77 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-2-20

  1. How can I be first at 8:25?
    I have my day started already.
    Such as it is.
    I prayed for several of you in my devotions this morning. Lots going on, but nothing happening. That is the bad part. Seems like when it can’t get any worse, it does.
    But the sun is up and the day is nice.
    That is something.

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  2. I posted somewhere else yesterday that I am a contradiction. You all know I tend towards depression and take medication for it, yet I am an optimist. I remind myself that my ancestors weathered hardships more than this and here I am.
    I had a closing last Friday. It isn’t a giant commission…$2,850. I will end up with about $2,000 of that. I have another today that will end up about $1,000. My favorite saying used to be “it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick”. I had to quit using it when a friend of mine’s husband lost an eye in an oxygen tank accident before going diving.
    Life will go on….

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  3. Kim, I’m glad you have income coming in. So far this has been my busiest year for freelance, and it has nothing to do with the virus (because all but one small project was already scheduled), though I wonder if people with more time at home might mean more writing time and more books sent to me in the next few months. But income is good.

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  4. Roscuro – Thank you for the details on ATI. I still don’t see why the group would demand a “no beard” for your father unless he were on their staff. But as the parent of home-schoolers, if the outside supplier of materials said I had to have certain grooming habits, we would have looked elsewhere. Of course, we were not wealthy by any US standards, so we depended on used books for our children. I think we still have several Rod and Staff materials (Mennonite publisher). Just imagine a non-Mennonite being told by the publisher what the family could and could not do as far as wardrobe and grooming choices.

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  5. This from a ministry email I received last night:

    As I said in the opening paragraph, what can I say about this crisis that hasn’t already been said? People around the world are panicking. Yet, we have a hope that should transcend all calamity. Since Easter is nearly here, use the opportunity appropriately yet boldly to share with those who have no hope of anything beyond this life.

    Because of COVID-19, people are remarkably open to the gospel right now! We have an amazing message: Jesus overcame death, and he is more powerful than COVID-19.

    This time is a test of our faith, yes, but it is also an opportunity to “Carpe Diem!” (Seize the day!) This window of openness to the gospel won’t last forever. These are the days for which we have been appointed to live. Surely the Lord must reckon we are up to the task!

    Finally, please make sure you attend an Easter service online or have one of your own in the privacy of your own home. Jesus appeared to many on the first Easter morning, and you never know what could happen in your home this year!

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  6. Good morning. These days I feel like a social butterfly. Everyone is trying to stay connected in many ways online. But the neighbors all seem to be doing their own things so not much going on with those in closest proximity to me all day long. That seems rather strange. In a sense, sad. It makes me ever more grateful for my close church relationships now.

    I am rather sore from mowing yesterday. I usually take aspirin before mowing, but since aspirin and other such meds make COVID-19 a more serious illness, I am trying to lay off. I am suppose to take one baby aspirin daily so I will still do that along. Art is suppose to take one whole aspirin daily so he has a call in to his heart doctor to see if that should be changed.

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  7. Good Morning! No sun shining in this forest. It is a misty foggy scene out there and I am loving the sight of it while drinking my first cup of coffee. I may have to get myself out there for my walk before the rain and snow move in this afternoon! Now for a second cup ☕️

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  8. My office has implemented 9 am Zoom Coffee for 30 minutes and 5 pm Happy Hour for 30 minutes, just to keep us all connected.
    I did get out yesterday to run to the vet’s office to get Amos some additional medication. He has a prescription cough pill to take between his every 12 hour compounded liquid medication. It is much easier because I can tuck it in a pill pocket.

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  9. I was up early to file some (genuine, chas) breaking news. (Dockworker hiring halls shuttered overnight due to positive coronavirus test for one of the dispatchers.) I think we’re the only one who had it, thanks to a couple anonymous inside sources who send me stuff.

    I was working on this one into the evening when the union finally, reluctantly, coughed up a statement at around 9 or 10 p.m. (all thanks, I’m sure, to the prodding of the former la times reporter who now does contract PR work for them). Got up at 7 a.m, had it written by 7:30, editor got in at 8, posted it by 8:30.

