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Monday, May 31, 2004

"The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson... a link !!!

More from Ralph Waldo Emerson (he has more than 500 quotes attributed to him; I'll not overly belabor you):

"All necessary truth is its own evidence."
"I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me."
"The greatest man in history was the poorest."
"Oh man! There is no planet, sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are."

E-mails from both sisters Thursday ???

The weather... rain Thursday night... sweet !!! I walked out into the warm "Seattle Sunshine" in the evening as one possessed (I'm really not, though) for a bit. Friday and Saturday and Sunday: back to sunny, with moderately warm temps. Allergies: single hanky days... just as well... I'm out of loratadine. I may try another med... the loratadine seems to provide little relief on bad allergy days... and especially since it's without a decongestant component.

Memorial Day... thank you to all that serve and have served.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion " daily contest:


Wending unearthly

Wood's path... aery labyrinth

Færie's deceit veiled

:Bobby Nichols

Death of the Unicorn

The unicorn trapped

tormented falls

Cries echoing against forever

Hot breath gasps

the last of this world


:Bobby Nichols

Harison's Yellow Rose

Yellow rose blossom

Thou heady fragrant bouquet

Repletes my being

:Bobby Nichols

Hummingbird's Flight

Hummingbird's wings

resonating in flight

Diving, turning...

a kaleidoscopic


earthly delight

:Bobby Nichols


Boats hung out to dry

Another day at Fundy

Tide's aberration

:Bobby Nichols

The Nature of Prayer

Ethereal light

Midst trees lofty of purpose

Come pray and be heard

:Bobby Nichols

" Death of the Unicorn "... "Cries echoing against forever..."

" Hummingbird's Flight "... Very few 'tiles' to work with. Other 'tiles' available included: waterfalls, mother, Snapshots, Jungles, dragon, chortle (always available), silky (always available), think, cannot, falcon's (I borrowed the " 's " to add to Hummingbird to create "Hummingbird's" by super-positioning), countless, delicious,and the usual single/double/triple letter 'tiles'... maybe 80 'tiles' in toto.

" HyperMaze "... a Haiku: A foggy wood pictured. A hypercube, being a four dimensional representation of a cube. A labyrinth of hypercubes, or tesseracts, used as a maze lattice, hence HyperMaze, in the guise of a wooded path, designed to deceive by otherworldly creatures... Færies in this case, ensnaring hapless three dimensional entities by providing a gateway to other dimensions or existences ( you can breathe now ). This idea of using hypercubes is used on occasion in SciFi, notoriously in "Hypercube: Cube 2". A bunch of hoo-ha for a three line poem... eh ?

" Harison's Yellow Rose "... a Haiku: Harison's Yellow Rose... photos... links ! (recht !)

" Fundy "... a Haiku: The B&W photo showed a boat high and dry next to a pier giving me pause to recall The Bay of Fundy... a link !

" The Nature of Prayer "... a Haiku: Sunday's photo was of a grove of trees... filled with light...

tOoDLes !!!


Wednesday, May 26, 2004

" I've been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors is black. "

--Pierre Auguste Renoir... a link !!!

More from Pierre Auguste Renoir:

" The pain passes, but the beauty remains. "
" He ( Leonardo Da Vinci ) bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machine. "

Amusing to me: " c'est la vie... à bête noire !!! " one of my pet French phrases translates as " c'est life... with black animal !!! " using Babelfish. My understanding was: " That's life... something that rankles (me) ", or, "... a pet peeve ( of mine ) ". Guess I need a new/better phrase resource.

The weather's been absolutely marvelous... 70° to 80° Fahrenheit with light breezes... Allergies: down to one hanky a day... rain expected for the weekend ?... that would be nice !

New Message Board on G4 for/with the TechTv "Call For Help" Community Members... sweet !!! Added to the sidebar and re-labeled "Da Boards... TechTv" as being the "Archived Boards... TechTv" when the old message boards deactivate the 28th of May. Praise be for Pete Covell's, and many others, tireless energy and effort in getting many of the kinks out during the transition.

Watched "Finding Nemo" again, and again, on DSS 'Stars' channel. "Pirates of the Caribbean, The Curse of the Black Pearl" coming up soon on 'Stars' in June. I look forward to watching Johnny Depp, one of my current favorite actors. My favorite movie with Johnny Depp as lead is "The Seventh Gate", a smart light horror movie.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion " daily contest:

Don't Feed the Birds

Tempt not the fowl beast

That wing- ed adversary

Doth one's repast plagues

:Bobby Nichols


Envelop me in

your love

Spark that desire

of being


for our souls

to be as one

:Bobby Nichols

Faerie's Stage

Oyster mushroom steps

Lead to Faerie's plane... waiting

Moonlight's revival

:Bobby Nichols
The Shadows

Avoid the shadows

Fantasies, escaped, existing black

guarding their pretended faces

whispering beyond

Dying to be found

:Bobby Nichols

" Ces Noire Nuits " or These Black Nights... A close re-creation of what I had wished to enter on 5-24-2004 for consideration on 5/25/2004 ( my apologies to French speaking peoples ):

" Ces Nuits Noires "


Le noir

réduit l'espoir... alors

dernier sang aimant

semble infernally sans crainte mortelle

La couleur illusoire languit avec le splendour

:Bobby Nichols 5-24-2004

" Oneness "... a love poem.

