93 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-19-20

  1. My husband has grocery shopped every day this week. We have more than enough. This morning he went early shopping to get a loaf of bread. He came home with two boxes of cereal, pop tarts, protein bars, and some junk food apply pies. You know, the necessities of life.
    Oh, and no bread. We needed it so that Little Miss could have French toast for breakfast.

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  2. We need a flower right now. I suspect you do too.
    Have a nice day, such as it is.
    Harris Teeter grocery has designated the hours 9 to 10 a.m. as shopping time for the elderly. Only old folks for that hour.
    Smart move, in my opinion..

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  3. Kim, early in our marriage, Elvera and I learned not to go grocery shipping together.
    In fact, not just groceries. We try not to be in the same store at the same time, regardless of the type.
    But she does help me with clothes. I do not have an eye for matching things.

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  4. Morning. Oh how that flower up there blesses me this day! It is raining now but it shall turn to snow soon😊
    My mister went to the grocery with me the other day. I thought I would lose my mind! But on the way out he bought me flowers to make up for it♥️🌸

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  5. The grocery chain local to our area, Giant Food, started the old-guys-only hour today, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. I stopped in for jumbo lump crab meat for hubby’s birthday dinner tomorrow, only because I was on my way into church to check on stuff and pick up the mail. The Giant was MOBBED and I suspect worse than it will be later in the day when opened up for everyone. Also I noticed that they were quite low on everything. There were no eggs and many shelves were empty. Speaking of hubby, isn’t this a lousy time to have a birthday? We will shelter in place with the upstairs peeps and make the most of it. With imperial crab, baked potatoes, salad, and ice cream and home made cake, for dinner.

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  6. My husband, who can ride his bicycle 100 miles, starts limping two minutes after entering any retail establishment except Home Depot. A favorite family joke is to ask him if he’d like to go along when we head out for any shopping.

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  7. I had the sweetest thing happen yesterday. As you remember, in 2016 BG and I went to Etna, California to JH Ranch. Our group of 6 mothers (with our 6 daugters) were the Buttercups. We had planned a get together at the beach for the weekend of March 27th. Obviously it is cancelled, but one of the women was here because her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live here. We met in the park down by the pier on the bay yesterday. It was open air and we kept our social distance.
    Daughter-in-law had the baby in a stroller and walked her around the park then stopped to talk to us. I asked how old she was and when her birthday was. June 11th. Then it struck me, my father died on June 11th. So 11 years after he died a little girl was born. It comforts me to know that even though that was among the worst days of my life, something good happened last year on that day. A much better thing to have happened.

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  8. Some of the grocery stores around here are also having that special hour for older folks.

    Hubby was the one who did our shopping, too. He was good about getting good deals and knowing where to shop for the best prices as well as good quality.

    We have had our first case of corona here in Stafford. Nightingale personally knows three people who had contact with the man, including the CNA who is working with her. Her friend Beth, who is a CNA (but with a different title) in the ER at the local hospital is in quarantine at her house with her family.

    Here’s a rumor Nightingale heard. Her best friend’s sister, who I guess can have some crazy ideas, says that people with confirmed cases of coronavirus are being taken from their homes by the government, to be put in facilities, but they are actually being killed.

    Nightingale thinks that maybe we should not get together with Chickadee next week after all. 😦


  9. That rumor sounds like something out of a movie. Then again, all these businesses and gatherings being shut down also sounds like something out of a movie.


  10. That is so sweet, Kim.

    I was surprised with joy to find the Fashion Azaleas in bloom. So happy to see them like old friends.

    It’s foggy outside now, but the temp will rise up to 80° later. I hear someone mowing. Maybe I will later see if I can start our mower.

    I heard this morning that it appears people with type O blood as less susceptible and type A more susceptible to COVID-19. I have type O. I am not sure what Art has. Type O folks are known to have more auto-immune problems because the overactive immune systems attract the body and result in arthritis, etc. I’m sure Roscuro can give the medical point of view on this which may be different than what I have read. But the news folks mentioned this a.m. the basic statement about blood types affected by COVID-19.

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  11. Art and I began our married life with taking his mom to the grocery store so it was fun then. Busy schedules did not allow for time to shop together for many years. I think we would still enjoy it if we went together. Sometimes we would find something we really liked. Sooner or later the food product would no longer be available. We would joke about that the competition should hire us to make sure competitor’s products failed.

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  12. Those flowers are so beautiful.

