I forgot one of the beauties in the everyday

I watched the sun rise this morning, from the warmth of the hot tub.  I am always amazed at how quickly it goes from dark to light.  Momma rabbit and her two babies hopped out from their home, under the tub, after I had the jets off for a while, breakfasting on the very grass that hid them from most of the world. She had company (reminded me of the song, The Unicorn …and they marched in the anilmals, two by two, and he called out when he was through, hey Lord.. I got your green alligators, and long necked geese, some humpty back camels and some chimpanzees, some cats and rats and elephants, but lorn, so forlorn, I just can’t see no uncorns – oops, serious digression). 

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I could see all clearly, but I could also still see a few of the brightest guiding stars stubbornly refusing to concede to the day.  I could have been under water, for all the noise I couldnt hear.  I had planted rose bushes for the first time, and overnight, they seemed to jump in their eager growth, reaching for those stars before they wink away.  I have a large backyard and I love to walk barefoot there for the grass is so very cool, no matter how hot the air that surrounds it.  Reality crept back in and I got up and got going, for (drum roll please…)

Festival Season is upon us.  Our festival – Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival (www.clevelandirish.org) is celebrating its 24th Anniversary this year, July 21-23 and is only 3 weeks from today – Lordy much to do in that little time.  The book is in full swing as well.  So I probably wont be on as much till the end of the July.  If you live near Cleveland, or one of the festival host cities that I will be attending this summer in Milwaukee, Dublin (Ohio), Pittsburgh or Kansas City (and maybe Peoria), I look forward to the chance to meet you, at the fests, or at a book signing.  Thanks for commenting on the blogs and spurring great discussions,

Hope you all have a great summer and take the time to notice and enjoy all the glorious gifts of this world.  I dont usually forget them, but this morning reminded me of the peace, the warmth, and the amazement, just in the dawning of the day.

Currently listening:
The Dawning of the Day
By Finbar and Eddie Furey
Release date: By 11 June, 2002

Only 22 Days until Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival

Only 23 Days Until Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival

Hi Friends,

As you know (maybe), I have been involved in putting on an Irish Festival in Cleveland for more than 20 years (www.clevelandirish.org).  It is only 23 days away – July 21-23.  If  you  are anywhere close, I hope you can make it.  I have met a few MySpace people and they have all been fun and I would love to meet more of you. This is a non-profit event, with over $350,000.00 given to local and national Charities.

Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival

July 21 – 23, 2006       Berea Fairgrounds      www.clevelandirish.org

Featuring:

�      Tommy Makem
�      Cherish the Ladies
�      Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
�      Tommy Fleming
�      New Barleycorn
�      Brigids Cross
�      Dermot Henry
�      Brace Yourself Bridget
�      Johnny McEvoy
�      James Kilbane
�      Foster & Allen
�      David Munnelly Band
�      Seven Nations
�      Gaelic Storm
�      Cathie Ryan
�      Irish Sopranos
�      Boston Comhaltas
�      Jimmy Carton
�      Quagmyre
�      Young Dubliners
�      Dennis Doyle
�      The Kilroys
�      Brendan Shine
�      Mossy Moran
�      Logan Wells
�      Bruno Brothers
�      87th Pipe & Drums
�      Northcoast Pipe Band
�      East Side Irish-American Club Pipe Band
�      Tessie Burke School of Irish Dance
�      Cannon-ODonnell School of Irish Dance

Plus:
�      Fit-ups Show Recreation
�      Tommy Makem on The Song Tradition
�      Johnny McEvoy on All Our Wars Are Merry, All Our Songs Are Sad
�      Oliver Twisted Irish Comedy Show

Expanded Food Court, featuring:

�      Reillys At the Market
�      Ahern Catering
�      Sullivans Irish Restaurant
�      Pickle Bills Restaurant
�      Wright Catering
�      Maui Wowi Tropical Drinks

Amazing New Displays added to the Nationally Recognized Celtic Heritage Hall include:

       The Connemara Pony
�      Jack Dempsey – World Champions
    The Book of Kells
�      The Castles of West Cork�
Solas – Reunion�     
Bobby Sands – 25 Years Ago

�      Tuning In – 7,000 Tunes, & Counting
�      James Galway
�      Van Morrison
�      Newgrange
�      The Irish Revolution in America
�      James Connolly – the new movie
�      Do You Remember the Cinemas?
�      Mickey Rooney – Eight Decades of Entertainment

PLUS:

 More than 200 other displays on Irish culture, sports, theatre, arts, history, music, dance & more.

