31 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-14-20

  1. It’s such a nice, peaceful day in Greensboro.
    Makes me wonder about all the turmoil in the world.
    Seems the biggest thing now is the name “Redskins”.
    Maybe I should be thankful that we have time for that.
    Maybe they should just settle for “Redshirts”. That would solve lots of problems.
    Don’t laugh. There is a team named WhiteSocks.

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  2. Chas, the Europeans settlers had a very poor sense of colour. I have seen many First Nations people, and they are not red. For that matter, I have seen many Asian people and they are not yellow. And, as I noted yesterday, the terms black and white are inadequate to describe the variation of skin tone in Africa and Europe.

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  3. Good morning! Tiger lilies have already bloomed and now they are fading away. They are so striking in the orange and black. I first saw them as a child at my maternal grandmother’s home. I think I got these from Art’s mother.

    I just met the new neighbor. He is out trimming trees with his brother. He is a grad student and his wife is working after finishing at Tech. I have not met her yet. The neighbor is very friendly and offered to help us if we need anything. I think these will be the youngest neighbors we’ve had. It is good to see them doing things outside.

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  4. Some years back our neighbor took his 12 year old daughter to play golf. She was a natural. She was so good we all took to calling her Tiger Lilly. (Obvious Tiger Woods was the #1 golfer that the time).

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  5. Good morning! I saw the change of flowers but didn’t hang around for the new day to pop up. We are watching the ponies again. Had a wreck at the thoroughbred gate
    Jockey hurt his back and was taken to the hospital.

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  6. Morning! Such pretty Tiger lilies! I don’t believe I have seen them at the nursery to purchase. We have the smaller Day lilies out front.
    I checked in here then went over to my FB page….someone posted an inappropriate birthday greeting on my timeline…I was of course horrified. I deleted it but I am certain others had seen it. This person has Parkinson’s and his mental capacity has diminished significantly and he is my age. He is known to say and post outrageous things but FB is his only outlet. I was only an acquaintance of his as I knew and butted heads with his Dad when I was a teenager. His Dad was the Bank manager next to the pharmacy where I had my first job. Social Media certainly can cause interesting situations!

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  7. Roscuro, I’m assuming that skin colors are a simplification. Red hair is usually nothing close to true red, either, and candy colors named after fruits rarely even resemble the real flavors of those fruits (grape, orange, strawberry, banana, watermelon). Of course my skin isn’t really white, and only the darkest black people could really be called “black” . . . then again, the first-generation slaves were probably far darker than today’s African-Americans, as today’s native Africans are darker than today’s African-Americans, most of whom are actually bi-racial and at least half “white.”

    It’s certainly simpler to describe people in generalities, however. We tend to speak in terms of men and women and boys and girls rather than “infant females, toddler females,” etc. Likewise, we tend to speak in broad categories of white or black, African-American or European-American, rather than figuring out whether a specific person could be described as tea-colored or light coffee, or specifying just exactly what ancestry a specific white person has. Japanese people don’t like being mistaken for Chinese, and vice versa, but most of us aren’t that good at telling the difference, so we simplified it to Oriental and recently to Asian. If you know that all the Asians in your church are from Vietnam, you can be more specific, but otherwise, yes, we tend to talk with some generalities or else very specifically (Cathy Anderson).

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  8. Busy morning, had to pick up meds for Cowboy and my Xray disc. Staff call is in about 15 minutes. And PT at 4 today.

    Our marine layer is back so it’s a nice, cool morning and temps aren’t supposed to be over the low to mid-70s over the next 10 days. Relief.

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  9. Cheryl, if you see my original comment regarding black and white yesterday, you will see native Africans are not darker than African Americans. There are wide variances in skin tone both between tribes and within tribes. I lived among those descended from the ancestors of African Americans. One of the slave forts, the one featured in the novel and miniseries ‘Roots’, was within a short distance of where I was located and in the city we often encountered buses of European tourists going to see the site. The people I moved among were some of them lighter in tone than those called mixed race in Europe and North America. The Fula tribe, for example, has, in general, lighter skin and straighter hair than tribes such as the Wolof, Serer, and Mandinka, yet members of all those tribes have lived side by side for hundreds of years, and some of all those tribes were taken across the Atlantic to be sold. One fellow team member once described a Fula child as having Obama hair, and as everyone knows, Obama is of mixed Kenyan and European American descent; but the Fula have no apparent ‘mixed’ ancestry, having been a nomadic tribe for centuries in West Africa. Their tribe ranges from Mauritania on the edge of the Sahara down to the equatorial jungles of the Congo – the Muslim Fulani tribesman that World reports on as attacking Christian villages in northern Nigeria are part of the group. Furthermore, among the several Fula I worked with in the clinic, some were quite light, the skin tone of a dark Italian or Spaniard and some were quite dark, dark as any equatorial African tribe member. As I also mentioned the Berbers and Tuareg of North Africa are in general, lighter again, with the Taureg, a desert tribe being slightly the darker. They are light enough for them to be mistaken for southern Europeans, which is really hardly surprising, since the Berbers, sometimes misspelled as Barbary, are also known as the Moors, who conquered and held southern Spain for some centuries. I once had someone looking at my photos from West Africa inquire about why one of us was wearing African robes. I had to laugh and explain that was one of the Mauritanian Maur=Moor) shopkeepers who worked in the village.

