107 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-24-19

  1. Not sure why, but I heard a bunch of our guys made a couple of long trips to bring back a herd of cattle. So, here I sit, listening to cattle lowing nonstop. I think they miss their old home. I grew up on a ranch, but this sound is getting old.

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  2. Christianity Today has an article about an interesting phenomenon: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/august/babylon-bee-satire-research-snopes-fake-news.html
    ‘Our team of communication researchers has spent years studying misinformation, satire, and social media. Over the last several months, we’ve surveyed Americans’ beliefs about dozens of high-profile political issues. We identified news stories—both true and false—that were being shared widely on social media.

    ‘We discovered that many of the false stories weren’t the kind that were trying to intentionally deceive their readers; they actually came from satirical sites, and many people seemed to believe them.’

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  3. I have observed the above phenomenon myself, not just on FB currently (some of my relatives do not seem to understand that the Babylon Bee is satie). Years ago, when Pastor A was still at the tiny church, there was a man who attended the church who seemed to live for all the bad news about the world. Pastor A tried to disciple him, but this man persisted in seeking out things to be outraged over. Every week, in the adult Sunday School class, he would seize the period for questions to bring up something negative about the world, relating lurid stories and outrageous anecdotes. Contrary to I Corinthians 13:6, he took more interest in bemoaning the iniquitous deeds of the world than in speaking of the truth of God. One of his topics of outrage was the then rising phenomena of Harry Potter and how it was part of a Satanic plot. One Sunday, he pulled out a piece of paper and read what he said were the actual words of J.K. Rowling. The apparent quote seemed to claim the popular books were a part of a plan to spread devil worship, and this man blustered and bellowed over how the books were in the public school library. Years later, I searched for that quote on the internet. I found it, in an archived article from The Onion, the satire site.

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  4. Re- the article Roscuro posted: It reminds me of the old saying (attributed to P. T. Barnum) “There’s a sucker born every minute.” People are generally gullible, and some a much more gullible than others.


  5. The thing is, Peter, that satire publications do not intend to deceive their readers. They do not intend their readers to believe that what they write is actual fact, as satire is deliberate exaggeration for the purpose of ridiculing vices and abuses. Satirical articles are, like the grotesque contortions of figures in a political cartoon, wildly exaggerated to make a point. So, this is not a case of people being deceived by libelous or slanderous articles that are intended to deceive, but people believing articles that make no secret that they are not actual fact. Simply looking at the source of the article should be enough to tell those who take the satire as fact that it is not fact. It is less a case of the truth of P.T. Barnum’s quip, and more a case of the Proverb (18:13): “The one who gives an answer before he listens— this is foolishness and disgrace for him.”


  6. Problem with satire today:
    After listening to some of the potential Democratic candidates, you see that:
    Ain’t nothing too ridiculous to be true.


  7. Good morning. Wild night here. Daughter was detained at her CNA class as she missed last week due to dropping a brick on her toe. Got home at nearly eleven to milk the goats. I would have sent son out at seven to do it but she (the control freak) does not like how he milks them. So she, who refuses to turn a light on, tripped over chairs etc on her way out and continued her journey, getting done around midnight. Maybe not quite as wild as the er.

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  8. After my question about unanswered prayer the other day, I opened My Utmost for His Highest this morning to find an answer.

    The Spiritual Search
    By Oswald Chambers
    What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? —Matthew 7:9
    The illustration of prayer that our Lord used here is one of a good child who is asking for something good.

    We talk about prayer as if God hears us regardless of what our relationship is to Him (see Matthew 5:45).

    Never say that it is not God’s will to give you what you ask. Don’t faint and give up, but find out the reason you have not received; increase the intensity of your search and examine the evidence.

    Is your relationship right with your spouse, your children, and your fellow students? Are you a “good child” in those relationships?

    Do you have to say to the Lord, “I have been irritable and cross, but I still want spiritual blessings”?

    You cannot receive and will have to do without them until you have the attitude of a “good child.”

    We mistake defiance for devotion, arguing with God instead of surrendering. We refuse to look at the evidence that clearly indicates where we are wrong.

