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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jan 25, 2015

Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the fifth installment of Life is an Attitude ---pick a good one

This series takes a look at people's attitudes and how that attitude effects the world around them.

A Story about Afghanistan by a gifted 4th/5th grade class: A 13-page story which I received from the secretary of our graduation class at Notre Dame. It told a poignant story BUT HAD NO WORDS. I copied the pictures and gave them to the class on Tuesday and asked them to think about, just think about, what they thought should be the caption beneath the snapshot. Three children answered---and WOW!

Thank Goodness: Weddings come, as do funerals. Nothing is stagnant, and I say thank goodness for them both---for enough pain so that the joys, with the right attitude, appear even bigger.

Recently 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 be 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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