Our Daily Thread 3-6-20

Good Morning!

It’s Friday!

As you can see from the buds on the tree and the return of the bluebirds, Spring is coming. 🙂

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Anyone have a QoD?

52 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-6-20

  1. Good morning! Wind is here is spurts. That’s how we know it is spring. The fields in Roswell are getting green. Just little tiny weeds at home. We are about 3500 feet higher than there.

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  2. Ah, the sun is coming up and it is a beautiful day here. The tomatoes are coming up, as are the peppers. Inside of course. Birds are singing. Baby and children are sleeping. Daughter is off to work. Spring is in the air.

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  3. Should be a lovely weekend here and I feel like a human being again. The first local gardening show aired last night. There is hope in spite of the blanket of snow outside the window. God’s word promises seasons until the end. 🙂

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  4. Tried to fix my bathroom sink drain this morning. I took the trap apart twice in the past couple of weeks but that was not it. Had to get the plug apart but I always have a tough time getting that back together. When I had a big gash on my finger and was dripping blood all over, I decided to call in the thirteen year old. Woke him up but he had it done in a couple of minutes. Could have saved myself a lot of time….and a band aid….

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  5. I have been reading interesting articles on the environmental impact of internet use. Something along the lines of equivalent to all the airline use in the world.

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  6. Well, spring is wonderful, but we’re still looking forward to rain here early next week. Our forecast says it’s coming. Of course, that’s happened before and it typically changes course, dries up or turns into “light showers” that barely dampen the ground for a few minutes.

    I am hoping to do some planting of flowers in the backyard this spring. We need to get that show on the road already.

    Our young (still newish) editor is taking some (much deserved) time off so it’ll be an interesting few days ahead. He oversees our two ‘coastal’ papers which is a lot (and I’m sure he’s not paid very much following our company’s long-standing practices). It feels like we’ve finally hit that point where we have the fewest people possible to be able to stagger through some of the heavier local news cycles like elections, coronavirus outbreaks, etc. Everyone’s scrambling to keep up every day, pretty much.

    I made an appointment to drop my income tax “stuff” off on Saturday — this will be with the new folks who took over for my long-time tax guy who died last year 😦 I’ll see how I like them. For this year it makes sense as they have all my past returns and files. They’re also located in the same office building in Orange County where my previous guy was for so many years. In years to come I may wind up finding something/someone closer (and cheaper, depending on what the new guys’ fees will be).

    I’ll feel better when that’s done, along with getting the property taxes & house insurance paid in the next couple weeks. Then I can breathe again. 🙂

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  7. Reading the account I shared reminded me of a film I watched about those neighbourhoods in Delhi, called Delhi 6, about a young man, son of a Hindu man and Muslim mother, who returns from America to the neighbourhood in Delhi where his parents grew up. It touches on the alternate amity and unease between the Hindu and Muslim neighbours, which the main character, being from both sides gets caught in the middle of – this song from the film shows the Delhi neighbourhoods which are now torn apart in real life:

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  8. Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin, others rallying in about an hour in our town w/Greenpeace to fight the climate change war. I’m ‘covering,’ but editor said we could go with photo & short copy only, which helps out as I already am busy with other stories.

    Meanwhile NCIS, w/the real-deal Gibbs & crew, is filming all day today at the port. Now that I’d like to go see 🙂 — but can’t.

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  9. Roscuro, I haven’t been around much this week since I’ve had the flu and very little energy, but I did go back to see if you had replied to me yesterday and see that you did. I will quote and respond to a couple of quick things: “You often say you are not interested in what is happening internationally unless it affects someone you know . . .” That’s a very “free” interpretation of it. Here’s a better summary: The world is so full of misery and sorrow that any one person who tried to assuage it all, or even feel sorrow for it all, would soon be overwhelmed–and quite ineffective. So I believe that we are to serve well in the place that God has placed us and not be overwhelmed by all the things we cannot do, or guilty about all the pain we cannot overcome. And that the closer to our lives the pain is, the more responsibility we have for it. In other words, if I let my daughter suffer while I relieve the world’s miseries, I’m being a bad human being and not a good one. And no, that does not mean caring only about one’s own family.

