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Recent Reviews for Alan D Busch

Chapter 3 Between Father And Son (my second book) (Book) - 1/1/2010 7:33:28 PM
Dear alan, Very lively reading and great dialogue. When is the book on the market? all the best, Micki

Chapter 1: Between Father and Son (my second book) (Book) - 12/11/2009 1:06:53 PM
I am looking forward to publication!!!

Snapshots In Memory of Ben (Book) - 10/27/2009 7:00:32 AM
A well written, heart wrenching story and loving dedication to your young son. His memory is alive because of your beautiful writing Alan.

Stuff My Father Won't Tell Me Revision #2 of Part 1 (Book) - 10/3/2008 7:45:26 PM
Dear Alan, This is looking much better!! Micki

Chapters 1 and 2 of My Molochim (under construction) (Book) - 8/30/2008 8:43:53 AM
The style of the writing reminds me of Garrison Keillor's "Lake Wobegon Days." The vignettes have a common thread and give the feel of actually being there. It was interesting to get inside the brain and the skin of an young adolescent and later young man in a different time and place, which I was amused and had sympathy. Yet I saw the similarties of my own experience, which I could relate.

Prologue to My Molochim (Angels) (Book) - 8/23/2008 8:15:32 PM
Your prologue to "My Molochim" sounds facinating. I think of the proverb, Big doors swing on small hinges, as to the angels, the providence that moves in our lives. As to working in your personal tragedy of losing your child, I think of my favorite books, by Robert Pirsig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. He worked in his tragedy of going crazy (and after the book was first publish lost his child) to explore philosophy, the meaning of life, and grasping the elusive "quality" that defies definition. It was masterfully written and good writing. I see the same possibilities in this book.

Is It Still Okay If Your Father Cries? TO BE PUBLISHED BY THE JEWISH PRESS (Short Story) - 2/3/2012 6:59:20 PM
Alan, this is a beautiful story. In my mind, I sit with you at the bedside, pray with you, and rejoice when your dad calls with his good news, the answered prayer. I don't know if you are still an active member of AD. I had bookmarked your story, "A Memorable Teacher Revisited" some time ago, and came back to your den to refresh my memory. I send you my deepest condolences and a heartfelt "Shalom." Connie

Sequel (Short Story) - 12/12/2010 7:08:29 PM
Dear Alan, This is very well done--impressive. And the last line is a real winner. I went back to see if you quoted someone or wrote it yourself :). This is much the way a Christian feels when getting the "calling." Whether one chooses to serve God solely, like the priests,is one thing, but due to less restrictions, many people can choose Christianity even if the spouse does not and still save the marriage. I wish it could have been that way for you. All my best, Micki

Cruising Route 66 With Dad (a major revision ) (Short Story) - 5/16/2010 2:14:36 PM
Oh Alan, This version is so much better and that says a lot as the last version I read was wonderful. I say this every time but each story I read always becomes my favorite until I read the next one. Stay well, Micki

These Lights We Kindle, revision 3 (Short Story) - 11/21/2009 8:16:19 PM
Dear Alan, I love this story and I think it has been revised enough and is ready to go!! Micki

These Lights We Kindle (revised) (Short Story) - 11/10/2009 8:19:15 PM
Dear alan, I remember this one and it is also one of my favorites. The rewrite is perfect! stay well Micki

Proposed preface to Alan's 2nd Book ... (Short Story) - 9/27/2009 6:12:21 PM
Dear Alan, This is one of my favorites--makes a good preface, I think! God bless! Micki

Hi, Allen. I do not know whether this was from personal experience, but my daughter kept her father the last of his days as he died from lung cancer. The writing was brilliant. One could feel the presence standing in the room. Great post.

R.Alan, very good read...your friend, Walter

Is It Okay If Your Father Cries (Revised Final Revision) (Short Story) - 9/8/2009 6:55:23 PM
nice story r.alan. i had to wait to read this until I got out of the hospital...It was clear to me, however, if the meeting with the jewish doctor occurred on Shabbat (re: the handshake). faith does bring healing, if not of body, of spirit. this is a nice tribute to your father, a"h.

