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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.


The telephone call

1 Jul 2022 9 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Steps beach and Becky, the witch. Though they proved to be the most friendly people in the world to newcomers, (to me at least) Puerto Ricans seemed to lack an aesthetic sensibility in some departments. They built their houses close together...

The house

30 Jun 2022 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

Playing with Will Another complication in our fading relationship began when Will reached the age of five. We had different views, (once again never openly discussed or resolved) in parenting. I took to heart a kind, humanistic approach and had read...

Sanita drifts away

29 Jun 2022 10 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  My last gasp. Moving in and moving out. As for Sanita and I, on that island of love and fornication, I can only say our sex life took the exact opposite course, the end of the affair. Each time we moved into a new and strange house, far away and fa...

We move in

29 Jun 2022 7 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

Now I went to town on my house, with Richard. We found some treated telephone poles, wood that wouldn’t rot in the earth for ages, cut them into eight foot lengths and had a friend with a tractor and an augur pound them four feet deep into the solid...

Building a home

27 Jun 2022 8 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

The beach below our house. With the 'Gap' store finished, Sanita and I started looking at lots for sale. The first day we had an American girl line up four spots for us to check out. The first she showed us was in a gully on a dirt road. That showi...

Rincon

26 Jun 2022 4 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Rincon, Puerto Rico Goodbyes said, we headed Northeast. We visited Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. As I mentioned before, Cody Wyoming was the most striking place I’ve ever seen. Then there was the long drive to Niagara Falls, where I had...

Seattle

25 Jun 2022 10 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

I write my first novel: Our first rented house September 1991. I'm not that happy with it. Now Sanita decided, through some circuitous reasoning of hers, that we should move to Seattle, the furthest place in the continental United States from...

The Supreme Court redefines women

24 Jun 2022 10 minute read 1 comment Diomedes

I'm taking a break from my story on this momentous occasion. The Supreme Court, in its vast, unfathomable wisdom has just overturned fifty years of previous wisdom and relegated the role of women in society to baby-making machines. I thought at first...

St. Croix farewell

23 Jun 2022 8 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

The island’s people produced nothing. The place was a crack sewer, projects and slums while the empty mansions of the former white residents dotted the hillsides around Christiansted. In the fifties and sixties it was an island paradise. John Wayne a...

St Croix and the Caribbean

22 Jun 2022 11 minute read 0 comments Diomedes

  Vance on the beach with a quick catch Hurricane Hugo hit St. Croix in September of 1989 and ravaged it. Jack, Sanita’s father (an opportunist) moved there a few months later and started selling tools out of a cargo container. He’d order them...