113 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-21-20

  1. Morning all.

    Here’s your Quote of the Day……

    It’s alright, it doesn’t come from “Cats”….

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  2. Janice and Art will find this helpful….

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  3. I feel weak, still have no appetite, and am generally run down.

    But maybe a little better too.

    Thanks all for the prayers, and please continue if you would, especially for Cheryl. With her other issues, I worry.

    Thanks again.

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  4. The header is, of course, the same great blue heron as was shown yesterday. Here it crouches to make a strike. It did come up with a fish, a small one, and I got two decent photos of it with the fish.

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  5. AJ, my husband was officially diagnosed with type-A flu. Since I developed my illness one day before he got his, though my symptoms were slightly different than his (I didn’t have the aches), we assumed we had the same thing. His doctor said one mark of the flu is that it comes on suddenly, and for both of us that was the case–in the morning we felt fine, and in the afternoon or evening suddenly we felt awful. In fact, I’d been battling cold symptoms for a couple of weeks, and to be on the safe side he had been sleeping on the couch, even though I never did get an out-and-out cold. And I was just about to tell him that for sure I didn’t have a cold when I developed the symptoms of the flu.

    For me the main symptoms were utter exhaustion and no appetite, both of which lasted more than a week.

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  6. Good morning, The Real.

    I get updates everyday from the provincial nursing association on the situation. They have been calling for days now for testing to be stepped up. They and the nursing regulating body have called in the nursing reserves, including reinstating those recently retired, in order to gear up for the crisis, and arranging lists of those willing to help out with personnel shortages in areas that need it. My agency must have taken advantage of the offerred help, as they have just added several new nurses. As a community agency, we will probably be taking care of patients that hospitals have cleared out in order to make room for critical patients. I expect, in the next few weeks as numbers rise and more patients become critical, to see a surge in other patients sent to us. A nursing home in our region now has cases.

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  7. Oh, yes, that change in tax deadline is tremendously helpful. It’s downright encouraging. But for some it may be too late to prevent exposure or contraction of COVID-19. When we go to tax preparers conferences it’s mostly older people who have afflictions from the sedentary lifestyle. So hopefully I will be wrong, but I expect it will take some down. Unlike healthcare workers and others who have been dealing with the public, they have no special training unless they have taken time to seek it out as to how to protect themselves. Remember that I could not even find hand sanitizer for the office? They did not totally run out though which means they did not use it enough. And I doubt Art has taken time enough from the piles of work to keep his hands washed frequently. I think Art has a pretty strong immune system but my brother not as strong.

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  8. Good morning everyone.
    Lots of heavy stuff in Romans. I was reading Roman’s 8:28 “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose.”
    That impressed me some time ago. Since my retirement, I have had time to cogitate on some issues. I once asked, “How can that be?” Then, I thought of several things. I have considering writing a dissertation for the autobiography I have (for subsequent generations, not publication.) The dissertation would be entitled “IF”. If some misfortune hadn’t happened, how would that change the outcome?
    A short one, first one, follows.

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  9. Roscuro, I had said that to my husband just a few days ago, wondering if retired nurses would end up being called in. We had women in my previous church who’d been nurses until they married and had children, and now those children are young adults. One would think that such women might be able to offer something at some level, if they’re willing and able, and those who have left the field in the last two to five years, even more.

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  10. AJ, I hope you clear it all out of your system soon. And that your wife can stay well, too.

    When I have been afflicted with the flu, I felt fine one moment and about to fall out the next moment with high fever and chest congestion. With that Swine flu I could not move in the bed. When I felt my fever had gone down enough to move I used the thermometer and it registered 103°.

    With the Corona virus I’ve heard recovering patients on television say,
    “It felt like I had a belt around my chest that would not let me breath.”
    “I felt like someone was sitting on my chest and I could not get them off.”

    That would be at the worst of it. One thing that came out from a doctor said if you can take a deep breath and hold it for ten seconds without the urge to cough then Corona can be ruled out. But of course anyone with a chest cold would not be able to do that, so that’s not very helpful. I think that was meant for well people but it would not show who are carriers.

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  11. South Carolina used to have eleven (11) grades of education. they changed to twelve in 1948.
    In 1936, I was in first grade. I had a ruptured appendix and nearly died. I spent several weeks in the Baptist Hospital in Columbia. Two trips. Because of my long absence, and that I didn’t catch the “look say” method of reading. I failed the first grade. which, of
    course, set me a year behind.
    The next year, I taught myself phonics, and sailed through the remaining years.
    It turns out that I did not graduate from high school with my original class, but with the 1949 class. That is, two years behind.
    I have often wondered what I would have done had I been thrown out on the world as a 17 year old. As It was, I worked on an outdoor vegetable stand in Columbia for a couple of weeks. Than applied for a job at the paper mill in North Charleston. Didn’t get it.
    Late in July, my buddy, Bobby Murray, talked me into joining the Air Force.
    On 2 August, 1949, I became an airman.
    I failed the first physical exam. Underwieght. But the recruiter told me to eat some bananas and come back. It worked.
    That changed my life pattern entirely.

