54 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-5-21

  1. Good morning again.
    My house faces east. That is, 90 degrees. It is interesting to see the sunrise travel across the room as the seasons change.
    I may have mentioned this before.

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  2. Good morning! Thank you for sharing that , Chas. I do not think you told us that before, but If you did I forgot it.

    When I was young and in grammar school I always associated the changing season from summer to fall with getting sick. I did not associate it with being cooped up with thirty students in a classroom. I thought it came from the chill in the air.

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  3. Morning! Aj what type of camera do you use to capture those birds in flight? We are sitting here this morning watching mama bluebird teaching her babies to venture out from the birdhouse. It is so fun to see the four of them perched on top of the house…one decided to pop back into the house and the others were trying to get it back out! Then one flew right over to our window and hung onto the stucco of the house…he didn’t stay long before flying off! Amazing creations of the Father that brings us such joy….

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  4. Good morning. Isn’t it amazing to think after just two weeks in the egg and three weeks in the nest, they are ready to fly? That means just five weeks earlier, they were the speck of a fertilized egg to be. That is astounding. God is amazing in His creativity.

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  5. I have 2 that I use.

    A Canon EOS Rebel T6 with lots of lenses, and a smaller Canon Power Shot 7X 170S.

    The in flight ones are all from the Rebel, as it’s a better camera which takes better in motion shots. 🙂

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  6. Seeing birds in flight always makes me wish for wings to fly. The birds don’t even recognize the freedom that they have. They take it for granted unless they get a broken wing. I think that is how it has been for too many in our USA. The freedom was taken for granted, unrealized, and unappreciated. Now we are suffering brokenness at a level never known before.

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  7. It is easy to be irritated by those who repeat things. All of us do it to some extent, but more so as we age. I was grateful for the things my MIL had repeated over and over for those are the things we remember. It becomes humorous to hear the same story again and again and adds to the family stories. I could tell you stories my children have heard over and over. I am true every family has these stories.

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  8. I see the prairie lion has been hard at work. We had the return of a weasel, killed a chicken the other night. So we set a trap but the cat beat us to it. He does a good job. He is about sixteen years old, sleeps most of the time. But when the going gets tough, he gets going. Not bad for a Snowball.

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  9. Just posted this on the news thread, but for those who may not read that thread:

    ~Thought this was interesting. There is a certain stereotype about Millennials, but what I have seen with Nightingale and her friends is that most of them are working (or trying to) and raising families, and are not as strongly progressive as many think they are. Unfortunately, they came of age at a tough time economically, which is what has held many of them back.

    “A poll of over 1,400 people sponsored by the Los Angeles Times and Reality Check Insights after the November 2020 elections revealed that a plurality of millennials consider themselves centrists. 50 percent are politically independent or lean only a bit in one direction, while another 16 percent are conservative. Just a third identify as liberal.

    And newer data collected well into the Biden administration reveals no real ideological shift: About a third (27 percent) identify as liberal, 16 percent as conservative, and the majority are independents and those who only lean slightly one way or another (58 percent).

    And again, despite what you may have heard, most are a far cry from the stereotypical “woke” social justice warrior. Research from the American Enterprise Institute found that most millennials do not fit easily into the liberal “monoculture” and they do not approve of the politically correct culture pervading so many facets of society. Only about a third of millennials and Gen Zers feel the nation is not politically correct enough, a level practically identical to the third of those who are 65 years old or older.

    One stereotype about millennials that is true is that they are financially screwed. Millennials face enormous obstacles in gaining assets; according to projections by the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, they will own barely 15 percent of the nation’s assets by 2030, when most will be well in their late thirties or forties. They are also far less likely to own homes than previous generations by the time they turn 30.”~


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  10. We have a cannon but not fancy. I think I need to invest in something that can take those zoom shots. It has been fascinating to watch these babies come and go from the birdhouse this morning. One will come to the window, fly to a neighboring tree then head right back. Sometimes they land on the roof and others go back in…but they are cheeping the entire flight!


  11. I have one of the hybrid digital Nikons, but don’t use it as much as I did — seriously, the iPhone cameras are great for most uses (and they have a decent zoom; the new pro model, which I don’t have, has an even sharper zoom).

    The phone cameras definitely allow for more spontaneity and ease of quick use.