    On the surface, there is a geographic gradation in skin hair and eye colour from Scandinavia down to Equatorial Africa from light to dark, but, since for many centuries, none of the people have stayed still, travelling to trade and make war, there has been a constant intermixture. I mentioned how the Berbers pushed north into Europe, but they also pushed south. The history of the great West African Empires, such as the Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, were also impacted by the Berbers at the same time as southern Europe was. As it may be possible to guess, two of Africa’s modern countries are named after empires that extended far beyond those modern borders. The source of their wealth was gold, and the city of Timbuktu, now in modern day Mali, was so famed as a centre of culture and learning that several early European explorers died trying to find the fabled city. The Berbers, like their modern day descendants where I was, were often agents of trade, but of course, human nature being human nature, the Berbers were not always content just to trade, especially when backed by fanactical religious fervour. Timbuktu had been by militant Berber tribesmen centuries before Al Quaeda-linked militants again sacked the same city in northern Mali around the time I was in West Africa, causing the French to return peacekeeping troops to their erstwhile colony. In the East, the Egyptian and Ethiopian empires had also a great mixing impact, but, the trade of African slaves to the Americas did not come from East Africa. Actually, the European slavers would not have found it quite so easy to dismiss East Africans – who again, range from light to dark within and between tribes – based on skin colour, as the history and culture East Africa and the Middle East are very intertwined, with East Africans make not a few major appearances in the Bible.

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  10. There is something that the classification of people as different races based on skin colour misses, something that makes the term mixed-race so meaningless. That is, we are all descended from a common ancestor. It was early evolutionists actually, who suggested that certain races were of inferior evolutionary stages. The creation view placed every ‘race’ equally – although, through the years, people have deliberately misinterpreted the Scripture to justify treating one race as inferior, whether it was applying Noah’s curse of Canaan, which was fulfilled within the history of Israel, to all of Ham’s descendants, or worse still, saying darker skinned people were descended from the mating of fallen angels with men, which is a thing Jesus said was impossible. Evolution has now conceded that all humans have a common genetic history, and admitted that race is a purely social construct. But Christians should persist in seeing race, and perpetuating the terminology of black and white, when that terminology comes from heretical distortions of the Bible and atheistis constructs of history is baffling.

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  11. Finally, when God divided the peoples of earth, he did so, not by skin colour, but by language. The tribes I have named as living together in that one tiny area of West Africa were, as I have been trying all this time to portray, less easily to distinguish by appearance. What their tribal names have in common is that they are the name of their language. The Wolof spoke Wolof, the Serer spoke Serer, the Mandinka spike Mandinka, the Fula spoke Fula. Wolof was, as I have said, the trade language, partly because the Wolof are known as the merchants of the West Africa. In the village there was a family that was originally Fula who had started identifying as Wolof because they had mostly lost their Fula language and spoke mainly Wolof. So, if people groups are distinguished by their language, differences in skin colour among those who speak the same language are then just variations within the same people group, because, as we know one family can have both a black haired dark skinned child and a blond haired and light skinned child. It is that unifying factor of a common language that the deliberate construction of races, segregation, and anti-miscegenation laws sought to prevent.

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  12. Our (new) receptionist is on her way to get tested for Covid. I wan’t in the office yesterday but I did sit at the kitchen table with her and eat my lunch today. Also, she emptied the dishwasher yesterday and I made myself a cup of tea this morning.
    Now I feel feverish…I didn’t feel feverish until I got the call. 😉

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  13. Kizzie,

    I’m this close to breaking my rule about commenting on Facebook. I only haven’t because I know this immature idiot would just take it out on you. That girl is mentally ill and needs a doctor. She posts a hate filled rant, yet thinks Trump is the problem. Repulsive, really. She’s toxic.

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  14. Not good news today:

    LA County Reports Highest Number of New Cases and Hospitalizations, Deaths Sharply Increase

    73 New Deaths and 4,244 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms the highest number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations reported in a day with 4,244 new cases and 2,103 people currently hospitalized.

