70 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-29-21

  1. Morning all. Welcome to my day. It is school break and I didn’t even go outside today. I read books and worked on a newsletter. It is nice to have a lazy day.
    But, Chas, you still need to walk. 🙂

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  2. When you reach 90 and live alone, you take precautions that you ordinarily don’t think about.
    example
    I don’t go outside in the back without a phone in my pocket. The reason? My house is situated that if I should fall, no one would know it for hours. Out front, I don’t need to do that; someone is almost always passing by.
    Bottom line?
    An old man living alone has to think of things we didn’t think of before.

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  3. Well Chas, instead of having one woman to nag you, you now have several. We nag because we care. We still need you here on the blog to keep us straight and to pray for our concerns.
    I am having a good season in real estate and am extremely thankful. I put another property under contract yesterday and am showing another today. Everything has a referral on it, but that is OK because it came to me, I didn’t have to go looking for it.
    Behave ya hear!

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  4. Serious question:
    i see on TV that Tuesday is proclaimed “A Day of Giving”.
    Question? Who proclaimed that and for whom is it a “day of Getting”?
    Suppose you don’t participate?
    I give to my church once a month. Does that count?
    Obviously, not for those who get on Tuesday.

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  5. Good morning! It’s a bright cool day here. I have been doing my online Bible study about Joseph in Genesis this a.m. it’s making me want to get back to reading the book about Joseph by Allistar Begg. I bought it for when I had to teach a lesson, and I found it to be very good but never finished it.

    As I prayer walked on Saturday around the outdoor campus of our church, I was struck by the thought that the playground has nothing to speak to the children’s hearts about Jesus. Then I thought how I use to take Wesley to many playgrounds since we never had a swing set for him. We visited county parks, Stone Mt. playground, church playgrounds, and school playgrounds. There was nothing that really distinguished the church playgrounds from the others except for the church building. I had a moment of realization of lost opportunity. I think something could be posted in playgrounds at churches that would spur conversations about Jesus. I felt very sad considering this.

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  6. Janice, parents are told to take every opportunity to talk with their children about God, and certainly a parent can remind his child that God gave him those big muscles that he uses on the swings, and God made the birds that fly overhead. A playground on a church campus is there to allow the children to burn off energy; just as a car in the church parking lot functions in the same way as a car in any other parking lot, a playground on church grounds functions the same way as any other playground.

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  7. Chas, not sure which Tuesday you are referring to, as there are two possibilities:

    1. The Tuesday after Black Friday in November is Giving Day, seemingly a ploy by charities to cash in on the annual spending spree that happens after American Thanksgiving.

    2. This is Holy week, between Palm and Easter Sunday, so this Tuesday is called Holy Tuesday. There doesn’t seem to be any tradition of giving especially attached to Holy Tuesday – Jesus spent the day in debate in the Temple – but possibly some denominations observe it as a time of acts of charity.

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  8. Janice, there is no divide between the sacred and the secular in the life of the believer. All things are done to his glory. In a balanced Christian life, there is no need for religious symbols in a playground to remind children of God, because in him, we live and move, and have our being. Children playing innocent games would be pleasing to the heart of our Lord, who took up the small children in his arms to bless them. Swinging and climbing allows for physical movement while children process the lessons learned that morning. I always thought better when I was moving.

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  9. Oh what a beautiful morning! It is already 53 degrees here with a predicted high of 64. The deer bedded down out by Babe’s grave last night…there are still a couple of sleepy ones back there…the others have moseyed on. We then spied Mr and Mrs Dove taking a stroll around the deer pecking away at the forest floor. As we sat here having our coffee I spied six wild turkey making their way to the road…we haven’t seen that for quite a while! The magpies are building two huge nests way up high in the pines…they are being quite industrious!
    Chas I am thankful you take your phone with you while venturing about. Mom is 91 and she would always walk around the block…then she shortened it to half the block…then just down to the corner. She told me yesterday that she no longer feels steady enough to walk to the gate at the back of the yard to visit Edith…my childhood best friend’s Mom. So now she thinks perhaps she will get in the car and drive around the block to visit. I suggested she just call on the phone…they can wave to each other through the window as they chat!

