42 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-13-19

  1. Morning, Chas. I am tired and looking forward to the last day of school. A friend left last week after a month here doing translation. She has left me her truck to use which I picked up at the autoshop today. Tonight a friend called wondering about a ride. I was able to offer her the singles van that I have been using. God’s timing

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  2. Morning! Oh it was a beautiful sunrise this morning and the birds of the forest are all singing in beautiful harmony!! I love this time of year when I can sit out on the porch step sipping on my coffee , drinking in the beauty of our Lord’s creation! (And now I am sneezing after inhaling the pine pollen!! 🤧 🌲)
    And that birdie up there seems to have his eye on something…dinner?!

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  3. That bird is a red-shouldered hawk. When I first started seeing it and its mate on the trail where I walk it would fly when I looked its way even from quite a distance. One bird book says they are cautious about people but sometimes choose territories among people and get used to them and ignore them, and that seems to have happened. I walked practically underneath it one day, expecting it to fly at any moment. (It was on a branch that went over the trail, and I went to the other side of the trail to go underneath, but I wasn’t all that far.) It didn’t fly.

    The day I shot this photo, I was photographing something low, maybe wildflowers, and I heard a noise and looked up, and there was this hawk in the next tree and very, very close (not as close as it looks, but quite close), and I took two or three photos and then moved farther away. I have found that a lot of animals do get used to the presence of people, and individual animals have gotten used to me being on the trail (I can’t tell on blue jay from another, but I’ll be photographing a jay that is ignoring me, and a person will go by behind me–farther from the jay than I am–and it will fly). In order to respect their tolerance of me, I try to take a few quick shots and move away, reinforcing that I am no threat. Now, what I wanted to do with this bird was walk farther right and be right underneath the bird and take a shot from there, but it likely would have spooked it. I’d rather be the person who is a nuisance but not a real threat, and they can continue to ignore me.

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  4. Another wonderful header from Cheryl!♡

    I am enjoying our cool down. It’s suppose to be down in the 40s in the GA mountains and the 50s here at night. The birds are making happy tweets and songs. This is my kind of weather with the humidity lessening, too.

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  5. It’s cooling off here, too, thankfully, back into the high 60s for the rest of this week.

    Today will be busy playing catch-up on some homeless stories after I write the advance on the upcoming Pride festival which is this Saturday. All the interviews are done, photo being taken today, I just need to write it which shouldn’t take that long.

    Although I’d like to probe a bit after one of the organizers told me yesterday off the record that some members of the board of the Battleship Iowa, which is being used for staging the event, balked over signing the agreement.

    But then there’s a big homeless story we’ve not been able to dig into that really needs to get done somehow — LA Times is killing everyone on the homeless issue, filing 2-3 stories a day sometimes. They’ve done a great job but we’re left in the dust with such a tiny staff now. Very frustrating since some of it involves “our” main coverage cities. And today the county may release the city-by-city homeless numbers opening up a whole other side of the story that we’ll need to do. I had a couple port-related stories to do yesterday, plus the Pride interview and photo set up (which took a while, going back and forth on times when people could get together and our photo staff could find someone to send).

    I feel like it’s just a bunch of scattershot coverage we’re able to do now (or sometimes not do), which is so frustrating really.

    I wish I could just go back to bed.

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  6. Donna, I know the homeless sleep on the streets. How do they eat? Who feeds them?
    What do they do with their day? Do they have friend or relatives. Does anyone care?

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  7. Michelle, How long will they be there? I would estimate two hundred dollars per day, or at least three grocery carts. But then, I don’t do the shopping.

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  8. Chas, food is the least of most homeless people’s problems, from what I understand. Many. many people offer food. But a large number are mentally ill and/or on drugs, and many cities tolerate a lot of bad behavior from them. Those who beg for money earn (on average) many times a professional salary–or at least a lot more than I ever earned when I made a professional salary. Long-term issues and access to toilets are larger problems.

    The vast majority of people living on the streets didn’t simply lose their job and their ability to pay for housing. There are much deeper issues.

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  9. Cheryl – (Re: your comment last night about “Bless you”) – Yes, I think many people know about the origins of the saying, but it has become a custom, not really even a religious one, to say it when someone sneezes, and many consider it the polite thing to do.

    Is it possible that this hanging on is a regional thing? Is it common in other areas, too?

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  10. But my whole point in mentioning my friend’s post and the comments on it was to say that although they were in favor of being “polite”, they were displaying in their comments and attitudes a general disrespect for people who don’t do as they do, which seemed sadly ironic to me.

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  11. Cheryl’s right, food is available in abundance. A cop who works skid row downtown (who’s also a Christian) says flat-out do NOT bring or give away food, much of it is just thrown away and there’s always an abundance, especially around the holidays. Free meals are readily available at area churches and missions and many people will drive through just handing out sandwiches.

    As for what they do with their days, the younger homeless ride their bikes, deal and/or take drugs, break into homes and cars. Sad but true, there is a rather large class of young outlaw mavericks who have adapted to street life with no rules. Our local skid row area is chronicled daily by photos from an attorney with office space above the area. Many of his photos show people just hanging out, smoking dope, peeing on the historic Post Office building, stained sidewalks and streets, mounds of “stuff” piled everywhere.

    Many encampments include numerous bikes and skateboards — and even an occasional surfboard has been spotted.

    Those who actually are recently homeless due to job loss or other very hard setbacks in life usually live in their cars and are the first to accept and seek help to get back into regular housing. There is a network of assistance available for those who are serious. Housing costs are exceptionally high here (I could not afford to rent an apartment at this point) but there are vouchers (although that depends on finding landlords who are participating in the housing assistance program). There seems now to be a new push for widespread, sweeping rent control and tougher requirements on landlords for evictions (though the laws already are tilted in favor of tenants).

