57 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-2-20

  1. The header photo is the eastern kingbird that was in flight a couple of days ago. It’s called a kingbird because it acts tough even to birds a bit bigger, and it has a tiny red “crown” of feathers than one rarely sees; usually it’s buried in its head feathers. It’s scientific name is Tyrannus tyrannus (tyrant). I once saw a robin chasing off all other robins from a mulberry tree, but letting other species feed. It chased off the kingbird–which is a bit smaller than a robin. The kingbird flew when it chased it, but looped up and over and as soon as the robin landed, so did the kingbird–on a twig just a couple feet away. It looked like a very “in your face” move to say “I’m not leaving this tree.” After that the robin ignored him.

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  2. Good morning! Another lovely bird. How delicate they are. Their feathers are beautiful in their design to be gorgeous and functional. Still difficult to imagine their relationship with the dinosaurs.

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  3. Roscuro mentioned The Moonstone yesterday and I said it was on Jeopardy!. Then my curiosity about the book got me looking for it. I found it for a free download here if anyone is interested: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/155.

    The Gutenberg site (ironic name) offers hundreds of classics for free in e-book format.

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  4. Stand Up South Philly. I like it.

    In case you missed it, the community stood up for itself and guarded its stores from the rioters. They are standing up for George Floyd, but do not agree with the destruction. Kept the rioters out of Target. We need more of that.

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  5. Twelve year old has not made it down to help with the three little folk. Daughter’s car parts did not come in so Mike is still needing to driver her to and from work. She offered to take my car but we declined. We do need a running car. But if he goes this afternoon, he needs to be back by tomorrow afternoon or daughter will miss mass and have to go to purgatory.

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  6. That bird does actually look fierce 🙂 Little tyrant

    A number of our businesses “boarded up” last night — but overall, nationwide, wasn’t last night a bit better? I think now that the police and other forces are in place and are wise to the scenarios and movements of these folks (and the curfews keep getting earlier and earlier) that the violence may be on the downside.

    At least I hope so.

    My editor messaged me a couple times last night to be sure to let him know if I heard of anything going on in my community.

    I found myself really kind of on overload and reacting physically to the anxiety; first the nonstop Covid coverage, now the riots/protests. Our younger, mostly male reporters are feeling the worst of it, they’re the ones having to actually go out in it. My age, sex and sprained knee are helping to keep me out of the front-line fray, but I still find I’m absorbing the stress of it all. Headaches, shoulder and neck muscle aches, an inability to break away from it all and concentrate on something, anything else.

    Then I was talking to my neighbor’s husband from on the front porch last night about the covid situation (he works in maintenance at the hospital and it’s his wife who’s drifting into some of the odd government conspiracy theories) — at one point he says to me, “The media is lying to us (about the virus).”

    Huh? How are we lying and why would we do that? He kind of backed off, but honestly, it’s just so frustrating what people think anymore. Everyone has these kind of crackpot notions and opinions.

    Anyway, I watched an old episode of Modern Family and went to bed early (for me, 10 p.m.) last night. I feel better this morning. I think. Sort of.

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  7. Kim, I am glad it ministered to you.

    Cheryl, the link you shared, while it makes some good points about financial manipulation, fails to account for what happened prior to President Johnson, who was admittedly a man who was known for using money to manipulate the vulnerable – he made the President of India commit to a population control program (one that resulted in the displacement of millions and the deaths of thousands) in return for famine relief. But for decades before Johnson, where African Americans were successful in building societies that reflected the American dream of family values and economic success, those successes were often torn down by envious hands. Sunday was the 99th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, in which the prosperous African American neighbourhood of Greenwood, called black Wall Street, was torched by an angry mob of European descent, killing hundreds and displacing thousands: https://www.britannica.com/event/Tulsa-race-riot-of-1921. Alone, it is enough to be remembered as a genocidal atrocity, but it occured during a systematic social takedown of African Americans. After the abolition of slavery, African Americans had begun to forge themselves a path into the fabric of the United State. Names from that era such as George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington are still remembered by both European and African Americans. African Americans began to hold positions of respect and influence, and while at state level social segregation certainly existed, African American worked alongside those of European descent in federal government offices. For a brief period of time, American government embodied the ideals of its Declaration of Independence, and being in federal positions gave a chance for African Americans to influence the end of state level segregation. But under President Woodrow Wilson, Jim Crow became federal policy, and African Americans who were federal civil servants were segregated from their European American counterparts: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/wilson-legacy-racism/417549/.
    President Johnson’s welfare system may have been the nail in the coffin of a healthy African American social fabric, but the coffin was already being built long before.

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  8. And the question a few minutes ago from my editor: How comfortable do you feel covering the protests?

    Um, well … He’d forgotten about my knee, I’m still not even back to walking my dogs yet. I told him I’m ‘willing’ but …

    Guess there’s one planned at our harbor LAPD station today.

    Maybe I cn I sit in my Jeep and just watch from there? Probably not.

    I feel bad because our resources are being stretched so thin right now.

