"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Sunday Salon --- with an assist from Proverbs

A beautiful day for a dog walk on the Riverfront Trail

Weather: Gray and overcast. Not very inviting. But yesterday was glorious and we took a long walk with the dog along the Puyallup River which runs through our community. 

Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy. -Prov. 29:1 NIV

Proverbs: I am a new member of a Facebook group called 'Christians Against COVID Denialism.' It seems to help me to be part of a group where the members believe in both God AND science. This past week someone posted a challenge for members to find Proverbs (from the Old Testament) that speak to the recent disconnect between Christians and vaccinations. Today I share some of the cited Proverbs here. (The letters after the verses are the Bible translations.)

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. -Prov. 14:12 NIV

COVID: Though the Omicron variant of COVID is supposed to be milder, it is more transmissible than the Delta variant. I just learned that a friend contracted it, likely from a trip to the grocery store. She is doing better but who knows who else ran into the virus that day. Be careful out there.

The wise are careful and avoid evil, but fools become excited and overconfident. -Prov. 14:16 CEB
Slow down: This past week I babysat my grandson at his home rather than transporting him to our house. His family lives a few miles from the entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park which is at a much higher elevation than our home. In a counterintuitive twist, it was sunny and warm at his home, but foggy and cold at ours. The sunshine beckoned and so Jamie and I took several short walks. As I made my way down the street with his one-year-old hand in mine, I reflected on how nice it was to slow down and move at a child's pace. 
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law. -Prov. 29:18 NKJV
Book Club surprise: The RHS Gals book club met on Wednesday. I was in charge of the discussion this month and was worried that the book we had selected, The Authenticity Project, would be a bomb. It wasn't. We had a great discussion. I was probably the most surprised of anyone since I was pretty disappointed in the book.
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. -Prov. 28:26 NIV
Books read this week -- I have now finished reading all the Cybils SH Nonfiction finalists.
  • The Rebellious Life of Rosa Parks (Young Reader's Edition) by Jeanne Theoharis and Brandy Colbert -- Rosa Parks was not a meek and unwitting participant in the Montgomery Bus Boycott when she wouldn't give up her seat on the bus. She was an activist long before her action started the ball rolling. This book is setting the record straight. Print.
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask (Young Reader's Edition) by Anton Treuer -- the book is organized according to topics -- History, Terminology, Religion & Culture, Powwow, etc. -- and can be used to look up the answer to one burning question such as "Why don't Indians cut their hair?" -- or read in its entirety, like I am doing. I gained so many insights. Print and audio.
Sensible people foresee trouble and hide from it, but gullible people go ahead and suffer the consequence. -Proverbs 22:3 NOG
Currently reading: 
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles -- We just selected this for an upcoming book club. Audio and print. 55%.
  • The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. A reread. I still love it. Print. 35%
If you stop using good sense, you will find yourself in the grave. -Prov. 21:16 CEV
Great news: Our daughter is moving back from California. She got a job at a hospital system in our town. Don and I spent a few days looking for apartments for her and she has applied to a nice one not far from our home. Woot woot!
For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. -Prov.‬ ‭1:32-33‬ ‭ESV‬‬
King Solomon: Doesn't it seem like King Solomon had COVID anti-vax nonsense in mind when he wrote these proverbs?
Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. -Proverbs 10:17 ESV
The honest truth: I was reading an article online this week. It was written by a teacher whose student was diagnosed with cancer. She ended up visiting him in the hospital several times and becoming good friends with his family. Sadly the boy died but the funeral was a celebration of his life. The kid must have had a great sense of humor. He even made a list of songs he wanted played during the service which included one by Shittyflutes. I had to listen to THAT. Here is the link so you can, too. Don't have anything in your mouth while you listen or you might choke.
One who guards his mouth protects his life; One who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. -Prov. 13:3 NASB (Wearing masks?)

Fred and George are so happy they got a new scratching pad they can't even wait until it is set on to the floor. So happy these guys will live closer to me in just a short month.


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