William Forde 31st May, 2012.
- Site Index
- About Me
- Book List & Themes
- Strictly for Adults Novels >
Tales from Portlaw
- No Need to Look for Love
- 'The Love Quartet' >
The Priest's Calling Card
- Chapter One - The Irish Custom
- Chapter Two - Patrick Duffy's Family Background
- Chapter Three - Patrick Duffy Junior's Vocation to Priesthood
- Chapter Four - The first years of the priesthood
- Chapter Five - Father Patrick Duffy in Seattle
- Chapter Six - Father Patrick Duffy, Portlaw Priest
- Chapter Seven - Patrick Duffy Priest Power
- Chapter Eight - Patrick Duffy Groundless Gossip
- Chapter Nine - Monsignor Duffy of Portlaw
- Chapter Ten - The Portlaw Inheritance of Patrick Duffy
- Bigger and Better >
- The Oldest Woman in the World >
Sean and Sarah
- Chapter 1 - 'Return of the Prodigal Son'
- Chapter 2 - 'The early years of sweet innocence in Portlaw'
- Chapter 3 - 'The Separation'
- Chapter 4 - 'Separation and Betrayal'
- Chapter 5 - 'Portlaw to Manchester'
- Chapter 6 - 'Salford Choices'
- Chapter 7 - 'Life inside Prison'
- Chapter 8 - 'The Aylesbury Pilgrimage'
- Chapter 9 - Sean's interest in stone masonary'
- Chapter 10 - 'Sean's and Tony's Partnership'
- Chapter 11 - 'Return of the Prodigal Son'
- The Alternative Christmas Party >
The Life of Liam Lafferty
- Chapter One: ' Liam Lafferty is born'
- Chapter Two : 'The Baptism of Liam Lafferty'
- Chapter Three: 'The early years of Liam Lafferty'
- Chapter Four : Early Manhood
- Chapter Five : Ned's Secret Past
- Chapter Six : Courtship and Marriage
- Chapter Seven : Liam and Trish marry
- Chapter Eight : Farley meets Ned
- Chapter Nine : 'Ned comes clean to Farley'
- Chapter Ten : Tragedy hits the family
- Chapter Eleven : The future is brighter
The life and times of Joe Walsh
- Chapter One : 'The marriage of Margaret Mawd and Thomas Walsh’
- Chapter Two 'The birth of Joe Walsh'
- Chapter Three 'Marriage breakup and betrayal'
- Chapter Four: ' The Walsh family breakup'
- Chapter Five : ' Liverpool Lodgings'
- Chapter Six: ' Settled times are established and tested'
- Chapter Seven : 'Haworth is heaven is a place on earth'
- Chapter Eight: 'Coming out'
- Chapter Nine: Portlaw revenge
- Chapter Ten: ' The murder trial of Paddy Groggy'
- Chapter Eleven: 'New beginnings'
The Woman Who Hated Christmas
- Chapter One: 'The Christmas Enigma'
- Chapter Two: ' The Breakup of Beth's Family''
- Chapter Three: From Teenager to Adulthood.'
- Chapter Four: 'The Mills of West Yorkshire.'
- Chapter Five: 'Harrison Garner Showdown.'
- Chapter Six : 'The Christmas Dance'
- Chapter Seven : 'The ballot for Shop Steward.'
- Chapter Eight: ' Leaving the Mill'
- Chapter Ten: ' Beth buries her Ghosts'
- Chapter Eleven: Beth and Dermot start off married life in Galway.
- Chapter Twelve: The Twin Tragedy of Christmas, 1992.'
- Chapter Thirteen: 'The Christmas star returns'
- Chapter Fourteen: ' Beth's future in Portlaw'
The Last Dance
- Chapter One - ‘Nancy Swales becomes the Widow Swales’
- Chapter Two ‘The secret night life of Widow Swales’
- Chapter Three ‘Meeting Richard again’
- Chapter Four ‘Clancy’s Ballroom: March 1961’
- Chapter Five ‘The All Ireland Dancing Rounds’
- Chapter Six ‘James Mountford’
- Chapter Seven ‘The All Ireland Ballroom Latin American Dance Final.’
