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Current location: retired to MidWest
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About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

As I intend to remark in the other thread,

I like what Bill Maher had to say about it, that she should wait until she hears what Jesus has to say! Uh oh.

I also like Martin Basheir's suggestion although it's slightly unrepeatable in polite circles.

I consider myself a 'good' Catholic regardless of the legions who would disagree. However,

there's no way I want to be treated at a Catholic hospital in event of severe emergency because I know they would disregard my end of life wishes. Much as it saddens me, I don't expect to be allowed a Catholic burial either, partly because of my preference for cremation. But by that time, of course, I won't care!

Thanks for both beautiful poems. Odd how my memory switched the critters, isn't it?

Although I've certainly disposed of every rodent ever found in my house, I pity the poor things too and prefer to keep them away in the first place by various means.

One of the most delightful books I ever read was simply called 'Walking', a year's diary of a naturalist's woodland ramblings. I think of it often, and the beautiful field mouse I once saw sitting perfectly upright and still. It's little ears were translucent as jewels with the morning sun filtering through.

Does anyone now doubt the snippet of a news story I heard only once on late-night news?

The one that said after Vatican officials refused to give up their luxury autos as Papa Francis insisted, that he went to the garage and smashed the windshields? Actually true or not, it certainly fits.

Technology was supposed to give us a paperless society. Instead

it gave us more paper than ever, to back up the technology. Unintended consequences.

You can just hear Skinner muttering to himself, can't you? I don't mean the DU Skinner.

Well, while I prefer the nuclear human family arrangement,

I realize that's not always possible or even preferable to some. There are excellent alternatives such as the well-run commune or even Israeli kibbutz. But electronic parenting defies our very nature and cannot be made to work. We're reaping the bitter fruit today.

While totally inept at the dialect,

I do remember the occasion to which the poem spoke: a lady in church not realizing that a mouse was scampering around in her huge, showy hat of which she must've been very proud.

Hope that redeems me somewhat.

Let me provide an example from nature, to which many people forget or deny our inclusion.

Scientists have observed aberrant behavior in young male elephants in the wild when there are no mature bulls present due to poaching or whatever.

Humans like to discount the critical nature of close association with healthy role models and we also like to excuse using degrading entertainment media as convenient electronic pacifiers.

There's not that much difference between species when it comes down to the nitty gritty. When our legitimate biological and psychological needs go unmet, abberant behavior is going to result, like it or not. I'm not making any excuses, simply trying to look at the problem scientifically - a practice we ignore at our common peril. Yes, we can and should wish for better, but we're damned sure not going to get it by denying our situation!

Reality insofar as it can be determined is our friend. Ignorance of the human animal is NOT. EVER.

One other note: Modern city planners have found ways to design spaces that passively reduce some of our baser behaviors. I find that encouraging. But they didn't discover this by ignoring or denying what happens under given conditions either.

Well, you just sent me on a real joy ride, monster! Thanks.

Sometimes I worry about DU taking up so much of my reading time but today it proved especially worthwhile. I even went on to read the entire list. Thank you again. "Oh, for the gift to see ourselves as others see us..." I won't even attempt the Burns version.

This romp brought back happy memories of my Los Angeles days, where you could easily bump into what seemed like an example of every country in the world. I used to host a regular open house for legitimate political refugees as much for my own pleasure as anything more altruistic. Most Americans unfortunately grow irate when I tell one of my favorite stories about that:

A couple from Sri Lanka came to stay a few days, and of course when they first entered the house they took off their shoes. I was accustomed to that and always had mats and slippers for anyone who wanted them. But after initial introductions, when these newcomers saw me enter the kitchen wearing anything at all on my feet, they were shocked and a little concerned. I had to ask what was the matter. Reluctantly they told me I would make the kitchen gods angry doing that.

Well, I had to do something to reassure them or they might have been unwilling to sit at table with me. So I explained that as a Christian I have no kitchen gods myself and therefore can't honor what I don't have. However, I did honor and appreciate my guests and would be more than happy to please them by removing my slippers. They were relieved and made the most considerate and interesting company I ever had.

You don't want to know how many Americans turn red with fury when I tell that story. The very idea of cultural sensitivity appalls many. "They're here in OUR country, they can do things OUR way!" totally ignoring how many different ways Americans have themselves. I think it generally translates to MY way or the highway. Shameful.

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