William Forde July 31st, 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
- Audio Downloads
- My Singing Videos
- Bill's Blog
- Contact Me
"In this world Man needs to be kind, kind and then kind. Man should be kind to woman, man should be kind to animals and the environment and finally, man needs to be kind to others. Only by doing all these three acts of kindness can man ever be kind to self."
William Forde July 31st, 2012.
"A wise man with nothing to say, says so.
A scholar with little to teach has much to learn.
A smile that abandons the face is nothing to laugh at.
Almost any insubstantial thought is capable of making the fool feel wise."
William Forde : July 30th, 2012.
"The fewer one has, the more precious they become; whether it be hen's teeth, days left to live or moving images that touched one's soul and stirred one's passion. Fond memories of one's first kiss, sweetheart summer walks, hiding within the growing sheafs of nature's corn field, and discovering the true meaning that one's first declaration of 'love' to an attractive woman is more commonly wicked 'want' and is as quickly as apparent after the act as the act was itself. Then there is the whirlwind of one's wedding day and the uncertainty of the night ahead, anticipated with pleasure and bonded with a fearful expectation that one has too much 'love' and not enough 'want' after the excitement of the hectic day. Not to forget the first cry of one's first born, that magical sight of their first steps taken and the sinking hurt of their first bleed after a fall. Getting them off to school, pushing them through punishing exams and into university or their first job and place of their own, while managing to juggle one's household budget better than any Chancellor in a recession ever could. And then, when it's all done and the family home becomes bereft of the presence of children, becoming another statistic of divorce and 'starting all over again'. Whoever said that you only live once was never married more than once!"
William Forde July 29th, 2012.
"We humans are the only creatures on the face of the earth who are capable of being 'inhuman.' We are unknowingly often greater hypocrites than we realise.
How many of us are well fed while others starve and with enough change in our purse to provide food and water to a thirsty person? What happens in our lives that causes our humanity to chip away and allows our heart to go cold on us without warning that the flames of compassion are dying out? What enables us to sometimes express feeling without touch, rationality without reason, vision without insight, and leads us to know without knowledge?
What are we; man or beast; a source for good or evil? I believe that we have the capacity to be the type of arm wrestler we want to be."
William Forde July 28th, 2012.
"My son recently told me that just because he now had a house, wife-to-be and a suited-job, 'I feel like I've sold out'. I told him that we all 'sell out' when the price is right. It is a natural part of growing from idealistic youth into more cynical/realistic adult to change one's political perspective from extreme left towards extreme right and, not to do so, usually signifies one 'being stuck in the past'. The reason why many people turn to Religion in older years is that it allows one to continue to preach socialist principles whilst practising Conservative ways. We're a strange old breed, aren't we?"
William Forde July 27th, 2012.
"Life is too damn short to take too seriously. We should all kick a few cans before we kick our own."
William Forde July July 26th, 2012.
"Let your dreams carry you higher, let your love carry you longer and let your belief in self and others carry you all the way to eternal happiness and earthly prosperity."
William Forde July 25th, 20012.
"I cannot think about any other matters today that are more important than that of my daughter who is having a hospital operation. I love you, Becky. Dad xxxxx"
William Forde July 24th, 2012.
"In my childhood years I dreamed about growing older and getting my first job. In my teenage years I dreamed about becoming a man and finding the girl of my dreams. As a man I dreamed of marriage and parenthood and owning one's house. As a spouse, parent and home owner I dreamed of retirement and leisure to do what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and to travel to those places I always wanted to visit. My advice to the child today is very simple: dream on mate, because you've got no chance!"
William Forde July 23rd, 2012.
"Mother Teresa once remarked that 'Peace always starts with a smile.' That being the case, 'War will always end in tears'. All the more reason to walk the tide of time when the weather is in one's favour. Live life for the moment and the hour shall be yours."
William Forde July22nd, 2012.
"There are many treasures to be found in the intricate twists and turns of one's love life. Usually, it is the regretting of the early love that 'never was to be'. The best twist however, is to turn out very happy and to die in the arms of the one you love best of all."
