A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

Living with Lardie: For A Quarter
by Dick Lardie

Travel back with me if you will to a place where one quarter bought an entire afternoon of fun.

Was there any better time when we were young than Saturday afternoon? We would all trudge off to the local movie house for the best day a person could have. It started for me at about age 9 and went to about age 15.

The early years, 9 till about 12, were exciting and new. I was allowed to go with my friends alone and spend the whole day without adult supervision (Unless you count the teenage ushers as adults, and I never counted them).

Ten cents to get in, ten cents for popcorn and a nickel for candy were the best bargains around. The locations were endless. The Uptown, Doan, Yale, Jewel, Commodore, Ezella, Éclair, Fairmount, Granada, Madison, Euclid, Riverside, Detroit, Beachcliff, Hilliard Square, Homestead, Capital, Yorktown, Euclid, Lake , Shore, LaSalle. I won’t mention all the downtown houses because most of us did not go down there till we were older.

Off you went into the show. Always a double feature of mostly “B” movies, but it would include a cartoon; Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig, if you were lucky, maybe Tom and Jerry or Woody Woodpecker, but hopefully not Merrie Melodies.

This was before television and Saturday morning cartoons. I would always try to stay through the double feature and watch the cartoons a second time. After the cartoon came the News Reel.

It was seven or eight minutes of News with film. This was fascinating as we only had radio news. Actual moving pictures with the news. What a concept. I told my friend Tony that News with film would never catch on because people just wanted to hear the news, not watch it. They got the adults to come every Wednesday night by giving away dishes and glasses. These were presented with music and exciting voices by companies like Movie Tone News and March of Time. Most of the kids were not interested in the news reels. We were anxious for the serial to start.

These were continuing stories shown each week designed to make sure you went every week. At the end of the film our hero would be in a predicament that he or she could not survive. That meant you had to come back next week to see how they managed to get them out of hot water.

We all envied these heroes, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, Batman and Robin, Superman, Zorro, Captain Marvel, The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, Brenda Starr, Terry and the Pirates, The Green Hornet, Tarzan, The Shadow, Captain Midnight. This list is not complete but you get the idea; weekly thrills for a 10 year old to become the hero, as he lost himself in the film, sword fighting all the way home, slaying the villains and saving the pretty maiden. All of this for a quarter and the movie hadn’t started yet.

The actors and actresses were not the kind that won awards but they were our stars. Glen Ford, Dan Dureya, Jeff Chandler, Anne Baxter, Ester Williams, Boris Karloff, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Bela Lugosi, John Agar, Audey Murphy, John Carradine, Barbara Steele, Bruce Dern, Michael Rennie, Richard Carlson, Randolph Scott, Vincent Price, James Whitmore, and again the list goes on.

The memorable movies for me at that age were the beginning of science fiction and of course horror movies. Some of my scariest movies to walk home from were Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Mole People, The Invisible Man, and The Werewolf.

Three movies stick out for me as the most memorable as a ten year old. The first was “War of the Worlds’ with Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The robots from Mars could not be stopped. They tried guns, gasoline, electricity, water, bombs and rockets. Nothing worked until God intervened and killed them with our germs. Whew, that was close.

The second movie that scared me was the movie “Them”. We had all heard about the A bomb tests and radioactivity was a scary proposition. The movie was about some ant colony that got radiated and grew to enormous proportions. The colony hatched some new queens that flew off and settled in the sewers of Los Angeles. It featured Edmund Gwenn (Santa from miracle on 34th street) as a scientist who is trying to explain the problem of giant ants. It has an eerie sound when the ants are about to appear. It was almost as scary as the scream in “Psycho”. The army was called in and they finally saved us, but the movie ended with a warning about the atomic age. Large ants invaded my dreams for many years after that.

My final movie from that era was “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. Wow, a flying saucer lands on the ground in Washington and an alien exits the saucer saying he comes in peace. Of course we shoot him and a robot named Gort comes out of the ship shooting people and weapons with a ray from his head. The alien, played wonderfully by Michael Rennie, tries to save the earth from all our wars but is injured in another attack. The female hero, played by Patricia Neal, has to get the robot to save the hero and almost gets fried because she forgets the phrase she has to say to the robot.

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I am 74 years old and still know what to say to that robot if ever I run into him. “Gort, Klaatu Berada Nikto”. I will save the planet if called upon.

