28 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 10-5-21

  1. Soooo. Today’s musical selection- Well somehow I have ended up with Honky Tonk Angels on my playlist and very often On the Wings of a Dove quest up. I was going to post their version, then I found a Jim Reeves version, but we have heard him twice already. Finally, I chose this one just because I like to watch them sing it.

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  2. Good morning, Fellowship of the Blog. I slept until almost 8 this morning. I knew I was tired hen I went to bed, but didn’t realize how tired.

    Off to give tours!

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  3. Another good song!

    I almost thought I was going to have to leave the blog with all those posts dissing MW. Yum. I do use Real Mayo for some recipes. Talk about controversial issues! 😉

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  4. Morning! That is another pretty photo up there…and I truly loved that one yesterday of the duck…the water looked so fresh and clean as he glided his way towards the camera! 🦆
    It is an absolutely gorgeous morning in this forest…crisp fresh air to breathe and the sky is a Colorado blue…how blessed are we!
    This afternoon we will drive the back dirt roads to Elizabeth to watch our granddaughter play her last softball game as a senior in high school. Oh the pangs of knowing she will graduate and head off to college next year…how in the world?!

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  5. I kept my windows wide open until going to bed after 11 p.m. — I could not get enough of the rolling, booming, cracking thunder and the sounds of rain falling on our parched soil. It has been a very long time.

    And maybe this gives me a little reprieve on watering, although I don’t think the rain amounted to all that much. I hope my car got “washed” enough not to just leave a bunch of dirt spots all over it — this dark gray color really does show the dust and dirt a lot.

    This morning it’s still overcast but no rain expected again until maybe later this week, but we’ll see; our coastal area may not get it, but some other spots could. It broke the mini heat wave we were having though, temps will be back down into the lower 70s, even high 60s on a couple days later in the week.

    Today’s busy with a port interview at 10:30 and the possibility of getting drawn into the oil spill story again (should they determine it was a ship’s anchor that punctured the line — and that the ship in question was one of the many loaded cargo vessels that are traversing and parking in the general vicinity to await unloading of all our Christmas stuff). The spill could have been a lot worse, as of late yesterday they’d only picked up 3 oiled birds (for treatment, a brown pelican, a ruddy duck and an American coot. No sea lions or other wildlife impacted that they’ve found so far and the oil seemed to be moving away from the beaches late yesterday; the spill is boomed off but the currents are moving it south, away from our area which is north of the spill.

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  6. Were you close to your sister, mumsee?

    Spending the day in a cave sounds like of nice, Peter. Are tourists as numerous as they were in earlier pre-pandemic years now?

    It (again) feels like we may be turning the corner in the U.S. with this virus. Praying …

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  7. DJ, getting there. She was nearly six years older than me with two brothers in between. But when we grew up, we were spending more time together when we could. Though I was overseas a lot. She was a really nice person and I think we would have had a lot of fun together. She died soon after we returned to the area to live. She and her husband ran a river rafting business on the Salmon so she liked people and the outdoors. I was talking to God about her this morning, saying I hoped she had been a believer so I could get to know her finally.

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  8. I woke up to no water this morning. I really hope it’s an easy fix and that our well has not run dry. We haven’t had much rain and nothing to replenish the water table that was so low last fall.

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  9. I wish I could send the big pour down we had this morning your way, Kare.

    I did the in person hybrid Bible study. It was good to be with the two others in person and see indication of the four others on the big screen. Really different im person, the three of us did not wear masks although i had mine pulled down on my chi ready to put in place. Now i need to type out the requests.


  10. Beautiful butterfly photo.

    We did get about 1/2 an inch of rain last night, which is kind of a “lot” for us — all at once — during these drought years. The city is talking about mandatory water rationing again this year.

    Mumsee, I also have some folks I hope I will be seeing again but do not know for sure. It’ll all be good, either way, although I can’t quite grasp how that will be, looking at it from this side, of course.

    I was talking with the neighbor ‘kid’ yesterday, he’s on some psych meds that he said are having some strange side effects, including hearing (very real-like) voices in his head but also they seem to be taking away much of his creativity and enjoyment of his music. He has a “flat” facial expression now that I remember seeing with Carol at times, and it’s hard to engage him in any real two-way conversation as you’ll say something and he’ll just sort of stare at you and then start talking about his own issues again; there’s no back-and-forth conversation with him, really, you’ll say something to make conversation and he just stares at you blankly.

