Our Universe, Our Faith

Collected Poems and Other Works By Richard A. Ryan

by Richard A. Ryan



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/29/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 136
ISBN : 9781532063800
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 136
ISBN : 9781532063794

About the Book

A member of the Blackstone Historical Commission and curator of the Blackstone Historic Museum in Massachusetts, Richard A. Ryan has displayed many of his poems and short stories in popular newspapers in the Blackstone River Valley region such as The Enlightener, The Worcester Gazette, and The Woonsocket Call. In 2004, his poem, “Creation and Faith” was featured in the Who’s Who International Library of Poetry, and in 2005, his poem “Fading Sight” was featured as well. In 2007, he was honored by the Board of Selectmen and awarded the title, Blackstone’s Poet Laureate. In 2018, Ryan received a Certificate of Appreciation for his important contributions to the ongoing fight against hatred and intolerance in America. His name was added to The Wall of Tolerance in the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Ryan began writing poetry and other works as a therapy to overcome his blindness and to inspire others who shared his handicap. Thus, many of his works convey a deep appreciation for his natural surroundings. Through mindfulness, he creates vivid images in the reader’s mind from a beloved animal, a useful object, or a heartwarming scene to a hilarious or otherwise earthshattering event. Many of his poems apply historic narrative and rhyme to express his deepest adoration for the natural world and his New England town of days gone by. Moreover, his short stories honor special people and landmarks and recall unforgettable events from his youth. Finally, in his chapter on War & Remembrance, Ryan employs a first person voice to paint an empathic understanding in our minds of the soldiers who fought and died for our freedom. His writing celebrates mindfulness, awareness, and compassion in all aspects of life.

About the Author

Richard A. Ryan, Sr. is a native of Blackstone, Massachusetts. Born in 1935, to James L. Ryan and Esther “Collins” Ryan, he was the youngest of three boys. He attended local schools, graduated from Blackstone High in 1954 and went to work for the Massachusetts Electric Company where he was educated in utility and business management. Richard married a local woman, Lorraine S. Kappelle, of Blackstone, and together they raised five children on a small cattle farm in town. He served eight years in the US Naval Reserves and later went into politics serving as the Trustee of the Blackstone Public Library (replacing his Grandfather who retired from his post after many years of service). Richard also served in town government on the Board of Welfare for seven years and went on to become Selectman for five years. For several years, he was a member of the Lions Club. Shortly after retiring from New England Electric in 1995, Richard was asked to return to the company for two more years to complete a special project. When he was fully retired, Richard spent much of his time in the woodlands and was an active member of the Uxbridge Rod & Gun Club where he raised pheasants. His favorite hobbies were fishing, hunting, and wildlife photography. In his early sixties, Richard’s eye-sight began to progressively fade due to Macular Degeneration, an untreatable eye disease, forcing him to give up his lifetime hobbies. Ironically, a peculiar experience befell him while hiking in the woodlands one late fall day, thus inspiring him to write his first poem, “The Very Last Flight” at the age of sixty-five. He maintains to this day that his Creator opened a new door and set him on a different path in life by inspiring him through nature’s actions to write poetry.