Our Daily Thread 6-10-21

imageGood Morning! Today is Michelle’s birthday.I think….Cake either way! 🎈🎂🎁🎂🎁🎂🎈 Coming home at lunch time and you have already joined my day, amazing.Though I think that most of you are asleep.LikeLiked by 1 person Morning, Chas.

LikeLiked by 1 person Good morning.Happy Birthday, Michelle! New this week: 6th Arrow started guitar lessons.

🙂 We bought a very nice used guitar on Tuesday, and she had her first lesson yesterday.

I sat in for her lesson, and her teacher is so thorough and encouraging; very personable.6th did quite well with remembering the names of the parts of the instrument and the string names, and also with playing the strumming exercises and the fingering exercises.Her teacher said that a lot of students find the initial strumming exercise to be difficult for a while, but 6th nailed it on the second try! The lessons are outside at the teacher’s house — for this summer, anyway.He’s got a huge umbrella set up on his deck, with chairs underneath and fans blowing from multiple directions.

It certainly stayed cooler under there than how it felt out in the sun when we left.It was already about 90° when the lesson was done; fortunately her lesson is in the morning, when it wasn’t as hot as what it would get up to by later afternoon.

He also kindly offered us drinks, which we were happy to take him up on! It was neat being outside, to see cardinals flying around, and to listen to the sound of other birds singing in the trees as a backdrop to the guitar strumming as the lesson proceeded.I’m excited for 6th that she has this opportunity now — she requested guitar lessons this winter and has been on his waiting list since then — and, though 6th is quite reserved, I can tell she’s glad to be learning guitar.

She had this lovely little smile on her face when we drove home from the guitar shop on Tuesday, and was studying her guitar book on the way home yesterday.The sound of her playing gently wafts through the house — I find it such a pleasing ambiance.

LikeLiked by 4 people eighteen? LikeLike Nope.Hi Janice.Nineteen? LikeLiked by 1 person Chas, your 9:14, I would stamp a “like” on your post if I knew how to do such things.🙂 My daughter’s guitar teacher has a student in his 70s.It’s never too late to start (or restart) something (relatively) new.How about we find you a guitar so you can give Chet Atkins a run for his money? 🙂 LikeLiked by 3 people Janice, 9:25, “Live music in a home is such a blessing from God.” Amen.

Right at this moment, the “music” in our home is coming from the vacuum cleaner.🙂 Time for me to get to work with household chores, too! See you all later.LikeLiked by 3 people I like to take musical instruments outside to play them in the backyard.Nobody to annoy out there.

And I literally play them, as I am not musical, but it is fun.LikeLiked by 1 person But not today as it is raining! That is a good thing for me and hopefully not too late for the farmers.Yesterday we were told we would get the amount of hay we got last year but no more as the rancher is not sure he will have enough for his own stock.The crops in the field appear to be languishing for lack of moisture.

LikeLiked by 2 people And with this news, it’s official.I’ll be skipping that vaccine for the time being.Rand was right all along, but like Trump, was vilified for it.

This information frees up millions of doses of vaccines for those not yet infected in places with vaccine shortages like India. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 8, 2021 This information frees up millions of doses of vaccines for those not yet infected in places with vaccine shortages like India. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 8, 2021 LikeLike Thus, recovered COVID-19 patients are likely to better defend against the variants than persons who have not been infected but have been immunized with spike-containing vaccines only. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 8, 2021 Thus, recovered COVID-19 patients are likely to better defend against the variants than persons who have not been infected but have been immunized with spike-containing vaccines only. — Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 8, 2021 LikeLiked by 1 person A couple of our reporters went on to work for the Shoah Foundation, one is still there.No one ‘wants’ to leave journalism, but at some point they realize it’s the only way to survive.I took guitar lessons for a while with the choir director at my former (2 churches) church.And my former roommate got seriously into studying classical guitar.When she got married and moved out, though, her husband didn’t like it much and she wound up practicing on the roof of their apartment building so he wouldn’t be disturbed.Eventually she had to give it up when she developed severe carpal tunnel in her hands.She was pretty obsessed with practicing (and she was a legal secretary by day while she also was finishing up her BA, so her hands were just getting a real workout).

Happy Birthday Michelle! I got the Jeep moved out of the driveway for the neighbors who need it today for a doctor’s the stroke followup.LikeLiked by 2 people Another port story on tap for me today along with a staff call on homelessness and a story to do today and tomorrow on the retiring award-winning high school band leader.It still looks like we’re on track in CA to open everything up on June 15 (though various counties and businesses will continue to have their own regulations, possibly).What a long, hard and divisive year it’s been.(AJ, the vaccine has been shown to help with those long-term after-effects, but if those aren’t present it would seem safe to skip the vaccine for now; still unknown how long any of the immunity lasts, either from the vaccine or from surviving the disease itself, but that data should begin to be known in the coming 6 months or so.) LikeLiked by 2 people “still unknown how long any of the immunity lasts, either from the vaccine or from surviving the disease itself,” Well I know for a fact due to antibody testing every 4 months that I still have antibodies more than a year after having the infection.When they no longer show in my blood tests I’ll consider the vaccine, but not until then.