    The mentally ill and/or addicted homeless population (I’ve seen stats that say it’s only 20% but I believe those are based on the homeless self-identifying their situation to researchers) remain the biggest challenge. Seems like talk is starting up again to bring back more of a sanitarium system where people can be legally committed beyond the 3-day holds that now exist. That will come up against civil rights challenges (which in part brought about the move away from that system in the 1950s-70s).

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  12. What you described to me seems more like a chosen lifestyle than an unfortunate situation.
    I have limited most of my contributions to “the poor” to the Rescue Mission and Salvation Army.
    It’s good to know this.

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  13. Kizzie, I agree with your point, that they were impolite in discussion of politeness. But it’s also simply weird to say this is my custom, and therefore your are required to follow it, too. Example: a few years ago I looked around my church in Nashville and noticed none of the other women were still wearing hose. Well, I prefer wearing hose for several reasons, among them that my feet sweat if I don’t. But I can’t insist on the “tradition” of wearing hose with people who have stopped following it. Those women weren’t being rude to stop wearing hose (and none of them told me I had to follow them away from the tradition). I dislike the deaths of some traditions, but whether or not one utters a cliche has nothing to do with politeness.

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  14. chas, it’s a mix, to be sure, which makes the situation so difficult. And as the director of our waterfront homeless mission told me last night (he was also an LAPD skid row cop before he retired), all of these people are made in the image of God and we need to always remember that as well.

    Some of the problems began when California dealt with its prison and jail overpopulation issues by decriminalizing some crimes or lowering the penalties, letting people out early so they could enroll in rehab instead. Well-intentioned voters supported those measures but police will tell you that it’s the source of all kinds of street crime that is now being seen in the homeless encampments.

    Here’s a piece that looks at that connection:

    https://humanevents.com/2019/06/12/disguising-a-public-safety-crisis-as-a-housing-crisis/.

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  15. Donna, I was in LA A only once. Over fifty years ago> I was there for two weeks attending a UCLA short course. Elvera came out for another week and we visited around.
    LA was a beautiful city, lots of nice places to go and see.
    It’s a shame what happened.
    Rush says it all happened since Reagan’s governorship.

    I was at San Diego only once and that was an overnighter. (When you finish business in SD, it’s already night in Va.)

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  16. I passed. I honestly thought I had failed when I walked out of the test, I was so uncertain about my answers, but I passed. I am very thankful to the Lord for bringing me through it all. I am now an RN.

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  17. Congratulations Phos.
    But I’m surprised that you were uncertain. You took the minimum number of questions as you described it.
    That is as good as you can get.

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  18. Chas, she indicated yesterday that it’s possible to have the minimum number of questions be all you get because it’s clear that you won’t pass. That didn’t seem likely to be the case here, but one can’t be certain.

    Roscuro, many congratulations!! Our daughter is in the program toward LPN, planning to do the RN program next year, and we hear how difficult it is. Good work on getting it done, and doing it well!!

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  19. Cheryl – I am not fond of the no-hose look. Most women’s legs do not look nice enough (to me), and then there is the matter you mentioned, that feet sweat in shoes (even if just a little, I don’t think that is good for the shoes). Plus, to me, shoes without some kind of covering on my bare feet are uncomfortable.

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  20. No hose, no bras.

    I encountered a first today, writing a preview story for an event that had to specify “no nudity” or showing of “private parts” as part of the dress code.

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  21. Hi all. Greetings from Tucson, AZ!

    I’ve been away from Internet access since Monday. Mrs L and I enjoyed seeing God’s creation close up. Tuesday we went to Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano in NW New Mexico. The lava insulates so well that the water in the caves stays frozen.

    We then went to Canyon de Chelly (pronounced [shay]) in Arizona. It’s in the Navajo Nation and has several cliff dwellings and petroglyphs. On Wednesday morning we hiked into the canyon. It was more strenuous than we thought it would be. The trail is 1.25 miles one way and drops 600 feet. The hike up was the hardest, though.

    From there we drove through Painted Desert NP and stopped to view the desert and the petrified forest.

    Today we drove through the mountains to get here. Mrs L does not like mountain roads, and we climbed and dropped several times.The worst part was Salt River Canyon. It’s a 6% downhill road for 5 miles. Lots of tight turns!

    I’ll send AJ a few photos.

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  22. Congratulations, Roscuro! Now may you find the best job for you and have all the elements fall in place to take it.

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  23. Congratulations, Phos! Now to walk through whichever door God opens.

    PeterL, are we still on for next Monday?

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  24. The new photo is, of course, a male cardinal. But I love how the colors are so bright and pure in this one! It was early enough in spring that the leaves were still in bright “spring green,” yet late enough that the leaves were out. And the sky was bright blue and the sun shining right on the scene, so it ends up with three vivid colors (blue, red, and green) in one shot. I didn’t touch up the colors at all; didn’t need to!

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  25. Roscuro- Congrats!

    rk- Can you do Tuesday? We’ll be leaving here that AM.

    Cheryl- We’re even. I’m jealous of your photographic skills. I can’t get birds to sit still and pose.

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  26. What time would that put you through our area? I have to work at the track from 0530-1030. I could be back in my town by 1300. I think it is 7 hrs from Tuscon to my home.

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  27. Peter, I can’t get them to sit still, either, and I miss a whole lot of shots for each one I get! Thank you, though!

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  28. School is over for the year and I am tired. Why did I decide that I could keep teaching kinder for two more years?? Seventy is old for a kinder teacher and I am feeling it. The day went well. When I wasn’t sure exactly what to do with a bit of time, God showed me just the right books to read to the class. One weepy girl almost threw me, but I just moved away and left her weeping over nothing. I had moved her ten feet away from the visiting teacher to do a job, I’m so mean.

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