Sunday, January 31, 2016


Cromium came up apparently without obstaces.
Very worthwhile.

Saturday, January 30, 2016


In 1983 I attended my first unprogramed Quaker Meeting. Larry and I were looking for a new faith community which would meet our need for a less structured and organized experience of worship. We stumbled onto the Langley Hill Friends Meeting in McLean, Virginia. To our surprise, on the bench in front of us was Judith Larsen who was Larry's coworker at EPA. Judith and her husband Paul instantly befriended us. Their love and generosity of spirit has sustained a relationship over time and distance as we travel our journeys through the vicissitudes of life. At present Larry and I live in Florida and are a part of a Quaker worship group called Friends Meeting of Ocala. Paul and Judith live in Washington state and their meeting is the Agate Passage Friends Meeting on Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Since Paul and Judith moved west they have journeyed to the east each winter to teach, and study, and sustain bonds of friendship with their eastern companions on the journey. Judith became interested in becoming more familiar with the course of events which had shaped the lives of her friends whose lives had spanned many decades. She recorded interviews with these older friends, guiding them to relate the significant experiences which gave definition to their lives. From her interviews she has constructed a book in which she followed thirteen individuals through seven or more decades of becoming themselves.

Larry and I are two of the people she interviewed on visits to our home in Florida. We have been pleased that Paul and Judith have worshiped with us in our Ocala Quaker Meeting and in the Gainesville Meeting as well. 

Judith's book, Discovering Ourselves: Thirteen Conversations can be purchased through Amazon. Much of the contents can be read online by clicking Look inside over the picture of the book's cover at Amazon.

Judith Larsen

Thursday, January 28, 2016

jan 28

At Ellie's request I'm attempting to reconstruct the prayer I used on pastoral visits at Munro; I used it with several thousand visits:

O Father we know you love us and want the best for us.
You've given us this hospital, and the doctors and nurses are your servants of healing.
I pray Lord for complete healing for my friend in body and mind.
Whatever happens we know you are okay.

If you should pass on before I do I'll be glad to meet you up there.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jan 26

Federer ran again and beat the 'Check boy.  He is about to meet Jockuvic, perhaps in the semi final, He one ahead of Jock.

We learned that our Falestina has moved to a VA hospital probably in Tampa.

Our (semi retired) dematologist from Duke looked at Ellie and me and gave me a prescription after removing (freezing)  growth on my back.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

jan 23

Federer is still alive for the round of 16 at Australian Open.
We walked yesterday after finding where Jessica lived.
We spent a good bit of time walking at Lowes (just west of Walmart. Ellie looked at some 'casters' but didn't buy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

jan 19

Found Dell machine working, had software problem and needs later version; earlier ones won't go online.

I mean to free up the  rolling larger table for Ellie's use.

I've moved this into the computer room, and it sits on a small table.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Jan 18

Appointment with Gehringer for Tuesday.

'After-care' program out apparently.  Jessica  was halftime at Munro, resigned and is now with hOSPICE; Ellie and I talked with her husband and got home phone:
237 3619 JESSICA

1230 SE 12th StOcala, FL 34471-4573


Thursday, January 14, 2016

jan 14

First month of 2016 moving right alongside.
Enamoured with John Grisman's Run Away Jury:

It was recommended by Mark Clayton; the first reading was weird.
The book was set in a Trial about tobacco and set in Biloxi, whereas the flic is about guns and set in New Orleans. Otherwise there's much resemblance.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year 2

Mark and his family left yesterday for New 0rleans.
Paul moved the old table to his truck; he heads for WS
this morning after an extended and very pleasant visit.

Ellie and I will be here alone. I heard Ellie and Paul discussing the possibility of moving to a sheltered environment, but it's strickly not on our menu.

I'm writing this in the front room--another computer station.

jan 7 writing this in elementary 

Saturday, January 2, 2016


It's Jan 2, 2016; we are six: 

Paul came Tuesday, and it's been nice visiting him in many ways; he's  my oldest and best son.

Bob and Shirley Cressman came down from Lancaster; old time tennis players, we had a good visit and Paul joined in heartily.

Mark got here yesterday about 8 P.M, with Rebecca; we had supper and they left for the airport at Orlando. I went to bed and slept without interruption until my normal 'getting awake' time at 4 thirty.

Now Ellie and I are eating and waiting for Paul, Mark and Rebecca, the rest of the family to rise.