- 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
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"How beautiful it is that 'possibility' lives within each one of us to let go of old ways and thinking and to joyfully embrace the new without forgetting the past. How wonderful it is that good things flow freely and can comfort others in the stream of their sadness while allowing the comforter to remain content. How magical is a rainbow after a shower. What enchantment there is that lives within a smile of happiness or sheer astonishment across the face of an innocent child who is yet unsullied by the cruelties of the world. What miracle of life a newborn child is and what a fete of human accomplishment it is to watch them grow up good, independent, generous, loving and strong. What a moment in time to be, to live and to die is now." William Forde: June 30th, 2012
Thought for today:
"No person or creature possesses the capacity to calm the waters of one's troubled life more than the loving companionship of two loyal labradors. One can always rely on them to keep the boat steady in rough waters." William Forde: June 29th, 2012.
"In 1995, I retired from writing stories, but since I met Sheila, she has encouraged me to take up my pen once more. During the past year, I have established my own website which include articles and items of education, enlightenment and entertainment. I am also in the process of putting all 50 of my story books and two musical plays in electronic format as downloadable e-books. All of my newest fictional stories can be found in the section of my website entitled,'Tales from Portlaw' and can be freely viewed by going here http://www.fordefables.co.uk/the-priests-calling-card.html. I hope that you enjoy." William Forde: June 28th, 2012.
Thought for today:
"Look not into my eyes too deeply for I am presently troubled and I need to work things out. I don't want to worry you; merely protect you until I am no longer able to." William Forde: June 27th, 2012.
Thought for today:
"Not to smile at a child's innocent happiness is to swim in the well of life without tasting the waters of its own pleasure. Hold on to their tiny fingers with a gentleness of mind and heart, for in those small hands lies the future of all older generations." William Forde: June 26th, 2012.
"Back from Ireland yesterday, just in time to catch the England versus Italy football match. Now wished I'd stayed an extra day. I found Ireland to be green and inviting as it always is."
William Forde June 25th, 2012
Thought for today:
" There is no need for a world of different languages between the hearts and minds of two lovers holding hands on the water's edge of first meeting. Their looks, their instant understanding and their touch says all that needs to be said." William Forde: June 24th, 2012.
Thought for today:
"You don't scare me, you big pussy cat with all the love you have to give. I can take it. I'm a big girl! come on and give us a hug; I won't bite, but I'm not promising that I won't tickle." William Forde: June 23rd, 2012.
Thought for today:
" Let the moon occupy the lover's sky in its majestic round of brightness and come to rest in the lover's humble place of dreams and promise for the future." William Forde: June 22nd, 2012.
Thought for today:
"Of all my three loves, your beauty of face and character stands out in a class and breeding of its own. What surprises await me when you have shown me your stride and fleetness of foot? Will I always be blessed to see your present image the only picture that is able to pleasure me in youth, middle age and my years of seniority?" William Forde; June 21st, 2012.
"Happiness is never having to stop to think if you are. If you need to stop to consider if you are, it will have passed you by."
William Forde 20th June, 2012.
"Just thinking about England tonight and Ireland; one going home and the other going on to win-win-win! On Thursday I shall be going back home to Ireland for 4 days with five of my siblings. We are taking Uncle Johnnie's ashes back to place on my grandparents' grave. A funny old four days all round."
William Forde 19th June, 2012
"The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Our lives mean much more to us once we have learned to live with less."
William Forde June 18th, 2012.
Thought for today:
" Love can be its own poisoned chalice if drunk with bitter memories and cruel recriminations about a partner's past. No pair of seasoned lovers come together without their own history along with the carriage of some baggage from the past." William Forde: June 17th, 2012.
William Forde June 16th, 2012.
"England could win the Euro-2012 Cup!" William Forde: June 16th, 2012.
"When you dream, dream big and boldly or not at all. Dream not small dreams, for they have no power to move the hearts of men; they possess no means of stirring the senses, enveloping the emotions, extending the scope of one's vision or stretching the boundaries of one's hope." William Forde June 15th, 2012.
"The three best ways to grow are to love Nature as one's self, to dare to live one's dreams and, most important of all, to learn to forgive; for by forgiving we open up a space in our hearts for something wonderful to grow and we move closer to touch the richness of humanity's compassion and natural understanding for what is right and wrong."