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  10. Good morning. Snow here. Chores are done. Exercise is done. Letters are mailed. Meds have been given. Breakfast served. Now I am here to find out what is going on in the real world.

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  11. Playgrounds: Interesting thought, Janice. Yet another point of outreach. I, as an unbelieving child, totally unchurched, went to several playgrounds. That would certainly have given me something to think about. What could it be though? The Catholics would use statues. But the Protestants?

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  12. Chas, I am glad you carry your phone. I try to remember mine when I go out, at least in the winter, and when I clean the chimney. Though, if I fall off the roof, not sure my phone would stay with me. Though I have taught thirteen year old how to call emergency services, I doubt she remembers.

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  13. I met an interesting character yesterday at church. Moved here recently from Pennsylvania. Something about him falling in his house and being immobile for nine days before the authorities broke down his door and took him to the hospital. Then, while he was there, the jail released a prisoner who promptly went out and stole the guy’s car. A deputy saw him filling up in nearby Orofino, the thief saw him and entered a nearby bar, leaving the fuel dispensing. The deputy waited ten minutes before going in and nabbing the thief. The car is back, Oh, the thief stole the keys for the car from the house. Anyway, the guy says though it was a rough start, he loves this place and is never leaving. Says the people are so friendly, well except the thief.

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  14. Phos @ 10:39 I don’t know any more than you do.
    THEY
    called it a day of giving. That’s all I know.
    I think they want some money, so they invented a day.

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  15. Ok, last week was a Red Cross Day of Giving, but looks like activities go all month:

    What is Giving Day?

    Giving Day is an opportunity for local communities to come together on one day to help the families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster and who urgently need Red Cross services to get back on their feet.

    When is Red Cross Giving Day?

    The seventh annual American Red Cross Giving Day is on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Giving Day takes place in March during Red Cross Month, when we recognize the people who make our mission possible — volunteers, blood donors, people trained in lifesaving skills and our supporters — who step up to aid others when #HelpCantWait.

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  16. I also see a few mentions of a Giving Day on March 30, 2021, but geared toward supporting colleges by way of bolstering scholarship programs. Some appear connected to Jewish education, so maybe that’s the niche.

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  17. DJ, perhaps connected to charitable giving during Passover then.

    My relatives on FB are at it again. It doesn’t matter that Passover coincides with Easter week this year. No, they must still lecture the rest of us on how ungodly the church is for observing Easter out of alignment with the Jewish Passover. This time, they were dissing the Council of Nicaea for its decision regarding Easter. But Nicaea’s most valuable contribution to Christianity was not consolidating the church’s observance of Easter – existing docents from the Council do not even give a dating method for Easter, and simply say the council agreed to unify the observance – but rather its most important contribution was to rebuke the heresy of Arianism. Athanasius, who was present at the Council and became the most ardent defender of orthodoxy against Arianism, later wrote that the date of Easter was just a recommendation, but the confession the Council produced was an absolute requirement. All branches of orthodox Christianity still agree on the doctrine laid out in the Nicene confession, even the churches who insist on not using any formal confessions. Once again, in order to support their fascination with Judaism, my relatives seem in danger of discounting orthodox Christian beliefs.

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  18. All I know is it’s Monday. Again.

    The gardeners are due this morning, the check is in the envelope on the patio where I usually leave it.

    More active dreams last night, interesting how people from my past populate so many of them, relatives, co-workers, friends. Even a few of my past (and current) dogs. Last night I dreamt I had to meet someone at a dog park for a work-related thing so I took Cowboy with me — and then forgot about him and left him there. Bad owner!

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  19. Well, twice in the last week I’ve had friends cancel plans to walk with me, with reasons beyond their control. (One hurt her toe, and the one who was supposed to be walking during her lunch hour today–her office is a block away–had a computer crisis at work.) Noon isn’t even close to the best time of day to take photos and it’s supposed to be warmer later, so I’m not going to go out anyway as I would have if our plans had been for an earlier walk. But I’ll probably go out late this afternoon, since mentally I had geared up for a walk and it got cancelled less than an hour from when it was scheduled to happen. I’m disappointed, though, since this person from church had often talked with me about us walking together (I see her sometimes when I walk past where she works) and she contacted me about walking Thursday, and I suggested today instead since Thursday was going to be a rain day, and now we’ve postponed it again. Hopefully tomorrow will work!