    Outside my window is beautiful too. Pine trees and a couple of crab trees all draped in white. Fresh snow to cover the layer of dirty snow strewn with pine needles, large and small etc.

    My church still had a soup supper last night. We did not attend. I think it is foolish. Our congregation is mostly elderly. The night before the soup supper a Celebrate Recovery meeting takes place. They have their own cupboards in our church kitchen. So every door knob and many surfaces are touched by them. There is no one to disinfect it all. We have several cancer survivors.

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  13. Good morning. A bit nippy outside. A bit nippy inside. Still waiting for thirteen to bring in some tinder and kindling so I can start a fire. Of course, I could have gone out several hours ago and brought in some tinder and kindling but that would defeat the idea of him being responsible. I also could have rousted him out of bed a couple hours ago but that would have defeated the idea of him getting himself up on time. Meanwhile, my blanket is warm.

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  14. Nightingale texted me a little while ago to say that because of her possible exposure, Boy should not play with Gabby anymore. Fortunately, Boy and Gabby can talk on the phone and play Minecraft together that way. They started doing that last night after Gabby went home.

    This also means that the visit with Chickadee is definitely off. 😦 The last time we got together was Valentine’s Day. As I said the other day, this may be silly, but I wish she could be here “quarantining” with us. (That feeling has deepened since then, too. 😦 ) And, of course, I miss my Hubby.

    Speaking of him, as I said earlier, he did the grocery shopping. Every now and then, he would go on a day off, rather than stopping after work, and I would go with him. We always ended up kidding around and laughing, often at me. I could be like a little kid, asking for various things, or pointing out products I’d never noticed before. Sometimes I would be acting kind of goofy, and he would say, “Don’t worry, Honey. I will take you back to the home soon.” 😀

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  15. Linda – A friend who is one who, due to health issues, could possibly have a serious case or die if infected, says that being alive is worth it. The effects can be worked out after the crisis has passed.

    Some are saying that this isolation could be good for busy families to reconnect and bond.

    A concern that occurred to me is that there are children for whom school is a sanctuary from abusive parents. Or an abusive husband going off to the office is a respite for an abused wife. 😦

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  16. A pretty flower of hope, which is what the world needs today.

    I woke up around 3:30 a.m. feeling anxious about this new pestilence — it hit me in a personal way, I think, for the first time and was rather disconcerting. Wondering what God was up to with this, how far it would go, then I began thinking of folks I know who are most in danger, including Carol and Jerry the older Christian man & retired Skid Row cop who runs the homeless shelter on the waterfront where there’s also a very large encampment in the adjacent alley (and he’s always out there talking with people, sharing the gospel and trying to find people who want to come inside to get some help).

    And I started feeling isolated, thinking if this goes on a long time I’ll also have some challenges perhaps (though it’s a good neighborhood and I’m friends with several neighbors). Just the realization that I won’t be able to easily find things at the market (or now easily order them online, apparently) is a concern. I do wish people would stop buying more than they need right now, but I also understand the impulse.

    Then I got up and took my temperature 🙂 Normal.

    When I went back to bed, I decided to tune in to the live Ligonier conference on my iPad — it was being live-streamed with no one there, the theme was In the Image of God. It was heartening to hear the opening remarks of hope and assurance in these times — and also to watch the live comment feed below with Christians checking in with greetings and praising God from all over the world.

    I managed to fall back asleep at around 4:30, I knew if I just stayed up I’d be shot by noon and it’s another very busy day ahead, I’m sure. No time for naps. My body aches, I think due to being tense and just such long hours sitting at the computer.

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  17. Here’s something I wrote this morning, after seeing some negative comments on Facebook yesterday about Millennials:

    “Hey, fellow Boomers, let’s lay off the Millennials.

    My daughter points out that originally, the Millennial generation was considered to be from the early 80s to the mid-90s. (Of course, different sources will give slightly different years.) Now people are including college students as Millennials. There is a huge difference in the maturity and attitudes of 30 year olds and 20 years olds. The first Millennials are approaching 40 now.

    Most of the Millennials in my daughter’s life are working, raising families, and often volunteering with Scouts or youth sports. I don’t remember where I read it, but a while back I read that volunteering is one of the traits of the Millennial generation.