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  12. Good morning. Good to be reminded of Romans and God. Reading in Revelation this morning, I was reminded that it is fun to be reading along with Michelle and other believers throughout the world. Reminded of the community of the Body.

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  13. The difference bananas make!

    (I recently played Bananagrams for the first time. It’s a fun game for those who enjoy word games.)

    I enjoyed what you wrote, Chas. Friends do make such a difference as they encourage us to step up and out into new endeavors. I was sorry to read about how you had no choice but to fall behind in school. People probably did not know the advantages back then of being the oldest student in the class. I let Wesley do Kindergarten twice at two different schools so he would never have to be the youngest as I was. Since we ended up homeschooling it would not have mattered from a public classroom perspective, but when he went to college he was more mature which is always a good thing.

    You and your friend picked an excellent branch of the service to join. Was there any factor other than wanting to fly that influenced that choice of branch?

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  14. My brother called Art this a.m. to verify he was not to be in the office. That verifies to me that my brother does not trust me. It is sad that I am trying to do the best to keep my brother and husband safe from transferring germs between tax offices but my brother can’t see the importance of that. Oh, the grief I experience over such nonsense. What would I do without my God who sees all and knows all and in His time will make things right.

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  15. Morning! My thought about that bird up there was that he was sneaking up on something and I suppose that is just what he did! 😊
    Feel better AJ and we are indeed keeping you in prayer along with Cheryl and Liz too! ❤️
    There is blue sky and some sunshine falling upon this snow covered forest and they are telling us it will rain tonight…what a sight that will be! 🌧 ❄️….we are going nowhere of course!

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  16. I have been reading in Jeremiah, and am at the point where Nebuchadnezzar has destroyed Jerusalem, and the governor he left in place has been murdered, and the few people left in the land have come to Jeremiah to ask what they should do. Jeremiah’s reply, although it is a warning the people would not heed, has always encouraged me:

    ‘He said to them, “This is what the Lord says, the God of Israel to whom you sent me to bring your petition before Him: ‘If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will rebuild and not demolish you, and I will plant and not uproot you, because I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought on you. Don’t be afraid of the king of Babylon whom you now fear; don’t be afraid of him’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘because I am with you to save you and deliver you from him. I will grant you compassion, and he will have compassion on you and allow you to return to your own soil. But if you say, ‘We will not stay in this land,’ so as not to obey the voice of the Lord your God, and if you say, ‘No, instead we’ll go to the land of Egypt where we will not see war or hear the sound of the ram’s horn or hunger for food, and we’ll live there,’ then hear the word of the Lord, remnant of Judah! This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: If you are firmly resolved to go to Egypt and live there for a while, then the sword you fear will overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine you are worried about will follow on your heels there to Egypt, and you will die there. All who resolve to go to Egypt to live there for a while will die by the sword, famine, and plague. They will have no one escape or survive from the disaster I will bring on them.’

    That is the second time Jeremiah tells people that the seeming safest course is the least safe, as earlier he tells the people that those who voluntarily surrender to the Babylonians will be spared. Now, the application I see is not that people should stop self isolating – we are self isolating to protect others, not because we are trying to save ourselves. No, I just see an encouragement to take the right way, even when it goes into danger. When I went to West Africa, I knew my asthma become a threat, but I felt the necessity of going anyway very strongly. My asthma did eventually become bad, but not until the end of my time there. All my adult life, I have been compelled, through circumstances, to take the less safe path, and each time, I have been kept safe while walking it. I have no guarantee of safety this time around, but I do have the encouragement of experience and Scripture to keep going into danger in order to serve God and others.

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  17. As far as self isolation, I think that people who don’t are missing the picture that it is not about them. Some Christians might say, “God will take care of me” and He may, but that does not take away the need to love our neighbor by not overwhelming the system.

    Yes, that is where we are, Roscuro. Husband is our highest risk person but he is also quite able to help daughter and family so that puts him down in the danger zone (I understand it will reach here as well). Weighing that, looking to see what God is calling for. Pray for us.

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  18. Oldest daughter sent me an article from Boise. One of the hospitals anesthesioligist companies has had to lay off fifty four CRNA’s, trained nurses with ventilator experience and extensive training. Elective surgery canceled, no money for nurses. That says a number of things.

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  19. Wow! That is a large number of staff, Mumsee. I feel certain they can pick up work in larger cities if they are able to travel. It may be temporary work though depending on how long this lasts. So many people are being challenged to go and do what they have never anticipated doing.

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  20. I am rationing eggs and water now. I will have the last piece of store bought bread with almond butter. Thankfully I make biscuits and cornbread. Instead of two cups of coffee, I make one. I am missing having food I have not made once in a while.

