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.).

Monday, April 6, 2015

Forgiving my body

When I was 9 Dale Spencer said
 "Let's play ball boys." You replied
And kept me playing until I was 50.
Santa left me a 12 gauge shotgun when
I was 12. Uncle Harold said, "Larry,
Let's go hunting." You responded and
Kept me walking and hunting until
I was 55. "Let's play tennis," John Lux said
And you and I did, for 45 years.

You and I peddled my bikes all over
Town as well as to school and along my
Columbia Daily Tribune delivery route.
We walked to the movies downtown.
We walked across town to girl friends'
Houses. We hiked with the other Scouts
To the south of Boone County many

During all this energetic happiness you never
Stopped. You complained from time to time,
Hiding a diminished future. You answered "Yes"
When "No" was a possibility, perhaps a justifiable
Preference, but I didn't know it.

Now, you're saying, "Please. I'm tired. I can't
Go on as before." You're living a disease today you've
Disguised in the past. I can't be angry with
You. You hoisted me and held me up
Too many times and years for me to rebuke you.

To the contrary, I honor you. I forgive you.