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The short version: Recovering Irish-Catholic, boomer edition. Life-long newspaper reporter, teller of other people's stories, more intent these days in telling my own stories. Refugee, Open Salon. Grateful for a port in the storm. Writing / conjuring / compiling several books.

The long version's still being written.

Lines from favorite bands / performers: "Daddy don't live in that New York City no more" # "(We got)college men from LSU / Went in dumb, come out dumb too" # "Accept your life and what it brings. I hope tomorrow you'll find better things." # "I been kicked by the wind / robbed by the sleet . . ." # "They givin' you a numbuh and takin' 'way your name" # "Number nine. . . number nine. . . "Hey now, hey now, don't dream it's over" # "Comin Tuesday, I feel better / Even my old man looks good" # "Oh, she may be weary . . ." # "You got the silver, you got the gold" # "As I was motorvatin' over the hill. . . " # "It's a wonder we can even feed ourselves." # "When I spring a leak, she sends me." # I will stop, I will stop at nothing / Say the right things when electioneering"

Jeremiah Horrigan's Blog

To my son Grady, and the man who delivered him to us

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 3:24pm 10 Comments

I wrote this reminiscence a couple of years ago and have re-posted it -- and re-written it -- ​several times since. I wanted then, as I do now, to mark my son​ Grady​'s birthday, ​​a time he can't remember but one I'll never forget. He means more to me than even the most carefully chosen, most compulsively re-written words can say:…


Unsuspected Symphony

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:00pm 9 Comments

No one goes to a hospital to heal. We go there for the same reason we take our cars to the repair shop – because we must. We’re in need of repair.

I found myself unwillingly wandering the dismal halls of the place I’ve come to call HospitalWorld nearly four years ago, when a one-hour colonoscopy turned into a four-day surgical sleepover.

My grandfather had warned me long ago against hospitals. "You don't want to go there, Jerry," he told me. "That's where…


I wish no words

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 9:46am 8 Comments

I wish no words

No eloquence


No first-persons

No calls to action

No analysis

No petitions

No sad songs

No prayers


This is not the time for words

Let silence speak

The silence of death

Because there are no words

Late file

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:30pm 16 Comments


It was sometime in the fall of 1976, I’d guess, the day I stepped into an ornate elevator in Buffalo’s old federal court building. I was a cub reporter, roughly dispatched to report a story about which I knew next to nothing.


An older man wearing a tan trench coat got into the elevator behind me. I noticed his trench coat because I was wearing one too. Mine was…


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At 7:01am on November 22, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

Jeremiah,I have written a pm for you but can't send it.Can you find out why that is,or if you received it?

At 1:19am on November 20, 2012, Heidi Banerjee said…

Jeremiah,your comment in your bio have stirred me up in a way I had not expected.

 "Refugee, Open Salon. Grateful for a port in the storm. Writing / conjuring / compiling several books."

At age 4/5 months I was on an odyssee that took several months.

Please answer my request as I would like to send you a pm.

At 5:57pm on November 17, 2012, lorianne said…


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