59 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-11-20

  1. There’s nothing at all wrong with these words.
    I just don’t understand that it can be the first verse of a song.

    “Light of the world You stepped down into darkness;
    opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this
    heart adore You. Hope of a life spent with You.”

    The thing I don’ t like about modern church music is that it’s unsingable.

    Good morning everyone. You can tell I just finished my morning devotions. And FABC has a link to a “help”, which I usually visit when I finish my routine. Sometimes they have real sings. Often, something like this.

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  2. Chas, I find that one unsingable too, and I am a trained musician. But earlier eras had their unsingable hymns as well, as I have discovered, it is just that the sieve of time strained them out of our repertoire.

    I couldn’t go to work today. I went yesterday, but towards the end of the day, Second texted me to say that Sixth had such a high fever she had to take him to the ER. He has been swabbed, but until the test results are in, I cannot work. The fever was a sudden onset, as he was his usual irrepressible self the day before. He is seeing a pediatrician today, as he also had diarrhea.

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  3. Cowbirds have a lovely song. One year, cowbird took to sitting in the corner of the open south window in our living room, and we often heard its song, a liquid gurgle and splash of joy. We theorized that perhaps that cowbird liked our classical music, both on the radio and live as we practiced our instruments. It was not the only bird that liked to sit on the sills of our four large windows in the living and dining room. Mourning doves often sat on the western sill in the dining room, close to where the radio that often piped in the classical station was, and cooed.

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  4. On the subject of scythes from yesterday, I remember my father using a scythe to cut the long grass on our weeping bed. He had two scythes, which we were taught not to play with early on. One had a cradle. Reading ‘Little House in the Big Woods’, Laura records that the scythe used to cut oats was the one that had a cradle, the scythe used to cut wheat did not have a cradle. My father probably had his scythes from his ancestral home in Nova Scotia. One day, when I was reading to Edith about Laura’s Pa plowing, my father mentioned that his father had used the same kind of plow. I had known my grandfather had used horse drawn farming equipment, but I thought he would have used the horse drawn disc harrow. I hadn’t realized he was still using a single harrow plow. In West Africa, the still used single harrow plows, and scythes – we had a couple of patients that needed to be stitched up from scythes.

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  5. Some of you may be familiar with the cartoons of Tube Goldberg, who drew ridiculously complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks. Apparently, every year, there is a Tube Goldberg competition, but this year, it was done by YouTube submissions. This was the winning entry:

    The backstory on the winners: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.5604697/toronto-family-thrilled-and-a-little-bit-surprised-to-win-rube-goldberg-challenge-1.5604698

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  6. I agree about non-singable music. We have a hymnal that has several hymns that, while singable, have tunes that are annoying. My personal taste doesn’t like a lot of the hymns from the late 19th-early 20th Centuries, especially the ones with a chorus twice as long as the verse. Give me hymns by Charles Wesley or Isaac Watts, or the lyrics of Fanny Crosby or Frances Ridley Havergal.

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  7. Really ingenious, but just think of anyone waiting two minutes for a bar of soap. Or having to gather all those marbles and re-rolling the TP for the next person.

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  8. I prefer hymns without a chorus too. I have winced at some of the recent chorus additions to old hymns, like ‘Amazing Grace – My chains are gone’, but former generations have done the same thing. Since we sang both ‘Come We that Love the Lord’ and ‘Marching to Zion’ when I was growing up, it took me quite a while to realize that the stanzas were exactly the same hymn by Isaac Watts, but the latter had a wholly superfluous chorus that was tacked on much later.

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  9. Kathaleena on scythes: yes, my ztrack is much easier and gets the whole place done quickly and well. But as I have been complaining about my blood pressure, I have been looking for more walking and such exercise. Conveniently, my ztrack is not operating and I am scything and walk behind mowing! It does take longer, but I have the time. And it is very enjoyable time as I know, if my ztrack gets repaired, I don’t always have to do it.

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  10. The engineering mind can always turn the simple into the complex for their fun and amusement ♡ But it’s great practice for designing future devices to help mankind. The team did a great job on that! Thanks for sharing, Roscuro.

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  11. Current kind and lovely worship leaders sing in a key across my voice break and, as a soprano, I cannot we’ll sing with them. This is a huge personal disappointment.

