Archive for December, 2011

I wish you

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Words are inadequate to encompass the wishes of good fortune and blessing for you and yours as we close one chapter, and begin a new one. May it be full of great joy, great friends, successes and simple pleasures. Happy New Year, Slainté

Two Great Stories …

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Two Great Stories – Both true – and worth reading STORY NUMBER ONE Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was his lawyer […]

Ohio Irish American News premiered 5 years ago today

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

5 Years ago today, the 1st issue of the Ohio Irish American News premiered. Do you remember? Could you have imagined your life now, then? Why or what? For me, I was fresh off a book signing at Milwaukee Irish Fest in the summer of 2006, and on a book tour of the Chicago area […]

Everything I learned, I learned from my mother:

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Everything I learned, I learned from my mother: (author unknown) My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.” My mother taught me RELIGION. “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.” My mother taught me about TIME […]

And God Said No

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

And God Said No (author unknown) 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 […]

Love, loss & glory

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Love, loss & glory, the original poetry of John O’Brien, Jr. Print ($15) & ebooks ($5) avail @ www.songsandstories.net, Greater Cleveland Irish Directory ($20) and Fine Irish Pubs of Greater Cleveland ($10) there too. Thank you!

30 Days of Days ‘Till Christmas, One Post, by request

Monday, December 26th, 2011

It is Christmas! ~ For 30 days, I have been writing about things that matter to me as we approach Christmas. I got the idea from Maggie Keenan, who wrote about things she appreciated or was grateful for. One of my sisters birthday is today. She is my Irish twin. We always celebrate her birthday […]

It is Christmas …

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Happy 5th Anniversary, It is Christmas! ~ For 30 days, I have been writing about things that matter to me as we approach Christmas. I got the idea from Maggie Keenan, who wrote about things she appreciated or was grateful for. One of my sisters birthday is today. She is my Irish twin. We always […]

It is 1 Day Until Christmas …

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

It is 1 Day Until Christmas ~ There can be only One. One day, one Best friend, one quarterback, one God, in life, and of life. I wrote yesterday about Situational Awareness – living in the moment, not just in our own small worlds, but the greater world too. Being able to not only smell […]

It is 2 Days Until Christmas …

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

It is 2 Days Until Christmas ~ Come my friends, it is not too late to seek a better world. – Tennyson Living in the moment isn’t hard to do ~ it is so easy that we often forget to do it. Being aware of our surroundings, our blessings, right now, as well as the […]