- Chapter Eight ‘The Final Arrives’
- Chapter Nine: 'Beth in Manchester.'
- 'Two Sisters' >
- Fourteen Days >
‘The Postman Always Knocks Twice’
- Author's Foreword
- Chapter One
- Chapter Two
- Chapter Three
- Chapter Four
- Chapter Five
- Chapter Six
- Chapter Seven
- Chapter Eight
- Chapter Nine
- Chapter Ten
- Chapter Eleven
- Chapter Twelve
- Chapter Thirteen
- Chapter Fourteen
- Chapter Fifteen
- Chapter Sixteen
- Chapter Seventeen
- Chapter Eighteen
- Chapter Nineteen
- Chapter Twenty
- Chapter Twenty-One
- Chapter Twenty-Two
Thoughts and Musings
- Bereavement >
- Nature >
Bill's Personal Development
- What I'd like to be remembered for
- Second Chances
- Holidays of Old
- Memorable Moments of Mine
- Cleckheaton Consecration
- Canadian Loves
- Mum's Wisdom
- 'Early life at my Grandparents'
- Family Holidays
- 'Mother /Child Bond'
- Childhood Pain
- The Death of Lady
- 'Soldiering On'
- 'Romantic Holidays'
- 'On the roof'
- Always wear clean shoes
- 'Family Tree'
- The importance of poise
- 'Growing up with grandparents'
- Love & Romance >
- Christian Thoughts, Acts and Words >
- My Wedding
- My Funeral
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"If you start doing what's necessary, then do what is possible, in a short matter of time, before you know it, you will find yourself doing the impossible! All manner of people who ever made their mark on the world found this to be the case. The vast majority of them never set out to discover this place or that formula or cure; they just got on with their lives and stumbled across their greatness along the way."
William Forde 31st May, 2012.
"Even though I retired early many years ago, I have always valued the purpose and benefits of work. From an early age in life, my father had one major piece of advice. He didn't mind what kind of job I got, so long as I did it to the best of my ability and he always reminded us, 'If you leave a job properly and not under a cloud, you can always go back if things don't work out'. How different the young of today have it; that is if they're fortunate enough to have a job. Even contemplative nuns and hermits must earn a living and engage in some manner of work. As the youngest shop steward in the country at the age of 18 years in the early 60s, I don't truly know what I would have done or how I would have responded in such dire economic circumstances, but as an ardent mature student of History in the 70s, I was repeatedly told by my teacher that every revolution that has ever occurred was triggered by economic depression of the poorest citizen and political scepticism and a feeling of impotence in the running of things by the middles classes. Sounds familiar? I think someone should tell David Cameron and all the MPs filling in their expenses."
William Forde, May 30th, 2012.
"My thought for today is I am thinking of you in all of those situations that make you think twice; like, 'Should I eat that last biscuit on the plate'. Other scruples may include, 'Do I loan my best friend who is in need money again, when she never paid me back the twenty I loaned her last week or the tenner she borrowed the week before?' or 'What shall I tell Mum, if she asks me if I liked that horrible jumper from the 50's that it took her two months to work on before my birthday?' Or God forbid if you find yourself in a relationship that has run its course? If you are, when your partner next kisses you 'Goodnight' and tells you that he loves you when you are in bed, do you pretend to love him back because he is a good person? Or because he is a good person that you are married to, does he deserve to hear the truth? Does he deserve to know that you cringe when he touches you tenderly and fake all of your endearments and affection for him? Sometimes, to be bold, to be brave, to be true and be you is more hurtful to do than to break the wings of the butterfly on the wheel."
William Forde , 29th May, 2012.