Getting older changed the movies, as we moved into Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, and then all the teen movies, followed by the rock and roll era movies. After that came Blackboard jungle, James Dean, Marlon Brando etc. Television soon took us away and the movies closed one by one.

Some of the old movie houses are slowly being saved. Let’s take our grandkids to the renovated theatres and tell them how we used to spend our Saturdays. Then tell them it only cost a quarter.

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Speak Irish: A story from this month’s issue of the Ohio Irish American News

SPEAK IRISH
By Bob Carney
carneyspeakirish@gmail.com

I scath a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – In each other’s shadow the people live

Conas atá sibh? In past lessons we have learned how to ask for things(our visit to the pub), how to ask and respond to how are you?, greet people, ask the time, and some polite phrases we can use with others. This month we’ll meet some new words and phrases we can use to interact with others; that is the purpose of any language. The first thing after greeting someone we have just met is to find out their name, and introduce ourselves.

Cén t-ainm atá ort? (kayn tan-um uh-taw ort) What is your name?
Is mise ….. (iss mishuh) I am ……
If you are asking someone else’s name in return, we would use the tone of our voice to show emphasis when speaking in English. In Irish we can change the last word in the phrase as well as using tonal inflection.
Cén t-ainm atá ortsa? (kayn tan-um uh-taw ort-suh)
Ar mhaith leat (air why lyat) Would you like
Ba mhaith liom (bah hwah lyum) I would like
Cad é sin ? (cahd ay shin) What’s that ?
Is …… é (iss …… ay) It’s a ……
Cá bhfuil (kah hwill) Where is
Cé as tú? (kay oss too) Where are you from?
Is as …… mé (iss oss …… may) I am from
Cá bhfuil tú i do chónaí? (kaw will too ih duh khoe-nee) Where do you live?
Tá mé i mo chónaí ( taw may ih muh khoe-nee) I live in
Tá sé anseo ( taw shay un-shuh ) It is here
Tá sé ansin ( taw shay un-shin) It is there
Níl sé anseo ( neel shay un-shuh ) It is not here
Vocabulary:
Stáit Aontaithe ( stoych ayn- tih huh ) United States
Eirinn (air-in ) Ireland
Meiriceá ( mair- ih kaw ) America
Sasana (soss-uh nuh) England
Albain (all-uh bin) Scotland
trá (traw) a beach
an trá (un traw) the beach
óstán (oess-tawn) a hotel
an t-óstán (un toess-tawn) the hotel
siopa (shoop-uh) a shop or store
an siopa (un shoop-uh) the store
fuinneog (fwin-ngog) window
nuachtán (noo ak-tan)
newspaper leabhar (lyore) book
an fear (un -far) the man
an bhean (un-van) the woman
múinteoir (moo-un-cheore) teacher
fiaclóir (fee -uh- klor) dentist
úll (ool) apple
bainne (bon yuh ) milk
briosca (bris-kuh) cookie
rothar (ruh-her ) bicycle
cóta (ko-tuh ) coat
sráid (tryed ) street
an sráid (un-tryed) the street
rud éigin (row de gan) something
ól (oel) drink
Examples:
Cá bhfuil an sráid? Where is the street?
Tá sé anseo It’s here
Ar mhaith leat rud éigin a ól? Would you like something to drink?
Ba mhaith (buh- wah) Yes
Níor mhaith (neer-wah) No
Ba mhaith liom uisce I would like water
Tá mé i mo chónaí i Meiriceá (taw may ih muh khoe-nee ih mair-ih-kaw) I live in America
Agus tusa? (ah-gus tuh-suh) And you?
Is as Béal Feirste mé (iss oss bell farshta may) I’m from Belfast

We can go back to past issues and use words we have learned to create many new phrases. I know you will be very surprised at how much Irish you have! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or things you would like to see covered in future Speak Irish columns.
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Use your “cúpla focal”, couple of words, of Irish as often as you can. Irish language is growing worldwide and is as important as our music, food, sports and all of our history that makes up our Irish-American heritage. Share it with pride!
Slán Go Foill

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“Got Irish History? Feed the Need”

Need a read? Feed the Need …

The 2016 Lyrics of Irish Freedom: Notes of Turbulent Times Book Tour is about to begin, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day and the 100th Commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising (Ireland’s American Revolution). Don’t Miss it.

