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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jun 20, 2010

Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the thirteenth installment of Tom Cagley Sr's short shory collections entitled, “Travel At Your Own Risk.”  

Note:  Audio was updated on July 14, 2010

Story 23 is entitled Kinder More Consoling Words Were Never Spoken. The few kind words came early in the morning from a waiter serving breakfast in Milan. I had just spent a night in hotel hell --- because of a lost reservation --- and was freed from my three hour prison to face a very kind and welcome relief in this starched server. He was just doing what he did naturally but, oh My Lord, what a contrast from just a few hours before! HE had no idea.

Story 24 is entitled Remainders Can Be Lifelong Remainders. In other words, things left behind can remind you of lots of things long since gone and forgotten. I don’t mean remembering anxieties or angers ---good stuff like Champagne glasses a mother might leave her daughter, a cup, a saucer, a blanket, a statue. My father left me  nothing directly. But a very kind half-brother passed on to me two unusual things my father had left behind --- one was a saw, the other ---well, wait and see.

Yes . . . we these two stories are out of order! 

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

See you in two weeks!

John Manion
almost ten years ago

Glad to say, I never experienced the hotel night from hell as you did in Milan... But, I\'ve never been to Milan -- and probably never will be....
Love your pinkie ring story... Left me a bit envious. I had two similar mementos, but my Mother managed to get both from me and gave both to my much younger brother.. who has no idea where they are today... So much for a tie to the past... jfm