Is It Okay If Your Father Cries (Revised Final Revision) (Short Story) - 9/7/2009 5:41:03 PM

Is It Still Okay If Your Father Cries (newly edited for submission) (Short Story) - 8/26/2009 12:29:38 PM
Alan, I lost my Dad in 2003 to pancreatic cancer. We were so blessed that he didn't suffer and ate breakfast on the morning he was taken to hospice house from his own house. My dad was one of the greatest men I ever knew and one of the most humble. Thanks for sharing this about your dad, it is inspirational and there is no doubt as to the bond of love you all share. Best wishes. Robert Elias Ballard

Is It Still Okay If Your Father Cries (newly edited for submission) (Short Story) - 8/25/2009 7:13:07 PM
Alan, I have read this beore and feel it is certainly ready for publication. I have been thinking about you lately--not having heard from you for a while. I hope you are doing well. I had a bad bout with atrial fibrillation last week but I seem to be okay now-it's such a scary thing and my pacemaker only helps ventrical fibrillation--the more serious one, yet the other is not pleasant either.Who knew when we were young what the future would hold for us? all the best, Micki

Darkness Can Enlighten (Revision 2) (Short Story) - 7/17/2009 4:00:35 PM
Alan this story is very compelling!! thank you for sharing, some of it moved my heart to tears, what deep convictions!!! Be encouraged! Love And Prayers Always!!

Darkness Can Enlighten (Revision 2) (Short Story) - 7/17/2009 5:17:02 AM
a fine memoir...there is a divine spark of our Judaism in all of us.

Darkness Can (And Does) Enlighten (revised for submission) (Short Story) - 7/12/2009 6:47:20 PM
Dear Alan, This is great and ready to go--good luck!! Always, Micki

A Revision of Losing A Grandson (submitted for publication) (Short Story) - 6/10/2009 6:16:35 PM
Dear Alan, Your love for your father, you son, and your God are all so evident in this beautiful story. Powerful in its simplicity and compelling in its authenticity, this story calls to every true heart to acknowledge the wonder of a Creator God who knows what He's about even when we don't.

Fundamentals of Father and Son (Revised Preface to Manuscript) (Short Story) - 6/5/2009 7:23:24 PM
I grieve the broken chain, Alan and pray for God's comfort toward you. The loss of a child is an agony I can't even imagine. The depth of your pain has enriched your message to the world, my friend. Ben would be proud of his father.

Darkness Can Enlighten (Short Story) - 5/25/2009 7:08:59 PM
Dear Alan, This is priceless!! A wonderful slice of life story. Micki

Darkness Can Enlighten (Short Story) - 5/13/2009 4:24:29 PM
The mystery of an age-old custom birthed out of obedience to the laws of God as understood by his children is endearing in its simplicity. God said it and that settles it. "Zol zein shtil, Herschele! 'Don' touch!” If only our culture was saturated with that philosophy, Alan, many of our social ills would be obliterated. Thanks for sharing this beautiful memory with us.

Is It Still Okay If Your Father Cries revised /submitted for publication (Short Story) - 5/11/2009 6:06:31 AM
Dear Alan, this writing broke my heart and poured a healing balm into it at the same time. Many deaths we can endure in this life, the most difficult must be the death of our child. You have survived that, or I should say, are surviving it. In a different way but intensely crucial to the survival of the human soul is the maintence of our dignity. A man, woman, or child deprived of their dignity is the shell of what he/she once was or what he/she could be. I thank God that you tenaciously held on for him until the call went through.

My Brother Does Not Look Like My Father (Short Story) - 4/20/2009 7:07:03 AM
The work was not what I expected by the was much better...and it made perfect sense to have that line be the title. Enjoyable piece filled with many emotions. Cryssa

My Brother Does Not Look Like My Father (Short Story) - 4/20/2009 4:06:13 AM
Wonderful. A complete joy to read. Linda

You May Be Seated (Short Story) - 4/17/2009 6:59:24 PM
Dear Alan, I loved this. I either read parts of this before or read all of it as it is quite familiar. Your next book is going to be wonderful!! Micki

Losing A Grandson ... (Short Story) - 4/10/2009 5:08:06 AM
My heart goes out to you. My mom once said when I was much younger, "You will know the love of a parent for a child, once you are a parent." How true. The loss of a child through death must be terrible, and yet there is another sorrow held by so many. And that is the loss of a child through unknown circumstances. Our youngest adopted son is now 41 and we have not seen him for 20 years, nor heard from him for ten. He's out there in the big world, somewhere, and we love and miss him.