    Have I been asking God to give me money for something I want, while refusing to pay someone what I owe him? Have I been asking God for liberty while I am withholding it from someone who belongs to me? Have I refused to forgive someone, and have I been unkind to that person? Have I been living as God’s child among my relatives and friends? (see Matthew 7:12).

    I am a child of God only by being born again, and as His child I am good only as I “walk in the light” (1 John 1:7).

    For most of us, prayer simply becomes some trivial religious expression, a matter of mystical and emotional fellowship with God.

    We are all good at producing spiritual fog that blinds our sight. But if we will search out and examine the evidence, we will see very clearly what is wrong— a friendship, an unpaid debt, or an improper attitude.

    There is no use praying unless we are living as children of God. Then Jesus says, regarding His children, “Everyone who asks receives…” (Matthew 7:8).

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  9. I have to be careful with satirists. I don’t spend a lot of time with the Babylon Bee, though I smirk with the best of them at some of the clever titles.

    My problem is they may be funny, but they feel mean-spirited and I, personally, go to the bitter if I spend too much time there. So, I try to be careful. But I do snicker.

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  10. Michelle, the problem with that line of argument (11:16) is that it seems to suggest that if God says no, it must be because we did something wrong . . . or, to turn that around, if we do everything “right” (put the money in the vending machine correctly and pull the right levers), God will always give us what we ask.

    We fall into that line of thinking way too easily, but it isn’t biblical. Yes, God may withhold blessing because of sin in our lives, but “the reason you have not received” seems to be saying something more than that, as though God never says no unless we did something wrong.

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  11. Well, this is an interesting development, and a bit of a concerning. Nightingale got a text from her lawyer yesterday afternoon informing her that X may not be willing to sign off on the agreement they came to this past Monday. We don’t know what the problem could be, since it was quite favorable to him. Now, with the weekend upon us, we probably won’t know any more until next week.

    Another thing that came up: Recently I mentioned here something about Boy going back to his therapist again. X called the therapist and says he wants to bring him to some of the sessions, and he asked her some questions. Both Nightingale and the therapist think that X is trying to sabotage something here. He apparently thought that he’d be able to be with Boy during the sessions, but parents are only in the session for the first ten minutes.

    The twisted irony here is that the reason Boy started with this therapist in the first place was to deal with the fact that X had physically attacked, choked, and threatened to shoot Nightingale right in front of then five year old Boy. 😦


  12. That has me wondering how my little grandson (okay, he’s not so little anymore, but he is still a little boy in his heart) reconciles these things in his mind and heart. He witnessed what I mentioned above – even trying to push his dad away from his mother, and feeling awful that he failed to do so – and it made him afraid to see his dad for quite a while. But for the past year and a half or so, he has been enjoying his visits with him.

    Can you imagine being a child who has witnessed such a fearful thing, but also still loving the person who did it, and spending “quality” time with them? I know there are a lot of children out there in similar circumstances. I can’t imagine how they deal with it, or how it must mess with their heart and minds. 😦


  13. Michelle and Cheryl – My reaction was similar to Cheryl’s. I think I understand what OC meant, but it could seem like our prayers depend more on our own righteousness than on who God is. (Although I don’t think that’s what he really meant to convey.)

    I think of how a weaker Christian might read that, and feel that since he knows he is still sinful and struggling in many ways, God won’t answer his prayers. (Again, I doubt that that is what OC meant, at least I hope not.)

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  14. Well, I enjoy *good* and clever satire, Babylon Bee, the Onion — and let’s face it, there’s so much rich material to work with nowadays. 🙂 It helps to laugh at our (collective) silliness rather than grouse about the world so I don’t see it (generally anyway) as mean-spirited. Instead, it brings a levity to our human silliness and frailty. And none of us is immune.

    I did have a friend who took a Babylon Bee post I’d sent her seriously — it was ‘praising’ Google for using the rainbow flag on its logo in June to celebrate God’s covenant with Noah. My friend said how wonderful they were doing that.

    It might also be part of a journalism humor strain. The world really is kind of crazy, no? 🙂

    Kizzie, you do wonder how young minds process some of these things that go on around them. So hard to know how much is being absorbed, how it’s being interpreted. But that’s why it’s good he’s also seeing a counselor.