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  9. And back to racial attitudes that linger, the neighbors I referred to above — a bit older than I am, he’s a Marine/served in Vietnam, originally hails from Oklahoma — are among those who give off some of those subliminal signals when talking about African Americans (and sometimes Mexican Americans).


  10. Woodrow Wilson was such an awful man.

    I believe his personal arrogance at the Treaty of Versailles discussions in 1919 was one of the (many) factors that contributed to WWII.

    But, I also feel the same, somewhat, about FDR at Yalta. Similar situation, resulting in 70 years of Communism.

    It’s not a good day for me. I think I’ll head to South America for the day.

    Oh wait, it’s during WWII. 😦

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  11. My son had to put down the silly, self-centered, happy, always grinning Boston Terrier Rambo last night.

    Adorables, particularly the 10 year-old, are so very sad.

    Rambo was a good dog.

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  12. Morning! It is a cloudy day here and warming up fast!
    Lots of folk blacking out their photo on FB today for some reason…? I keep biting my tongue on opinions of others but I tell you it certainly is insightful to what lurks within…. 😔

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  13. Other “critics” were picking away at a story I posted from our site indicting there were some broken windows & a couple incidents of looting in our harbor town.

    Off they went, (A) “well I heard there were only a couple people involved,” this is “overblown,” (B) the photo shows peaceful protestors and that’s a slam that’s unfair, come on, they said, “you’re better than this.” “Bad photo” that casts aspersions with a overall-wrap up story that ‘mentions’ that, yes, there was also some looting here and there throughout the area.

    A, the info came from the LAPD, from official reports. But no, go ahead, listen to your social media gossip if that’s more credible in your mind.

    B, the story covered both the peaceful demonstrations (and the photo was from one of those gatherings) that took place on Sunday throughout our SouthBay/Harbor community overall. The caption indicated it was a peaceful march.



  14. Sometimes I think all people want is social media gossip. And that’s probably what they’ll be left with one of these days.
    So I could cover, say, a peaceful sit in with people singing “Give Peace a Chance.” But if someone throws something or starts getting in a cop’s face or …. I just wouldn’t be able to get myself out of there very quickly or nimbly on this knee


    Ugh, the cat just knocked over and broke the ceramic kitchen tool holder.

    I picked her up and put her in the backyard, shut the door. Her ears were half down, she was not happy.

    I’m going to train her if it’s the last thing I do.

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  15. Roscuro, I never even heard of “Black Wall Street” or its demise until I was in my thirties. There is a lot of ugliness in history.

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  16. Michelle, Wilson’s work in the Treaty of Versailles and the creation of the League of Nations was complicated. The Arab allies in the Middle East took Wilson’s speeches and memos advocating self government for the newly liberated terrotories to heart as a sign of good to come and hoped for an independent Syria and Iraq; but they were doomed to disappointment, as the British and French carved the territory up between them. I think the assessment of Wilson by the character of Susan in L.M.Montgomery’s WWI era novel ‘Rilla of Ingleside’ sums his work up well: ‘”Woodrow Wilson is going to make peace, I understand. First Henry Ford had a try at it and now comes Wilson. But peace is not made with ink, Woodrow, and that you may tie to.”‘


  17. When I went outside this morning to work in the island under the tree cover I was surprised by the birds flitting around. I guess it was earlier than I am usually out there. I was concerned when my brother cut down the small trees on the side of the house that he took some of their playground. The upstairs bedroom window has always been a good spot for Bosley and me to view birds. Most of the time all is quite when I work out there so the busy birds were welcome company.

    I think that this morning when I viewed the header bird that it looked like a bird that Wesley would have drawn and colored or painted when he was young. And that took me further back to his first love of dinosaurs which he would draw all the time. I had to learn all about them when he was two because of his fascination. Some of their names were real tongue twisters for this mama.

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  18. That isn’t the reason for my argument, Roscuro. Wilson probably had the Spanish flu in Paris but rather than delegating another member of his team to attend the conference, he insisted on going himself. In his mind only he could do the negotiating.

    Unfortunately, he was too sick to do a good job and the British and French walked all over him. Reparations on Germany were severe and part of what led to Hitler’s rise to power.

    Ultimately, war reparations were paid for by the American financiers–some of whom may have deserved it–when Germany devalued their currency in the 1920s.

    I’m not going to argue for or against the League of Nations–it was Wilson’s arrogance that always bothered me. And he was a racist who was always described as a good Presbyterian.

    FDR, the same thing. Only he could negotiate at Yalta. Stalin totally outmaneuvered him. Not sure what was happening with Churchill–but that’s where my comments come from.

    None of us should consider ourselves indispensable. I’ve just reached a similar point in this biography.

    There comes a time when we need to be vulnerable with those around us, those who love us, and acknowledge we need help and someone else may need to take charge.

    There’s a QOD: how do/how will you recognize when after being the leader for so long and through so much, the time has come to submit to others and their wisdom?

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  19. Michelle, George Washington is the only American I know who did that.
    But isn’t it amazing how many great men God blessed us with in the early days.
    Not all of them liked each other.
    But they loved the concept of a free nation.
    That’s what made the difference.

