All aboard!


Have you ever stood beside a railway track and marveled at the work that went into building it? I am sure you have.

The thing about railway tracks is that they aren’t in your face like most structures. They stay grounded. They don’t demand attention.

The pattern of the sleepers stays the same from A to Z.

I wonder if I were to remove a sleeper, using a chain saw or whatever, would it be catastrophic?

It might well prove to be, if for instance that particularΒ  sleeper was at a critical joining point between two rail sections. The shockwave would reverberate to the next sleeper, and the next, and so on until eventually all sleepers would be shaken, and less than sound.

There is a common piece of advice offered to young, newly married couples around the world. I have heard this piece of advice numerous times, at weddings, in movies, in books etc.

“Never go to sleep without first sorting out any disagreements between yourselves. ”

That advice is pretty good for any person, single or married.

I remember one time I was a bit upset with somebody. I let them know how I felt. I went to sleep and when I awoke the person was dead.

It took a long long time to sleep properly after that. My final words to the person haunted me for a long time. I have served my sentence.

I’m hunky dory now! As you can tell.

So my advice on sleeping is simple. Make peace before you close your eyes. A clear mind is better than any sleeping drug.

A railway track looks pretty boring when it’sΒ  finished. But I like to imagine the thing being built. People, even with their differences of opinion, working together making their way forward to the final destination. And a good night’s sleep at the end of each day.


Thank you for reading,


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  1. My mom used to tell me that all the time. Mind you, mu husband isn’t wild about me wanting to “sort it all out” at 2 am but I can’t sleep when my heart is heavy. Really well said, Frankie. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  2. good advice πŸ™‚ I try to do that all the time! It makes me feel guilty somehow to not say sorry or kind words to someone before going to sleep.

    And it quiet shocked me what you said about your experience. sorry about that 😦

    • I am the same. Even if I felt I was in the right. It don’t take pleasure in arguing. I worry about people. Even before the incident.It’s not in my nature to fight. I came all through school and life so far without having been in a punch up. Hope I’m not tempting fate. πŸ™‚
      The incident was my daughter. It wasn’t suicide or anything.
      Time heals a lot. If we allow it to heal.

      • haha πŸ™‚ We are the same. I Have never in my life been in a fight with people in public. Sure I put them in their place but I don’t enjoy doing that. Many girls wanted to because of jealousy but it never happened.

        I hope you are fine πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Cheryl.
        I wrote a short story once. I included her in it. Then somebody suggested I write a play about it. The play won a prize and was on a theatre for a few nights.
        I never published the short story. Is it possible to upload from microsoft Word to wordpress?
        I might have a go at posting it sometime. It was a mostly funny little story which ended on a hopeful note.

      • That would be so wonderful to share here. Well, really all you need to do is to copy the text and then paste it directly into the open New Post area. That is what I do with my book portions. I copy them from my Microsoft because it is on another PC, then email to me, then copy from that. There may be a more expedient way but I have not found it yet. I would love to read it and congratulations on the success! That’s awesome.
        I have been meaning to ask you a question. You seem to do so well with inserting video but when I do it the way WordPress says, by copying and pasting the youtube link, all I ever get is the link. The little window won’t show. Most people don’t know to click on the link. Once it accidentally happened correctly but I don’t know what magical spell I used! lol Thanks and do consider sharing your short story here. I, for one, would love to read it. πŸ™‚

      • Ok. I will give it a go.
        As for the youtube I open a separate window (tab), get the video I want and just right click the url thing up near the very top. click copy, then click back to my post and paste it.
        Maybe I just get lucky. πŸ™‚

      • I put a new section up called short stories. And I put a link or whatever it’s called. It worked.
        Bear in mind it was 2006 when I wrote it. I just read it now for the first time in years. Very amateur….but still genius :)))

      • But of course it is genius. πŸ™‚ I will read it soon. I am packing right now. Shhh…taking a very much longed for little trip. I can’t wait to enjoy your story. So glad it worked out for you to post!

  3. I just read your story Frankie. My dear friend, what a heart wrenching telling of this part of your life. I know it is past but know how very much I feel sorrow for what you and your sweet wife have endured together. What a beautifully written story.

      • Thanks. For me writing is more therapeutic than talking with someone else. I say things on paper that I often cannot say aloud. I am bringing the PC so hopefully will be able to share some of our trip, although it will be a quick one. Have a great week! I will definitely be reading, so don’t think you can slack while I am away. haha.

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