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Get your signed copy @ one of these to date scheduled book tour stops, or www.songsandstories.net

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Get yours at songsandstories.net; I’d be honored to sign it for you.
John

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Little Boxes, Little Boxes …

Little Boxes, little boxes,
and their all made out of ticky tacky
and their all in my closet
and they all need a good home

Won’t you grab my new book; won’t you share with your friends, and their friends too (please, they NEED a good home):

The Lyrics of Irish Freedom by John O’Brien Jr.​
A great book to frame the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising (Ireland’s American Revolution) with commemorations now starting across the Irish Diaspora.

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#LiveMoreLifeBeMoreIrish

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Get yours at songsandstories.net; I’d be honored to sign it for you.
John

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Happy New Year, and Happy Anniversary too!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. I’d also like to add, Happy Anniversary – to all our Ohio Irish American News writers, advertisers, distributors and supporters – we are 9 years old; we are very blessed to know you, and to have your active support. We continue to learn, to grow and to get better, thanks to your feedback.

 

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As always, there is much going on in and around Ohio. Every month ads and the Out & About Ohio section are filled with what’s to come; so save the date, share the wealth and plan accordingly to not miss the best the Irish have to offer each other, and our friends.

 

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It gives us great joy to share the wealth of our heritage, past present and to come. Seeding others bears so much fruit; just as it has for generations of ground breakers, immigrants, sponsors and saviors, who then sent those proceeds back and forward, to ease the road for the next one on it. We aim to have the same impact. In 2015, our budget for helping those in need was $10,000; we blew by that in June, and will end up being nearly double it for the year. To whom much is given …

 

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Irish Network Cleveland, the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland, has launched; Music Box Cleveland Sundays are back, The Cleveland International Film Festival; Northern Ohio Rose of Tralee, and RISE Foundation events are fast approaching; Primary elections are March 15th, with many Judicial races impacting our communities; The 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising is fast approaching; Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and many more events are this month, next, or deep into planning. I know they would welcome your support, and your help; they are asking, if you are looking for that chance to make a difference, and have fun.

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It is Christmas …

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.  We always celebrate her birthday Christmas Eve and her husband makes this amazing Chicken Cordon Blue. I could eat just that, leave all the other stuff behind, and be one very happy man.  Family comes in, from where ever they can. We eat, have a great cuppa or three and exchange gifts.  Seeing the kids open their gifts, their joy and excitement, is a highlight for me. I am a fan of tradition, knowing where we come from matters.

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Cherish the Mystery
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Ghosts of Christmas past, go floating through my brain

I remember cold and snow, yet remember not much pain
Joyful childhood, waking up Christmas morn’

Delivering the paper, before the wrapping could be shorn

The house all dark but the tree lights still lit.

Not a sound in the sharp air, as I pull on my mitts

Bag over my shoulder, paper in my hands

Had to be in the door, not today’s “wherever it lands”

Quiet, so quiet, but this one morn I’m not afraid

I think not of dark driveways or who hasn’t paid

The stillness so peaceful, I try not to make a sound

I’m all alone in the world, as six a.m. comes around.

Up the long driveways and then back down them again,

Can’t jump the snow high on the grass, stuck like a pig in a pen

Broom hockey shoes keep me from falling, on my ass, in the snow

No matter how I hurried, I went much too slow

Frozen and often wet, I’d turn the corner for home

My mind is on presents, and Christmas past poems

The last paper’s delivered, each door tightly closed

My Irish cheeks look like Santa, the weather has rosed

I trudge up the hill and see my dad at the door

My mind sees those less blessed, many reasons for the poor

The houses in the neighborhood with no presents or a tree

My world’s not so cold, I’m starting to see.

Into the house I go, my bag hung on the stairs

One sister wakes up the others, who come down as a pair

Warm clothes, thick socks, and hot chocolate whipped to a foam

Rush through breakfast quickly, eyes to wonder and to roam.

