The Shamus Dialogues

The Shamus Dialogues

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IMPROBABLE, NOT IMPOSSIBLE

The demands of life can be challenging.  We’re always trying to balance the needs of others with our own needs.  Keeping that balance is the nature of life for humans.  When we fail to keep the balance, someone suffers, and someone’s life is dashed to the rocks and shatters.  I didn’t realize that until one […]

MY WRETCHED LIFE

At one time my peers dubbed me the Lord of Wall Street.  I was the consummate wheeler and dealer.  I was a genius with finances and a suave negotiator.  I was the economy.  My achievements were legendary and their influence on others weren’t lost on me.  I could command attention anywhere I went.  Presidents bowed […]

JUSTICE or THE RIGHT THING TO DO

When I was a kid I saw the movie JFK.  It fascinated me because of the intrigue.  Something about the movie made me want to go into politics.  I thought I could do some good and carry on the legacy of Kennedy.  His tragic death cut short a lot of good that he was trying […]

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE BECOME

Late one night I was up and staring at the television screen watching a sports show.  The announcers droned on about some quarterback’s knee injury.  I found myself not caring about the story, but I couldn’t make myself change the channel.  I was transfixed, and my mind was wandering.  Just as my eyes began drooping, […]

EMPEROR

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The emptiness of my house was overmatched only by the emptiness in my heart.  I sat in the living room, my eyes staring at the piece of paper that I found pinned to the front door.  Moisture welled up in my eyes, and the only thing I could think of, at this my lowest moment, […]

I OPENED MY EYESE

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I had joined the Army when I was eighteen.  I had the idea that I’d go on adventures if I were a soldier.  Many of my ancestors had been soldiers, but the soldiering in my family ended abruptly with my great grandfather.  I was the first to resume the tradition.  My parents weren’t too keen […]

PRIEST

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Late one Sunday evening, after all the masses were complete, and the last of my parishioners had made their way to their homes, I was in the rectory preparing a cup of hot chocolate.  I planned to sit in my favorite chair reading my well-worn copy of Saint Augustine’s City of God.  It was my […]

MERCHANTS OF DEATH

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My private plane from Paris landed at JFK airport at precisely midnight.  I was exhausted from a whirlwind tour of some factories my company owned in France.  My father started the company at the end of the Second World War.  He had been a soldier in the army and learned a lot about logistics, especially […]

PAY ATTENTION

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I was fantastically famous, a born entertainer, who tore up the Hollywood scene for nearly a decade.  I was brash and beautiful, and no one was more important to the world of movies and television than me.  I was a queen, and everyone did my bidding.  It was a dream life come true, and I […]

NOT EVERY MIRACLE IS PLEASANT

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I was a banker for twenty years.  It’s what I always wanted to do since I was a kid.  I used to pretend to be a banker, using fake money and making pretend loans to my parents.  I was good at it, and when I went to school I put all of my effort into […]