    Kim, that “poke in the eye” is something my dad would say a lot.

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  10. Kim, I noticed in our Tuesday on-line staff meeting that though I’m an introvert and am okay with working from home, I needed to see the faces of my co-workers. I just felt better after even though nothing had changed (well, we did all pray together; for each other and for camp and the campers).

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  11. Peter, (on lunch right now) I agree, it was unacceptable if them to demand it. We girls started wearing skirts for the same reason – women were expected to wear skirts. We had to send photos of us as a family, and as each of us reached apprenticeship student (teens were called apprenticeship students, as teenagers was a worldly word) photos of us as individuals, and we were expected to meet the dress code in our photos. Looking back, there was a frightening amount of control and surveillance exerted, but people who were otherwise right-wing, laissez faire/libertarian, Republican/conservative submitted (that word was used), because it was a ‘Christian’ organization, led by a man who claimed that God had called him to solve the problem of rebellious youth.

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  12. Janice, my leg muscles are very sore, too, today. Too much up and down the ladder and then kneeling/crouching to get the cabinets cleaned and polished. That is okay, though, since getting the exercise is good for me.

    My husband’s jam group are all on a group text. The phone starts dinging and there is quite a flurry of texts at certain times. It is a blessing to have these options.

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  13. Nightingale texted that X has “run away to Maine”, no longer has an attorney representing him, and, according to her attorney, via X’s former attorney, his parents “don’t feel comfortable” supervising visits even if he were here. Nightingale’s attorney said that it is concerning that his parents, who know a lot more than we do about what is going on with him, are uncomfortable supervising his visits.

    Nightingale has informed her attorney that she does not want me supervising visits, not even phone calls. I am relieved about that.

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  14. It’s National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! I’m having a PBJ wrap using chunky peanut butter with strawberry preserves, my favorite. How about you?

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  15. For most of my life I have eaten Peter Pan Peanut Butter because that’s what Picky People Pick. Now I have discovered that we have had Jiff for years but because I don’t eat much peanut butter I didn’t notice.
    I don’t like peanut butter and jelly. If I eat peanut butter I put it on a piece of toast or English muffin. When Mr P makes popovers for breakfast I eat raspberry preserves.

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  16. I should mention that I prefer the natural peanut butter that only has peanuts and a little salt. I have to stir in the oil the first time I use a jar because it separates. Yum! Why do they put dextrose in PB? There’s enough sugar in the jelly, jam or preserves. (Or honey. I like that also,

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  17. Re: those game charges yesterday on Hubby’s bank account – Found out today (didn’t notice the email yesterday) that one of his obscure email accounts had been hacked, and the password changed. That email account was linked to the Google Play games that were being played. So I was able to change the password because when it asked for the last password before it was changed without authorization, I guessed one that Hubby had used for some accounts (but not for super important ones). It worked!

    I also removed his old debit card number from PayPal (from where the charges came). That card number is going to be ditched anyway Friday when the bank that bought my bank officially takes over.

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  18. One of my brothers was on pastoral staff at a church early in his marriage, probably the children’s pastor. One of them (him or his wife) told me 30 years later that the church required his wife to wear a dress at all times. When he was leaving that job, she asked him whether he wanted her to continue wearing a dress, and he said yes, he liked her in dresses. How a church has any say whatsoever in what a pastor’s wife wears in her own home, I have no idea. If she wants to run around naked and the blinds are drawn, that’s between her and her husband.

    Years later their daughter was 12 or 14 and they were at camp for the week, and she asked her mom (not her dad) if it was OK if she wore pants for the athletic times (well duh, yes!), and her mother approved . . . but her father wasn’t happy about it. (That daughter will be 40 this summer, and I haven’t seen her in a dress in decades. She wears tight jeans.)

    Then that wife died, and the widower remarried a year later. He married a woman in her early fifties who had been a widow for ten or twelve years, and he asked her only to wear dresses. Whether her wardrobe included many pants, I don’t know. But I can’t help but wonder, if that first church had kept out of what was none of its business, if that household would be dresses only for the women forty years later, as is the case.

