To read archived messages from John and Lucinda, click on a month.

February 1, 2005

February 1, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

We recently learned of the Saint of Plague. His name is St. Roch. His story is one of the sweetest stories we have ever learned.



He was a French nobleman who early developed sympathy for the poor and sick. While on pilgrimage, Roch encountered an area afflicted with the plague. He stayed to minister to the sick, and affected several miraculous cures, but contracted the plague himself. He walked into a forest to die, but was befriended by a dog. The dog fed him with food stolen from his master's table (mostly loaves of bread), and Roch eventually recovered.

When Roch returned to France, he was charged with spying. He languished in jail for five years, never mentioning his noble connections, cared for by an angel until his death.

He is often depicted, as in the picture above, as a pilgrim with a dog (with a loaf of bread in its mouth) licking the plague spot on his knee. (John Tull’s worst plague lesion was on his knee. It has just recently totally healed). Roch was born (1295) and died (1327) in Montpelier, France.

He is the Saint for, among others, dogs, epidemics, falsely accused people, relief from pestilence, and of course, the plague.
In a similar but unrelated story, please see below the picture of Saint Louis (Bertrand) ministering to plague victims, painted by Adolphe William Bougereau in 1859.
The plague that decimated the inhabitants of Valencia and the vicinity in 1557, afforded Saint Louis an excellent opportunity for the exercise of his charity and zeal. Tirelessly he ministered to the spiritual and physical needs of the afflicted. With the tenderness and devotion of a mother he nursed the sick.



We love each and every one of our extended family. We love the stories of the unselfish and noble persons who nursed and cared for those afflicted with the plague. We love life.

John and Lucinda
(and Saint Roch and Saint Louis)


Update February 4, 2005

Lucinda is leaving for Ohio in the morning and just realized that this is the first time in over a year and a half that she has left John Tull alone and really not felt anxious about his well-being. His confidence, endurance and strength have all improved so much in the last few months. It is truly amazing to think that during our trip to New York one year ago he was walking (somewhat unsteadily) with a walker. And he was still using the motorized wheelchair here at home! This afternoon he announced that he felt like running and so he did a little jog across the living room. What changes we have seen.

Speaking of jogging, since Lucinda did not participate in the NYC Marathon this past year she has an automatic “in” for the 2005 Marathon and is trying to decide whether to take it on. It seems kind of appropriate to do it right after one’s 50th birthday. SO……???

Lucinda’s grandmother is turning 96 on February 7 and has not been feeling too well as of late. She is still living on her own and is adamant about continuing to do so. Some of us might feel better if she was in a different environment, but we all know how that goes. At any rate, we’ll celebrate her birthday next week.

And Happy Birthday today to Brandon Baker, John and Lucinda's son-in-law!

John Tull is scheduling his dates for next week, so don’t wait too long to put yourself on his dance card!


February 13, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Well, Ms. Lucy returned yesterday from eight days in Dayton, trying, unsuccessfully, to get her 96 year-old grandmother to take what Lucinda thinks is a sensible action regarding her living situation. Her grandmother is, however, a very willful 96 year-old and plans to stay put for the time being.

JHT did very well being alone for eight days and nights. He took care of the whole household and did what needed to be done.

Friday, Michael Clendenin (and wife, Vickie) and Don Kuykendall (and wife, Daphne) came to visit. JHT has seen both of them on and off (say, every five years) but the other two have not seen each other in over thirty years.

During high school days in the early 60’s, the three boys were inseparable. Michael went off to Yale and Tulane Medical School and is now an esteemed hand surgeon in Tulsa. Don went to UT with JHT and is now a successful businessman in Austin. We all had a blast.

Because the guests were coming, and because Lucinda was in Dayton, Tull had many, many firsts. He went to the supermarket by himself, the liquor store, mopped the floors, took out the trash, etc., etc., etc. It was all very exciting but EXHAUSTING. Shelby, as is his wont, graciously helped with the cleanup and then met us for dinner Saturday night.