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  20. Michelle, I think I was agreeing with you on Wilson’s character. Wilson was undoubtedly racist and arrogant, but there were many who perceived him as a force for good at Versailles, because of how he sounded on the subject of self government. The Atlantic piece on his segregation of the civil service recounts how he seemed to be a supporter of African Americans initially, and was indeed supported by them, and even as he enacted segregation, he argued it was for their benefit. I see him as an instance of how self deceptive humans are. He undoubtedly saw himself as a progressive man, and talked and wrote about self government for the former possessions of the German and Ottoman Empires, but he failed to see how dehumanizing segregation of the citizens of his own country was.

    On the QoD: it depends on how attuned such a leader is to the Spirit. I once heard Dr. Helen Roseveare speak. She survived being captured by Congo rebels in the 1960s and established a hospital in the Congo. She spoke of the events leading to her retirement, that there were problems that had arisen in the hospital and when she prayed about why the problems were occuring, the Lord brought to mind the beginning of Jonah, how all the ships at sea would have been caught in the same storm as the one God used to stop Jonah. She realized that God was telling her by those issues to let go of the control of the hospital and place it into other hands.

    Oh, and Churchill had nearly died of pneumonia before that conference at Yalta, so there were two physically fragile men negotiating with Stalin.

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  21. Much angst today in our port town, police in riot gear, protests planned but for later in the day which in itself disconcerting, stores closing down. Senior Lead Officer for LAPD Harbor sent out a notice that so far all is peaceful, but asking folks to let them know if anyone sees cars pulling up to businesses (a sign of potential looting rings).

    Most store owners this afternoon have been busy boarding up windows in the downtown district.

    And it sounds like there is a huge crowd, 5,000+?, marching in downtown Los Angeles about 25 miles to the north us us today. One of our other reporters is there covering.

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  22. I just did second duty in the yard. A dove was cooing and a cardinal landed on an azalea. Then I came in and saw a post from a church friend who probably lives 12 miles from here. She was amazed to find 6 birds all over her bird feeder. I guess the little ones are keeping parents busy today!

    I had to move a big pile up a ways from the neighbor’s yard since it sounds like they are negotiating sales. Last time I looked they’d gone down on the price by 25,000. I thought they’d priced it too high.

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  23. Husband and I were just sitting out front on the park bench watching all the birds! The Magpies have a huge nest in the top of a pine and they were feeding their babies. Western bluebirds were sitting and flitting about. Then there are some teeny tiny birds who occupy the birdhouse and the babies were coming out learning how to be a bird. The robin kept hopping in the birdbath splashing about. Quite a day for birdwatching around here. Oh and the flickers were catching these crazy Miller moths in mid flight… 😊

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  24. Perfect harmony . . .

    They actually put up concrete barriers in the center of our business district today to keep cars out.

    Some have been suggesting it become all pedestrian; I guess they got their wish.

    It should pretty much be the death of what little is left of downtown. They spent an indecent amount of money over all sorts of objections to make a square. That square blocks the major artery through town and has turned downtown into a ghost town–that and indecent parking rates and over-vigilant parking cops.

    Trying not to go cynical today on this break from the book writing, but it’s a challenge.

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  25. The main thoroughfare through my hometown was turned pedestrian about twenty years ago. I did not like it because it was change. I have only been to that section about five times since but it really is quite pleasant. Traffic goes around on opposing one ways but when you are in the pedestrian area there is quite the hustle and bustle of humanity enjoying the quirky shops and wine and beer facilities and various wandering musicians.

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  26. Please, let’s hope this works



    … Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have seen their audiences surge in recent years as viewers have been drawn to the strident supporters and virulent opponents of President Trump’s bare-knuckle style of politics in the White House.

    Compton said his company has done extensive research that shows a large audience segment is seeking a news service without a political bent. …

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  27. I am listening to the hum of the A/C. I like that sound. I got a shower, and then had black beans and rice and dill pickle spears for my dinner. When Art gets home he will have some soup and maybe some pineapple rings if he wants them. I have lost maybe 10 lbs. while on this diet. I just got new batteries for the scale. Now I need to see if Art has lost any. Working in the yard has helped me lose. Art does not get any exercise..

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  28. Had an early, delicious, dinner for my stepmoms birthday, 89, today. At my sisters and my brother nd his wife came. Later the other sister facetimed. We sat outside and enjoyed the day. The deer were resting just 20 feet away. Later the deer got up nd came within 10 feet or less to go through the fence to the neighbors property. I felt like telling them, ‘who invited you?”

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  29. There’s a movie called Just Mercy based on the true story of Walter McMillian, a black man falsely convicted of murder, who, with the help of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, gets his conviction overturned. I recommend it. It takes place in Harper Lee’s hometown and reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. Story here, about how Warner Brothers is showing it for free for the month of June on streaming services like Amazon Prime: https://tinyurl.com/y7fcmq95

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  30. We had small group tonight. There were 13 of us gathered at our leader’s home with the most beautiful view of Pike’s Peak and the entire front range….they live on 25 acres of pasture land and on the very edge of their property developers are taking over…sigh…..We sat outdoors and the hummingbirds seemed to want to join in…they were quite noisy! It feels so good to have a bit of “normal” back in our lives.

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