43 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-13-23

  1. Good morning! Such a strong and sturdy structure for that church building. Seems to be symbolic of the words in the hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

    Can you believe that we are looking at freeze warnings for this week? This yo-yo weather is giving me a workout in clothing decisions and changings of attire.

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  2. A good and mighty hymn!

    It’s getting a little warmer in the mornings here, in the low 60s when I get up rather than the 50s. That helps.

    Happy (?) Monday everyone. Another week begins. I’m surprised I didn’t find it too difficult to get up at a regular time this morning considering the time change.

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  3. Good morning, everyone! Ok, maybe it’s just technically barely still morning, but I made up for Sunday’s loss of sleep apparently. :–)

    Love that hymn, Janice. We don’t sing it at our church, but we did at a former church. It was one of the choir songs.

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  4. We had to get up earlier than usual because Art has a computer down at the office, and the computer guy was suppose to be at the office early. We got up an hour before usual which was in reality two hours early!😀 Thanking God we were able.

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  5. Morning!! Can you just imagine watching the craftsmen building that mighty church building!!? It is most beautiful but the greatest beauty must come from within ❤️

    We had a spur of the moment dinner with our neighbors last night. Such a delightful time sharing of what the Lord has done and continues to do in our lives. They are strong in their catholic faith and most assuredly they know and walk with our Lord. (It is their grand dog we watched weekend before last!)

    Yep today will be in the forties, tomorrow in the 50’s and Wed in the 60’s. Thursday our high will be 29 with 3 inches of snow! ⛄️

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  6. Good morning all. A beautiful day in the neighborhood with a strong gusty wind blowing. Glad we got out so much yesterday.
    My dad had a restless night so we did as well. Not the best start to husband’s career as a child care provider. I have assigned daughter to help him in bursts throughout her school day. Should be fun for all.

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  7. From the sublime to the ridiculous, I have a somewhat silly QoD. This was the subject of a vigorous debate with some friends at lunch last week.

    Are you familiar with a children’s game “Duck Duck Goose”? If so, do you know it by another name? And where geographically are you familiar with it from?

    Some people have a different name for it and strongly object to it being called by the wrong name. It seems to depend on where you know it from. So I’m taking a survey. 🙂

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  8. Southern Ohio’ers called it duck duck goose but I don’t recall ever playing it as a child! We played Red Rover all the time with many a wrist and arm being sore or nearly broken in the process!!

    Here in CO it seems to be duck duck goose as well 😊 🦆

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  9. Duck, duck, goose.

    My mom in her childhood played “A tisket a tasket” … a green and yellow basket … ? I remember her signing that once in a while. “All fall down!”

    We sing “A Might Fortress” a few times a year, always for Reformation Day. I think the best rendition I heard was at a very large Ligonier Conference where the male voices dominated. Very powerful.

    I wonder how old that church building is? And what church originally had it built?

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  10. I remember the song “a tisket a tasket”, but not that it was a game. How did that work?

    I don’t think I knew of Duck Duck Goose as a child. Just learned it here in Michigan when helping as a parent with kids’ activities at church.

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  11. ~ “A Tisket A Tasket” is a nursery rhyme first recorded in America in the late nineteenth century.[1][2] It was used as the basis for a very successful and highly regarded 1938 recording by Ella Fitzgerald, composed by Fitzgerald in conjunction with Al Feldman (later known as Van Alexander). It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 13188.

    Traditional lyrics[edit]
    The rhyme was first noted in the United States in 1879[3] as a children’s rhyming game. It was sung while children danced in a circle. One of the number ran on the outside of the circle and dropped a handkerchief. The nearest child would then pick it up and chase the dropper. If caught, the dropper either was kissed, joined the circle, or had to tell the name of their sweetheart.[2] An early noted version had the lyrics:

    A-tisket a-tasket
    A green and yellow basket
    I wrote a letter to my friend
    And on the way I dropped it,
    I dropped it, I dropped it,
    And on the way I dropped it.
    A little boy he picked it up
    And put it in his pocket. ~

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  12. I guess “All fall down!” came from something else I vaguely remember my mom teaching me …

    A pocket full of posies
    A tissue, a tissue
    We all fall down

    From the web:

    ~ FitzGerald states emphatically that this rhyme arose from the Great Plague, an outbreak of bubonic and pneumonic plague that affected London in the year 1665:

    “Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses is all about the Great Plague; the apparent whimsy being a foil for one of London’s most atavistic dreads (thanks to the Black Death). The fatalism of the rhyme is brutal: the roses are a euphemism for deadly rashes, the posies a supposed preventative measure; the a-tishoos pertain to sneezing symptoms, and the implication of everyone falling down is, well, death.”

    This interpretation emerged in the mid-twentieth century, and has become widespread, but it has never been accepted by folklorists, for several reasons. First, like most folklore items, this rhyme exists in many versions and variants. This allows us to ask whether the specific images associated with the plague occur in all or even most versions. It turns out they don’t. Many versions have no words that sound like sneezes, and many versions don’t mention falling down. … ~

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  13. In my neighborhood we sang:
    Ring around the rosies.
    A pocket full of posies.
    Ashes, ashes,
    We all fall down.

    As a child I had no idea what it was about, but as an adult that plague interpretation always made sense to me.

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  14. That is how we sang the Roses song down here in Georgia, Kevin.

    I had heard of Duck, Duck, Goose but had never played it until I worked in the preschool. I can not remember if I ever heard another alternative name for it. We played Mother May I and Red Rover in my yard as a child. We also played dodge ball at church, and jump ropes were popular along with hula hoops.