    One of the criticisms I often see is that the interest in socialism that many Millennials have is because they are a selfish generation, wanting “free stuff” for themselves. But what I have seen, mostly, is that they care deeply for the poor and underprivileged, and want help for them. (You may disagree with their embrace of socialism, but please don’t make assumptions about their motives.)

    As for the younger, college-age folks, please remember that every generation goes through a stage of stupidity and selfishness, until they mature out of it. (Not every person, mind you, but many in each generation.) Even those now known as “the Greatest Generation” were labelled as selfish and disrespectful by their elders when they were young.

    As for selfishness in general, all humans of every age can be selfish. It is part of human nature, unfortunately. So let’s lay off blaming the Millennials for everything. And remember. . .we raised them.”

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  18. QOD: Do you think Mary saw her son resurrected? Do you think Jesus’ brothers saw him resurrected and that’s what changed their minds?

    I know it’s not in Scripture, but today’s reading is the book of Jude, and it made me wonder the above questions for the first time.

    Isn’t the Bible wonderful— how it always calls for interaction?

    Last night watching the Bible Project videos, we got to Ezekiel— two fascinating parts. We really enjoyed their take on Jonah— we had never seen it this way before!

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  19. Janice, that’s interesting about the blood types, I’m “O” also.

    I suppose it’s one thing to think we will get through this in a couple months, but the idea that it could be long-term is quite jarring.

    And the economy, what a free-fall mess. How will our small businesses survive? And all the people who are now without jobs?

    And we can only surmise what God’s purpose is in all of this, but I wonder, as in 9/11, if it is some kind of wake-up call to those in countries such as ours who are so accustomed to living in material and psychological ease, with pretty much everything we want or need a click, call or short car trip away — with no wars raging anywhere close to us, reliable health care, available transportation, heated homes, and more easy-living perks than we could even name.

    Praying many believers will renew their faith in God through all of this — and understand in a fresh way that he is the rock, the only rock, our true reliance is only in him, everything else, including our health, can be taken away in a heartbeat — and that many others will turn to Him for the first time.

    Uncertain times, to be sure.

    Today I’ll probably be following up on the new plan the mayor rolled out for converting our rec facilities into homeless shelters — and another easier story on the local restaurants in town that have banded together to offer curbside meals for pickup. And whatever else flies our way. We’re still holding our breath that there will be a new, stricter clamp down on personal movement coming anytime now, either city-, county- or state-wide.

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  20. Kizzie, I think young people simply feel more invincible, it comes with being young and healthy and strong. All generations go through that. But now the challenge is to try to change that perspective among younger people, to drive home a message that all are at risk. I don’t think it’s pounding down on millennials so much as it is just having to find a way to get the message across to young people who (naturally) feel indestructible.

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  21. And part of what makes this all so difficult for all of us, frankly, is we live in such a materially rich, culturally safe and easy environment. We are used to being able to move and gather and throw parties and hang out at the beach anytime we want. It’s something we all now are having to cope with — and it is naturally harder for young people who are, after all, more social and active and will (don’t we all remember being there?) never die. 🙂

    It’s all a process, and a hard one right now.

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  22. I was reading in Jude this morning, I must have missed something.

    Also reading in Luke. Jesus gave all twelve the ability over demons and healing. Even knowing what Judas was up to. God is amazing.

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  23. Janice @ 10:09 – All I’ve found on the type O blood is from a study in China done on 2,000+ people infected by COVID-19. In the report it states “more research is needed”. While the study makes me hopeful (I’m O negative), I cannot place my trust in a study from China (or any other single study). My hope is in the LORD.

    Be careful what we say in these days, as we don’t want to spread misinformation. (Leave that to CNN. 😉 )

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  24. I’ve just been reading this comment in Jude about a common salvation. Enduring word includes commentary on each verse, so it takes me awhile to read and think it through.

    Commentaries are compiled by Pastor David Guzik of Calvary Chapel, Santa Barbara.

    Here’s a quote he includes from Spurgeon on “common salvation”:

    Upon other matters there are distinctions among believers, but yet there is a common salvation enjoyed by the Arminian as well as by the Calvinist, possessed by the Presbyterian as well as by the Episcopalian, prized by the Quaker as well as by the Baptist. Those who are in Christ are more near of kin than they know of, and their intense unity in deep essential truth is a greater force than most of them imagine: only give it scope and it will work wonders.” (Spurgeon)

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  25. DJ – My comment wasn’t necessarily in reference to the younger ones not taking the virus seriously. There were a couple things said yesterday in some comments on Facebook about how selfish Millennials are, including the idea that they like socialism because they want “free stuff” for themselves, a criticism I have seen several times over the past couple years.

