28 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-20-21

  1. Good morning Jo. I’ll go back to read them.
    It isn”t fair. It really isn’t .
    The female on these early morning talk shows has to be attractive.
    It doesn’t matter how the men look.

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  2. I see on TV where the mayor of Chicago has a race-based interview policy.
    Trying to correct something.
    By creating another problem.

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  3. Lovely to see that cardinal.

    I so rarely see a bright colored bird out here.

    Blue jays are the most vivdโ€”other than the escaped peacocks we mEet from time to time.

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  4. Californian”
    I see on TV where druggies are taking over your beach.
    How do they get the money to support a drug habit?

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  5. I think I told this before”
    I used to give money to the guy standing on the street corner begging.
    But once, several years ago now, I was driving along, a guy approached me and I started to give him some money.’
    But suddenly, I remembered a sign I had just seen in the same shopping center:
    It said, “Help Wanted”
    I drove past.

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  6. I am surprised to hear that from a Californian. We have lots of beautiful birds; yellow finches in the summer, blue jays and blue birds, orioles (that pass through) hummingbirds (I know Cali has tons of those!).pheasants.
    Disgusting what that mayor is doing and so many others with their discrimination. More sad is that they either do not understand that or they just don’t care.

    My granddaughter is fourteen and just got hired at a fast food place for $12.00/hour. She cannot cook,until she turns 16. Amazing wages for a fifteen year old.

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  7. Kathaleena, That is good. Not the money part, but it’s good that young people learn where money comes from
    Somebody, somewhere has to work.

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  8. Good morning.

    I remember when nineteen year old son was refusing to accept any job under seventeen dollars. an hour. Weird.

    As far as drug users getting money for the habit, seems many turn to crime of some sort or another. Including selling drugs.

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  9. Drug dealers often prey on the encampments for ‘customers” and to recruit yet more dealers who will work for them. I believe street drugs can be rather cheap.

    When folks have been on the streets a while, it becomes less and less likely for them to return to mainstream society. They become acclimated and trapped in the lifestyle. That’s why social workers will tell you that it’s crucial to “reach” people early, when they are much more likely to accept help and aren’t too far gone. Once people are out on the streets for a while, they become very difficult to help. If they didn’t have drug or alcohol problems before, they can develop them quickly in that environment.

    Those who find themselves on the street (or living in cars) in the early weeks or months due to job or housing losses are much more likely to do whatever it takes to get back on track.

    So meanwhile we are spending multi-billions of dollars statewide to build homes for the homeless. But even with the offer of help for addictions or other issues, many won’t be able to adapt to a mainstream lifestyle.

    The shock of seeing people lined up in tents along local sidewalks is beginning to wear off and be almost acceptable.

    And any effort by city officials to control homeless encampments are quashed by attorneys who challenge any and all attempts to restrict homeless encampments. LA has been a main target of these aggressive and usually successful lawsuits. It’s left the city and county in an untenable situation.

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  10. Good late morning. I have been in prayer over Wesley’s teaching demonstration which may still be going on. I wonder if those applying for teaching positions had to do this before all the Zoom meetings became the thing. Perhaps they were in person and had to lead a real class as a visiting professor? There is so much I do not know about the academic world.


  11. Once you are addicted, you are captured:
    I remember a program when someone asked Rush (formerly nicotine stained fingers) how long it took to get over needing a smoke. His reply”
    “I want one now”.

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  12. Amen, said this Californian. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The other aspect of “street culture” we wouldn’t know about is there are two types: those with jobs, and those who don’t have jobs.

    In that culture, when you get money, you may rent a hotel room for the night–so you can sleep in a bed and take a shower. Your friends join you to use the facilities.

    The homeless man we’re working with at church was “gifted” a hotel room for his birthday. The understanding was that while he had this gift from a friend who had come into some cash, he would be expected to share it.

    Which he did.

    He had a job, though it ended two weeks ago when the temporary need ended, and had a hard time not buying meals, loaning money, etc. to homeless friends.

    And really, what other kind of friends are homeless people likely to have?

    In terms of drugs and money, DJ explained it well. We also have many well-meaning . . . people/enablers/fools . . . who give them things. Tents, say, sleeping bags, free needles (government program), and food galore, which means what little money they have/receive from various programs/etc. can be deployed elsewhere.

    In the county north of us, and probably my own full of well-meaning people, homeless people are given $75 a month to help with dog costs. (I don’t think they help for cats–cats have the good sense to find others with a comfortable couch to help them).

    Ideally, those funds cover shots, vet appointments, food, flea killer.

    Of course, we have free mobile vets who visit to help and there’s always that attractive sign, “Needed: dog food,” which mitigates some of the expense.

    The problem with dogs–I’m actually sympathetic to women who feel the understandable need for a dog to protect them–is they aren’t accepted in shelters, which is another excuse not to go into one.

    The well-meaning piles on top of the other well-meaning and people end up trapped by it all. The free gifts only cause more problems–because where do you store your stuff so that what little you have won’t be stolen?

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  13. In other news, I’m reading a book called “What’s Behind the Ink? The Spiritual Aspects of Tattooing, Piercing, and Other Fads.”