    I have memories of a period in my parents’ lives where my dad’s business partner had either stolen or not paid in the money expected of him & everything went down the drain. That was followed by several years of money constraints and some arguments in the home. They got through it and it passed, but interesting that I do remember snippets of things from that period (and realize I probably knew very little of what was really going on, I would have been pretty young, 8). Later, though, my mom told me that losing that business — which had been a dream of my father’s — left a mark on him that never went away. He lost a part of his fun-loving, upbeat personality that she said never fully returned.

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  15. I would have been under 8, actually, I think things were beginning to straighten out by then. But my parents had been left holding the ball after the partner skipped out and so it was several years of digging out of the financial mess for them during my younger years, piece by piece. But they did it. My dad went on to work in aerospace companies, becoming a department supervisor at times (though he still wasn’t his “own boss” as he’d wanted to be). And that industry was having pretty much constant layoffs, as well, so there were a few job changes that came with that territory.

    I remember one stretch when I was in high school and he had to work night shifts in Santa Monica. We only had one car so my mom would have to pick him up in the wee hours of the morning on days that she needed the car for some reason. But it could have been worse, I think he got off around 1 a.m. or so. My mom went back to work full time at the telephone company (remember when there was just one??) when I was a sophomore, I think.

    Today is a quick haircut at noon, some floor cleaning & (I hope) getting started at painting that patio bench at long last.


  16. Re prayer, I remember also from the video I posted that God hears our prayers but then his divine wisdom is applied to them. So the answers (and the timing) simply may not *look* at all like what we’d expect.

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  17. Prayer is always answered. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes no. Sometimes not now. I heard Elizabeth Elliott say that some time on 1999.


  18. DJ, reminds me that Dave Ramsey says, “the only ship that won’t sail is a partnership” (he excludes those of doctors and lawyers). He says they are always doomed by the “d’s” – drugs, death, divorce, dishonesty, disinterest, deceit.

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  19. Yes, I can’t remember the details but the guy either took money or didn’t pay his share of something — and then took off. I’m thinking because my dad was the ‘senior’ partner (he would have only been around 30) would have been held as the responsible party. It did involve a court action which is why I think it may have been tax-related? I’d have to look at the paperwork again. But I found all the money order receipts paying it back, often in small amounts, along with the court’s final letter saying the payment was complete and the case was closed. I really had such admiration for my parents after coming across those documents in the garage cleanup a couple years ago. They just hammered away at it, little by little (I either don’t remember or it didn’t specify what the total amount was). Sometimes the money orders were for $5, $10.

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  20. I interpreted the post differently. I like to turn the prism and examine my heart— what am I really asking for? What’s the motive of my heart? If I’m asking for money to squander it, it is in my best interest for the Lord not to allow me to win the lottery.

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  21. Kizzie— see if you can get the book The Deepest Well out of the Library. It examines a new field in pediatric medicine— the affect of trauma on a child. Very insightful— for grown children (some of us) as well— on how trauma haunts us for the rest of our lives physically as well as emotionally.

    Mumsee— have you read this one?

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  22. Both interpretations of the Chambers’ devotion occurred to me. I am inclined to think Michelle’s prism is the more accurate one. I have recently read a little of Lilias Trotter, another British-born missionary to North Africa (she was Chambers’ senior by some decades) who was also deeply influenced by the Keswick Conference. I was stuck by how what she said could in one sense be construed as burdensome processes, and in another sense, could be taken as a calling to meditate on how the words of God should be applied in one’s life. I think the misunderstanding of the exhortations of people such as Chambers comes from a cultural difference.

    In North America, we are accustomed to preaching that, as my dear friend and relative once observed, leaves you feeling slightly scorched. North American preachers tend to, as Chas has said, preach for a response. But, from all that I have observed of British sermon customs, their sermons are more in the vein of meditations to be slowly digested. If an American preacher is asking questions like Chambers asked, he is expecting you to get all stirred up with guilt and go out and do something about it. If a British minister is asking the same questions, he just wants you to reflect on it. That, at least, is the impression I get on the difference between the cultures.

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  23. I agree with you, too, Roscuro about subtlety in preaching. I’ve spent the morning working through Enduring Word’s take on Romans 11–and was struck by you have to really think through the implications of what Paul is saying.

