45 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-8-20

  1. Good morning! Deer sighting? Wildlife that looks peaceful and calm. Much nicer than the wildlife roaming the streets of Atlanta.

    Have a good day, Wanderers. I have Bible study this a.m. we are doing a one day study in the book of Jude.

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  2. Good morning Janice, deer, and everyone else.
    I think my middle GD is having another baby now.
    I haven’t heard so, but LindaS is on a plane somewhere and it makes sense that it would be Jacksonville.

    This will be Mary’s fourth. .

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  3. Good morning. Babies are pretty wonderful.
    Twin grandson is working on rolling over. His brain scans are showing lots of new brain tissue being produced. God is working. We will enjoy baby boy as long as we have him and praise God for him.

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  4. Morning! It’s going to be another hot one today and for the next week…with no rain 😞
    Cute deer up there…we had mama and her babies frolicking in the front yard yesterday morning…. 😊
    Sounds like a wonderful morning you are having Mumsee…cherishing the moments ❀️
    And congratulation on the news great grand girl Chas and Elvera….

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  5. Oh, I have not ever even held baby boy. He lives far from here. Remember how sick I got last time I went to Boise? Whew. And they have travel restrictions from the military. He is not allowed more than two hundred miles from base and she is only allowed fifty miles due to the covid thing. I was able to see the twins in the incubators at the NICU, and then got sick and the doc said no babies. But I can encourage daughter and son in law from a distance.

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  6. Speaking of Boise family, apparently, some malcontent deliberately covid infected the work area she is in, so, though she had no contact with the perp or the immediate work area, her command put her on mandatory leave for two weeks in the interest of the babies. What amazing people God has put in places all over the globe.

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  7. Ah, the marine layer returns. Nice and overcast this morning, high will be around mid-70s when that burns off, according to the forecast.

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  8. Lovely news, Chas.

    Also lovely about baby boy’s turning over, Mumsee. Every child is an unknown factor, even the weakest. A family in the tiny church had a grandbaby born whose organs were not in the right places. It wasn’t a complete mirror image where the left and right organs are reversed as people with complete mirror image live normal lives, but rather some of her organs were on the opposite side and some were not, which created blood pressure defects that would eventually cause her heart to fail. They did not think she would live more than a few days, but she lived a year.

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  9. Babies are a joy. My Little Helper is here today. “What doing Mimi?” over and over. I resisted the urge to tell her I was digging potatoes. Yep, I heard that in answer to the question before. She told Papa and me that there was a “bad man in the house”. I’m not sure how she decided that or even new to string those words together but I assured her that Papa and Lulabelle wouldn’t let a bad man in the house.
    God is taking care of me business wise. All of my business right now is coming from referrals and life is looking up.

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  10. We had a great study in Jude this morning. Jude and James are brothers who write in the same style and neither of their books mentions grace in the opening words of the book unlike all the other letters in the NT letters section according to our teacher. I have not verified this, but it sounds likely.


  11. Janice (1:25), I’ve heard that before in reports also. The problem is that we still don’t have our arms completely around this new virus. The more data that comes in the better and the more will be known. But it’s still in a very early stage, relatively speaking (I know, seems like this thing has been here forever now, right?).

    That’s why caution is still warranted, in my view.

    But it also seems that large segments of the population disagree to the point of disregarding some of the protocols, such as wearing masks or gathering in large crowds, so holding back the further spread of the virus at this stage is perhaps a moot point.

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  12. I have a genealogy program that I have been keeping for years. The Scholl/Shull that I have started with Frederick Scholl entering Philadelphia in 1721.
    It ends with the birth of Caroline Ann H. She is the granddaughter of Chuck Shull.
    My dad would be disappointed with the act that his name/genealogy ends.
    I don’t care. Seven children are carrying on genes from our marriage.
    Do you realize that descendants of Mary and Joseph may be walking around to day. (Descendants of James and Jude and likely daughters.) Though they likely don’t know it.

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  13. Chas, my father’s surname ends with his four daughters too. It has never bothered him that his daughters do not carry the family name. My mother, whose own father was concerned that he have sons to continue the line, was actually more worried about not having a son, but my father reassured her.

    Those of you who know the surname may think it a fairly common one, but my father is the eldest son, last of the male line to be born on the ancestral farm that was settled in the 1770s. He has the family Bible, and his lineage might be a history book of the settling and founding of Eastern Canada, as it includes figures who were part of historic events like the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the founding of the Nova Scotia legislature, and the Halifax Explosion. His younger brother, who was born after the farm was sold, has one son who has two sons, but our cousin has never shown interest in the family history. Perhaps that is because, for him, his father’s side are newcomers to the land, as his mother is First Nations. My eldest sibling will get the family Bible, and as her children are American citizens, a small piece of Canadian history will pass out of the country.

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  14. If I ever get married, I have thought I would like to observe the Wolof tradition of keeping my surname. The Wolof were matrilineal, so the surname of the mother means just as much, or more, than the surname of the father, as in order to became a ruler, one had to marry a woman of the royal house. Biblically speaking, the female line of Christ was as important as the male, as it was the seed of the woman who would bruise the head of the serpent.


  15. Janice, two days ago, Ontario was saddened to learn of the death of one of her sons after a long battle with complications from COVID-19, the Broadway actor, Nick Cordero: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53306462.

    His death is just the most public example of what this virus can do to the young and healthy. I am not surprised at the long term damage being seen. Any disease that causes blood clots to form spontaneously can do unlimited variations of damage to the human body, because every area of the body needs blood flow. Even paranoia can be the result of brain damage – I once encountered a schizophrenic who had become so after a head injury. I said early on that the possible it was possible that long term damage could occur for those who recovered, and that was simply a logical deduction based on what was known about how the virus infected the body. The medical studies being done are immensely important to understand what is happening, as with strokes and other kinds of neurological damage, early treatment improves chances of greater recovery. Reporting on these finding helps alert people that if they are experiencing these things, they should seek out treatment as soon as possible.