"When the time comes for you to find out 'who you are', do it on purpose. To discover that you are really someone you wouldn't like to be can be alarming. To find that you are someone who is of selfish disposition gives you little satisfaction and can be very disarming. To find out that you are 'tolerated' and 'put up with' because........... is guaranteed to deflate your ego (If you still have an ego left to deflate); and to hear someone speak disparagingly about you when they didn't know that you were there to overhear can make you feel inadequate. But imagine if people thought you had died when you hadn't and you attended your own funeral 'incognito' and heard how wonderful a person everyone had thought you to be and, to have seen their genuine tears of grief as the coffin was lowered into the ground! Imagine! Then how would you feel? How then might you feel to learn that you were and are 'a much loved person?' Today's thought is to simply tell you now, while you are alive, to know and appreciate that 'YOU ARE MUCH LOVED' and that when you no longer occupy this side of the green sod, 'YOU SHALL BE GREATLY MISSED AND MUCH MOURNED.' So please bear this thought in mind as you enjoy this day."
William Forde, 28th May, 2012.
We surrender to joy; we have no option. No sooner than we have experienced and it has entered our body, it screams its pleasure on our face and is bursting to escape and inform the world. Consider the joy in a mother's face upon seeing her newly-born infant fresh from her womb. Her face is lit with the wondering expression of selfless joy. All of King Soloman's treasures could never hope to produce such a look of wonderment. Nothing can guarantee us joy or coerce its presence. When we truly rejoice, like the Greek Gods, we may stride unclothed into the world, naked and unashamed and accepted for who we are. We need no clothing, since in the world where joy has led us, there is no need for concealment. It takes the greatest of all trust for one to appear without protection. That is the trust we see in the endearing smile between mother and infant of life-affirming joy and the enduring tenderness between man and woman in the rapture of their radiant truth of love's first touch."
William Forde 27th May,2012.
"Love is to be practised, not written about. Like 'joy,' while love can be a constant condition, most people eventually satisfy themselves with a happy settledness as the years of a relationship develops. The highest intensity of joy is when it suddenly flashes upon our world of darkness, just as finding true love from the depths of despair rocks the senses and shapes both mind and body into consummate happiness. Seek not your unfound love and love shall find you. Do not look for it in every place you are or you will be left wanting."
William Forde 26th May, 2012,
"Mankind is hooked upon the behaviour of obsession and nowhere is this more evident than in our desire to find the love of our life with whom the rest of our life can be happily spent. We also nurture a need to be loved as no other ever has. The annals of history show us the totality of what mankind is prepared to spend, lose, give up or have taken from him in order to secure the love he craves. Often, this obsession with another makes love misdirected and as hearts are fixed unavailingly, families are split assunder, fortunes are lost, countries abandoned and treasured dreams allowed to drift away as though they were never held in the heart. But, on those rare times that true love blossoms and endures all obstacles in its path, nothing, simply nothing from one's past can ever hope to compare with the way one feels today."
William Forde 25th May, 2012.
For most, the love they give and receive will be 'conditional'. Perhaps the most enduring failure in love is that of not being brave enough to reveal one's true self. The temptation to seem better than one is and not to risk rejection the truth might bring, is very real. We need great faith in the reality of love to dare to present ourselves in naked trust and blind confidence to the one we love. One can improve one's adornment by carrying a beautiful bird around in a cage for the admiring eyes of all others. If we conceal our true selves before love, then we keep the bird safe only in confinement. Only by opening the cage and making one's love of the bird 'unconditional' can the bird be truly free to live; to come or fly away at will."
William Forde 24th May 2012.
"Live not your life in permanent regret for such will keep you anchored to soured dreams. None of us are perfect in our relationships. We all make mistakes and fail at some things inadvertently. Don't be abraded to the bone with the torment and sadness of what might have been. Instead, remain luminous for what is yet to come. Even little pockets of warmth and sun can trickle through the leaves as you lay there in thought and tickle your skin and memory with happiness of times past."
William Forde 23rd May, 2012
"There are no easy rides on the road to satisfaction. You do your best, when and wherever you can. In short, there are no free rides that never have to be paid for and there are no short cuts to any place that's worth going."
