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Tales by Tom

This podcast showcases the audio stories of Tom Cagley Sr.

Aug 7, 2016

Welcome to Tales By Tom. Today we continue with the series of short stories from the pen of Tom Cagley Sr titled “Memories to Live With”. In this series, Tom explores how events and how we remember those events shape our lives. This series has eight installments beginning with a story that asks us to thinks of the scars we have and concludes with a story titled “The Water’s Edge.” Listen to all eight! Each story asks you to look inside yourself and examine the journey you are on!

Today, we have two stories, an overview of the stories are:
Gray hair and what it taught me. To be patient, for sure, but I wasn't always that way. That came after the "trek" was finished, where I could watch an apple roll away from a spilled garbage bag and slowly follow gravity's pull down the driveway and into the gutter --- and not chase it. I was surprised.


Should I go to my reunion? I've never been to a high school reunion. But what did I think about my 60th from Notre Dame?

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 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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The music is a song titled "Rhapsody" by Andy Guthrie and was supplied Music Alley from Mevio (

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