    And tying in with the financial outlook mentioned in the article Kizzie linked to, I don’t think we’ve begun to see the economic damage (aside from the cultural and mental health impacts) this now lingering pandemic will do to so many — businesses closing down, many landlords (the mom-and-pop type who have maybe a house or an apartment building they use for extra income) going bust.

    It would appear we’re in for a full two years of this now — perhaps longer. We’re now in a window in which newer spinoff viruses can emerge that very well could be an even bigger challenge the vaccinations we now have.

    This will do untold damage, potentially, to millennials and so many others. Marriages postponed, childbirth rates plummeting, to name a few we’re already getting a glimpse of.

    Sorry, I just got off of a news conference with one of the port directors where it was mentioned that the ongoing virus issues are also now, gain, racing across parts of Asia.

    Let’s hope vaccines can quickly stay apace — and enough produced to share with poorer countries that are especially suffering right now.

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  12. Well, I’m an outlier for sure on home ownership. My parents bought their first home at 28 (Dad) and 23 (Mom). I didn’t own a home until 40. That is in part because of my unconventional career path. I hope my children are able to own homes at earlier ages than I.

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  13. Chas, do you know how to make the text bigger in your web browser? Most browsers will “zoom in” if you hold down the ctrl key and clicking the plus sign.

    You can do it more than once to keep making it bigger.

    You can make it smaller by holding down the ctrl key and clicking the minus sign.

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  14. “I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eats me spinach, I’m Popeye the sailor man…” toot toot!! 😂
    We love fresh spinach salad…and I didn’t realize it was good for the eyes Janice. I will double up on my intake!

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  15. Anyone else here take the eye vitamin Areds by PreserVision? Recommended by my eye doctor, one in the morning, one at night. Available on Amazon.


  16. Art takes that, DJ. He saw the same doc who did my cataract surgery. I found it odd that she recommended it for him and not me, too. Maybe she felt I was hopeless, I don’t know. Sam’s has a great price on Preservision, much less than the grocery story or drug store. Not sure how it compares to the Amazon price.


  17. oh, so nice to make it to Friday. I’m tired. Teaching is a lot of mental work, along with getting to know a new class and training them. The two older boys need to learn. One is always shouting out and oh the ‘I’m done” I tell them they are interrupting the class when they say that and bragging. Yesterday, at my aide’s suggestion, they got assigned seats on the mat where I have them sit for much teaching. One boy was waving his hand in my face the other day as I leaned forward to listen to someone.


  18. Kizzie that is a very sad article. As a real estate agent I see it. Anything in a first time home buyer’s price range is snatched up for cash by investors and turned into rental property. There are programs available to help first time home buyers, but in the state of Florida they are trying to divert those funds to ecological efforts. They will have a healthy ecosystem but no one will be able to live there.

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  19. Kevin – I mentioned over on the news thread that Hubby and I were 45 and 39 when we bought this house. I can’t say our “first house” because there hasn’t been a “second house”. 😀

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  20. NancyJill – When Nightingale was a toddler and preschooler, there was a channel that played the old cartoons from back in the 30s, 40s, and 50s in the early morning, and Popeye was included. Nightingale liked Popeye! I thought it funny that my little girl liked that particular cartoon. 🙂

    Nightingale was an early riser at that age, so it would be 6:00 in the morning, or earlier, that we would be sitting on the couch watching cartoons, with her on my lap, and me often with my head resting on the back of the couch, semi-snoozing.


  21. I’ve recently started subscribing via email to Russell Moore’s newsletter. Some good things in there today, including this one:

    ~ The Twisties Aren’t Just for Olympians

    Due to a recommendation from Alan Jacobs’s newsletter “Snakes and Ladders,” I happened upon the artist Austin Kleon—and find his thoughts on creativity and imagination to be thought provoking. I was interested, then, to see Kleon’s short commentary on the Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, who became (as almost everything now does) a subject of culture war when she opted out of competing in this year’s Olympics because of her mental health.

    Kleon points out the term most of us outside the world of gymnastics never knew until this news story: the twisties. He quotes Emily Giambalvo of the Washington Post defining the “cute-sounding term” for the “frightening predicament” that it is: “When gymnasts have the ‘twisties,’ they lose control of their bodies as they spin through the air. Sometimes they twist when they hadn’t planned to. Other times they stop midway through, as Biles did. And after experiencing the twisties once, it’s very difficult to forget. Instinct gets replaced by thought. Thought quickly leads to worry. Worry is difficult to escape.”

