Tuesday, January 17, 2017


My Favorite Sweatshirt

I own a treasured relic, never worn,
it's soft gray surface inscribed with indelible ink

unreadable scratchings
autographed in some secret code.This long-sleeved archive

evaded periodic closet purges.

Who signed my shirt that day?
Are they still in or out of the game?
Where went that younger me,
who knelt before gold'n green idols?
Where in my older self is the youth
who gushed in speechless awe?

 What will become of my Oakland A's shirt
when I've taken my place in the skybox beyond?

Alfred J. Garrotto
Author of the baseball story, There's More--A Novella of Life and Afterlife
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Monday, January 9, 2017

My favorite reads for 2016

Every year, I publish my list of top reads in three categories . . .
Fiction = Officer and Spy by Robert Harris (the trial and false conviction of Alfred Dreyfus) General Nonfiction = Driving the Getaway Car, by Ann Patchett (her life as a writer and best-selling author) Religious nonfiction (3-way tie)
  • My Bright Abyss, by Christian Wiman (beautiful reflections on life in the midst of suffering)
  • Run With the Horses by Eugene Peterson (about the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah)
  • God First Loved Us, by Antony Campbell, S.J. (Which God do you believe in?)
Alfred J. Garrotto Author, The Soul of Art