    The words can be harsh, but if you think them through, as we should all meditate on the Word, they take on wider and more beautiful ramifications. But our hearts have to be open to how the Holy Spirit speaks to us.

    A friend wrote to me this morning about that passage asking the same questions I asked earlier in the week–given what OC said, how does anyone who is not a Believer pray a prayer of submission to the Lord if God cannot hear non-believers?

    That conundrum!

    But, I think it goes back, again, to God looks on the attitude of our hearts. If we are seeking to submit our lives to Him, he knows that.

    If we are going through a rote prayer like all the other kids around us–well, He knows our hearts. Are they interested in walking with Him or just fitting in with the crowd?

    I think of all the “commitments to Christ,” that have been made that have not continued into an honest and honoring relationship with Him.

    Whose fault is that? The presenter who makes it sound so simple, or the proto-believer who doesn’t know there is more to a life with Jesus than a one-time commitment or a baptism?

    I think some of us will have much to answer for when we arrive in heaven.


  24. And while I’m typing, one of the concerns I’ve had over Lettie Cowman and the Oriental Missionary Society is they spent 5.5 years presenting the gospel to every house in Japan. But a generation later that nation started a world war. Does that mean the gospel returned void?

    Is it cause and effect?

    But when I searched deeper into the Holiness Movement that motivated them (and Chambers as well, though in a different way), and Keswick is connected with the Holiness Movement, I see that it focused on the second coming of Jesus. They expected his return at any moment.

    As a result, it was more important to some members of the movement to present the Gospel and “save” folks than to disciple them. (Chambers was a disciple-maker) because Jesus was coming back any moment and they just needed to “get into heaven.”

    There’s so much more to being a follower than just skidding into heaven with hell’s smoke on our heels.

    We’ve been presented and have presented a really small and narrow glimpse of the Creator of the Universe. That’s a crime.

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  25. And it’s a bit different from the Reformed perspective. Our justification is a sure matter, but our sanctification? That comes sometimes slowly.

    The (true) saints, those whom God has joined in a covenant relationship with, will persevere, however. Some will grow more than others. Some will always battle besetting sins, others not so much. But even if you be an unprofitable servant yet know who you master is, through success and failure, and continue to cry out and fight the fight, winning or losing by turns, you are persevering and will be welcomed into heaven — fully.

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  26. DJ – When I was a young teen, my dad realized his dream of owning his own construction company. And then a recession came that hit the construction industry particularly hard, and his business went bankrupt. We sold off some stuff, including a lovely French Provincial vanity and chair that he had made for me when I was younger. (That really hurt him to have to sell that, although at that age, I felt I had outgrown it. At my age now, I wish I still had it.)

    They also had to sell our house, and move into one of the two houses he had built in a nearby town. There was a lot of tension between my parents, and Mom once told me she was considering leaving him for a while.

    He eventually went back to the paper industry, and made a good reputation for himself in it. He continued to renovate every home they had, as an outlet for his construction talents (until the last one, which was a condo they moved into after his right arm had been amputated). I’m sure the loss of his business stayed with him in some way, but he was he was an even-keeled, stoic kind of man, accepting what came his way and working through it, even the loss of his arm.

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  27. Kizzie, interesting. I also had picked up the undertone of what probably was my mom’s frustration with my dad’s choice in taking what was a financial risk (and yes, the word “divorce” was tossed out within my earshot once but they held together through it and stuck it out). She wasn’t really a “risk taker” and I picked up that she wasn’t very keen on my dad launching out with his own business. When it went south, I suspect there was some “I-told-you-so” resentment underlying it all, which probably made for additional tensions.

    My mom talked to me about that period over the years, especially after I’d moved out and was in college and then on my own. She said many of the guys returning from the war had the dream of owning their own business, the possibilities for success and the American dream seemed endless during the 1950s. But it was going through the old paperwork that filled in a lot of what must have been an incredibly difficult period for them both. It definitely was a period that affected them both then but also well into the future, probably for the rest of their lives together.

    I also found the address of my dad’s (electronics) business, it was on Melrose Ave. (my parents lived in Hollywood during those years), but it’s now a new building housing a hip clothing place.

