Glory All Around

Reflections on Beauty and Wonder


New iPhone 6S Security

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:43:13 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

Last Sunday morning, while out bicycling, I lost my iPhone 6. It was in a hip holster, clipped to my belt. I didn't notice it missing until leaving the store, a couple of miles from home. Find My iPhone didn't get a ping from it, so I figured it was either broken, or stolen by someone who had turned it off, but I retraced my ride, looking for it carefully. No luck. When nobody had tried to notify me within a few hours, I went to the Apple store (where my son works), paid off the remainder of my AT&T Next plan, and got a new iPhone 6S Plus. I had wanted to do this in September, when the 6S was introduced, but didn't think it was worth the money. Losing my year-old phone was a forcing function.

As part of investigating what it would cost to pay off the phone, I chatted online with an AT&T agent.

Me: I lost my iPhone...

AT&T: I hope you're having an amazing day.

Me: Well, it was more amazing before I lost my phone.

The AT&T person apologized, but I got a good chuckle.

I got a new holster for the new iPhone, but in order to make it less likely that this will happen again, I bought 50 feet of paracord with 5 side-release buckles, and followed these instructions to make a bracelet long enough to secure the holster to my belt (using 12 of those 50 feet).

Holster on belt
Holster secured to belt

The bracelet
The bracelet

Back view
Back view

Inside view
Inside view

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Saturday Bounty

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Oct 2015 21:08:20 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

A bunch of acquisitions came together at one time today, so I took some photos. Click for higher-res version.

Saturday Bounty
Capulin Coffee & mystery hardware: mail delivery
Eggs & fresh veggies: Bennington Farmers' Market
Dark chocolate covered ginger: The Village Chocolate Shoppe
Bread, peanut butter & chocolate bar: Spice 'N Nice Natural Foods
Bananas, hot sauce, and cheese: grocery store

Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts separated from stalk

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Hello, Victoria!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:54:30 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

See that beautiful little girl with the puppy at the top of the page? Well, she's all growed up. Will be nineteen in a month. When I left my wife of 24 years, I left her, too, but I do my best to see her at least every other week. This week she's spent a couple of nights in my spare bedroom. Lucky me! Here's a recent photo of her, taken by the extraordinary Jane Feldman.

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Here's That Rainy Day

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 06 Sep 2015 14:39:41 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

The summer after eighth grade, I went to an eight-week summer jazz camp at the University of Wyoming. Stan Kenton's band was there, as was Maynard Fergunson's band. I learned to read beebop rhythms, and had a blast.

We played a trombone quartet arrangement of Jimmy Van Heusen's "Here's That Rainy Day". I found an arrangement online by "Bob Morris".

Here's a multi-track recording I made in Garage band on my Mac:

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The Suburbs

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:03:16 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 


Is only possible

While living in the suburbs
Of God.

Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift

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My Eyes So Soft

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:15:43 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 


Don't Surrender
Your loneliness so quickly.
Let it cut more

Let it ferment and season you
As few human
Or even divine ingredients can.

Something missing in my heart tonight
Has made my eyes so soft,
My voice so

My need of God

Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift

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I'd Call That

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:59:27 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 


Before I
fell asleep last night
I laid awake and wondered:

What did I achieve this day
just roaming around calling His name?

So I brought before my mind's eye all who
I had been kind to,
and it turned out to be
all things that
I had

I'd call that--one hell of a

Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God

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Great Pilgrimage

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:10:24 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 


I felt in need of a great pilgrimage
so I sat still for three

and God came
to me.

Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God

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Visiting Holy Shrines

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:32:52 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 


If you circumambulated every holy shrine
in the world
ten times,

it would not get you to heaven
as quick

as controlling your

Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems from God

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Saab 9-5 Brights Wouldn't Stay On

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:23:20 GMT  <== Tech ==> 

I have a 1999 Saab 9-5, gifted to my son by my sister-in-law. He loves the car, but doesn't like paying for its 20-mile-per-gallon gas, so he drives my 2005 Honda Civic, and I drive the Saab. I recently had two problems with the Saab's high beams.

First, the left high beam wasn't working. I got a new bulb, but that didn't fix the problem. Turned out I needed to get a new orange light control relay. Amazon has it for $25, or you can find it for less on eBay. Replacing the relay made the left high-beam work, but the brights wouldn't stay on by themselves. I had to hold the high beam handle back to keep them on, a real pain while driving. My mechanic recommended replacing the gray relay associated with the high beams. Amazon has that for $12.

Replacing that relay didn't work either, so I went to Shaftsbury Saab, about 15 minutes from my apartment in Bennington, and asked the guy there what to do. He asked a few questions, then recommended that I turn the light control switch inside the car to the farthest clockwise position. I had never noticed that switch to do anything, but since I did that, the brights stay on. Yay!

Saab light switch

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