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  21. Oh my Mumsee. Colorado is considering allowing medical professionals who have not maintained their licenses to work at our hospitals. And those of whom have not yet transferred their license from out of state. We have 6 confirmed cases at a nursing home in the Springs 😞 This is the same nursing home where years ago I would take groups of children to sing and spend time with the older generation….

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  22. Michelle is puzzled why the hospital is laying off staff like that–particularly people who appear to have expertise in what the COVID causes.

    This is also not to be offensive, but I’m curious. Once you are sick, what difference does it make if you have the flu or COVID–assuming it doesn’t go into the dangerous stage that puts you in the hospital? Why is it necessary to have a specific diagnosis if the initial treatment is the same for both you and the people treating you?

    Ellie’s family is all down with the flu. Yesterday, I took food and set it on the grass near their front door. My son came out (in his pajamas at 2 o’clock in the afternoon!), looking wan and wiped out. My daughter-in-law joined us in the warm sunshine, carrying Ellie and we stood a respectful 10-12 feet away and talked.

    They’ve been sick for a week with the flu–that’s it–but are watching for COVID before they bother the medical system. That, to me, seems the point of sheltering in place.

    Meanwhile, it feels like many people are just seeking a loophole to get out–to go shopping in this gorgeous weather? Craziness.

    Mr. Fit just ran in and said the nicest thing about jogging these days is that with far fewer cars on the road, he just listened to the glorious singing of birds on his five-mile run.

    We’re having a beautiful spring.

    We feel only a little bit guilty about ordering new soil for our depleted raised garden bed. But we bought it from a local small business, paid over the phone, will drive up and they’ll stack it in the back of the CRV. That should keep us busy outside most of the day–which seems to me the healthiest way to spend a day at home, sheltering or not.

    But I realize, of course, that not everyone has a roomy house and yard.

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  23. Michelle, COVID-19 is much more likely to kill. A person who has the flu still shouldn’t be going in to work, but before I was married, if I had a friend with the flu and she needed me to take her something, I wouldn’t have hesitated to take it into her house, hug her, and stay a few minutes to talk. I hardly ever get the flu–this year is the third time since 1993, and I don’t remember the last time before 1993–and so it just isn’t something that scares me. (I detest it, but getting the flu once every eight to ten years when I take no precautions to avoid sick people and I never get the flu shot means that I’m not terribly vulnerable. I do wash my hands a lot, always have. I take precautions now, because I’m responsible for a husband now. But in my single days, several years I was the only person in my office who never got it. In fact, I worked in an office with two people who never ever took sick days–one rarely got sick, but the other one would get ugly sick and still come in–and in ten years of working there I had the flu once.)

    But if a person has this disease, if someone were to respond in the nonchalant way I said I responded to the flu, the person who has COVID should say, “No, you’re not coming into my house.” It simply puts a much higher cautionary level. In addition, people don’t self-isolate for two weeks because they were potentially exposed to the flu. They go on about life and hope they don’t get it. Now, they might not visit an elderly relative or hold an infant, but they aren’t going to stay home from work or other places that have people because of “potential exposure.”

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  24. Lots of restaurants in our small town are doing take out. Even my daughters coffee shop will provide drinks if you call in and they will bring it to your car.

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  25. Michelle, the diagnosis of COVID-19 is not for you if you are not ill enough to be hospitalized. It is for public health to be able to trace your contacts who may have been exposed, both to isolate them to avoid spreading it, and because some of them may be more vulnerable, in which case an earlier hospitalization may be beneficial.

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  26. I seldom got the flu either (nor the flu shot, generally) but then I did get the flu a couple times in recent years — so now I get the annual shot as of about 3 years ago. I think our immune systems change in time & the flu also can become more serious the older we get. So getting the shot seems wise, even if it isn’t 100% effective every year. The last time I had the flu I remember a fleeting moment as I weakly shuffled down the hallway thinking, “I now can see how this can kill some people.”

    But coronavirus also seems to spread more rapidly, we haven’t gotten a handle on how to stop that wildfire spread yet.

    I spoke again this morning with our local resident stuck on the Amazon river boat with no way out of Peru now. Could be worse, she said they still dine each nine on tables with white linens and white wine on board a luxury vessel. But being stuck is being stuck. They’re desperately trying to get out of there.

    I spoke with Carol, they remain confined to their rooms but they do have antenna TVs (she and her roommate, who sleeps most of the time, have it usually tuned in to a rerun station); but Carol also can watch movies on her smart phone, she’s one of the few people in the facility who has one, I think. I somehow can’t get her interested in tuning in for a livestream church service on Sunday mornings, however. Don’t know why, but I’ll keep strongly suggesting … as they say, you can lead a horse to water —

    She’s mostly day-dreaming right now of a 2-foot long pizza she saw advertised somewhere, plotting some food purchases, including Easter candy, when she gets paid next. I’m trying to talk her down from that plan, telling her just get a little of that, but she’ll probably buy a lot of food, I suspect.

