Category Archives: Honest Reflections

Dylan Thomas & Mike Breen: Together @ Last

FERN HILL Dylan Thomas Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green, The night above the dingle starry, Time let me hail and climb Golden in … Continue reading

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The heartbeat of the Old South.

William Faulkner, marvelously complex and yet relentlessly simple at the same time, was a master of observation and melancholy. The haunting paragraph that opens the second chapter (“June second 1910”) of The Sound and the Fury lingers in the fog of … Continue reading

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The Journey Continues

There are times when the road seems to have more than its share of potholes, more twists and turns than one ever expected. Life since turning 50 has been just that for me . . . and Kathi. And that … Continue reading

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William Butler Yeats on Tragedy & Joy

William Butler Yeats, Irish poet and Nobel Prize for Literature winner, captures my aging sense of the flow of life in this fallen and broken world: “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him during temporary … Continue reading

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Simon & Garfunkel on a Winter's Day

A winter’s day In a deep and dark December; I am alone, Gazing from my window to the streets below On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. I am a rock, I am an island. I’ve built walls, A … Continue reading

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"Life is futile, life is vain . . . "

The ancient preacher who penned the Book of Ecclesiastes was more than a cynic, he was a wise man who correctly assessed the futility of life. Unlike Faulkner, he did not conclude that life was entirely worthless, nonetheless I think … Continue reading

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Pride, Prejudice, and the Cross

It’s the day after my third round of chemo, and the days immediately following the poisoning are the worst ones of this dreadful cycle. Even before this round my taste went south again, and a horrid chemical odor fills my … Continue reading

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