Our Daily Thread 6-1-20

Good Morning!

Today is Tuesday.

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81 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-1-20

  1. I am totally confused.
    I missed a day, but decided to click on it anyhow and the bird disappears and we get a picture of a pretty girl wearing a silly hat.
    Good morning Phos.

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  2. Good morning, Chas.

    I know yesterday was Sunday, May 31, because I wrote the date over and over, and scheduled visits, and filed reports… So, assuming I did not sleep 30 hours, it really is Monday.

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  3. Sometimes, music captures emotion better than words, and the song does not always need to be happy, there is room for lament. This is the song that has been going through my mind:

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  4. I would rather have “Meeting In The Air” in my head. But there is no danger, this doesn’t have a memorable tune.
    On with Monday.

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  5. Good morning! Watching ponies this morning. Things have really picked up at the hospital. After 2 months of low census, we are finally having some good days. Too bad so many of them are psychs and drunks.

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  6. Eachmorning, there is a worship text sent out by our church. It usually contains two songs with the short msg.
    One is a relatively familiar song. The other song is something like this

    You are here moving in our midst, I worship You, I
    worship You. You are here working in this place, I
    worship You, I worship You. (Repeat)
    Way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light
    in the darkness. My God, that is who You are.
    Vs. 2:
    You are here touching every heart, I worship You.

    I can’t imagine how a tune can be put to those words.
    But some people sing it.
    Likely familiar to some of you.d

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  7. So, I am going to get tested today. This time of year, I have trouble with my asthma and allergies, so I wouldn’t be able to tell if I was sick or not. So, I wanted to make sure.

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  8. I had never heard that song. Thank you Phos. I shook listening and watching. The time came a long time ago.
    Over the weekend I watched the news, checked on two friends in the LosAngeles area. They were each about30 miles away from the protests. Yesterday I checked on a friend in Philadelphia. She lives about a mile away from where everything was happening but was safe.
    One of my most liberal friends wanted to go into the city/ state capital near her and join.

    I am not sure what I as an individual can do but as I said up top this is well past due.

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  9. I don’t know it, Chas.

    My parent’s church received the new that their elder deacon is leaving them. He is going to medical school in the Caribbean! He is in his 60’s.We knew that in his youth, he started medical school, but became disillusioned with the profession (or rather his fellow students of the profession) and quit. His wife was always been very pro alternative health and always has delayed seeking conventional medical treatment. They were also in ATI. But, I had noticed a softening of their stance of late. They have had sorrows with their children, and learned, I think, to bear more gently with the frailties of others.

    This means, however, that the tiny church will be completely rudderless, as there still is no pastor (the man who preaches is a retired seminary professor and does not want the post, although he is a member of the church). Youngest in-law and another older man will be the deacons left. The older man is a decent man, but he is a working man and not a scholar.
    The Youngests have been renting part of the church building all this time, but they are planning to move in with his parents. I think it is time for the tiny church to close.

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  10. Glad Monday is over. Pretty painless.

    We had some damage in Long Beach next door to us and at least one Target nearby was looted. It’s getting close now.

    We had a few peaceful demonstrations during the day in our area yesterday, but, again, once nighttime comes others rush in and the scene changes dramatically. It’s mind boggling to watch film footage of people walking into stores and hauling out huge armloads of things, like it’s all perfectly normal behavior.

    I’m thinking the National Guard will take a hard-line tonight, LAPD has come under some criticism for not dealing with the rampant looting and fires. Part of it may just be that they’re outmanned. Now that the curfew for LA County has been moved up to 6 p.m., it gives authorities more control over clearing the streets before nightfall.

    No one wants to see hardline policing, certainly not by the military, but the rampant lawlessness also needs to be stopped and so far no one has been able to do that. Words by politicians or even stiffer charges against the police officer won’t make a difference at this point.

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  11. Those who are genuinely protesting must be further frustrated by how the criminal element is preempting their message. There was another version of the song I shared above on YouTube that also had images from Detroit 1967, and one was of a newspaper headline “White looter killed”. There are similar reports this time around that those creating chaos are not from the communities involved.