" The Shadows "... another warm & fuzzy by Bobby Nichols.

" Don't Feed the Birds ! "... a Haiku: The picture for inspiration was that of a sparrow checking out the remnants of a sandwich on a wooden rail.

" Faerie's Stage "... a Haiku: I edit my entry sent from 'Leads' to 'Lead' to Faerie's plane ( of existence ). The photo consisting of a tree stump a few feet high festooned up and down with what appear to be oyster mushrooms about its periphery. I had thought to title "Faerie's Ring", but the ambiguity with: rings of power stories and other types of mushrooms that create what are actually called 'fairy rings' in nature... was too great.

A più tardi !!!


Tuesday, May 25, 2004

" Music has charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak. "

--William Congreve... a link !!!

" Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first. "

--Josh Billings... a link !!!

More from William Congreve:

" Grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure. "
" Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. "
" Blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds, and though a late, a sure reward succeeds. "
" I find we are growing serious, and then we are in great danger of being dull. "

More from Josh Billings:... a link !!!

The 25th of May would have been my Father's 73'rd birthday... he passed in September of 1999. Some favorite memories:

Trips to the beach... thousands, seemingly.
Car rides with the family, Dad driving, to no place in particular.
Hot cocoa at a restaurant early in the a.m. on the way to Dad's many golf appointments... me caddying... Shirley Temples' and Roy Rogers' for me at the 19th hole.
Shish-ka-bob's on the bar-b-cue.
Dad's "glurg" or spiced wine on the stove.
Summer vacation in Seaside, Oregon... just Mom and Dad and Jim and I in a trailer, camping out.
Just Dad and Jim and I camping out under the stars at a beach south of Half Moon Bay, CA... freezing our rears off under blankets as the fog came in, even though we had a camp fire going.
Fishing at Green Lake in Seattle, WA... just Dad and I in a row boat. We never caught anything the few times we went out to fish, anywhere.
Me absolutely disgusting and frustrating Dad when he tried to teach me how to drive his MG Midget... me laughing my head off the whole time... getting nowhere... the clutch beyond my comprehension.
Going to the boat races in Seattle, WA or visiting his friend, Dick Brunos (sp?) at his home on the lake front. Dick raced hydroplane's, or speed boats, and loved to give us boat rides on the lake where he lived next to ( Lake Washington ? ) with his family boat-cruiser, we all taking turns at water-skiing... or trying to, sometimes from off Dick's pier. Dick tragically took his own life years later.
Trying to live up to Dad's "Do as I say and not as I do" lessons of life.
... bitter-sweet regrets of latter years... what might have beens...
Love you Dad... miss you...

I've installed this awesome ( Windows only ) web dictionary ap... only 24K in size, that just happens to use the same website I normally use for word mangle-ation. When surfing the web just highlight a word... then right click the mouse and an option appears to get the definition/encyclopedia entry of the word... SUPER COOL ! I was warned ahead of time that the ap does have the 'AvenueA' tracking spyware 'bot' on it... but I block the spyware with SpywareBlaster... I think. Even still, the 'bot' is benign in nature.

Wonderful meeting at the Stake Center in Cameron Park with all the new LDS members, from the last two years, in the stake in attendance. A bit of social anxiety to the extreme when it came to my turn to introduce myself. I barely remember what I blurted out... speech not my talent, nor sought out by me. Overheard in general assembly: "Those people in Georgetown (ward) have been really  busy !"... with regard to the number of new members presented. Yes they have been... they're wonderful and special people. I wouldn't be attending, perhaps, otherwise.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion " daily contest:

These Black Nights


The black one

reduces hope... then

cherishing last blood

seems infernally without fatal fear

Illusory color languishes with splendour

:Bobby Nichols


Autumn's Effusion

River's serene flow

Woods mirrored off water's face

Autumn exults twice

:Bobby Nichols 5-24-2004

Lake's Landing

Summer thoughts evoked

As Fall's dusk tends to lake's charm

In remembrance sweet

:Bobby Nichols 5-24-2004

" Ces Noire Nuits  " or These Black Nights... What might have been: This poem was in French originally... I give the literal English, above, that I did write out... the French version sending another confirmation to the ether, I'll try to recreate. I normally would have transcribed the poem afterwords (sic). With luck I'll be able to copy as created when the poem is posted among all the the other entries after 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday. AMENDED: No... the poem posted on the net 40 seconds late and will show up as only more gibberish... I thought I had a few minutes leeway... but no. Therefore: no entry will show for Wednesday... and the gibberish will be entered for Thursday... another SNAFU, or SNAFU#2 in this case. And no... my French is in tatters... I merely took the 'tiles', a preponderance of French words, and arranged them as best I could and then checked the sentences in Bablefish for a coarse translation, hence my tardiness... c'est la vie... à bête noire !!!

" Autumn's Effusion "... a Haiku: Autumn exults twice: first by the trees surrounding the river, the fall colours effusing forth... and then, secondly, by reflection in the mirrored 'face' of the river water.