    Like Michelle, I have the huge benefit of living in a house with a yard and some decent outdoor space with tables and chairs. I also plan to go out and garden a bit today, do some watering (although rain arrives early in the week, I believe).

    I was able to order a few things I needed from Amazon this morning (shower cleaner, a dog supplement we’re almost out of and some aspirin). It’s all coming quickly except the aspirin which won’t come until April for some reason.

    I slept until 9:30 today and it was a wonderful feeling.

    AND — I dreamed it was Christmas. 🙂

    Onward.

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  27. Mumsee, if this keeps on spreading as it is in Europe, those staff will certainly be needed. That seems so short sighted of that company. Elective surgeries are being cancelled here, but that is to make room for what we know is coming, and to train the doctors and nurses who would be doing those surgeries on ventilation. Ventilation is the specialty of anesthesiology, respiratory therapy, and ICU nurses, and there will not be enough if we see the same numbers as Europe, so they have to make sure there are others with the same knowledge to carry out ventilation.

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  28. And our camp chef decided to go to her parents 2 hours away for the week. She has no idea if she’s a carrier and doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not about her. Sheesh. I get that she’s lonely but she’s endangering her dad who is ill. Not to mention that she could bring stuff back to camp to affect the rest of us who will be working from home for a couple of weeks and then back to camp, but I won’t if she’s there because she’ll have exposed herself to all kinds of people in the city. sigh.

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  29. The nurse dismissal: it was not the hospital, the company working for the hospital. The company has bills to pay and cannot pay them without the steady income of elective surgery. It is understandable. Those nurses are highly skilled and I would be very surprised if the hospital has not already picked them up.

    Trying to get the message of social distancing to grown children still. It is not about you! It is about how you can step up and do something for the old and compromised. And the entire health care system.

    Third son sent this along:

    “Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on your couch. You can do this.” Don’t know who said it.

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  30. One concern I do have about Carol — her mental illness symptoms even despite medications that normal control it, sometime spikes during times of anxiety. I could hear in her voice today a bit of that anxiety starting to creep in, the worry of being “locked” in their rooms. She said it feels like jail. I plan to keep in close touch with her today via texts and she said she call me again later in the day.

    “When will you get home today? 6 p.m.?” Uh, I’m home all day, everyday now, available anytime on weekends. “Oh, right.”

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  31. Grammar police can now descend 🙂 I’m mentally muddled this morning, it’s been a very long week, long hours, too much typing, to much techno ding-ding-dinging.

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  32. Hello everyone,
    I might be hanging around here for a while, since I’ll be working from home for at least the next two weeks. Two more hours in my day with no commute (just turn around from the computer desk with my home computer to the table with my newly issued office laptop, which has to be used to access the college network through their VPN). My job actually changes very little, since I spend the day at a computer anyway.

    My younger son is dismayed not to be working, since Taco Bell, like all the other restaurants, is drive-thru/take-out only. (His job was the front counter.) I suggested we could get a meal at Taco Bell this weekend, both to give them business and so he can maybe get a brief word with his co-workers.

    My older son is dismayed at having to try to teach K-5 music online, starting this coming week. But he’s enjoying the webcam I got him for an early birthday present, which allows him to join his friends for a virtual Magic the Gathering game, since their get-together last night had to be cancelled.

    And my husband is trying to make the best of having to lead a worship service for an empty church. We aren’t set up for live-streaming, but the service is always recorded, so they’ll put it on facebook as usual and distribute DVDs to people who don’t have computers. Our family plus the organist get to be the congregation, so he doesn’t have to preach to completely empty pews.

    I was glad to find the supermarkets with more stuff today. No eggs at either store (but I had found some yesterday at another store), and today I was able to get ground beef (a large package for four or five meals) and chicken wings (for the dog) and bread.

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  33. And my situation with working from home was the same, Pauline — it’s just minus the cumbersome commute time. But many of us reporters at my company already had been working from home anyway in the past year so that was no adjustment at all during our state’s new ‘lockdown’ (though they don’t want us calling it that).

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  34. DJ, send Carol some photos of real cells and inmates and their clothing choices and maybe she will better appreciate her small home.

    Glad you can be with us for a bit, Pauline. I did feel sorry for my pastor and the one worship leader who appeared to be alone in the chapel to do our service last week on Facebook Live.

    So many are suffering right now that free conference calls for prayer are working well to cover the need for my church.

    My church had planned an Easter egg hunt which will now not be happening. I suggested doing Easter craft kits for a drive-thru pick up for a children’s activity. I have not heard what will be done. Is anyone else involved in planning such things?

