Archive for August, 2006

New Poem _ Ghosts Talking to Ghosts

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

New Poem – Ghosts Talking to Ghosts Ghosts Talking to Ghosts by John OBrien, Jr. Old memories, old emotions I hear ghosts talking to ghosts. Hairs rise, goosies. Hallowed hated halls, that I havent seen in twenty-five years, when I was young. How many thousands cried and laughed here, in the 1/4 century since? Would […]

Snakebit – anybody got any venom?

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Milwaukee Irish Fest is the largest Irish festival in the world, with over 140,000 people attending and I was invited to present on my book, and have a signing, each day. I was so very excited. The only rule was that I had to have to books (Festival Legends: Songs & Stories – all about […]

The Years in Her Eyes

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

The Years in Her Eyes by John O’Brien, Jr. I see the years in her eyes A miasma that can only be caused by the pain of a life well lived It may be the years, it may be the mileage it may be all she has seen or lost – that took bits of […]

Huron Irish Fest Fun

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Imagine that, me going to a festival for the weekend, and selling my book. Well this one was very different, for many reasons. It was held in Huron Ohio, almost 1/2 way between my home in Cleveland and Sandusky, which is where Cedar Point is. It is only Friday evening, and Saturday. Held in Huron […]

Jilly went and opened up an emotional door, damn her

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

The Vacant Chair                                 by John OBrien, Jr. I asked her if she could go home or did she have to stay out all night She looked at me kind of funny, her laughter peeled with delight My heart broke in two and I can still freeze the moment But a terrible devil had been […]

Dublin Irish Fest, Golf in the sand and life is NOT a bed of roses

Monday, August 7th, 2006

This is a LONG one, bitching at first, then great fun and pics. What a mighty weekend, after a few not soo mighty weekdays. I am in the 3rd printing of my book ( ) Of the 3 orders placed for my book. The order has been screwed up 3 times – NOT a good […]

She believes, even when I don’t

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

This song has been running thru my head over and over the last week.  I used to sing it all the time, but it has kind of faded, maybe with my marriage, I don’t know.  With the blog I wrote on what I love about women, maybe the responses from so many brought it back, […]

Don’t Forget Red Friday Tommorrow

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Don’t Forget Red Friday Tomorrow Please support all the very brave, sometimes scared, and often lonely troops deployed around the world – wear RED tomorrow

Farewell Dear Immigrant

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

One of the great teachers in Irish music died yesterday.  Mr. Tom McCaffrey, from Ireland, but living in Cleveland for more than a 1/2  century, passed away, at 90 years old.  He has taught so many music, but he has affected many times that, by his gentle spirit, constant laughter that simmered just below the […]

Poem – Sunshine

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Sunshine by John OBrien, Jr. I see the sunshine in the mist of driving rain lite my world grays banished no trace I see the sun shine in the midst of driving pain and I feel nothing but peace and warmth I see the sunshine it is all I ever needed for I know it […]