    Then last night, I was talking to Nightingale about the college students at spring break being called Millennials, and she was frustrated about how her generation is now including college students much younger than the first Millennials. She said it seems like many older folks are using “Millennial” to mean any young person/people they disagree with.

    So now some Millennials are striking back with the “Okay, Boomer” thing. Can we blame them? (Well, yes, we can blame them for being disrespectful, dismissive, and rude, but we can also understand what led to that.)


  26. It appears there is something to what Janice read.

    But as Peter said, trust the Chinese at your own risk….


    “Results of a new preliminary study from China have stated that people with Type-A blood are more vulnerable to coronavirus. The same study has concluded that people with Type-O blood could be more resistant to coronavirus.

    Researchers conducted this study at two hospitals in Wuhan, the place of origin of the coronavirus outbreak, and one hospital in Shenzhen, China. The study compared blood types of 2,173 patients, who were confirmed positive for COVID-19 using the SARS-CoV-2 test, with more than 3,694 healthy inhabitants of Wuhan.

    “A total of 1,775 patients with COVID-19, including 206 dead cases, from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, Wuhan, China were recruited. Another 113 and 285 patients with COVID-19 were respectively recruited from Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan and Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Shenzhen, China,” says the study.

    “ABO group in 3694 normal people in Wuhan showed a distribution of 32.16%, 24.90%, 9.10% and 33.84% for A, B, AB and O,” says the study. This showed that people with Type-A blood are the most common in Wuhan while people with Type-O blood are the least common. More results were deduced when the healthy samples were compared with people infected with the virus.

    According to the study, among the 1,775 patients studied in Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, 37.75 percent were Type-A and 9.10 percent were Type-O. This meant Type-A blood was most common among patients infected with the coronavirus while Type-O blood was the least common.

    Among the 206 patients who died from the virus, 41.26 percent, had Type A-blood. While only around 25 percent of the deaths were of people with Type-O blood.”

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  27. Hmmm, I think I recall the older generation in my day not liking the boomers (in their youth) very much either (which would be an understatement).

    I’ve read that this is a western trend and it will simply now repeat itself; it shouldn’t be all that surprising, but the disagreements are probably more pronounced in times of distress (Vietnam War, civil rights), now the virus. We’ve designated youth as their own, independent “movement” in our society for some time now, so it probably has grown from that. Maybe it’s just that we (all) have too much time and material goods on our hands. Other cultures view youth and older people much differently and there is more of a family cohesiveness — not the stark separation of the generations that we see now in the US.

    So the bickering and criticisms are somewhat mutual from what I’ve seen, they really trend in both directions, from youth to “oldsters” and from older folks to those “kids these days.”

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  28. Peter, we’re learning as we go so all of these things are tentative. Now it appears younger people *may* be in more danger than originally thought when it comes to serious reactions to the disease. But it’s all still very new and untested — which is what makes it feel rather scary.

    All I heard last night was type A *may* MAY be more prone to catching the virus. But again, I think these tidbits of research are all very, very preliminary (but still deserve to be reported). Hopefully we all get that. In another year we will know a lot more, for better or worse.

    In the meantime, what we ‘know’ today may be found not the case by next week.


  29. Michelle, also in Luke 9, where we find the argument about who was the greatest among them and then John (of all people) complaining about someone casting out demons in His name who was not following along with them. Jesus replied, ” Do not hinder him; for he who is not against you is for you.”

    Again we see the importance of unity in the Body, even though somebody is not in the same church building (denomination) they can still be serving the same King of kings.

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  30. “Old” people were simply derided as “old” by young boomers, as I recall. 🙂 But the mutual back-and-forth derision goes back a ways.

    Frankly, our entire culture is somewhat “spoiled” (materially) and I suppose each generation is seen as more spoiled than the one before it. My parents walked a mile in the snow to school, after all. It’s a downside of the prosperity we’ve (mostly) all experienced in the years since WWII.

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  31. Dj, the young have always been the target of rebuke for their slothfulness, idleness, disrespect, etc.
    Adam, what am I to do with those boys? Cain will not stop tormenting Abel and Abel just keeps jabbing at him to instigate.

    Of course, we all know how that turned out.