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  20. vaccine news

    ~ BREAKING NEWS

    The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are proving highly effective in preventing coronavirus infections under real-world conditions, the C.D.C. found.

    Consistent with clinical trial data, a two-dose regimen prevented 90 percent of infections by two weeks after the second shot. One dose prevented 80 percent of infections by two weeks after vaccination.

    There has been debate over whether vaccinated people can still get asymptomatic infections and transmit the virus to others. The study, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested that transmission is extremely unlikely. (NYT)

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  21. Yes, it is interesting the people who can populate one’s dreams. I dreamed again about our friend who recently died (that was not surprising as someone just shared another photo of him on Facebook). At any rate, he was suddenly standing next to me and greeted me quite cheerfully, I greeted him back, but then told him it could not be him since he died unless he had been resurrected. He cheerfully told me that he had been resurrected so to speak. I looked at his wife, who stood across a table from us, for confirmation and she very nonchalantly said yes, the doctors realized that he wasn’t actually dead. I was angry at the medical personnel being so careless as to put everyone through such agony for no reason.

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  22. I think you have a good idea, Janice. I would imagine, with a little imagination and prayer, a person could design a fun playground with some imagery or items to pique children’s curiosity if they have never heard of Jesus. That is not uncommon anymore.

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  23. Roscuro, are your relatives aware that nothing in Scripture mandates an annual celebration of Easter? (We have a weekly commemoration instead–the Lord’s Day.) The date really doesn’t matter! It’s not bad that we have a certain additional date to remember the resurrection, but it isn’t a divine mandate like Passover was.

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  24. Yes, Noah’s Ark and the Whale in Jonah, etc. As a former preschool teacher, those would have made great teachable moments on the church playground. I was all about using crafts and play to reinforce what the children were learning intellectually. It would have made the church playground stand out from the other secular playgrounds. Our church playground will be used for an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. There also will be stations for telling the Easter story on the lawn which we call The Green Space. I think personally that people learn early on to compartmentalize the spiritual part of themselves and, God (anyone can’t be successful in trying to keep him in a box). Before when I was not a true believer, I never would have looked at nature as I do now giving God glory for Creation. I thought God was for inside the church building. For those who have been believers since early childhood, I doubt you can fully imagine the stunted growth in the spiritual realm that could have been lessened by a holistic approach to learning about God being omnipresent.

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  25. Or some easy but potent Scripture verses on plaques, they might look at and God would impress into their minds for further cogitation. Much like ads work only for a much better purpose. Getting those minds working on the idea that there really are some people who believe. Why, mom? Why, dad? Today at the playground I read this line….what does it mean? (and the parents, who are not church goers, might think, hmmm, where is that old Bible of grandma’s?)

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  26. I still have not planted the ajuga. I started picking out some spaces and pulled up some of the grass that may be what my neighbor grows in her yard. I took a photo and sent a text but thought I may have sent it to a landline which does not do texts. I then called and left a message explaining I will save it for her if she has need to plug any bare spots in her yard (I complimented and said her yard looks great so she may not need it). So she can let me know. I did the good neighbor deed in my mind. The grass is starting to green up so I need to do it now while it still looks like golden straw and resembles dead blotches in my yard.

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  27. So why, Roscuro, does the date for Easter matter? It’s like debating the date for Christmas and thinking you’re doing God’s work. Celebrate it or not, on whatever date you choose. It won’t make you closer to God either way. And certainly nothing in Scripture suggests that non-Jewish believers should celebrate Passover, so that argument seems dead in the water from any angle.

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  28. Yes, DJ, playing peacefully was always the preschool teacher’s dream. They were wise to not allow the four-year-old kids (children for Mumsee) in the same play space as the two-year-olds.

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  29. Ah, well, at that preschool age, probably/maybe yes.