Is it Still Okay If Your Dad Cries? (Short Story) - 4/9/2009 6:56:22 PM
Alan, This is a wonderful story as usual--so glad I got to see his picture--I had kind of pictured him in my mind much as he looks. He has a wonderful smile. This needs a little more owrk but not much. Thanks for sharing it with me. I hope your Passover was not a sad one. always, Micki

What DO We Read on the Back of the (In)famous Photograph? (Article) - 1/5/2011 8:07:06 PM
Dear Alan, A wonderfully written article on the biggest shame of our history--how horrible that so many knew and kept quiet when if they had spoken up, it may have been stoppped before the slaughter continued. Let's hope with the muslim terorists that we are not forced to repeat an abhorent past.This time it will be all who are not muslim, or as they profess it--all infidels. Micki

Stepping into the Sukkah (Article) - 1/2/2011 1:57:20 AM
enjoyed the read

I Grieve For Ben At My Side (final revision) (Article) - 1/2/2011 1:56:30 AM
prayers for you and your family,

I Grieve For Ben At My Side (Article) - 1/2/2011 1:55:10 AM
i am so sorry for your loss, we are never ready or prepared to lose a child, it is natural that our children bury us and not the other way round. m

Jewish Life Learning Aboard The New York City Subway (Article) - 1/2/2011 1:52:09 AM
enjoyed the read

Looking Out The Rear Window: Ten Years Ago (Article) - 1/2/2011 1:51:24 AM
thought provoking read

Looking Out The Rear Window: Ten Years Ago (Article) - 1/1/2011 8:12:01 PM
Dear Alan, Sad and bittersweet memories--yet you and I must keep them I think, for to give them up and "get over it" would be true loss. Micki

Jewish Life Learning Aboard The New York City Subway (Article) - 12/31/2010 8:04:40 PM
Alan, I should have warned you about the subways lol. I haven't been on one in years and never hope to. But I'm glad you found some decent kosher places to eat. I watch Letterman--so the night you were there, I saw the show later I guess. Thanks for an informative article describing the least liked part of NYC.Remember there ar 8-9 million people on that little island of Manhattan. All the best, Micki

I Grieve For Ben At My Side (Article) - 11/9/2009 8:11:03 PM
Hi alan, I read an commented on this very special article. One of my favs, but then I say that about all your stories lol. The fomatting came in bad on this one. Stay well, Micki

I Grieve For Ben At My Side (final revision) (Article) - 11/8/2009 9:57:04 AM
I hear you. I understand. Blessings, Eileen

I Grieve For Ben At My Side (final revision) (Article) - 11/7/2009 10:39:20 PM
B"H Alan, We pray along with you. This is an amazing piece, I'd write more but who can see past the tears? May Hashem console you amongst all the mourners of Zion, all the best, Gita

As The Ninth Year Approaches ... Yom Yom (Article) - 10/19/2009 7:03:13 PM
Alan, This is a wonderful aricle. I know what you mean and it's been 28 years for me--can't imagine the days!! Yet I still grieve and always will. I think writing articles and our books keeps our children alive for us--and I want that. I don't want a day to come when I can't remember her face or things she said and did. Well done all my best, Micki

Fundamentals of Fathers and Sons (Article) - 5/28/2009 7:20:28 PM
Alan, This would be a perfect preface to your book. I have read parts of this and enjoyed them all. Micki Ps I think --I know--I would have liked your dad--you do him great honor to share him with the world.

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Article) - 2/5/2009 2:54:41 PM
Alan, This is truly a wonderful tribute to your son. I too lost a child. May God comfort you and bless you as he has done me. Sincerely J-me Mark Brown

Author and Friend Micki Peluso Leads Fight Against Drunk Driving (Article) - 12/5/2008 8:39:15 PM
Thanks Alan, This was so thoughtful you. Thank you so much. I have much to tell you about my first TV interview. I did live through it :) Regards, Micki

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Article) - 11/19/2008 8:54:06 PM
Dear Alan, Well you took me out with this one. Tears rolled down my face as I felt empathy with you. I had just visited Noelle's grave last week in the mountains of Pennsylvania and cried then too. As we come to the religious holidays it always seems to get worse and Noelle's birthday is right before Christmas. I spoke in public for the first time in my life at a MADD presentation at a PTA meeting a few days ago. I never thought I could speak out loud of her, but I did it, and her sisters did as well. It had an emotional impact on those listening-maybe it will help stop the slaughter. Your writng gets better every time you write-more like poetry than prose. regards, always, Micki

