53 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 12-20-19

  1. Re: The piano guys. This has to be overdubbed. The location of the instruments seems to change during the presentation.

    I was hoping Chet Atkins” “Silent Night” would come up after that.

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  2. Good morning! Beautiful art and music both possible through God’s gifts of creative skills and talents to imitate Him. He is so awesome! Every good and perfect gift comes from Him.

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  3. My leg is feeling some better today. That is a help considering all that needs to happen today.

    Wesley got a full taste of a vegan dinner last night. We had Cole slaw, brown rice and quinoa, Brussel sprouts, lima beans, and pineapple slices. Thankful I just had to cook ’em and not pick ’em!

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  4. Morning! Now I see two peeping eyes that go with the big ol’ frosty lips from yesterday!! Cheryl is giving my imagination a work out…before I’ve had my coffee!! 😊
    One last trip to the grocery, then getting my haircut , on to pick up one more gift and then I am done..except for the cooking that is…and cleaning…and writing out cards to send to those I had forgotten. My brain just doesn’t work like it used to work 😳

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  5. Yep, that header is frost on the car, probably the windshield or a window. (I took photos all around the car, but that one was my favorite that day.) The greenish tinge would be a reflection, I think, maybe of what I was wearing or maybe of the trees. I thought it looked like frosted plants, but the surface is a flat one.

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  6. Thanx Kim. That is one of the most beautiful arrangements of one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
    There is a reason “Silent Night” goes well on the guitar.
    However, I doubt the original sounded like that.
    I know some of you like more complicated music, but I like Chet’s straight ahead style.

    Peter, I did not know that. Most music is overdubbed. The timing has to be perfect.
    But this is obviously so.

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  7. I made buckwheat pancakes with orange mango juice, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Topped them with maple syrup. They were a brunch treat for Wesley. It was a great combo of flavors. I also used plain lowfat yogurt for part of the liquid.

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  8. I have the cold/flu Tiny Niece and Sixth Nephew have. I am supposed to work this weekend… The office phoned this morning to see if I could work today as they have two sick calls – I had to inform them that I was in the same position…

    Speaking of work, has anyone ever heard of publishing the names of employees in a general email that lists the money each employee has lost the company due to problems with reports being submitted?

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  9. Question for you. Imagine for the question that you are a manager with a good relationship with your employees, and in the South. And you’re a man. One day one of your employees misunderstands something you say and she’s angry, and she’s about to walk out angry. You put your hands on her shoulders and say, “Wait, calm down and listen.” Then the two of you talk and she’s OK.

    Is this abusive behavior? Is it criminal behavior?

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  10. In today’s corporate world, putting your hands on her shoulders would qualify as workplace bullying or harassment. A typical HR policy for workplace behavior would classify it as a potentially fireable offense. In practice, if she reported it, or if someone witnessing it reported it, I would guess it would result in a reprimand, but if it was part of a pattern might result in firing.

    If you have a good relationship with all your employees and everyone’s okay in the end, then probably nothing happens. Unless there’s a witness who wants to cause trouble.

    I don’t know if it would be criminal behavior.

    In my company all employees have to take a refresher course in this stuff every year.

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  11. Cheryl, it is wiser and safer not to physically interfere with a person who is angry. One is liable to get hit, and people calm down quicker if left to do so by themselves. Also, I would be really uncomfortable if my employer physically touched me in order to try to calm me down after a confrontation. The power dynamic of the person who pays you stopping you from moving away from an upsetting situation would feel very threatening. Human touch is something that belongs to a closer relationship than employer/employee. Also, I really dislike it when men I am only acquainted put their arm around my shoulders or waist. When I returned to my childhood church, for the first couple of Sundays, one of the older men who had been there since my family attended that church three decades previously tried to give me hugs, and I had to figure out how to outmaneuvre him – it really annoyed me, as, firstly, he was complimenting my appearance while trying to hug me, and second, other older men in the same church, with whom my family and I were far better acquainted than this man, had not tried any such thing, although they were pleased to see me after so many years and had greeted me with warmth and interest.

