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About Terabith

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  1. Yeah, I can't imagine fairy tales appropriate for a one year old. I actually spent a fair amount of time pondering at what age to introduce which stories: I introduce FOLK tales around 2.5 (Three Bears, Magic Porridge Pot, The Mitten, Gingerbread Man, The Turnip). Around age 3, I introduce The Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, The Shoemaker and the Elves. Around age four to five, I introduce the first true fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, Mother Holle, Frog Prince, Rumplestilskin, Rapunzel, and Bremen Town Musicians. At six, I read them Snow White and Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Golden Goose, Hansel and Gretel, Little Briar Rose, and Cinderella. The rest of Grimm, I save for closer to age seven.
  2. Yeah, I've never been somewhere when just one is offered. But often there are rubrics about how receiving in one kind is valid. I think the pandemic may change this. Offering just the Body (except for arranged ahead of time allergies or celiac) would be safer.
  3. I have an M.Div from a seminary (although I didn't get ordained after a disastrous internship with a schizophrenic pastor), so I'm in a bunch of seminary and clergy groups. Lots of churches are planning to use these, but they are very problematic because they are almost impossible to open and invariably spill. I think receiving in one kind (which is completely valid in the Episcopal church as well, if not as commonly practiced), is a far better plan. I think there really needs to be NO music, not just new or unfamiliar music. For one thing, we have a long history of training people to try to learn new music. For another, even just a few people singing is not great, from an aerosolized virus perspective.
  4. I believe the request IS valid. And I love the phrasing, "We only have a two day supply." My issue is with the fact that in 26 years of donating blood every 8 weeks (or so), I have never, even once, had them not say something like, "We have a desperate need for blood." Objective measures, like a two day supply or a 5 day supply or a 10 day supply, would be preferred to continual "desperate need." I certainly believe they currently do have a desperate need. The vast majority of churches here are closed and so blood drives are called off. (I would like to see churches open for blood drives, even if not services.) I understand there is currently a dire need, due to uptick in demand and dramatically decreased supply. But they definitely have a "Boy who cried wolf" issue with many folks when they call continuously and always say the same thing.
  5. I am so irritated with the Red Cross. I donate regularly. I wish they did not constantly, always, claim they were in a desperate shortage, because it makes it really hard to believe them. I would much prefer it if sometimes they said something like, "We're doing all right blood wise at the moment, but we want to be prepared or able to send blood to other areas as they need it." I totally believe that they are in dire need right now, because so many places that host blood drives are closed. That said, when my 8 weeks was getting close to being up and I was eligible to donate again soon, they called me, as they always do, to guilt trip me and get me to sign up. I had fiddled around on their app looking for somewhere to donate, and I had been unable to find anywhere to do so, so I was actually excited. "Yes! I would love to donate! Where can I do so? I'm not showing availability anywhere." And the phone lady said, "Well, how about we sign you up for this town 2 hours away." The local blood centers themselves were no longer accepting donations of whole blood because they are only doing platelets and plasma and are practicing social distancing. And I get that. They're also trying to collect covid antibody plasma donations. Which is great. But they want people to donate, but there is literally nowhere available to do so. I did finally find a blood drive at a hotel nearby two weeks later, and both my husband and myself went and donated. Of course, the nurse put the needle in; I could tell it was wrong; I said, "I don't think that's in right," as she complained about it not bleeding well. She wouldn't redo it, and it clotted and they had to throw out my donation because there wasn't enough blood; I can't donate again for 8 weeks, and my entire right arm turned purple.
  6. Okay, I don't want to sound like an infomercial, but a bunch of folks were extolling the virtues of this cat toy on a facebook cat group I am on. I got desperate because our store has been out of crunchy peanut butter for 3 weeks, so I ordered some from amazon, and on a whim and to feel less stupid, I threw this catnip banana into my cart. Oh. My. Goodness. Obama was outside when I got the envelope from the mail. As soon as I removed it from the mailbox, he was like, "Whoo hooo! What is THIS?" through three layers of packaging. I unwrapped it and tossed it into the house. Obama loves it. He has played with it a ton. Scout, who is 13, and has never really played much, has been sitting next to it, cuddling it and using it as a pillow. There was just a cat dust up with some minor hissing over it. I should have gotten the package of 3. (Although they would certainly have continued to fight over one, I'm sure.)