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  35. Janice, Carol actually spent some time in LA County jail many years ago, before I knew her, on an embezzlement charge, so she knows whereof she speaks, I’m afraid. But she was only in for maybe 60 days I think she told me later — and it was a long time ago, maybe 30 years? And yes, thankfully she has her online access now (and I’m sure better food and her own clothes, own actual bathroom and access to assisted showers) and that’s a major difference.

    I just got off the phone with my (79-year-old) cousin in MO, he’s fine, stocked up on food, but we got to talking about technology; he still uses only a flip phone; his computer, which he never learned how to use much anyhow, is now 20 years old. So he really is sort of cut off in all of this. He has a TV though.

    I tried also to steer the conversation toward this all being something of a spiritual wakeup call, but he kept going back to it being more of a financial wakeup call for people. So that, for now, did not compute, as they say. 🙂 But it was good to talk to him and I’ll give it another try when there’s an opening.

    I was thinking of inviting him to join our livestream church service but remembered he doesn’t have the technology for that and appears disinterested in updating on that front. So it’s just the flip phone for now (and he doesn’t know how to retrieve voice mails on that, either).

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  36. Janice, people in that situation don’t think of how it was, or how some people have it, or how bad it could be. Or how it might be tomorrow.
    They only think of the way it is now.
    I deal with that all the time.

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  37. I finally finished off the pretzels from Christmas (bought for making those pretzel-Rolo-pecan things), making some peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip cookies.Very good!

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  38. We’ve been out in the yard on a gorgeous day. We sat in the shade of a tree on our glider and I watched the clouds against the blue sky while we talked with our EMT.

    She has the weekend off and is working on her taxes–which was the planned reason for her to be up here this weekend. Mr. and Ms. Company Covid Experts discussed issues and were in agreement, which pleased them both.

    They also discussed ways to get past the cumbersome bureaucracy which could and has hampered the flexibility needed to deal with issues as they come along. The three ambulances she and two friends picked up 6 weeks ago, for example, can’t be authorized for use by the California Highway Patrol because they CHP officers have all been put on the streets to watch for looting.

    EMT licenses continually roll over and some folks are up for renewal throughout LA County at any time. But the County shut down all the EMT programs except the one my daughter teaches. They’ll be opening it up county-wise for her to teach probably starting next week.

    I may have told you she’s the training manager for her company. And, everyone just realized, the only expert on the staff–she took a class on pandemics in grad school.

    There are some ideas for you, DJ. 🙂

    Both the experts in my family say to pay no attention to anything anyone says unless it’s through the CDC.

    Yes, ma’am and sir.

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  39. I’ll be attending church around the country tomorrow, dropping in on friends and former churches alike through Facebook. My Sunday School class has scheduled a meeting on Zoom at 10, so I’ll be discussing Ephesians 5 with friends. 🙂

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  40. I have to keep focus on the blessings I have instead of what I don’t have or I would be crazy. God really helps me with that. I wish that Carol could keep a gratitude journal to help her see the reality of her blessings.

    When I look across the street I see fewer cars there.The elderly widow who may be around 100 has had home health care for quite some time along with her son, my age, and his wife living there. I wonder if home health care had to cancel service because of COVID-19. If so, it must seem quite a new burden to the son and DIL. So many are going through so much right now in each home. Then the neighbors with the young children who are having to try and work and take care of the kids. And the two ladies on the other side, one works from home and the other in a medical facility. I consider their fears that are probably amped up. Another neighbor is head of a local library which is all shut down. She’s home with her hubby and not use to that. It goes on and on.

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  41. Our service will be live-streamed again tomorrow. Our pastor will finally be back after being in Israel for two weeks and then self quarantined for another two weeks. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s message.

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  42. Ugh, more last-minute things to add to the Peru story, including a lengthy email response from State Dept and a couple typos to fix. Like: “baby monkey refuge” became a “baby money refuge” — which sounds like it would have been a lot more fun to visit, frankly.

    I haven’t received my taxes yet, it’s been 2 weeks I think since I went in and he was to email them.

    My neighbors left me some fresh-picked oranges and lemons from their yard. 🙂 So that’s my orange juice. I’m wondering if Sprouts would be less crowded than Ralphs?

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  43. If nothing else I have reminded my husband that I can cook. Marinated pork tenderloin,Roast potatoes, onions, and 🥦 broccoli for dinner.
    Tomorrow wi be roasted 🥔 potatoes, 🥓 bacon, and 🍳 eggs for breakfast.
    Dinner will be leftover tenderloin and spinach Madeleine for dinner.

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  44. Eggs? No shortage. Normally we drop off five to eight dozen at the church and various homes in town. We did not do that last week or this week. We have a lot of eggs.

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  45. We took a long walk on a medical center walking trail today, about 2 miles. It was cold in the wind, but well worth it getting much needed fresh air and sunshine. Then we supported a local Mexican restaurant for dinner before the governor’s “stay at home” edict goes into effect tonight.

