Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
LLEWELLYN JOURNAL
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

March / April 2014 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store†and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

John Lives

This article was written by Jean E. Goss
posted under

To have your own loving family, then find yourself embraced by the family of your best friend is double love. I was very lucky to have this situation in my life.

In 1960, I was living in Connecticut when my best friendís father, John Wert, died at the age of fifty-five. I had pneumonia and was deeply distressed that I could not travel to Pennsylvania to attend his funeral.

Johnís wife Margaret idolized him and his daughter, R. Jean. The family was very close-knit. John was a gregarious man of great character. R. Jean was a star athlete, and the apple of his eye. She inherited her fatherís easy-going manners and her motherís sweet shyness.

I remember one time John came hurrying in the house, announcing the war memorial on the square had been blown over by the wind. We jumped in the car and went to see. It was just one of his jokes. When the church needed a new organ, John made it his mission to solicit funds and help from the local merchants.

When I was well enough to travel, I visited Margaret and R. Jean to express my regrets at not being able to be with them in their time of sorrow. As we reminisced about John, had some laughs and shed a few tears over our loss of his presence in our lives.

When my husband and I were leaving to return to Connecticut, we had to go around the town square. As we drove past the old shoe-shine shop, there came John Wert dressed in his favorite brown suit, brown hat and shoes. He looked to be about thirty-two years old, handsome and happy. I shouted but my husband said he saw no one.

But I saw John raise his hand to his hat in a salute. He winked and gave me a beautiful smile. Almost instantly I was relieved of the guilty feeling that I had about not attending his funeral. It was wonderful to see him so happy.
-Jean E. Goss, Milroy, Pa.


Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

Spring arrives, and it's that time for awakening to fresh ideas, new beginnings, and innovative growth. Inspiration for new ideas often comes through creative action. Once the ball starts rolling, it's easier to energize your ideas and plans for this next cycle. The elementals of the gemstone kingdom can help you through their vibration and color... read this article
The Witch's Broom: Magic for Everyone
Astrology: The Energy of Color
How to Get Rid of a Ghost: 3 Easy Ways
A Healing Spell for Your Cat
Hexes, Ghosts, and Rock & Roll: A Paranormal History of America's Rock Era

Most recent posts:
365 Tarot Spreads
With her usual style and charm grounded in research and tarot knowledge, Sasha Graham, author of Tarot Diva, brings us her latest: 365 Tarot...

How Can a Blind Person Practice Visualization?
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Jean-Louis de Biasi, author of Secrets and Practices of the Freemasons, The Divine Arcana of the Aurum...

The Tail of a Book Cover
Have you ever wondered how Llewellyn comes up with some of its beautiful cover designs? Today, to celebrate the release of The Witchís Broom by...





Llewellyn's 2014 Moon Sign Book Llewellyn's 2014 Moon Sign Book
Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon

By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 $2.75 On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2014 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2014 Astrological Calendar
Horoscopes for You Plus an Introduction to Astrology

By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 $3.50 On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2014 Herbal Almanac Llewellyn's 2014 Herbal Almanac
Herbs for Growing & Gathering, Cooking & Crafts, Health & Beauty, History, Myth & Lore

By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 $2.75 On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2014 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2014 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 $2.75 On Sale!
Llewellyn's 2014 Magical Almanac Llewellyn's 2014 Magical Almanac
Practical Magic for Everyday Living

By: Llewellyn
Price: $10.99 $2.75 On Sale!