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  12. Kim, That should be the theme song of the rioters.

    It was good to have the words printed, otherwise I would have lost some of it.
    Bu the tune is forgettable. It doesn’t stick in your head like, “Meeting in the Air”.

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  13. I was thinking, as I listened to the song, of how the recurring riots in American history were like Paris’ recurrent uprisings, one of which was captured in the book and musical ‘Les Miserables’. In some ways, this is a class or, even nearer to the mark, a caste issue. It can be off putting to hear the talking heads spout phrases like “systemic racism” and “systemic oppression”. But the context of analogies can make things clearer, and the closest analogy those of European descent have is class discrimination. I have read and seen enough modern British media to know that the working class, no matter how successful, still feel the separation between themselves and the upper class. Americans understand something of this, because they rebelled against what they perceived as the systemic discrimination of the English ruling class toward their colony. Many of the American colonists were very successful and wealthy, but they still felt they were being treated as second class citizens by the British upper class who ruled in England. But, Americans created their own class system, just it was based on skin colour, like the castes of India, another country that is periodically rocked by riots. Just as a Cockney from London can rise to become a Lord in the British Parliament but still feel discrimination from those born into nobility; even so an African American can rise to become President, but still feel discriminate nation from those born ‘white’. I have read enough to realize that very little has changed for the British working class, as they still struggle with systemic poverty and poor living conditions similar to those Dickens described. In the same way, very little has changed for the African American community since 1967, they still struggle with ghettoization and police brutality.

    The latter is not wholly an American issue, but a North American issue. About three years ago there was a story here about how two ‘white’ men brutally beat a black man, but charges were dropped. One of the ‘white’ men was an police officer, the son of a police detective: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/trial-michael-christian-theriault-beating-dafonte-miller-oshawa-courtroom-1.5338892

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  14. Donna, it is an old Carter Family song. Kim posted a version by June Carter.
    It has survived many decades in the country field because it is sinkable and has meaning.
    As you get older, the words have significance when (in my case) all your friend but one have passed on to that “home beyond the sky”.
    And I was reading John 11 tis morning. V. 26 “he that lives and believes in me shall never die.” has significant meaning.
    And there will be a resurrection of the body when Jesus returns. A “meeting in the “Air” is not too far-fetched to imagine.

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  15. Chas @ 8:33 am – I’ve never seen nor heard that song, but it is typical of modern worship songs. The lyrics have a good message, though not very deep sometimes, and the repetition is annoying, especially if the song leader decides to repeat the chorus several times. Modern song writers need to study some theology so we can get more songs with meaning, instead of repetition of inch-deep lyrics. That’s why I like song writers like the Gettys and Indelible Grace music (http://www.igracemusic.com/). The latter takes old hymns and puts them to modern tunes, though sometimes they ruin the old hymn for me.

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  16. A long time ago Art and I saw Gordon Lightfoot in a concert at Chastain Park. It was a lovely evening, quite romantic for us. I don’t think GL performed the song that Roscuro posted that evening.

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  17. Yes, Roscuro; which is why the looting last night was in Santa Monica–home of many movie stars. Long Beach near DJ is also a nice section of LA City.

    They weren’t looting downtown (just five miles down the freeway from my daughter) because it may not be as prosperous part of town now that the homeless have moved in. Maybe DJ knows better?

    I live in a middle-class housing area seven miles from downtown. I’m not worried about people marching through my streets; but they were congregating by the central library and genealogical library last night and I went to bed hoping fire wouldn’t break out.

    We have a psychological problem with fire in our community.

    And, of course, now we’re being urged to prepare for the next fire season–which is spinning people out all over again. Trauma in several directions at once.

    Oh, and the sheriff is defying the health officer–he won’t prosecute people not sheltering in place. Though, I expect that’s only in the daytime. We may get a curfew tonight like the big cities!

    A second elder in our church in two weeks has put his house on the market. Since the October 2017 fires, we’ve lost one pastor, one organist/music director, six elders, and at least 1/3 of our congregation.