***

I hope to see you, out & about, soon.  Until then, All the best wishes for a safe and glorious summer.  God Bless.

Sincerely,

John

Assistant Director – Operations              Author, Festival Legends Series:
Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival            Book I –     Festival Legends: Songs & Stories
July 21 – 23, 2006                                  Book II –   Festival Legends: Trads & Ceilis   

Berea Fairgrounds                                  Book III –  Festival Legends: The Balladeers

www.clevelandirish.org                           Book IV – Festival Legends: Safe in the Hands
John@clevelandirish.org                                                                    of a New Generation

                                                                    www.songsandstories.net

johnn@songsandstories.net

I expect to pass through this life but once, If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,  let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it,  for I shall not pass this way again – W. Penn

Get Well Tommy!!!

I wrote this song when researching Tommy Makem’s chapter for my new book, Festival Legends, Songs & Stories. Tommy is called the Godfather of Irish music.  He has written more than 400 songs, with some huge hits.  His unwavering dedication to promoting and preserving the Irish culture is as legendary as he is.
The words in italics are titles to just a few of the more than 400 songs  that he has written.

Yesterday I talked to the man, the Godfather of Irish Music, and found  he needs ALL our prayers in hoping for good health.

Tommys Song
by John OBrien, Jr.

Awaken Mary Ann, for
The Liar,
The Man of No Conscience
, cries,
That No Irish Need Apply
Peace and Justice disappear
in the Rape of the Gael
In That Land I Loved So Well,
True Love and Time.
have stopped.

There Was An Old Woman.
among the Four Green Fields,
She entreated me,
Brendan, The Darkley Weaver,
Dont Go Down To The
Big Green Sea.
contrast,
from Clean Air, Clean Water,
to the Ships of War ready,
even The Water Sings out –
to the march of
The Enniskillen Dragoons
Where Ever The Winds,

The Winds of Morning?

The Winds Are Singing Freedom!
And call for Better Times.
I went anyway.
And so,
Farewell My Friends.

Farewell to Carlingford,
Fare Thee Well Enniskillen

Let there be none
of The Morning After Blues.
Fear, but hope again to walk
This Dusty Road.
when next again, in victory
we are Rolling Home.

But now, as we enjoin
The Boys of Killybegs
toasting farewells,
sipping Paddy Kellys Brew.
Freedoms Sons are singing;
singing sad songs,
to their love, songs.
Pretty Maggie O, Sally O,
Pretty Saro
and Rosie.

for some,
a Song For The Children.

In The Time Of Scented Roses,
let they be not black,
The Long Womans Grave.
Rather Sing Me The Old Songs;
of Rambling Rivers
in The Rambles of Spring,
Clear Blue Hills

or Grey October Clouds,
among Long Winter Nights.

If I should return,
If You Should Ask Me,
Im Going Home To Mary,
Smiling Mary
I can see her, as she holds
our Gentle Annie in her arms,
listening to
The Listowel Blackbird sing;
Music In The Twilight,
In Newry Town

I will return again.

Book Signings and Some Fun Events

I greatly appreciate all the support and kindness you have shown me in helping me get the Festival Legends series of books off the ground.  I hope you can continue to utilize this update to spread the word, as time and opportunity allow, over the rest of the summer. I sincerely thank you for your help and generous support.  The 2nd printing arrived today.  Please pass this on to any you might feel would have interest.  I have attached the same message, for ease of saving/printing.