    Fortunately, with the service on YouTube, we turn down the sound so we’re just hearing the music and then I can sing.

    We do the same thing with the “canned” music being used, which for this musician, is awful.

    The best part of the services the last 14 weeks has been the kid chat.
    😦

    However, this has been a spiritually rich period for me. I’ll explain later.

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  12. Morning! Do we have cowbirds in the west? I don’t know that I have ever seen one.
    Hymns…upon the hearing of them stirs so much within. Recalling sitting in the pew next to my Dad listening to the beautiful lilt of his voice in song and worship. I can recall the words of so many. In the mornings and evenings I have piano hymns playing in the house… I can sing along and it is soothing to the soul….reminders of our Lord’s call upon our lives and His goodness ❤️

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  13. I tossed and turned a bit last night after reading about how many people across the board are losing their jobs or being suspended/forced to resign under pressure for things said or done that are deemed critical of BLM — or simply for being on the “wrong” side of the popular winds.

    It’s a time to be very careful and I thought I’d never say something like that in this country.

    Chilling.

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  14. I thought of my dad when seeing the cowbirds. I was showing him a robin’s nest here and he immediately flung one of the eggs out. He said it was from a cowbird and when hatched the cowbird would kill the robins. I had not realized they put their eggs in other bird’s nests.

    I often have to drop an octave to sing songs in church. Many others do it, though, so it is usually not a problem. We used to have a pianist who would drop the songs to a better range for the congregation.

    One of my grandson’s built a Rube’s contraption for a competition. Quite fascinating and very good for promoting reasoning and engineering abilities.

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  15. Good morning. Thanks for the replies on my income tax post on yesterday’s daily thread. Janice, did you happen to see that post?

    We haven’t gotten any response from the email I sent through their website on Monday. My husband is very displeased and isn’t willing to take a wait-and-see approach any longer. I agree. We’re running out of time and don’t know what’s up with our preparer.

    We’ve never dropped off our taxes before. It was always an in-office, we-sit-there-as-she-goes-through-our-forms, and within 20 minutes, everything’s finished up (except for the double checking she does later), we pay our fee, walk out of there, and it’s done for another year.

    Rather frustrating that our initial appointment this year was set for something like late February or early March, and then a few days before our appointment, they called and said they’d made a scheduling mistake — didn’t allow a long enough time slot for the person before us — and could we move our appointment to a different date.

    Well, that date was March 30th, but COVID hit our area in the meanwhile, at which time they closed the office and told us to use their dropbox to deposit our stuff, and you know the rest of the story if you read my post yesterday.

    If there’s a particular site anyone here can point my husband and me to to get answers about what we should do, as we want to DO something, and not just wait and assume everything will be fine, we’d really appreciate it.

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  16. Our heat wave is *supposed* to start breaking today, thankfully, with 78 the “high.”

    Let’s hope …

    Busy week for me with more to come today and tomorrow. My neighbors are leaving for their desert home tomorrow for a few days with the extended family so I’ll ask if the husband would be willing to roll my big trash cans down to the curb for tomorrow’s pickup before they leave. Then I can get them back up tomorrow when they’ve been emptied.

    I’m really doing my best to baby this knee right now and I think it’s helping. I’m still walking like Igor, which reminds me of a funny movie from my youth

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  17. It isn’t gone, just not available on a streaming service right now. Since the film resulted in the first Oscar win for an African American, to Hattie McDaniel for her portrayal as ‘Mammy’, I doubt it will be permanently gone.

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  18. It’s another case of unfairly trying to overlay what we understand and know today on top of what people didn’t yet grasp or perceive in earlier ages.

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  19. Weren’t Christians the ones getting in trouble for trying to control people’s words and behavior? How is this different and therefore not bad? Oh, because they say so. Got it.

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  20. I have Gone With the Wind on DVD…wonder if someone has traced that fact and if I will have someone at my door to confiscate? Hmmm
    There is a Pastor of Church of the Highlands down south being kicked out of a school for his “likes” on a Twitter feed. Someone has been taking note of his “likes” and reported him. Now mind you she isn’t a member, has never attended, and certainly would be sad if someone viewed her as “judging” him, but he does not fit her narrative. Nor does he fit the narrative of the public school system…so he is out. I happen to know him and he is far from a racist man. He loves our Lord.