    A business can ask its employees to dress a certain way while they’re on company time. A school can require its students to dress a certain way. But it is not the business of anyone outside your family how you dress in your own home, and I’d run from any business that tried to make others in the family follow any specific guidelines.

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  19. Good afternoon. I see Kare bolted out of quarantine to nab 100 last night. 🙂

    Janice, I enjoyed that video. Now I’ve got a hankering for more Simon & Garfunkel!

    Authoritarian Tyrannical Institute. Good one, Peter!

    Poke in the eye with a sharp stick: One person I know, who shall remain nameless, substitutes a different 3-letter-word (slang) body part that starts with a different vowel. Ahem.

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  20. Cheryl, I agree. Why is it that some in the church seem to think they can dictate what others do in their homes?

    Dresses and skirts are holier than pants for women.

    Making your own bread (whole wheat, of course) is holier than buying it pre-made.

    Etc. etc. The list goes on, even when they might not directly command it. It is strongly implied, and can lead to a lot of false guilt if not followed “religiously.”

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  21. NancyJill, did you see my post about living in Quincy, Ohio and going to school in DeGraff. I would guess that if you have family in that area you are familiar with those towns.

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  22. Another day of online, in front of the camera classes. Maybe I should change out of my bathrobe and take a shower on our lunch break……

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  23. Glad that was straightened out, Kizzie. Strange about X. An ongoing saga.

    From Veith today:

    Get Ready for a “Hell of a Bad Two Weeks”
    APRIL 2, 2020 BY GENE VEITH

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2020/04/get-ready-for-a-hell-of-a-bad-two-weeks/
    _______________________________

    From the Associated Press:

    “President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “hell of a bad two weeks” ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained. . . .”

    … (Veith) If such projections hold up and we see an explosion of deaths in April, we are in more trouble than many of us realize. If not, that would mean that the experts have been wrong and that we could probably return to normal fairly soon after that.

    But we will soon know, starting in the next fourteen days.
    __________________________

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  24. Both test results came back negative. I was hoping for positive and just a mild case. Oh well. They said we still had to quarantine, (due to possible false negative) but I can come out of the bedroom!! I would think it would be rare to have 2 false results in one household…

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  25. Peter, (on break) yes that would be a more accurate acronym. Authority was paramount in ATI and its sister organization IBLP (Institute for Basic Life Principles). Their founder and leader, Bill Gothard taught the concept of authority being an umbrella of protection, and getting out from underneath authority exposed one to the ‘fiery darts of the devil’. If one had trials and difficulties, whether physical, financial, mental, emotional or spiritual, chances were that one was not properly under authority. One could not question one’s authorities if those authorities were somehow corrupt, only a properly worded appeal was acceptable, and one was to remain under the corrupt authority and wait for them to change. They reinterpreted the story Abigail to say that Abigail failed to make a proper appeal to Nabal when she acted to save him from David’s anger, and therefore did wrong and was judged by God – they decided her relative obscurity in the rest of Samuel was an indication of judgement. Yes, it was the perfect organization for abusers to take advantage of, and they did.

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  26. At the end of our zoom Bible study, I mentioned needing a radio. The leader, who is a pastor/elder said he had one he would bring by as he frequently comes to the church. He brought a cd player/radio. Which is what I really wanted but didn’t ask. Now I am listening to my cd of Dave Talbot playing hymns on the piano. Blessed again

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  27. I love, love, love where we live, and any discontentment seems quite ungrateful. As always in a move, you do give up something, and for us we gave up a lovely view of the sunset and a farm field. We also gave up the ability to feed the birds, or at least to watch any birds we feed, because the one tree we have on our area of the condo grounds can’t really be watched from any of our windows or from our deck, and going out either door tends to scare away any birds in the tree. In the scheme of things, those are minor losses, though I do miss them. I’ve had much better views out the window in my previous two homes, but can walk to beauty much, much easier here–a more than fair trade. In fact, I’ve photographed muskrats in the creek that’s ten yards of so from our back door, and within a mile from our door I can find several creeks and several ponds; extend another mile and I can find a bunch more.