" Lake's Landing "... a Haiku: I hadn't intended it thus, the poem created before reminiscing about Dad and Dick Brunos (sp?), but the picture for inspiration does evoke memories of trying to ski off Dick's pier in the summer in Seattle, WA... and not letting go of the tow rope after dumping... getting lake water up my nose... what fun !!! Not to mention that I have a slight memory of almost drowning near that same pier, Dick's daughter helping me out of the water... no fuss made.

Debna yisenbëtu !!!


Saturday, May 22, 2004

" Aim at Heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither. "

--C. S. Lewis... a link !!!

More from C. S. Lewis:

" All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. "
" Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. "
" God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain. "
" The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. "
C. S. Lewis has so many good quotes I feel loathe to exclude any. I listed only a short sample for space and time.

Brief electrical storm Friday... came in like a tyrannical three-year old. I had warned my grandkids to get away from the window after I came inside the house from hurriedly feeding the mares, the storm not far away. Sure enough they tarried and were treated to a lightening bolt close by the house... couldn't have even counted to one between flash and thunder. They moved quickly enough after that. Gail and I prudently disconnected modems and electrical connections from both computers when we heard the first distant rumblings. Weather in the 70°'s Fahrenheit Friday and Saturday, with a light breeze. Allergies: Three hanky days.

Mom called Saturday. Her eye surgery date for cataracts is approaching. Otherwise, she's as well as she wishes the rest of the family to believe. I once fancied myself a wino... I mean wine conno'sour', I could never really afford good wines, and the subject of what a claret was... was broached... by me... hence another link. Mom had just found a bottle of "Shiraz" from Australia that was touted as being good with this and that... and Kangaroo steak. I asked Mom ( non-LDS ) to have a glass for me ( new-LDS )... or not.

Home repairs... ludicrous as usual. Can't get a 'bloody' bathroom fitting out for love nor money... well, maybe money if I have to resort to a plumber. I've been wrestling with the 'thing' off and on for months. Since this fitting regulates the hot water flow I'm getting a double whammy on the electrical bill with water heater and well pump... ouch !!!

Chrissy & Richard and family... Chrissy's 4X4 repaired by my nephew(s)... alternator brushes fouled... or something. Saturday service's for Richard's Aunt Kathy's youngest(?) child, a toddler, who passed recently of a viral infection of the liver/heart. Balloons with letters written, attached, were sent aloft by those in attendance according to my grandson, David.

Need to wake up early on Sunday. There is an opportunity for new LDS members to meet with a high level Church Authority ( one of the Seventy ) on a more personal level... cool ! Hitching a ride with Brother Martinez.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion " daily contest:


The straight and

narrow path

forges a testimony

The very process

revealing love,


The Creator adorned

:Bobby Nichols


Yellowstone's Bane

Most evident... see ?

Mirrored lake encroaches west

Yon upheaval... east

:Bobby Nichols 5-22-2004

The Dragon

I stare frozen, awed

as dusk looms orange to scarlet

before the dragon

:Bobby Nichols 5-21-2004

" Testimony  "... again, poetic/spiritual license taken. Remember, I'm choosing from a pool of perhaps 150 plus 'tiles' from which to create a poem/prose of twenty 'tiles' or less. This entry might be a good candidate for further edit in the future.

" Yellowstone's Bane "... a Haiku: The picture showed two trees, bare of leaf, encroached upon by a lake, surrounded by, otherwise, full-leafed fall-colored forest. Brought me to mind the telly program about a possible Super Volcano under Yellowstone Nat'l Park... a Google link: "super volcano" +yellowstone, the rising magma chamber convoluting a nearby lake's topography. I may have the compass settings askew... but the effect, and affect, remain clear.

" The Dragon "... a Haiku: O.k. ... I'm dyin' if I'm lyin'... but no sooner do I show Gail the inspirational photo ( a boy at dusk below a tree looking eerily like a dragon ) and then cut and paste this poem in my BLOG template on NoteTabLite ( before posting the poem )... but "Puff the Magic Dragon" comes on DSS music channel 825, "Solid Gold Oldies" ( Gail's choice )... followed, of course, by "I Want To Be Bobby's Girl"... go figger !!! Too weird... change the station to my fave... DSS music channel 838, "Atmospheres"... only to have to change it back ( I thought Gail had gone to bed... oops ! )

Ngali añdja ngurba !!!


Friday, May 21, 2004

" When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before. "

--Cliff Fadiman... a link !!!

More from Cliff Fadiman:

"A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial."
"I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing."
"There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves."

The leading quotation is one I believe in whole heartedly. I have the enjoyable habit of rereading to excess certain books. I love to lose myself in the lands of Tolkien and L. Ron Hubbard and others. I further annoy my wife, Gail, when I watch the same movies on the telly over and over. How DOES one train one's memory to forget the trivial ?... I really wish to learn. Quote ?... mais certainment !!! I give you myself... you're welcome !!!

Weather in the upper 70°'s to low 80°'s Fahrenheit, with a light breeze... allergies: Five hanky day... only took three with me on my travels.

