I’m so glad you found your way to Something to Say. I hope you will enjoy my blog which includes reflections, poetry, and a few short stories. You can also learn about my books, A YORKIE’S TALE and, THE BLACK FOX OF BECKHAM. To read a segment from A YORKIE’S TALE click here and scroll to the bottom of the page. To read a segment from THE BLACK FOX OF BECKHAM click here. My new book, NATHANIEL’S GOT THE BLUES is now available at your preferred online bookstore or order here. Readers reviews for Nathaniel can be found on Goodreads here as well as Amazon.
I have posted the first chapter of a book I have been contemplating but have tabled for the time being. It’s a tad esoteric and difficult to describe. The book tentatively titled, THE SIX LIGHTS: A PATH TO PURPOSE, is an exploration of six key events described in the Gospels, mostly Luke. Curiously, these six events are those most likely to be chosen by artists to interpret and depict their understanding of the event’s meaning or perhaps embody the artist’s or patron’s theology. I have always enjoyed the stories but personally struggled with their relevance until I began to see them more as archetypal events whose meaning became clearer to me through exploring works of art and moments captured by photographers that in some way conveyed the essence of the event and why it is so popular. The photos, in particular show us that annunciations, for example, are all around us when we learn how to look. Years ago, I spent weeks in the vaults of the Getty Museum looking at original photos by the great photographers to see if my theory held up. I think it did.
Have a look at THE PARSON, brief story about a very special priest I had the good fortune to know. Vincent Gowen was imprisoned on the Philippines during the Second World War.
During this time of the Corona Virus I am, like so many others, struggling with the threat to me and loved ones, horrified by the toll it is taking on the US, and frankly disheartened by the failure of leadership during this crisis. I have taken to writing a sort of stream of consciousness series of reflections on how my world has been changed.
I have added a reflection on the 19th Anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attack on our country. Hope you’ll have a look at this. I unknowingly spent the night of September 10th, 2001 in the hotel room below the terrorists who flew the plane into the Pentagon.
Most recently I added a personal reflection on how life changes as you exit the world of professional employment and the loss and need to rediscover who you are. I have revised this piece several times in the past few days as I continue to reflect on its importance. Perhaps if you have read it, you’ll have another look. The piece is called TOLSTOY’S LEFT THE BUILDING.
I hope you take a few minutes to dip into some of the writing and as always, I would love to receive your comments. I don’t post a lot but still encourage you to follow the blog so you will be notified when I do.
Please be safe.