    Of the 2,103 people currently hospitalized, 27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 19% are confirmed cases on ventilators.

    Public Health has confirmed 73 new deaths of Covid-19. This is one of the highest number of new deaths reported in a day and may reflect a lag in the reporting of deaths over the weekend.

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  15. My father is home, by the way. He was at the hospital getting IV antibiotics into the early morning hours. It took a while to get his antibiotics because the pharmacy did not have that high concentration needed in the right form, so they had to get the hospital to approve a different form. He was swabbed as a precaution, but his whit blood cell count was elevated, which typically signals a bacterial infection.

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  16. Roscuro, my experience with African natives is limited, mostly to people I knew in Chicago. We had people from Nigeria and Liberia mostly, and my ears still perk up at those accents, and they were all visibly darker than almost any African-Americans.

    I don’t think “race” is a significant identifier of people. Nor do I think blonde hair is. I think blondes can marry brunettes and people can marry across ethnic groups. I’ve stood up in a few such weddings and attended several more. I suspect the visible racial / ethnic differences we see today are a result of Babel, and I don’t think such conflict is going to disappear in secular culture. But Acts 2 cuts through such differences in the church. It’s one reason I have grown to heartily dislike dispensationalism–in the interest of raising the Jews, it’s actually pretty anti-Semitic. It continues to divide what Christ has joined together.

    I don’t like the term African-American except in some fairly precise situations, such as those I’ve used here, because I’ve known too many people who were African but not American, black but not African, or African but not black. (South Africans are still Africans.) When one is talking about Americans of African heritage, in the same kind of context that one would use the term European-American, then African-American makes sense. To designate every dark-skinned person one sees, it doesn’t.

    And I’m mystified how it could be un-Christian to refer to a person as “black” any more than to refer to someone as tall or brunette or blue-eyed. It’s simply an understood adjective, not a racial slur. The origins of the usage don’t determine today’s usage. Wedding rings and celebration of Christmas were shunned by many believers in times past; today they are simply cultural traditions. I don’t agree with Darwin’s classifications of “favored races.” That isn’t what I mean when I mention one of my friends is black or one of my sisters-in-law is Cambodian. When I say someone is black and from the West Side of Chicago, it’s a cultural marker, nothing more. (I didn’t know people from the South Side, but my black friends assure me there are huge cultural differences, and indeed it is nearly always the South Side that makes the paper in write-ups of poverty and dysfunction.) That cultural distinction is of far lesser importance than whether the person is a brother or sister in Christ. But then, so is the distinction of whether someone is male or female or a member of my own biological family–but we do still make such distinctions.

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  17. Oh, I guess the one who wrote the letter in 6:49 is a she, and it’s already been posted on the News thread. My husband forwarded it to me as of interest to some of you on here, and I skimmed it and then posted the link.

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  18. PS Roscuro, I’m very glad your father is home, and I hope the treatment is quickly effective.

    You may or may not remember that although I have never visited Africa, I have had a lifelong interest in it, because my parents met and married in Nigeria and my oldest brother was born there. We grew up with slides and stories, books by others as well as my parents’ stories, and so I do have some understanding of the way tribal groups and language groups are the significant identity markers. In fact, it’s the first question I ask when meeting someone from Nigeria.

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  19. 90-minute PT session, he looked at my Xray, confirmed nothing of concern other than the mild arthritis (which is probably typical for someone my age); he said my knee probably looks better than his (he’s an avid surfer & rock climber).

    Anyway, he’s sending an email to the ortho doctor I’m seeing on Thursday to explain where we’re at, what the concerns are in terms of recovery (inflammation & swelling primarily). Then we’ll go from there, hoping he can address that — he may also order an MRI.

    Meanwhile, the cute USC first-year PT intern who’s been shadowing my therapist on all my visits for the past 2 weeks has Covid and is now in isolation. I was told just to look for any potential symptoms for now, my therapist is getting tested because she was assigned to him the whole time so he probably spent the most time with her. But everyone wears masks, hopefully nothing to scary …

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  20. Kim, your response reminds of the skin crawl and instant head itch any time someone presents to the ER with lice. Our minds are so susceptible to suggestion.

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  21. Cheryl, I hear you on the culture of certain communities. I knew a woman who worked with black students at the local college who were mostly drafted for the sports teams. She would get so exasperated with the bigotry of the black students. The Chicago black students heartily disliked the Texas black students and vice versa. It wasn’t individuals it was as a whole group. She pointed out the bigotry of it, but it made no difference. It seemed really silly when they were such a minority among a mostly white population.

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