William Forde June 14th, 2012.
“I read recently about the Irish, Republican, Gerry Adam’s refusal to meet the Queen during her Jubilee year. I was born in County Waterford, Ireland and spent every day of my first 5 years of life looking at the wedding photograph of my Irish grandparent's marriage on their house wall, positioned proudly alongside the young IRA member, Kevin Barry, who was executed by the British after he had been convicted of murdering a British soldier in 1920. I remember seeing a photograph of his arrest on the 20th of September, 1920. Despite my Irish rebel background connections, I was proud to meet the Queen when she presented me with the MBE in 1995 for my services to the West Yorkshire community. In 1950, when Ireland had no work or prospects to offer its men, it was England who provided my father with a job, our family with a home, me and my six brothers and sisters with a good education. I also received hospital treatment and skilled surgery that saved my life. England has provided me with a good life ever since. I was born an Irishman and will die one. The final resting place for my ashes will be in the Irish town where I was born. I have always declined to become an English citizen, but I will never denigrate or show any disrespect to a country which has done so much for me, my family and the free world in general. Long live the Queen.”
William Forde 13th June, 2012
"Yesterday, I was pleased to do something for an old friend of mine who has been kind to me on many past occasions. I then thought afterwards that though the act made me feel 'good' that one couldn't have a 'perfect day' without doing something for someone who will never be able to pay you back. I then recalled the words of my late mother whom I once berated when she gave a beggar in Manchester ten shillings many years ago. We had little money as a family and in my annoyance, I told her that it would be pint of beer her ten shillings would be buying, not a cup of tea. She said, 'You are probably right, Billy,' and then after a brief pause smiled and added, 'but then, we will never know. But how perfect it would be if it were tea, wouldn't it?'"
William Forde 12th June, 2012.
"Despite being one of the most modest men I ever knew, my late father's most voiced saying was from a film he saw about General George Custer, when the General remarked, 'The first is first and the second is nobody!' I have just been watching the BBC News and was listening to a man who has won a few gold medals at archery within the past year. He gave up his job 7 years ago to train full-time so that he could get in the Olympic team. Despite his gold medal success, he narrowly missed out getting in the team by a few points when he came fourth in the ratings. Only the first three make it into the squad. It got me thinking that even when one is at the best they have ever been that, even then, it can be not quite good enough! Then, when I heard how proud he was that England had the best archery squad that the country has ever had this year, it reminded me of my father's views about the merits of being 'first' or 'second.' I was obliged to conclude that my dear dad couldn't have been more wrong!"
William Forde 11th June, 2012.
"To find out how far one can go, one invariably has to go too far and in order to discover whether to 'go for it' or 'not to go', it is better to decide when you stand still."
William Forde: June 10th, 2012.
"The older I get, the more I come to feel that we have a responsibility to pass on our coping skills to the young today. As we grow older, we become progressively skilled in our coping methods. In most departments, we acquire techniques on which we can fall back when our interest and attention wilt. It is an instrinsic part of maturity that we always have some reserve to tap into. It is that which is the thing that stops us older ones going over the ledge like lemmings on a day out on the seaside cliffs."
William Forde 9th June, 2012.
"Mark Twain once remarked, 'Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.' Many years ago, I decided always to tell the truth whenever I was faced with a response that respect required. The outcome both gratified and astonished me while placing me in a 'love/hate relationship' in some people's eyes. It therefore led me to draw more friends from the well of acquaintanceship as well as increasing the pool of people I sensed disliked either me or my ways. It may sound an easy thing to do 'To tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth', but it isn't and it has its downfalls. However, I can testify that it has been the most refreshing change in my life I have ever made. It has required improved imagination to appropriately respond to questions like, 'Does this frock make me look fat?' or ' I hope you liked the present I bought you'; when it does and you didn't. However, I promise you that if you can develop the behavioural habit of 'always telling the truth', while it may not lead to you being the most popular person on the block, your view will more likely be respected when you express it and it will make you feel better about yourself, whatever anyone may think about you."
7th June, 2012.
"'Who are you?' You decide. The only person you are destined to become is the one you allow yourself to be. The one that you become is in your thoughts and feelings initially, and then in your actions."
William Forde 6th June, 2012.