LikeLiked by 1 person “Before religion made it all about what we believe, Jesus was all about how we love.” Post on a FB site called “The New Methodists.” And shared by the friend (raised Methodist) I’ve been trying to build an online relationship with (we were in elementary school & Girl Scouts together, she now lives in the desert).We’ve clashed before on FB regarding “religion” — she’s a professing Christian but of the very liberal variety.She recently moved and said she’d like to find a church so we’ll see if she can get connected somewhere, but I’m staying out of all that.She’ll do what she decides to do and she’d probably only seek out a very liberal Methodist or other like-minded church.Patience.I’m not talking to her about religion much at all right now.Based on things I’ve seen her post, she has a deep hostility toward much of Christian orthodoxy, isn’t too familiar with the Bible, and she often expresses her views about “religion” in quotes that are pretty hostile and argumentative.

She’s quite liberal politically and socially.And yet, she’s been reached by the Holy Spirit at some level, I believe.She’s had some difficult things from her past to overcome so psychological healing combined with her being raised in the Methodist church seemed to be what got her attention at some point in her adult years.I thought we’d found an opening through Paul David Tripp who was a speaker at a counseling group she attended many years ago.She really liked him, she told me, so I’d suggested his Lenten devotional this past year which she immediately ordered — but never said anything about after that (nor did I, my sense is that it was too ‘religious’ for her tastes).LikeLiked by 1 person Kim.You are doing well.LikeLiked by 3 people Meaning (I think) that it was too Scripture-centered.

LikeLiked by 1 person “tumbling.” I remember tumbling — intentionally and for “fun” — when you could bounce right back LikeLiked by 1 person FB nabbed me for ‘violating community standards’ (with “spam”) when I posted a news link in response to a friend’s question about whether a BBC newsman had retired.

He had, as it turned out, and I’d linked to a story about Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) posting a tweet in praise of the newsperson who is quite renowned in the UK.The link included the news of the retirement; it was a UK publication but not a questionable source in my view (and I’d seen other reports of the retirement, this link just seemed to provide the most succinct info about it).So I guess FB considered that link to be spammy, but I suspect it just looked odd (or ‘conservative’?) to some algorithm and so I was pulled over and ticketed, as it were.I’ve been warned to watch myself.

I hate social media.What a monster we’ve created.

LikeLike Scary on the marijuana.Scary on the “woke”.But God… LikeLike Janice, my young people seem to be totally embracing social media.

No need to go anywhere.Though my bio children seem to have a slightly different take.I often see pics of grandson with son in the water at Virginia Beach or in a park or wildlife area.

Rarely see others in the background.Son in New York spends lots of time with his family doing things like wood working or getting maple sap cooked down to syrup or some such.Daughter in Boise often takes the children to parks where they are free to play with few others around.Son in Colorado skis a lot, and travels around the world with his wife and works at planting trees on their land up in the mountains.LikeLiked by 2 people Peter (1:34), it would appear not LikeLiked by 1 person “obvious maturity” LikeLiked by 1 person Immaturity on the other hand … LikeLiked by 1 person Morning all.Not even 6am here yet.

I got my flight booked for the helicopter.

What a way to go to the dentist.I woke up at 5 thinking I heard my friend’s voice calling me.I got up but didn’t see anyone.

I stayed up to check email and visit with you all.Our fibre link internet is down and this may be the only time I can get through today.Enjoy your day, Michelle.

LikeLiked by 2 people Excellent, rkessler! LikeLike You can stay in charge.I’m on leave until next weekend.🙂 —— Tumbling…..We had it good in this regard.My Dad raced dirt stock cars when we were kids.

So we tumbled down the hill like this.🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Trump was right again….And further proof Fauci is compromised. “Has there been a drug more vilified during the coronavirus pandemic than hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)? There is a new study out that may vindicate those who touted HCQ as a viable treatment drug for COVID-19.If the study findings hold up after it is peer-reviewed, HCQ taken with azithromycin, improved COVID-19 survival by nearly 200% in ventilated patients.That conclusion would be very good news.For most of us, the whole controversy over the use of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19 patients seemed mostly political in nature and less so about the drug’s effectiveness.Once Donald Trump came out in support of it, the gloves came off.

At least half of the country decided that HCQ was not a scientific treatment for the coronavirus because the bad Orange Man was an anti-science president.

Never mind that it was Trump who expedited the vaccine process to historic speed with Operation Warp Speed.He put together a White House coronavirus task force before many people (especially on the left) were willing to acknowledge the pandemic that originated in China.When Trump announced that he was taking HCQ himself, he was roundly mocked.

Nevertheless, others in the medical community studied the use of the drug during the pandemic and found some positive results.Dr.Robin Armstrong treated a nursing home outbreak of COVID-19 in Texas City, Texas with HCQ because it was available and worth a try if it saved patients.While Armstrong doesn’t credit hydroxychloroquine with saving the lives of his elderly patients, he touts the gamble as a success.