Gail's Arabian stud horse 'Saudi' got loose. Evidently just walked over a low part in the fence and took a stroll up the road. A distant neighbor's pony was given quite a scare... but Gail and one of our neighbors, Tamara, were able to handle the situation before anything got out of hand. This is only the first time in thirteen years that I know of that he has gone walkabout. He's now relocated in our eastern pasture which is most verdant ( in verdure ).

Library and books... I just had to ask: " Just what exactly did you remodel ? ". The changes from the renovation at the library were too subtle for me. New carpet, the top shelves' covers removed to allow more light in, some wood-graining enhancement, new counter-top at check-out, and some minor re-arranging of books.
Checked out: "The Writer's Digest Writing Clinic" edited by Kelly Nickell, and "Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph" by T.E. Lawrence. Lord knows my writing needs help... and I also wish to attempt to get inside T.E. Lawrence's head, a journey I undertake with some trepidation.

LDS lesson tonite. Note to self: Do not become overwhelmed. The path, though narrow, should  be taken at one's own pace... our hearts and minds are open books to Him. Be diligent and do not falter.

E-mail from sister Peg Thursday... Cool !!! Also received two e-mails from my Mom, one with some cool animated .gifs for receiving/giving hugs... including Mickey Mouse all a'sparkle that I'll save, and another with pictures I'll have to get around to. Tried calling her the other day... perhaps too late in the day ? E-mail from sister Debi re: Mandy's post-wedding announcement from the 11th.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion " daily contest:

Spiritual Bliss

Wondrous thoughts...

feelings of love

Desire no man

can plunder

Mind and soul

blossoming... deep

:Bobby Nichols


Desert Yearnings End

Desert flowers bloom

Bursting forth after sparse rain

Clouds relent their hold

:Bobby Nichols 5-20-2004


Ephemeral clouds

Sunset's favorite canvas

Mystique... Sky's passage

:Bobby Nichols 5-21-2004

" Spiritual Bliss  "... I suppressed the urge to use the German 'ß' in favor of the English double 's' in 'bliss'. In fact, I had originally titled the poem "Bliss", which would have appeared as "Bliß"... too close to 'BliB'. I also correct a typo or " 'tile'po " : 'wondrous' instead of 'wonderous'... oops !

" Desert Yearnings End "... a Haiku: The third Haiku of my "Desert Yearnings" theme. The entry for Friday's first line was: 'Desert flower blooms', but I wish to edit for my collection as 'Desert flowers bloom'.

" Clouds "... a Haiku: mystique, ephemeral, passage. The picture showing:

Clouds Too

Trees in silhouette, the sun past the horizon

Clouds capturing the changing hues of dusk on errand

Their textures and shadows heightening the effect

:Bobby Nichols 5-21-2004

This is probably the first time I created a poem when explaining another poem... different.

G'bye !!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2004

" The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children. "

--Thornton Wilder... a link !!!

More from Thornton Wilder:

" It is only in appearance that time is a river. It is a vast landscape and it is the eye of the beholder that moves. "
" Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise. "
" Literature is the orchestration of platitudes. "

Weather still in the 70°'s Fahrenheit range, but windy... allergies still bad. had an article about the planet Venus transiting in front of the sun on June 8, 2004 (just a few weeks )... which also happens to be the wed2ding an13niversary of Gail and I. This event apparently only occurs for we earthbound people every 122 years... though due to celestial mechanics another will occur in 8 years. Unfortunately both transits will not be visible in their entirety to most due to the earth's rotation and inclination, Venus and the Sun setting early in the sky, or even just bad weather... oh well. If one is lucky enough to view, be sure to take proper eye care precautions.
On another note, PBS will air/aired on "Nova" another celestial event of the real kind Tuesday, June 1, 2004 titled "death STAR". I noted this after creating my poem " ShockWave " when reading my email from TuDogs... celestial hazards abound !

Tony Randall passed away at the age of 84. I've always admired his craft of wit.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:


Time and space

in strife

Curving inward

then out

Shocks striking


      ... planets

                     ... life

:Bobby Nichols



Curled asleep on me

Picture need be to inspire ?

Eh? Taffy-Doodles ?

:Bobby Nichols 5-18-2004

Parthian Angst

Don't stare...

make me


Do you want

my heart to hide ?

You hurt me...

why ?

I leave

... don't care

:Bobby Nichols



So drawn to thee, I

Though thy flowery embrace

Be shielded of thorn

:Bobby Nichols 5-18-2004

" ShockWave  "... again... possibly too much Sci-Fi reading, since cosmology is beyond my comprehension. I might envision a super-massive black-hole tearing through the fabric of space-time, as a rock thrown into a calm pool of water, sending ripples of force throughout the universe, dark-matter most discordantly strewn, turgid... then I might not.

" Parthian Angst  "... Twenty 'tiles' : twenty words. I thought the line structure: ( 2:2:1:3:4:3:1:2:2 ) lent something to the poem... perhaps a simple symmetry to feelings deeply, but simply, expressed. As for the title, such a simple poem deserves an obscure title, non ?, parthian... as in parting words, and angst... of a personal nature.

