Archive for December, 2014

I Went to a Party Mom

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I Went to a Party Mom I went to a party and remembered what you said. You told me not to drink, Mom so I had a Sprite instead. I felt proud of myself, the way you said I would. That I didn’t drink and drive, though some friends said that I should. I made […]

Tis a Workin Man I am … but man, the play!

Monday, December 29th, 2014

I get better and better every year at capturing the small moments. I am a (very much) a novice photographer, but learning to capture and work light, to make the essence of people and places come through. I have a very long way to go, but I see flashes, so to speak. Friends show great […]

Christmas +1 …

Friday, December 26th, 2014

It is One Day After Christmas … Does your heart hurt? Your belly? Or like me right now, are you filled with appreciation, for all the work of my family to make Christmas such a joy for everyone that comes together; for the upbringing now being paid forward to the next generation; but most of […]

It is Christmas …

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

It is Christmas Day … One of my sisters birthday is today.  She is my Irish twin, born less than a year apart.  We don’t talk as often as I’d like, but I love her with all my heart. For Christmas she gave me a picture, of pictures of the both of us as little […]

It is 1 Day until Christmas …

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

It is 1 Day until Christmas ~ There can be only One. One day, one Best friend, one Highlander, 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, both for safety, and […]

Forever Seven: The Men Who Signed The Proclamation: A Story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Forever Seven: the Seven Men Who Signed The Proclamation Forever Seven: Patrick Henry Pearse by Anne Waters There are few who can name all seven signatories to the Irish Proclamation, but the one name easily recalled is Patrick Pearse. He was the figurehead whose oratory so inspired; it proved a catalyst for the Rising. […]

It is 2 Days until Christmas …

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán fein. There is no fireside like your own fireside. 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 ~ perhaps because it is so easy, we often forget […]

Living with Lardie: Achill, Home of the Blarney; A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Living with Lardie: Achill, Home of the Blarney A Story from this Month’s Issue of the Ohio Irish American News by Richard Lardie Our first and only trip to Achill Island was in the summer of 1997. We went to Ireland with a large group (28) of interconnected extended families. The weather for the three […]

It is 3 Days until Christmas …

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

It is 3 Days until Christmas … Being Irish and being Catholic, three has a significant presence on my life.  A symbol of Ireland oft used is a shamrock, which has three leaves.  It is very prevalent in Ireland, but rare here, and considered lucky because of its rarity. The shamrock is not to be […]

In the Beginning … Cleveland Irish History

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Cleveland Irish: In the Beginning … By Francis McGarry A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News One of the first Irish Catholics in what would become Ohio was Daniel Sheehy from County Tipperary.  He was a surveyor of land in the Mahoning River Valley in the 1790s.  That was almost […]