    Tomorrow- a Zoom meeting for church.

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  46. I always say grief is like a wave on the ocean. Sometimes it is a ripple and sometimes it is a tsunamis.
    For whatever reason tonight I miss my dad. If he were alive I would be worried. He would be in the high risk group.
    I would just love to sit on the deck and drink a cup of coffee with him.

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  47. In the “what were they thinking” category: all these people out of country. A friend of twenty three said he and a group had headed to Canada for their spring break party only to find the border closed and they had to return as nothing was open. But they had reservations so they had to go. She told him it was not about them, it was about thinking of others.

    Many of those people left American soil after it became known that there was a problem. Always, when I went to live or visit in another country was the idea that it might become permanent as things can change rapidly and it is not the job of our country to retrieve everybody from their vacation or other travels. It is nice when they can but it does not always happen.

    Kind of like when people go out into the wilderness and then complain nobody came to help them. Or they couldn’t use their cell phone, Or whatever.

    I feel sad for them but really, why did they go when this was coming? And some went before it was officially started but when they saw the inevitable, why did they not cut the trip short and return?

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  48. I’m with you, mumsee. But people like to roll the dice. Sometimes they win.

    As I was in the driveway just about to get into the Jeep I heard a really low-flying helicopter — lapd — right overhead, banking right over my backyard, extremely low. Looked like the guy inside was looking right at me as it dipped around, then he blasted his siren.

    I thought what was that? Either they’re getting overly serious about this quarantine or there’s a serial killer in my backyard. It flew off and away quickly right after that so I went ahead and drove off to the store.

    On the way back I drove by the waterfront and through downtown, it was dark by then — so strange, the USS Iowa is shrouded in darkness now, all powered down; restaurants had chairs stacked on top of their tables, the big public clock on the front of the old ferry building is 3 hours ahead, completely out of sync (I always check because I did a very fun story on the clock-fixer who came to get it back on time a couple years ago, during the week I was getting my new roof put on the house as a matter of fact — this is the first time since then that it’s been off).

    It’s just sad — and so many developments just ready to launch, halfway done or looking to sign leases with tenants, all dead in the water for now.

    Homeless tents and tarps still line the street overlooking the shipping channel.

    The car radio played Michelle’s “What a Wonderful World” and, at that point, that just made me cry.

    But God ….

    On the way home, I drove by a house that had hung a brightly lit Christmas star ornament on the front door. It made me smile. I’ll have to get into the garage and see what I can find to hang and light up again 🙂

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  49. Cheryl, yes. He still coughs but it isn’t as bad. I can tell he feels better.
    I have found that it helps him faster to give it to him straight. That takes Mr P and me both. I hold him and P uses the syringe to get it in the back of his mouth. For a little dog he is quite determined.

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  50. DJ, so heart touching.

    Everybody has been so busy for so long. Time seemed to speed up. Now, at least for some, it will seem to slow down. Time to smell the roses. Time to let the baby sleep on the shoulder. Time to call family in nursing homes. So much of the Father’s business that has been neglected.

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  51. A man on TV last night expressed my thoughts exactly when he said:

    I always thought getting older would take longer than it did.”

    We should be on the way to church now, not watching TV and blogging.

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  52. I think we all need to be praising God that this hit when we are all so connected. And we need to pray for continuing strength of our communication systems. We now have more time for prayer and time with God. Can you imagine going through this without faith in God?

    Is anyone looking forward to receiving a check from Uncle Sam for staying home from work? It is like double dipping for some folks. Does anyone have special plans for that check?

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  53. No cheque expected. Not my Uncle😉.

    I will not get anything other than my wages, actually. The financial support here is being directed to those affected, through having to stay home, so those of us who keep working will not get it, and those already on a fixed income through disability, welfare, or Canada pension plan will also see no change. There is supposed to be an 6 month interest freeze on student loans, so all of my scheduled monthly payments should go towards the principal. That is the extent of the financial benefits I expect to see.

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  54. Morning. Oh Dj I wept as I read your words. You painted a world in which I could never imagine living….yet here we are…and then…but God. I have been praying for those with no hope…as Janice mentioned…going through this without Him how could that be possible?
    So yesterday I got out one of my shorter Christmas trees and put white lights upon it. It is out on the front porch and the lights shall remain on until this too shall pass. How long will that be dear Lord? The town of Palmer Lake which is just straight west from us has a huge Christmas star fashioned on the mountainside. That star is lit once again and they too wish it to be a sign of hope for all mankind pointing to the Bright and Morning Star.
    Continuing to remember AJ and his girls in prayer and all of you dear friends. (And Amos too! 😊)

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  55. I am against any bailouts for giant corporations. Help the individual people.
    I went through this before when I qualified for NO help.
    Don’t give it to the states for unemployment. There are a lot of people who don’t qualify for unemployment. I didn’t then and I won’t now.
    Defer payments with no interest and tack it on the back end of the mortgage/loan.

