William Forde: 31st August, 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 >
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"Got up this morning and felt good. So I lay there and had a number of good thoughts. I saw my loved one at my side and after looking at her beauty, my good thoughts turned to bad and then I finished up feeling good again."
William Forde: 31st August, 2012.
"Let the beauty of love be what we do, who we are and take us where we go. Make the love of truth your sole intoxication as it is only through truth can you remove the burdens from your heart and fear not what lies beyond the next bend in the road."
William Forde: 30th August, 2012.
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness and a warm welcome an awareness that your presence matters. A soft smile has the ability to shatter a mountain of misery if you let its rays of love creep through its cracks of natural resistance. Noboby chooses to be unhappy for a moment that is longer than need be, so the most friendly act you can do is to smile and help them out."
William Forde: 28th August, 2012.
"Sheila and I recently went shopping. I was reminded of the monetary equation I learned so long ago: A man will pay £1 for a £2 item that he wants, whereas a woman will pay £2 for a £1 item she doesn't!"
William Forde" 27th August, 2012.
"Are you the type of person who would prefer to experience hurt with the truth or comfort with a lie? Do you see change in life as being positive, negative or necessary? Remember that your ultimate feelings will be determined by the precise nature of your perception of the event. For example, where one person will view change as 'things falling apart' , another will see change as 'things falling into place.' Where one person will become depressed at the experience of redundancy and the likelihood of never getting another job because there is no longer a common need for their type of work skills, another will change their profession and enter a new job market. And, for those who think, 'I'm too old'; then you are; as your thought has definitely determined you so!'"
William Forde: 26th August, 2012.
"There is nothing stronger in the world than a gentleness of nature, a kindness of spirit and a softness of touch. You possess them so use them."
William Forde: 25th August,2012.
"Stand tall, reach for the sunshine and allow your beauty to shine through your smile. Stand firm without letting yourself become unyielding and your compassion and sense of natural justice shall prevail."
William Forde: 24th August, 2012.
"The head has its own logic, the mind its own space, the tongue its own language, my woman, her own pace." ('Get a move on': An ode to Sheila: one day to be completed).
William Forde: 22nd August, 2012.
"Let silence take you to the core of life, the heart of nature and the essense of man. Do not sow any seed that does not grow love or place your soft coat on a harsh jagged rock to hide the hard contour of the land in which you live. Strip away all of your pride, place no type of work beneath you or any creature but God above you. Bow to no man or raise yourself above another and your humble garments shall not be mocked but worn with dignity, and you will feel comfortable in your own skin."
William Forde: August 21st, 2012
"A thing of great beauty is nothing but a dream that falls upon the weary eye and an unsuspecting heart, for it is that when we are the least prepared that we are the most ready to love."
William Forde: 20th August,2012.
"Every child's smile is an object of delight and every child's cry is a scream to stir the soul. Every woman's want is something to be managed and every man's dream is an act yet to be fulfilled. Everyone means something to someone somewhere."
William Forde: 19th August,2012.
"I have been without internet connection today, but have sampled more of my own silence and devoured more of my own thoughts. When the roses have gone and the garden has faded, the world will seem to be a much drearier place. When I can no longer use my lap top, how will I ever know what is turning you on and off out there, making you content or all hot and bothered? I never thought that I would ever get to like any machine that was so much out of my control!"
William Forde 18th August, 2012.
"You cannot run from your own silence nor escape the silent screams of a tortured soul."
William Forde 17th, August, 2012.
"Today my mind seems empty of serious thought and is filled with all manner of mischievousness I shall allow this childlike treasure to stay with me awhile as I sample the joy of eternal youth once more."
William Forde: 16th August. 2012.
"Ann Frank once remarked that 'No one has ever become poor by giving.' How true this is. The nicest people I have ever met are invariably those folk who give as a natural way of life. In fact, the best lesson that our children receive from teachers at school today is that it is only through the act of giving that one can become the good people we were meant to be. Let us renew our 'giving' resolution and start by giving more of the most precious asset we possess; ourselves and our time and then our money."
