Effervescent Memories

What is the essential quality of forever love? What is it that allows two people to be together for a lifetime? What secret do they possess to explain such longevity? Through the use of both prose and verse, the reader will perhaps discover some of the answers. But in the final analysis the secret isn’t really a secret at all. The truth is within you, waiting for you to discover. But first you must know what you are seeking, what forever love is all about.


A Book of Love


Deacon Chuck Lanham

Although I seldom attempt to write in verse (for those who might be unfamiliar with the word, it is synonymous with poetry,) that doesn’t mean that I am incapable of doing so or that I have never tried my hand at it. This small book is proof that I have and I do hope that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

While this work contains my own poor attempts at verse, I must admit that I am not as prolific in its form as I would like to be. Thus what follows is somewhat of a hybrid work consisting of both introductory prose and verse.

In this effort I have found that each genre is decidedly different and, while both may engage the same language, each exercises linguistic gymnastics uniquely its own. Thus any attempt to find common ground among such dissimilar creative art forms presents more than a few interesting challenges. I will leave it to you to determine if it was worth the effort.

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About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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