Festival Legends: Songs & Stories features: Tommy Makem, Danny Doyle, Johnny McEvoy, Liam Clancy, The Dublin City Ramblers, New Barleycorn, Tom Sweeney, Batt Burns, Brendan Shine, Dennis Doyle, Makem & Spain Brothers and Cherish the Ladies.

The Festival Legends Series is:
Book I –     Festival Legends: Songs & Stories
Book II –   Festival Legends: Trads & Ceilis   

Book III – Festival Legends: The Balladeers

Book IV – Festival Legends: Safe in the Hands of a New Generation

 

***

The festival season is upon us already.  Cuyahoga Falls was a fantastic time.  You can see all the love that Dan McDonald and all the Akron Hibernians have put into organizing such a wonderful event.  Next up on the festival circuit is the Eastlake Festival (formerly Euclid), June 30 – July 2.  Three weeks later is Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival, July 21 – 23, then 2 weeks after that is the Dublin Irish Fest, August 4 -6.  Then comes the Grand Daddy of them all, the Milwaukee Irish Fest, August 18 – 20.  Another huge and fun festival is just two weeks after that, at the Kansas City Festival September 1-3, and is quickly followed a week later by the Pittsburgh Irish Fest, September 8 – 10.  Lordy it is going to be a fun summer!

Book signings have been unbelievably successful, thanks to your support and actively spreading the word about the book and the signings.  Coming up are many more, each growing and more successful than the last.

Saturday, June 24th               Borders                      9565 Mentor Road    Mentor, Ohio

Fri – Sun June 30 – July 2        Irish Summer Fest       Captains Stadium        Eastlake, Ohio

Saturday, July 1st                  Northrup Books        Pacific Junction                                                                     (corner of Bagley & Columbia in Olmsted Twp.)

Saturday, July 8th                    Borders                       6751 Strip Avenue NW N. Canton

Saturday, July 15th                Barnes & Noble         Crocker Park                       Westlake, OH.

Fri – Sun July 21 – 23              Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival                 Berea, OH.

Fri – Sun August 4 – 6           Dublin Irish Fest                                           Dublin, OH.

Fri – Sun August 18 – 20         Milwaukee Irish Fest                                   Milwaukee, WI.

Fri – Sun September 1 – 3     Kansas City Irish Fest                            Kansas City, MO.

Fri – Sun September 8 – 10      Pittsburgh Irish Fest                                       Pittsburgh, PA.

Once again, thank you for talking up the book on your radio shows, in your newspapers and in your organizational emails and bulletins.  I am so blessed.

Festival Legends: Songs & Stories [389 Pages, plus 16 pages of pictures ISBN # 1-4259-1738-0] is only $20 and can be purchased at:

  • www.songsandstories.net. OR   O’B Press 14615 Triskett Road, Cleveland, OH. 44111.  Checks to O’B Press, please include $5 S & H.  (Complimentary autograph of the book included).
  • Casey’s Irish Imports              19626 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH.  44116
  • Irish Trading Company           at most Irish Festivals
  • Borders
  • Border’s Express
  • Barnes & Noble
  • B. Dalton Booksellers
  • www.Amazon.com

Plus the book signings listed above

 

***

Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival

July 21 – 23, 2006       Berea Fairgrounds www.clevelandirish.org

Featuring:


¨      Tommy Makem

¨      Cherish the Ladies

¨      Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul

¨      Tommy Fleming

¨      New Barleycorn

¨      Brigid’s Cross

¨      Dermot Henry

¨      Brace Yourself Bridget

¨      Johnny McEvoy

¨      James Kilbane

¨      Foster & Allen

¨      David Munnelly Band

¨      Seven Nations

¨      Gaelic Storm

¨      Cathie Ryan

¨      Irish Sopranos

¨      Boston Comhaltas

¨      Jimmy Carton

¨      Quagmyre

¨      Young Dubliners

¨      Dennis Doyle

¨      The Kilroys

¨      Brendan Shine

¨      Mossy Moran

¨      Logan Wells

¨      Bruno Brothers

¨      87th Pipe & Drums

¨      Northcoast Pipe Band

¨      East Side Irish-American Club Pipe Band

¨      Tessie Burke School of Irish Dance

¨      Cannon-O’Donnell School of Irish Dance


Plus:

