Jun 16, 2011

a letter from Bob

It's June 16th...the letter that I received from Bob in 1951 that was  closest to this date is postmarked June 12th., 1951..
He had left Covington a few days before, on his way to ship out to Germany from CampKilmer, N.J.

~~~~He was 21, I was 16~~~~

"Camp Kilmer, N.J.
Hi Honey,
Just  a note to remind you of my love and how much I miss you.  I could write an epic  on my devotion to you but it would  be mushy and you probably wouldn't appreciate the sentiment so I'll just tell you about the trip.
  (Oh, darn..I'd rather hear the mush~~~)

We arrived in Evansville, Ind. about 3 in the am. Thursday.  We had 5 hours to look the town over before the train left for Terra Haute.  We traversed the town for 2 hours than moved on to Columbus, Ohio.  After we boarded the troop train we didn't get off until we arrived at Kilmer.  In the process of our journey we passed through Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and then went into New York on pass.  Let's discuss New York City for a minute.  There is a town for discussion!  It has a whole heap of everything a body could want or desire.

We went to the Paramount Theatre on Broadway and saw Ray McKinley, his  band and vocalist Peggy Lee.  She's a dream, especially when she sings something like "I Apologize" or "They Say We're Too Young".  I thought of you all the time she performed.  I'm not homesick at all but I wish I were with you. xxxxxxx (he marked through something he had written here ????) Enough mush.

There isn't much I can tell you except I love you honey.  That constitutes this letter sweetheart so I'll cease for tonight.

Sweet dreams sweetheart,

Write as often as you can.

Jun 14, 2011


"At times we can feel a sense of loneliness even when we are surrounded by many people. Sri Chinmoy suggests that we feel lonely when we use our mind to separate ourselves from other people. It is easy for the mind to be negative and when we are in a negative state of mind our ego comes to the fore, this is when we are likely to feel more lonely. Furthermore loneliness does not help us in any way but only contributes to our unhappiness.

The cure for loneliness is to use the qualities of the heart to stop judging things and to cultivate happiness."

Easy for you to say....I do not use my mind to seperate myself  from people...death has seperated me.."He slowly took his final breath, 'twas me, my dear, who died a death."

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth.
For a crowd is not company,
and faces are but a gallery of pictures,
and talk but a tinkling cymbal,
where there is no love.