  15. I’ve heard Duck, Duck, Soup. But to me it’s Duck, Duck, Goose.

    We also played No Bears Out Tonight and What Time is it Mr. Wolf? Kick the can…

    Red Rover reminds me of the time we took about 15 teens camping in Jasper National Park. Some of them had never seen the mountains before!!! We were only about 5 hours drive away. Anyways… I put some to work peeling potatoes and they just dumped the peelings onto the ground. Well, in bear country (and in courtesy of other campers) you don’t do that. So we made them pick up all the mess and warned them about bears. We also had a rule that no food, soap, toothpaste, lotion etc was to be in their tents. As we were driving out to go swimming, one of the girls mentioned she had left a box of crackers in her tent. They were not impressed that we had to go back and one of the boys put the crackers into the bear proof lockers.

    We then went for our swim and picked up a few fun groceries to add to our campfire evening. When we got back, the teens all piled out and ran towards the tents, then as one, they all turned and ran back to me and husband!! There was a bear in the midst of all the tents. And yes, it had gone into the cracker girl’s tent and left a few teeth marks. We had all the teens stay behind us and husband went first and scared the bear away.

    That night, instead of playing Mission Impossible in the dark and running through the forest like they had the night before, they wanted to play Red Rover. As it got darker and darker, they Red Rover lines got shorter and shorter as they huddled together. It was pretty funny.

    Then the girls asked if they could move their tent right next to ours and of course we said yes. They talked and sang loudly the whole night!! No bear was going to come back with that noise. It was the best sleep I’ve ever had in a tent in bear country. 🙂

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  16. Duck, duck, goose in Idaho, Germany, NY, Okinawa.

    We played:
    Red Rover
    Freeze tag
    Tv tag
    Hit the bat
    Mr Bear, are you sleeping
    Mother may I
    Red light green light
    Kick the can
    Hide and seek


  17. I just finished Station Eleven. Such a imagination the author had to put it all together. I read one review that criticized the ending, but I found it to be perfect.


  18. Hide and seek was our number one game outside until we outgrew it. We also played hopscotch and baseball/softball and marathon Monopoly games. And ee played war with pinecone hand grenades. We had a lot of fun outdoors. The monopoly games were played one summer on the neighbor’s porch nextdoor which was not enclosed. And we climbed teees, played in creeks, and played under the bridge over the train tracks. Just so much fun that most children these days don’t get to do in this general area where I grew up. It would be too dangerous now. Wes never got to do all that, but he had Scouts that gave him some of the same but with more adult supervision although they were called ‘a boy led troop.’

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  19. We rode our bikes to the freeway construction site after elementary school let out, to climb the giant mounds of what no doubt contained contaminated soil.

    Baseball, football, bike riding were our main entertainment, and we were free to roam, pretty much, as long as we were home by dinner.

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  20. We were in Girls Scouts, too, but probably had more fun running around on our own. But the camping was fun, we got to spend a whole week on Catalina Island, swimming every day, and we camped also on a beach one year. Then there was snow camp in the winter … made crafts & sold cookies, too, of course. 🙂

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  21. Evening all. Still light out here.
    What a morning. I got up extra early as my friend wanted two hours to get there. It was rather funny. I asked about the exit and we agreed it was J st. then as we passed the exit before, she said that was it.

    Once we were off her directions, she did not know what to do. We cruised this way and that. Good thing we were an hour early. Finally I asked for the address and just found it on my own. I am very logical and love maps.

    Then she had a two hour doctor visit while I waited. I prayed that she would get good news and she came out just beaming with joy.

    No more neck brace and she can drive again. So a successful trip.

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  22. We played war with rocks.

    In Girl Scouts, if I sold two hundred fifty boxes, I got a free campership for two weeks of summer camp. My wagon got a lot of use for a few weeks out of the year.

    I only played war once.

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  23. I remember that my next-door neighbors (there were four children in the family) and I would play outside a lot, but am having trouble remembering exactly what we played. One thing I remember was using their picnic table to be a ship that we were on.

    On some summer evenings, when it was getting dark, but not quite all the way dark, we would play something called Ghost in the Graveyard, but I don’t remember what it was. Maybe something like tag?

    Well, I just googled it, and found this:

    “The object of the game is to find the ghost – a player who is hiding. The player who finds the ghost’s hiding spot, yells “Ghost in the Graveyard” to alert the other players. The player who finds the ghost is safe. All the other players must race back to base.”

    So kind of like hide-and-seek and tag rolled into one. Sounds about right. It was fun, especially in the semi-dark.

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  24. Me, too, Kizzie. That’s some serious play!

    We played, “Duck, Duck, Goose” when I was a child and I also oversaw many children in VBS or other places play it. This was in northern MN.

    Hide and Seek was the most fun at night. We also played a game in the dark where all the children ran around the house. On one of the dark corners the one who was it would tag as many of us as possible. We would have to join the tagger until all of us were caught, but one. That was the winner. Trying to sneak past was always fun and exciting.

    We had a perfect patio area to play Four Square, but I had forgotten that until I heard a mention of the game yesterday. I don’t quite remember how it is played.

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  25. I saw an alternative name of Duck, Duck, Gray Duck (maybe from MN). Ever hear of that, Kathaleena?

    Sounds like fun games in the night or at dusk involving ghosts. We never played anything like that. We caught fireflies at night. Sometimes we ate cold watermelon after dark. Mostly we got our baths at night to get all the grime off from playing outdoors all day😀 I remember the neck beads, like a ring of sweat and dirt that collected in creases around the neck. I can’t believe I ever got so dirty!


  26. tiscket a tasket was played with children in a circle with their hands cupped behind their backs. A child would skip around the group singing the tisket tasket song and drop a folded piece of paper in one of their hands. Then they would race around the circle to get back into the empty space.


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