voting issues. For those who actually live in the town, it’s a different matter.

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  51. I realize that it is no longer necessary to capitalize pronouns for God, but it seems more respectful to me. Any male can be a “he”, but God is not any male, so I feel more comfortable using “He”. (I don’t blame others for not capitalizing, but I like to do it for myself.)

    Another thing that I “know better” about is not to use “hopefully” when “I hope” or “I am hoping” is more grammatically correct, but I do it anyway. 🙂

    Also, I say and write “snuck” instead of “sneaked”. 😀

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  52. The venerable KJV translation does not, and never did, capitalize the pronouns for God.

    Students who are citizens may vote in either the riding (jurisdiction) in which they are currently residing as students or in their home riding by special ballot or at advanced polls. If they vote in the riding where they are as students, they must sign a declaration that they have not and will not vote elsewhere. ID is necessary to vote so anyone caught voting in more than one location can be fined or imprisoned. Students who are going through for a degree will actually be in one location for four years, and furthermore, college and universities bring in significant revenue to an area – the university in the city contributes nearly 4 billion to the local economy – so students do have a significant stake. Federal, provincial, and municipal elections are held separately, so students may or may not vote on all levels in the riding where they are students.

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  53. Students maybe shouldn’t vote in their parents’ town either, since they aren’t really living there. Our older daughter came home for the summers while she was in college, but most summers she didn’t have a job (she did have a part-time job at school). Though she spent most of her growing-up years there, did return for two years after graduation, and ended up marrying and living the next town over, during those college years she was not a meaningful part of the community.

    I’m in favor of kids having to choose where they vote. Now, I’m even more in favor of people with some investment in the community being the voters (a job, a home), but those kinds of tests were long ago thrown out. An 18-year-old can vote when he lives in his parents’ basement, even if he doesn’t have a job or a car or pay taxes, so what’s the difference in voting at college?

    I did vote in my college town–I pulled up roots from Phoenix and knew I’d probably never live there again. I didn’t know whether or not I’d live in Chicago after graduation (I actually didn’t expect to do so, though I lived there for 10 years after graduation), but for the four years of my education I was a Chicago resident. I worked 20-40 hours a week, I only visited Phoenix twice during those years, and I had no connection to Phoenix other than being a former resident. It made no sense to vote in Phoenix, and in fact would have been far less appropriate than voting in Chicago, In fact, I was able to renew my Phoenix driver’s license through the mail, and I did so solely for the convenience of having ID (I didn’t drive for my years in college or the first year afterward) and it felt like cheating to have an Arizona driver’s license when I wasn’t an Arizona resident. And my church in Chicago allowed “student” (non-voting) memberships, but I told them I wanted full membership–I was transferring my membership.

    So I can see both sides, and we too are in a town where the students are more liberal than the town and they overwhelm it when they vote. But if you’re going to allow 18-year-olds to vote, I don’t see any reasonable alternative, as long as they aren’t voting in both places.

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  54. Anyone know much about installing drip line irrigation systems?

    I’m seriously thinking of taking out the old grass on both the front yard & parking strip and replacing it with flowering, draught-resistant plants. Our neighborhood is going that route with more and more homes making the change; I didn’t used to like many of the “native” looks but now I’m seeing a lot more variety and color in the plants being used. The look has come a long way since the early days of green and brown scrub brush and cacti. I want something pretty and colorful.

    I think my gardener should be here tomorrow, maybe I can talk to him about it, how much they’d charge to do something like that. Meanwhile, I’m going to start taking photos of yards I like — some are too spare, others too overgrown — and try to narrow down the plants I’d most like and that would be the most practical and low-maintenance.

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  55. Wow! What I missed by not being here yesterday and today! Those wonderful photos of Chas and Elvera. Happy Anniversary to two of the dearest people I have ever known.

    Yesterday I had my Word Weavers critique group in the a.m. and then Art and I had a visitation/ funeral/memorial service later after we had lunch at Honey Baked Ham (coupon for BOGO Turkey sandwiches). It was my first funeral/memorial service to attend that was officiated by a Lutheran pastor. He was excellent. It was a rather different service for a long time hairdresser (Art was one among her many clients). At one point a man played Summertime on the trombone. An urn with her ashes was up front and people would go up and view that and I noticed a couple looking into the urn. I had never seen this before. We were informed to dress in colorful clothing since she was a colorful person (she was a hair color artist). One of her long time clients spoke for all the clients and she had lots of great stories. Then a almost teenage granddaughter spoke and had funny stories, too. Of course there were Christian songs such as Amazing Grace piped in. The song that began the service was I’ll Be Seeing You.

    After church today I began trying to revise some of my writing based on the critique group suggestions.

    I will see if I can read what Michelle posted from CT. I have a subscription to the magazine but as with most magazines these days, the print is too small for my current vision situation.

    Wesley has been doing AP essay test grading this past week. He graded 145 essays on one day when we texted! They are at the high school level which is different for him.

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  56. Listening to the Jurassic Park soundtrack while catching up on email — looks like I’ll se a former co-worker tomorrow night at a community meeting, she’s young and decided to go for another job (at 3X the salary — wise choice, considering …) for a neighboring city. But her heart remains with breaking news journalism. So said, our predicament. 🙂

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  57. It’s time for 75!

    Oh, and that news I couldn’t share before is about grandchild #6. Only this time, it’s D2 and her husband expecting their first.

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  58. Congrats Peter 🙂 What many of us suspected, I think.

    Just watched an uplifting (HBO) movie, “Gimme Shelter,” based on a true story of an unwed mom who resists pressure to have an abortion and finds stability in a Catholic home for pregnant girls. Meantime, she reunites with the dad who never knew her (having been an unwed teen father himself, now married and stable).

    I kept waiting for it all to turn into an anti-Christian, pro abortion tirade. Surprisingly refreshing and very touching.

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  59. Just spent 5 1/2 hours at school on this national holiday writing comments. Still have one more to do, but that one will wait til tomorrow. Comments are hard. I will reread them tomorrow and see what I think.
    No time for the weight room.
    Tonight is a staff ice cream social. To go or not to go??? that is the question.

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