    We were always pretty rough and tumble as I recall, at least in our later single-digit years. 🙂 Playgrounds, mostly, in my memory, were for jumping and swinging and screaming.

    I love my gardener. I noticed he was digging some dirt up in the back — and because the dogs had gotten out and were barking at him I went out and realized he was planting my 3 potted plants that are long overdue to be put into the ground. Woo-hoo. I meant to get to that one of these days. but then the knee … and the months just sort of came and went.

    Slow work day for me today and it’s a holiday (Cesar Chavez Day) for government types.

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  30. Only one side available to this story for now, but if it was as stated, ouch. The Christian employers were seriously in the wrong.

    https://religionnews.com/2021/03/27/pagan-sues-panera-bread-company-alleging-religious-discrimination/

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    Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination

    A former baker for the chain said she was told that she ‘needed to find God,’ according to a court filing.

    (RNS) — A Pennsylvania woman filed a lawsuit Wednesday (March 24) against Panera Bread Company, alleging that she was discriminated against and fired due to her pagan beliefs.

    Tammy McCoy, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, was hired as a baker at the Panera location in nearby Pleasant Hills, a Pittsburgh suburb, in October 2019. According to the filing, she “never discussed her religion or religious beliefs at work” because she felt the subject was private.

    Paganism is an umbrella term used for a number of different growing religious and spiritual practices centered on nature and magic.

    According to the lawsuit, the subject of McCoy’s religion came up in late May of 2020, when McCoy was on break with the store’s assistant manager, Lori Dubs, and the manager, Kerri Ann Show. Show asked McCoy what her religion was, and Tammy responded, “I am Pagan.”

    Show reportedly responded by telling McCoy that she was going to hell, and Dubs “vigorously nodded her head in agreement.”

    The lawsuit then goes on to describe a series of other discriminatory actions. Among the complaints are that McCoy’s hours were cut, and when she asked why, she was told that she “needed to find God” before returning to her “previous schedule.” She was reportedly docked pay for breaks that she did not take.

    McCoy alleged that she asked to be transferred to a different store, to which the district manager reportedly said, “No,” and, “We’re probably going to get rid of you anyways.”

    A call to Panera’s corporate human resources went unanswered. …
    _________________________________

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  31. Cheryl, as I have indicated before, some of what they are dabbling in seems like Armstrongism revived, and Armstrongism had some really weird teachings around something called Anglo-Israelism that revived the practices of the law.

    These are not my relatives who had a Jewish father – those relatives have no problem with Easter being when Easter is, and with one being a pastor, another a missionary, and all three having had a father who both Jewish and a pastor who observed Easter, they have a pretty firm grounding.

    No, the relatives who are all about the Passsover currently are another branch of the family – these are the ones who were all enthusiastic about Francis Chan’s home church movement, and shared criticisms of what they call ‘mainstream’ church for being worldly, but their definition of mainstream seemed to be anyone who didn’t think like them. They have an odd hodge podge of beliefs borne out of a very shaky understanding of church history.

    I’ve seen them be very anti-Calvinist, yet proidly repeat an unverified old family claim of Huguenot ancestry (they didn’t seem to realize Huguenots were, gasp, Calvinist). The one who seems closest to heretical error once shared a critique about supposed pagan origins of Hannukah from a supposed Messianic Jewish source, yet when I investigated this Messianic Jewish source I discovered the source denied the deity of Christ. Later on, he shared articles about why we should celebrate Hannukah.

    He has also shared links to Anglo-Israelism articles, with claims that Europeans are descended from the lost tribes, ergo, we are all actually Jews and should follow the Jewish feasts. Since Anglo-Israelism is considered an anti-Semitic teaching, because it wipes out actual Jewish people by claiming they aren’t true Jewish descendants, I am surprised my relatives are drawn to it. Their dispensationalist escatology calls for support for Israel and they were very happy when the US embassy was moved to Jerusalem. Their support for Israel, incidentally, is receiving some testing, because of Israel’s current rule about COVID vaccine passports, as they oppose both the lockdowns and the vaccines and talk about a Plandemic and Bill Gates being a Satanist, etc., etc.