    One thing I do miss is a state park that was fairly close to our old home, where we went ten or twelve times a year. We have more state parks here, but the one had some features these just don’t have (better wildflowers, ponds where you can see dragonflies and other creatures) and it was overall prettier than most of the ones we’ve seen locally. Well, for our whole time living here we’ve intended to check out a park we knew to be walking distance, but in a different direction than we’ve ever walked, and a couple weeks ago we finally did. Today I went back by myself since the bluebells are blooming and since I knew what I wanted to do was too much walking for my husband. (I did four or five miles. I did at least six on one day earlier this week, so I’m managing to get my exercise!) I took a different trail today. And I came back and told my husband it has all the best features of that state park! I was walking a path in the forest, looking down an incline to a creek, among fields of wildflowers. In this time of social distancing, my husband has asked me not to walk the trail close to our home (since it is even more crowded than usual), and while this one is just slightly farther away, it is much prettier and a worthwhile switch, though the greater distance will keep me from going quite as often. (The other was 2/3 mile or less from me, and this one is a little more than a mile away, which means I’ve already had a walk just to get to the trail unless I drive, and that’s too close to drive.)

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  28. At times I can really see the influence of ATI on my brother’s life. It was an association he chose to align with on his own through his church. My parents never had anything to do with it. He really wanted to push me into using their books with Wesley when Wesley was young. I know my brother spent a lot on the books he gave to us for Wesley. I just felt it to be a sad waste.

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  29. Rkessler I hadn’t seen that post of yours. Quincy is the next village over from Pemberton where my Uncle lived outside of Sidney. Such beautiful farmland it was and a quiet well kept area. My sister and I drove through there about 10 or so years ago and our Uncle’s little village just didn’t have the charm it once had during our childhood. My Uncle said it was known as the “bad part of town” then. Uncle’s old stone house had been sided with white aluminum, the old porch covered over and the porch swing no longer there. But that area held so many innocent childhood memories for us. ❤️

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  30. Your afternoon laugh. Little Miss is home with her Mommy and they are working on potty training. Mommy told Little Miss she needed to go in the potty and Little Miss told Mommy, “Potty broke”. She a smart aleck.

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  31. Roscuro, I feel like there will be a special place in heaven for those like ATI. It will be in the basement. I grew up in a school that was very restrictive. It has taken a lot for me to get over it. The years of 9th, 10th, and 11th grade were pure hell for me. The teachers and staff knew it and not one, not one single one of them told me it would get better or that they understood what I was going through. No one intervened at the ostracism I was experiencing nor did any of them acknowledge my mother was an alcoholic and ask me if I was OK.
    Luckily I belonged to Rainbow Girls which was a Masonic organization for girls between the ages of 12 and 20 where I met my Mama Ruth. She loved me in spite of myself. Luckily someone took me to the Episcopal Church where I heard for the FIRST time that God loved me.

    I am sorry you and others were subjected to ATI. I know how it affected me and I can only it did some of the same damage to you and others. Cheryl, I know some of this has touched the lives of those you love and for that I am sorry.
    I was 26 years old before I ever wore pants to church. It was Christmas Eve and I wore velvet leggings and a velvet top with velvet flats. I was so self conscious and uncomfortable doing it. I sat down on the pew and the same people spoke to me and the roof didn’t cave in. It was one more chain of my childhood at IMS loosened.

    I still believe in “putting your best foot forward” when you go to church out of respect for where you are and being reverent, but I also believe that whatever your best is, I am not here to judge. Many years ago there was a man who brought his children to church. All of them were dressed in blue jeans and shirts. At first Miss Judgemental (that would be ME) was horrified. Didn’t they KNOW better? Sunday after Sunday there were there. They were clean and fed and they were in church. Slowly but surely my opinion changed. God doesn’t care what we wear or how we look. He loves us with our many many flaws.

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  32. Ok, I’m over it, shaking the house judgement off.

    I still have some peeling exterior paint I need to get fixed somehow before next fall/winter.