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  32. Kizzie,

    How about they just get over their bruised feelings for now and concentrate on something important, regardless of your age group? You know, quit whining. Everyone. There are more important things to deal with at the moment than separating into warring tribes. It’s just stupid. Get over it. Move on. Stop straining gnats people, and let’s figure out how we’re gonna eat this camel together.

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  33. I tend to agree about the whining overall, including among the politicians right now. Stop the bickering, the snide retorts. We’re in no mood for it, thank you.

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  34. Another interesting observation out of Jude, the issue of hell. Again, these are Guzik’s remarks.

    “The punishment of hell is forever because a mere man is paying for his own sins, offering an imperfect sacrifice which must be repeated over and over again for eternity. A perfect man can offer a single sacrifice; but an imperfect man must continually offer a sacrifice.”

    To me, this is a reminder that Jesus’ death is sufficient.

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  35. NOT referring to you, kizzie — you have an amazing daughter as does michelle and so many others. I don’t know how either of them are dealing with what they’re dealing with right now. I have it easy, on the computer all day long. It’s not a day at the beach, for sure, but my hat is off to those who are on the front lines and risking their own health in the midst of all this.

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  36. Michelle, Jude is also an encouragement to stay grounded in the Word, meditating on it daily. Those hidden reefs probably often come in with the idea that they are following the Truth but get pulled aside, rushed headlong into the error of Balaam. Which is also why we need to talk about these things, including the prayer. We as believers need to be on our guard and looking out for each other, but definitely not attacking the other parts of the Body in some sort of auto immune attack.

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  37. @Linda I wasn’t quite sure what Crab Imperial was, I looked up a recipe. Oh my, what yummy goodness that’s going to be.

    @DJ I have been awake since 2:30 this morning. I dozed a couple of times, but my brain just would not shut down.

    Everyone else my above comments were meant to be tongue in cheek and humorous.

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  38. She is quite stylish. The entire team is good, and Pence, who heads it up, especially has a good touch and can handle the press ably, dispassionately and calmly — which is what is needed right now.

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  39. Info about the virus right now is somewhat still anecdotal, we don’t have the long view. But the anecdotal is important and is what will go into creating the long view eventually. All the pieces of the big puzzle and we don’t know what the puzzle will look like just yet.

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  40. What DJ said Kizzie. I’m not referring to you or your daughters, just the overall tone from many of today’s yutes.

    And as my own Gen Zer pointed out, they don’t like being called millenials either. 🙂

    As far as stupid behavior during this, Gen Z leads the pack right now. This is irresponsible. You may catch something that won’t bother you much, but when it gets a hold of GrandMa upon your return home because college is closed, things change. The young in this case are being selfish, thinking of no one but their right to party. It’s gross, and it should be pointed out.

    Parents who are funding this behavior? Slap yourself.


    “Lemming Beach: Shocking aerial footage shows a packed Florida sands on same day Donald Trump urged ALL Americans to avoid groups of more than 10 and practice self-distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic

    Clearwater Beach, Florida, was packed with visitors this weekend
    Sun worshipers came amid coronavirus warnings and calls for social distancing
    In Miami, South Beach was closed from Fifth to 15th streets until March 19
    College students continued to gather for spring break on stretches of the beach
    They ignored signs to avoid ‘mass gatherings’ and practice ‘social distancing'”


    Irresponsible and immature. I think even a millenial would agree.

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  41. And the cable’s out…….


    Oh wait, I have Prime, DisneyPlus, NetFlix and 2 or 3 other streaming services.

    Never mind. 🙂

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  42. Day 4 of Quarantine. So far today I have eaten a fried egg on top of half of an English muffin, toasted, a bowl of strawberries, a handful of mixed nuts, a handful or more of grapes and a chef salad. I was in the process of getting up from my desk to go find something else to eat when I decided to think about what all I have eaten today. I got up at 6:30 and it is only 12:30

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  43. Lovely azalea! I got out on a really nice, long walk two days ago, and I’m glad I did, since we are in the second of three days of rain, with an inch expected each day. For some reason there are few spring bulbs around here, but lots and lots of flowering trees, and none of them (as far as I know) have bloomed yet. So I guess the rain might as well get it over with and not be knocking blossoms off the trees! I’m ready to get outside and experience spring, though, and I hope that once this is over, the wildflowers will start blooming.

