60 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-4-22

  1. OK,

    First off good morning Chas, and the rest of you.

    Now, the email issue.

    I have not been hacked. There are no issues with my email. Here is what is happening. This is called a spoofing scam. They are basically SPAM that uses a name known to you, and sends an email to you that looks like it’s from them, but it’s not from that persons actual email address. They include a link usually, and when you click that, it will expose you to nefarious activity.

    https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/spoofing-and-phishing

    “Spoofing
    Spoofing is when someone disguises an email address, sender name, phone number, or website URL—often just by changing one letter, symbol, or number—to convince you that you are interacting with a trusted source.

    For example, you might receive an email that looks like it’s from your boss, a company you’ve done business with, or even from someone in your family—but it actually isn’t.

    Criminals count on being able to manipulate you into believing that these spoofed communications are real, which can lead you to download malicious software, send money, or disclose personal, financial, or other sensitive information.

    Phishing
    Phishing schemes often use spoofing techniques to lure you in and get you to take the bait. These scams are designed to trick you into giving information to criminals that they shouldn’t have access to.

    In a phishing scam, you might receive an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and is asking you to update or verify your personal information by replying to the email or visiting a website. The web address might look similar to one you’ve used before. The email may be convincing enough to get you to take the action requested.

    But once you click on that link, you’re sent to a spoofed website that might look nearly identical to the real thing—like your bank or credit card site—and asked to enter sensitive information like passwords, credit card numbers, banking PINs, etc. These fake websites are used solely to steal your information.

    Phishing has evolved and now has several variations that use similar techniques:

    Vishing scams happen over the phone, voice email, or VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) calls.
    Smishing scams happen through SMS (text) messages.
    Pharming scams happen when malicious code is installed on your computer to redirect you to fake websites.
    Spoofing and phishing are key parts of business email compromise scams.”

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    “Email Spoofing
    At one time or another, all of us have received emails supposedly coming from a friend or an authority figure asking us to do something. Most of the time, we can easily determine that someone is trying to trick (or phish) us. But, sometimes, those emails are pretty convincing.”

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    “How to Protect Yourself
    Remember that companies generally don’t contact you to ask for your username or password.

    Don’t click on anything in an unsolicited email or text message. Look up the company’s phone number on your own (don’t use the one a potential scammer is providing), and call the company to ask if the request is legitimate.

    Carefully examine the email address, URL, and spelling used in any correspondence. Scammers use slight differences to trick your eye and gain your trust.

    Be careful what you download. Never open an email attachment from someone you don’t know and be wary of email attachments forwarded to you.

    Set up two-factor (or multi-factor) authentication on any account that allows it, and never disable it.

    Be careful with what information you share online or on social media. By openly sharing things like pet names, schools you attended, family members, and your birthday, you can give a scammer all the information they need to guess your password or answer your security questions.”

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  2. We are fighting this issue all the time in Real Estate, especially when it comes to wiring instructions. Always best practice to Google the number of the business you need and confirm with them. Don’t trust anything that is emailed to you asking for any information.

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  3. Good morning, Chas. Good morning, AJ. Good night, Jo. And good “whatever the clock says when you get here” to the rest of you guys and gals.

    I went to Publix at 7 a.m. and they seemed well stocked. I noticed employees I have not seen before, quite a few. They always ask, “Did you find everything you needed?” Usually I say yes but this time I said I did not find Burt’s Bees lip balm. Typically they get someone to look for it. This new gal said something like, “Of all things, you wouldn’t expect us to be out of that.” Of course, it was not critical that I get it there, but I was surprised by her response.

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  4. Morning! It is a cloudy beginning to the day around here….just a sign of what is heading our way for the next three days! Brrrrr

    Scams are everywhere these days! Last evening husband got a call from someone saying an “insurance co” told them to call his number. Husband said well they just come up with telephone numbers and ta da it’s a scam. He told him sorry can’t help you….I would suggest you block the caller!

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  5. Wow! That is wonderful beyond words, Six. Of course it brought tears of sadness but notes of joy that transcend sorrow, and it brought the greatest reminder that Jesus loves us individually and corporately. Thank you so much for doing what we can’t do with words♡

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  6. Thanks Kim for that link. I will try it when I get home. I had to change my google password and jump through lots of hoops with the email and then ask permission to see it which I am still waiting for😊

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  7. No overnight rain here, I guess it must have just hit other parts of LA. Another chance Saturday. More snow in the mountains, which is always good. Monday will be the big ski day for locals, the last hurrah of winter.

    Two stories to file today plus a trip to the vet’s for dog meds, if I can swing it. May have to put that off until Monday. The ones they’re out of aren’t urgent, they both still have enough pain meds to get them through another 1-2 weeks at this point.