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  21. I am very uncomfortable with the idea that we can excuse the blindness of earlier times because they failed to see their sin. In Paul’s address to the Athenians, he notes that God tolerated paganism, “winked at” is the phrase used, and in Jesus’ reply concerning the law of divorce, he states divorce was permitted by Moses because if the ‘hardness if your hearts’, but that does not mean God did not also judge pagans and condemn those who divorced their wives in the Old Testament, because he most certainly did. Just because God permits an evil in a certain age does not mean he is not going to judge it. He permitted the Assyrian’s cruelty for just so long before wiping them out. He let the Canaanites’ cup of iniquity fill before sending Israel to destroy them. His patience should not be mistaken for tolerance of a sin. That former generations were allowed to seemingly prosper in sin toward their fellow humans should never encourage complacency. As the history of the kingdom of David demonstrates, it might take several generations for judgement of past sins to fall. Jerusalem was destroyed under the reign of Manasseh’s great grandson, but it was Manasseh’s sins which were being judged, though Manasseh himself had been forgiven.

    Although I noted that McDaniel won the award, neither she nor the rest of the African American cast were permitted to attend the three day gala premiere of the film, which included a ticker tape parade of the stars, and the director had to beg that she be allowed a seat at the Academy Awards. She also was criticized for taking the parts she did by the NCAAP, as it was felt her acceptance of loyal black servant roles perpetuated stereotypes of African Americans and prevented other roles from being developed for them. Certainly, starring roles were infrequently granted to them by the studios, not unless the film was an all black cast like ‘Stormy Weather’. It was 25 years before another African American actor would win an Oscar, and 50 years before another African American woman would win an Oscar, although there was never a shortage of talented African American actors. So, preserving her role in the film is preserving the memory of the discrimination she and others of African origin faced, even in the land of dreams.

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  22. Knowledge of history is supposed to keep us from repeating it. Stories in the OT and the NT tell us of the evil choices people make. We don’t erase them, we learn from them.

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  23. Mumsee, the streaming service is a private company. They have freedom of speech according to laws concerning corporations, so if they choose to stop streaming a film, that is their business. That is what I always got told on World whenever I criticized a corporation for unfair wages and treating employees poorly – corporations are legal person’s and can do what they want, and if employees do not like it they can look for a job elsewhere. That is something that constantly seems to be forgotten. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, HBC, etc. are all private corporations. As I have seen pointed out by others, the West constantly worries about surveillance by a nanny state, but has cheerfully acquiesced to surveillance by nanny corporations. This is Capitalism running the show, not Communism.

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  24. Mumsee, see my first post on the subject. I am not saying what you seem to think I am saying. I was saying it was not going anywhere because of its historical significance. As a matter of fact, HBO, the streaming service only temporarily pulled the film to add “historical context”. I believe the film can still be streamed elsewhere, and of course purchased. It was still available to buy or rent on YouTube when I checked just now.

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  25. Yes, likes on Twitter or tweeting anything that is political or in any way is not a completely neutral link is dicey, more so now.

    I don’t think we excuse the sins of our forebears but realize that sin is always present and is in some eras more accepted, if you will, in cultures other than our own (current culture or specific culture).

    Trying to make judgements on earlier generations should fairly take the “time” into account, without excusing the sin itself. Obviously, some men and women, few though they may be, always see more clearly and even in earlier eras call these sins out. And good for them, may we be among them in our own time.

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  26. As you know, I am a fan of Charles Dickens. His semi-autobiographical novel David Copperfield ranks among my favorites of his works. So, since the film theatres have been closed done, I am a bit excited for the upcoming June release to private distribution of the Scottish-Italian director’s, Armando Iannucci, film ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’, with the ubiquitous Dev Patel in the titular role, and fellow Scottish-Italian Peter Capaldi as the irrepressible Mr. Micawber. Dickens would have approved, as he loved doing theatrical productions and actors always seem to have great fun playing his over-the-top characters.