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  16. Welcome to this world Caroline Anne…such a precious blessing! ❀️
    That was an interesting article Janice. I would imagine perhaps those who have recovered from an especially difficult case could possibly have residual effects? My sister in law had what she thought to be a bad cold…she tested positive for Covid and recovered quickly. What AJ and his family had sounded to be rather rough but they came through it without having to see the doctor nor having a hospital visit. (And from what I can tell AJ is doing just fine with his cognitive abilities 😊)

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  17. You all have read of my past Facebook “discussions” with YA, so you know how haughty she can be. Nightingale, who rarely comments on those things, replied to YA with quite a zinger, which made me laugh. (And yes, I know we shouldn’t cheer such a thing, but it was funny.)

    YA is one who is against all the bad “isms” – racism, sexism, and able-ism. Not that we should be for any of those, but she of course sees them where they don’t exist. When she takes a stand, she takes it to the nth degree. For instance, being in favor of the protests isn’t enough for her, she is also in favor of the rioting. When it comes to wearing masks and social distancing, she is claiming things that go beyond what the CDC and authorities are claiming.

    (BTW, for those who may not know, able-ism refers to attitudes of “able” people towards those who are disabled physically or mentally.)

    So anyway, I had shared something that was to promote not being judgmental or making assumptions of either people who wear masks or people don’t wear masks, with reasons for why someone may not want to wear one (trouble breathing, anxiety, sensory issues, etc.). YA claimed that none of the reasons were legitimate, that everyone – even herself, who supposedly has such bad asthma that she cannot work – can breathe well enough with one on. As I tried to explain that there are people who honestly feel that they cannot breathe well enough with a mask, she merely doubled down on her stance.

    So, I was finished with that “discussion” and then this morning, I saw this brief and pithy comment from Nightingale to YA, “Ableist much?” I couldn’t help laughing.

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  18. Caroline, of course, is the feminine of Charles–so your newest great-granddaughter ends up being named for several important people in her life.

    In our case, Rose and Charles are big names–but we also have marker names that enabled me to follow the lines down through a variety of Bennetts and Ballards.

    I’ve said, no offense, NancyJill, that had I married a Smith, I would have named the kids Zipporah, Hezekiah, or something memorable like that just to help the later genealogists along!

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  19. A friend of mine who is the same age as I am (59) now has two great-grandbabies. I think she had her children young, and then one of her daughters started young, and these two granddaughters who had the babies (within a year of each other) are also quite young. I can’t imagine being a great-grandmother at my age, but I know it happens, and used to be much more common.


  20. Yesterday there was some talk about systemic racism. This video (about 17 minutes long) explains why people believe it exists. I think what this man says is worth considering, at least to understand where people are coming from when they refer to systemic racism.

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  21. Kizzie, indeed, very good information. There is a lot more I would add to what he said (such as paying mothers to raise children without fathers in the home leading to dismantling of the black family), but the situation is really much more complicated than white people generally know, or have experienced.

    In Chicago my last seven to eight years I rented the downstairs of a two-flat. My landlady lived upstairs, and had owned the house since the sixties. She was Puerto Rican and had raised her five sons in the neighborhood, starting with it being a white community. As black people moved in, white people moved out, and by the time I lived there we were the only non-black house on the entire block. I sometimes thought about the grace my neighbors gave me to see me as a neighbor and accept my presence there after white people (and businesses) had moved out and left the neighborhood to deteriorate.

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  22. Interesting statement that indicates something.
    Not sure I understand what.

    ” I sometimes thought about the grace my neighbors gave me to see me as a neighbor and accept my presence there after white people (and businesses) had moved out and left the neighborhood to deteriorate.”


  23. The video was helpful in showing how the trajectory began and continued for so long in so many ways. While we may not have government-sanctioned discrimination now, the trend was set that put so many black families in a corner when it came to housing, education, jobs. For so many, the deck was stacked a long time ago and it still is playing out with regard to opportunities, etc.

    And I appreciated the fact that when he was speaking of white teachers perhaps seeing the promise of a white child for a gifted program and not so much the black child, he said this wasn’t ‘racism’ but rather a bias ingrained in the races which I agree we probably all have to some extent.

    (Racism, to me, is intentional and conscious, an overt hatred or disdain for another race; bias is more of a subconscious favoritism that the individual is probably not often aware he or she has.)

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  24. DJ, remember that small package I ordered from Australia in the spring but accidentally used the account with my old address? Well, it finally arrived today, four months and two days after I ordered it. That has to be pretty much a record.

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  25. All checked in and dropped off the van!
    But my phone died about ten miles before the airport
    Trying to charge it now


  26. Jo you are going back to CA or are you heading to PNG?
    Michelle naming kiddos with a last name like Smith can be tricky. My Mother wanted us to name our firstborn after my Dad…I just could not name my child John Smith! So we named him Jacob 😊

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  27. DJ, what you said about racism vs bias. That is a huge difference that I think is lost on people today. It’s one thing if I say, “I’m more nervous encountering a large unfamiliar black man in a dark alley than a large unfamiliar white man”, and it’s a totally different thing if I say, “Because you are black and I am white, I am better than you, or smarter than you, or worth more than you, or I hate you.” Yet it’s all labeled racism today and treated as equally reprehensible.

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  28. Safely home
    and phone is charged

    my sons family and I both got a free app this week called flightradar24 Nine year old grandson used it to track me from Seattle to Sacramento
    It was so fun to use there as they live under the flight path.

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