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  56. Well, the sun is shining, the birds are singing. We seem to have caught something in the attic. Remains to be seen what, exactly. Probably a wood rat, is my guess. Though the sound we heard certainly sounded like a raccoon and we have not heard any mouse skittering for a while. Of course, it could be a sasquatch. What to do with it if it is? We can’t announce it as we would have trapped a protected species or something. Can’t kill it as that would be unethical. Just release it? It would be back in the attic in no time!

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  57. I have so many options for church streaming or listening to recordings that I could do church all day. The Seconds watched a service online in the Liv ng room, so I had the benefit of that while I was getting breakfast. Then my father called us to come and watch one of our pastor cousins, who is live streaming his sermons now. I could also watch the city church service, as they are doing the same thing, while the tiny family church already puts their sermons up on an sermon audio website. There is a whole database of sermon audio recordings: https://www.sermonaudio.com/main.asp

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  58. There. I watched the expanded version. I clicked on and watched, realizing it was an abrupt start. Then I thought, wow, those Lutherans have short church! But, then I went back to watch it again and got the expanded version. Apparently, you have to refresh to get the whole thing rather than the last fifteen minutes.

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  59. thanks Michelle. I gather from the sermon that, though we are forgiven, we will all someday give account. An important consideration. I think I’ll go gack and look at the tribute to Chet Atkins. t

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  60. This is a bit jolting; let’s hope he’s wrong.

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  61. Peter, I like Prager but cannot fully get behind what he’s saying. It’s early, we still don’t know the full impact of this, maybe it will be less than we anticipate; but there are enough signs to warrant a major amount of caution at this point.

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  62. DJ, if the impact is less than we expect, it may well be because of the shutdowns! It has occurred to me that if this does end up amounting to very little (because our precautions were effective), for the rest of our lives we will be hearing about how much the government overreacted as much as we will hear how many lives (potentially) were saved.

    I hate, hate, hate what this is likely to do to many small businesses–my family is full of small-business owners, and we have several in our church. I suspect the financial pain from this will be incalculable. But that’s down the road. “Saving lives” comes first. If the entire economy collapses, but millions of lives have been saved, we can rebuild. (If millions of people die anyway, well, that would have collapsed the economy either way!)

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  63. Agreed.

    I still see a former church friend on FB insisting that this is “just the flu” and that everyone’s lost their heads. I think the evidence so far says otherwise.

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  64. I too usually like Prager, but not in this. This is not about the 200 Americans who have died. This is about the thousands more who will die if this goes the way of China and Italy. Right now Italy is losing over 500 people per day. It’s incredibly short-sighted to look only at where we are right now without looking at the countries that are a few weeks ahead of us.

    I agree with Cheryl’s prediction about what we will hear for the rest of our lives. The same thing happened with Y2K. A lot of people said, “See? Nothing bad happened. It was a whole lot of ado about nothing.” But nothing bad happened because there was enough ado to fix all the old program code so that there would be nothing.

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  65. Husband and I had a 5 mile hike in the fresh air and sunshine! Oh how good it felt!
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rkessler…(I sent my birthday wishes via FB but wanted to send them to you here as well!! We love you and pray for your safety and protection during this time of being on the front lines my friend! ❤️) 🎂 🎉

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  66. The US currently has over 32,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and over 400 reported deaths, 115 of which are in New York State. So far, there have been over 14,000 deaths worldwide, a nearly four times increase in one week from the

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  67. US Navy Ship Mercy will be coming to Port of LA, according to Trump’s announcement (still ongoing). It originally was designated for Seattle but now will come here. They’ll have to put it in the outer harbor, most likely.

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  68. Y2k, Katrina, Rita, whatever is done is wrong. If done to protect lives, it was too much. If not, terrible job.

    I think we are doing what we can and it is good to see agencies work together. Too bad about people like my son who can’t see the big picture.

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  69. …previous week. Prager is a bit behind the times with his statistics, and the rapidity with which those statistics are doubling is precisely why we are ‘ruining’ the lives of millions but trying to stop the spread. If there is a recession, everyone is in it – the EU, North America, they have all responded the same way. If everyone is in a recession, will there be a recession?

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  70. Hello, friends. My “busy season,” with so many spring music events that have, not surprisingly, been canceled, has ground to a near halt. So I have time again to check in with you all and chat a bit. You’ve been on my heart and in my prayers.

    We are all well here, as far as I know. There was a bit of a scare early last week when 2nd Arrow’s workplace got shut down right in the middle of her workday. One of her coworkers had gone abroad, returned to the U.S. and immediately went back to work without self-isolating or getting tested. Then he got sick, tested positive for COVID-19, and that shut down the whole pet hospital where she’s a vet tech.