My stocking off the fireplace, filled with fun little gifts

Then under the trees too sharp needles, the attention snaps and shifts

Clothes and cool games, wall holders for my collection

We each had our spot, our haul’s own little section

And when it’s all over, put the wrapping in the bag

Mom always says: “for thank you’s keep the tag”

Tho’ my sister is all tired, as my mother did warn her

I lean back against the wall, in my section in the corner

I think of the morning, from high chaos to early still

Of the food and the company, that this day will fill

The smell of the turkey, reaches me as I stretch out

Such wonderful memories are without a doubt

The reason I still cherish Christmas, and the still of the morn

Jesus works in mysterious ways, since the very night he was born.

Christmas dunk

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Please share your story with me; thank you for allowing me to share mine with you. “Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know”:
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It is 1 Day Until Christmas …

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 for satisfaction, of a life well lived. Being able to not only smell the roses, but be able to also see how it affects you, and others as well.

Best Friend

Highlander

One Day

One God

One QB

It is easier than ever to spread ourselves thin – the more technologically advanced we are, the busier we are – and the more easily distracted, unfocused, missing the forest for the trees we are, because we have been conditioned to multi-task: tell everyone, tell everyone in 140 characters or less, and move … to the next experience, satisfy the next urge, NOW.

I come from a deep and ingrained tradition of storytelling.  Today, the oral tradition is more readily available than ever.  Only now, it is electric!  It’s gone from the word, to the web. Name the poem, story or song, and you can often find it on the internet.  This is an amazing this for our culture, for every culture, and brings us full circle, because we can now see more than just our viewpoint, our own little world.

There are three sides to every story – your side, my side, and the truth. I have been writing a lot about the similarities of different people. I do a monologue presentation called “At Each End of the Rifle”. The presentation is poems, verse and lyrics that illustrates how, from throughout mankind’s history, people with remarkably similar hurts, angers, struggles, joys and goals, have insisted on killing each other.

With the advent of the internet and sharing, we can now hear more than one side of the story; we can see snap or a struggle from a perspective not often available to us, and we can make our own decision, based upon a person, and their character, not their religion, or the place they were born, whether born in Boston, in Belfast or in Bethlehem.

Shake the Bones
by John O’Brien, Jr.

Christmas smells and sounds drift through the house.
The sun is shining brightly.  There is no snow
but the cold and wind shake the bones, the panes
shudder and stress; sticks against the racing clouds.
On the beautiful blue canvas of the half clear sky.
cinnamon and pine and the green, red and gold
brightly tantalize the nose and the eyes.

Ave Maria, O Holy Night. Tynan in my ears,
praise and wonder in my mind.
Regret not the confusion, the chaos and the urgency
Of preparation. Of Thanksgiving. Of Christmas.
What gathers people, crafts hugs, kisses, handshakes, peace.
That which draws people together across miles, continents and anger,
is worth celebrating itself, let alone for the miracle that gave birth
to more than a child.

Contact, in cards and letters and pictures sent, seeing old friends
reunions, the healing power of hugs,
the healing power of God.

And they say we don’t see God at work in our world today.

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It is 2 Days Until Christmas …

It is 2 Days until Christmas …

Come my friends, it is not too late to seek a better world. – Tennyson (Ulysses)

Living in the moment isn’t hard to do ~ perhaps because it is so easy, and we are so busy, we often forget to do it. Being aware of our surroundings, our blessings, right now, as well as the ripples outward, is called situational awareness.

I have become good at living in the moment.  Too much time in my head, trying to mentally conquer RA and a broken back when the physical implements of war have not worked, especially this year, has allowed me to not only look inward for joy, but outward as well.  I go a little slower, so life is not as blurry for me as for others. Silver linings.

Beside the Ohio Irish American News, Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival and my books, I work as spokesman with the Sheriff’s Office. Every day I trade one day of my life for something.  It drives me to make that something traded worthwhile. I can recover some memories, but not time. I can’t recover the day. The opportunities may be repeated, but not in the same way.

There is not a lot of money in it; there is a load of grief, but the opportunity to significantly help people, to make this world a better place for my having been here, exists every day. Sometimes I win; sometimes I learn how to win.

The same is true for my new book, The Lyrics of Irish Freedom, which comes out January 1st (www.songsandstories.net). Sharing the bardic stories and songs of the Irish passion for freedom was a fun undertaking, but only time will tell if it resonates with others as much as it does with me.

