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Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 31, 2017


You think you own whatever land you land on
The earth is just a dead thing you can claim
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a life, has a spirit, has a name

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You'll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

Come run the hidden pine trails of the forest
Come taste the sun-sweet berries of the earth
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they're worth

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers
The heron and the otter are my friends
And we are all connected to each other,
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or let the eagle tell you where he's been
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind

How high does the sycamore grow?
If you cut it down, then you'll never know

And you'll never hear the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
For whether we are white or copper-skinned
We need to sing with all the voices of the mountain
Need to paint with all the colors of the wind
You can own the earth and still
All you'll own is earth until
You can paint with all the colors of the wind


I really wish I knew  the author. This so speaks to the soul.

May it speak to you as it did me, and may you find peace in it........



(Composer : Alan Menken Lyrics : Stephen Schwartz) Thank you to Giulia for this information.

Went to my Primary Physician this morning. It's time for my PSA level. They are also supposed to run lipids and cholesterol levels I think. We will see how things turn out.

Tomorrow I see my Cardiologist. I wonder what she will want to run? Whatever it is, I am willing. After all, they are the ones keeping me going now.

Wishing everybody a Happy Halloween! 

May all your Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins be small...........

One step, and then another, will get you to whee you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

Great Spirit, You who knows the heart of all men, hear the thoughts I send to the sky worlds on my breath.
I bring the sacred mix for the pipe.
I burn the sacred woods in the hearth.
I bring the sweetgrass and sage bundles.
Know my heart as true.
Guide me as I tread Earth Mother and keep my path straight.
I ask you with humble heart to watch over all who today travel the hanging road to the lands of the ancestors.
Guide them to the hearths of their ancestors.
Fill their bowl with much meat.
May they be happy there.
Watch over those of us that are still in this world you have given us.
Guide us down the right trail.
Smooth it as best you will for our moccasins.
Heal those that are filled with the spirits of sickness.
Make them whole and well once more.
Heal the heart of those that mourn a relative that has traveled the hanging road.
Give them peace.
I, Soaring Eagle, send my cries to you this day with the breath you have given me.
I speak no more.
I am finished.



Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 26, 2017

Last night was the first night.

A little firmer than I ever used here at home, but comfortable.

I did have a better night, I think.

I will have to explore to find the best position for me to set the bed at for sleeping.

Life goes on, and I will adapt as needed.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


New Bed Update

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 25, 2017

Quick update: The bed came about an hour and a half ago. It's set up and ready to go.

The air mattress that was supposed to be with it is not there and the air hoses are missing. I don't think I need them for the moment. The air controller was with it though.

Tonight I find out how it sleeps. I think everything will be OK.

Just one more step in this journey through life.

One step and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


New Bed

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 23, 2017

I was informed today that I will be getting a new bed. Someone must have come in during the night while I was sleeping.

Anyway, within a few days I will be in a hospital bed. My recliner will be history .....

I don't like the idea, but, I will accept it.

They told me I will rest better and can adjust the bed as I need to for any breathing difficulties. 

I promised to keep everyone informed of changes and I will keep that promise.

Thank you for listening.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Double Celebration

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 21, 2017

I never thought 4 years ago that I would be where I am today. I can celebrate two life-changing events at the same time.
At 11:00 the night of October 21, 2013, I lit my last sick-o-rette. I was extremely apprehensive about the next day.
I was sceduled to undergo triple bypass surgery.
Would everything go as planned?
Would I wake up from surgery?
All kinds of questions were flying through my mind.
I was prepped and went into surgery the next morning. I am told that there were several surprises for my surgeon, but things went pretty well. I came out of surgery and the waiting game began.
I only remember small snatches of time for a while. Three days later I was allowed to fully wake up. Most of the tubes and wires were gone by that time.
I was still here to torment the family. That thought assured me that I was to be OK. My life was drastically altered and would never be quite the same.
I never really had to deal with the first stages of withdrawal from the nicotine. I do know from my studies that it would have been even worse than when I had to withdraw from some other substances earlier in my life.
I did have the thoughts and the cravings to light another one up. I also knew that if I did light up a sick-o-rette, I would be throwing my surgery and my life away. I fought through the cravings.
I finally got to leave the hospital for good a month later after Pneumonia and a possible MI scare. I now had to figure out how to stay away from the death sticks.
I found this site during a search on Google. I figured I might as well have a look and see what the site was like. That was in November of 2013. I have never looked back and have stayed around here ever since.
I was right when I said my life would change 4 years ago. I can't walk very far without stopping to rest and catch my breath. I have new friends in my nebulizer and my inhaler. My cane is my constant companion.
However, I am still alive and breathing. For that I thank the medical team that has cared for me since my surgery. They have dealt with all the problems I have encountered the last 4 years.
The biggest thank you has to go to my EX family though. You have all stood by me and helped me past some tough times and health revelations. I am so glad that I had all this support to lean on when I needed it most.
Today I can celebrated 4 years of a new life, and 4 years of being free from the chains of nicotine addiction. I can only hope that I can help others here as well as those that helped me when I needed it most.
Thank you one and all for being here all these years ....
I truly believe the words I always include when I write here .....
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master

I thought maybe it was time to post this again. I hope it might help some of our newer members.


How do you quit smoking? That is the burning question for many current smokers. The best answer I have heard is this ...

Quit! Then commit to your quit!

Easy? H&LL NO !!!!!

Doable? You bet it is.

Read up on nicotine addiction before you even think about quitting. Gather all your aids that you will need. Find a good support group and ask advice anytime you think you need some.

Most of all, take it one day at a time.

Remember, the journey of 10,000 days can only be accomplished by taking one step at a time.

Keep your quit going and ask for help when you need it.

Good journey to everyone that is beginning their quit right now.

One Step, And Then Another, Will Get You To Where You Want To Be.

Larry the Caravan Master


I Survived

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 5, 2017

I spent Monday afternoon in the Pulmonologist's "torture chamber". As you can tell, I did survive it! LOL
I don't mind the test so much, except it does take a little time to recover from it. After testing I need a good 10 minutes to regain balance as the tests really make me light-headed.
The news is both good and bad.
The bad news is that I have lost some lung capacity and function.

The good news is that it isn't a large loss.
I am still not in need of any Oxygen at this time. I do have to increase usage of my inhaler and use my nebulizer more often. She also says to get as much exercise as I can tolerate. I will take that any day over what could have been the outcome.
All that being said, congratulations to everyone on whatever day of freedom from sickorettes you are celebrating.
Every day of freedom is one step farther from Nicotine Addiction. You can, and are, making this journey to a new life without Nicotine.
Take your journey in the way you need to.
One minute, one hour, one day, or one week at a time. Whatever it take to make your journey a successful one.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master