" Taffy-Doodles "... a Haiku: Just for fun ! Welllllllllllll... the picture for inspiration would not show on the website, and Taffy-Doodles has taken over my tummy-shelf and left arm, sooooooooo... And, as I nearly finish this explanation, he jumps off in hunt of a mosquito hawk ( big flying bug ), catches, and devours it... yuk !!! On going back, much later in the day, the photo was of a mammalian dolphin, as opposed to a dolphin fish.

" Coquette "... a Haiku: Coquette, an interesting creature as I recall from bygone days. The photo for inspiration was of a yellow many-petaled flower in the midst of thorny needles, perhaps a cactus flower.

Later !!! ( BTGOG )


Monday, May 17, 2004

" La distance n'y fait rien; il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte. "

" The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult. "

--Madame du Deffand... a link !!!

More from Madame du Deffand: " What more would you have? He ( Voltaire ) has invented history. "

Jim & Pam, my brother and his significant other, were kind enough to pick me up in Garden Valley after they had flown into Sacramento Int'l. Airport and rented a car, a red convertible Mustang. My attempt to rent a car had been stymied, and until Jim's offer late Thursday afternoon to pick me up on Friday, I had resigned myself to taking a bus from Auburn to Modesto, a four hour trip. Had a nice visit with Jim and Pam during our traveling about. My return trip was most fortuitous as well... I arrived at the airport in Sacramento with Jim and Pam for their return flight and only had to wait an hour with them for my in-laws... who were dropping off my sister-in-law Glenda for her return to Arizona after spending Mother's Day, here, in Garden Valley.

Mandy's wedding !!! Absolutely wonderful ! Mandy looked like an Angel in her wedding dress, her husband looking dapper in his best which included a Disney tie. The site of the wedding was an 1890's school house out in the country... the wedding held outdoors on a cool breezy Spring day. I met people I hadn't seen in thirty years from Mandy's paternal family side. How my sister Debi, Mandy's mother, managed to pull everything together is most incomprehensible. Pictures ! Need to add to the _family website !

Peg & John & Sasha... I spent three glorious nights at my sister Peg's home. Peg and my brother-in-law John are in constant home-remodeling mode, renovation their early 1950's house to suit their more modern tastes. Sasha, my sixteen year old niece, a very sensitive and intelligent young lady, was a very gracious host(ess) in her own right.
Read a book that Peg had and recommended I read. Fast reading so I completed it easily. The title, " For the Love of God " was easier to remember in French, " Pour l'amour de' Dieu ", than in English, because the title was the last line of a French children's song ( " Au Clair De La Lune " ) I had learned as a child. Many insights into spirituality contributed by quite an eclectic group of personages including: The Dali Lama and Sister Teresa.
Guitar fantasy !!! Peg gave me my nephew's electric guitar ( surprise ! ). I've already purchased a low cost 'How-To' book and a cheap shoulder strap. Keeping my eyes open for a used LOW cost amplifier to hook the guitar up to.

Talked to Mom on Mother's Day. She sent me three shirts in a care package that fit great on my great girth... two warm weather fleece and a casual blue shirt... thanks Mom !!!

TechTv merger FAQ. Dropped by ' Da Boards ' for a look see, something I've been doing less and less, to read up on the goin's on. The merger will wreck a bit of havoc with programming that I like to watch, especially " Call For Help " which: gave me the basics to purchase this computer ( three years ago ) and maintain it, and direct me to freeware to get the applications I needed, and so many other things. I sincerely wish all the personalities well. I've grown to think of them as part of my extended family. Thank you TechTv !!! Changes to go into effect May 28th

The past week in a blur... King's basketball on the tube, as well as the other exciting playoff games. Allergies. Moderate Spring weather. Sci-Fi movies on the tube. Too much tube and not much else. I guess I'm a bit down on returning home after the visit with my brother and sisters and nieces and nephews at Mandy's wedding. Missed my brother Robin, who couldn't make it down for the wedding. My left foot arch still smarting... I've resigned myself to no walking until it feels better. Time out from poetry for a bit.

Gail's van pooped out on us in the middle of Sacramento this Thursday... $190.00 USD towing fee home... ruptured oil pan... again. Too much speed on a non-advertised dip in the road. The first two tow truck drivers, both a bit smarmy, left us high and dry... one upping his price $65.00 USD after Gail took a bit of time to make some calls to get parts quotes and figure out where we were going to get towed to, the other telling us on arrival that he only took cash. The third tow-wer was quite affable and allowed us to stop at our bank for cash, though his initial quote of $150.00 USD blossomed to the $190.00 USD final fee once we arrived home. Seems he hadn't realized how far out in the 'boonies' we lived... his poor truck straining the clutch on all of the hairpin turns and grades. Gail's new towing service would not pay any of the towing bill at all since the problem wasn't electrical in nature and/or was cause by a road hazard... figgers. Her old service would have paid, but went with her recent change of cell phone carriers. The new service soon to be replaced.

Chrissy, my daughter, and her little family have been moving their 'stuff' into the remodeled trailer home. Carpet and tile down, painting done... looks great ! They've still work to do but have been sleeping there for the past few nights. Work on the plumbing, sinks and shower... cleanup outside... and other odds-n-ends needed.