    I spend yesterday disturbed by many events. So, I read all afternoon–mysteries set in beautiful places where I’ve lived and which I miss. This author really understands my current reading needs! LOL Get me out of here!

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  18. I have heard that song Chas..it’s rather repetitive.
    It is so disturbing to see what is happening in our cities. And now the threats of “if we don’t get what we want we will invade the suburbs”….perhaps the rioters aren’t realizing that many in the suburbs have guns…and they will use them, unlike what is happening in the cities…. 😞

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  19. Downtown LA was the scene of the earlier unrest with people mostly blocking off and flooding onto freeway interchanges. So the large, making-a-statement demonstrations have been centered there over the earlier nights. But also a fair number of broken windows, a close source who lives in downtown told me it all looked like a “war zone” after the first night.

    Target stores seem to be appealing to looters, you can get so much there. Assuming people are careful to pick out the right sizes, I doubt there will be returns available.

    I watched live last night as looters kicked off a plywood window board in downtown Long Beach, allowing a flood of looters to go inside and grab what they could. Everyone seemed to be laughing and having a good time.

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  20. Meanwhile, one of my neighbors has slipped into a few conspiracy theories, she’s sending me videos saying covid-19 isn’t a virus (it’s a bacteria), isn’t dangerous, is a take-over political ploy, and, besides, Italian doctors have now found the answer … Oy. Wouldn’t that be a headline story? No, just on this video shared on FB apparently …

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  21. Peter. I could listen to only a few minutes of that. To me, music has to have both beat and melody.
    But I disagree with Kim, though I don’t know anyone who isn’t a Carter sing it..
    Every time I hear it, I am disappointed with the guitar break. I think of what Merle Travis might do with that.
    “Meeting in the air” is an important concept. But it isn’t scriptural. We all like to think we will see mother and friends. And the Bible does say “we shall know..” but it isn’t clear about how we will interact with each other.
    We do know that we will worship God, we will see Jesus and we will have forever to do it.

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  22. I heard from one daughter and they won’t be able to come out here this summer as their state is not allowing much travel. More to it than that, but that is enough to say. So I am wondering about flying there in July. And then thinking about bringing a couple of grands here. hmmm…. should we try air or the train??

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  23. Got swabbed. It hurts! Brought years to my eyes and made me want to gag and sneeze simultaneously, and my sinus burned and stung the whole drive home. But, the good news is, if I feel the need, I can get tested at any point again, because I am high risk and a front line worker.

    How did it suddenly get so easy after all the red tape before? Well, the local public health unit is fossilized, something I knew before this outbreak. They were not on the ball, even after the awful nursing home outbreak. A couple of weeks into the outbreak, I and several other family members were not feeling well, so I stayed home from work, and called the local public health. It took them a day to get back to me, and then said my symptoms did not warrant testing and I could go to work. The premier of the province has repeatedly scolded local public health units for dragging their feet on testing, as even after the province sped up testing capacity, the daily testing counts were still low. Finally, last week, he told the province that anyone who wanted to get tested could be. The local public health department turned the screening and booking of tests over to the hospital based testing centres, so I phoned and got tested the same day.

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  24. We have been without a pastor for many months now. The last pastor was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I never liked things about him. I hoped to outlive his time and I did. He robbed the church blind and we were not the first. It is not a pretty tale and I will not elaborate. I pray for a new shepherd now. We have had a hospital chaplain who lives near our church fill in for most of the pulpit, bible study supply. He is not of the same denomination, but teaches and preaches accordingly. He has no problems bringing up differences in thought about different scriptures. He is very good with children and has dozens come once a week to his home for bible study. (before Covid) He has a wife and children himself and is also involved in teaching at a nondenominational Christian camp. He does not want to be a pastor. He has been a blessing to us.