    Here’s a for-instance: when I lived in Chicago, having attended a mixed-race church situated very close to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, I was quite concerned about young black girls born into fatherless homes, pregnant themselves at 13 or 14, mostly leaving their children in the care of their own unmarried mothers. These children and families needed love, hope, and the Gospel. Not brief do-gooder stuff; I wanted to be more involved than that. I moved into an inner-city neighborhood one block from my church, where I lived for about eight years (until the day I went freelance and moved). I had children into my home daily the first couple of years, less often as they grew older, one in particular whom I would have adopted if the need came up. (She lived with an elderly grandmother, probably a great-grandmother since the child was only nine when I met her and the lady seventy-something and old for her age.) I am now only in touch with one of those children (in her mid-thirties), and realistically that is no longer my ministry. So NOW it is a more “distant” ministry, and instead of living among people and sharing my home and my food and my time and other resources, I talk by phone with those with whom I am still in touch, keep up with what news I can, and I pray. They are still on my heart, but most of my friends that I knew in Chicago have died or moved away, and the children have grown up and moved away, leaving “no forwarding address.” But while I lived there, it made much more sense for me to invest mostly in the lonely children of Chicago, whom I could love with physical presence, and less in people in other places, who got less of my resources as they got farther from my physical location and my own knowledge. When my mother died, for 15 years or so I sent money every month to buy Hausa Bibles, honoring my parents’ missionary service in Nigeria. Right now I have more “connections” in China than in Nigeria, and different limitations on my time and resources, so they are invested differently.

    Chinese Christians can use help from overseas, and so we give it as we can. But if kids in New York fly to Boston to do “mission work,” and college students in Boston fly for two weeks to Ecuador, and so forth, it is less effective than long-term, focused ministry. So let the Chinese Christians minister well in their own spheres, and let us know what help we can provide with our surplus (since we do indeed have more than they do). Likewise, one person can focus on sex slavery, one on underpaid child workers, one on prisoners who are being mistreated, one of children needing foster homes, one on preaching the gospel and raising his own family well, and so forth–but nobody can do it all.

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  10. Such a lovely header with blue sky! And finally we have blue sky here. We are suppose to have several days in a row which we have not seen since Dec. It has been gloomy here. The wind is up and it’s suppose to be getting colder.

    I talked with Karen yesterday and she seemed to be better in her spirit. That is such a relief. I would say she needs to see a psychiatrist, but her husband is one. God working in and through me and others is her best medicine. I hope and pray for other believers to intersect and influence her life. How can I find other believers who will reach into her life as a homebound person who has nothing to offer in way of reciprocation and may be offensive to their political or other beliefs?

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  11. DJ, is ‘Gibbs’ still on the show? He was looking past retirement age the last season I saw, which was one from a few years ago.

    Cheryl, it was not a free interpretation, but how your words in the subject always came across to me. I agree we cannot do it all, and the very fact that I am only able right now to work and interact with family and occasionally the church is proof of that, but that does not mean I do not also takes an interest in the concerns of people I will never be able to reach. I realize now, that is how I was raised.

    My father taught us about the world by teaching us geography through listening to world events, while my mother taught us how to think of the world, as she always responded to those reports we listened to with care and compassion. To me, the people who live on the other side are as close and as real as those I see every day. I can feel both for the patient in front of me, and the sufferer from conflict or natural disaster in another continent. But it took me longer to learn my mother’s lessons than my father’s. When I was a young adolescent, I was very intelligent, and my family called me a walking encyclopedia, something I get from my father and his mother, who both have/had a retentive memory for facts and an interest in learning them. I was also analytical, some thing I get from my mother’s family who have a disconcerting habit of reading people’s motivations a bit too clearly (and saying so). But I lacked my mother and her mother’s ability to feel other people’s pain. As a result, even my siblings feared my ability to score people off. They, never shy to let a sibling know where she was going wrong, told me that people were starting to not want to be around me because of my tongue. It cut me to the heart, because behind my armour of words was a young girl who just wanted what every human wants, to be liked. I even prayed for a softer heart. Then, I entered the mental crisis I have spoken about. It gave me understanding of how the human mind can play horrible tricks upon oneself, and I began to see not only how people became psychotic, but how the fears in people’s minds impacted their relationships to others. Those years of mental suffering left me much more empathetic. Since then, I have had both outward and inward struggles to further teach me to be compassionate. If I express myself strongly at times, it is because I still am a descendant of my mother’s family, and even my sweet, gentle mother can come across a bit strong occasionally (as teens we used to say to her, when she was giving us advice and getting animated, “Why are you upset?” And she would say in astonishmenty, “I’m not upset at all!”).

