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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Oct 18, 2015

Welcome to Tales By Tom. Today we continue the series titled "Places Near the Rainbow's End." In this series my father ruminates on life using places that have made an impression on his life. These stories are influenced by places as far apart as Baton Rouge and Goose Bay, Canada. Whether a story about a stolen car or saloon doors, each story will leave you with something to think about!

Today, we have two stories. There synopsizes are:
Entering Notre Dame. Three of us came from different worlds and each got into ND. None were by hook or crook, but there was a lot of good fortune involved and maybe a blessing or two from some higher up than any of us.


From an older book to a sermon in Charlotte. The book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The sermon, 25 years after the book, was called "The Seven Habits of Highly Joyful People." I think you will see similarities.

It was July. Things happen in the summer besides getting impossibly hot here in Southern, LA. It's a good month to get past, if you know what I mean, so you can rest up for August. This July made the following month seem like a wonder that might never happen.

Have you purchased a copy of the book my father, Tom Cagley Sr published? The book is 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."Buy "Was Your Son: A Troubled Journey" on Amazon

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