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

  1. Good morning again.
    I see on TV where they are having trouble filling job openings.
    That’s what happens when jobless benefits are better than the pay.

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  2. Good morning, Chas.

    What a false picture of life the government has presented to get people to feel that the government cares and will keep providing for them at this level. Uncle Sam is fickle. It is very sad for the young who do not have enough experience to know the difference. Let them eat cake . . .

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  3. We are off to see our grandson graduate from high school tonight. It will be the first time we see the grands in that family for well over a year! The others will come and visit tomorrow. Almost a year since we have seen them, too. I hope this never happens again.

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  4. Morning all. Time for some sleep around here. So nice that tomorrow is Saturday and the work week is over. I will be going to school as I need to come up with the plans for next week. I have my devotions ready. I am using Hero Tales and this week will be on Hudson Taylor and then William Tyndale.

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  5. Silly phone posted too early. As I was about to say, William Tyndale is the Reformer I admire most. He lived in exile, poverty, and obscurity, simply to translate the Bible into English. He died a martyr far from home. He asked only that the English commoner would be allowed to read the Bible for themselves. No denomination was ever formed after him. Yet he was the most effective Reformer, as the most widespread translation of the Bible, the KJV depended greatly on his work, and his example of quiet persistence is followed by Bible translators all over the world. It is not those who are well known in their day who have the most effect on history.

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  6. I might not be cool, but it is downright cold here. It is snowing! Just a few days ago we were sweltering in heat and humidity, and now it’s snowing. The snow isn’t sticking, but with temperature hovering around freezing, all the garden plants that are planted are in danger.

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  7. Good Morning Everyone.
    I am having minor outpatient surgery today. The waiting on the call to come to the surgery center is the hardest part. I have been up since 6 with nothing to eat and NO COFFEE!!!!
    Hopefully they will call me to come earlier.

    Have a great day everyone.

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  8. Another side of the issue (of some people seeming to prefer the boosted unemployment payments to getting a job) is that a lot of those available jobs don’t pay much. People on one side are deriding those who prefer the bigger unemployment checks, and people on the other side are deriding businesses that don’t pay their employees enough.

    One positive result of the pandemic is that it has shone a light on the work that nursing home employees do, often not making as much as they should. Nightingale’s starting wage at the nursing home where she works was the same starting wage as another nurse who has been at that nursing home for almost 20 years. Thanks to the union they all recently joined, there will be some decent increases, which is quite a relief.

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  9. Kim – That’s the way it was when I had my first cataract surgery. It does make one nervous, just wanting to get it over. (My second one had to be in a hospital, which is a whole ‘nuther story.)

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  10. Prayers Kim.

    My cousin is heading over to see the Vietnam movable wall today which is being set up in one of our local cemeteries for the Memorial Day weekend. It’s been here before but not in a while. She asked if I wanted to go — she was going today to avoid some of the crowds but said we could wait until Saturday — but I told her to go without me. I’ve seen it before, covering it when it was here before, and I decided I didn’t need any more sadness right now.

    My cousin is a few years older than I am so her contemporaries were among those being drafted in large numbers. One of her relatives on her mom’s side served there and was seriously impacted by the experience, I remember talking to hm once at a family gathering. He had lots of really horrified stories.

    But by the time I got out of high school, the U.S. was in the process of pulling down the numbers being sent over there so I don’t think I knew anyone who wound up in Vietnam from my class (though I remember working in the high school office one summer a couple years earlier and opening a letter from the government notifying the school that a recent graduate had died in Vietnam and the school should add that in their student records).

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  11. Good for Nightingale and the new union. I hope medical workers will be more valued going forward following the experience we’ve all been through with this pandemic.

    My neighbor (the 35-year-old teen) works at a bakery but has been off through much of the past year, of course. Recently, they were all being called back in but he told me he makes more staying out than going back. I think it became a huge issue between him and his mom (whom he lives with, he in the garage). Now it seems he’s back to work on most days, which is good. (And there’s less of the endless loud music next door, too.)