    And I found the partner’s name. I googled him a couple years ago when I found it but remember not turning anything up. Of course, he’s probably long since passed away by now, if he were still alive he’d probably be almost 100 assuming he was about my dad’s age.


  28. But back to heaven, I don’t think anyone ‘barely makes it in’ as it were. You’re fully in or fully out, our salvation is though Christ alone. That doesn’t discount the importance of being a faithful follower and taking that serious. But we also understand that we will often fail and no matter how good or bad we are at it, that’s not what ‘gets’ us into heaven — or keeps us out.

    However “well” (or not so well) we do at life, either we belong to Christ or we don’t.


  29. That’s a long time to be away, rkessler.

    I’m about half-way done priming the wood bench, want to finish the priming today. But it’s hot out, hovering around 85, so even though I’m working on the shaded patio, I have to come in to cool off from time to time.


  30. It’s a book. I’ve now requested it from the library.

    Curiously, I had another AA conversation earlier today with a friend who has recently returned to the program. It’s been very helpful to her, along with the aforementioned book The Deepest Well, about issues in her family’s life.

    My co-godparent is an addictions specialist MD, as I’ve mentioned before, and believes AA programs, 12 step programs, are good for everybody.

    An article in CT recently told the story about someone who found more honesty in a 12 Step program than in their home group Bible study. It’s hard to be open and honest with each other about m–oops–our failings. 😦

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  31. Michelle. There wasn’t much written about the children of alcoholic mothers. Next to nothing was written about the daughters of alcoholic mothers.
    Statistics you I should have been
    A high school drop out
    A teenage unwed mother
    An alcoholic or drug addict
    An abused woman

    By the grace of God I am none of the above

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  32. This afternoon my husband and I went to a wedding (three hours round trip) for one of my Chicago girls who now lives in Indiana. I had only seen her once or twice since I moved away 16 years ago, hadn’t met her new husband, and my husband hadn’t met either of them. It was so precious to see this young woman who has faithfully followed God while her sisters and friends were having babies (without being married), yearning for a husband and her own babies, but waiting for God’s timing. God has not promised marriage to anyone, and the chances of a young black girl are particularly grim humanly speaking. But today I watched her walk down the aisle as a 30-something bride, glowing, and afterward I got to hug her and introduce her to my own husband too.

    A precious afternoon.

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  33. Well, the bench is primed. It took a while, there are some spindle pieces in the back and along the arms with lots of little nooks and crannies to reach. And I had to go over some areas a couple times (as hot as it was, the paint dried almost instantly).

    I’ll probably re-touch a couple spots where more base coverage is still needed, I’m guessing I’ll see those areas when I look at it next. But otherwise it’s ready for the color to be applied.

    It’s finally cooling off here, I think we got up to 85 with about 60% humidity, which is high for us. It just felt kind of stifling, hotter than 85. But there’s a cool breeze now blowing into the house.


  34. These are the same horrible, non-native mosquitoes that have invaded Southern California in the past couple years. They’re tiny, you hardly ever see them, but you’ll know they were there. “Ankle biters.”


  35. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. I Corinth 3:15


  36. I put the second coat on the guest bedroom. Now we can do the floor. Then it’s on to the master bedroom. We don’t plan to paint that, just pull out the carpet and put in new flooring.


  37. Finished twelve year old’s new room: turquoise and red. Nearly finished eighteen’s room: royal blue and purple. She wants her sitting room purple and royal blue. Thirteen wants his room red, white, and blue. Painting season indeed.

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  38. Turquoise and electric blue, I seem to be embracing (again) all of those fiesta colors.

    Once the bench is painted, I want to buy a bench cushion and a couple throw/back corner cushions for it in fun colors.


  39. Just got back from walking the dogs, it’s nice and cool outside now. And we saw no coyotes. But I know they’re out there.


  40. Cheryl, when the races are over we go to the entrance/exit of the grandstands and remind people they may not take alcoholic beverages out. As they sell beer and mixed drinks, we have quite a few wanting to take it to the car. We ask them to either drink it or throw it in the trash.


  41. I saw a coyote running across our front yard the other evening. Either that or it was a large fox with a non-bushy tail. Or a very ugly dog.


  42. Lots of coyote talk around here, last night and this morning. Still have not had any problems with them inside the deer fence. Or the foxes. They have a lot more trouble with skunks and racoons in town than we have had out here. I am glad. For us.


