The Book of Jonah is very interesting, and shows that human and God’s actions are not pre-determined, fated or controlled in a robot way. God was concerned about how Nineveh in Assyria (now northern Iraq) was wicked and dyslexic, so called Jonah in Joppa to “preach against it.”
Instead, Jonah tried to sail for Tarshish. You know the story (or could read it here, Jonah, New International Version).
The Lord was pleased with Nineveh for repenting, and relented from His intended destruction because He was “concerned” about “120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well” (Jonah 4:11).
Jonah was mad.
I was pondering what my hosts would like as presents tomorrow, and got to thinking about boyfriends past. Before everyone slept with everyone, it was easier to have boyfriends as a fun snuggly thing. I had many, & most are still friends!, but it’s harder these days, being a nice girl and all.
Probably my favorite boyfriend of all the years is a 3rd grade teacher & has a gay partner,
but at least I wasn’t his “last girlfriend before he came out,”
which carries a damaging stigma for a woman.
could official weather people call West winds “East winds”/”offshore flow,”
be wrong for 2 generations (since 1950s/’60s satellites & TV);
and people don’t understand because West winds come from offshore during the day,
and around the world, winds are named from their source.
Weather Conditions for:
Santa Monica, Santa Monica Municipal Airport, CA (KSMO)
Elev: 174 ft; Latitude: 34.01583; Longitude: -118.45139
I am not usually a very competitive person when it comes to contests or games (except Boggle or air hockey, which I can win), as usually I just feel, “Let other people win; it will mean more to them.”
Our school is having a ‘Holiday Office Decorating Contest,’ with ‘no guidelines’ (that is, no restrictions on people’s creativity), so I asked if I could enter the Geography classroom, since I hold ‘office hours’ in SCC 109. (If students want a private discussion, we do go next door.) Several students come early to study or talk.
Plants make the most beautiful decorations, or pretend plants. When our new Science complex (SCC) opened up a year ago, I brought in about 40 plants, but couldn’t leave them there over breaks with overhead automatic heating and cooling, as they dry out too much, so gave them to the Child Development classroom.
Today and tomorrow, the official projected temperatures for Wilmington, CA, are 86º and 88º F, but that really means 90ºs as our hot-pocket heats up (leeward side of P.V. hill, near-sea-level adiabatic heating, ground absorption of concrete and re-radiation, 110 freeway heat generation). I’m not sure I want to tote around more plant arrangements inside a 100º-plus car.
It is 100% relief. Thanks to those of you who cared and were supportive. It was like having an evil presence abutting my backyard and driveway, and outside my kitchen and living room windows. They vandalized my property 9 times; I had to call the sheriff altogether about 27 times. I lost countless hours of sleep, and am not sure how many times I cried over it. It felt like Israel, with neighbors shooting rockets.
I wouldn’t even garden during that time.
After the Rodney King beating when L.A. was experiencing trouble as Ferguson is now, 2 friends came over in the afternoon even though a lot of things were closed. (I think there was a curfew after dark). The husband is African-American and was dressed up, and they were going to see his parents next. We were having a relaxed visit, and I asked if he always got dressed up to go see his parents. (Our church is casual.) He said if he got stopped by a policeman, it was better to be well-dressed, that there would be less trouble.