What makes me so happy?

I’ll tell you even though you didn’t ask.

I now have my 15th book on AMAZON/KINDLE. (After a short tussle getting them to agree that I really do own the publishing rights to my second most recent one “TURGENEV; In the Pocono Mountains”).

The most recent book is “Tales of Varying Anxiety.”

So what follows are my bragging rights normally found on my Amazon Author page.

(Wow, two rights in one post. And my mother told me that two rights never made a wrong – - – or something like that.)

Bragging Rights by Waldo

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Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:


Originally posted on The Short Stories of Waldo:

The sad man man, for the last time, sobbed uncontrollably as he sat on his log.

It was my turn to speak.


“’Listen, nothing has been lost, nothing has been wasted. Do you realize how many people you have inspired with your thoughts?”

“You moved the teacher and the librarian to write letters of support for your college education.”

“You inspired the museum docents with your blurted-out thoughts.”

“The priests surely must have gone back to the rectory to contemplate the questions that you asked.”

“The Jesuits, although controlled by idealism, learned some truths about their own history.”

“Some of the researchers in the scientific world must be questioning the morality of self-serving grants.”

“Even the little blond girl must realize that she pushed a little too hard to get into your cabin.”

“The people that heard your straw hat, bare footed, street corner rhapsodies would not have listened if…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Socrates and Meno (Post XXII)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Twentytwo

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The sad man surprised me with his story about the dialogue between Socrates and Ion. The Euripedes’ magnetic stone of Heraclea was quite interesting. I decided right then and there that I would have to read about it and decide for myself if the sad man’s insight was correct.

Yet there was one more thing that he wanted to tell me about.

I patiently waited and, once again, he did not disappoint me.


“I wish that Socrates’ insights would have explained it all. However, they did not.”

“I still wanted to search for my original thought. I was driven to search even though my original thought may not have been original. I remained convinced that it was not an inspired one but just as original as I thought. Earlier today, as I sat here under this pine tree, I remembered a discussion that Socrates had with Meno.”

“It was a discussion regarding mimesis…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Euripides Stone of Heraclea (Post XXI)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Twentyone

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The story about Socrates and Ion was finished; or so I thought.

The sad man surprised me. He had a bit more to tell about the magnetic stone.


“Socrates told Ion that the power in Euripides’ magnetic stone of Heraclea was so intense that it could make an iron ring attach itself .”

“Socrates pointed out that the ring that dangled from the magnetic rock could also become inspiring. This could result in another ring dangling from the first ring.”

“The magnetic rock remains the original inspiration. However, the first ring is supremely inspired and has added new depth and meaning to the original idea. This inspiration has modified and added to the original thought. Socrates points out that this allows the first ring to draw another ring to itself.”

“Socrates asks Ion if he has ever seen any of his audience cry or laugh. Ion answers ‘Yes’and then realizes that he has…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Socrates and Ion (Post XX)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Twenty

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The sad man once again started his discussion about his lost thought. He wondered if possibly he should stop thinking about thoughts. He voiced aloud that maybe he was trying too hard. Then again maybe if he gave his brain a rest the lost thought would return. Or was there another method that would allow him to recover his lost thought. Where would he start his quest anew?

He surprised me a bit with where he started.


“Before the advent of religion – – – – – that was the only place to start. But where does religion begin? My life experiences taught me that they began with the life of Christ. Therefore I must start before that. But then there was Judaism, Abraham and Christ’s other predecessors.”

“I decided to start by reading the dialogues conducted by Socrates. Back to the libraries I went. I searched for the clearest…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Nihilism? Is it the answer? (Post XIX)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Nineteen

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Corruption at an institution of research, an institution that supposedly searched for the truth and original ideas, that is what deeply bothered the sad man.

The sad man put his head in his hands and wept bitterly when he finished his story about corruption at the research lab.

Once more I felt ashamed simply because I watched this man in the agony of his lost thought.

As he wept I attempted, in my own mind, to come up with a solution to help him in his plight. The more I thought about it the more I realized that he had done more to help himself than I ever could have imagined.

He had persistently and with great forethought made several attempts to find his lost thought. In light of this I simply sat there on my damp log and waited for the continuance of his story.


“I had read…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Corruption Raises its Ugly Head (Post XVIII)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Eighteen

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“At the end of my second year at the lab I realized that the other research assistants and I were working way to much overtime.

Of course we were not getting paid for the extra hours. We were exempt from the New York’s state laws regarding overtime. I asked the secretary if I could see the grant application and acceptance papers. She was more than pleased to let me peruse them. What I saw surprised me.”

“The grant money more than covered our wages and hours. It also covered EIGHT high grade workstation computers. There was money for leasing hours on a super computer. However we only had SIX workstation computers and WERE NOT allowed to use the supercomputer facilities for our work.

“Where was the money going?”

“Where are the missing computers?”

“I spoke to a few of my research associate friends and was advised not to worry about…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Life in a Research Institution (Post XVII)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Seventeen

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With his life in the Jesuit order fully described the man asked me to wait for a minute. He said that he would be return immediately.

I watched him as he stood up and walked down the small stream for a distance of a hundred feet or so. When he reached the place where a tiny spring fed into the stream he turned and walked along a short path. He lifted the large flat stone that covered the spring and removed something.

Returning in a minute, just as promised, he held two cold bottles of beer. He offered me one and I accepted it with gratitude.

I took a few sips from the green long-neck bottle and waited for the sad man to continue. He did not disappoint me. This time he appeared much more exuberant about his search for the lost thought.


“I was running out of options…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Disbarred from God (Post XVI)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Sixteen

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The sad man related how his life in the Society of Jesuits had started. How the religious exercises made him think about himself and the world. How the introspection and extrospection made one feel comfortable about God and the world in general.

Based on the last few hours of the story he was telling I wondered what was coming next.


“Remember the conspiracies that I mentioned? I was sure that these stories were the result of late eighteenth and nineteenth century problems with the Freemasons.”

“However, it became apparent that even the Spanish Inquisition had problems with the Jesuits. This was followed by problems with the reformationists. Popular anti-Jesuit thinking in France was set on fire by several books; both academic and novel. Germany, from the 1870’s until the early 1900’s, required the Jesuits to disband and desist from engaging in their practices. Even the Nazi regime treated the Jesuits with…

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THE MAN WHO LOST A THOUGHT: Religious Exercises (Post XV)

Waldo "Wally" Tomosky:

Episode Fifteen

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World War II was over and the sad man had been released from his army duties. He found new hope by joining the Jesuit Organization. Surely with deep concentrated thought and seclusion his original idea woud return.

Or at least that is what he was hoping for as he told me of this new experience.


“It was my good fortune to find that the spiritual exercises would come early in my indoctrination into the Jesuit Society.”

“The only thing that came prior to the exercises was learning the history of St. Ignatius and the Society of Jesus. To my great surprise I learned that there were several conspiracy theories about the Jesuits. Many of them centered on their banking system and their involvement with the natives of all three Americas; North, Central and South.”

“One man’s attempt to fill a void is another man’s conspiracy.”

“In the New World one…

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