  43. Neighbor about a block away said a group of coyotes were hanging out there lately, “picking off” all the cats (feral cats, I believe). She asked me what could be done and I told the city of LA (unlike some surrounding cities) will basically do nothing, they stand behind an ordinance passed several years ago against trapping any wildlife, ever, for (almost) any reason.

    The exception is if people are getting bit. Then the city will call in the county to take care of it for them. Otherwise, residents are pretty much on their own and the only recourse is to hire a private trapper.


  44. Coyotes: All gnarly legs, high chest, pointed ears, tail held low as they travel. Their body language also is quite different from dogs on the move. The first one I saw in my neighborhood (aside from the guy around the corner who used to keep one as a “pet” and walked it on a leash, only in LA) was about 15 years ago. I’d just pulled up out front after getting home from work, it was still light out.

    I looked across the street and saw what I first though was a loose dog trotting quickly down the sidewalk. Then I thought, ‘That’s not a dog …’

    Some friends in the neighborhood nearby said they’d also seen what they thought was a coyote in recent days. There already were reports of coyotes in town, I’d just not seen one personally until then.


  45. mumsee, no, I failed to mention a can of coins to her.

    Sad, but we’re so beyond hazing even being slightly effective at this point (one researcher says the technique has never been proven to be effective; the county wildlife guy I interviewed said hazing is effective on a coyote — once). They are not afraid of us because … we never do anything to them, not really. They are now the apex predator running through our community, no one to stop them.


  46. It was probably a coyote. We live next to a golf course near the edge of town. I’ve seen deer out on the course, just haven’t seen coyotes. Maybe he noticed all the rabbits in our yard. Or Mrs L hired it to get rid of the ground squirrels eating her tomatoes.


  47. Some residents, only half joking, have even suggested it might not be so bad if our local mountain lion population starts to grow … Of course, that would be going from bad to worse but some people really feel so frustrated with the situation.

    Predator protection laws could, eventually, have some unpleasant repercussions. City people are enamored with the sight of a wild animal in their midst. But when that wild animal becomes part of a booming population, it’s often too late to take care of the issue “nicely.” Everyone (me included) prefers a non-lethal solution, but there doesn’t seem to be one.

    We seem to go from one extreme to the other — from wiping out whole populations (wolves, for example, which is part of the reason coyotes have thrived and filled the gap) to letting everything reproduce and live among us in what we imagine to be a Disney co-existence fantasy land.


  48. Coyotes need a predator to keep them wary. Take out the lions and the bears and the wolves and they are the top and have no fear. We certainly do not want to return the others so how about allowing hunters and trappers to do their thing? That way the animals keep their fear of people.

    In reality we have not driven the wolves to extinction (ask the Alaskans or Canadians or Minnesotans) or the grizzlies (Ask the same) or the lions. We can certainly move them out of our cities and towns without risking their extinction. But if you are going to allow rabbits and deer in your towns and are not going to allow the hunting of the predators, you are going to have the predators. The reason they are so plentiful in communities is because they are over stocked in the country. There are too many of them. The overflow has to go somewhere.

    I mentioned the neighbor started trapping a couple years ago and has taken out about eighty coyotes now. We still have a lot of coyotes. They will get hungry or territorial and the excess will move to towns and cause trouble.


  49. And the coyotes naturally are drawn to the cities where food and resources are plentiful. As is their safety, as they’ve quickly learned. No one hassles them. I read once where they tend to follow “people groups” for the leftovers people always leave.

    Now it’s the tossed french fries, left-over ourdoor barbecue scraps, fruit tree droppings and pets that keep them well fed and happy. Such a deal.

    There was a mating pair a few years ago that was living at a busy Chicago intersection.

    Our SoCal researcher says we now have what are several generations of city-born and bred coyotes who have never known the wilderness. And many of the studies focus on how different behavior is between urban coyotes and their rural cousins (who tend to still be timid and will stay away from people). In the city, they’ve become our quite confident neighbors, helping themselves to backyards and front porches. (We see those “ring” front door camera videos posted often on social media showing coyotes just coming right up on the porches, hanging out in front yards.)


