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Callidora! – Chapter 7 (Scene 4) and Chapter 8 – Beginnings and Endings

The doorway was darkened by a new figure entering the clinic. Everyone turned to see who the intruder was, who couldn’t stay away, even though the clinic was clearly not open for business.

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Callidora! – Chapter 7 (Scene 3) – Contrition

Romero, Cletus and the second henchman watched as their compatriot approached the two women. Romero was almost giggling with joy …

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Callidora! – Chapter 7 (Scene 2) – Vengeance

In the ensuing weeks, several things happened which brought the groups even closer together. It was clear Callidora and her entourage couldn’t stay in the guest house forever.

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Callidora! – Chapter 7 (Scene 1) – Knowing

Callidora watched Uncle Titus and Nan with interest. It became obvious as the trip went on they were becoming very good friends or perhaps more than friends.

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Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 9) – Ephesus at Last

Ephesus was finally within easy reach. It had been a long journey and except for the one incident with the thieves, it had been uneventful.

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 Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 8) – Cletus

Cletus didn’t see it coming. His father walked into the stable and dismissed the stable hands.

February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Callidora – Chapter 6 (Scene 7) – The Road Ahead

So far, the trip to Ephesus for Callidora and her fellow travelers had been uneventful. They were making good time without rushing.

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Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 6) – Finding Solon

Callidora knew it was time to leave.

February 6, 2017 · 5 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 5) – Homecoming

He finally caught his breath and yelled inside, “IT’S CALLIDORA! SHE’S COME HOME!”

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Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 4) – On the Move

The games were over and the Master and Mistress were on their way home.

February 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 3) – Time to Leave

Nan decided it was time for them to make their escape. She hoped she had planned well.

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Callidora! – Chapter 6 (Scene 2) – Nan

Nan lay on the thin straw mattress at the foot of Callidora’s bed. This was something she or her most trusted housemaid had done every night since Callidora had reached puberty.

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Callidora – Chapter 6 (Scene 1) – Loss

Callidora had suffered more than any child should suffer. In a few short days, she had seen her mother beaten, she had been kidnapped, forced to endure a ride trussed over a saddle while hidden under a blanket.

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Callidora! – Chapter 5 (Scene 3) Time to Say Farewell

Solon came to see the trio less and less as the months went on. It was time to sit down with them and tell them what was next in his plan.

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Callidora! – Chapter 5 (Scene 2) – Zotikos’ Test

The three neophytes were enjoying developing their empathetic and other sensory skills. They were becoming more in tune with one another which was good and bad. Most of it was good.

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Callidora! – Chapter 5 (Scene 1) – Why Us?

Paian wanted to know why they had been chosen. The informality of a dinner setting seemed like an appropriate pretext to find out.

Paian asked Solon to join him and Chara for dinner. Solon quickly accepted.

January 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Callidora – Chapter 4 (Scene 4) -The Plan is Set

Just as they were about to start figuring out how to go forward, Anatola arrived to escort Chara home. She had a big smile on her face until she saw the stranger.

January 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Callidora! -Chapter 4 (Scene 3)-Solon and Chara First Encounter

Paian and Zotikos were up early and left the house before anyone else arose. They wanted time to discuss how they would approach Solon. They talked all the way to the clinic.

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Callidora! – Chapter 4 (Scene 2) – Contemplation

As Zotikos and Paian made their way home they did so in silence. Each man digesting what Solon had said and trying to understand what it might mean to them.

January 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 4 -(Scene 1) – Solon, Paian, and Zotikos

After completing the morning routine and getting everyone organized as necessary, they began their walk to the clinic.

January 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 3 (Scene 5) – Zotikos and Andreas Continued

“Son, have you ever wondered why there is peace and harmony in this house? Why our disagreements are of a trivial nature and unlike many of our neighbours and friends the disagreements are resolved without physical force or bloodshed?

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 3 (Scene 4) – Zotikos and Andreas Meet

Zotikos stepped outside for a moment and beckoned one of the street children to come over.

