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 and NATHANIEL’S GOT THE BLUES. 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-ish 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 narratives from the Gospels, mostly Luke. Curiously, these six events have been those most likely to be chosen by artists to visually represent. Their work interprets and depicts their understanding of the event’s meaning or perhaps offers an expression of their 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. I came to believe that what was appealing about these works of art became motifs that attracted photographers, as well. The photos, in particular help us to see beyond the literal and appreciate the pervasive nature of the archetypes expressed through the centuries by artists. The photographer often frees us from the literal to discover, for example, that the Annunciation, is not a discrete event but something happening among us all the time 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 manner in which people have treated one another. I have written some on the unsettling responses the pandemic has evoked from some.
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.
More 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.
Finally, I have added several new pieces on a wide range of topics from memoir vignettes to why I continue to write when my readership is small.
I hope you take a few minutes to dip into some of the writing and as always, I always appreciate your comments, likes, and follows.