    I did find out the name of their one tortoise shell kitten (4 months) who visits my front porch and backyard on occasion — Betty.

    She drives Annie crazy, though, causing her to yowl at the top of her lungs to chase Betty off.

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  11. Janice, glad you got to enjoy some mask-free fellowship, we’re all grateful for these little things that we never could have imagined just one and a half years ago.

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  12. What’s lost when local news coverage shrinks


    We don’t often talk about how a paper’s collapse makes people feel: less connected, more alone.



    … I grew up outside Burlingto (IA), 15 miles west on Highway 34, past alternating corn and soybean fields and past the 19,000-acre Iowa Army Ammunition Plant. But Burlington was my community—home to the nearest supermarket, the mall, the movie theater—and The Hawk Eye was how we kept up: It’s where I looked for summer jobs, how my mother and I tracked down weekend tag sales, how we heard which new stores and restaurants were coming to town. The paper was where we first learned that my close friend’s father had died in a Mississippi water-skiing accident. It was where my high-school Girl Scout troop got a half-page spread our senior year.

    The Hawk Eye was never perfect. Readers complained about typos or misspellings. Conservatives in town called it a liberal rag, and some lefties didn’t think it was progressive enough. But all the staffers at the paper lived in the area—you could call the editor on his landline and complain about a story, and you could confront Mike Sweet about his latest column in the produce section at Hy-Vee. …

    … The Hawk Eye isn’t dead yet, which sets it apart from many other local newspapers in America. Its staff, now down to three overstretched news reporters, still produces a print edition six days a week. But the paper is dying. Its pages are smaller than they used to be, and there are fewer of them. Even so, wide margins and large fonts are used to fill space. The paper is laid out by a remote design team and printed 100 miles away in Peoria, Illinois; if a reader doesn’t get her paper in the morning, she is instructed to dial a number that will connect her to a call center in the Philippines. Obituaries used to be free; now, when your uncle dies, you have to pay to publish a write-up.

    These days, most of The Hawk Eye’s articles are ripped from other Gannett-owned Iowa publications, such as The Des Moines Register and the Ames Tribune, written for a readership three hours away. The Opinion section, once an arena for local columnists and letter writers to spar over the merits and morals of riverboat gambling and railroad jobs moving to Topeka, is dominated by syndicated national columnists.

    … By now, we know what happens when a community loses its newspaper. People tend to participate less often in municipal elections, and those elections are less competitive. Corruption goes unchecked, and costs sometimes go up for town governments. Disinformation becomes the norm, as people start to get their facts mainly from social media. But the decline of The Hawk Eye has also revealed a quieter, less quantifiable change.

    When people lament the decline of small newspapers, they tend to emphasize the most important stories that will go uncovered: political corruption, school-board scandals, zoning-board hearings, police misconduct. They are right to worry about that. But often overlooked are the more quotidian stories, the ones that disappear first when a paper loses resources: stories about the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Crapo Park, the town-hall meeting about the new swimming-pool design, and the tractor games during the Denmark Heritage Days.

    These stories are the connective tissue of a community; they introduce people to their neighbors, and they encourage readers to listen to and empathize with one another. When that tissue disintegrates, something vital rots away. We don’t often stop to ponder the way that a newspaper’s collapse makes people feel: less connected, more alone. As local news crumbles, so does our tether to one another. …

    … As a kid, I liked the opinion pages best. I devoured Sweet’s columns about global warming and the Iraq War. In sixth grade, I started writing letters to the editor about the rampant alcohol consumption at the water park, the lackadaisical recycling program at my school, the cruel treatment of the fish in the aquariums at Walmart. Each letter, printed in the op-ed section, included my name and my age: “By Elaine Godfrey, 12.”

    Over the years, my parents became friendly with Sweet. Once, during dinner at his house, he made me promise that I’d never be a reporter. The pay was terrible, he said, and the future of journalism wasn’t looking so great. I swore that I wouldn’t. …

    … The collapse of Iowa’s oldest newspaper, they told me, began with a staff-wide announcement in November 2016: A publishing company called GateHouse, run by an investment firm in New York, was the buyer. GateHouse had already bought 121 daily papers, 316 weeklies, and 117 supermarket circulars across the country. It was a good time for gobbling up newspapers: Companies could buy them cheap, centralize resources, and slash staff to make a profit. But GateHouse reassured them that things would not change much in the newsroom. “You have a great legacy here. We want to keep that going,” a GateHouse editor told the staff. “GateHouse buys papers to make communities better.” …

    … None of this was inevitable: At the time of the sale to GateHouse, The Hawk Eye wasn’t struggling financially. Far from it. In the years leading up to the sale, the paper was seeing profit margins ranging from the mid-teens to the high 20s. Gannett has dedicated much of its revenue to servicing and paying off loans associated with the merger, rather than reinvesting in local journalism. Which is to say that southeastern Iowans are losing their community paper not because it was a failing business, but because a massive media-holding company has investors to please and debts to pay. (A Gannett representative acknowledged that the company has prioritized repaying its creditors, but said that it is committed to supporting local journalism.)