William Forde 22nd May, 2012.
"You will get on better in this world and be a more significant participant within it and contributor to it, if you allow yourself to be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."
William Forde 21st May, 2012.
"All love is the potential of suffering because of inevitable death and yet, it is worth living for.We cannot possess or hold fast to anyone or anthing; it is all a gift. The loveless are protected against this suffering. The zombie feels nothing. We are alive in proportion to our response to love and our pain at parting is in proportion to the extent of that love. The more one loves, the more one rejoices in life and the greater the sense of loss and grieving in the parting of death."
William Forde 20th May, 2012.
Thought for today:
"Just as the colourful birds of flight soar high above all of the earth's majesty, the wise elephant is too long in the tooth not to protect the hand that feeds him." William Forde: May 19th, 2012
Thought for today:
"God save the little ones from the cruelty of adult reality and preserve their innocence in their world of goblins and fairies for as long as possible." William Forde: May 18th, 2012.
"There is always beauty to be found by those who look for it. It may be for our appreciation and not for our possession, but learning detachment is part of respect. The world exists despite us, and is not there for us. Learn to live in it with modesty and deep respect and it will live in you and through you."
William Forde 17th May, 2012.
"It takes courage to be able to lose and face it. It takes greater courage to win and yet know that there were others better than you. All we can do is to be, to experience and to learn."
William Forde 16th May, 2012.
"Having just received the good news about a friend's marriage in Australia, my thought for today is dedicated to Annette and her better half and is centred upon the ups and down of all loving relationships. Looking after a marriage between a man and a woman is very much like tending to a garden. For some, the struggle part may become so great that they end up with a big stinking compost heap, which they abandon because they do not possess the foresight to take from it the goodness it contains once all the heat and smell has been extracted. For others they may develop a taste for some of the more exotic produce and neglect their staple fruit and veg: they are destined for fruitless affairs and extra marital relationships that will last one season, tops. For the true gardener however, their plot of land will not be viewed any differently than a good marriage. They know that if it is tended well, it will bear good fruit season after season and if neglected too much, especially at the harshest times of year, nothing of worth will grow. To the man and woman who love their garden, they will see it very much as a true reflection of their union. They will view both as a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself."
William Forde, May 15th 2012. (My marriage present and reminder to Annnete and her partner).
"Anyone who has fear possesses courage, for courage is but fear at prayer. Anyone who has hope possesses the secret to eternity, for it is said that hope never dies. Anyone who has truth of tongue, possesses the gateway to goodness itself. Anyone who has modesty doesn't have the need to boast. Anyone who has me is the luckiest of all mortals!"
William Forde 14th May, 2012.
"In the burden of parental love, we should feel only contentment in its servitude. To leave those we love dearly to find their own independence and to accept that we can no longer make their choices is to grow up with our young. We have to allow those we dearly love, to spread their wings and to chase the butterfly; even though we be convinced that they may never catch it."
William Forde 13th May, 2012.
"You've got to do what you have to do, in order to do what you want to do."
William Forde 12th May, 2012.
"How sweetly this day nourishes and inspires. How easily it moves the soul to compassion and tenderly touches the folds of happiness on one's cheek with a radiant smile that all is well."
William Forde 11th May, 2012.
"There are those who give with joy, and joy shall be their reward. And there are those who give out faith, hope, charity and love: they are destined to dine with heavenly hosts."
William Forde 10th May, 2012.
"Never let inactivity or uncertainty immobilise you. When you come to a bend in the road, remember a bend is not the end of the road........unless you fail to make the turn. So learn to 'follow through' with your actions. Don't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back occasionally."
William Forde 8th May, 2012.
William Forde, 7th May, 2012
"Time is like God. It is and ever shall be. Long after the apple has been eaten and temptation of the flesh given way to, shall time remain the stuff that life is made from."William Forde: May 7th, 2012.