    I think I am finally “over” the flu. It mostly affected my energy and my appetite. Last week an author sent me a one-paragraph description of her book to look over, and it was a week before I got it back to her, since my mind simply couldn’t focus enough for intelligent thought! But I haven’t gotten back to a good sleep schedule, time change and the flu and lots of stress factors. Night before last I went to bed before 10:00 and slept until 8:00 without even waking up as far as I know–almost unknown for me. But the nights before and after that great night of sleep, no sleep at all until 5:00 or 6:00 in the morning and then sleeping till 9:00 or later. Not a good pattern!

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  44. Two things: We boomers invented the “generation gap”, if I remember correctly. “Don’t trust anyone over 30” was the mantra. Then boomers turned 30. Could we trust ourselves?

    Second- I undersand anything we see about COVID cures are “preliminary”. Now I see that an anti-malarial drug has some promise based on another Chinese study.

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  45. A lady said last night that the young people aren’t greatly affected by the virus. So they gather in crowds and come home and pass it to the old folks who have stayed home.

    She explained that the virus is a living element. It enters a carrier and wants to live and reproduce, It doesn’t harm the victim because it wants to live and reproduce. The difficulty arises from the body’s reaction. It doesn’t want the virus. Hence the reaction.

    I don’t know, but it sounded logical.

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  46. I have a news app for a local station that lets me watch the evening news. Which is great. Are there any news apps that someone on here would recommend? Also, my son gave me netflix, but I usually read instead of watch shows. Anything on netflix that would be good for a break?? I think that I like shows of a half hour or so rather than movies. I did see some Downtown Abbey on tv.

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  47. 287 cases in Georgia.

    The city of Brookhaven was the first to close restaurants in the state. That is a few miles from here, very close to where I grew up. My brother’s county state senator has it now. I think it is all around my brother and then he goes down to work with Art on Sat. although he did not go down this past Sat. because of the timely funeral. Maybe I will offer to pay my brother to stay away.

    The only thing that Wesley enjoys doing that he can still do is to go out to run. I am thankful he likes to do that. He shares an apartment with a guy working on finishing his dissertation for August graduation.

    I am 2/3 through lawn mowing and already feel my troubled areas stiffening up.

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  48. Sadly we have had a second death in our county. A man in his mid sixties who had contact with the first victim who was in her 80’s 😞
    We have about a foot of snow on the ground now and they have shut down the rural hwy down the road. Everyone uses that hwy when I-25 is shut down…well now they are both shut down…
    My dear friends and I had a FaceTime meetup earlier. Three had their tea in hand and I had my coffee…see you can have coffee/tea meetups even when everything is shut down! It was so good to see their faces and pray with one another. ❤️

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  49. We also had our second death in LA county, someone younger, 50ish I believe, maybe 40ish.

    WSJ reporting there are serious problems growing in some of the nursing and assisted living homes across the nation.

    It’s been another extraordinarily busy day for us, juggling story after story. We managed to break the story about the expected “stay-at-home” order being finalized for the county — thanks to a very talkative LA city hall source of mine. 🙂 Carnival is lending out 10-15 of its glamorous cruise ships to be used as floating hospitals.

    As expected with more testing being done, the numbers are going up.

    I’m learning to hate the constant DING on my phone telling me I have yet another message from an editor or another reporter. Will I take a hammer to it when I flip right over the edge here soon?

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  50. So… I identify as a Christian which means I need to love my neighbor and hate sin. If you then, say I am wrong to hate sin, does that harm me? Hmm, guess that boat won’t float.

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  51. So, I figured out that I can walk a third of a mile on my laps around the church. I just did three laps now I need to go to the library to get more books. That would be the church library and I will be the only one there.

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  52. The assisted living place where daughter works is talking about that. I do not think they know yet how it will go but they are making plans.

    I believe Idaho has eleven confirmed, I do not know about deaths.

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  53. No, Chas, that lady was not correct. Viruses are technically not alive. They are just little bits of DNA or RNA in protein capsules. Parasites that cannot live or reproduce without a host. The receptors on their protein coat attach to unsuspecting cells, triggering to cell to allow the virus in. The virus RNA or DNA always has a code that forces the host cell to use its DNA and RNA replicating mechanisms and its protein manufacturing tools to reproduce the virus and its protein coat, over and over and over and over, until the cell exhausts itself and dies, bursting and spilling out the thousands of virus copies it has made. Those copies then attach and force other cells to do their bidding. Yes, our immune system goes after viruses and can produce symptoms while it is fighting the virus, but it does that because otherwise, the virus itself would consume our cells to make infinite copies of itself – that is what makes the end stages of Ebola so horrifying, because it isn’t the immune system response that is liquifying the body, it is the virus itself bursting out of nearly every cell (which is why Ebola patients are most infectious near or after death).


