Bird Watcher

I have published a single short story on Smashwords. For just $0.99 it can be downloaded to any number of eReaders, a PC or a Mac. Here’s the link I’ll put it up on Amazon in a  day or two.

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On Religion

Why are Catholics always “practicing” Catholics? At least the ones that aren’t “lapsed” are always practicing. Protestants don’t need any practice. From the day of their baptism, they are fully qualified for a life of protest. Years ago, when our kids were in primary school, we got involved in fundraising for a new non-denominational secondary school. […]

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Addict!

I don’t drink. A glass of wine with my evening meal, a bottle a beer during a football match. Gave up smoking for the second and last time in the 80’s. Never tried anything stronger. Honest. I used to feel an occasional urge to gamble, but quickly discovered that this was a mug’s game and […]

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Instant Godfather

In the days when I worked in an office, I wore suits. I tried to keep a couple in a wearable condition, but there were periods when I had to function with just one serviceable suit. During one of those periods, the trousers of my one remaining suit split and I was left with none. […]

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The Leather Scam

My father was a traveling salesman. He was a kind-hearted soul and often picked up hitchhikers. In 1975, or thereabouts, he picked up an Italian headed for Dublin airport. This man spun a long, complicated story about how he’d lost his fare home. He was a leather worker and had a couple of samples in his […]

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