We sadly note the passing of Ted Handel, one of JHT’s finest search and rescue incident commander colleagues, who did Thursday at an early age of a heart attack. He was a leading executive at the Lab in Los Alamos, and a dear friend.

We love each and every one of you. Happy Valentines to all Sweeties.

John and Lucinda


February 13, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Well, Ms. Lucy returned yesterday from eight days in Dayton, trying, unsuccessfully, to get her 96 year-old grandmother to take what Lucinda thinks is a sensible action regarding her living situation. Her grandmother is, however, a very willful 96 year-old and plans to stay put for the time being.

JHT did very well being alone for eight days and nights. He took care of the whole household and did what needed to be done.

Friday, Michael Clendenin (and wife, Vickie) and Don Kuykendall (and wife, Daphne) came to visit. JHT has seen both of them on and off (say, every five years) but the other two have not seen each other in over thirty years.

During high school days in the early 60’s, the three boys were inseparable. Michael went off to Yale and Tulane Medical School and is now an esteemed hand surgeon in Tulsa. Don went to UT with JHT and is now a successful businessman in Austin. We all had a blast.

Because the guests were coming, and because Lucinda was in Dayton, Tull had many, many firsts. He went to the supermarket by himself, the liquor store, mopped the floors, took out the trash, etc., etc., etc. It was all very exciting but EXHAUSTING. Shelby, as is his wont, graciously helped with the cleanup and then met us for dinner Saturday night.

We sadly note the passing of Ted Handel, one of JHT’s finest search and rescue incident commander colleagues, who did Thursday at an early age of a heart attack. He was a leading executive at the Lab in Los Alamos, and a dear friend.

We love each and every one of you. Happy Valentines to all sweeties.

John and Lucinda


February 19, 2005

Dear All,

Tull’s dear friend since kindergarten (and a very frequent contributor to this site), Kenny Karr, was involved in a very serious car accident in Austin yesterday. He underwent neurological surgery and is in the intensive care unit of an Austin hospital. Many of our friends are gathering there. Please send all your prayers and good wishes to Ken-Dog. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks and all our love,
John and Lucinda


February 19, 2005


Kenny Karr is still in the ICU and we do not have any idea what the future holds. Ken-Dog has no immediate family. Roy Spence and the other members of the UT family are keeping us updated as they take turns in the ICU.

Brenda left us a message today which brought us both to tears. We would like to remind you all that we do not even know Brenda other than through this website. We know, though she has never been that vocal about it, that she has had great pain in her own life. We will meet this brave woman one day and thank her for the strength of her heart, soul and being.

Let us all hug and kiss every single person we can get our hands on. Kenny-------hang on….we love you!!!!!

John and Lucinda


Update February 24, 2005

Dear Friends and Family,

Our dear friend Kenny is still in critical condition, in a coma, on life-support, and with very little brain activity. It could not be more serious.

John and Lucinda are going to travel to Austin, Texas, tomorrow to see him. We will meet with all of Kenny’s closest friends, who happen, not coincidentally, to be John’s closest friends, and are gathered at Kenny’s side.

For those of you that do not know, John and Kenny became friends at Mrs. Roscoe’s Kiddie Kollege, a kindergarten in Odessa, TX, (in 1954!) and have remained friends their whole lives. 50 years. They were college freshman roommates at UT in 1967.

Kenny has been one of J&L’s most unflagging supporters during the dark days and thereafter. He is funny, a great writer, and a good friend.

Our hearts are filled with sadness. Thank you so much for all of you who have written in support of Kenny’s possible recovery.

On a happy note, Happy Birthday to Mona, John’s mother, and to dear little Elli, our two year-old grandchild.

There is a nice article about us today in the Albuquerque Journal North. We are taping a radio interview tomorrow with the BBC for a show they are doing about plague. We don’t know yet when it will air, but will keep you posted.

We love all of you,

John and Lucinda