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Article) - 11/18/2008 7:01:57 AM
Your musing today is a poignant reminder of the depth of love a father has for his son. We grieve with you my friend. By the Grace of God we stand, Linda Settles

Making Lemonade ... Parkinson's Really 'Sux', Doesn't It? (Article) - 8/13/2008 6:08:51 PM
As with all your articles and stories, this one is wonderfully poignant. Only one suffering from a dis-ease pr dis-order can really tell it like it is. And to each person that suffering is unique to them. Yet by sharing with others, we give them an insight into the illnesses that rob us of a full life. How well you state this in all your writings. Keep up the wonderful work! Best regards always, Micki Peluso, author of . . .AND THE WHIPPORWILL SANG

These Are The People: Sick! Sick? You Call That Sick? My Mom Taught Me ... (Article) - 7/26/2008 6:42:20 PM
Dear Alan, Beleive me when I say I know how you feel. Living with heart disease and chonic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia makes me feel much like you. I was pool walking tonight and because my legs don't work well I need both arms to climb the ladder to get out of the pool. I can only use my left arm for now so I was pretty much stuck--how embarrasing if I had to call 911 to be lifted from my pool!! I got out but it was painful and I did use my right arm a bit. I get mad and I get sad and then I hear your mother's words, much like my own mother's and I realize that I am lucky to be alive and so many are so much worse. And I pray. You are in my prayers, my friend. Micki

Parkinson's Disease Sux (Article) - 5/26/2008 7:51:24 PM
Alan, You are a most remarkable man. I have been reading some of your prolific posts and your writing style affects me on an emotional level while dazzling me with your talent as a wordsmith. Reading your writing is a pleasure as I am swept away by the verbiage alone. We share yet another bane between us. I don't have Parkinson that I know of, but I do have something akin to MS that causes my gait to also be "off," and my balance unsteady. I have fibromyalgia, but that never affected my legs as badly as the years since my last surgery-- at which time they may have pinched a nerve. For whatever reason, my legs, fully muscular and strong simply will not move forward after a half block or so and the pain is a formidable enemy as well. So again in many ways, my friend, we walk in each other's shoes--when does the fun begin? And yet, in spite of traveling an often sad and painful road, we both have much to be thankful for and we are fortunate enough to realize this--therein lies our strength. All the best to you, Micki

Escorting the Dead (Article) - 4/16/2008 11:21:35 AM

Hug Your Kids Each Day As If It Were ... (Article) - 3/11/2008 3:41:10 PM
Boy You Get Credit For This Write.... TRASK

While Vigilance Slept (revision of Dignity Restored) (Poetry) - 7/10/2014 1:41:35 AM
well done

yahrzeit (Poetry) - 1/18/2011 9:09:36 AM
Deeply moving. Exceptionally well done.

yahrzeit (Poetry) - 11/12/2010 8:35:25 PM
Alan, This is so beautiful, it made me cry. We can never let go, can we? I think that is a good thing. Be well, Micki

Martin ... my brother I love but never knew (Poetry) - 9/4/2010 6:28:22 PM
Dear Alan, This got lost in my sea of e-mail and I just found it. It's really one of the loviest, saddest, most heart-wrenching poem I've read in a long time. I hate to congratulate you on such a sad passing, but you really did a wonderful job in your brother's memory. Stay well, Micki

Martin ... my brother I love but never knew (Poetry) - 8/22/2010 11:01:30 AM
poignant read

Martin ... my brother I love but never knew (Poetry) - 8/22/2010 4:14:35 AM
I feel this pain as if it were my own My wisdom wants to soothe and say, "Your love for him can reach his new Home" Its never too late. There's always a way.

Significant Revision of A Father Loses A Daughter (Poetry) - 6/29/2010 5:41:56 AM
Beautifully penned, it deeply touched me.

