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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jan 24, 2016

Today we continue the short story series titled Crossing Way Over The Tracks. In this series of stories, Tom describes connections and interactions from just across the proverbial tracks to interactions for afar, very afar. . Each story is thought provoking and life affirming.

Today we have two stories

Essen Crossings 2015 I did what the police officer said and got a ticket for the infraction. I spoke to a neighborhood lawyer after reading the law and decided to fight it. But without his help, knowing the vagaries of Louisiana's court systems, I walked away and paid the piper.


February had 31 days in it this year. I didn't mind following a schedule given to me, but when the add-ons began to a pileup with the timeframe left the same, it got expensive.

Last year, my father, Tom Cagley Sr published a new book titled, I Was Your Son: A Troubled Journey. The book is a view into Tom Cagley Sr's soul. When asked why should anyone read this book? He answered, "Because the end effect is restorative and invigorating and because everyone who’s ever had a father like this wants to believe there is a happy way out."

A recent review stated it even more powerfully, "I love this book; it is a very telling, touching story of one man's troubled past with his father who obviously had problems of his own. He had no love for his son in his being beyond childhood. I feel so very much for Tom; he was disconnected from his Dad for no good reason; never able to see or talk to him again---not his problem, but scared him none the less.

This story is a lesson in how not to act as a father. His father did not apply the story of the prodigal son in the bible; that is the kind of love we should have for our children. I pray that in telling his story, this book will help Tom heal and go forward and help those who read it never to make the same mistake, as his father."

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The music is a song titled "Rhapsody" by Andy Guthrie and was supplied Music Alley from Mevio (

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