    I see the political stage is still an embarrassing mess, on both sides. Sometimes I can only shake my head at it all. And keep wondering if I’ll ever be able to vote for anyone for president again?

    It feels as if the country is caught in an ugly rip tide we can’t pull out of, and out to sea we all go.

    But God (is doing something).

    Pray.

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  8. NancyJill suggests blocking the caller. Good luck with that. Scammers just use a different number each time. You might as well block all the millions of numbers that are not on your contact list.

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  9. Good morning or afternoon or evening, everyone.

    Kim, thanks for posting the link to your Google Drive. AJ, the link Kim provided at 11:30am can stay up for a day or so, then I’d feel more comfortable having it taken down.

    I wanted to add a little background information on how my tribute piece for Chas came together. As I began working on the piece Tuesday, the Lord brought Psalm 8, especially verses 3-5, to mind:

    3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
    The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
    4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
    And the son of man that You visit him?
    5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
    And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

    My original aim in composing the piece was this, as I stated on the March 1 daily thread… “Today I began writing a composition for solo piano that I dedicate to Chas. I don’t know if he will still be with us when I finish the piece, but I wanted to compose music that conveys the mysteriousness of the Lord’s creation of the universe, particularly the moon; that celebrates the gift God gave Chas for mapping that very moon; and to musically imagine the glorious splendor of heaven, where our dear brother will soon arrive.”

    But those verses quoted above made me think of the tremendous love and concern our Lord shows for us humans in His vast creation, and I knew I needed to pivot from a completely original composition into an arrangement of Jesus Loves Me and to integrate it into the heart of the piece.

    So the overarching theme is that we are the Lord’s, and Chas is one of Jesus; tenderly-loved children.

    So the piece starts out with quiet expansiveness, opens up a minute or so later into Jesus Loves Me, and ends with (what I tried to convey as) what must be the magnificent splendor of heaven that we mortals here on earth can only imagine.

    The “heaven” part of the piece was the most challenging section to write! (And to play, too, as there were a couple places I accidentally did NOT play what was written in the score.) 🙂

    I’m imagining the rejoicing that will occur in heaven when Jesus welcomes Home his much-loved Charlie.

    Thank you for listening. Soli Deo Gloria.

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  10. Simply beautiful 6!!! And it seems so wonderfully fitting for our precious brother…tears of sweet joy and sorrow ❣️

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  11. Good morning!

    Hi,Chas.

    I get those phasing emails all the time. I just delete. At work, I delete everything except from my boss or the training director. They often put up fake stuff for you to click open, and then you have to do yet another training module on being vigilant to avoid phasing scams and keep protected health information safe.

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  12. Yes scammers will always use another number but I get small satisfaction that they won’t be using THAT one again on my phone😂

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  13. All this technology that I am immersed in and that is rapidly getting ahead of me paid off today. You are all welcome and I am glad I could do it. Since it does link back to my Google Drive and scammers and thieves are smarter than the rest of us, I, too would feel better without open access on the web.

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  14. Six, without giving any background info, I had my two youngest listen and watch. Then I asked them why you wrote it. Fifteen said it was something that had just happened and he thought it was a memorial. He said it put him into deep thoughts about the meaning. He said the ending sounded like church bells.

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  15. So nice that it is Saturday here. Our Book Festival involves the children doing a lot of reading at home and at school. Then on Friday they dress up like a character from a book and then we have a parade around the school. Ending on the basketball court where it is revealed how many minutes of reading each class did and they are awarded a certificate.

    Two of mine did not turn in anything showing that they did any reading at home, yet someone else read for six hours. So there will not be a class reward of going for ice cream.

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  16. 6Arrows Thank you for blessing us with your music today. Charlie was restless before I played it and calmed down when the music started. We have played it several times and will continue playing.

    Chuck, Becky and I thank you for all the messages and prayer we feel them as we journey on this path with Charlie. God has blessed us with a wonderful man.

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  17. Good morning, Jo and thanks. We wondered about a book parade. Sounds like fun! A lot to be said for reading at home but many homes do not have adult readers in them so books are scarce and rarely seen.

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  18. We are all so priviledged to be seeing Chas and you all through this time with each of us adding a little bit of comfort and love as we are able and gifted by God to cushion the journey. Chas has cushioned our journeys through difficult days of our lives with his prayers and loyalty in Christian friendship and companionship so many times.

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  19. Thank you to those who have prayed. Wesley has advanced to the next level in the hiring journey, to another round of interviews. I think the third level is final, and he is at level two.