My in-laws have all their puppies, Shiba Inu's, sold before they can be loosed from their mother. We still have two kittens that need good homes... and a number of adult cats that need to be neutered/spayed.

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:

The Gulls

Seagulls meander

before my gaze

Mocking me beneath...

laughing their mastery

of the sky

:Bobby Nichols



Eventide's approach

Viewed 'neath palms' lush canopy

Tropical calm sets

:Bobby Nichols 5-17-2004

" The Gulls  "... the contest burped out a blank confirmation after I submitted the entry... hope it survived the ether.

" Eventide "... a Haiku: Eventide overlooking the ocean from possibly a tropical island... the sky a scarlet-red reflecting on the water with a yellow sun just above the horizon.

Arm aged don oud'da 'ere... ciao !!!


Wednesday, May 05, 2004

" Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain. "
--Charlie Chaplin... a link !!!

More from Charlie Chaplin:

" Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself. "

" The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. "

Hamburgers and fries served up by my wife, Gail, tonight... with grilled onions... yum !

Gail took a pain or sleeping pill tonight to try to get some relief from her pain and get some rest. Everything she tries to do seems only to exacerbate her condition. I can only pray.

I'm being stalked by a mosquito right now... the spiders who share space with me aren't pulling their weight. Ten minutes later with flyswatter in hand I manage to cease her advances... making it evident that she had been, in one respect, successful.

Well ( opening myself up for retort ), a few more poems in quick fashion for the contest. I finished the previous May 5th offerings prior to the 9 p.m. PDT deadline and was able to complete for tomorrow's entries shortly thereafter... cool !!!

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:


Sky molt'n in toto

The very earth scourged

Time melts

.......... ended

:Bobby Nichols


The Parrots

Scarlet feathered love

Paired forever, the Parrots

Preening, nestled tight

:Bobby Nichols 5-5-2004

" Surcease  "... Not much one can do with less than (100) 'tiles'... I did my best... a chance to use 'surcease' again... a mortal era ending ?

" The Parrots "... a Haiku: Gail exclaimed on how beautiful the photo of the Parrots was... and told me that they, birds, " are the only creatures that mate for life ". Welllllllll... as I elicit " deep thoughts " from my " shallow mind "... then lapse into silence mode...

The site I use for 'Goodbye' has been down ? So...

oooops... let's edit and try that again !!!

ttfn !!!


" Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. "

--Nathaniel Hawthorne... a link !!!

More from Nathaniel Hawthorne:

" Generosity is the flower of justice. "

" We sometimes congratulate ourselves at the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death. "

" Sunlight is painting. "

" Moonlight is sculpture. "

" Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal. "

... Amen !!! I've only read his " The Scarlet Letter " once, and that was in high school or college many years ago.

David, my grandson, to the hospital late Tuesday night. Gail and Chrissy and David returned about 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. I stayed up waiting for them, soooooooo... I'm a bit slow, as everyone else is, today. Appears to be tonsillitis, maybe strep. He's home from school but appears far from sick with his usual rambunctiousness, except for his terrible coughing. Chrissy worked half a day to be able to give Gail some surcease... the two words that have links ( underlined ) in this paragraph DEFINITELY apply !!!

Hope you like the new look of the BLOG... the aesthetic wave continues to evolve as my skills increase. I've used some simple HTML tables... I want to upgrade to CSS tables in the near future for more flexibility. This format creates way too much spacing that CSS may cure.

Weather Tuesday and Wednesday hot and breezy... allergy weather !!!

Elders Talbot and Green stopped by for a quick visit Tuesday night, making their rounds.

Remembered my two brothers will be driving down for Mandy's wedding from the Pacific Northwest. Jim, the elder of the two and my junior by just short of thirteen months, will be bringing his significant other, Pam, as well. Looks like all five of the Nichols' siblings will be in attendance, Debi and Peg already living in the area... cool !!!

E-mails from sister Peg... something about M&M's and getting cancer or something if you're on fire in New York. Maybe I'd better read them again.

Reserved a car for the weekend... They're going to take a...
$ 230.00 USD deposit out of my debit card, even though it's a...
$ 9.99 USD per day special... oooooooook ! Maybe they just want to make sure the extra insurance that isn't mentioned is covered ?, or something. Borrowing $ 100.00 USD from Gail to to help cover until the deposit is re-credited... and she's borrowing against her car insurance money... sheeesh !

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:

Night Golf

Thoughts deep in

the moonlight

Only stones

found beneath

Where lies the

white dimpled ball ?

:Bobby Nichols 5-5-2004


Probing the lilac

A butterfly's proboscis

Seeking nectar sweet

:Bobby Nichols 5-5-2004

" Night Golf  "... a whimsy.

" Butterfly "... a Haiku: Butterfly: mariposa... papillon... Schmetterling - these I knew ( except I thought 'papillon' ( French ) had a double "p" and 'Schmetterling' ( German ) ended in "k"... 'mariposa' being Spanish... all for "Butterfly". Also: 'borboleta' in Portuguese and 'vlinder' in Dutch according to the cyrillic and oriental languages would not render well for some reason from the site, maybe the Microsoft language modules aren't loaded on my computer... or something. As for my lilacs... they've long since lost their bloom, sigh.