    The wild instability of their beliefs is illustrative of Ephesians 4:14. But it is very difficult to try to correct them gently. The last time I addressed some of their claims, I was treated very rudely and was told in veiled language to shut up and get off their thread. I wouldn’t have commented, having been rebuffed before, but another of my cousins, one of the half-Jewish ones was getting ganged up on. He was deeply offended by them comparing lockdowns to the Holocaust in which his grandmother died. He actually thanked me privately for coming to his aid. I am accustomed to the rough and tumble of family debate, since our family are all natural debaters, but it was a bit shocking.

    At one point, these relatives were all very nice and supportive of my family branch, because they perceived that my parents’ homeschooling, Young Earth Creationist, traditional worship service attending, practices to be the epitome of good Christianity (I don’t think they knew our church had been excommunicated from the IFB for Calvinist convictions). They were a bit older than us and have certainly pursued the living off the land, homeschooling kind of model my parents set. But now that we model children are grown up and expressing opinions contrary to theirs they don’t like it. I was told, in that last exchange, to “open my eyes.”

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  32. I finally put my spring olive branch wreath on the front door, taking down the evergreen winter one. I have a cross I also hang with it for the Easter season, it’s made of those tiny “Indian” multicolor beads we used to see and wear on love-bead strings or to decorate moccasins.

    Now I really do need to replace the dead hanging flower baskets on the front porch. It’s been hard to get into the mood for spring this year for some reason. But today is gorgeous, sunny with temps in the upper 70s.

    The 35-year-old teenager next door has returned home, presumably after another long rehab stint, but he isn’t looking good — and today, his first day back, he was just blasting his music, rap this time, from the garage. He usually plays kinder, gentler rock music (Beach Boys, Motown, some classic rock which is decent).

    He told me the bakery where he works part-time is bringing folks back on rotation schedules (they’ve all been on furlough) but he said that he makes more money not working with the bulked up unemployment checks so he’s not very eager to go back.

    The pandemic year has really taken a toll on so many people — in so many different ways.

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  33. The Giving Day that DJ mentioned is different from Giving Tuesday. From the website:

    “GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

    Join the movement and give – each Tuesday and every day – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.

    It’s a simple idea: whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.”

    So it appears that people are encouraged to give to whatever charity or cause they please, or simply do something helpful or kind for another person.

    https://hq.givingtuesday.org/

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  34. The poor little boy I so confused with my ear (non)severing on Saturday night, spent yesterday trying to convince his older brother it actually happened.

    Hopefully, he’s seen the photo of me with the severed ear AND my own, still attached.

    I would have been a lot gentler had I realized! This was supposed to be family friendly . . . .

    Wrote up a blog post with photos for tomorrow. If you’re curious, I’ll post the link tomorrow.

    Looking through the photos on my phone to choose some, I saw how very busy I’ve been the last week. No wonder I read a book and took a nap yesterday! I was tired!

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  35. Is that birdie eating with his toes up there!? 😂
    The wind is horrid around here today…40mph sustained winds…I thought the overhang at the gas station was going to collapse while I filled up the car!
    It has been a frustrating day. I have started the “Spring purge” of “stuff”! The stuff that hides in upper kitchen cabinets collecting dust…hiding on the upper closet shelves collecting dust. Nice things but I just no longer use. Milk glass serving bowls, old candy store scales, books, an antique cruet set, nice dresses I no longer wear, nice primitive Christmas ornaments I no longer use…etc. I decided to take all that into town and donate to the pregnancy center thrift store. The girl there was so rude. She said they aren’t taking clothes now. Then they would not take the Primitive magazine type books. No Christmas ornaments…none of the old hat boxes I had…she said she would just throw them away! I left what I could then went on over to Goodwill…they took what was left and they were very appreciative and friendly.
    Then I stopped at the grocery to grab pita bread for small group tomorrow. I purchased two steaks to grill for dinner…got home..the bagger gave them to the lady that was in line in front of me! I had to drive back into town and take care of that! The blessing in that return trip was that I ran into my older neighbor who was standing in front of the store so distraught that she had forgotten her mask! I have extra disposable ones in the glove box…and I was there to give her one! That made my frustrating day turn into a smile 😊

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  36. DJ, that 2:55 link, the parts you quoted, really sound like caricatured versions of Christianity and not something that actually happened. As far as I know Panera isn’t a Christian company, and they’d hardly assume that anyone they hired was a Christian. Hopefully one side has actual evidence about what happened and not just hearsay.