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  25. We could start a mystery novel thread. Favorite mystery novel authors and their detective character:
    Dorothy L. Sayers – Lord Peter Wimsey, best books: ‘The Nine Tailors’, ‘Gaudy Night’

    Josephine Tey – Inspector Grant, best books: ‘The Daughter of Time’, ‘The Franchise Affair’

    Ellis Peters (pseudonym of Edith Pargeter) – Brother Cadfael, best books ‘One Corpse Too Many’, ‘The Virgin in the Ice’

    Honorable Mentions – not a fan of the author’s work generally, but like one book:
    T.D.James’ ‘Death Comes to Pemberly’ – That’s right, a respectable mystery author writes surprisingly good Jane Austen fan fiction. Another surprising Jane Austen fan fiction by a respectable author is T.H White’s suspense novel ‘Darkness Falls at Pemberly’, which you do not want to read at night.

    Wilkie Collins’ ‘The Moonstone’ – described as the first and greatest detective novel in the English language


  26. Roscuro – thanks for the suggestions!

    When I was tested, it was uncomfortable, but it did not hurt, my eyes did not water and I didn’t feel the need to sneeze or cough or anything. Does that mean it wasn’t done properly? What you describe is what I’ve heard many others say. Hmmm.

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  27. Tomorrow will now be Second Tuesday, which only happens in June of years that end in 20. You folks probably don’t remember the last one, in 1920. Good times. 🙂

    This is the kind of stuff you tell your grand kids about. 🙂

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  28. I had a friend tell me it felt like they jammed it in until they hit his brain. 🙂

    I told him that was impossible in his case. It took him a minute…… which proved my point. 🙂

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  29. Quite a dangerous day today; first I went to work for the first time in three months and then I went to the dentist for the first filling I’ve had this century.

    I’d hoped dentistry had advanced to the futuristic level where they just shoot a filling at my tooth and I walk out, but that isn’t real yet.

    My lip feels distended nearly to the computer screen, the dentist warned me to be careful eating or drinking, and I’m glad it’s over. I may not be returning to work . . . .

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  30. I’m reading ‘The Daughter of Time’ to my mother right now. I read ‘Gaudy Night’ and ‘The Nine Tailors’ to her sometime ago, before I went back to school. She does not care for the gruesome or the suspenseful, so I am always careful in selecting what I read. I can think of at least 20 fiction and non-fiction books I have read to her, plus numerous short stories and essays, and I am sure I am forgetting some. Every so often, I’ll think I am running out of books to read to her, and then I’ll remember another one I came across and hunt it down to read it to her. The internet provides a wealth of free ebook resources, so the ereader Eldest gave me often entertains our mother by proxy.

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  31. Peter, I didn’t include Conan Doyle not because I don’t like Sherlock Holmes, who was my childhood introduction to the world of fiction, but because there are only four full length novels, three of which, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, and The Valley of Fear, only have Holmes at the beginning and end of the story, and The Hound of the Baskerville is more a Gothic horror than mystery story. But I enjoy the short stories of Sherlock Holmes. That also goes for G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown short stories.

    Conan Doyle wrote some other, non-detective, works I came across in my teen years. I really did not care for the more well known sci-fi ‘The Lost World’, but I really liked the historic ‘The White Company’. It can stand next to Scott’s ‘Ivanhoe’, or Howard Pyle’s ‘Men of Iron’, or Stevenson’s ‘The Black Arrow’ as an entertaining Medieval tale.

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  32. Mumsee. You need to be careful. It’s a trick.
    The “Hobbit” is an easy book, like a children’s book.
    But then you get hooked and start on “The Lord of the Rings” series.
    It has been decades since I read them, but they are great reads.
    Read “The Hobbit” first. It is important for setting up the Lord of the Rings series.
    I wish I could remember all tha.t, but if I remember correctly, the Hobbit introduces you to the Ring..

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  33. Chas, Indeed it does. And I have read them for decades. I read them over and over and love them every time. And every time I find new pearls of wisdom. Third son sent me a book called JRR Tolkien, Author of the Century and that got me reading them again for the second time this year. It is amazing how the books came to be written.