Sayonara !!!


Tuesday, May 04, 2004

" The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him and imitate Him. "

--John Milton

More from John Milton: " Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity. "

" Tears such as angels weep. "

" The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. "

" Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy ! "

" With thee conversing I forget all time. "

Finally made a correct answer in the " Call for Help " quiz... I had been 0/5. Todays question had to do with where the word 'icon' came from.

I mis'spoke' again... (1000) MegaBytes = (1) GigaBytes ( NOT TeraBytes )... re: Google's new gmail. I know better... just goofed.

Hot day Tuesday. Tonight half the world will be able to see a lunar eclipse, weather permitting, but not not here in North America... we have (5) months to wait for our opportunity.

My sister Debi called with more info on her daughter Mandy's wedding. I'll have a place to spend the night.

From an email my brother Robin sent: " The upper waterfall is concreted in. Next will be the front stream, then the back pond. It took 20 sacks of 60 lb concrete to do the waterfall. And it was a hot day. It was 80 deg. F. The wisteria are growing well on the shed arbor, and the jasmine are also taking off there as well. "... Phew ! Just reading what he's done to his back yard makes me exhausted. The pictures he sent show a beautiful work. Now if he could only demolish the homes that border his...

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:


The stars are

shining bright

in the dark

so we may

touch them, again,

close at hand

:Bobby Nichols



Great bird spooked in swamp

Alert, I hunker down, quick

The brush should hide me

:Bobby Nichols


" Reminder  "... I had three poems formed from the 'tiles' and this was the best, IMHO, of the three. As once with the Father, before our mortal life, may we all become as Celestial beings and touch the stars.

The others: " Thinking of You  "... to no one in particular, to all in general... and " Wherefore I ?  "... or why me ?... as follows:

Thinking of You

Thinking of you

somewhere, out there

May love always

be with you

:Bobby Nichols


Wherefore I ?

Alone in the

middle of reality

The way closed...

the road ever

leading nowhere

in the dark

:Bobby Nichols


I hope the formatting held up above... thought I'd try something different. didn't ... try again. I think I've got it !

" Quarry "... a Haiku: I tried to put myself in the photo as one who is being hunted. The great bird perhaps a Great Blue Heron in the photo.
C'ya when the ( J-K ) flip flops !!!


Sunday, May 02, 2004

" First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others. "

--Thomas ã Kempis... German author ( 1379-1471 )

More from Thomas ã Kempis: " Intelligence must follow faith, never precede it, and never destroy it. " and
" Wherever you go, you will always bear yourself about with you, and so you will always find yourself. " and
" Be not angry that you cannot make another what you wish them to be; since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be. "
The middle quote reminds me of another contemporary quote: " Where ever you go... there you are. " that is attributed, in one case, to " A Brady Bunch Movie ". I must have heard it second hand because " A Brady Bunch Movie " isn't my cup of cocoa... nor was the TV show that spawned it ( cringe ! ).

Another warm beautiful day here in the Gold Country. About 80° Fahrenheit ( 300° K / 27° C / 21.3° Reaumer ) Roof of my mouth itching... eyes itchy... runny nose... yup, allergies back with a vengeance.

My slump continues in the " Call For Help " daily contest ( 0/5 ). I had never heard of an 'Intervalometer', a device used in time-lapse cinematography... another tough question. My Google query was thus: Intervalometer +"what is"

O.K. ... finally caught up to my gmail service... three days late... go figger.

Called my sister Debbie late ( 10:15 p.m. PDT ) Friday night to RSVP for my niece Mandy's wedding next weekend. Woke her up... oops ! Not the party animal she used to be I guess. She said she'd call back Saturday. I'm hopeful I can rent a car for the weekend from Enterprise.

Saturday: David teasing Ashley incessantly while watching cartoons ( " Dave, the Barbarian ", " Fairly Odd Parents ", " My Life as a Teenage Robot ",... ) with occasional yells by Gail from her computer for them to quiet down... yeah, that'll work ! The grandkid's father working on their nearly renovated home, Chrissy at work, me... Blogging/Googling/maintaining, Taffy-Doodles... sleeping between my keyboard and monitor.

Sunday: Gorgeous day in the manner of Saturday. Early morning walk ( see poem below on what I saw ), then church... catching a ride with the Wadsworth's. Elder Talbot IS staying on in the area, and Elder Green was introduced to all at church. Learned a new word in 'Sunday School'... " calumny "... slander or defamation. It's a shame that such words need exist.

Gail's dog " Poop " is now immune to her anti-barking collar... and guess what she does all day, every day.

Observations on my Sunday morning walk:

                                        A Sunday Spring Walk

                                               ... in Garden Valley

             Warm morning sun beams, through pine trees, bright

             Geese trumpet, discordant, a pair in low flight

             Bull and cow mulling, pastured together, peer

             Dogs barking on passing, incessantly clear

             Squashed, dessicated, lies a luckless Horned Toad

             Sadly, in repose, decorating the country road

             Bumble Bees fly about, light, and comically stumble

             On clover heads precarious, invariably tumble

                   :Bobby Nichols 5-2-2004

Bright full moon Sunday night. Seems like just last month...

