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Saturday, June 25, 2005

"Is it only a dream that there'll be... No more turning away?"

--Lyrics from Pink Floyd's "On The Turning Away"

The above lyrics from "On The Turning Away" by Pink Floyd (IMHO) have to do with society (as a whole) turning away from the downtrodden and suffering. I had watched a DVD at our church's cottage meeting on Wednesday the 15th called "The Touch of the Master's Hand" inspired by a Myra Brooks Welch's poem.

The end of the video depicts society's cast-offs living in the streets... one of whom is contemplating a leap onto a freeway, being goaded on by more fortunate souls... only to have a helping hand, I believe it to be depicting the Savior's hand, guide him from the brink. All souls are of worth. I pray that all in need will be looked after and we needn't ask "Is it only a dream that there'll be... No more turning away?" Be charitable, share in the Savior's great work.

After Googling a bit in researching I came upon a short essay by Lilly Walters about Myra Brooks Welch and her poem.

Lilly Walters' website is dedicated to those with but one hand to type with and one-handedness in general... a link I will add to my accessibility page in the near future.

Note: There is a short novel based on Myra Brooks Welch's poem by Larry Barkdull.

More Pink Floyd lyrics and news: Pink Floyd to re-unite!!!

Weather... Saturday the 11th... same as Friday the 10th: Sunshine into the 70°'s Fahrenheit with large poofy white clouds. The humidity seems high... probably because of the ground still being somewhat saturated from the rains... still warmer and muggier on the Sabbath, Monday, and Tuesday.

Wednesday the 15th brought 90° Fahrenheit temps... Thursday o'cast in the 60°'s with a bit of precip in the afternoon.

Moderate Spring weather on the Sabbath through the 20th... with a beautiful full moon June the 20th.

June 21... First day of Summer... maybe 80° Fahrenheit with a light breeze. One of our oak trees from our bottom pasture decided to drop a limb onto the phone lines in the early a.m. ... dragging the line to about 8 feet (about 2.5m) from the ground without breaking the line... the tree limb resting upon the line and into the street obstructing about 1/4th of the driving surface (no accidents reported before we found out about the downed limb) and still supported in part by the main tree trunk. The phone company finally showed up at 5:30 p.m. PDT to clear what we could not of the massive limb... still holding the phone line taut. I'm out 6 hours time (I had to get ready for an appointment in the late afternoon), and $50 USD (for some help by an acquaintance of my father-in-law with power saws), and received a mild sunburn; but, should get nearly a cord of wood out of the limb.

Near 90°'s Fahrenheit the 22nd... not feeling well: allergies & lack of quality sleep... feeling a bit morose. Did some laundry and updated and scanned the computers (spyware and virii). Gail went with son-in-law Richard to watch the grandkids while he had his back examined (tweaked at work) at the doctor's in Folsom.

Moderate light breezy days through the 25th of June.

West Nile virus concerns heating up. Gail needs to get the horses vaccinated, but ouch! $20 USD for each shot plus the vet visit cost... AND the regimen needs to be repeated in 4-weeks. We'll have to put it off for a short time.

Talked to Mom on the 12th... missed her on the 19th... talked to her on the 22nd: She's back from a jaunt to a friends cabin, near Homer?, Alaska, where she and her significant other arrived via helicopter.

The grandkids and their cousins found a good sized horned toad in our upper pasture... they decided to release the little critter after I showed concern for it missing its Mommy and Daddy... otherwise it might have ended up neglected in a makeshift terrarium.

Jury duty canceled... sweet!!!

El Dorado County Fair... Gail went with the 'kids' and I had a quiet evening.

Father's day! Nice card from Chrissy, and construction paper tie with a "Snickers" candy bar attached from the young ladies from our ward.

Freeware version CD burner software DeepBurner Free 1.5... came to my attention through the Lockergnome newsletter a while back (that I finally had time to read). I'll give it a go. The company that puts out DeepBurner Free 1.5 also has a pro version ($$$) AND a freeware music ripper called DeepRipper 1.1... cool!

Need a map?: Google Maps (beta... and it shows!)
... or Mapquest

Fibroglandular densities... something new to add to thought...