    Another too-busy day working today, 2 stories turned in but I still need to add to the one story which will require some more interviews.

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  33. Oh believe me Dj my sister and I almost screamed when we saw what had happened to that precious house! We sat there with tears in our eyes sighing at the memory of so many childhood moments spent with our cousins. Uncle was saddened by it as well but his new place in town (Sidney ) was lovely on a couple acres just behind Uncle Bud’s farm…more sweet memories made 😊

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  34. My brother just called and began by asking if I had settled down. He is not going to drop this ugliness. He told me I can’t tell him what to do. Now the governor put the whole state on lockdown. I am not sure we will ever get over this. ATI was definitely a bad influence on him as to how he learned disrespect of women. My father was not like this. I use to attribute my brother’s meanness to his diabetes. This is one reason I think it took me so long to become a real Christian. My brother always placed himself as the perfect Christian in our family. It made me not want to have much to do with the Bible. But God . . .

    I loved what you wrote about love, Kim. I needed to read that. I think my brother and I were on pretty good terms until he got involved with that ATI cult when he was in college.

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  35. With apologies to Chas:

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    | nytimes.com
    The New York Times

    BREAKING NEWS

    The Trump administration is expected to urge all Americans to wear cloth masks in public, based on a forthcoming shift in C.D.C. guidance.

    According to a federal official, the C.D.C. will now recommend that everyone wear face coverings in public settings, like pharmacies and grocery stores, to avoid unwittingly spreading the virus. Public health officials have stressed that N95 masks should be saved for front line doctors and nurses, who have been in dire need of protective gear. …
    ___________________________

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  36. I don’t know why Donna apologized to me.
    I didn’t have nothing to do with this.
    In fact
    I don’t know what she’s talking about.

    LOL

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  37. We like Skippy peanut butter. I will have a peanut butter and honey sandwich for a snack 😊
    Husband and I had a bit over 4 mile walk in the misty fog this morning. Then we went out this afternoon for a mile walk to and from the mailbox structure in a 22 degree wind blowing snow blowing wonderland! Brrrrr. Still snowing, still cold and all is cozy and warm in this house 🏡 ❄️ thankful.

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  38. Well, no surprise, we’re all summoned to a 6 p.m. conference call with top editor … hearing layoffs and furloughs. Sigh. What a business to have gotten into.

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  39. I was told on the Q.T. that I probably won’t have anything to worry about, but there will be some pain coming across the board. Not good for morale, especially at a time when everyone’s working so hard.

    I should have joined the longshore union when I moved here.

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  40. Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony remotely performing the “Nimrod” theme from British composer Edward Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations.

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  41. Bill Gothard – That’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. My pastor wonders how Gothard could give dogmatic advice on marriage and family when he was never married himself.

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  42. 57!

    No, mumsee, I wasn’t trying to hog the blog. I posted the video, then caught up on the comments. You and Kevin had 13 minutes to get this one.

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  43. I never heard of ATI before (but had heard of Institute for Basic Life Principles and knew people who thought it was wonderful), but I came to faith in Christ at an independent Baptist church that had those same rules about how men/boys wore their hair, women/girls only wearing dresses, and other stuff that probably was similar also. I had grown up in a very liberal church where I never heard the gospel, so as a teenager the only options I knew were the liberal church and this very conservative church. From what I was taught there, the churches that didn’t have similar principles were pretty much like the liberal church at heart, even if they weren’t so open about their disobedience to Scripture.
    After college (very conservative, but professors acknowledged that some of the rules we had to follow weren’t a matter of Scriptural principle, but they had to have them or they’d lose support from some of the churches), I got a job at a non-denominational Christian school where they actually taught ballet! I’d never known Bible-believing Christians before who thought any kind of dancing was OK. It was a rather liberating place to be for me at that time. They even let their girls softball team wear pants when they played. One day our school had a game against the school run by the church I had gone to as a teenager. Their team all wore skirts even to play software (they may have been skorts, but they certainly weren’t pants). I was very disappointed that their team won (which they did by getting walks and then stealing bases – I don’t remember their ever getting a run).

