Glory All Around

Reflections on Beauty and Wonder


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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Soldier On

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:31:07 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 

Soldier On

Science has proven
that merely looking
at photos
of beautiful women
the pleasure centers
in a man's brain.

I can verify
that experiment.

But looking at
a real woman,
in the room,
and smelling her,
and feeling the
of her voice,
feels so good
that it's almost
too much to bear.

The temptation
is palpable
to rip off her clothes
and have my way
with her,
right here
on the table.

But such is not
the way of the world.
So I soldier on,
in silent

Bill St. Clair

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Spring Blessing

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 08 Apr 2015 05:29:00 GMT  <== Poetry ==> 

Spring Blessing

One day you wake up
able to name the weight
youve been carrying.
Realizing its not part of your body or your being,
not essential in any way to journeying or joy,
you set it down gently, without fanfare
in the long soft grass at the side of the road
and walk on
surprised to find yourself
smiling in the warm sun
for no particular reason.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer © 2015

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 05 Apr 2015 07:35:27 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Dusting is easy, if you think of it as an opportunity to love everything you own." -- Bill St. Clair

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Ich Bin Ein Vermonter!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 05 Apr 2015 01:16:58 GMT  <== Glory ==> 

I moved into my new apartment on Wednesday morning, with the car-load of stuff I'd been living from at my brother's house. Spent most of the rest of the day buying a bed, a couple of kitchen chairs, and a dresser at a local furniture store, with a big discount thanks to dropping the name of my realtor, who recommended the store. Then spent two hours at Walmart getting everything you need to outfit an apartment.

Walmart trip

As it turns out, I forgot the shower curtain, which I discovered at shower time on Thursday morning. Off to Walmart again to get one. This time I forgot the rings to attach curtain to rod. So I improvised and tied it up with little pieces of the clothesline I used to hold the futon mattress to the top of my car on the trip from furniture store to home (I took one chair and the mattress. The other chair, the bed frame, and the dresser will be delivered on Monday, goddess willing).

Walmart trip

On Friday morning, I rented a U-Haul truck, picked up a guest mattress my mother had in storage, and drove to the house in New Lebanon. Spent a long time loading boxes I had packed, and my broken scooter. Dropped the scooter at Ronnie's Cycle, and unloaded at the new apartment, carrying everything up the long flight of stairs. My sister-in-law helped with the mattress and a lot of other boxes. Thanks, Lizzy.

Today I went to the dentist to get a replacement for the temporary crown that fell out on Thursday, and went back to the house to get a few things I neglected yesterday There's still another trip to make. And I need to unpack and clean everything, and throw away a bunch of it.

I'm in Vermont! And loving it here.

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