Shake me!!!... USGS Earthquake Hazards Program... recent earthquake activity around the world.

Receive Earthquake Notification E-mail alerts.

Earthquake prediction map for California???... no way!!! (yes... way!)

A devastating earthquake 200 years ago that reversed the flow of the Mississippi River, in the U.S., could be repeated before the year 2055.

BIG Earthquakes... from the Earthquake Notification E-mail service:

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake off the coast of Northern California has occurred at: 41.33N 125.86W Depth 10km Wed Jun 15 02:50:54 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 145 km (90 miles) WSW of Crescent City, California (pop 4,000)

  • 155 km (95 miles) WSW of Brookings, Oregon (pop 4,000)

  • 155 km (95 miles) WNW of Eureka, California (pop 26,000)

  • 480 km (300 miles) NW of Sacramento, California

  • approx. 515 km? (320 miles) NW of Garden Valley, California

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands has occurred at: 51.32N 179.41E Depth 51km Tue Jun 14 17:10:17 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 70 km (40 miles) S of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska (pop. less than 100)

  • 95 km (60 miles) SE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska (pop. less than 100)

  • 2175 km (1350 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska

  • 3000 km (1870 miles) W of Juneau, Alaska

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Tarapaca, Chile has occurred at: 19.90S 69.13W Depth 111km Mon Jun 13 22:44:33 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 115 km (70 miles) ENE of Iquique, Chile (pop 206,000)

  • 200 km (125 miles) SE of Arica, Chile

  • 240 km (150 miles) SSE of Tacna, Peru

  • 1515 km (940 miles) N of Santiago, Chile

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the coast of Aisen, CHILE has occurred at: 44.98S 80.57W Depth 10km Wed Jun 15 19:52:24 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 595 km (370 miles) WSW of Castro, Chile

  • 670 km (415 miles) W of Coihaique, Chile

  • 1530 km (950 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Chile

  • 2190 km (1360 miles) SW of BUENOS AIRES, Argentina

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake off the coast of Northern California has occurred at: 40.72N 126.54W Depth 10km Fri Jun 17 06:21:42 2005 UTC

Location with respect to nearby cities:

  • 200 km (125 miles) W of Eureka, California

  • 200 km (125 miles) W of Fortuna, California

  • 225 km (140 miles) WSW of Crescent City, California

  • 495 km (305 miles) WNW of Sacramento, California


My entries... " Poetry in Motion "...
& Haiku daily contests:

Fugitive Bliss


suits desire

Subtle and silky


in fugitive bliss...

:Bobby Nichols

The Derelict

White, I gaze hereon

Thither my mortality

Life's sting hard to bear

:Bobby Nichols


Thought wanders freely

Inspiredly tuned to one's

Mileau and spirit

:Bobby Nichols

Strawberry Moon

A mild Summer borne

Strawberry Moon's passing gift

To Garden Valley

:Bobby Nichols

" Fugitive Bliss "... the 'tiles' were half and half French and English words and bits of words. I chose to stray to the English 'tiles' and attempted to craft a proseworthy piece of brevity. I hadn't thought before that 'fugitive' used as an adjective could be so different than the noun usage.

" Strawberry Moon " a Haiku: ... A Strawberry Moon... full moon in June. The photo for inspiration had of a series of canyons hemming in a meandering river under a slightly clouded sky. I took my thought to the weather, and moon phase, being experienced here at home.

" Thought " a Haiku: ... The photo for inspiration was of a moderately swift moving shallow river in a bed of river rock... the rock, predominantly, the size of bowling balls... the river bounded by trees... the sky a very light blue. 'Mileau' defined... hard to believe it's only two syllibibbles. 'Spirit' is a word rich in meaning.

" The Derelict " a Haiku: ... The photo for inspiration was of a snow white young mountain goat staring down from a lichenous blue boulder... a lush forest in the background. My mind straying to the video inspired by Myra Brooks Welch's poem and Pink Floyd's lyrics, both before-mentioned, and finally to my favorite scriptures in 2Nephi 31:19-21 (The Book of Mormon), more specifically to verse 20:

    "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."

Toodles !!!

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