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:

Lake Sunset

Scenic lake sunset

A clouded pink pastel sky

mirrors serenely

:Bobby Nichols 5-2-2004

Hot Air Balloon !!!

Look up !!! What a sight !

Hot air balloon fancy free

passing vistas bright

:Bobby Nichols 5-2-2004

" Lake Sunset "... a Haiku: ... with a duck traversing the water.

" Hot Air Balloon !!! "... a Haiku: Yup ! I love the sight of hot air balloons. We get them occasionally in the Coloma Gold Discovery site, American River area.

Bis später !!!


Saturday, May 01, 2004

" Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself. "

--Henry Ward Beecher... a link !

More from Henry Ward Beecher: " Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks. " and
" The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. " and
" In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. " and
" Troubles are often the tools God fashions us for better things. " and " Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. "... what excellent thoughts !!!

Need a calculator ?... click the link for more calculators than you'll know what to do with, for many, many disciplines. I was alerted to this find by to whom I subscribe to their free newsletter.
* Interesting sidenote... when I type 'calculator' in my word processing program, NoteTabLite - my preference over Window's Notepad, the Windows calculator pops up and the word disappears. I have to actually mis-spell 'calculator' and then edit with the spell-checker when logged on in ( in on ? ) BLOGGER to get the word displayed... weird !!!

The Sacramento Kings ( basketball ) have won their first round play-off match-up against the Dallas Mavericks !!! And... I missed the game on the telly Thursday evening !!!!! Congrats Kings !... next !!!

Friday... warm weather... just this side of hot... the slight breeze cooling things down a bit... but also flaring up the allergies terribly.

Since Gail passed her retest for Vocational Rehab ( Property Management ) I treated her to lunch at a Chinese restaurant, " The China Star " in Rancho Cordova on Sunrise Blvd - near Sacramento, ... $ 16.00 USD for the two of us... including tip ( 15% ) for all you can eat buffet of some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten, as well as 2-Pepsi's for Gail and 2-Lemonades for me... ummmmmmm-ummmmmmmmm ! Dinner will NOT be necessary !

While eating lunch I had my glasses repaired... $ 32.00 USD... ouch ! Needed to be done and an eyeglass repair store was available. The right lens was always popping out due to the frame being broken... for the last two years or so. I've already a large chip in the lens in a spot not affecting my vision. Guess I'll have to wait on my printer ink this month... no problem !!! My aluminum can collection is 'prolly' up to $ 5.00 USD by now !

Wrote a note to Elder Thompson and mailed it out Friday. I copied the previous BLOG entry and jotted down a quick aside. Still haven't heard if Elder Talbot has been re-assigned. Both are excellent young men who will go far...

British Writer and Humanitarian Denis Hills has passed away... a link !!! Noteworthy to those who remember/studied World War II and the Ugandan reign of terror of Idi Amin.

Make that zero for four ( 0/4 ) on the " Call For Help " daily quiz. Friday's quiz was a toughy ! I can't recall in the last three years of participating when I've done so poorly !

I just found out that I'm one of only a thousand selected to participate in Google's Gmail service ( beta )... go figger ! The offer was right there when I logged in ( on ) my Blogger account ( now owned by Google ). I use Google conservatively ( 20+ ) times a day. I also mis-'spoke' the other day in an email to my brother Robin, my email storage with Gmail is not 100 MegaBytes... but rather 1000 MegaBytes ( (1) TeraByte )... cool !!! Some people are even auctioning off their Gmail accounts on EBay !... how weird is that ??? I hadn't been receiving mail though in response to my poetry entries as expected... sooooo... I tested by sending gmail to my Earthlink mail... that worked !... then responding from my Earthlink received message back to Gmail... and that worked ! Dunno why responses aren't getting through... will have to check.
* side-note: The 'search mail' feature in Gmail is awesome !!! Luv it !

My entries... " Poetry in Motion" daily contest:

                 Wistful Desire... Ocean

                   The rhythms of

                   the ocean alive within

                   My absence

                   too heartfelt

                   Solace distant calls

                   always beckoning

                   :Bobby Nichols 5-1-2004


Cat-tails cloistered tight

Tall plumes, white, flag their locale

Blackbird's call beckons

:Bobby Nichols 4-3-2004

" Wistful Desire... Ocean  "... Perhaps more wistful desires to be related at another time. Something odd I keep in my bedroom... tucked away, a jam jar ( sans jam ) given to me by a co-worker when I worked in Chico, California, circa 1989. She had gone to visit her old home in Santa Barbara, and knowing my love for the ocean she filled the jam jar with Santa Barbara ocean water and gave it to me as a gift on her return. The jar is still somewhat full.

" Cat-tails "... a Haiku: A re-iteration of a poem I composed at a park in Georgetown, CA a short walk from church... but hadn't entered in the contest. The inspirational photo appeared to be an estuary, or perhaps a spillway, of mirror-glass smooth water with reeds on the banks. Though my poem was of a nature setting just across from a park in the middle of Gold Country here on The Divide, as we locals call the area, my earlier poem seemed to fit the photo just fine.

Dong iwoti / ibedi !!!


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