    I feel compassion for others, but perhaps because of having my father’s fascination with facts and my analytical mind, I am less likely to become emotionally overwhelmed with the things I’ve witness, hear, and read about, even though they concern me greatly. That is how I can be a nurse, as I can clearly understand the suffering I witness and respond to it with compassion, but I also never stop analyzing and gleaning new facts from what I am dealing with. I do not feel guilty about where I live and what I have (I have experienced enough distress in my life to be grateful for what I have as a gift); I simply have a sense of responsibility, because I am keenly aware of the humanity of those whom I cannot see but know to exist. As an employer should care about the well being of an employee who accomplishes work for them (something commanded by Scripture), so I see my relationship to those who work to make my life easier, whether it is a waitress serving my table, or the worker in Asia putting together the garment I will buy. My money is employing them and I benefit from their work, so I have a responsibility to be interested in their welfare. In my present position, what I can do may be limited. Sometimes it means paying a little extra for something manufactured in a place I know is more likely to have good labour regulations to encourage continuation of good labour practices, rather than the cheaper product manufactured in a place where there are less regulations (and in order to determine that, I need to have some knowledge of the world). Other times, there is not that option. I found myself praying the other day, for the warehouse workers who would be putting together an order of something I needed to get, as I have seen the reports of poor working conditions in those warehouses. As an employee myself who has experienced too heavy a workload due to poor management motivated by cost cutting, I know what it feels like to be worked to the point of utter exhaustion and feel like one simply lives to work. In my line of work, such exhaustion is dangerous because it can lead to unintentional harm of others, but every worker labouring to utter exhaustion faces danger of one kind or another. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus winds up his commands not to hate, not to lust, to keep our word, to love and do good to those who hate us with a command to be perfect, in the sense of completeness and maturity, because our Father is perfect and sends good things to both the just and the unjust. We are not omnipresent and not expected to be, but a mature Christian life involves not just looking at the things that concern only us, but also to the things of others (Philippians 2:4).

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  12. Roscuro, that’s helpful background. For me, I never learned geography–never had a class. And my mind doesn’t readily retain “facts” outside of context. (I’m good with information, but not facts.) And most “news” exists in one form or another as entertainment. (TV news for sure has this purpose.) I once expressed shock when a roommate said something about how many hours a day her family had watched television (myself having grown up with none until after my 16th birthday), and in sefl-defense she came out with “An hour and a half of that was news!” I’d already read Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death and could never again see TV news as “important” except in the immediate aftermath of an important event. But the “hour and a half a day of news” struck at the same issue from a different direction: you spend eight hours a day sleeping, ten hours working and commuting there and back, and in the six hours left to interact with your family or friends, you’re going to sit and watch TV for most of it, comforting yourself that an hour and a half of that time is “news,” when that time tells you very little you’ll even remember in one week? Not a good use of time. (Not that my time use is always better, but avoiding one specific time waster isn’t a bad thing.)

    Without some sort of personal connection, for me it is just facts, in danger of hardening rather than softening (because I’ll simply forget the details over time). With the ability to make a personal connection, I can pray, and I may also be able to offer comfort, encourage, give, etc.