Significant Revision of A Father Loses A Daughter (Poetry) - 6/25/2010 5:25:39 PM
Deeply moving and meaningful; these are soul-reaching verses, Alan. Love and peace to you, Regis

Loss and Gain (Poetry) - 6/22/2010 5:44:19 PM
Dear alan, This is hauntingly beautiful. Micki

At Heaven's Gate (Poetry) - 6/3/2010 6:39:20 AM
A delightful poem, Alan

At Heaven's Gate (Poetry) - 5/30/2010 6:54:55 PM
Alan, This is so beautiful it made me cry. Can it really be 10 years already? You are so right. It is not we who await our loves, it them who await us. . .'it is we who may tarry'. Love, Micki

Zac's Lilies (Poetry) - 12/13/2009 10:29:02 PM
Alan, You know they didn't really teach this lesson when I was growing up. We use to peel birch trees, pick more berries than we could eat, and break the branches off the trees with a boomerang. I won't tell you the things my older brother did. lol. I like how they are teaching respect for life to kids earlier and earlier. This poem also captures a feeling of innocence. Great write:) Sheila

Martin (Poetry) - 12/6/2009 10:29:12 PM
This pulls on the heart strings. I think the sense of searching for answers draws me in even more. Thank you for sharing this. Sheila

Martin (Poetry) - 11/2/2009 6:08:29 AM
Very heartfelt words Alan! yet written with excellence, thak you for sharing and caring! Much Love, Always!!

Martin (Poetry) - 10/5/2009 2:26:47 AM
Great work,I enjoy reading it,take care EDWIN

Martin (Poetry) - 10/3/2009 4:40:23 AM
I can sense the pathos in this poem Alan. Words are sometimes vehicles for our grief--and you have used them well. Good to hear from you.

Fingers, A Poem for Kimberly (revision 5) (Poetry) - 9/13/2009 6:14:34 PM
Dear Alan, I personally think this is good to go now and doesn't need any more revisions. It's lovely just the way it is. all my best, Micki

Fingers (substantially revised #4) (Poetry) - 9/12/2009 6:31:28 PM
I have two daughters. I can relate to what you express via your verses here, Alan. Love and peace to you, Regis

Fingers, A Poem for Kimberly (revision 5) (Poetry) - 9/9/2009 8:20:19 AM
Looks good, I've read works that were in revision for 30 years!

Fingers (substantially revised #4) (Poetry) - 9/8/2009 8:43:08 PM
B"H what a moving poem! it certainly captures in total grace the love a father can feel for his daughter thank you for sharing

Fingers (substantially revised #4) (Poetry) - 9/8/2009 6:39:49 PM
very nice poem..

Fingers (substantially revised #4) (Poetry) - 9/8/2009 6:38:44 PM
nothing surpasses the love of a father for his child, and this poem is a moving proof of that love. Mercy, I've goosebumps. May peace and love fill your heart now and always.

Fingers (revision #3) (Poetry) - 9/8/2009 5:41:00 PM
DEar alan, That was beautiful--don't think I read this one before. You really did justice to the love a father feels for his daughter. all the best! Micki

Fingers (revision #3) (Poetry) - 9/7/2009 2:28:53 PM
" Fingers " very interesting Alan! Be encouraged and keep on writing!!! Love And Prayers Always!!

Shacharis Musings (revised and published) (Poetry) - 7/26/2009 5:18:55 AM
Lovely qriting dear man..enjoyed...Hugssss

Three Jewish Love Poems (Poetry) - 7/24/2009 7:10:39 PM
Wonderful, heartfelt and moving poems, my friend. You never cease to amaze me!! Always, Micki

Shacharis Musings (revised and published) (Poetry) - 7/24/2009 2:51:01 AM
This is absolutely beautiful,I enjoy it,take care EDWIN

Shacharis Musings (revised and published) (Poetry) - 7/23/2009 7:50:35 AM
Again ... graceful thoughts that flow like the purest rills richard

Shacharis Musings (Poetry) - 7/22/2009 9:40:29 AM
Graceful thoughts that flow like pure rills

Three Jewish Love Poems (Poetry) - 7/22/2009 2:10:49 AM
Thank you for sharing these poems,I enjoy them,take care.Great work EDWIN

Zac's Lilies (Poetry) - 7/5/2009 7:19:57 PM
Alan, That was lovely!! Always, Micki

Shacharis Musings (Poetry) - 4/21/2009 4:57:52 AM
Beautiful, simply beautiful Alan. And thank you for the glossary at the end =) Linda

Revision of The First To Be (Poetry) - 1/31/2009 4:24:06 PM
what a lovely hymn Alan. "Arise each morning to sounds of the dawn," I can imagine it.

