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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Feb 1, 2009

Welcome to Tales by Tom, my podcast developed to share my fiction.  I am a father of six, a grandfather of 15, a retailer and world-wide traveler because of that, a feature story writer, a proofreader, and an aspiring author of a novella. What the following synopsis of the novella does NOT SAY is that the love story has been in my head for over 20 years, and I am anxious to share it.

I have been interested in the Holocaust, what preceded it and what followed it since college. In the years after that, I audited two classes on the Holocaust, read extensively on it, went to movies (i.e. Shoah) and exhibits country-wide. But until 1984 I had never heard a survivor's story first-hand. I had waited 30 years --- and the wait paid off. Not only was I able to record six hours of Morris" detailed and painful stories, I found a life-long friend and heard the kernel of the story that after 20 years became the love story you are hearing here.

A synopsis of Even the Day of My Wedding is as follows: Washed ashore at a Displaced Persons camp after the Holocaust by separate rivers of pain, Morris and Dita fell in love, made plans to marry, but decided to wait until both could come to America. She came first under the orphan quota in 1947, he came two years later. For reasons beyond their control, they did not connect in New York City, and each went their separate way. The novella begins with Morris telling his story of his Holocaust experiences to a complete stranger almost 40 years later. When he does, a new light is shed on this old relationship, and the reader finds out, if like an Italian fresco covered in the dust of ages, what’s old can ever be made new again.

I encourage you to contact me as I read this and other stories by email at or by voicemail at 1 206 339 5456.

Air on G String by J.S. Bach performed by the Brunswick Duo ( was provided by the Podsafe Music Network.

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