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Old 10-05-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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Originally Posted by Nighteyes View Post
Friends,

While cleaning up/out some old computer files today, I came across this poem that I wrote back in 1984. I thought y'all might like to read it.

A Son's Farewell 12/6/84

Your hard and scarred, yet gentle hands
Lie still upon the sheet,
The efforts of your stricken heart
Grow weaker, beat by beat,
Your body, limp and helpless now,
Is draped in sterile green,
Your final breath of mortal life
Provided by machine.

Your wife of over forty years,
Your siblings, one by one,
The daughter that you bragged about
And I, your only son,
Have gathered close about you, Dad,
To say our last good-byes,
And silently we watch you go
With proud but tearful eyes.
The arms that used to carry me,
The voice that oft admonished me,
The laughter that you shared with me
Are still forevermore.
Your eyes are dull and vacant now
When once they shone with life,
Your labors in this World are through,
As are your pain and strife,
The load that you were carrying
Is on my shoulders now,
But I will bear it willingly,
For you have shown me how.

Through years of patient tutoring
You were my constant guide,
You taught responsibility
And dignity, and pride,
So Dad, you take your well-earned rest
And see how well you've done,
All the things you taught to me
I'm teaching to my son.
The courage that you gave to me,
The things you taught so patiently,
The love you gave so willingly,
Will live forevermore.
In memorium: Vasser Dale Rowe, 2/22/18 - 5/17/84
Wow Nighteyes... what a beautiful tribute to your father!
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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I am planning on going to Massachusetts in a few weeks. I will be leaving Tulsa on October 26 and need to be on Cape Cod sometime on the 30th......a little before, perhaps, but no later. I think my route will be 44 to St Louis, 70 to Pittsburgh then 80 or 84 (not sure which) into Mass.

After the 31st I am going to visit friends in Maine and New Hampshire. We haven't decided which way to come back. I would like to visit a friend in Dalton Nebraska, but that is a bit out of the way, but may do it anyway. I also have a friend on the coast in Alabama. Again, that is out of the way but may be worth it.

Weather may be a determinant. Time may influence us. I am interested in any suggestions, and I would be interested in meeting any of our friends here for a cup of coffee or lunch (or dinner or breakfast) if you can manage it.
Please have a safe journey! I hope you are able to meet up with some of the folks here - I wish SE Texas was on your route - I would happily buy you a cup or three of coffee and a meal to be able to soak in some of your wisdom

blessings, pnc
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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Looks like you and I will be traveling East the same day, my wife and I will be leaving on October 26th also, heading for the Washington DC area and will be there until November 7th or 8th, have some family business to take care of and a couple of meetings to attend to finalize some business. Would love to meet with you again but I don't think that our paths are going to cross on our travels this time, however I wish you and your other half safe traveling.
Ptsum, I wish you and your wife safe travels as well

blessings, pnc
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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Paul, good luck in the family business you need to deal with. That can be the most trying efforts of all. I'll keep you in my thoughts and mention you in my prayers.
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Southern Illinois
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I will sit with all who come to the Sacred Circle in good will, with mutual respect, kindness, and open hearts
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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Looks like you and I will be traveling East the same day, my wife and I will be leaving on October 26th also, heading for the Washington DC area and will be there until November 7th or 8th, have some family business to take care of and a couple of meetings to attend to finalize some business. Would love to meet with you again but I don't think that our paths are going to cross on our travels this time, however I wish you and your other half safe traveling.

Ptsum you will be in my neck of the woods!!! Maybe you and your wife have time for lunch??? Just a thought
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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Ptsum you will be in my neck of the woods!!! Maybe you and your wife have time for lunch??? Just a thought
we'll have to talk..
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:44 PM
 
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we'll have to talk..
yes we will!
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:47 PM
 
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Friends,

While cleaning up/out some old computer files today, I came across this poem that I wrote back in 1984. I thought y'all might like to read it.

A Son's Farewell 12/6/84

Your hard and scarred, yet gentle hands
Lie still upon the sheet,
The efforts of your stricken heart
Grow weaker, beat by beat,
Your body, limp and helpless now,
Is draped in sterile green,
Your final breath of mortal life
Provided by machine.

Your wife of over forty years,
Your siblings, one by one,
The daughter that you bragged about
And I, your only son,
Have gathered close about you, Dad,
To say our last good-byes,
And silently we watch you go
With proud but tearful eyes.
The arms that used to carry me,
The voice that oft admonished me,
The laughter that you shared with me
Are still forevermore.
Your eyes are dull and vacant now
When once they shone with life,
Your labors in this World are through,
As are your pain and strife,
The load that you were carrying
Is on my shoulders now,
But I will bear it willingly,
For you have shown me how.

Through years of patient tutoring
You were my constant guide,
You taught responsibility
And dignity, and pride,
So Dad, you take your well-earned rest
And see how well you've done,
All the things you taught to me
I'm teaching to my son.
The courage that you gave to me,
The things you taught so patiently,
The love you gave so willingly,
Will live forevermore.
In memorium: Vasser Dale Rowe, 2/22/18 - 5/17/84
A wonderful poem!
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation has worked the past three years with Apple Inc. on developing software that includes the Cherokee syllabary. The time and effort has paid off as the Cherokee syllabary is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Cherokee is one of nearly 40 languages and the first Native American language to be used on the devices.
Video: Cherokee language available on iPhone and iPod Touch - Cherokee Phoenix
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