    Yesterday I spent a couple of hours in drugstores, or going back and forth between them. My husband had been prescribed a medication for the flu, and he wanted to get on it as soon as possible, especially since his doctor had said that intervening in the first 48 hours is best and he was about at that space. I waited 20 minutes or so and then went. The first CVS was out, and they told me it was being transferred to another, and to give them about 45 minutes to fill it. I tried to leave home in time to get there in 30 minutes or so, hoping that with me physically present it would get done within that 45 minutes. Well, it turns out that we have two CVS stores a block apart and in trying to go to the second store, I went to the wrong one, so I didn’t get there till the 45 minutes was up, and got at the back of a line of about eight people. Fifteen or twenty minutes later I got to the front of the line, to be told by a definitely unsmiling lady that it would be another 20 minutes–and she said it in a way that hinted it would really be longer. (As it was, another 45 or 50 minutes.) I was sick myself, wearing a mask to protect others in line and having very little energy. Behind me was a woman (maskless) talking on her phone and explaining she was there to pick up her pneumonia medication. My husband just got over five weeks with that. Others around me were coughing. It wasn’t at all how I wanted to spend my evening, and when I got home I threw my clothes in the washer and myself in the shower to make sure I didn’t bring anything into my household. I could tell that the woman behind the counter wanted to be anywhere but there. She was obviously being quite heavily overworked, with no one happy with her, and standing there taking people’s coughs and sneezes all day. I wracked my brain trying to think of a way to say something encouraging, but ultimately just couldn’t think of anything an unshowered-for-a-week middle-aged white woman with a mask, a total stranger, could say to a beautifully presented young black woman in a thankless position that didn’t sound trite or condescending. I did say thank you with a genuine smile, but in life, a lot of times there isn’t much we can do other than try to do the right thing at the right time and let it be enough.

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  13. Cheryl, I hope you and your husband heal soon – Type A influenza can be nasty, but those antivirals can help.

    We did not have a TV growing up, just a radio. But I have seen enough American news channels (CNN, Fox, etc.) in waiting rooms, etc. to understand why you would think watching the news was a waste of time. Our National broadcaster is set up very similar to the BBC and produces a similar quality content of international news, with skilled field journalists reporting on the ground and speaking to people actually involved. The evening radio news is followed by an interview show which contacts people all over the world about stories from the sublime to the ridiculous (like an annual cheese rolling competition – there is much good natured laughter in some interviews), and they contact those as near as they can to those stories. Sometimes, you could hear explosions in the background of the interview, sometimes the roar of crowds, sometimes the chatter of a household. For several years, in the morning, they also had a broadcast which played radio documentaries from journalists around the world, once again on a wide range of topics, so being at home allowed us to listen to. We usually listened to the classical music station while studying, except when one of us was practicing an instrument, so our radio was on for much of the day. My mother, who does not use computers at all, still listens to it much of the day, as she lies down to let the ever increasing pain decrease enough for her to get up and do something else, and often will talk to me about what she has learned.

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  14. I was reading through Michelle’s link while eating a grilled cheese for lunch — The Deadliest Virus Ever Known The Spanish-flu epidemic of 1918 reached virtually every country, killing so many people so quickly that some cities were forced to convert streetcars into hearses.
    By Malcolm Gladwell (who’s such a good writer) — and definitely now feel we’re not necessarily overreacting to coronavirus; it’s new, mutations happen, and we’re still in the stage of figuring out what we’re dealing with, exactly.

    Apparently the greenpeace event was one of Fonda’s “arrest-me” Friday stunts. We do have a newly opened LAPD jail here in the harbor, but I understand she rarely actually gets arrested.

    Long Live Gibbs. Gibbs is almost ageless in many ways. He’s also the executive producer for all the NCIS ‘brand’ shows.

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  15. We were a newsy family when I was growing up, my parents subscribed to 2 newspapers (a.m. and p.m.) and regularly watched the news on television. Not over-kill, but definitely a family that liked to keep up and was interested in the world.

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  16. Cheryl, hoping both of you recover soon. It’s a bad flu season overall. I can imagine how unpleasant it must be to have to either be in a line or deal with a line where sick people have all gathered …

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  17. I was back at the pharmacy again today picking up more of Art’s meds. I think I have been three times this week, but did not have to wait long except for one that had to be put together while I shopped. That is an advantage of using the pharmacy at Kroger or Sam’s. But it might also mean picking up more items than one would have because of having extra shopping time.

    I keep looking at chairs at Office Depot because one chair at the office is not right, and I think the nice lady who uses it deserves better. And it is the chair I use during off season. I think maybe it could be swapped out with another old chair at the office, but perhaps a new chair is in order. And I am still working on exchanging that printer paper. I think I have a plan on that at least. But will it work?