Revision of The First To Be (Poetry) - 1/30/2009 8:06:44 PM
This is wonderful--thanks for lettting me read it. Always, Micki

Studies in Poetry Revision (Poetry) - 1/28/2009 7:55:49 AM
great poem, the wording in one is ok, only keep in mind, that less is more.good job, randy c smith

A Father Loses His Daughter (under construction) (Poetry) - 1/26/2009 2:02:50 PM
I fully understand and feel your thoughts put into words. I too lost my 27 yr old daughter in Sept. of 2008 in a tragic auto accident...Its something I can Never overcome. She was my first born, and so very special to me.

Poetical Reflections of my father (Poetry) - 1/17/2009 8:10:50 PM

Lonely for You, Forever (under construction) (Poetry) - 11/27/2008 5:22:13 PM
I can never do this justice. I will simply echo Michelle's words (she's my friend) and hope you are okay with that. Love and peace, Regis

God and Man Chat (Poetry) - 11/27/2008 5:20:52 PM
Prayerful. I don't claim to understand every word. The intent is the meaning, right? Love and peace, Regis

Loss and Gain (Poetry) - 11/24/2008 9:48:56 AM
A soul-reaching offering, Alan. I cannot imagine the loss of a child. Love and peace to you, Regis

Sew A Stronger Stitch (Poetry) - 11/23/2008 6:04:34 PM
Spiritually prayerful, thank you for sharing these thoughts, Alan. Love and peace, Regis

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Poetry) - 11/23/2008 6:03:28 PM
I can only empathize for I have not experienced the loss of a child. This world makes no sense. I send you my deepest sympathy, Alan. Love and peace, Regis

May He A Teacher Become (Poetry) - 11/22/2008 5:11:19 PM
Oh the love for your child is so clear in this verse. Thanks for this glimpse into your heart. Sandi

First To Be (Poetry) - 11/20/2008 11:35:54 AM
This does read like a psalm. Thank you for sharing, Alan. Love and peace, Regis

May He A Teacher Become (Poetry) - 11/19/2008 6:26:12 PM
There is genuine fatherly love expressed via your verses, Alan. Love and peace to you, Regis

Poetical Reflections of my father (Poetry) - 11/16/2008 8:11:56 AM
Great about wedding and making a lifetogether forever and forever. I liked this write it is superbly said and says much and means much to me too. Even at 64 I love to see happily married couples making it in their marriages.

May He A Teacher Become (Poetry) - 11/15/2008 9:01:24 PM
Lovely!! Micki

May He A Teacher Become (Poetry) - 11/13/2008 1:58:43 PM
The lesson, "Train up a child in the way he should go and he will not depart from it" comes to mind, reading these instructive lines from a Daddy to his son: well done, Alan. (((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Poetry) - 11/6/2008 7:10:41 PM
Alan, I am writing this through misty eyes. I don't think we ever get over our losses. This December 14th, Noelle would have been 42--two years older than I was when she was killed. Yet even today, I cannot talk about her--only write. God bless and be with you always. Love and blessings, Micki Peluso

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Poetry) - 11/6/2008 5:52:38 PM
Words fail, except those saying I'm sorry, and please accept my deepest condolences ... (((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Poetry) - 11/6/2008 12:11:36 PM
As a mother who has buried her eldest daughter I relate to the greatness of this poem Alan. It's not the normal order of things that they should leave before us and when it happens it's devastating. My heart goes out to you. May God bless you and continue to give you strength.

A Father Muses as the Eighth Anniversary of His Son's Death Nears (Poetry) - 11/6/2008 8:52:29 AM
Sorrowful, yet beautifully written Alan...(((((((Alan)))))))....fondly, Devorah

First To Be (Poetry) - 9/18/2008 8:49:40 PM
The poem impresses me as a modern version of a Psalm of David. Susan

First To Be (Poetry) - 9/15/2008 12:29:53 AM
this is a very wonderful song, very well written,enjoyed,thanks for sharing

God and Man Chat (Poetry) - 9/6/2008 7:07:31 PM
This was a little over my head, but a lovely prayers nonetheless. Micki

Loss and Gain (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 3:40:12 AM
Dripping tears thru the pain of this read, lovely written, take care Valerie

A Father Loses His Daughter (under construction) (Poetry) - 8/26/2008 3:38:09 AM
I know all too well the pain of losing a child, the constant void and ache in the heart, the stuggle to understand, Take care Valerie

For Zac (Poetry) - 8/13/2008 2:34:53 PM
Wise words from a great Dad. Wonderful poem. Mary

For Zac (Poetry) - 8/13/2008 6:13:18 AM
I can tell you truly love your son to post a poem about him and the words you say in this poem. May he live life to the fullest, ever by honest and true and lead a wonderful life on his own. Great write********** We always worry about our children no matter what age they are and where they go.