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  20. Today I was back at it on the stone staircase out back. I had my shovel digging up liriope that was creeping onto the landing where the basement door opens. I discovered many tangles of garden hose mingled with the liriope and ivy. I was tugging at some hose lodged in the dirt and it let loose and dirt flew right into my face and on my clothes. I was disgusted and could not remember the last time I had dirt flung in my face. Ever? I think Never! I could hardly wipe it off for fear of getting bacteria in my eyes from the soil. So what happens next? The neighbor lets the dogs out on the deck, and it was an oppotune moment to chat, dirt face and all. She seems quite nice and moved a short distance from my hometown, about seven miles away. She has always lived in the area, but has lived in several different intown areas. She has two rescue dogs, one is part rat terrier, the kind of dog I thought I might like to have before Miss Bosley squatted here. Bless her heart♡ I look forward to seeing more of my neighbor. I have never met one while in the backyard before. Old grubby dogs can learn new tricks.

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  21. yes, kevin, my friend looked great as Sherlock Holmes. Of course we had thing 1 and thing 2 from Dr. Seuss, Calvin and Hobbes. The Cat in the Hat, I was Ma Ingalls and the Russian family asked me who I was since they had never heard of the Little House books.

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  22. Since Kim was kind enough to share that wonderful piece from 6 Arrows, let me start by thanking Kim for doing so, and 6 for her music and letting us share it.

    Save it while you can and I will remove Kim’s link, for her privacy and 6 Arrows’, sometime tomorrow afternoon. 🙂

    Thank you again ladies. You’ve blessed us all, and more importantly, Chas and his family. 🙂

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  23. Oh now I have stone steps envy!!! 😂 They are beautiful!
    I downloaded the music….I sure hope I did it correctly and if I did I sure hope I can find it!

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  24. Linda, I am so blessed to know the music calmed Chas. Praising the Lord.

    My husband told me that on the day his father died, a harpist, arranged for by the hospice care staff, came to play for my father-in-law. Jesus Loves Me was one song she played. My husband was present at that time and shared with me later how much hearing that song in particular touched both of them.

    Yes, you all are welcome to download the music to your devices and play it for anyone you choose. I’m glad the music was a blessing, and I know I would have never been able to create anything apart from God’s equipping as He chose.

    The video you saw was actually the second take. On Take 1 I almost lost it after saying to Charlie, “Jesus loves you,” because I glimpsed 3rd Arrow’s face right then as she started to cry.

    I always seem to get something in my eye right after someone else gets something in their eye. 😉

    Then saying, “See you later, old man” took me over the edge. I did manage to play the whole thing after that, though, but the second recording was better with a quieter page-turner (6th Arrow) than I was for myself, and no humidifier kicking in the second time. 🙂

    Yesterday Janice wrote, “It is difficult to explain to others outside of this group what it means to have a set of friends who are so loyal over the years to stay in such frequent communication.” I’ve found that, too. Third Arrow, though, who recorded the videos yesterday, really gets it. She’s listened to me recount many stories of our Chas.

    When we watched the first take after recording yesterday, she sat and held my phone while we watched the video and I stood next to her. Tears were falling from her eyes, and I was near sobbing. She reached out to me at one point, placed her hand on my back, rubbing it a little as we shed tears mixed with all the emotions of the moment.

    She understands.

    The second take, we each had pulled ourselves together better. 😉

    I do wish I had played the melody to Jesus Loves Me more prominently in the left-hand over section. My right hand wasn’t subtle enough, and, to my ears, detracted a bit from that lovely tune.

    Mumsee, 15 is simply amazing.

    AJ, thanks for understanding and doing the link maintenance. 🙂

    Blessings to all of you, and thank you for letting me share my meager efforts.

    Good night, Charlie. Love you.

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  25. Beautiful music, 6.

    That is a beautiful staircase, Janice.

    What a shame that a couple of children spoiled the rest from getting ice cream. 😦 Of course, I am a reader, so it seems incomprehensible to me.

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  26. I love those stairs!

    My last student of the week is quite the bookworm. When his brother finished his lesson and walked down the studio hallway to the seating area today, E kept his nose in his book, reading as he walked up the hallway to my studio room.

    By the way, E’s brother W shares a name with a blog child and a blog grandchild here. 🙂 So every time I teach W, I think of a mom and a grandma here. 😉

    How did it get to be almost 11:00 already?! Time for bed. Tomorrow it’s back to more tech business as I’ll see if I can attach some registration documents to an email I’m sending to the mom of a new student starting next week at my home studio. The student goes to high school in my town, meaning her school day is done before 3:00. So she and I can fit in her lesson before my 4:00 student, who is my current first student on Tuesdays.

    Another blessing from the Lord’s hand.

    Have a lovely weekend, all.

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