    … In early spring, I joined a Facebook group called “Burlington (IOWA) Breaking News reports and MORE” and realized that many of my high-school classmates were already members. So were my mom and most of her friends. The group has more than 16,000 people in it—more than triple the number of people who subscribe to The Hawk Eye. It’s ostensibly a site for sharing news about the community, but the page is chaotic. …

    … The pages can be a useful resource, and a good source of community jokes and gossip. But speculation and rumor run rampant. A member might ask about a new building going up in town, and someone will guess that it will be an Olive Garden. It never is. When a member hears something that sounds like gunshots nearby, she’ll post about it, and others will offer theories about the source. Once, I read a thread about an elementary-school principal suddenly skipping town. Some thought he might have behaved inappropriately with a student; one person said he’d been involved with a student’s mother; another swore they’d seen security-camera footage of the principal slashing tires in a parking lot at night. I checked The Hawk Eye and other outlets, but I couldn’t find verification of any of those stories. …

    … Last fall, a man named Gary posted on the “Burlington Breaking News” (Facebook) page, asking: “Anyone know what is going to be built at Broadway and Division south of the Girl Scout office?” A construction crew had recently broken ground at the site. People in the Facebook group started to weigh in: Maybe it’ll be a new sandwich joint; that’d be nice. Maybe a coffee shop, or a Dollar Tree, or another bank. Someone had heard that it might be a dentist’s office. One of the page’s moderators suggested that perhaps it was a new spec building that would soon be put up for sale. Then the thread ended. The Hawk Eye never ran a story about the new building. Soon, the post was forgotten, buried under a mounting pile of questions from other southeastern Iowans wondering what, exactly, was going on in town. …

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  13. We are getting some rain here today. Nice that it was so clear for flying to Goroka yesterday. But, alas, I need to go to market in the rain.


  14. Morning, Chas. Rain was just a sprinkle when I went to market. It is so nice to be able to go later on school breaks. 6:30am is too early for me to be friendly at market. 🙂

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  15. Hope gou have a good start to yojr day, Jo.

    I just attended a virtual fundraiser in Raleigh for Christian Library International Prison Alliance. What an awesome job they do in making disciples. They had some spoken word artists who did a great performance.

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  16. Husband took the two to karate. That left twenty year old to stand in the other room and yell at me. I just sat here and read the paper. And listened to Casting Crowns. She usually leaves shortly after I begin listening to that. She lasted for half an hour of yelling and then went to her room to watch Tom and Jerry or some such. I went upstairs, after locking up the house on this side, and did my half hour on the bike, listening to Acappella. Stress may cause a rise in blood pressure but I chose to pray instead.

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  17. Our nearly local paper, the one I was reading, remains independent. They are down to six days a week, skipping Monday. Some call it a leftist rag, others say it is far right. They try to carry some of both sides and the letters complain from both sides so they must be doing a decent job. They carry a Blast from the Past page once a week. This week carried an article on my step brother taking a couple of Nicaraquans on a tour of his farm in Genessee. Due to his time in Guatamala, he is proficient in Spanish so they were able to discuss farming. They were impressed with his equipment and talked of farming their lands with horses and oxen or a rented tractor. And they were delighted it handled the hills so well without tipping. That is a product out of this town of Nezperce where they invented and sell world wide, a leveling device for tractors on hills. It is a small world for all its size.

    DJ, that would be the Lewiston Morning Tribune. It is available in Winchester though probably scorned there as a leftist rag.

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  18. Thankfully the well and our water seem to be fine. We think possible that a toilet flap didn’t close properly in the night and it was running for hours – that would definitely take all our water. But two loads of laundry, a spray washing of our lawn tractor and a shower and a bath have all had enough water this evening. 🙂

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  19. So grateful for the plentiful rain and full water tanks here. I simply don’t have to worry about it as God takes care of it. We did have a drought one year since I’ve been here.


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