    I can see how some folks in low-paying jobs would think why not just get more income while it lasts — but staying out of work will come back to bite you once you try to relaunch your work life, especially if you need to start looking for a new job. One has to explain the long period out of work and even the pandemic won’t necessarily explain it all.

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  12. DJ – I agree. The old job may be taken by the time a person wants it again, and those hiring at other places will be hesitant to hire someone who purposely stayed out of work, unless they are still desperate for employees.

    My cousin and his wife, who own the pizza parlor in California, always seem to have trouble keeping part-time help.

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  13. Kizzie, are you cousin and his wife underpaying the staff? Or is the cost of operation such that they cannot afford more.

    That is my impression. People would pay more if they could afford it because they really do need workers. Not everybody of course. But the pressure of other businesses hiring all the employables means companies will have to find ways to pay more. But if that cannot happen, they will close. Economics work. But being forced to pay more, often for employees that are too busy on their phones to produce, closes a lot of businesses.

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  14. You can make $22/hour as a waiter in one of the restaurants in my town.

    One of my kids pointed out that over the year, some people may have reassessed what they want to do with their lives and decided low-paying jobs aren’t it. For that reason, they’re looking elsewhere.

    Lots of theories.

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  15. I think Art pays 14/he. for the temporary seasonal work unless he’s changed from what it used to be. Some small businesses truly can not afford to pay more. It is not greediness but reality based on the owner’s financial state of being.

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  16. When I was a waitress, we worked for a religious non-profit that only paid minimum wage. Youngest was below fifteen when she started, so they paid her even less. The organization made a profit from the resort and sat on the money and made no effort to improve working conditions. Sometimes it would be Second, Youngest and myself serving an entire dining room full of people on retreats. We didn’t just serve, we cleaned the dining room and prepared it for the next meal. Youngest acquired her rapid baking skills helping the kitchen staff who were also understaffed. We all chipped in at times in the back – I learned to work an industrial dish washer. Sometimes we would work 10-12 hour days, barely having time to eat ourselves. Now I work for another non-profit, and they are just as bad about pay raises and staffing levels. Yet the regional managers and top executives make six figure incomes.

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  17. Me too, mumsee; and I’ve learned some things that help also, such as staying seated at all times 🙂 I was doing great on a media boat a few years ago — we were sent out to cover the arrival of tall ships for the port’s festival — when I made the mistake of going below to pick up a coke and stand at the front of the boat for a while. I was still OK, but going back up the enclosed stairs to the upper outdoor deck the boat suddenly pitched hard and from that moment on I’d lost my equilibrium.

    Reporter friend sitting next to me gradually got up and moved to the bench on the other side, saying I was looking awfully green … I didn’t actually “get” sick but wow, that was one long miserable ride back to shore (and the photographers on board kept wanting to stay out longer and longer). After disembarking, I had to sit down in the shoreside maritime museum for about 30 minutes (my head was still spinning) just to get my bearings again. It took a while.

    But I can make it to Catalina with strong Dramamine protection, the faster boats they have on that service now get you there in about 40 minutes, much better than those longer, rocky rides on whatever steamer was in service back in the day.

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  18. Everyone hear about this by now? Thoughts?

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  19. AJ- Actually, it’s semi-retirement, as I’m going to continue at the cave and teach college classes.

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  20. And another interesting read from RNS Opinion:

    Evangelical Christians must rethink their reflexive support for Israel

    Four reasons evangelicals are reluctant to support equality for Palestinians and Israelis publicly.

    https://religionnews.com/2021/05/27/evangelical-christians-must-rethink-their-reflexive-support-for-israel/

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    (RNS) — Last week, as rockets and missiles rained down on Palestinians and Israelis, people of all faiths around the world were horrified. But a pastor in Texas rejoiced.

    “When I tell you the rapture of the church is imminent, ‘imminent’ means it can happen at any time,” thundered John Hagee, founder of Christians United for Israel, America’s largest pro-Israel organization. “That is not an overstatement; it’s an understatement. If you’re not ready, get ready, because we’re getting ready to leave this world!”