¨      “Fit-ups” Show Recreation

¨      Tommy Makem on “The Song Tradition”

¨      Johnny McEvoy on “All Our Wars Are Merry, All Our Songs Are Sad”

¨      Oliver Twisted Irish Comedy Show

Expanded Food Court, featuring:


¨      Reilly’s At the Market

¨      Ahern Catering

¨      Sullivan’s Irish Restaurant

¨      Pickle Bills Restaurant

¨      Wright Catering

¨      Maui Wowi Tropical Drinks


Amazing New Displays added to the Nationally Recognized Celtic Heritage Hall include:


¨      The Connemara Pony

¨      Jack Dempsey – World Champion

¨      The Book of Kells

¨      The Castles of West Cork

¨      Solas – Reunion

¨      Bobby Sands – 25 Years Ago

¨      Tuning In – 7,000 Tunes, & Counting

¨      James Galway

¨      Van Morrison

¨      Newgrange

¨      The Irish Revolution in America

¨      James Connolly – the new movie

¨      Do You Remember the Cinemas?

¨      Mickey Rooney – Eight Decades of Entertainment


 

PLUS:

 More than 200 other displays on Irish culture, sports, theatre, arts, history, music, dance & more.

 

***

I hope to see you, out & about, soon.  Until then, All the best wishes for a safe and glorious summer.  God Bless.

Sincerely,

John

John O’Brien, Jr.
14615 Triskett Road * Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123 * (330) 321-6174

Assistant Director – Operations        Author, Festival Legends Series:
Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival    Book I –    Festival Legends: Songs & Stories
July 21 – 23, 2006                              Book II –   Festival Legends: Trads & Ceilis   

Berea Fairgrounds                              Book III – Festival Legends: The Balladeers

www.clevelandirish.org                     Book IV – Festival Legends: Safe in the Hands
John@clevelandirish.org                                                                    of a New Generation

                                                           www.songsandstories.net

john@songsandstories.net

I expect to pass through this life but once, If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow being,  let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it,  for I shall not pass this way again – W. Penn

And God Said No

  1. From:  Bredelicious, from Bob


    I made a few changes, but it is similar to Bob’s post, until the end.

    And God Said No

    I asked God to take away my pride,
    and God said, “No, it was not for Him to take away,
    but for me to give up.”

    I asked God to make my handicapped child whole
    and
    God said, “No, her spirit is whole,
    her body
    is only temporary.”

    I asked God to grant me patience,
    and God said, “No, patience is a by-product of tribulation.
    It
    isn’t granted, it’s earned.”

    I asked God to give me happiness,
    and God said, “No, I give blessings,
    happiness is up to you.”

    I asked God to spare me pain,
    and God said, “No,
    suffering draws you apart from worldly cares
    and brings
    you closer to Me.”

    I asked God to make my spirit grow,
    and God said, “No, You must grow on your own,
    but
    I will prune you to make you fruitful.”

    I asked God if He loved me,
    and God
    said. ”Yes, I gave My only Son to you, who died for you,
    and you will be in Heaven
    some day because you believe.”

    I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me,
    and
    God said, ”Ah, finally,
    you have gotten the idea.”

    ** My thoughts:
    EACH of those above applies/applied to me.

    The daily pain I feel draws me closer to God.
    Thru God’s incredible gift of life I have learned patience, understanding, empathy and love for others, humility, how to be happy – in my own world, acceptance of my own health problems and pain and using that to help others, deepened my faith, spirituality, closeness to Him (or Her) and grown my hope for a brighter tomorrow, both here in the short time I am on earth, and in Heaven, when God calls me home.

    I woke up this morning and before opening my eyes, before my first activity of the day, praying, saw a sign in my mind’s eye.  Here is what it said:

    “Hi John,

    Thanks for talking with me last night.  I love our conversations and hearing all about your day.  You make me so happy, just talking with me.  It was wonderful to share in those dreams and concerns with you.