January 2, 2017 · 4 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 3 (Scene 3) – Solon’s Surprise

Paian didn’t know what to make of this man. He was a dichotomy. On one hand, he made Paian feel very uncomfortable, and on the other hand he made him … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 5 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 3 (Scene 2) – First Meeting

Paian and Zotikos walked in silence to the clinic on Harbour Street. It was a magnificent boulevard off Curetes Street.

November 27, 2016 · 2 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 3 (Scene 1) -To Work

The administration of a proven tonic and a good night’s sleep can do wonders for the body and spirit.

November 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 2 (Scene 5) – Ephesus

He was finally here. After all the research, time, and planning, he was about to see Ephesus and walk its streets.

November 4, 2016 · 4 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 2 (Scene 4) Brigid and Sloane

Brigid had been busy since she joined the Flannigan’s practice.

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Callidora! – Chapter 2 (Scene 3) The Walk

Brigid was very excited.

October 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 2 (Scene2) Brigid Kelly, Ph D., DVM

Early on, Brigid noticed Gran had some unique qualities. She had a very strong “mother’s intuition”. Almost a sixth sense. Gran said Brigid had this trait although Brigid wasn’t so sure. Maybe it was what made their bond so strong.

October 26, 2016 · 6 Comments

Callidora! – Chapter 2 (Scene 1) Awakening

His head was pounding, the kids were talking far too loud, his wife wasn’t happy and he was sure he was going to be late for work. He’ll never mix beer and brandy again. He forgot the old adage “Beer and whiskey, kind of risky. Whiskey and beer, have no fear.”

October 16, 2016 · 11 Comments

Callidora? – Prologue and Chapter 1

What does a father do when his daughter is kidnapped and can’t be found? Follow one man’s quest to find his daughter.

October 7, 2016 · 11 Comments

It was dreary overcast and wet…

It was dreary, overcast, and wet. The air was heavy. Somewhere between a thick fog and rain. The dampness was all encompassing and without rain gear, you were going to … Continue reading

March 7, 2016 · 14 Comments

As time goes by…Part 2

A lot had changed since they first met so many years ago. The maple tree was still there but a majority of the trees around it had been cleared to … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · 13 Comments

As time goes by…Part 1 of 2

She watched her husband of over 50 years make his way up the grassy hill to join her under the old maple tree they’d called theirs since they first met. … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 6 Comments

Come Travel with Us…Part 3..The End…Aren’t You Glad?!

I forgot to mention the Captain did the highest speed of 18.6 knots between Greenock and Portree. While it wasn’t the greatest distance we had to cover, it was still … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

Come Travel with Us…Part 2 of 3

Compared to the leisurely speed of 12.7 knots from Kristiansand to Stavanger, we did a relatively fast 16.5 knots from Stavanger to Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands. We had to … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 12 Comments

Come Travel with Us…Part 1 of 3 Maybe?

I thought I’d go a little off the beaten path in my postings and give you a travelogue or two, or three. Linda and I recently returned from a cruise … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 13 Comments

A Letter to a Younger Self

Dear Younger Self: Compared to you, I’m an old man. I’m knocking on the door of senior citizenship and looking forward to getting my first Old Age Security cheque. Woo … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 28 Comments

There are certain words…

There are certain words that can strike terror into the heart of a 17 year old. I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who believed that guidelines and … Continue reading

August 10, 2014 · 18 Comments

And then it happens…

I love traveling. OK, truthfully, I used to love traveling. Now I think I’m more in love with the idea of traveling. As I wrote in a prior post, air … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 10 Comments

Miranda – A Short Story – Part 2

Miranda knew that voice! She turned from where she was sitting to see her most beloved Gramps standing on the pier looking down at her. She jumped to her feet … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 10 Comments

Miranda – A Short Story – Part 1

Miranda, steaming mug of tea in hand, walked outside through the old screen door her Grandfather had hung when he built the cabin over 60 years ago. She paused to … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · 14 Comments

The Deed is Done!

For my friends on Facebook, you can go back to your regularly scheduled programming as this post is a rehash of my Facebook post. Well my friends, the deed is … Continue reading

December 6, 2013 · 24 Comments

I’m Baaaaack!