Another echo of striving to make the world a better place is editing and publishing the Ohio Irish American News ~ we are celebrating our 9th Anniversary this month, and have grown tremendously in the past year, our best ever. There is no money in it; we haven’t grown enough yet, tho I have grande dreams. The chance to learn and share our rich heritage with those around me; to say thanks to trail blazers, volunteers and sacrifice, and to capture stories of the past and the present, for the future, have their own rewards. Saying thanks while they are still here, to hear it, is way more important than after they are gone, tho their families only seem to sense their impact later in the wake line shares and tears.

This year more than ever, we are aware of situations of struggle, of heartache, of loss and injustice, so many in need of a helping word, a helping hand. A helping hand CAN be verbal you know. They can be given out like sincere candy. We have seen those blessed with enough have taken to paying off other’s layaways – how incredibly thoughtful, subtle and loving, without any banging on chests or self-congratulations.

Acts of selfishness often make the news; acts of selflessness rarely do. Those without money try to find ways to make the world better by giving in other ways. We can’t let the lack of money dictate a lack of action.

The smallest gift – of word, assistance, thoughtfulness, can have the biggest impact ~ random acts of kindness can be a part of everyone’s day, not just at Christmas time. The theory is sound, the practice of this situational awareness, how we impact others, is so easy; we often forget to live it.  But it is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.

It is 2 days until Christmas

If not now, when? If we won’t begin putting other’s first, of thinking beyond ourselves now, at Christmas, whether we have money or not, when will we? The time for thinking is over; the time for acting is now.  … Two words have so much meaning: Act Now; Merry Christmas; Happy Anniversary; Thank You…

 “Come my friends, it is not too late to seek a better world”

Tennyson Come my friends

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It is 3 Days Until Christmas …

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 confused with the clover, which has four leaves (I’m looking over, a four leaf clover, that I’ve over looked before…”) and is everywhere here, like a weed – oh wait ….

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In the song, the 12 Days of Christmas*, 3 is 3 French Hens, which symbolize Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues.

Faith, Hope and Charity; like many immigrant nations who forge a new home, my family had no relatives in the U.S. while I was growing up.  My dad, from Co. Roscommon, Ireland, and my mom, from Montreal, Canada, faced uncertainty, and filled with great dreams, risked much when they came here.  Those who became our friends WERE our family – they adopted us, nurtured us, became our family and so much more. In many ways, you can’t choose your family; in many ways we did. But Faith, Hope and Charity blessed us, again.

Legend has it that St. Patrick used the three leaves of the shamrock to illustrate the three entities of God ~ The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, when converting pagan Ireland to Catholicism.  Each leaf, and each aspect of God, is recognizable on its own, but inseparable from the whole, very much like Christ, celebration, and Christmas.

This year will be our 34th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival.  The planning and booking is well under way, the grunt work has not yet begun.  I am excited about what, and who, is coming, but dread the havoc the physical work will wreak on my joints. I steel myself to it, and bow my head; by the grace of God, I get through that week each year.  I have 34 years of practice. To Date, we have Scythian, Ronan Tynan, The Fitzgerald’s, Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, Socks in the Frying Pan, Garry Gormley, Irish Descendants, Young Wolfe Tones, New Barleycorn, Brigid’s Cross, Marys Lane, Dermot Henry, Ashley Davis, Dennis Doyle and The Kilroys, with a throw out the the young wans, The Spazmatics. With that lineup, I hope you can see why I am excited; there is still much to come and slots to fill.

Temple Bar & Museum was a big hit last year, and will be expanded again this year.  We have moved forward from a one-year focus, to a longer term one; The Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising is on our minds as well.  If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to have you. Social Media, planning, entertainment and hospitality is in need of your help, just call out my name (john@clevelandirish.org).

Ireland and America are so heavily intertwined.  Many in Ireland are surprised when they see the fervor of Americans for Ireland. Festivals not only allow our music and culture to reach so many, they employ all the music makers: performers, sound men, vendors of food and merchandise, grounds rental and a myriad of direct and indirect saints and sinners. At many festival’s, you will see a t-shirt that says, “If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough”. #truth #LiveMoreLifeBeMoreIrish

Being Irish is a shamrock of faith, family and friends – each with their own identity and characteristics, but each an inseparable part of being Irish in America. Each, alone and together, a very, very, very lucky legacy of life, love and liberty.  My country, my heritage is tattooed across my back, and in my heart.

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