William Forde: 15th August, 2012.
"When we protect ourselves from our own thoughts, we do not become free in spirit, satisfied in staure and bold in action. We must act in the moment if we wish our presence to matter and be felt; if we want our kindness never to be postponed nor our good intentions to be cancelled."
William Forde: 14th August, 2012.
"I was thinking about the degree of poverty that was in the world and how having very little or wanting little affects the human mind and spirit.You can have nothing (material), and want nothing. You can have nothing and want everything. You can have everything and want nothing or you can have everything and want more. The first condition is that of a happy person. The second is reflective of a sad person. The third represents a happy/lucky person and the last is a greedy person. Isn't it strange that it is the absence of 'want' that leads to the state of happiness and not the 'abundance' of material wealth? There is a good 'thought for today' in there somewhere, I suspect."
William Forde: 13th August, 2012.
"A good friend once told me that to experience pain in the body, first one must have it, but one can only have pain in the mind if one thinks about it. And for all of the people out there who fear contracting Alzheimer's one day, another friend of mine once told me that they believed they had always suffered from pain in the right leg, but could no longer remember. Finally, a third friend told me (Yes,I do have at least three friends), that a person he had always known once remarked, 'I love singing on a morning, Lenny,and it grieves me to think that if I ever get Alzheimer's that I will forget my favourite song.' Lenny replied, 'Don't worry, Grace, I'm your friend. If ever you get Alzheimer's and forget your favourite song, I'll sing it to you. Now stop going on about it, because you're giving me a pain in the neck!"
William Forde: 12th August, 2012.
Are you an 'if only.....' person or one who seizes life as it comes and runs with it for the sheer experience, if nothing else? The 'if onlys' live in the past,but those who are prepared to live in the present and leave their life open to the experience of 'sweet serendipity' are the only ones with any future ahead of them."
William Forde: August 11th, 2012.
"My thought for today is simple. If I have to think about it, it's not really worth saying, so will be in touch with you again tomorrow."
William Forde: 10th August, 2012.
"I just read that on the 6th August, 1971 that a British man became the first to sail the world non-stop in the 'wrong direction'-east to west-against the prevailing winds and currents. I think not! Long before 1971, I've known people who have been going in the wrong direction all of their lives. On occasions, I've even travelled the same road."
William Forde: 9th, August, 2012.
"Determine to live life with flair and laughter and you will never go unnoticed or unloved."
William Forde: 8th, August.2012.
'Pain: real or unreal?'
During the 1970s, I used 'cognitive behaviour' in most of my work in helping people to modify their behavior of thinking, feeling and doing. The principles of that work remain as relevant today as they always did. In short, all behaviour is made up of three components; thinking, feeling and doing. In order to change any form of overall behaviour, select any one of the three components, change it and the other two components will correspondingly change. Thus one can change an act by changing the perception or the emotional consequences of it, or one can change an emotion by changing how one thinks about it or what one does about it, or one can change a thought by invoking a strong feeling or action.That is the way of all behaviourists.
Another approach is the way of using psychology to positive effect. A guaranteed way of distracting attention away from a specific pain is to put your mind on a more acceptable pain. I found out in 1972 that the best way to rid oneself from a neurotic condition was to replace that condition with a more acceptable form of neurosis. We see this mental process working best when we look at addiction to 'this' being replaced by addiction to 'that' instead. In short; physical exercises or change in diet might lead to the pain going but, my way will make you believe that it is no longer present. Take your pick: real pain or phony cure?"
William Forde: August 7th, 2012.
"It is a sad reflection on the type of society we live in today, but unless one happens to be the family member or a very close friend of someone who has died, the public memory of their passing (or ever having lived), is no longer than a mere day. I have often reflected upon what words I would like on my tombstone. Perhaps the most any of us can hope for is, 'He was here. He mattered. He was missed'. God bless all those who are no longer with us."
William Forde: August 6th, 2012.
"Destiny is due, fate is foretold and as the weekend is here, rain is expected once more."
William Forde: August 5th, 2012.