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  18. Art was surprised this morning to see petals from the Birthday Tree scattered on the driveway. I told him those were from the blossoms that had opened already and were in all the rain. Thankfully we still have plenty of unopened buds.

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  19. We grew up with two newspapers: the local afternoon Moscow paper and the Spokane paper in the morning. Never the liberal Lewiston paper (which I delivered for several years, starting at age ten) and get now (along with the Nezperce and Kamiah papers). We never ever watched tv news and I only knew it was a thing because my California liberal Democrat grandparents watched it. We did get the local radio news and the rest of the news with Paul Harvey, good day. I read BBC to get my liberal balance.

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  20. One of Ontario’s 27 cases (the first four have recovered) of COVID-19 came back from Las Vegas: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/coronavirus-toronto-covid-19-1.5488057.BC has reported their first case of community transmission (since BC is just north of Washington, and there is constant travel back and forth, that is not surprising). So far, although Quebec and Alberta now both have cases, there are no known cases of community transfer outside BC, but the situation is constantly changing.

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  21. I remember staying up late (in jr high and high school) to watch the political conventions with my mom.

    Chicago was the best, nonstop action.

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  22. I do not know as I would consider the BBC or CBC to be liberal. They are simply secular, and thus reflect the secular mindset. No one is totally unbiased, but they do allow different viewpoints to be heard – that is part of their mandate as national broadcasters, and, for unbelievers subject to the whims of the world, they do a decent job. Now, the current owners of the classical music station we always used to listen to are definitely liberal progressive. Growing up, the classical station was under different ownership and simply concentrated on music. Then, it was highly informative, they had wonderful announcers (including an actual conductor, who, sadly, recently passed away with ALS) and we heard an enormous variety of classical music, from medieval music through the great masters to the classic popular songs of the likes of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra; Sunday morning used to feature church music and the Christmas season was filled with Christian Christmas music and reading (I first heard G. K Chesterton’s poem ‘The House of Christmas” on that station, and that introduced me to him as an author). Now the station’s programming is stilted (it never plays complete symphonies anymore, among other things), repetitive (to the point where one thinks “Not this song/piece again“), and is part of a larger media conglomerate highly targeted towards wealthy boomers and Gen Xers – the conglomerate has, among other things, actively supported assisted dying (there is a magazine attached to the conglomerate, and they actually fired an editor for not moving to support assisted dying quickly enough – the editor actually just wanted to hear from readers about their opinions before writing a supportive editorial).

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  23. Atlanta had two newspapers, the Atlanta Constitution (for the morning constitutional) and the Atlanta Journal for later news. The blue streak edition if the Journal was the latest edition of the day.

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  24. There is a national magazine, Macleans, that I get FB feed from. Reading the comments under their articles, I am always amused to see comments from irate people who think the magazine is A) liberal or B) conservative. When I see those kind of irritated comments on a media story, I know that the journalist writing it has succeeded in being non-biased. I recently saw a story from the British publication The Guardian (definitely liberal), in which commenters on both sides of an issue posted on the same story, vitriolic attacks on the article’s bias towards the respective other side. My thought? “I have to read the article now, because it must be entirely even handed.”

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  25. If Mark Harmon ever leaves NCIS the show will die. It was bad enough when Ziva and Tony left. But I hope Torres is the next one to leave. The actor is okay but the character is annoying, though not as annoying as Deeks on NCIS-LA.

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  26. We usually had the 6:00 news on when I was young. Listening to Braves games on the radio was a fun thing to do when they went on and on until late. When I lived at home for awhile after I had finished college, my parents sometimes left me home when they went on trips. That’s when I listened to classical music all night long on the public broadcasting station. It was very comforting and helped me to not feel afraid being by myself.