    In this description, Kleon finds a metaphor for a reality he has experienced and maybe you have too. “Suddenly, you lose your basic skills. The familiar becomes strange. Your routines collapse. Muscle memory is lost. Everything is upside down.”

    I heard someone else describe this phenomenon in terms of driving. Most of our driving is sheer habit: We hold the wheel a certain way, flip on the turn signal, and so on because we’ve repeated it so much that we don’t even have to think. But imagine, this expert said, forgetting all that instinctive memory when one is on the highway between two eighteen-wheel trucks. That’s scary.

    Many of you are at that time yourselves, and I’ve talked to some of you about it even this week. Some of you have lost jobs you loved. At least one of you had a spouse you loved walk away from the marriage. Some of us have seen bewildering things in churches or denominations we loved. Stuff that you took for granted, that you’d learned to navigate by habit, now has changed. You are upside down—you think—though you can’t be sure what’s up and what’s down anymore. You start to doubt yourself and all the skills and practices that brought you to this point.

    As Austin Kleon puts it, “When everything is upside down, … one must take care.”

    Yes. And that’s why Simone Biles’s decision was heroic. When you’re upside down, it’s okay to step back and figure out what’s right-side up. Or maybe you don’t even need to figure it out.

    Remember a truth from the Gospels that I think has more meaning for most Christians with every year they live: Simon Peter was called out of the boat to walk on the water toward Jesus. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord save me!’” Matthew writes. “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him” (14:30–31).

    Take care of yourself. And don’t panic if you sometimes feel upside down. You don’t even necessarily need to know how to plot your way to right-side up. Sometimes you just need to cry out (Rom. 8:15) and look for the hand that is there to pull you back up. ~

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  22. My children all have bigger/nicer houses than ours. We were looking in the 1970’s and went through a terrible round of lay-offs. It was difficult to get hired for many, many during that time. We sacrificed greatly to get into a house. I know prices are through the roof (no pun intended), but I also see young people who want every toy and new electronic item they can get their hands on. We saved and saved, going without a lot to get into our house. We then lived in the basement while we finished the upstairs. We made do without a garage until we could afford that. (maybe not such a good idea with inflation, though) I just hear too many young people who assume they should be handed a beautiful home. Not all by any means. I hate stereo typing generations however.

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  23. I have a Canon camera, but have forgotten how to use it. It is easy to use, but I could get much better photos if I studied up on it some.

    I was wondering why NancyJill mentioned her cannon for awhile there!

    We have lots of bald eagles. We are not as bad as Alaska, where they are like pigeons, but it is not unusual to see them.


  24. I’m off to a goodbye dinner for a colleague who’s leaving the industry, citing his mental health and finances. He’ll do well in whatever he does. A good reporter, we’ll miss him.

    Dinner is up the coast a ways at a fish restaurant on the beach. Company pays for the food, we’re on the hook for the drinks, but I’ll get by with just some nice cold water tonight, I think. Maybe a diet Coke if I decide to splurge.

    Got my story in a while ago and rolled the trash bins down early so I won’t have to deal with that when I get home.

    Cowboy’s had a pretty good day, the opioids must agree with him.

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  25. I messed up on what I wrote because I was in a hurry. I was hopeful that Chas, especially, would watch!
    It was a tremendous music concert with the Sons of Jubal and the Jubalheirs. Almost 450 musicians, both choral and orchestra, did a two and a half hour concert. My church had a bus carrying members to it, but I did not go since I am not vaccinated. I am concerned about how many may have been exposed to Delta by not wearing masks in such a big gathering. I thought Chas might enjoy seeing this Southern Baptist really big show. I hope it will be on replay so Art can watch it.


  26. Kathaleena – I hate the stereotyping of generations, too, so I sometimes find myself defending Millennials. We older folks forget that each generation starts out young and needs to live and learn, and grow in wisdom. Many of us were quite liberal when we were young. Some people were pretty stupid when they were young, but learned wisdom from their mistakes. (And then there are those who never learned. 😦 ) And each generation will have some aspects to it that other generations don’t understand or agree with.

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