    Author is William Sudduth.

    I’ve found in my life that when I react in a harsh way to something–even the title of a book–it’s usually a sign the Holy Spirit is tapping my shoulder to take a look and examine my heart.

    My reaction may be perfectly understandable and for good reason.

    Usually, however, it means the Lord is calling my attention to something in my heart/mind/soul that needs to be brought to Him and discussed.

    Discussed, of course, includes listening. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A FB friend asked us to list what we’re reading. I thought about listing the novel I’ll pick up today, but instead decided to go with this title.

    I got a pretty strong reaction from someone.

    I’m saying nothing–but I pray the Lord will cause her to give the idea a prayerful thought.

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  14. Our more recent shelters in LA actually do accept pets and are built out with dog runs and other accommodations; volunteers provide grooming and other needed care. Crated dogs can be kept near one’s bedside if that can be worked out, I don’t think free-roaming dogs inside are part of the program for obvious reasons. Allergies also come into play when living in communal settings. (And it was because many didn’t want to leave their pets behind that this was done; whether it’s accomplished the goal of getting more folks inside and rehabilitated to any extent, we don’t know yet.)

    In LA many of our more underused hotels and motels may be sold for homeless use exclusively.

    And yes, way too much food is doled out by well-meaning folks. It is the homeless advocates here who provide tents as they are supportive of folks being able to stay on the streets. They are very young and quite well-intentioned, of course. But … Is this really helping anyone?

    Shelters now are designed under a model known as “low-barrier” — meaning very few requirements to come inside, including no promises or expectations of anyone giving up drugs or alcohol which can still be consumed off premises, staff looks the other way.

    Again, we’ll see if that works better than the more traditional shelter models (most operated by Christians, frankly) that require folks to agree to giving up drug use and to attend programs designed to speak to more spiritual aspects of folks’ needs.

    I personally don’t think this newer government-run model will yield any better results. Even in the traditional private sector models only a small percentage are able to reach full recovery in the sense of rejoining society, holding down jobs, keeping an apartment.


  15. Wesley got to teach a real class by Zoom for his demo. He taught on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which is a piece he taught on this past semester so he was well prepared. He also has an interview in OK this next week. He has some adjunct classes lined up for Waco if he does not get another position. This is all a relief though nothing is yet settled. Thanks to those who prayed about his need.

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  16. It’s not official yet, but it looks like the nursing staff in Nightingale’s union will receive the raises they wanted, along with a pension. The full raise will be phased in over three years, but the first bump in pay, starting this summer, will be a pretty good one. What a relief!

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  17. This is silly, but the store finally got some kleenex in. The stuff I buy says hypoallergenic with no perfumes or dyes. Yet, as i used it for a sneeze this morning, I could smell some perfume and it made me sneeze more. So… I went and got some plain white napkins and they are rough, but do the job. I will probably give these boxes away.

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  18. Jo, that has happened to me. I wonder sometimes if they are loaded in the truck alongside something that smells and then it absorbs the scent. I’ve had to give away a few things as husband and I do not tolerate anything scented.

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  19. We made another run up to Moscow. I am trying to get my dad interested in an exercise bike. A very stable one. He is devoted to caring for his spouse to the detriment of his own health. Not unlike a certain someone on here. I proposed a bike, he gave a bunch of arguments about having to stay right close to grandma. I explained the bike would be right behind his bike, clear view of the stairs she comes down, her chair where she sits (only three feet from there) and a view of the television. He liked it! If he can pedal a bit, it should help with legs strength, balance, and his back not to mention digestive issues. He is pleased! That certain someone might consider the idea as well.

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  20. I’d love an exercise bike.

    Good for Nightingale! That’s very positive news.

    We had 2 mandatory zoom calls today where our unionization efforts were discussed — way too little too late, in my view, and I think in our case it would only hamper the mess we’re already in and have been trapped in for 10+ years now. It is what it is. Our industry as a whole is struggling and that probably won’t change anytime soon.

    And the news guild – according to a Vanity Fair article last week — is now hiking the dues for their outlets in the NY area.

    There’s no guarantee of any kind of a raise, of course.

    I kept thinking about that Who song — Meet the new boss, same as the old boss — it would just add one more contentious layer to our lives, another group we’d be answerable to and would exert some added control over us.

    I kept thinking about that

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  21. About 1/3 of our properties across the country have the guild in place now and it’s not all that “successful” from that standpoint.

    We’re too much at the bottom of the heap anymore for something like that to matter.


  22. Oh, Mums, you reminded me that I need to get back on the search for a recumbent bike for Art! It would not have been used during tax season, but now it might be used.

    It was fun to talk to Wesley in the middle of the day rather than at the end of a long day when we are all exhausted and sleepy. We got to talk about a street he drove on because of a detour downtown. It was the street on which Art made that turn in the dark that got us stuck on the railroad track and the train had to be stopped. That was a spectacular evening none of us will ever forget.

    I have a pan of cornbread dressing cooking. The house smells so good. I have not been grocery shopping lately. Since I had what I needed to make the dressing we can enjoy it for a few days.

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