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  27. Kare, the adults around me said CBC was liberal growing up, but I began to realize that they were just zeroing in on the CBC stories they disagreed with after hearing several interviews that As It Happens had with conservative political figures, in which irritated listeners who were liberal supporters would phone in afterward to complain about how the interviewer had been too easy on the conservative figure. As I said, CBC is secular, and unbelievers tend to fall in with whatever way the world is going, but that they are liberal because they do so, I no longer think so. Enough unbelieving conservatives are supportive of the current secular lifestyle options that CBC’s coverage of those lifestyle options cannot be said to be because they are liberal, but rather because national broadcaster has a mandate to speak about all those within the nation. They criticize the Liberal Prime Minister, perhaps not enough for staunch conservatives, but they do. They also still allow pieces such as this to be published: https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/opinion-assisted-dying-maid-legislation-mental-health-1.5452676. I would not recommend reading the comment section of it, but suffice to say, there were a lot of angry commenters who did not think such an opinion should be shared, so I commend CBC for going against the tide.

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  28. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cbc-news-canadian-broadcasting/
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    LEFT-CENTER BIAS

    These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.

    Overall, we rate CBC Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that leans slightly left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
    ____________________________

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  29. DJ, but what is the bias of mediabiasfactcheck.com 😉 Still even according to them, CBC’s range includes the centre, which I would agree with.

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  30. The main NCIS is still the gold standard, a well done show that’s managed, somehow, to adapt smoothly and winsomely to what have been some major cast changes (Ziva was a big loss, granted, as was Abby although I like both their replacements). The NCIS spin-offs are ‘ok,’ but I’m not particularly a fan of them (seems like they “used to be” better, but maybe I’ve just grown a bit weary of them). I’ll watch them here and there, probably more often that not, depending.

    “This is Us” still reigns as the best show on TV currently (though there are many I’ve never seen, so who knows …)

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  31. If a newspaper goes back and forth, among its readership, between left and right, chances are it may actually be doing its job.

    Back in the dark ages when I trained as a reporter with a chisel and rock, we were warned that if we could not articulate the other “side” logically and respectfully, we were not ready to write the story yet.

    The point was everyone has a bias; reporter’s jobs were to try their best to present objective facts and allow the reader to draw their own conclusions based on what they knew and believed.

    My family asked me to stop watching television news about 20 years ago. They got tired of hearing me yelling at the reporter, “Where’s the other side of the story?”

    As I’ve said many times before, I read the paper now the same way the Soviets used to read Pravda–believing the closest thing to what is really going on, or which sheds a different light on the story, would appear three or four paragraphs from the end.

    It’s true in my local paper. 😦

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  32. roscuro, I know nothing about the network or about the fact-check site. They may indeed have their own bias (liberal or conservative?)

    Just throwing it out as a summary I found, and as you said, the CBC gets high marks there for factual reporting.

    Take it all with a grain of salt. 🙂

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  33. Journalists (personally) generally, as a whole, run left of center. Numerous studies done through the years have verified that. The question becomes how well they’re able to step away from that bias and provide fair coverage. It’s less so now, I’m afraid.

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  34. DJ – This Is Us is my favorite show. Excellent writing and acting. (Well, from my point of view. I’m not an expert on writing or acting.)

    The original NCIS is the only one I watch. Hubby was the one who wanted to watch it initially, and I wasn’t that interested at first, but the show grew on me, and I have continued to watch it since his death. It has survived a lot of cast changes over the years, but losing Gibbs would be too big a loss, I think.

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  35. You all know that many northerners end up, especially after retirement, moving south, often to Florida. Nightingale’s friend Virginia was born and raised in Florida, but moved to Connecticut for her job, and she loves it up here and wants to stay. 🙂

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  36. I am now much more stocked up. Buying things at Costco and Walmart saves a lot of money. I also went to REI and got the shoes that I needed.

    I was walking through JC Penney’s on my way into the mall when I remembered that I needed a silver chain. I had bought myself a Bird of Paradise silver locket on my way home, but did not have a chain to wear it on. I went to the jewelry counter where they had a nice selection. It took me a while to begin to make a selection. I was getting a little irked as I could see two gals and neither of them came over to help me. Finally another gal noticed me and asked if I needed some help. She came over and was sweet and very helpful. She and I agreed on just the right chain. It was 46 dollars, but was just right. She went to ring it up and said it was on sale and then she scanned another coupon. The lovely chain only cost me $16. Blessed

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  37. I’m thinking NCIS will do what Criminal Minds did — plan their own voluntary exit one of these seasons, maybe soon. I hope they don’t go soon, but they have been around for a lot of years now. I started watching after it had been on for several years already.

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