Just when you thought it was safe to open your email without seeing a missive from me, I reappear like a Nigerian Prince offering to make you rich beyond your … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 13 Comments

The 7 Things I’ve Personally Learned about Prostate Cancer – Part Two

Here is the link to Part One: We all act differently when getting the diagnosis: I found out I had prostate cancer about three weeks before I was scheduled … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 27 Comments

The 7 Things I’ve Personally Learned about Prostate Cancer – Part One

Last November I wrote a post called “What’s a Guy to Do? regarding prostate cancer and the Movember movement in support of prostate cancer research. I had no idea … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 22 Comments

I admire people who live in a “glass is half full” world.

I admire people who live in a “glass is half full” world. But, that’s not me. I’ve discovered there two indisputable truths: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 17 Comments

A Boy and His Dad…He Was Excited

He was excited! Today was the day he got to go to “the City” with his Dad. Usually it was a family affair with Dad, Mom and himself. He had … Continue reading

August 15, 2013 · 23 Comments

North to Alaska – The Journey Continues

I thought starting out with Johnny Horton singing “North to Alaska” might be appropriate. This is a very good music video as it shows the country the gold seekers had … Continue reading

August 3, 2013 · 5 Comments

North to Alaska!

I started writing this post onboard the Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam as Linda, her sister Debbie (who had her own cabin BTW), and I sailed the inside passage between … Continue reading

August 1, 2013 · 10 Comments

Dear Dad…Happy Father’s Day

Dear Dad: Well Dad, it’s hard to believe that over 34 years have passed since you shuffled off this mortal coil. I guess in your case it was more of … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · 17 Comments

Mastectomy – One Man’s Perspective

In the past two weeks, I’ve heard from two women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One is a friend of ours that we’ve known for over 20 years. … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 46 Comments

A Tale of Two Moms…Happy Mother’s Day!

I read Anka’s post over at and it brought back some good memories for me about Mother’s Days past. I’m fortunate enough to have two Moms; my first Mom … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · 22 Comments

“At the end of the day”…AARRGGHHH!

How often have you heard someone, usually a politician in my experience, say “at the end of the day…” whereby they follow it up with some profound statement related to … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 8 Comments

Remember When Air Travel Was Fun?

There was a point in our lives when getting there really was half the fun. No long line ups for security; no worries about getting a pat down that your … Continue reading

April 25, 2013 · 15 Comments

Let’s Not Confuse Heroes with Idols

On my post front page I used the Mr. Rogers quote that so many are using right now and none more eloquently than my friend Andrea at: to remind … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 15 Comments

I saw a man today…

I saw a man today. He was sitting on his walker next to one of the “Stop” signs at a four way stop. This man sat in the pouring rain … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 13 Comments

So, what are you leaving your kids?

Have you ever heard someone ask that question? Or, maybe you’ve said it yourself in a different way. “What are we leaving the kids?” Or perhaps thought about it and … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 12 Comments

The Power of Human Touch

You may have seen an updated story about the 1995 birth of twin girls. One of the girls wasn’t doing well and her sister was put in the incubator with … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 16 Comments

The Innocence of a Child and the Ignorance of a Father…

I’m normally a fairly calm guy but I read a story on CNN.COM today that got my blood boiling.  You can read the full story here The short version … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · 7 Comments

Happy First Anniversary!

She lay quietly in bed wondering what to get for their first anniversary. It should be quite simple really. After all, the first anniversary is a “Paper” anniversary so any … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Journey – A Short Story

They’d planned this trip for a long time but they knew this was one trip he would take alone. In their fifty plus years of marriage, it wasn’t unusual for … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · 9 Comments

The Joy of the Written Word

Over the past few days I’ve received several new notifications from the Blogs I Follow.  If you check the link, you will find that I follow a pretty interesting group … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 18 Comments

Things We Don’t Learn – No Matter How Old We Get…

Don’t you think, as we get older, we really should retain more of the lessons that we learned earlier in life? For example: I should know better than to eat … Continue reading

January 9, 2013 · 7 Comments

Today is a Special Day!

Today is our beloved sister-in-law’s 70 something birthday.  I understand you never ask a lady her age or give it away so that’s as far as I’m going. Donna is … Continue reading

January 6, 2013 · 4 Comments