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  27. It’s a sad situation we find ourselves in. When they put Gone with the Wind back on TV it will have disclaimers on everything that is wrong with it. I don’t know if it will be inserted into the film or not.
    NASCAR has banned the Confederate Flag, but they don’t know what to do about individuals wearing it or having tattoos.
    While I agree with some and maybe even most of what is changing for the better, at what point do we infringe on individual rights? I cringe when I see a Confederate flag anymore. At one point they didn’t bother me but like other things they have been hijacked by those I do not wish to be assoicatied with

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  28. I do think we shouldn’t judge historical figures for being a product of their times. There is a movement afoot to rename the Wallace Tunnel here in Alabama. Yes. He ran for president as a segregationist. Later in life he apologized and enjoyed a good relationship and support from the black community. Where is the forgiveness? We also have the Bankhead Tunnel.

    Some statues were removed locally. My concern about some of this, is how many times have we seen news reports of the Taliban or whatever fringe du jour group destroying statues and other antiquities. We mourn the loss of them because they held such historical significance. There are deniers of the Holocaust. The monuments are still there to remind people of what happened. Is our history being rewritten? Will at some point the Civil War be denied.? Probably not. The rest of the United States is going to shove that down the Souths throat for all eternity. There is no forgiveness. I’ve told you before, I don’t think slavery was sustainable and I think it would have been gone in another 15 or so years. Automation was cheaper and faster. The assassination of Lincoln was the worst possible thing that could have happened to the south.
    I can’t have these conversations with my husband, because it turns to a Trump bashing/MAGA rant and exposes my inner racist and my white priviledge.

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  29. DJ, the reaction of the righteous in the Old Testament narrative was always to lament the sins of the past. Not in ostentatious displays of self righteous, as Jesus pointed out to the Pharisees in their building of monuments to the prophets their ancestors killed, but in genuine grief that such things could be. I feel that grief when I consider how my ancestors found refuge on these shores even as the prior inhabitants were treated as subhuman. It was wrong. There was room for both my people and theirs, and they were willing to share as equals. Their oppression did not need to happen and only happened because of our pride and greed. Humans constantly excuse their collective sin on the basis of necessity, but the Bible says we were given this earth to fill it and prosper in filling it. It is our own selfishness and fear that says there is not enough for us all. We all still suffer from the same infection that infected our common ancestors that first recieved our common inheritance, and their act of sin is still grieved for what it inflicted on us and our earth. Yes, the Creator redeemed us who believe, but the earth still groans and we groan with it. Without that sobering grief, we will fail, as our ancestors failed, to do justice, seek mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

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  30. As a former Episcopalian I can tell you that other than the traditional Christmas carols, Amazing Grace, and Eternal Father Strong to Save, there in NOTHING singable in the Episcopal hymnal.

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  31. Kim, the Holocaust is not remembered with public statues of Hitler, Himmler, and other Nazis. Statues are public commemorations, not historical artifacts. Historical artifacts are documents, articles or clothing, utensils, photographs and portraits. Those are stored in archives for researchers to carefully examine and reproduced in print and digitally to be made public. Germany has banned public displays of Nazism, and carefully preserved the historical records of it.The public memorials of the Holocaust are all for the victims of Nazism, not the perpetrators. The Germans removed all traces of Hitler from her streets, and instead offers courses and sessions to share what happened. My German housemate in West Africa once mentioned her parents had gone to such an information session on the anniversary of Krystal Nacht – it was their wedding anniversary, as they had been married that night – and then she lamented to me over her country’s sin toward the Jews. I found myself comforting her, and I learned from her example that one could still love one’s country of origin, which she did, and also genuinely lament its past sins.

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  32. Good afternoon. I just read a chapter to Trey from The Fields of Home of the Little Britches collection that had to do with a scythe and snath. Fun reading.

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  33. Statues of Confederate generals commemorate an important time in the history of the South, and in many cases they commemorate deeply honorable men.

    Sometimes we rightly rebuke elements of that earlier time, and sometimes we simply see things differently. For instance, now “people of color” is an acceptable term but “colored people” is not. That doesn’t make all books and movies that use “colored people” racist; it simply makes them dated. (Even the NAACP used the term.)

    Also, even in cases when people did have a blind spot to their cultural sins, it shouldn’t mean we can’t honor them for other things. Very few of our Bible “heroes” are without major sins, recorded for posterity. Yet they are rightly honored for the good things they did. I don’t care if Hitler was a good artist; his sins overshadowed any human “goodness” he might have had. But being head of an organization that was segregated because the whole town was segregated (for example) shouldn’t mean your whole life is now defined by that.

