Through the Bridges of Life
by Jerry Fitzgerald
Trafford Publishing

"Every happening, great and small, is a parable by which God teaches something, and the art of life is to get the message." -Malcolm

As bridges are often thought of as connectors that allow us to move from one place to another, Through the Bridges of Life is an apt title for Jerry Fitzgerald's collection of words, observations, and personal slice of life moments that reflect the various crossroads we come upon throughout our time on this earth. While this primary mix of stories, poems, quotes, and letters generally stem from the author's own perspective, Fitzgerald's chosen subject matter is relevant enough to capture a broad audience. Here he includes musings on the likes of school days, work environments, love, beauty, death, dreams, and various other topics.

While much of this book is set in a verse format, most of Fitzgerald's writing does not exemplify poetry in the traditional sense. As one particular reflection on a triumphant basketball game of years gone by, is offered in rhyming couplet stanzas, more often the author presents lengthier life commentaries. His posing of questions to make readers, pause, think, and reflect, proves a clever and engaging tool. Clearly a wordsmith at heart, Fitzgerald seems fascinated with word meanings and interpretations, focusing on basic concepts like "Time," "Changes," and "Decisions." He also playfully invites word connections, like women's names with symbols of beauty and offers quizzical facts about the US and foreign countries.

As happens in real life, Fitzgerald's writing also entertains the reality of pathos and humor. Here his observations on a visit to the "Dentist," and wise offerings in the form of "Don't Argue With A Woman," are sure to draw a laugh from readers. And the sweet memory of the girl with the red high-top sneakers will undoubtedly invoke thoughts of missed opportunities and first loves.

Fitzgerald's work is like a life mosaic connected by reflections on the past, present and future. All are thought-provoking. When he describes the nuances of a popular local eatery as the "Cheers Of The Mid-West," readers just might conjure an image of that affable sitcom character, Cliff Clavin, cogitating on politics, the weather, or perhaps the immortal words of Jerry Fitzgerald.

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