Welcome to Torg Stories

Seven years ago I made the switch from high school English teacher and basketball coach to writer and professor.  Since that time, I’ve been blessed to have been hired to teach First Year Writing courses at St. John’s University in New York. I write novels, scripts, publish a podcast, and have just sent out my […]

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Let’s Take a Field Trip: College Students in the Local Bookstore

After a few semesters of not taking my students across the street from St. John’s University to the bookstore, I’m back at it again. In preparation for the activity (what a job I have!) I went over for an hour and browsed for myself. I had ideas of what we’d do but going into the […]

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So Much Will Be Forgotten

I’ve been struck by how much of what my daughters do and say will be forgotten. I saw this documentary two nights ago called Stories We Tell. Director Sarah Polley interviews as many people as she can about her mother, and eventually Sarah finds out who her father is for sure and the story is […]

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Somebody’s Bible on My Desk

Although I’ve only met Fern once, a Bible that belongs to him lays continuously on my desk, a gift he received from his sister right after his conversion in the Miami-Dade Stockade Pre-Trial Detention Center. The Bible is a small and brown King James Version so worn that the golden letters on the cover that […]

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In the words of my kids: I want Mom!

Because my sweet wife left for work before the girls woke up, she wrote them each a note. My youngest, angry that her mother wasn’t home, tossed the note aside. “I don’t want a note!” she yelled, throwing the note to the floor in disgust. ” I want mom!” It wasn’t long until she reconsidered: […]

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Does God Change Lives?

If you asked me point blank whether or not if in the history of creation God had ever answered a prayer and changed a life, I’d say yes. Pin me down for some evidence or an example, what then? Do I go with Jonah’s cry of distress from inside the belly of the whale (how […]

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Fern Remembers Stealing the US Marshal Airplane

As a part of hearing my friend Fern’s testimony, in this podcast episode he remembers the night he stole a U.S. Marshal airplane.  This is a point in Fern’s story that he has come to think of as a sort of flight to redemption, a night which eventually took Fern to prison where he began […]

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Second Chances after Prison

This is the fifth podcast in a series in which I ask Fern to give his testimony. We are working on the manuscript of a book. One of the titles we have thrown around goes something like this… Flight to Redemption: A Story of Cocaine, Prison, and a New Life Through Christ. Fern discusses what […]

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An Honest Prayer: Fern is Released from Prison

In the latest Torg Stories podcasts, we’ve been talking with Fernando Fernandez about his life. This includes time involved with running cocaine, stealing a US Marshal airplane, arrest in Cuba, and a prison conversation to Christianity.   In this episode, Fern finishes his 12-year sentence in Terre Haute and Peoria. He talks about his relationship […]

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God Moments: Fern Gets Sentenced and The Gift of a Bible

“Give me a chance to thank Jose for the Bible,” Fern had prayed. The events that actually allow Fern the chance to do that could be explained away as an amazing coincidence. Fern, however, calls them God moments.   In this conversation, Fern covers his trial, the gift of a Bible, and the invitation from […]

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