Tree of Life (Poetry) - 7/7/2008 3:54:30 AM
I am so sorry to hear of your father's illness. I send my prayers. Your poem is beautiful, reflective, and exudes a rich sensitivity. Your word choices and overall composition are excellent.

Loss and Gain (Poetry) - 6/24/2008 7:18:29 PM
Dear Alan, This is a most moving and loving poem, expressing what only those who have loved and lost, can truly experience. Thank you for the dedication to Noelle, as I am certain that she thanks you as well. As always, Micki Peluso

A Father Loses His Daughter (under construction) (Poetry) - 6/18/2008 10:55:35 PM
So very true... I got painted a bit with that color too... I like the poignancy of this write--not sappy, just observant and understated--allowing the reader to fill in the emotions--and they come powerfully. --Charlie

Poetical Reflections of my father (Poetry) - 5/13/2008 6:35:26 PM
The beginning of the joining of two lives into one under the blessing of God, well said... Be always safe, Karen

Sew A Stronger Stitch (Poetry) - 5/4/2008 1:56:47 PM
Alan, What a wonderfully deep and meaningful poem! You are full of surprises and all of them pleasant. I love your writing style. Best regards, my friend, Micki Peluso, author of AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG , a memoir of love and lost

Up Heaven's Slope (Poetry) - 5/3/2008 5:22:34 PM
A wonderful inspirational write...I enjoyed it a lot!

Sew A Stronger Stitch (Poetry) - 4/30/2008 1:57:02 PM
Almost as a spiritual prayer it bring many soothing tones and reflections to this wonderful written artwork.... Be always safe, Karen

Lonely for You, Forever (under construction) (Poetry) - 4/22/2008 8:00:46 PM
I am so sorry for your loss, there are no words to say. I felt every word of this poem like a knife cut.

Lonely for You, Forever (under construction) (Poetry) - 4/22/2008 6:02:27 AM
I am sorry for your loss, Alan. Children are supposed to outlive their parents and it is heartbreaking when the perceived does not happen that way. This is a touching and emotive tribute to grief and I am sure it will comfort many others who have, sadly, experienced the loss of a child. Well done. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Jill

All that Remains ... (Poetry) - 4/19/2008 6:32:36 PM
There are no words that one can say to console another from the loss of a child. A time in life that is most devestating and sometimes never heals. An ache that remains when part of you is gone. This just tears my heart to shreds..... Be always safe, Karen

All that Remains ... (Poetry) - 4/19/2008 9:32:33 AM
Alan, I don't know what to say. How does someone console a grieving parent? Shalom, that is all I can think...Zeh hacole...Shalom. - Sara P S - I know my transliterations suck...Sorry.

lonely for you, forever (rough draft) (Poetry) - 4/18/2008 10:34:35 PM
SUch sadness witihin your lines...a write that touches the heart.

lonely for you, forever (rough draft) (Poetry) - 4/18/2008 9:18:16 PM
So aching sad, Alan. And we do learn that the Empty does not go away. Ted

She and You (Poetry) - 3/23/2008 7:07:40 AM
Maybe it was the pressure of perfection. I don't know if your are Orthodox, but I've always found it very challenging for Orthodox women to feel appreciated. Often times the men sit around just reading Torah, while she works to support him in his studies, raises half a dozen children, keeps the home spotless (because Torah commands it) and serves her husband. Eventually the woman loses her identity and feeling of worth. The need to be perfect according to God can take its toll on a woman. I wish you success in recovering your marriage. Don't give up. Give her time and keep communicating. ~ Sara

Looking at You ... (Poetry) - 3/21/2008 11:58:35 AM
So much emotion in this, you've expressed it so well, a feeling that comes in relationships all the time. Excellent.

Looking at You ... (Poetry) - 3/20/2008 2:18:19 AM
I find this beautifully and emotionally written...Hints of regret and sadness...but Hope is always an option. Love, Diana.