    My daughter didn’t work in his department, but it was unclear if he might have been in contact with some who do work in her department, if people from various departments enter or exit the building via passages he might have been for however long he was a carrier, etc.

    Prayers for her are appreciated. Her immune system isn’t the strongest; she picks up a lot of viruses and such easily, and illness tends to hit her hard.

    This is the mother of my granddaughter, by the way. I’m thankful the disease has been sparing children, but am praying that my daughter won’t become ill when she’s got an infant to care for. (Well, I don’t want her to become ill at all, but especially not now.)

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  71. A friend invited me to a watch party Michael W. Smith has live now. The music has been great. It may be moving to a sermon, not sure. Just in case anyone wants a little more church today. It’s my third service today. We are so blessed. Music is back now.

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  72. It all starts to look different when someone you know has a family member with COVID-19. That happened on FB today, and I cannot let go of that family and the 93-year-old grandfather who is now sick.

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  73. We did our recorded church service today. It felt a bit odd, kind of like a regular church service though with just a few people (7 total), but not quite like one, with the guy doing the recording stopping in between sections of the service to reposition the camera (from pulpit to organ and back). Or when someone jumped to the wrong part of the service, and we had to do a “take 2.”

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  74. Just curious, DJ. Do you have any idea why on Facebook I am receiving notifications from KTLA? I think that is a television station there? Maybe I looked at something they posted and somehow accidentally pushed a notifications button?

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  75. Hm, I don’t follow (and haven’t “liked” the page), though. I see they’re running the mayor’s news conference right now on their FB page; I’m watching it on another local station on tv though.

    it’s raining, hooray.

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  76. We ‘attended’ church via live stream this morning. And we had our annual meeting this evening via live stream. The meeting took twice as long as normal (1 ½ hours vs 45 minutes) but we saved 2 hours of driving time 🙂

    It’s a strange time we are living in.

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  77. We did church through live stream, too. Our church has suspended in-person church services for the time being, though there are a few singers and instrumentalists who gather in the sanctuary during the streaming times, to lead the singing for those attending virtually. I opted out of being a part of that small group, as did 3rd Arrow, who is also on the choir email list.

    Last week was the first week I taught piano lessons by phone. It worked better than I thought it would, but I don’t get as much done in a given time frame as I do with in-person lessons. I can’t simply point to a place in the music and say, “Start here.” I have to say something like, “play measures 17-21,” and then they need to find where that is.

    With one student, I did some ear training exercises in one of her books. Each measure would have one printed note, followed by a space in which to draw a second note. I would play the printed note and a note of my choosing, and she would have to figure out whether the second note was higher than, lower than, or the same as the first note, and how much higher or lower it was if different, then she’d draw the second note and identify the names of both notes.

    If she’d say the notes were A and B, then I would ask her to describe where she drew the note — which line or which space of the staff. In person, I can look at the page and quickly tell whether it’s correctly done or not. Over the phone, it takes much longer to have her describe in words what I can see in a millisecond.

    I suppose I could have had her mom scan the answers and email them to me after the lesson, but the connection between what she had just heard and how she answered would be lost. I wanted to do both the testing and the “correcting” in real time. It did take more time, but she learned more from the exercise that way.

    That extra time it takes to accomplish things during a lesson can be good for me too. I find I’m learning a lot more about my students’ thought processes by having them explain things to me that I can’t see.

    There are some things on which I could have been more efficient, though, without sacrificing a good learning experience. I’ve got more ideas about how to run Week 2 of phone lessons differently, now that I learned a few things about how it played out.

    And sometime perhaps video lessons will be the way I’ll teach until we can resume in-person lessons. I’m not set up for that yet, however…

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  78. Michelle, the co-owner of the music studio where I work forwarded a link to a YouTube video about how a piano teacher can use Zoom. I bought a laptop this weekend, and she and I are meeting on Wednesday to get me set up with Zoom for teaching the students I have through the studio.

    I hope it will also work with my students who normally come to my home, but there have been a variety of difficulties we’ve had with certain devices because we live in such a wooded area. I can’t talk on my cell phone, for example, in my house; the call cuts out unless I literally stand on my driveway. Even standing on our porch doesn’t work.

    Thus, our need to keep our landline, which works fine for phone lessons while I sit at the piano.

    I would hope a laptop would be better than an ordinary, non-smart phone for inside-the-house usage, but there was one time a few years ago that my niece brought her laptop to my house for a Christmas family gathering, in which we had wanted to Skype our East Coast relatives. We couldn’t get it to work for that purpose, though, unlike when using it at other relatives’ homes in the same way.

    We’ll see what comes of it. The other co-owner says the building in which I work — he also teaches lessons down there once a week (they have two studios) — has great wifi. 40% of my students are through the studio, so at least I can use it with them, assuming I’ll be able to understand the technology well enough to utilize it. That might be a pretty big assumption, though, given my severe lack of ability with most things tech.

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