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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

Added the following to Web pages http://www.royblakeley.name/index.htm and http://www.loriblakeley.name/surgery_return_to_dallas.htm

My mother, Johnnye Blakeley and sister, Karen Blakeley Gallini, arrived at Bethesda on April 5th. On April 6th they went to the Vietnam Memorial and took these photographs:

- Mother and Karen standing together here in front of the memorial here; http://www.royblakeley.name/johnnye_karen20050406.jpg

- Mother standing by herself here; http://www.royblakeley.name/johnnye_blakeley20050406.jpg

- My father's name, Roy James Blakeley, inscribed on the memorial here. http://www.royblakeley.name/vietnam_memorial_roy_blakeley.jpg

Post Date: August 19, 2005 at 9:30 AM CDT; 1430 GMT

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Added the following to Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/remains_returned_funeral_burial.htm

George Garey, Lt. Colonel, Retired wrote this email to me dated July 28, 2005 here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/email_from_george_garey20050728.htm

Post Date: August 18, 2005 at 8:20 AM CDT; 1320 GMT

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Removed the following from Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm

[Please note that I have used "metaphors" in many of these articles/stories. This method of conveying meaning through comparisons enables me to place these metaphors in your mind for contemplation and thought, and subsequent meanings influenced predominately by your personal perceptions of life, as acquired by your experiences in your life.]

Post Date: August 17, 2005 at 10:05 AM CDT; 1505 GMT

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Removed the following from Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm

- "She Will Show You," http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/she_will_show_you.htm, Larry Blakeley, July 29, 2005.

Directory: http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles

and moved the following to Web page http://www.loriblakeley.name/surgery_return_to_dallas.htm

We were gathered in the waiting room - myself, Jackie, Leslie, Evan, and Jackie's mother, Billie Becknal - among others that were there waiting on news of the outcome of their loved one's surgery.

He, Dr. Tito Fojo, rushed in to the waiting room after a three-hour period. Jackie's mother, Billie immediately asked him, "Did everything go OK?" And, as if his distraught appearance did not already answer this question he replied, "No, it did not go well at all!"

He herded us into an adjacent room and closed the door behind us and explained what had happened. And, that room became one of the saddest experiences of my entire life. But yet, became transformed into a new beginning for each and every one present for those fateful moments of distress and intense sadness.

Dr. Fojo went on to explain to us that when the surgeon, Dr. Alexander, lifted up on the tumor for removal something totally unexpected happened. There was a gushing of blood flow that preceded Lori lapsing into cardiac arrest. Dr. Alexander and his team of surgeons' focus immediately changed to trying to get Lori's heart functioning again. As it turned out, Lori was transfused with over 38 units of blood before becoming stabilized.

And, the words from his mouth that left us all in disbelief, despair, and complete helplessness, "I'm sorry, but she is going to die."

There are many who have wondered, "What went wrong?" And, upon reflecting back over the events that transpired over the 6-month journey that Lori traveled with this dreadful disease I am a living testament to "what went right."

The conversation that occurred in that small room, the tears flowing in there, as well as in the waiting room by those that became aware of the news of Lori's situation, and the events from that moment forward were led by one person, and that was Lori, herself.

For I told Dr. Fojo, "I know how to raise children, as a father, but I don't know how to prepare one for imminent death." And, in my moment of weakness and insecurity from deep within my broken soul, I said, "Maybe it would have been better for her to have left this world on the operating table."

And, he looked at me - as one father to another - with a conviction of belief in Lori, and lovingly said to this grieving father in this moment of self-doubt in himself, "She will show you. Lori will recuperate enough to make it back 'home' and, thereafter, die under her own terms." MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/home_sweet_home.htm

And, she did just that. She taught me, and others, in that short period of time just how faith, courage, dignity, and love were at the center of her wonderful soul. A soul that truly believed in these words written by the apostle Paul:

Treasures in Jars of Clay and Our Heavenly Dwelling http://www.loriblakeley.name/2_corinthians_4_16_18_5_1_10.htm

Post Date: August 17, 2005 at 9:50 AM CDT; 1450 GMT