Looking at You ... (Poetry) - 3/19/2008 10:19:15 AM
Such strong emotions running through this and all the desires that one seeks seem to be just out of reach, wonderful write... Be always safe, Karen

Torah Thoughts in Flight (Poetry) - 3/14/2008 11:09:13 AM
Very inspirationally soothing to the soul... Be always safe, Karen

Original Draft of From Your Room with personal commentary (Poetry) - 3/12/2008 1:17:05 PM
How sad, yet there is an enlightened spirit that lurks, well said.... Be always safe, Karen

A Parent's Prayer (Poetry) - 3/5/2008 3:49:42 PM
Alan, this is so lovely and is of a type that transcends time, very compelling.... Be always safe, Karen

A Parent's Prayer (Poetry) - 3/4/2008 4:38:17 PM
Beautiful write, Alan; bravo! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

A Parent's Prayer (Poetry) - 3/4/2008 3:51:31 PM
Alan, This prayer is a beautiful tribute for all parents and your take on the prayer, itself, is very true, as well. Thank you for sharing this. The prayer and your comments made me smile! All the best, Jill

Eight Years Ago (Poetry) - 2/28/2008 11:45:40 AM
The power of your eternal love and the pain that still fills your heart and soul is very evident in this tearsome remembrance.... Be always safe, Karen

Eight Years Ago (Poetry) - 2/27/2008 12:06:06 AM
... pen of sadness...a fathers upon the beautiful words...of one...missing. heartfelt tribute to ones loved son... John

While Vigilance Slept (revision of Dignity Restored) (Poetry) - 2/20/2008 12:55:47 PM
You speak from your heart and your wisdom is overwhelming at how far you see. May their be a time when all people learn to respect each other..... Be always safe, Karen

From Your Room (Poetry) - 2/18/2008 5:15:58 AM
So sad, yet so beautiful. My heart aches for you and your son. I hope a cure for diabetes will come soon so you won't have to worry so much. ~ Sara

From Your Room (Poetry) - 2/18/2008 2:30:55 AM
Heartbreaking write, Alan; it must have been so hard! Very well penned; bravo! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( JD is bad enough, but epilepsy on top of it?? MY!! How sad!

From Your Room (Poetry) - 2/18/2008 1:49:10 AM
I truly appreciate this work! Great job~

Questions (Poetry) - 2/17/2008 8:00:01 AM
Your words sing out loud and clear Alan for the voices which fell silent many years ago. Your words strike like cold steel into the heart bleeding forth the question of why. Answers are never simple and if ever truly complete. History has long been a favorite subject of mine and throughout our past I have seen evil try to squash the goodness in man. The darkness fears the light and tries to extinguish it whenever possible…man should never forget and your work sounds forth that message. Peace and blessings Allen

The White Rose (Poetry) - 2/15/2008 6:08:23 PM
This is an extraordinary write that peels back the dark pages of tyranny and exposes the truth. Well said in all things.

The White Rose (Poetry) - 2/15/2008 3:51:20 PM
Thanks for the walk and lesson of a part of history many would much rather brush aside, than face. I knew a few kind people that lived to tell their story and still wore their engraved numbers on their arm. Your tale is one that will forever grab the hearts and minds of those who care..... Be always safe, Karen

Mourning's Reflections (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 6:19:50 PM
The one part of life that no parent should have to be put through. Though life goes on the pain never goes away. Painfully passionate and very heartfelt.... Be always safe, Karen

Prayerful Morning Musings (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 10:34:56 AM
A beautiful reminder to offer up all that we do in His honor. God bless you. Kathy

The Catastrophe (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 10:32:40 AM
You honor their lives and tragedies with a kind heart. We should never forget these atrocities, lest we repeat this cold-heartedness. God bless you. Kathy

The Wall (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 10:28:24 AM
Our prayers are sent for with faith, supplication and an understanding that love will prevail if we but believe. Most inspiring. God bless you. Kathy

Mourning's Reflections (Poetry) - 2/14/2008 10:25:56 AM
My three sons have died, and this poem reminds me of the day each was buried. It is as vivid as if it had just happened. There is a peacefulness and acceptance of 'what is' in this poem, even if it is heartbreaking. God bless you. Kathy

The Catastrophe (Poetry) - 2/12/2008 6:17:59 AM
Great writing..stay safe and well...Hugssssssss

The Catastrophe (Poetry) - 2/11/2008 7:14:11 PM
Any life taken is a travesty, whether one or millions, a life is a life. Well written.... Be always safe, Karen

The Wall (Poetry) - 2/10/2008 4:13:19 PM
Interesting pen..stay safe and well...HUgss

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