The State of Texas purchased mass quantities of the drug and that is where Armstrong’s supply came from.He provided tablets to 38 residents who had tested positive but not yet shown symptoms.Three patients died, but 35 no longer showed COVID-19 symptoms.He declared them as “recovered,” though some still tested positive for the virus itself.The drug remdesivir became a drug of preference in the medical community in the treatment of COVID-19.HCQ is cheap in price (under $10 for the course of a COVID-19 treatment) and has been used for more than 80 years, mostly as an anti-malaria drug.It is taken orally.

Remdesivir is “a proprietary, intravenous drug manufactured by Gilead Sciences, costing about $3,500 per treatment, with unknown side effects.” Fauci and others at the National Health Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases preferred remdesivir.

Why would that be? Let’s follow the money.There is an interesting op-ed in the Washington Times that does just that.” ——— That’s where we see Fauci’s machinations.LikeLike Oh goody.“Heart inflammation in young men higher than expected after Pfizer, Moderna vaccines -U.S.CDC” “A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday.

The CDC and other health regulators have been investigating heart inflammation cases after Israel’s Health Ministry reported that it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.The agency said it is still assessing the risk from the condition and has not yet concluded that there was a causal relationship between the vaccines and cases of myocarditis or pericarditis.While some patients required hospitalization, most have fully recovered from their symptoms, the CDC said.More than half of the cases reported to the U.S.Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) after people had received their second dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines were in people between the ages of 12 and 24, the CDC said.Those age groups accounted for less than 9% of doses administered.“We clearly have an imbalance there,” Dr.

Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, said in a presentation to an advisory committee to the U.S.Food and Drug Administration meeting on Thursday.“ LikeLiked by 1 person what are you people talking about? Oh, yes, when the real fired poor Chas…..

LikeLiked by 2 people Hard to keep a job around here, apparently.LikeLiked by 1 person One live video event watched, written up and posted (port processed its 10 millionth container since July 2020, a milestone in the Western Hemisphere); and another one to go (on the DDT dump that occurred off our coastline some years ago) Dogs are fed.

LikeLike Oh, a story about Idaho and a border collie (mix): A dog that vanished after being thrown from a car during a crash was found after a Facebook post about the missing border collie mix gained attention.Tilly was discovered doing what he was bred to do — herding sheep. — The Associated Press (@AP) June 10, 2021 A dog that vanished after being thrown from a car during a crash was found after a Facebook post about the missing border collie mix gained attention.Tilly was discovered doing what he was bred to do — herding sheep. — The Associated Press (@AP) June 10, 2021 LikeLiked by 2 people 5:46 – Dramamine! LikeLike Yay, an email just came from the church elders saying we’ll be going back to our single service at 10 a.m.starting July 4.Good timing I think, but it will be complicated for some folks.LikeLiked by 1 person Oh, and you’ll get extra money now, Chas, because of the pandemic and Biden.Now Peter’s going to want to get fired, too.

LikeLike Single service will be crowded, though.

Right now the early service fills up maybe 1/2 or 2/3 of the facility, but more folks go to the later service.Maybe have to get there a bit early.

LikeLike What? He told you it was a nonpaying position? Too funny! LikeLike How did our numbers get so high today? Friday here.Time to head to school to do some tutoring.I found more resources so that is great.For these girls English is a second language so they need more review and time.I was going to walk to school, but it is looking like more rain, so driving is probably wise.

LikeLike My position is non paying, but for the grace of God and His people.So sweet to serve this way.LikeLiked by 2 people so close….who will it be? there are some sneaky folks on the west and very far west coast… LikeLike I learned to stand on my head in a phy ed class back in the day.I tried standing on my hands, too, but could never find the right alignment to keep myself in that position.

Somersaults: front and back, but only on the floor (not aerial sommies).Cartwheels: mostly two-handed, one side definitely preferred over the other; never landed an aerial cartwheel, though I would try on occasion.Backbends, yes; back walkovers, too; no back handsprings — way too scary! Front walkovers, and front handsprings (my favorite!).I think the last time I tried any of the above was in my early to mid-30s, just to see if I could still do them, after probably having stopped doing them a decade before.Let’s just say that wasn’t too smart an idea.

😉 (No broken bones or torn anything, but definitely uncomfortable during and for a while after!) My three sisters and I loved doing gymnastics (for fun; we didn’t do it as an organized sport); my four daughters, however, have never done any of that sort of thing.Walking and hiking they love; gymnastics holds no interest for them whatsoever.LikeLike A new student started today.

He’s doing a piano/vocal coaching combination.Two new students began on Tuesday this week, too.They are two of the children of one of my former piano students.Nice moms and kids all! I enjoyed meeting them (and seeing my former student again — it’s been probably at least 20 years since I’ve seen her), and am looking forward to our summer studies.

(I’m also hoping I’ll be able to find times for them on my fall schedule.All of them right now have lesson times that won’t work when they return to school in September.We’ll see how it plays out; right now I’m booked as full as I want to be.

If other students end up quitting, then I might have open times that work for these new families.

It’s all in the Lord’s hands, and that is wonderful.) LikeLike The greatest site in all the land! History, Real Life, and Faith This site is the bee’s knees.

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