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  12. For the record, it would probably make me uncomfortable, too. What I’m asking about is whether it is “abusive”–which is part of the reason I specified that it was in the South.

    When I had only been in Nashville a couple of weeks, I was going into a store and an older lady was going out of it, and we almost ran into each other. She reached out and touched me, and I knew for sure I wasn’t in Chicago anymore.

    By the way, for touch it really depends on the person. If someone I don’t trust touches me, it feels creepy. But if someone I do trust touches me, even if I’m mad at him right now, it works to calm me down. But I have had the situation when a man I was regularly around tended to try to touch me, and though they were innocent touches I learned to have a person or an object between us when I spoke with him.

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  13. I probably should give a little more context, though I’m trying to be somewhat discreet. I heard about this action from someone else, not from the party in question. I don’t know if there were extenuating circumstances (for example, if she was threatening self-harm). I know the man, and trust him; I don’t know the woman. The woman in the incident apparently did calm down, so from what I heard (secondhand), I don’t get the sense she labeled it abusive.

    I heard about it from someone else, someone who wasn’t there at the time, who is using the incident as “proof” this man is abusive (the person gave me no other proof, just this one incident, though also alluding to having more they could tell me) and that they are right to cut off contact between him and the person’s adult children.

    Does that muddy the circumstances adequately?

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  14. So I will speak for the South. He shouldn’t have touched her. I don’t know enough to know if it was “abusive” or not.
    I taught BG that “anything your bathing suit covers is private” and “no one can touch you without your permission”. I also told her that no one could hurt mommy or daddy or anyone else she loved and if anything ever happened that made her uncomfortable to tell the first adult she could and keep telling it.
    I have had it brought to my attention that the way I “carry myself” is intimidating to some. (I personally can’t believe this and there are those of you who have met me in person, but I have been told my multiple people). I don’t lend myself to unwelcome touch. I am usually the one that reaches out to hug or touch, others don’t do that to me.
    I also think that the young people are so “woke” that they see some inappropriateness where there is none.

    Bottom line, if it makes you uncomfortable, listen to yourself.

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  15. As you may know, Amos and I experienced an upgrade in our lives when Mr. P entered the picture. Amos started getting the better, expensive dog food all the time and I got access to things like satellite radio.
    As you know I like a wide variety of music and luckily there are some buttons on my steering wheel that allow me to scan through the stations and listen to whatever catches my attention at the time.
    Yesterday as I was driving in to the office I ended up on “Willie’s Roadhouse” (more classic Country) and there was a song on and I thought, “What a beautiful love song”. Then I listened some more and thought, “No, that’s definitely not a love song”. In the end I decided it really was a love song. Chas may be the only one who recognizes it and know the singer.

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  16. By the way, I actually don’t remember many of the details of the scenario in question, like why she was angry (whether it had anything to do with her boss) or why he was trying to slow her down. She may have been angry at someone else and he was trying to stop her from saying something she’d regret, I don’t remember. He might have just touched her arm momentarily. I just remember that when I initially heard about it, “abuse” seemed nuts for the scenario as I heard it, and it definitely was a long way from “proof” that he is an abusive person. Anyway, thank you for participating in the discussion. I think I’ll lean with my first instinct, that I wasn’t there and didn’t hear about it from someone who’s unbiased, so I don’t have enough to go on.

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  17. Cheryl, I hesitate to say anything on that scenario because more background info is needed. I would want to know more about the office dynamics and if this type of calming action is used with others who are agitated and if that is acceptable to that office group. In general, I would be shocked to witness the scenario unless it was business as usual and done out of genuine concern for a person who tends to go into high drama mode easily. But given the climate of today, I think a man must take many precautions against something being misconstrued so his conduct is at best unwise in general. Probably the age of the two people would be a factor, too.

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  18. My brother came by to deal with our trap and discovered the bait gone, and the trap had closed without catching what he now believes is a raccoon because coons are able to do such evasions more so than opossums. He put tuna out this time. I’m really hoping now that we don’t catch a neighbor’s wandering cat. And I am glad that Miss Bosley is an indoor cat. My brother said to call animal control even if a cat gets in the trap. I don’t think I could do that. I would just release it.

