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Recent newspaper story about Shane

This story appeared in theDelaware County Daily Times 
on June 24, 2014
 
HAVERTOWN AUTHOR SHANE HAYES 
TO PUBLISH TWO BOOKS
 
By LOIS PUGLIONESI, Times Correspondent
 
HAVERFORD — After pursuing his dream of becoming a published author for decades, Shane Hayes of Havertown is about to cross the threshold from literary aspirations to print, at age 75.
 
Hayes’ first work of nonfiction, “The End of Unbelief: A New Approach to the Question of God,” will be published in September.

POETIC PROSE: Defined and Illustrated

Hi Jack,
 
Enjoyed our long chat today.  You asked what poetic prose is. I said it's prose that's more elevated and lyrical than ordinary prose.  It has a poetic quality, though there's no special meter or rhyme.  Here's a tweet I just sent that shows a fragment of my writing that might be called poetic prose:
 
MYSTICISM: ... A region of shadows at the bottom of the soul where words fly away on frightened wings and nothing grows but silence.  Shane Hayes #quote

ACADEMIC RAGS TO RICHES

ACADEMIC RAGS TO RICHES
 
by Shane Hayes
 
I had some colorful friends in high school. Zig, as we called him then, came to be known as Dr. Daniel J. Ziegler, Ph. D., Former Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and currently Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Villanova University. No one would have guessed it.

In West Catholic's year book he was the least active guy in the class. No activity of any kind was listed for his four years at West. Not rifle club, not track, not interclass sports, nothing.

Old Friends, Old Debt

OLD FRIENDS, OLD DEBT
 
My friend Bill Rayner just called. "Why did you send me a check for $180.00?" he asked. I reminded him that in 2004 he wouldn't let me pay my share of rent for a house in Florida, when I broke a leg and couldn't make the trip. He said, facetiously, "Pay me out of your first royalty check."

I was 65 then, unpublished, and he knew there would probably never be a royalty check. Ten years later the impossible happened: I got an advance for my nonfiction book "The End of Unbelief: A New Approach to the Question of God.

FRIENDS FOR 60 YEARS

Friends for 60 years:
 
Bob Bayner delights in giving a false account of how we met. On the first day of school junior year in high school, he came up to me before class, pointed to a pile of copybooks on my desk, and said menacingly, "Hey, kid, give me some of those." (He hadn't taken time to buy supplies, so I was ahave, he was ahave not. He believed in the Equal Distribution of Wealth.) Out of the goodness of my heart I gave him three copybooks, which he took to be a sign of weakness.

This image (not the words) could be the cover for my novel "The Last Dreamgirl" but I can't find who owns it.

The Dreamgirl Theme for My Novel

THE LAST
DREAMGIRL
 
For every man there’s a girl who grips his imagination and his heart as no other girl ever did or will.  She may be in her teens or a mature woman.  He responds to her as a boy to a girl.  Whether she comes early in his life or late, there is a throne in his subconscious that she takes possession of, without trying, often without wanting to. The image he forms of her reigns there in perpetuity, even if she has left his life, or this life.  Or shed the image.

LETTERS AND APHORISMS

The most visited page on my website is the one captionedLetters and Aphorisms.  Since that's the only page that changes I decided to do it as a blog, though it's like no other I know of.  I make no attempt to keep you abreast of the news.  These are feelings and thoughts I've communicated to people, mostly friends, in all the various phases of my adult life over half a century.
 
They were not written for public view.  Yet the site-activity meter on my web page tells me that people from Beijing to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and from Washington, DC to Seattle find them interesting.