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  44. Peanut butter – I don’t much care what brand, but I definitely prefer crunchy. I agree it doesn’t need any sugar added, though by the time I’ve added jelly to my sandwich I really can’t tell the difference whether it does or not. Usually we buy 100% Peanuts (I think that’s the actual brand), but with the shortages in the stores lately I took what I could find. My son eats it on graham crackers as a snack nearly every day. I rarely use it, but once in a while when there are no leftovers to pack for lunch, it suddenly occurs to me that I can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not something I’d want often but a nice treat when I happen to think of it.

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  45. Creamy (peanut butter). I just ate a heated up can of Hormel’s Beef Stew. Not bad. It’s raid-the-cupboard time around here with so few grocery store trips.

    I love graham crackers. Haven’t had those in ages …

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  46. Everything was too grim for me this morning. I handed my husband my phone and IPad and said, “Keep these away from me until my meeting at 3:30.”

    I took the day off. Worked a puzzle, prayed, read a novel, took a long walk. I needed to get out of the negative world environment.

    Now it’s time for dinner. We’re barbequing. 🙂

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  47. So sorry to hear of the shake up with the newspaper Dj… 😞
    And your mention of Hormel Beef Stew certainly brings back memories. We grew up on that stuff….we would spoon it over a slice of bread and call it good…

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  48. My husband and daughter like to have that stew over rice sometimes. It is not something I like. Home made is okay, though.

    I loved to have the real peanut butter on toast with bananas. I quit eating bananas a few years ago, because I was suspicious I was slightly allergic to them.

    People have a natural tendency towards legalism. We also have a tendency to pride. All those expectations feed into those tendencies. The devil loves to make people miserable one way or another. 😦

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  49. Peanut butter: crunchy, Jif or Peter Pan. I never liked it with jelly (but in retrospect that’s because Mom would put butter on the bread on the jelly side to keep the jelly from soaking into the bread between the time lunch was bagged and when it was eaten–I’m actually OK with it now, though I eat preserves and not jelly). My brother and sister got tired of peanut butter eventually, but I ate it all the way through the end of eighth grade, and after that of course I didn’t have bagged lunches anymore. Since eighth grade I pretty much don’t like peanut butter sandwiches unless it’s on rye bread. (People often say peanut butter on rye sounds “weird,” but I’ve never figured out why. It has always been my favorite, but we didn’t buy rye very often growing up, so I usually ate it on white bread.)

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  50. Everyone’s nerves are on edge around here. I think the waiting for the unknown has everyone a little grouchy. We are starting to see the psychological effects of all the non essential employee layoffs. We have had several men in with anxiety/chest pain. I know they are stressed about how to pay their bills. Not knowing when they will be able to go back to work. Tough times.

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  51. Nimrod from Enigma Variations has always moved me, but that version you posted, Peter, with the symphony members performing remotely, touched me like never before. I teared up watching/listening. Thanks for posting it.

    It’s been rather surreal, teaching piano remotely. I moved to video lessons this week, and enjoyed “seeing” my students again.

    Well, I saw most of them. My oldest student preferred to stick with phone lessons, and since he’s not a beginner and inexperienced in proper positioning at the piano, continuing lessons by phone works fine with him.

    Another one of my students has stopped taking lessons for the time being. The parents only wanted in-person lessons, which is not an option currently.

    Of course, my daughter to whom I’m teaching piano at this time is right here for her lessons. 🙂

    DJ, so sorry to hear about more layoffs in your business. I can’t imagine how discouraging and exhausting a thought that must be.

    Peanut butter: I so wish I could have some. I love pb, especially on graham crackers, but the last two times I had it, the effects it produced were not good. Might be another thing I’ll have to drop from my diet.

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  52. Well, it was a very depressing phone conversation — apparently about 200 on the line, just the Southern California papers (editor also oversees the Northern California group). Anyway, furloughs and layoffs, impacting mostly our features and sports reporters along with advertising. The drop-off in advertising has been pretty devastating for news outlets everywhere — and we were on shaky ground as it was anyhow. It’s been a tidal wave with businesses closing down, layoffs in every sector, no advertising as no one has money to spend and stores are closed anyway.

