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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Jul 4, 2010

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

Note the audio on this show has been updated (user error  . . . Tom Jr)

Story 27: Surprise: In the divorce, two of my five children went with my ex-wife to Houston. They came to visit four times a year, and we had a great time. I knew they hated to go home --- or, at the very least, would have preferred to stay longer. Suddenly, with their mother and her new husband they moved to New York. I was delighted because as often as I traveled there, I knew I’d be able to see them much more often.

We had a grand time that first January. And early in February. Then came the surprise. It wasn’t the Ides of March, and I wasn’t Caesar, but it felt like it. They were moving to Seattle. Now what? I wondered.

In God we trust.

Story 28: A Wardrobe Adjustment in Sonoma Valley Ah, the wine country! One of my favorite destinations in the world. My second son’s wife, Linda, had it all planned, and Mark was doing this for my 75th birthday. But there was one specific detail none of us had planned for. It exposed Mark and me when we least expected it, and it made us resort to a visit to a “final resting spot” before we were ready --- on one hand --- and just when we needed it on the other. We thanked whoever was listening as we left. I swore I heard a chorus of voices say, “You’re eternally welcome.”   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 (

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JOHN Manion
ten and a half years ago

Impossible to follow the story with the kids in Islip... wonderfully told! Have you been able keep \"close\" with Sheila and Chris?
Now, that\'s the most exciting, fanciest 75th Birthday ever recorded.
Hope sure hope the 11 months since have gone as well... We have a pair of Classmates living in Bodega Bay... Joe Nuss still does; Dave Houk is in real bad health, and is living in full care facility in South Bend.. it\'s affiliated with Holy Cross Village -- across from the ND Campus. So sad... but he needed immediate care not available ... like sorta like needing some place to change.