  50. It’s warm here, mid 80s, so I’m waiting until later in the day to paint. Church was so good and we has a report afterward by a couple of youth who attended the annual missions trip to the Czech Republic with other Christian youth — their smallish group included teens from Minnesota, Philadelphia, Atlanta and North Carolina.

    Carol called a couple times while I was still in SS (could hear the phone vibrating, I let it go to voicemail obviously) and then called again just minutes after I’d gotten into the Jeep to head home. She said she’d call me after I was home. When she did, she started with the report about what she had for breakfast and lunch. It’s got to be hard with so little to do there. She’s earned some cell phone ‘game’ points doing something and “won” a comic book but she said it was pretty rough reading due to how comics have apparently acclimated to our much courser culture.

    Her roommate, Martha, was taken to the hospital last night; along with trying to get out of bed, she’s stopped eating so I have a feeling if she does get released from the hospital it might be to a different type of residential placement where she’ll have more care.


    No one really knows what the current coyote population is, after all, how would you even count them? It’s believed that their numbers are going higher, but no one really knows.

    What is known, at least for urban coyotes, is that their habituation levels continue to rise and that’s something (lack of fear of people) that’s passed on to each new litter. The biggest threat to coyotes here is crossing the street and getting hit by a car. It happens, but they’re even getting smarter about that.

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  51. Afternoon! It is hot in this forest..88 degrees thus far. At least the winds are calm and it is cool indoors. The church picnic was today and we decided not to attend. Not a tree in that park in town and an expected high of close to 100…not for this fair skinned freckle faced gal!! 🙃 The message at church was so very encouraging and challenging this morning…it was good to be among other believers….
    We haven’t seen many coyotes this summer but we have heard them in the evenings. We have three sets of fawns roaming about with their mamas. One doe with one fawn, another with twins and yet another with triplets…they are so much fun to watch!

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  52. cool and foggy here in these hills today. It is a holiday for Repentance Day. I have a meeting at school at 10. They want to discuss putting another child in my class. I would dearly love to teach this child, but only God knows what is best.

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  53. Meanwhile, my poor domesticated cat has run off all the other cats, frightened away all the birds, caught and eaten all the mice, and now is reduced to stalking moths and preying mantis in the yard in an effort to keep from going mad. She also leaps the fence, but I don’t know where she goes.

    All her warnings about coyotes, however, seems to have convinced her to come in at night-or, as we prefer to call it–cat curfew.

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  54. Michelle – How do you know when she is back and wants to come in? I’ve wondered this before about cats. Unlike a dog, they can’t bark to alert you that they are at the door. The few times Rudy has escaped, I have stayed by the back door (it is a glass door, so I can see through it) until he came back. One time that took 45 minutes, but usually would only be 10 to 15 minutes.

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  55. I didn’t know I’d be missed.
    I’ve been lurking around Jo. Said everything I have to say.
    Pastor preached a good sermon on John ch. 3.
    But the songs they sang were “Great are You Lord”, “Sing to the King”, “How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Living Hope”.
    None of which I’ve heard before.
    But the invitation was “Grace Greater than Our Sin” I knew that.

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  56. oh, yes, we keep tabs on you, Chas.
    No small mammals here. All of that is missing. And if it were introduced, the people would quickly use them for food.


  57. So? I did have something to say. But I was reluctant to complain.
    I didn’t even stand during the singing of those songs. I don’t think the congregation knew them either.. They have a guitar, drums and seven people with microphones.
    This isn’t new. It used to be in other churches the organ would drown out hundreds of people singing praises to God.


  58. We’ve had a lovely day here today, with temps barely reaching 70, and a nice breeze.

    After we took Boy and his friend Gabby to the Super Fun Day in the park this afternoon, Nightingale decided it was a good day to mow most of the lawn, which had not been mowed in a while, if not all of it. Then Gabby’s mom (GM) offered to help her. Between the two of them, they got the whole yard mowed and weed-whacked, and even got out the leaf blower to deal with an area that hadn’t been cleaned up last fall. They did a beautiful job! And Nightingale and I are relieved that it all got done in one fell swoop. (Or as I used to like to say, one swell foop. 🙂 )