    I know all your needs, I will not be needing your help to handle them. So just have a good day.

    All my Love,

    God”

Bill of Non-Rights

Bill of NON-RIGHTS….

From Jules, with a few changes

The following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Aye from GA.

This guy should run for President one day…

 “We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters.

 

We hold these truths to be self evident:
that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.”

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool  manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.
 Get an education and go to work….don’t expect everyone else to take care of you!

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you  kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair!

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob,  cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means
 that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you are from.  English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from!

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution.

The phrase “IN GOD WE TRUST” is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, you can always go back to where you came from.  We wont miss you, REALLY.

It’s about time common sense is allowed to flourish, as it did in the days when this country first started.  That is why it was so successful.  If you needed something, you went out and earned it, you didnt wait around for someone to give it to you, nor did you steal it.


So speak out, because if you do not, who will?

All you gotta do is get the ball rolling.

A few funnies

An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with bright freckles, spent the day at the zoo. Lots of children were waiting in line to get their cheeks painted by a local artist who was decorating them with tiger paws.

“You’ve got so many freckles, there’s no place to paint!” a girl in the line said to the little fella. Embarrassed, the little boy dropped his head.

His grandmother knelt down next to him “I love your freckles. When I was a little girl I always wanted freckles, she said, while tracing her finger across the child’s cheek. “Freckles are beautiful!”

The boy looked up, “Really?”

“Of course,” said the grandmother. “Why, just name me one thing that’s prettier than freckles.”

The little boy thought for a moment, peered intensely into his grandma’s face, and softly whispered, “Wrinkles.”

**************************************

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”

The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

**************************************

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?”

I mentally polished my halo while I asked, “No, how are we alike?”

“You’re both old,” he said.

*********************************

When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied “I’m not sure.”

“Look in your underwear, Grandma,” he advised. “Mine says I’m four.”

***********************************

Our five-year-old son Mark couldn’t wait to tell his friend about the movie we had watched on television, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed.

In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, “What caused the submarine to sink?”

With a look of incredulity Mark replied, “Dad, it was the 20,000 leaks!!”

***************************************

A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, “Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.”

The mother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting,” she said. “How do you make babies?”

“It’s simple,” replied the girl. “You just change “y” to “i” and add “es.”

(Wouldn’t an English teacher love that one?) ****************************************

“Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.

The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.”

The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.

Sure,” said the young boy confidently. “It means carrying a child.”

********************************************

A grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she got to the bottom, there were three of those little green Army men in the cup. She said “Honey, what are these army men doing in my coffee?”

Her grandson said, “Grandma, it says on TV, “The best part of waking up is soldiers in your cup!”

***********************************

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog. The children started discussing the dog’s duties.

“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.

“No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck”

A third child brought the argument to a close…”They use the dogs”, she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”

New Book Singings Added

Festival Legends Soaring!

Festival Legends: Songs & Stories, the biographical look at modern Irish music legends, is now available for purchase.  Featuring such folk and Irish music greats as Tommy Makem, Danny Doyle, Liam Clancy, Johnny McEvoy, The Dublin City Ramblers, Brendan Shine, Dennis Doyle, Batt Burns, Tom Sweeney, The Makem & Spain Brothers, Barleycorn, and Cherish the Ladies, this book was culled from hundreds of hours of personal interviews with those featured and those who know them best.  Written by Cleveland, Ohio based John OBrien, Jr., who has been Assistant Director of Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival for more than twenty years, the book tells of the people, places, events and historic moments that shaped and inspired the performers, the music, and Irish and Irish-Americans throughout the world. 

 
Festival Legends: Songs & Stories is available at the authors website, www.songsandstories.net, thru the mail at OB Press (14615 Triskett Road.  Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123. 330-321-6174), or can be purchased through Barnes & Nobles, Borders, Borders Express, B. Dalton and Amazon.com.  Some of these stores have them in stock, some will order it for you. 