    For Hagee, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, human suffering and escalating conflict aren’t necessarily bad things: They herald Jesus’ triumphant return that would first see true believers disappeared in the “twinkling of an eye” to heaven before the final battle between good and evil.

    Christian Zionism’s support for the nation-state of Israel is rooted in relatively modern evangelical readings of Scripture that see Israel’s “rebirth” in 1948 as fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy, signaling the ticking of God’s clock ever closer toward the end of the world.

    While some Christian Zionists reject Hagee’s end times prophecy, nearly all embrace God’s covenants with Abraham — and through him the Jewish people — as eternal. In this reading, the Jews are God’s chosen people and the land of Israel is theirs and only theirs. End of story. …

    … While nearly half of American evangelicals reject Hagee’s theology, many more have been influenced by decades of books and films such as Hal Lindsey’s “The Late Great Planet Earth,” a Christian Zionist tome that was The New York Times’ bestselling nonfiction book of the 1970s. As many as 80% of evangelicals and roughly half of all American Christians still see the establishment of Israel as divinely ordained.

    Zahnd said his own church is politically diverse, but when he began steering away from nationalistic ideologies, including Christian Zionism, he lost more than 1,000 people, or nearly half his membership.

    … most evangelicals have had little interaction with Palestinian Christians, who trace their origins to the first Pentecost, passing the faith from generation to generation, under empire after empire. Without them, Hagee would have never heard of a heretical Jewish rabbi named Jesus….
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    Lengthy piece that covers several other related Israel-Palestine, eschatological and peacemaking topics and issues — some of which may find agreement, at least in part, among those here; others not so much.

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  21. I was going to say Peter would be teaching college classes.

    “Retirement” sounds so final to me. I’d only “semi-” retire, too, I think, I would hope to have enough energy to find some outlet for freelance or other things to supplement my income and keep my mind from freezing over (completely!).

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  22. Good plan Peter
    From experience: You need to have a plan for your retirement.
    When you get “caught up”, the days can get mighty long.

    And you’ll be surprised how little actual time it takes to do all the things you wanted to do, but didn’t have time.

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  23. Art came home early while I was on the prayer call with my lady friends. He was able without an appointment to walk in and get his second Covid vaccine so did that and came straight home. I was really surprised when he arrived at 4 in the afternoon. He is resting now. He decided since it is a holiday weekend that if it happens to make him ill that he can afford to be out of the office.

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  24. I just asked Art and he still pays $14/hr. He told me that The Closer is on tv now in case I want to watch it. I probably will but it is really early for me to get into tv. I never turn it on in the daytime. At least I got the graduation photos orders today. The last day for more reasonable prices yet still I had to pay over $200 with taxes and shipping costs for 2 8×10, 2 5×7, and 12 wallets.

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  25. Since he told me what is on tv, I am interpreting that as an unspoken invitation to join him. That goes along with the previous topic of being on the spectrum and being able to tune into the meaning of what is said and unsaid, right?

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  26. The only thing that I have found that works is to stay at home. I remember that transAtlantic flight where husband said, “the middle row is empty (five seats across) sit there, it doesn’t move.” He was wrong. Worst I had it in a long time and for a long time as transAtlantics are not a five minute hop.
    Or the time I thought I had outgrown motion sickness and was told by my ex Navy guy, surely you won’t get sick on a ship. Especially not when it is still tied up to the dock. How wrong he was. I was getting the shot in the medic place before we left port.

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  27. Wait, a whole bunch of conversation happened since DJ and I were talking about Dramamine. My post may be slightly out of context now. Though, knowing you people….

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  28. Mumsee, I think your comment that “staying at home (works)” fits about all of those other posts.

    I remember interviewing someone on a boat heading out of harbor (whale watch? can’t remember) and we hadn’t even left the breakwater yet when I started feeling queasy. I immediately took a Dramamine, but of course it was way too late for that.