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  59. Whew! It was a very busy week with Wesley in town. He left this morning, got back to TX this afternoon, and his fall season of on campus work starts tomorrow. That is cutting it too close. We took a quick trip to the NC mountains, very similar to when Art and I went up there two years or so ago for the eclipse visit. Wesley was able to locate his great grandparent’s gravesite. We had some delicious food Friday evening in Highlands and then spent the night at Cherokee. We got to visit some areas we could not get to during the eclipse visit because so many people were in the area. I was too tired to leave the house today. I was thankful for the church service being on Facebook Live. We got to see all Wesley’s L’Abri photos last night. I was really interested in seeing them, but I was so tired I almost fell asleep. He had a really good summer. He left one more bar of Swiss chocolate, too. He brought me some neat rocks from Switzerland. I brought back some rocks from the cemetary we visited yesterday in NC.

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  60. We have been outside enjoying a beautiful summer day. I was reading The Two Towers, husband playing wordscape, thirteen making up funny stories, twelve listening to the funny stories in between climbing apple trees and checking the horse pasture for grass and other interesting twelve and thirteen activities.

    Our Baptist church message was meditative on the sovereign God and His capacity of Father.

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  61. It’s warmer than I’d like here. Can’t get my house to cool off, it’s still 84 degrees going on 7 p.m. But I love that ceiling fan in the bedroom, it makes all the difference.

    Our sermon was on the Book of Esther with one takeaway being how God uses the sinful choices of evil people for his redemptive work. “There is a Hand above all hands, a God who works all things for his purpose.” We are not left to the random hand of an ungoverned universe.

    How do I know the cat wants in? MEOW. Plus the pet door, though that gets closed up at night — Annie sticks to the backyard so if she’s not in at a certain time I’ll call her and she comes.

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  62. So sad.

    A post on NextDoor:

    Newspaper needed
    Hello neighbors,
    I am taking care of my daughters bunny while she’s away at college. Looking for newspapers for his cage as I clean it every other day. I have used the cedar chips but costly & it’s a mess. I can pick up today . Thank you.


  63. DJ- I live somewhere East of you and West of Chas. About halfway between New Orleans and St. Paul on the Mighty Muddy Mississippi.


  64. Well, here you go.


    CREVE COEUR, MO – A Creve Coeur neighborhood has some new and unwanted residents that have folks worried. The Missouri Department of Conservation said coyotes are becoming a common sight in suburban areas. Kathy Lobonc lives in the neighborhood near Ladue Road and I-270, “We’ve noticed this over the last week. She said she noticed at least five coyotes have recently moved into her neighborhood. She took videos of some of the animals,” said Lobonc.

    She worries about the safety of her two young grandchildren, her little dog Harold and other kids and pets in the neighborhood, “The coyotes over the last few days have gotten more and more aggressive,” said Lobonc.

    At the same time, she loves the wildlife near her home. She added, “I embrace the animals.”


  65. My cat prefers to have the sliding door opened for her rather than the indignity of having to navigate through the “dog” door flaps. So she’ll sit out there and meow and meow and meow. I usually give in and slide the *real* door open for her so she can properly enter the house, her dignity intact.

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  66. If wondering where Peter is, look for the Mark Twain cave. You will be withing an hour or so of his home is my guess.


  67. He doesn’t live in Hannibal, I realize, but …



    Coyote turns up in Hannibal backyard

    The Hughes’ experience is certainly not unheard of, according to Mike Jones, wildlife regional supervisor with Missouri Department of Conservation.

    “It’s not an unusual thing for coyotes to get fairly tame and be in more heavily populated area,” he said. “I’ve seen where they are in the downtowns of major cities like Los Angeles, New York and other places so it (seeing one in Hannibal) wouldn’t surprise me at all.”

    Coyotes might actually be more inclined to visit an urban area at this time of year.

    “A lot of people set pet food out on the porch, dog food, cat food or something like that.

    Especially at this time of year, when it’s harder to find food, they can be attracted to that kind of stuff,” said Jones.

    A coyote might not stop at eating a pet’s food.

    “You might watch having your small pets outdoors,” said Jones. “Coyotes this time of year are looking for food. They have been known to eat cats.”


  68. Just got back from the weight room. After working out I was strong enough to knock Dj out of the running and snag 100.


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