    My office mate was one of the layoffs, she was the office mgr for the Long Beach paper. I need to connect with her, she’d been with the company a long time, held things together for all of us. On the up side, she’s 61 or 62 and frequently told me that she’d be fine retiring — she’s married, lives in a small house behind her adult kids and grandkids in Venice, and seems financially very stable. She’s also a believer.

    But still, leaving on your own terms is different than having that decision made for you. I suspect she’ll find a good part-time office job, she’s youthful and energetic and an excellent organizer.

    Anyway, it all stinks and those of us who have been around a while and been here before, although these circumstances are a little bit weirder.

    On to Friday. All the trash is out, I chatted with a couple neighbors — the kid next door, who was laid off of both his food-service jobs when this all started, was picked up to work for their gardener so he’s back to working and sounds very happy. I’d wondered why he was coming and going so much every day.

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  53. 6 Arrows, my husband can’t eat peanut butter either as of a few years ago, but he has switched to almond butter. More expensive, and I tried it once and didn’t like it, but he likes it fine. They also make cashew butter. Might be worth a try.

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  54. A little topical humor for our time:

    10 ZOOM COMMANDMENTS
    1. Thou shalt not sit under a light with a fan lest thou incite others to have a seizure.
    2. Thou shalt wear clothes if your camera is on – cover thy nakedness.
    3. Thou shalt mute thyself if thou art not speaking, especially if thou have the sniffles.
    4. Thou shalt not sit in front of a light-filled window unless thou art in the witness protection program.
    5. If thou shalt go to the bathroom, take not others with you. Love thy neighbor.
    6. Thou shalt not private message someone gossip – the host and God see the transcript.
    7. Warn others if thou art on a ‘call’ lest they defile the meeting with an unseemly appearance.
    8. Zoom not with someone else in the same room – the echo is an abomination.
    9. Eat not with thine microphone on – it is an abomination.
    10. Be not content with screen time – face to face is better.
    –Author unknown

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  55. Ah, almond butter. I forgot I’ve tried and liked that. Thanks, Cheryl. I’ll have one of the household members who’s still leaving the house to go to work pick some up for me.

    10 Zoom commandments, LOL! #7: My laptop faces the wall along which is my grand piano, so no one in unseemly attire can walk back there. 😉

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  56. Okay, it has been almost three weeks for me so today I went to Netflix. I chose Gilmore Girls and began with the pilot, so I have plenty of seasons left to go.

    I had sweet and sour lentils over brown rice for dinner. It was so good that I had seconds.

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  57. DJ- #4 on your list: I sit in front of a bedroom window for the college classes. Last week it was cloudy, but Tuesday it wasn’t, and the window faces West. Even with the curtains closed it was too much light.

    Oh, and I know you didn’t write the original, but someone doesn’t know King James English. #9 should say “thy microphone”. Those darn possessives!

    Thou shalt use proper King James English if thou art going to use it at all!

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  58. I can see anxiety expressed on some FB postings Tonight I recognized a friend asking for advice concerning mortgage payments when their income has now been cut in half . Her bank has not been so understanding it seems. People are in danger of losing their homes and there is so much pressure on them. Asking our Lord to calm their fears and give clear direction to them.

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  59. Next Virus ‘Hot Spots’ Seen as Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/markets/next-virus-e2-80-98hot-spots-e2-80-99-seen-as-michigan-connecticut-indiana/ar-BB125NEr

    (Bloomberg) — The rate of positive coronavirus tests suggests that the next “hot spots” could include Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia and Illinois, said White House virus task-force coordinator Deborah Birx.

    “We do have two states that have 35% positives. And that’s New York and New Jersey. So that confirms very clearly that that’s a very clear and an important hot zone.” Birx told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday evening. Louisiana’s positive test rate is 26%.

    “Michigan, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois — that should tell you where the next hot sports are coming — are at 15% test positive,” she added. “And then Colorado, D.C., Rhode Island and Massachusetts are at 13%.” …

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