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Saturday, November 13, 2004

"What is the highest secret to victory and peace? To will what God wills, and strike a league with destiny."

--William R. Alger.

More from William R. Alger:

"Public opinion is a second conscience."

"The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire."

"The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little."

"Words of love, are works of love."

"Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind."

"We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain."

"Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason."
... and more.

Weather: Saturday clear and cool: 'shirt sleeve' weather. Managed a short walk before noon on the way to my ride to the Temple. Monday was overcast... in the low 60°'s Fahrenheit... my late 30 minute walk refreshed by "Seattle Sunshine". A short 30-minute walk on Tuesday in the dark aided with a lantern for cars to see... Wednesday a walk in "Seattle Sunshine" of about 3-miles. Thursday... rain. Friday gave blue skies... an hour walk ~3-miles.

Went to the Oakland Temple, my third such visit since being baptized in March, and had a wonderful experience. The Oakland hills were clear and sunny... the Temple bathed in light. San Francisco's skyline just barely visible midst the fog. We were early for the appointed session so I was able to do two sessions of the ordinances I'm allowed at my stage of progression as a member of the Aaronic priesthood of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I've just finished a Temple readiness class on Sunday in preparation of further progression. The peace and spirit felt inside the Temple is incredible, tangible. Being able to do the ordinances vicariously, in this case, is humbling and an honor... doing God's will. Though I can't wait until our new Sacramento Temple is completed, 2006 ?, I have always admired the beacon of light that is the Oakland Temple (opened in 1964) where I lived, relatively near, in the San Francisco Bay Area (ten different cities: '62-'67 & '69-'86 & '89-'90).

Called Mom Saturday night, 9 p.m. her time, and had a nice long chat. She has the opportunity to go back home, England, in March of next year... leaving March 9th.

E-mail from my brother Robin says my cousin, Steve, is home on leave from Iraq. Concurrently the news has been broadcasting that there is a major offensive ongoing in Fallujah, Iraq. I pray for the Iraqi peoples' and the coalition forces's safety.

BIG QUAKES: (From my e-mail alert notification through the bigquake mailing list.)

A magnitude 7.3 Richter earthquake IN KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA has occurred at:
8.14S 124.79E Depth 38km Thu Nov 11 21:26:44 2004 UTC
Time: Pacific Standard Time (PST) Thu Nov 11 13:26:44 2004
Location with respect to nearby cities:
100 km (60 miles) WNW of DILI, East Timor (pop 130,000)
260 km (160 miles) NNE of Kupang, Timor, Indonesia
355 km (220 miles) ENE of Ende, Flores, Indonesia


... 6.9 Richter quake in the South Pacific:
2004/11/09 23:58 M 6.9 SOLOMON ISLANDS Z= 10km 11.11S 163.68E Date: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 4:46 PM Depth 10km Tue Nov 9 23:58:23 2004 UTC
Time: Pacific Standard Time (PST) Tue Nov 9 15:58:23 2004
Location with respect to nearby cities:
205 km (125 miles) ESE of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.
240 km (150 miles) W of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Isl.
445 km (280 miles) ESE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
For maps, additional information, and subsequent updates.

Firefox 1.0 (browser) has been released!!! I've downloaded it and will check it out against Opera (free version) and IE6 to see how it shakes out. I'll also add it to my thumbdrive since it's such a small file (4.802MB total download). This will add to my small Linux library recently enhanced with Knoppix (OS on a disk) that I purchased for just over $5.00 USD. I was convinced in getting Knoppix by watching a fellow church member resurrect files from a crashed Windows XP OS from an another church member's laptop. I also have The GIMP for Windows, a Linux ap, for mangling graphics that I rarely use and an old 32-bit debian GNU Linux OS that I have yet to install on an older computer. Guess it's time to learn Linux command line code.

Recent headlines: The passing of Arafat... guilty verdict in the Scott Peterson murder trial. Scott's sentencing is next. To know that a final judgment awaits that will last through eternity is enough for me.

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


Enter His
eternal love

The completion
of resurrected
beings immortal

:Bobby Nichols




Negatively bent
An hundred leggy plumed beast
Marches distant sway

:Bobby Nichols

Capering Psychoses

The very workings
of a porous ego
flagrant raw desire
Psychoses capering

:Bobby Nichols


Love's Lament

Distress rises

Crystal dreams glisten
bleeding ruby red

Desire slain

Our glass soul's
untamed crescendo
love's lament

:Bobby Nichols


Romantics muse bent
Entwined souls inspired
Enduring life's
     alluring charm rent
Love's embrace desired

:Bobby Nichols


"Salvation "... unfortunately the ether gobbled up this piece - it was right at the deadline for entry and just disappeared.

"Centinel " a Haiku: "... Centinel... a sentinel. I used the more obscure form due to the hundred-legginous of the beast. The photo for inspiration was actually a black and white ("Negatively bent") of many like trees crowded upon the shore of a lake, possibly, that appeared to be one of head and body with the trunks looking like legs. Perhaps it's the lack of coffee/tea since my baptism that gives rise to fancy in the wee hours of the morn.

"Capering Psychoses "... I'd be amazed if this made sense to anyone(let alone myself)... too few 'tiles' and the selection most bent, as was I.

"Love's Lament "... not a warm fuzzy love poem.

"Temporal "... enduring worldliness. The poem's saving grace is that it sorta' rhymes.

Fiimaan illaah !!!...

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