Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Son Mark sent me this recording of him playing guitar and singing. He recorded it on his phone.

I enjoyed  listening to his music last year when he was here. When he and Rob were here together with the guitar and Irish flute it was a real treat. Too bad I didn't record that

On the Road Again

file:///home/ellie/Music/On The Road Again HNY 2018.m4a

Friday, December 29, 2017


On Nov 13, 2017, at 5:37 PM,
Eleanor Clayton wrote:
I arrived home yesterday (Oct 10) at about 6 PM. I drove from Signal Mountain in about 11 hours. The driving was not as tiring as I expected it to be. I was 3 days on the road and 4 days at Joel's. If she had put me to work in the house and the yard I would have stayed longer but she likes to do everything herself in her own way.
Hugh and Alison are going to build a new, larger home on Signal Mountain. Joel plans to build on the lot next to them. She hasn't told many friends about her plans yet but I suppose it is OK to tell family. They will be moving into a new development in which the homes are constructed by the developer. The date construction will begin has not been determined but the streets are built, the lots are cleared and the underground utilities are laid. I think construction will start on their houses in the first half of 2018.
I enjoyed seeing Clemson and Brevard. Some ashes were spread at the cemetery of the Old Stone Church near the house we owned in Clemson. A relative of Larry's was the first pastor in 1797. I also sprinkled ashes in the gardens on the campus. The next morning I drove to Brevard and had a biscuit at the Burger King Dad and I frequented. I them went into the Pisgah Forest of deliver ashes into the creeks whose waters eventually flow into the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
I found my way to Joel's house by instinct because I had forgotten highway names and landmarks. That was a long day but everything came together as I hoped it would. During my visit Joel fed me well and we did recollecting. I got to visit with Hugh, Alison and Ethan more than I expected to. I'm glad I renewed those family ties which form the foundation of who I am and how I fit into where I come from.

Friday, December 22, 2017


Radio Officer's Cabin

Mark and I visited the American Victory in the Tampa harbor on the way home from the airport yesterday. 

American Victory
American Victory has been upgraded with modern VHF radio and radar (visible on the command deck), and more modern electronics have been added to the electricians' quarters and radio room, but she is generally in her historic form. Her 3-inch bow mounted deck gun is still in place, although demilitarized, as well as the 5-inch stern gun and another 3-inch gun next to it still in place. The mostly volunteer museum "crew" take pride in the fact that she is a fully operational, seaworthy vessel. She usually does about two cruises a year.
Engine Room American Victory
Radio Shack


Sunday, December 17, 2017


Matthew 2
[13] And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him

Songs of Innocence by William Blake
A Cradle Song
“Sleep sleep happy child.
All creation slept and smil'd.
Sleep sleep, happy sleep,
While o'er thee thy mother weep.  

Sweet babe in thy face,
Holy image I can trace.
Sweet babe once like thee,
Thy maker lay and wept for me

Wept for me for thee for all, 
When he was an infant small.
Thou his image ever see,
Heavenly face that smiles on thee.

Smiles on thee on me on all,
Who became an infant small,  
Infant smiles are his own smiles.
Heaven & earth to peace beguiles.”
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Virgin and Child in Egypt by William Blake
from Victoria & Albert Museum, London

 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that 
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
First John 4:7-8



Peace I ask of thee, oh river
Peace, peace, peace
When I learn to live serenely
Cares will cease

From the hills I gather courage
Visions of the days to be
Strength to lead and faith to follow
All are given unto me.

(repeat first verse.)

It was in the Girl Scout Handbook in the 50s.  As I remember it. SOF

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Dear Rebekah,

I am sad that you and Mark broke up. You have very much been a part of my family for the last few months. You were so kind and helpful during the last months of Larry's life. You made him smile and feel appreciated.

On the trip to California, besides being our navigator, you related to everyone in your cheerful, enthusiastic way, increasing the happiness for all. Ryan seemed to enjoy your company more than that of anyone else. The trip was a one of a kind, unforgettable event for me. You will always be in my heart for what you did to help me through the sadness of Larry's death.

I pray that you will be able to put the pieces of you life together anew, in a way that uses all your gifts and brings you the happiness you deserve.


Friday, September 8, 2017


This is an e-version of the card I sent  thanking folks for the kindness they had shown to us during the time Larry was departing this life for Eternity. I would have sent you a hardcopy if I had your new address. We are grateful that we can call you friends.



Revelation 22
[1] And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
[2] In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

William Blake, Vision of Last Judgment The Temple stands on the Mount of God from it flows on each
side the River of Life on whose banks Grows the tree of Life
among whose branches temples & Pinnacles tents & pavilions
Gardens & Groves Display Paradise with its Inhabitants walking up
& down in Conversations concerning Mental Delights 
Here they are no longer talking of what is Good & Evil or of what is Right or Wrong & puzzling themselves in Satans 
Labyrinth But are Conversing with Eternal 
Realities as they Exist in the Human Imagination”

Larry's earthly life extended from March 7, 1926 to Dec 23, 2016. But he is still immersed in the crystal waters of the river of life as he continues his journey to the sea of love and joy where all disputes are resolved, all error forgiven and where we understand even as we are understood.

My desire is to thank all who have supported, encouraged and assisted us as we went through the parting of body from spirit in the last few weeks. Your caring was not restricted to days but extended throughout the years when we have worn this garment of flesh. Our gratitude cannot be expressed in a few words, but we feel it and want you to know how you have blessed us.


Dear Tim,

This is an e-version of the card I sent  thanking folks for the kindness they had shown to us during the time Larry was departing this life for Eternity. I would have sent you a hardcopy if I had your current address.

You and Mary Joseph were the only two outside of his family who visited Larry in the hospital. It meant so much to him to have that conversation with you about real things as he was leaving behind the illusory world. We did not know what he knew nor see what he saw. I hope that he was privy to a vision of the better world whose gate he was soon to enter.