“A Walk to Prospect Park in Woonsocket, Rhode Island”

Sunday Evening February 28th, 2021. 8:56 PM.

A Walk to Prospect Park in Woonsocket

{Prospect and North Main Streets}

Dear Eileen: It is 10:01 PM Saturday February 27th, 2021. I would just like to write to you, please – in the hope that you will enjoy reading my letter to you.

 I took four walks outside this week. Yesterday’s walk was a long one: one hour. It began at John F. Kennedy Manor — and the route was like this: Clinton Street to Cumberland Street to Social Corner to Rathbun St. At Rathbun St. a left was made onto Elbow Street where you told me in 1974 that your dad had his Cadillac repaired. There is a Rite Glass business at that location now on Elbow Street. Then, I reached East School Street just before Saint Germain Manor and continued walking past Social Park where a life guard pulled me out of water over my head when I was about 11 years old. Then, I went up the incline where Circle Laurier is and reached Pond Street. In my early years at St. Charles School – before you arrived in 4th-grade in 1961 at 8 years old – dad would drive Lesley and Dale and me to school. Sometimes we went this route and dad would turn left onto Pond Street and then right onto Mechanic Street past the huge Taft-Peirce complex. On my walk though, I continued on East School Street to North Main Street.

At a place I’ve named Prospect Park where there is a Paul Dempster memorial, I took off my woolen hat as I approached a tall monument that has an extensive list of names of “Boys and Girls from the North End Who Served Their Country During World War Two.” I read your dad’s name: John J. O’Gara Jr. on that list. I read this list earlier – however, I was wondering recently what your dad’s middle initial was – so, I read the list again. Then, I turned in the partially snow-covered grass and noticed a verdant evergreen tree at my back. Reminded me of Barbara Streisand’s song: Evergreen – and the name Eileen Evergreen [written about recently on my blog]. The tree looked very healthy in green – every single branch was in beautiful green hue – except for one short segment of branch that was brown. And the evergreen tree was very wide; but not especially tall. Then, I went to the Paul Dempster memorial close to Prospect Street and read what was engraved there. He was born on July 27th 1936 – the same birthday as your daughter, Mary [not counting the year]. And there was a quotation from the gospel below his name: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink” –Matthew 25:35a.  Then I walked by the former St. Charles Church building and noticed the door where I would walk in on the side entrance just before 7:00 AM Mass when I was an altar boy in 6th grade. I didn’t especially like being an altar boy because the altar boy meetings required leaving class and missing out on lessons; so, after about a year, I got out of that. Then, I turned left onto Daniels Street and stopped on the sidewalk before the entrance and counted the steps – 16 steps to the landing. Thought of the title to a sweet love song: “Sixteen Candles.”

Since, at 69, I need a break often while writing, may I stop, Eileen, and listen to this song with you? Just noticed it appeared in 1958 – the year we started first grade — at different schools. I don’t know where you went to school during your first three years. And I don’t know where you lived before your family moved into [Shakespeare’s] “Sonnet 116 House” on Glen Road in the North End. That house has a name in my heart because of who lived there many years ago.

The Crests – 16 Candles – 1958

The Crests – 16 Candles – 1958 – YouTube

OK, Eileen, we’ve had our little rest with an interlude of music. Shall we go on now, dear?

Ten years later, in 1968, you appeared in 11th grade at Woonsocket High School – in my homeroom in September for a few weeks. Mr. Branchaud, the French teacher and hockey coach, was our homeroom teacher. I was 16 in September and you were 15. Do you recall your too-brief time at Woonsocket High School, Eileen?

Eileen, please forgive this old-timer: I need another break from writing. Would you kindly stop and rest with me while this pretty song plays for us?

Don´t know much about history

Don´t know much about history – YouTube

It’s 8:23 PM Sunday February 28th 2021.

Thank you, Eileen, for giving me food and drink and taking me in during the summer of ’74 – even giving up your bed under the stairs for me in your parents’ cottage by the sea. My heart will always be indebted to you. “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” -Romans 13:8. NIV Study Bible. Eileen, maybe this is why I cannot stop being in love with you; perhaps it is ordained by God Himself that I should always owe you My Love.

LONGER – Dan Fogelberg

LONGER – Dan Fogelberg – YouTube

Remembering that Evergreen tree at Prospect Park that was so wide — maybe its roots are very deep, too.

Deep and Wide

Deep and Wide – YouTube

Monday, March 1, 2021

6:06 AM.

Eileen, got up this morning thinking of you – and this song:

Phil Collins – Can’t Stop Loving You (Official Music Video)

Phil Collins – Can’t Stop Loving You (Official Music Video) – YouTube

Eileen, I understand that you told me on May 27th, 2020 to push you out of my mind and forget about you; and something about heresies and obsessive and about demons – and to reach out to others and make friends and have a nice life and signing off; and I haven’t heard from you since then; but Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 and Phil Collins and the Holy Scriptures and the love in my heart speak louder and clearer to me than those words of the anti-Christ.

In the name of the Lord Jesus: Come out of Eileen, you spirits and demons of the devil — the father of lies and a murderer from the beginning [read the gospel according to John – Chapter 8] and enter her no more! Jesus Christ is Lord – and Lord over all! The devil and his demons be damned. They are a bunch of losers wandering in spiritual darkness and deceit and delusions – just as Eve in the garden of Eden was deceived by the devil disguised as a serpent and masquerading as an angel of light.

Eileen, listen to Jesus Who spoke by the Holy Spirit that the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; and that we should repent and believe in the gospel. -Mark 1:14, 15.

Eileen, don’t be fooled by the world, either; it is all under the influence of “the god of this age” and deluding those who receive not the love of the truth. The Lord Jesus Christ is the way and the life and the truth. All who refuse Him – Jesus Christ — are sent a powerful delusion so that they believe the lie and are damned.

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 4 ESV – The Light of the Gospel – Therefore, – Bible Gateway

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2 ESV – The Man of Lawlessness – Now concerning – Bible Gateway

Vinesong – Holy Spirit Move Me Now (Lyric Video)

Vinesong – Holy Spirit Move Me Now (Lyric Video) – YouTube

2 Peter 2

2 Peter 2 ESV – False Prophets and Teachers – But false – Bible Gateway


Gospel Tract – God’s Way of Salvation (John 3:16) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)


Coming Soon (Expanded Version, KJV) – Moments With The Book (mwtb.org)

Paul Harvey – If I were the devil… 1965 – Updated Video

Paul Harvey – If I were the devil… 1965 – Updated Video – YouTube

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech)

This Kingdom | Hillsong (Featuring Darlene Zschech) – YouTube

Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown (with Lyrics)

Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown (with Lyrics) – YouTube

Romans 1-8

Romans 1-8 ESV – Greeting – Paul, a servant of Christ – Bible Gateway

Romans 9-16

Romans 9-16 ESV – God’s Sovereign Choice – I am – Bible Gateway

Psalm 1-5 ESV

Psalm 1-5 ESV – Book One The Way of the Righteous and – Bible Gateway

Robin Mark – Days of Elijah (Official Lyric Video)

Robin Mark – Days of Elijah (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube

Christian Praise & Worship Songs with Lyrics

Christian Praise & Worship Songs with Lyrics – YouTube

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