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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.


Adventures with work

12 Jul 2022 3 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

As for work, our company was at it’s peak of prosperity. I was running three or four store build-outs at a time, doing all the incoming bids in my office room several mornings each week, and mildly flirting with Victor’s beautiful secretary Madeline,...

My Ex moves on

12 Jul 2022 8 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

Sanita, with her money in hand, spent it all within another month buying a worthless lot in a valley a mile away, almost a ravine, a jungle plot thick with mosquitoes, and none of it flat, so that it would have to be bulldozed for weeks just to start...

Limbo

9 Jul 2022 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  See you next Sunday. A few times in those months, with frequent visits to Jim’s, after Mike was out of the picture, the thought crossed my mind to date her, or at least propose the idea. She was fifteen years younger than me but mature in ma...

The Island of no return

9 Jul 2022 10 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

In the next six month’s Mike’s crack habit spiralled out control, with him spending most of each paycheck on it, not eating right, just going on three day binges every Friday in some hole with like-minded buddies, avoiding Rachel. He began to look s...

Rachel, the first female electrician in Puerto Rico

7 Jul 2022 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Dinner at Sanita’s every Sunday night, for three years. Vanessa was a tomboy and loved hiking through the hills with Ben, Jeff and Willy. In the dry season they’d slide down the steep hill below my house on cardboard sheets, as fast as skies...

An American in Paradise

6 Jul 2022 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

When the stores started rolling in I went to a party down the street at Bill’s (though I didn’t like him), Becky's former husband. I met two Americans that day, both claiming to be electricians, and hired them on the spot, Irving and Mike. Irving w...

Weekends of Bliss

5 Jul 2022 6 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Best friends. This change began in the three years after our separation, the beginning of his hatred of her, a clash of personalities which increased every year as his character developed and solidified. He was like me, loved my company and...

Divorce

4 Jul 2022 12 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

I was fortunate (in a way) because our fast growing business in San Juan kept me so busy, comfortably afloat financially, and kept my mind off Sanita most of the week. But our divorce did proceed apace. Sanita stayed in our house since I was gone mo...

New Vision Construction

3 Jul 2022 11 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

Construction and the fine art of bidding, and winning girlfriends, all in one.   Jaime in his prime. Jaime started a construction company, found the excellent craftsmen in Rincon to make it work and invited me and Sanita to the island just as...

A Cold Welcome Home

2 Jul 2022 11 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  The look When I returned Sanita was quite nice and civil to me, except for certain looks now and then and as long as we avoided that one subject. She never could communicate in words. It was always in gestures, from the start. She made me dinners...