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  34. 6 Arrows, I did not see it but will look now.

    I think the war memorials are an excellent reminder of those who paid with their lives for freedom. The leaders represent the many under their command who died. I always tell Art that our ancestors were those who survived the civil war. This morning I considered that had that war not taken place, how many more white men and women we would have now in our nation. A lot of lives paid in the past yet when is enough to be accepted as enough? It goes on and on and on. It is the fallen world that people somehow think they can make right if only people would do what they want. How utterly prideful to think like that instead of humbling ourselves and asking for God’s help.

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  35. Gone with the Wind video sales have skyrocketed.

    Good point about Hitler, Roscuro. The German government built a parking lot on the site of his suicide bunker. A small sign, we stumbled across it while walking to Checkpoint Charlie, explains they did not want the area to become a shrine. Move along.

    We only stopped to examine the sign because a tour guide was explaining all this to a dozen people.

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  36. Cheryl, I am sure by now you have seen the quote by General Robert E. Lee on the subject of Civil War memorials: ” I think it wiser, moreover, not to keep open the sores of war but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavored to obliterate the marks of civil strife, to commit to oblivion the feelings engendered.” (http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/saxon/servlet/SaxonServlet?source=/xml_docs/valley_news/newspaper_catalog.xml&style=/xml_docs/valley_news/news_cat.xsl&level=edition&paper=rv&year=1869&month=09&day=03&edition=rv1869/va.au.rv.1869.09.03.xml)

    There are very few physical records of the heroes of the Bible left, only a few traces here and there in archaeology. God had a way of making physical records of the Bible disappear and only leaving the written one behind. He had the Temple razed to the ground, twice. He prophesied through Jeremiah that the Ark would be utterly lost, never to be brought to mind again. Hezekiah destroyed the bronze serpent that Moses had made after it became an object of idolatry. God is the original iconoclast. He recorded his people with all their faults and flaws, and bid us learn from them, both in the positive and negative sense. Not even the towering figures of Elijah and John the Baptist, “the greatest born of women”, escape records of their flaws. As Paul said of meeting with the Apostles at Jerusalem, “But of these who seemed to be somewhat – whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepts no man’s person…” (Galatians 2:6).

    If we humans could be so moderate and so honest in our assessment of great or famous people, subsequent generations might not be so reactionary in their iconoclasm. It always amuses me when a skeptic tries to stir up indignation against a Biblical figure for the very sins the Bible criticizes the figure for – it takes the wind considerably out of the skeptic’s sail when it is pointed out they agree with the Bible. But, the higher a human hero is placed on a pedestal, the easier it is to knock them off.

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  37. Seeing my whole family last night– except for the EMT and the Stargazer–they’ll be here on Saturday– was exhausting but so very lovely.

    E learned to walk since I last could kiss her cheeks and J is Tigger in a 20-month old costume.

    Survived my first visit to Costco and Office Depot since I think January. I really haven’t been shopping in a store other than the grocery and pharmacy for most of this year. Now able to “shop,” I filled two baskets–and felt so young! That’s how I shopped for groceries when we had three teenage boys at home!. 🙂

    But, this morning I spent twice as much as our first house payment. I do not know how families are surviving.

    I could really use a nap–so hyped up from the visit, I didn’t fall asleep until after 2:40 AM. I listened to five Enduring Word sermons (at 45-50 minutes each) on the book of Exodus before my brain finally turned off and released me to the slumber world.

    I now get to write VBS #3: “Written in Stone.” Can you guess the subject?

    Meanwhile, Mr. Covid, who is also a vital part of the church reopening plan, had a nightmare. He dreamed our ebullient, party-loving, people-loving pastor invited everyone to come back for a traditional Lutheran potluck. R was horrified to see all our friends sitting elbow to elbow, eating, talking, and socializing without masks!

    Worse, he said, was I joined the dream, stood next to him, and asked why he was letting this happen? “Stop them!”

    “Failing my wife and my church woke me right out of a sound sleep!”

    He doesn’t usually wake up for anything. I think 8 months of this is getting to him. We all need a vacation.

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  38. 6 Arrows, I have tried to reach both Art and my brother but have not been able to reach either.