William Forde July 21st, 2012.
"Pleasure is available to all. It is there for the finding and is spread around the earth in strange gift parcels waiting to be claimed and opened up."
William Forde July 20th, 2012.
"Have you ever thought that if Governments could only serve one term of Office or at the other end of the scale, a fixed period of ten years, would the cabinet be more honest or more crooked? Would the people be told more lies or fewer? Would the National Health Service, the Education of our children, the House Building Programme, the number of people in full-time work and the Pension Funds continue to decline? Would the crime level increase or poverty diminish? I strongly suspect that it wouldn't make a jot of difference more than it does now. So why do we really need them and what are we paying them for?"
William Forde July 19th, 2012.
Esther and Michael Augsburger, “Guns into Plowshares,” 1997. Steel and 3,000 handguns, 19 ft. long x 16 ft. tall. Evidence Control Facility, Washington, D.C
"Put down your arms; the time for peace within has arrived. Make yourself vulnerable and all attacks will cease. Open your heart to others and no door shall ever be closed to you. Love and love will be returned to you in bountiful measure. Make my thought for today your life for tomorrow and untold joy will fall your way."
William Forde July18th, 2012.
"Be open to the roads of all possibility and closed to the avenues of doubt where trust is required and your faith in humanity shall remain intact. Weigh up all your options and do not be stampeded into hasty action."
William Forde July 17th, 2012.
"Who among us can think a thought that has never occupied the mind of another, see a vision previously unseen or dream a dream that has never before been dreamt? Who among us can learn a fact anew or discover a secret untold. We are mostly mere mortals who repackage the old and pass on to a new generation, all that has gone before. Only the scientists, artists, musicians and folk of creative thought have something new and original to offer."
William Forde July 16th, 2012
"When the moment to finally leave this world arrives, it is said that your life will flash before you. If that's the case, you'd better not blink or you may miss the train of your thought!"
William Forde July 15th, 2012.
How could anything be more fun or deeply gratifying than to love what you do and to feel that it matters?"
William Forde July 14th, 2012.
"To remain best friends for life, it pays to always leave a few things unsaid."
William Forde July13th, 2012.
"Some press reporter once asked me twenty years ago 'why I became a writer?' I didn't quite have my finger on the pulse at that time to know the answer then, but I know it now. It is because I like to remain in control of events. When you are a writer, you possess the power to say 'This is not how the story is going to end!'"
William Forde July 12th, 2012.
"My thoughts are presently on the rain, rain and more rain we have been subject to for most of ther past month now. One of my favourite painters was Lowry, whose portrayal of the Salford and Manchester area over the years still fascinates me. Isn't it strange that given Manchester is renown for receiving the most bountiful of rainfalls each year, that from the hundreds of paintings that Lowry did, only one, 'The bus stop' depicts rain? It touches the height of my curiosity as to why such a Mancunian experience should be deliberately omitted from a lifetime of scenes from Salford and Manchester and makes me wonder if he had a second paid job with the Manchester Tourist Board!"
William Forde July 10th, 2012.
"Today's thought comes from my friend, Carol Law, who reminds us all that the good things about 'a hug' is that when you give one, you always get one back!"
William Forde July, 9th, 2012.
"I remember well when my little girl Becky was born, when she started school and when she first stuck chewing gum on the sole of my slippers. I remember when she eventually left home for university and I thought that all my debt problems would be over, but they weren't! There were flats to be changed each year, new landlord bonds to find (which I never got back) because of damages and wild parties, and late student grants that only arrived after she had obtained her degree. Becky came up to visit this weekend and returns back home to London today. We have had a lovely weekend; one I shall remember for a long time. I love you, Becky."
William Forde July 8th, 2012.
"It was 1933 when the last man from GB won the Wimbleton singles final; 79 years ago! It has only been 67 years since we last won a World War. Who said that lifting the cup is easy? Up the Murrays!"
William Forde July 7th, 2012