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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jun 1, 2014

Welcome to Tales By Tom. Today we conclude  "Take It To Heart." In this series my father will make you cry, laugh, reflect and maybe even provoke you.

This podcast includes two stores . . .

Finding a home for an orphan. This is not a story out of Charles Dickens. Instead, it’s a happy story about a “thing” I had for years. I couldn’t find a place for it is my home no matter how hard I tried. Then we came back to Baton Rouge—and bells and whistles went off. Turned out they were coming from the port here, some ship maybe

Sheer hell. I had originally entitled this The Crash. You can call it what you will but it is a personal story of a plane crash caused by wind shear ---which 30 years later had repercussions in the neighborhood where I now live. Tom: note two spellings on sheer. Both are correct.


New Book!  

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."

Buy  "Was Your Son: A Troubled Journey" on Amazon 


I encourage you to provide feedback on these stories or any of the earlier shorts by email at or by voicemail at 1 206 339 5456.

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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 with a new series of great stories from Tom Cagley Sr!