Welcome to Larry Andrews' website.

Greetings and welcome to my blog spot.

I've written two novels since my retirement in 2008. The first is a romance, Songs of Sadness, Songs of Love. The second is an action/mysteryThe China-Africa Parallax: A Ryan and Gillian Mystery.

Among the textbooks I have written areLinguistics for L2 Teachers, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2001; and Language Exploration and Awareness: A Resource Book for Teachers, 3rd edition, Mahwah, NJ, Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. This textbook was translated into Korean by Pagijong Press, Seoul, South Korea. 2010.

I am presently writing my third Ryan and Gillian novel, The Nathan Culper Brotherhood. You can follow my progress on novel #3 here at this blog site.

To order any of my titles please go either to nook.com or amazon.com (Kindle users can go to the Kindle Store.).

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Saying Merry Christmas

Saying Merry Christmas

Saying “Merry Christmas” 100 times per year
For 60 years yields nearly 6000 smiles of cheer.
Must we? And, you don’t have to have it white,

In order for Christmas to feel right.
Nor do we have to have three wise men standing
In awe beside a manger, each one handing

Over costly gifts: frankincense, myrrh, and gold.
Angels are nice, especially when they sing two-fold
Amens and Halleluiahs, announcing the birth

Of the Child, the Messiah, a King on Earth.
But we’ve had Christmases before sans seraph,
And no one reported the loss to the sheriff.

From Kyoto to Berlin, to Oslo or Cape Cod,
Whether Mele Kalikimaka or Feliz Navidad,
 In upscale penthouses or nomadic tents
People observe Kwanzaa, Yule or Holy Innocents.

How do worship ideas become
Organized by the rules of thumb
In families, in communities?
By using theological opportunities.

30 April 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Susan, The Giver

      Susan, the Giver

The pictures of our past
Capture the vast
Panorama of my family life
They sum up both the strifes
And joys between frames.

But the future remains crap games,
Each roll of the dice a random
Toss. There’s no memorandum
Or preview giving a hint of woulda
Shoulda, or what might have coulda.

 Our family biography of what was,
Has been recorded; it’s set
With the exception of a coronet
Or tiara for someone to wear when
They were cast  as wise men

Or some king or queen of this or that.
What has happened to us in that past
We look at is the only time
We actually know. Tomorrow’s prime
Or ordinary times are Ready, Set

But no Go with the family bio; Not yet,
Those chapters have lost a major
Member, one of the stars, who, I’ll wager,
Would be, true to history, Susan the Nurterer,
The Builder, the Girder; Susan, the Giver.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

UN-L Teaching and Administrative Appointments

• Professor Emeritus (Ret.) February 19, 2008.
• Interim Chair, Department ofCurriculum & Instruction, 2000 to 2002
• Visiting Fellow, University of London Institute of Education, Spring 1990. Department of Linguistics and Department of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
• Professor of English and Professor of  Curriculum & Instruction, 1986 to 2008
• Assistant Executive Vice President and Provost, University of Nebraska System, 1983 to 1986.
• Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1980-83.
• Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1977-82.
• Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1976-1977.
• Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1974-1976.
• Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, 1969-1974.
• English teacher, Iowa Public Schools, 1963-66.