Archive for July, 2006

Absurd, maybe

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Absurd, maybe by John O’Brien, Jr. Thoughts echo, overcome my mind despite my angry, useless thrusts to push them away, on the uselessness of life or maybe just my life. Theatre of the Absurd as Beckett lived theatre of the absurd, as I live is there more? Is there anything at all? Life is such […]

Another golf joke

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

A fella goes to the golf course and his very first shot, it is horrible, slicing left, it goes far more to the left, then forward.  He slams the club down in frustration.  Suddenly, up pops a little man, from nowhere.  The fella jumps.  “Hey, where’d you come from? “Never you mind that,” little man […]

A new poem – Kiss Me

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Kiss Me by John O’Brien, Jr. Kiss me, I beg you, kiss me Let me feel your heat take my mind off the ache that resides deep, to my very joints, seemingly to my very soul distract me with what you make grow, fuel banish the memories of winters cold autumns rain spring’s lingering nip […]

overdue fest roundup

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Wow, What an absolutley crazy, happy, stressful and fun week, with some drama thrown in, just to keep us honest. Friday nite had record crowds, great weather, and, when Quagmyre, the opening act on the Celtic Thunder  Stage, out of Toronto, lost a few of their members to immigration problems, a special fill-in guest appearance […]

and so it continues, Wednesday edition

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

nd so it Continues… Wednesday’s edition.  The blog was getting too long, so I am breaking it up.  Here’s what happened today (go back to the last blog if you’d like to get Sunday thru Tuesday’s blog and pics). Got up nice and early, around 6ish, getting all the final pieces to take out to […]

And So It Begins – And Continues [Updated]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

A Continuous blog about the week around organizing the 24th Annual Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival – It goes from the bottom up, from oldest to today.  Tuesday July 18th It all started out so well.  Got up early, got a lot of paperwork caught up, did the radio show with Gerry Glennon on Midwest Irish […]

I will be on MIDWEST IRISH RADIO Tuesday

Monday, July 17th, 2006

I got a call today from Gerry Glennon, a fantastic Disk Jockey on one of my all time favorite radio shows, Midwest Irish Radio, out of Mayo, Ireland, on the internet, at, surprisingly enough, www.midwestirishradio.com.  Gerry finally got my book, sent to him about 2 months ago and he kindly invited me on the show […]

It is Festival Week

Monday, July 17th, 2006

Hi All, Only 5 days till the 24th Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival! Started by my father, and a group of incredibly dedicated, creative and engaging volunteers, which now number over 425, the festival is a living passion, to present, promote and preserve our wonderful Irish heritage. So, each day you will find a daily recap, […]

no punctuation a new poem

Monday, July 17th, 2006

no punctuation by john obrien jr I was told my life must be cold and it freezes my blood my very being that it is actually true self caused life caused experiences hates fears years of blindness or oblivion brought on by years of my own silent world amplified when chosen peaceful when not – […]

Is Anybody Out There?

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Hello, I have a briefly free evening (it is 11:30 p.m.) from preparing for the 24th Annual Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival, to be held next weekend, July 21-23 at the Berea Fairgrounds in Cleveland, Ohio – www.clevelandirish.org. This will be our 24th year and it just keeps growing and growing and (knock on my wooden […]