    I know it has been a terrible year for the preparers. Your preparer and others could have had covid in their family or anything. On my own sketchy knowledge, it would probably be good to get copies of your W-2s and pull together your income figures for the year. That way if you need to file an extension with another preparer, you can because you have your basic info they can use to calculate any taxes you may owe. Also, if you routinely itemize, they could look at your most recently filed return to capture that info if things did not change much for 2019 expenses. You have to pay anything owed by July 15th. If you know for sure there are no taxes due (you overpaid) and you expect a refund, then if the rules are the same as in the past, you are okay not filing by the deadline because they have got your money. I think you have up to three years to file to get your refund. I doubt that has changed. I hope I will be able to touch base with Art. Also, if you file a Federal extension then you need to see if your state accepts that as an automatic state extension. Georgia is accepting of a Fed extension to count as a state extension but not all states do. You may have to file a separate form for the state. Art is behind and may have to tell some people he will need to do an extension. The preparers work crazy hours so they don’t have many of those. That may be why you have not heard anything. Have you checked your junk email? I sometimes find important things have landed there. You could also reach out to another preparer in the group to see if they will let you know if something has happened to your preparer.

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  39. Kim Chris is the Pastor I posted about. He apologized for “liking” the tweet of that person and I remain unclear as to what the like was about but I do know he is a good man. We attended the same church in the Springs many years ago where he was on staff. His wife and I attended aerobics class together…we got our first dachshund Maggie from one of their litters. There is not a mean bone in their body. I am saddened he was obviously targeted by some “fine citizen”. 😞

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  40. Sorry, Roscuro, I had not read your posts and don’t believe I was addressing them. In my mind, I was thinking of the statues being tossed. Probably because NancyJill mentioned Gone with the Wind. I have never watched the movie though I did read the book.
    Also, the billboard in Washington, the Uncle Sam one, on private property and saying things that maybe should not be said but it is their right to say it.
    Suffice to say, after all these years, I am not good at this and need to remember to direct address them. I believe Cheryl pointed that out to me a while back and I have been trying to remember.

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  41. And the woke movement has arrived at our newspapers as well via a mass letter from employees to management. Objective journalism is gone. For now.

    My days in journalism are probably numbered 🙂 But that’s OK. I’m having a horrific week and day, we are all horribly overworked right now, under so much pressure. It’s getting more than hard.

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  42. Janice, thank you so much for that information. I will pass it along to my husband. He’s got someone else in mind now who could possibly file an extension for us, because I’m almost perfectly positive we would not owe anything this year. Our refund amounts, from both state and federal, have been very high in past years, and little changed for us this year. The number of our dependents was the same for 2019 as for 2018, and while my business income before expenses went up last year, as I gained a few students, the purchase of the grand piano last year would offset some of that.

    It’s OK if Art or your brother doesn’t have time to answer. I know they’re very busy with their own clients and business.

    Your mention that perhaps our tax preparer or her family has been hit with covid or something else is a possibility I pondered, too. It’s why I let several weeks — six or so — go by without checking. But no one has called us or replied to our emails (we haven’t had anything go to spam/junk), and I don’t have the names or contact information of any of the other preparers in their office group. They don’t list it on the website, which is a site that looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2017. So I can’t ask anyone else there if something has happened to our preparer.

    I’m praying for patience, but seem to be getting less and less patient the more time wears on and the more ticked off my husband gets about the non-answers. My thinking is that when they put signs in their office window that say email is the best way to reach them with questions, then they should be checking their webmail at least daily, especially since there is no more service by phone or in-person. It wouldn’t take that long to acknowledge a short email with, “We received your information, and it’s in the queue,” or something like that.

    (I don’t have complete confidence in dropping sensitive information into an outside dropbox, but it’s what we had to do.) A little acknowledgment to concerned customers that they did indeed receive our info would be reassuring.

    For us, anyway.

    Thanks again for your reply, Janice. It truly helps.

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  43. A beautiful day here — sunny, breezy, low 80s. And so wonderful to be able to see 2nd Arrow and Dear Grandbaby again. First time in over 3 months.

    DG is taking steps away from furniture now. She is 10 months old and began doing that a little before she turned 10 mos. Four consecutive steps is her longest walk so far, her mom reports. Today she took two steps for us in our living room. 🙂

    Such a big girl!