  54. Mumsee, it occurred to me just recently that the “love the sinner, hate the sin” message makes no sense at all to the unbeliever . . . because he is simply incapable of the action.

    I was thinking about it after a discussion on here about how “shunning” the ones guilty of fornication in past eras resulted in very harsh penalties, including seeing any child who resulted as bearing a lifelong stain. Likewise, homosexual activity has carried extremely harsh penalties in times past (my husband and I watched the movie about Alan Turing and the Enigma that came out a few years ago, when it came out, and just this week I finished the long biography about him, apparently written by a scholar who is himself homosexual, though he didn’t come right out and say it directly). But society seems incapable of a middle ground, of saying, “Fornication / homosexuality, etc. are sins and we can disapprove of them, and even disapprove quite strongly, while still working alongside the sinner, loving him, and showing him basic kindness.” It seems to be either/or: you see it as an unpardonable sin and even a crime, or you accept it and fully. We can say, “It is a sin, and a very damaging one, and ought not to carry society approval–but it need not be a crime.” I’m in favor, for instance, of a social standard that says that a teacher who is known to be in a sexual relationship but not married is not setting a proper standard for children, and can lose his/her job over it–and in favor of a father being held responsible for any children conceived–but I don’t think most types of sexual sin can reasonably be crimes.

    Disagreeing with someone’s actions, or someone’s opinions, and continuing to genuinely love the person (and not hold their sin against them) seems to be a work of the Holy Spirit, not the work of a human heart–or at least most human hearts, no matter how kind.


  55. The Kidz Lit contest winners were announced. I won third place for an article I wrote for teens. For some reason the categories of articles and devotions were combined. I had entered both. What is a bit perplexing is how I threw together the article in a day before the deadline and had no one to critique or proof it. I am thankful to place.

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  56. Very good. Janice! I enjoy hearing about your involvement in writing projects, and successfully entering things!

    I do not recall seeing that Salt Lake had an earthquake yesterday, shutting down the airport for a while but no real damage. Guess it did not rank up there with spring break and other covid stories. But I read about it in the NEWSPAPER. Buried but not too deeply in all the covid stories.


  57. I haven’t shopped since last Thursday so I will go out tomorrow to get a few things. They are doing stay in place orders in a lot of California. You are still allowed to go out for groceries. My county hasn’t done that yet.

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  58. Ah, 2nd death today in LA County was a man who was only 34

    County (which takes in 88 cities including Los Angeles proper) is shutting down all non-essential businesses, all gatherings of more than 10 people and telling people to essential stay at home.

    We can still go out for walks and get groceries and go to medial or other necessary appts.

    Governor has asked President Trump to deploy the USNS Mercy to LA Port to provide additional hospital beds.

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  59. Looks like my single little poinsettia is drooping, I was hoping it would take root in the yard.

    I have some more and will plant those later, when it’s warmer.

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  60. I’ll give that a try. I did put coffee grounds around it, I read that they liked that.

    I will need some groceries at some point (not right now, though a bottle of OJ might be nice since I drank the last of that this morning); but all the reports I get from contacts say the stores are basically stripped bare, so there’s not much use 😦 I really hope people can slow down the grocery over-buying soon. We all need to be in this for the long haul and need to pace ourselves.

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  61. Another exhausting day, juggling sometimes 3 stories at once, phone interviews, and yes, the ding-ding-ding of constant chatter coming my way from colleagues and editors.

    And now all non-essential businesses closed, employees facing unemployment.

    “a tsunami of economic destruction” — WSJ

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  62. I think we all need to consult Chas. I have now stayed home for a week. How to discipline myself and keep doing meaningful things. I am not in a home that I own or rent. Just here biding my time. But now everything that I was doing is cancelled. I am still doing my two Bible studies, but it is hard to get excited about cleaning the little bit of dust or washing two or three dishes. Can we go for a drive? Just to look at the views in the mountains? And, in California, this is mandatory.

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  63. Jo, I told a friend at least we can just go for a drive if needed. I can’t imagine that’s forbidden now, overnight. I’m overly busy for now with work at home, morning into evening, but I know my neighbors are struggling with all of this down time.


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