    I love being out on the ocean, it’s so beautiful and with the wind and spray hitting your face … but I generally tend to avoid it now, seasickness just isn’t worth it.

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  29. I’ve felt mildly sick on airplanes, so usually pop a Dramamine for extra measure as a precaution before boarding. I’ve never felt as sick in the air as I have on the open seas though.

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  30. In the Air Force, I was a radio operator.
    Operated radios on airplanes.
    I liked the work and would have staryed in. But Congress passed the GI Bill and I got out to go to college.

    The Lord was guiding me in this. Seven years after I got out, a “single sideban” device was installed replacing radio operators. Here I would been, a S/Sgt without an occupation.
    Instead, I went to college and became a cartographer.

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  31. On the assignment I went on today we were given red and black nylon city Transit tote bags that held the press releases and info.

    When I was getting back into my car, I thought how Carol would have loved that bag (as it’s from Long Beach, the city where she lived for several years). I’d often pass on the freebie logo bags I’d get through work on to her and she’d always have a use for yet another bag. She loved bags.

    I also briefly thought of sharing that with my deceased friend Shirley, how Carol would have loved that bag. Then I remembered instantly, oh, wait, she’s gone, too, can’t do that. So weird.

    In other news, I received a little ceramic cat from Shirley’s brother in the mail yesterday, he’s distributing some of her things to her friends.

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  32. ~ The prevailing theory of what causes the dizziness, headaches, and nausea of motion sickness is that riding in vehicles, or on camels, causes confusion between some of the senses. To keep our balance while navigating the world, humans use their eyes, ears, feet, maybe hands if they’re babies who can crawl. The inner ear is the seat of the vestibular system, which deals with movement and balance. And if someone’s eyes tell him one thing—“I am sitting still in a car,” for instance—and his ears tell him another—“I’m careening down the Autobahn at 100 miles an hour”—that mismatch can cause a problem.

    “Another place might be, you’re sitting in a movie theater, and [onscreen] you see a plane going over a cliff. Your eyes are telling you you’re in free flight, but the seat of your pants is saying you’re not going anywhere,” says Timothy Hain, an otoneurologist and professor emeritus at Northwestern University, describing another mismatch scenario in which people get motion sick—while looking at screens. … ~

    And there are other theories, the article goes on to say, including genetics.

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  33. I fell down last summer on a dock. I had just gotten out of a kayak and thought that the dock was solid. Turns out that it was a floating dock and the motion caught me unawares. I had to quickly get off that dock as my brain and legs were not agreeing. Strangely, sort of the same thing happened that night. I was in bed and almost fell out of the bed as I thought the mattress was flat, but on the sides it curved down and it startled me.

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  34. When I go through the gas station car wash, I always think the car is moving when that big brush thing goes back and forth over the car. It always seems that way each time even though I know at that point in the process the car is not moving. It is a strange sensation every time.

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  35. When I am in the car and we are at a red light, if a car next to us on my side edges up a bit, I feel as if our car is going backwards. That always makes me brace myself a bit until I realize that we haven’t moved.

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  36. It’s the little things. I just did an online search and found a place to get my shampoo in Cairns, Australia. I do not have enough shampoo to last for another year and did not want to ask anyone to bring it over. We have a buyer in Cairns who works for several missions. He shops for us and then it comes up when there is a flight. We pay for the items and also 11 dollars a kilo for the weight. There is at least one flight a month. Not as easy as before. Now our pilot has to fly to the capital of PNG, Port Moresby, and spend the night. The next day he flies to Cairns, but is not allowed to leave the airport. The cargo is brought to him and loaded. Then he flies back to PNG and spends another night in Port Moresby before flying up to Ukarumpa. I think we even share the flights with New Tribes. I got my first cargo this week. I ordered fish oil capsules and vitamin D and my favorite crackers that I eat daily for lunch. Also the sketch books as a gift for a young boy.

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  37. Of course I realize that that may sound silly, but I have allergies and cannot use shampoo with fragrance. So finding one that works is good.

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