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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Apr 17, 2016

Welcome to Tales by Tom, short stories and novellas from the pen of Tom Cagley Sr. Today, we begin a new series of short stories titled "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Love is the common thread in this series of stories from the pen of Tom Cagley Sr. As usual, each story is thought provoking and life affirming.

This series will run for ten weeks across 5 podcasts.

Today we have two stories

A love story in a different time frame. It's not like I have a writer in my background, but a bus ride brought two people together on Jackie's side of the family.


Why love alone will never win this prize --- and that's okay with me. Though I have matured, overall I hate to lose at anything but in this contest, I am fine with that.

Last year, 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 (

See you in two weeks!