The Good Samaritan
With the sudden end of the experience "once upon a time" I became, albeit emotionally, the one left lying by the side of the road, waylaid by the inevitable circumstances of human mortality. It is from that perspective that I came to know, understand and appreciate the neighbor that is the Good Samaritan.
For me that was Trisha Shirley in the Spring and Summer of 2010. In our first meeting she suggested writing as a therapy . Thus "ALONE AGAIN" was born. With time the timid and attentive atmosphere became progressively more relaxed. Indeed, guided by an extraordinary combination of wit and wisdom they became stepping stones to a new season of life.
Such was the effect that my November, 2010 heart attack was but a pause before beginning" RECOLLECTIONS OF A REJECT", followed by" ONCE UPON A TIME" which could not be put aside incomplete.
Yet poetry is and will remain closest to my heart.
Thank you, Trisha, for everything you are, for being my neighbor.
A Deep Appreciation
This page cannot be complete without an expression of appreciation to Franciscan Sister Patricia Fritz , a real life and lovely lady from "ONCE UPON A TIME", who, thankfully, has grown as young as myself in the years intervening since she sent me away from each encounter with "second best syndrome".
A scholar and teacher of the no nonsense type she took the time to read, comment on and remind me page after page after page that literature also includes punctuation. With the disclaimer that not all things are included here I must say that her interest, time and patience are deeply appreciated.