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  19. Janice, it wasn’t an “office” environment, but fast food. The manager is one who spent several years moving from one low-performing location to another, taking the worst performing locations into top performers in a few months (bottom 2% to top 10%). In other words, his management skills are considered exceptional. I haven’t worked with him, but I know he is a very good listener and people know he cares about them.

    Basically my other friend wants me to agree he is an abuser and should have no contact with her (adult) children. She saw the man talking to her son and was quite upset. I’ve chosen not to comment to her on whether this incident seems to me like abuse, and I think I will continue to hold that no-comment position. I actually think he could help her son’s career if they did get to know each other, because he’s an expert in a field where this son is just starting out, and I haven’t seen anything that even hints of abuse, but it’s probably better if I just stay out of it. Her son is 25 or so and old enough to decide on his own whether a connection is a good one.

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  20. Her son is 25. He doesn’t need his mommy fighting his battles and she needs to let him experience a little life. He is a man and if he felt threatened by that he is a wimp. Worse yet, he is the true meaning of Mama’s Boy. God help the woman he decides to marry if mommy is this bad.

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  21. Ah, she answered that question. She’s feeling healthy enough to hold the in-house baby granddaughter!

    When I pray for her family, it’s for “twins, older brother and the new baby girl,”

    Aren’t you glad the Holy Spirit is an interpreter? Lol

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  22. I would say the hands-on-the-shoulders maneuver was very condescending (and so objectionable) though not necessarily “abusive.” But really dumb and offensive, frankly. People should know better.

    I’m mired in re-watching a port clean trucks hearing today for a story I need to write. There’s also a conference call in 30 minutes about our “end of the decade” story.

    I was going to head into the office but am now too mired in what needs to get done so will work the rest of the day from home.

    A frustrating post-grooming story from my neighbor who shared in the mobile groomer escapade with my dogs yesterday — her husband accidentally left their back door open as he was getting ready for work at 5:30 a.m. today and their 2 Labs, freshly cleaned, were thoroughly sprayed by one or more skunks taking their morning drinks from their backyard koi pond.

    Neighbor spent the morning re-washing the dogs — and the house where the dogs rubbed up against just about anything they could, walls, furniture, carpets …

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  23. Mumsee, I did, in fact, get the flu shot some weeks ago, but there are as many varieties of flu as there are types of flowers, and no flu vaccination covers against all the varieties – the manufacturers apparently try to predict the strains that will be circulating each year, but like the weather, the flu is not entirely predictable.

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  24. I remember Eddie Arnold and Jim Reeves. Eddie was the biggest thing in music, him and Ernest Tubb, in that day. In those days, the songs had to have meaning
    . Today, it’s just the beat.

    There was a “Tribute to Chet Atkins” after Eddie’s song, but it is 52 minutes long. I can’t handle that.
    I could talk about this all night. But I won’t.
    thanks for the posts.

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  25. Kim @ 3:25. The oldest child names the grandparents. Becky couldn’t say “mama” and “Dad”, as Chuck called us. So?
    We became Nana and Da. The names stuck and we are still known by those names in the grand, great-grand list.
    It saved me lots of money once. A guy sounding exactly like Brian (Becky’s husband) called. He said he was in Mexico, in trouble and needed some money.
    Only?
    He called me “Grandpa”. If he had called me “Da”, he would have made it.

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  26. The cat just walked on the open work laptop, signed me out and entered a new, faulty, endless password.

    This was a long day and we had an hourlong conference call right in the middle of the day about the year-end stories we all have to pitch in to do.

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  27. DJ, if they hadn’t smelled so nice, maybe they would have stayed away from the skunk. In my experience, dogs get rid of “smelling so nice” at the quickest possible opportunity.

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  28. I made it home and have already had some special times with Archie and Lucy. I don’t know what day it is or what time zone I am in, but I am tired.
    It was obvious that folks were praying. I will write the story later.

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  29. So this is what this time of day looks like. Baby is awake and daughter was frazzled so grandpa rescued them. And I rescued grandpa. Now we are co rescuers.

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