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  37. Roscuro, yeah, that sounds problematic on several levels. I have several in my family who have veered off toward some fringe movements (patriarchy, KJV only), but so far at least they all intentionally distance themselves from the more extreme adherents of them. I mean, I don’t really even like the lengths to which they do go, and I suspect I’m widely seen as one of the family “liberals,” but it’s been some decades since I took my family’s viewpoints all that seriously on secondary and tertiary matters.

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  38. Cheryl, the weirdest thing about it is that I am almost sure that Youngest in-law also has dabbled in Anglo-Israelism (Youngest once mentioned that we – those of British descent -were descended from the Scythians, which is part of Anglo-Israelism: https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/anglo-israelism.html) but, due to his questioning of the Holocaust and conspiracy theories about world governments being run by a perverted Jewish cabal (he was into QAnon before the mysterious ‘Q’ was), he would be opposed to my relatives’ support for Israel. They would however, agree that COVID was exaggerated and that vaccines were evil.

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  39. Nancyjill, re purging…. Here there are things in the top of my kitchen cupboards that the person before me left. I will just leave them for the next person. Those little glass dessert bowls on a pedestal… Also anything I want to get rid of I can put by the road or take to school for the employees. Nothing is wasted.

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  40. Cheryl (6:43), agreed. It will be a difficult case if there were no other witnesses to what was said, the proverbial she said/she said.

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  41. Nancyjill, how discouraging (about trying to give away what sound like some delightful things).

    I need to get a Salvation Army pickup going again here, assuming they still provide that service. I was quite regularly having them pick things up for the last several years, but then the pandemic struck and I didn’t even think about it.

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  42. I think that so many have tried to go Minimalist that it has allowed a lot of the charities receiving donations to become extra picky. I saw that happening several years ago here. I was dismayed to have some nice things rejected, but they can’t sell them. No one wants to accumulate these days when they can always feel a supply is as close as pressing a few keys on a cell phone. The phenomena is similar to having room service in a hotel. It is a new mindset driven by constantly available supply. I was brought up by depression era parents so keeping supplies on hand was a priority.

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  43. It was disappointing especially since I have supported the Pregnancy Center for 35 years. I went in and checked out their shoppe and it was not nice…messy, things in disarray and it didn’t smell so nice in there. I thought they could use these things on the suggestion of a friend who volunteers there. In hindsight I should have taken these things to the Senior Center thrift store…those little old ladies are always so sweet and enjoy the old McCoy cookie jars (I donated one today in mint condition) milk glass, old pharmacy jars…oh well..I pray they sell and the center benefits in the serving those young women in their pregnancy…

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  44. Maybe more volunteer training in graciousness going forward? Even if you’re turning down something, it should be with a sense of gratitude that it was offered.

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  45. Well, the problem, too, is that people use thrift shops as opportunities to dump junk— and then the charities have to pay to get rid of it.

    We, meanwhile, now have two suitcases dumped off at church— which look serviceable and worth donating, but my husband says we can’t donate in good conscience because we don’t know why they were dumped.

    So, a double waste and we— in this case my husband and I— now pay to throw them away.

    A real shame, because I’m sure someone would like two suitcases. 😦

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  46. For years we worked with a local Christian ministry that cared for the homeless and working poor. People would donate dirty ragged torn clothing, cracked coffee mugs, etc. it was a hefty cost to have the dumpster emptied daily due to that issue.
    When I donate clothing it is clean, folded and sorted..no rips, no tears nor snags.
    I washed all the Westmoreland hobnail milk glass serving bowls, and every other glass container…they were sparkling clean. Everything was sorted…books in one box, glass in another box, wrapped in bubble wrap so that there would be no breakage.

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  47. but it [the celebration of Easter] isn’t a divine mandate like Passover was.

    Neither is Christmas, and yet…

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