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  34. That should be introduction to the world of *detective fiction, not fiction in general. Although, I did read ‘The Speckled Band’s around age 7 and then badly frightened Youngest sibling by recounting the tale to her. I was forbidden to touch the shelves with my father’s books after that, but I could not stay away, going to the shelf (I was still so short I used the shelf as a ladder to reach the books) when no one was around and taking a book and reading as much as I could and then precariously returning it when I heard someone coming. I read snatches of Dickens and Bronte and Austen like that, which only whetted my appetite for more. As soon as I reached my teens, I devoured all those books I had been sneaking peeks at for years.

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  35. I see the second autopsy has a different result. This time it is asphyxiation. I suspect it was a combination. Sad as it is, God knew the time of his death and, presumably, has welcomed him Home. And our world continues to devolve into chaos.

    And the BET guy is asking for 14 trillion in reparations. Will that be coming from the African descendants who sold them to the traders and from the traders as well as from the American coffers?

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  36. I probably told this at one point here, but Wesley loved all the books by the Inklings. I had painstakingly taught him the Calvert script method of handwriting, and it was beautiful. But then he saw how Tolkien did his smallish handwriting, and Wesley copied that style and forgot all about what I had taught him. That love of literature is probably what sent him on this journey of becoming an English PhD.

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  37. Mumsee, did you see what I wrote Friday about taking a course dealing with people acting out physically and the danger of restraint-related positional asphyxia? Pinning people facedown causes asphyxiation because it prevents the diaphragm from having room to expand, even if you only pin them by their arms and legs, which is why I was taught to never restrain someone using the prone position, and never, ever to kneel on top of them, which further compresses the chest and abdomen. Also, note God did not tell Cain that sad as it was, he knew the time of Abel’s death and welcomed him home, even though Abel was called righteous. That was not what Cain and the rest of humanity needed to hear about the value of one human life.


  38. Cheryl, Cronkite was liberal. Paul Harvey was conservative.
    However, the differences, while real, were not devisive.
    You could believe what Walter Cronkite said. He might give the news a slant, but you could still trust what he said.
    That is not true today
    .i.e. None of the Russia scams would have been permitted by Cronkite. He would not have propagated a known lie.

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  39. Cronkite was liberal, not as liberal (I’d say) as Rather.

    As Chas said, he was an old-school newsman, while I believe he let his views come through on a Vietnam report or two toward the end of that war, he was pretty straight-forward.

    I see looters are invading the Rite Aid at Gower & Sunset — a shopping center where Carol I used to stop to eat or shop for her.

    And our local community did get some residual violence last night, nothing major, but a couple shops broken into (high end sneakers, cops caught the looters) and some shop windows broken.

    Saw on FB also that there was a long line to get into the local Vons earlier today. So now people will start panic buying for the riots.

    Just when things were sort of getting back to semi-normal.

    And I covered the LA County update today, the public health officer said that yes, they are concerned now with a Covid-19 surge. We should know in 3-4 weeks.

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  40. Never knew this about that shopping center



    At the corner of Sunset and Gower, there’s a strip mall that looks like it might have been a Western set in a past life. Signs for Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, and Super Cuts hover beneath a larger one emblazoned in Western lettering with the words “Gower Gulch.” Other signs falsely advertise such frontier businesses as “Livery Forge & Stable,” “Assayer,” and “Cartwrights.”

    The Gower Gulch was never a Western set; it was the hangout of real cowboys, waiting to be hired as working extras in Hollywood westerns.

    But the Gower Gulch was never a Western set; it was the hangout of real cowboys, waiting to be hired as working extras in Hollywood westerns. The Gower Gulch earned its name in 1940, after a couple of these Hollywood cowboys riled each other up in an unscripted standoff, putting one in the ground and sending the other to a trial on homicide charges.

    The intersection became headquarters for a cluster of former cowboys in the mid-1930s, when the Columbia Drugstore stood at its southeast corner. “Here, at almost any time of day, one could find 25 to 50 of [the cowboys] loitering between picture jobs,” explains Diana Serra Cary, whose father was one of these so-called “drugstore cowboys,” in her book, “The Hollywood Posse”:[1] …

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