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Robert O'Reilly
Robert O'Reilly

Robert O'Reilly

I am educated in the Western Classical Tradition, B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin and Greek, English major, one year at U. of Toronto, studied under Alain Renoir and Northrop Frye, read most classics full time for many years after university in French, English, Latin and Greek to the modern day. I am interested in the near future of technology, what changes it imposes upon our heritage and character as humans. Short stories and Essays are my medium.


Fateful encounters

12 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The road to the beach in Salina Cruz and you know who. This was prophetic, the rescue of the book, as the next day I began the ‘rescue’ of Sanita from her ‘Hell’. But an even stranger portent followed in the dream I had that night. This is my jour...

Trip to Mexico

11 Apr 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Louie was at my door the next morning. Robin was in his small, red Toyota waiting and we all squeezed in the front seat to the S.F. airport. I didn’t have a passport. They did. But you could leave the country without one, seamlessly and without a...

The Butterfly Effect

10 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            My ex in Mexico   For those of you who aren't that familiar with the term 'butterfly effect' it was coined by a scientist, Edward Norton Lorenz in the year 1972 who noted that in a long series of causes and effects the slightest variati...

Conclusion

10 Apr 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Epilogue   After a ten day journey along the coast, the caravan under Jonathan’s care reached their beloved town.  They put themselves completely under his guidance, a post, he told them, that he would only assume for a short while, until their to...

Remorse

9 Apr 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            The waterfront was only a few blocks away, and away from the course of the fire.  Many of the people in the streets were now running in that direction.  Jonathan's group just followed the torrent of bodies.  When they reached the quays t...

Idiot Luck

9 Apr 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  My Dorm mates at Berkeley, Ron Dasch in front, now sadly, deceased. I said 'K' was business-like and unsocial with me but she was social one fateful night, the night before I was to leave on my trip to Mexico. She’d shown up with Lindsey that afte...

A conflagration

9 Apr 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            It was now approaching midnight.  The city was asleep and it was time to act.  The men lit their torches and everyone crowded to the very back of the room while Jonathan set his charge.  He wedged it under the door, lit it, and ran as fa...

Last days with Lindsey

8 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Before I describe this life changing trip, I should paint two precursors to it, that made the thing happen. The first is a glimpse of my time in the hills, colorful but in part miserable, prompting me to take this getaway Louie and Robin offered,...

Escape

8 Apr 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

            There were about thirty men standing around him now, who had collected like moths to his torchlight.  He turned to them and asked if anyone had made plans of breaking out.           "We have been chosen," one older man said pleadingly.  ...

A Happy Trio

7 Apr 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  My work up North the first weeks was richly successful and invigorating. The new, very different and intriguing company of ‘K’, the fresh air, long walks alone by day in empty hills, relative sobriety, good sleep and meals which ‘K’ made, (nothing...