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  44. We enjoyed their visit today, but tears came at the end when daughter and granddaughter were leaving to go back home. 2nd hugged me and said, “Give Karen a hug for me.”

    I started crying quietly. 2nd teared up. 3rd and 6th were standing nearby, tears in their eyes. A big chain reaction among the young women after I started.

    It still doesn’t seem real my best friend is so close to the end.

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  45. I have to say I agreed with the black military man (higher up) who went through one of the bases that is in the running to be renamed. He said if we only have statues of perfect people they will all have to be of the only perfect man who ever walked this earth, Jesus Christ.

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  46. BTW, I’m not a huge fan of statues of people anyway. But I don’t think that people can just willy-nilly destroy property because they don’t like something. And if we are going to honor historical figures with statues, then some Confederate generals qualify. And if someone puts up a statue of someone I don’t consider worth honoring, that’s life.

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  47. Thank you, Kathaleena and Cheryl. It goes in waves. Sunday night, when I heard the news, and Monday morning were hard. Then I was alright the rest of the day and Tuesday, Wednesday, and most of today, but I’m teary again tonight.

    So many times, though, I think about her kids. They’ve got it much harder than I, no doubt about it. All but the oldest are in their twenties. How do you even process losing, or contemplate the impending loss of, a parent when you’re that age? It’s so young. I’m pushing 60 and I’ve still got both of my parents. I don’t like to think about losing them, but I know that day is probably coming for me, sooner rather than later, given their ages.

    But Karen is only 56. Her kids have had relatively few years with her.

    And I think of her husband. Next week will be their 33rd wedding anniversary. It’ll be their last, if she’s not home with the Lord by then, that is.

    Next week is my and my husband’s anniversary, too. Karen always gives us a card for it. She always remembers my birthday and writes a sweet note. I never thought last year that that would be the last birthday greeting I’d get from her.

    Yet through it all now, she radiates the beauty of Christ. The Word pours forth from her lips and her fingertips. Even now.

    Especially now.

    This morning I sat in the rocking chair in my bedroom, and for a while I just held the yellow folder that has the Colossians Bible study in it that Karen had been leading. I opened the folder, took out the study, and reread some of my notes. We were just about to start Chapter 4, the last chapter, at our last study before she was diagnosed. But after that, she was too tired and weak to continue.

    In her Sunday morning Bible study, which she used to lead at church before covid, and which she continued via email afterwards, she was just about to start Galatians chapter 6, the last chapter, before her diagnosis.

    That study has also ended just before the final chapter.

    But even if those studies had been completed, would they have been, really?

    I don’t think so.

    The final chapter is heaven. That’s our closure. There we won’t see through a glass darkly anymore. There we’ll be face to face with Jesus our Savior.

    Can you imagine?

    God’s given me such a gift, allowing me to have a friend like Karen, who reminds me ever so often and gently to fix my eyes on the One to Whom all glory and honor is owed.

    I hope I’ve been half the friend to her she’s been to me, but mostly that I faithfully shine forth the love and mercy of Christ to others like she’s done and still is doing.

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  48. I’m so sorry 6 arrows.

    I saw on the news there’s one defaced statue that is now causing some consternation — because those who have defaced it *want* the graffiti to remain. But if that remains, the statue has to remain … so many dilemmas.

    I had a long, tiring day. The 2020 LA County homeless count figures are being released Friday but the agency conducting it had what’s called an embargoed briefing yesterday via zoom with several of us reporters. They released the data (that couldn’t be published until after midnight tonight) and today sent the written data backup pages for all that was presented.

    I spent a hectic day pulling together a countywide story for all the papes/websites, getting comments from office holders, and generally going crazy to get it all in before deadline.

    But by afternoon, when our story was written but we were still working on graphics, our staff artist spotted a mathematical mistake on one of the handout charts. Yes, there was a mistake and it took probably 2 hours to clear it all up.

    Story filed.

    Then, an hour later, the agency emailed out another correction. I was just getting into my car to pick up the prescription I’ve been waiting for all week, it was 7 p.m., so I noticed my editor was still signed on the company chat platform and I sent it to him apologizing that I was unable to deal with this one.

    Sheesh.

    Anyway, all’s well we suppose, but tomorrow we’ll know for sure when it all posts & publishes.

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