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    I have often wondered why this board is that way. It seems pretty unique. I have wondered if it is because it is a place that is educated women centric.
  8. I'm really having a hard time with numbers since so many places are not reporting, or have changed reporting. Sorta like Florida is not having an increase of COVID but an epidemic of weird pneumonia fatalities.
  9. Yeah, we have tons of bunnies and deer, which is why my plants are in giant pots on my deck. I often walk after dark, and there are zillions of bunnies. Like, I'm actually tripping over them. It's insane. I was trying to convince my husband to let me buy bird baths for my new plan of turning the neighborhood crows into my personal army through gifts of peanuts and shiny things, but he is a spoil sport and says that's a terrible idea.
  10. He is a pathological liar, but I doubt he's lying about this. Given that there have been some decent studies out of South Korea about its efficacy used as prophalaxis for people exposed, and given when he said he was finishing up a two week course, it lines up with exposure to his valet, who tested positive. I could totally see a White House doctor prescribing it for that purpose under that circumstance, especially given how excited Trump is about the stuff.
  11. It's almost as if you call them the enemy of the people often enough, people start to believe it.
  12. It's from Gina Gerbasi's Facebook page. Friends I went to seminary with are friends with her.
  13. Testimony from an Episcopal Rector from another St. John's (Georgetown, it's confusing; the Episcopal church needs to diversify names), who was there and driven off by tear gas: Friends, I am ok, but I am, frankly shaken. I was at St. John's, Lafayette Square most of the afternoon, with fellow clergy and laypeople - and clergy from some other denominations too. We were passing out water and snacks, and helping the patio area at St. John's, Lafayette square to be a place of respite and peace. All was well - with a few little tense moments - until about 6:15 or so. By then, I had connected with the Black Lives Matter medic team, which was headed by an EMT. Those people were AMAZING. They had been on the patio all day, and thankfully had not had to use much of the eyewash they had made. Around 6:15 or 6:30, the police started really pushing protestors off of H Street (the street between the church and Lafayette Park, and ultimately, the White House. They started using tear gas and folks were running at us for eyewashes or water or wet paper towels. At this point, Julia, one of our seminarians for next year (who is a trauma nurse) and I looked at each other in disbelief. I was coughing, her eyes were watering, and we were trying to help people as the police - in full riot gear - drove people toward us. Julia and her classmates left and I stayed with the BLM folks trying to help people. Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet - he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt. The police in their riot gear were literally walking onto the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with these metal shields, pushing people off the patio and driving them back. People were running at us as the police advanced toward us from the other side of the patio. We had to try to pick up what we could. The BLM medic folks were obviously well practiced. They picked up boxes and ran. I was so stunned I only got a few water bottles and my spray bottle of eyewash. We were literally DRIVEN OFF of the St. John's, Lafayette Square patio with tear gas and concussion grenades and police in full riot gear. We were pushed back 20 feet, and then eventually - with SO MANY concussion grenades - back to K street. By the time I got back to my car, around 7, I was getting texts from people saying that Trump was outside of St. John's, Lafayette Square. I literally COULD NOT believe it. WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN'S - a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day - SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!! PEOPLE WERE HURT SO THAT HE COULD POSE IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE! HE WOULD HAVE HAD TO STEP OVER THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES WE LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE WE WERE BEING TEAR GASSED!!!! I am deeply shaken. I did not see any protestors throw anything until the tear gas and concussion grenades started, and then it was mostly water bottles. I am shaken, not so much by the taste of tear gas and the bit of a cough I still have, but by the fact that that show of force was for a PHOTO OPPORTUNITY. The patio of St. John's, Lafayette square had been HOLY GROUND today. A place of respite and laughter and water and granola bars and fruit snacks. But that man turned it into a BATTLE GROUND first, and a cheap political stunt second. I am DEEPLY OFFENDED on behalf of every protestor, every Christian, the people of St. John's, Lafayette square, every decent person there, and the BLM medics who stayed with just a single box of supplies and a backpack, even when I got too scared and had to leave. I am ok. But I am now a force to be reckoned with.
  14. I like the idea of a cheese drawer/ shelf, but my refrigerator simply isn't that organized. Everything is kinda just shoved in wherever it fits. But we have a smaller than standard fridge, too.
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