38 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-6-21

  1. Warm one today, almost hot. 76° on the way to 90.

    We saw that deer in Chiricahua, just off the road. Yes, I know, a zoom lens would help.

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  2. Janice,
    I told you yesterday I had downloaded the book Colors of Truth. I am 3/4 of the way through it and I have yet to see why the publisher wanted her to change anything. Of course I view that war from a southerner’s perspective. What am I missing?

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  3. Good morning. Birds are singing. Husband is snoring.
    He may have to fly over to Florida. It sounds like his dad is having strokes. He just got back to Florida from his trip to Boise when it started. I doubt flying is good for many ninety five year olds, especially when he ended up being stuck in an airport over night. Anyway, his wife is looking at maybe moving them closer to her sister in Florida, into assisted living and could probably use some help. We, of course, would love to have them stay here but that is not happening.

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  4. Kim, I am not that far through it. The only thing I can guess is the mentioning of prejudice against the Irish that could have been thought to dilute the focus from the blacks suffering from slavery. During the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, at the time of the scheduled printing of the book, the focus was all about what the blacks suffered and continue to suffer; no one else in history has or had suffered to that degree in the minds of the victimized. Nothing was to be a distraction from that focus. I think that could have been the reason from my logical thinking on the matter. The book is a strong voice against slavery and what happened, so in my mind there was nothing wrong with it. But I lack the intensity of understanding. Also, since a white author wrote the book, there would be those who would object to her telling of their history. These are all just my own guesses.

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  5. There are some who claim that the Irish were slaves in America just like the black slaves were, and they use that to pretty much say, “See? The Irish got over it and are doing well. What’s wrong with the blacks?”

    But of course, the Irish were not slaves here, but were indentured servants who would eventually be free of their service. (And I don’t think their children were automatically born into servitude as slaves were.) Even if they had been actually slaves, the fact that they are white means that eventually they could blend into white society without prejudice.

    Btw, I am not saying that your author wrote anything like my first paragraph, especially since I haven’t read it. But the publishers may have thought her inclusion of the Irish situation seemed too close to what those other folks are saying. Publishers are being very wary (too much so) of anything that could even seem to be prejudiced or racist in any way.

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  6. Janice – Did you find your Bible and coffee? 🙂 I often “lose” my cup of coffee, only to realize that it is in the microwave. 😀

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  7. Thank God for some coolness this morning! We do have bad air warnings due to smoke from Canada where fires are happening. We will get some rain as well which is very much needed.

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  8. Tamara Alexander is the author?

    She’s written a series of Civil War books set south of Nashville on a famous estate whose name I can’t remember. I suspect the requested changes had to with the whole concept, not the individual book.

    You couldn’t get me to write a Civil War novel today. Too complicated.

    Which is why the only type of historical fiction, it seems, that is acceptable is WWII. I’m so tired of them.

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  9. Peter, I assume you have a DSLR? I actually don’t use interchangeable lenses, so I haven’t researched them much. I use bridge cameras with long zooms. I currently have two of them, a Canon PowerShot (I’ve used several models of this through the last decade; this one is a G3 X) and the Nikon Coolpix 950 (which is heavy enough and with a crazy-long zoom that I consider it a tripod camera and rarely take it with me–but it gets good shots when I do).

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  10. At about 5:45 this morning I sent the book to the printer. They will send me a proof copy, so I can still make final changes if I need to. But the book is 8 x 11 (with lots of room for photos, maps, and timelines), 190 pages, hundreds of photos, dozens of screenshots of historical references to our church in denominational magazines (including a letter our 70-year-old church secretary wrote at age 10), quite a few newspaper clippings. Dozens of those photos are ones I took, and it included lots of research (print books, magazines, online searches, virtual meetings with the library, phone calls, emails). We have obituaries and photos of graves and lots of photos of children (some of them now grown up, and some current shots). We have a black-and-white shot of our church body from our centennial one hundred years ago and a photo of a man born into slavery who is buried in our cemetery (and also his obituary and something he wrote for the newspaper about his slave days). We found an 1822 map of Indiana when it was mostly Indian country. Some of the finds were true treasures, and I imagine every member of the church will find something in the book to be a real treat.

    But I have worked on this book for a year now, and worked on it especially hard for the last two or three months, and I’m really, really glad it is finished.

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  11. I’ve apparently been thinking it’s Monday so far all day.

    Looks like CA Walgreens and Target stores are starting to close down earlier to avoid the potential nighttime issues.

    Pretty soon we’ll all be moving to Winchester.

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  12. Looting for the timid is going too far.
    Everything requires a skill of some sort.
    If you can’t do yur looting for yourself, get an IRS agent to help.

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  13. Heidi is home. She is still drowsy, and although she was happy to see me, she was not up to acting as crazy-happy as she usually does when she sees me after we’ve been apart for a while. Now that we are home, she is quite subdued, but that is normal because of having been anesthetized.

    There are some restrictions we have to follow over the next couple days to a week, but she is, or will be, fine. There is a small patch on her lower back, around that cyst, that has been shaved, which Boy thinks looks funny. I haven’t yet checked out how the site of her removed skin tag looks, but I am so glad to finally have that gone. (It had grown slowly but steadily over the years, and ended up being a rather ugly dangly thing on her chest.)

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  14. This morning, realizing that sometimes pets (or people) can die while under anesthesia, I made sure to give Heidi lots of affection, and received some from her, and I took a few photos of her. Unfortunately, although she had been looking up at me with those cute big brown eyes of hers, which would have made a great picture, she wouldn’t look directly at me when I had my phone ready to take a pic. But I got a couple cute ones anyway, just not as cute as if she had looked directly at me.

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  15. Humbling thought

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  16. So I went to market this morning and picked up the new gal to take her. We got there and got out of the vehicle, walked a few steps and she said, “oh, no, I forgot my mask!” So, I looked and I had forgotten my mask too. Something I never do. I think that God just let me forget so she wouldn’t feel bad. So we went back up the hill to get masks, then returned. I got out of the suv, walked a few steps and realized my market bags were still in the car. Feels like a good day to just stay home. It was rainy in the night and is still misty.

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  17. Several weeks ago — as our numbers were seriously dipping and it had been a few months already since I’d been vaccinated — I forgot my mask as I headed into the grocery store. I was stopped but they had extras at the store. Now I make sure I have them on me somewhere, even though now most all the stores say vaccinated folks aren’t required to wear masks.

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  18. Wesley wants me to wear a mask everywhere since I am not vaccinated. It is difficult to do so when I finally feel like I have been let out of the coop. How soon we forget the masks. I did not go much of anywhere except to the grocery store so a mask has been a small part of my life.

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  19. When I made a stew last week I bought potatoes at the market to add in. I knew I already had some. I took the old ones out,they weren’t rotten so I took them to school to give to my aide, figuring she could cut them up and perhaps fry them. She looked them over carefully and, as they had sprouted, said that she would plant them in her garden. I gave her something worth more than a few old potatoes.

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  20. You know how our littlest toes are called “pinky toes”? Boy temporarily forgot the name for our “big toes”, and called them “thumb toes”. 😀

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