The songsandstories.net site and OB Press has Festival Legends: Songs & Stories in stock for immediate shipment, plus the book will also be autographed by the author for you, if purchased thru these two sites.  [389 pages, 16 pages of pictures.  ISBN# 1-4259-1738-0.]

Book Signings (to date):  Please check www.songsandstories.net for up to date signings/appearances/corrections.

Saturday, June 10th 1:00 – 3:00
B. Dalton Booksellers
(Great Lakes Mall)

Monday, June 12th,
East Side Irish-American Club
(22770 Lakeshore Blvd.  Euclid)

after the 8:00 General Meeting

Thursday, June 15th 11:30 – 1:30
Crooked River Books
(In the Galleria – 1301 East 9th Street, Cleveland).

Sunday, June 18th 10:00 – 12:00
Jerry Quinns Irish Hours
WHK AM 1420

Saturday, June 24th 1:00 – 3:00
Borders
(9565 Mentor Avenue, Mentor)

Saturday, July 1st 1:30 – 3:30
Northrup Bookstore – Olmsted Falls
(8080 Columbia Road in the Grand
Pacific Junction Shopping area)

Saturday, July 8th 1:00 – 3:00
Borders
(Strip Avenue, North Canton)

Saturday, July 15th 2:00 – 4:00
Barnes & Noble

Crocker Park (Westlake)

Fri –  Sun June 30 – July 2 (Eastlake)
Irish Summerfest

Friday – Sunday, July 21 – 23
Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival
(Berea Fairgrounds)

Friday – Sunday, August 4 – 6
Dublin Irish Fest (Dublin, OH.)

Friday – Sunday, August 18 – 20
Milwaukee Irish Fest

Friday – Sunday, September 8 – 10
Pittsburgh Irish Fest

***

For more information, please contact author John OBrien, Jr. @ 330-321-6174 or thru his website, www.songsandstories.net

The website features extensive excerpts, photos and interviews from the book research process, an extensive blog, covering everything Irish, Clevelands Irish Cultural Festival, poetry, quotes, songs, performers and their histories, random thoughts and more.  The touring schedule, the authors other writings; poetry, short stories, articles and profiles, which appeared under his byline with Irish American Post and in other publications, are also featured.   Please sign the guestbook when you visit, the author would love to hear from you on this or any other relevant topics.

The next book in the four book series, Festival Legends: Trads & Ceilis, is already underway.

John O’Brien, Jr.
14615 Triskett Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44111-3123
(330) 321-6174

Assistant Director – Operations                Author
Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival            Festival Legends: Songs & Stories
July 21 – 23, 2006                                     www.songsandstories.net
Berea Fairgrounds                                    john@songsandstories.net
www.clevelandirish.org
John@clevelandirish.org

I Got Interviewed

Friday, June 09, 2006

Interviewed by – Charmaine Moved to Arkansas

1. You take alot of pride in your Irish heritage. Have you ever been to Ireland? If so, how was the experience?

I have been to Ireland twice.  The farm where my dad grew up is run by his nepheew, the 11th generation to run that farm (milk and cattle).  Their house is older than this country.  The country is very small, you could fit all of Ireland inside Ohio, but no pictures or descriptions can ever do justice to the beauty and the spirituality of the country.

2. You are a published author. An accomplishment that many only dream of. How old were you when you first dicovered a love of writing?

I was writing poetry and that in High school.  I wrote 2 memorials to people who had passed away and they got a lot of notice, it expanded from there.

3. What do you first notice in someone who may potentially be a romantic interest?

smile drops me every time, an enthusiasm for life is very important – that vitality carries over to everything; love, humor, living, sex, everything.

4. What is one thing that you learned from your previous marriage that you think would be helpful in a future marriage and/or long-term relationship?

I allowed the break in our trust to impact everything.  I would be more open and qestion a lot more than I did.  It HAS to be a two way street – all the efforts of only one will not work, no matter how hard you try.

5. What are three things that you hope to do before you die?

Have a best seller
have a spouse and family
Make the world a better place for my having been here