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IrishAyes

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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 5,368

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

This may seem trivial on the surface,

BUT! While this is by far my favorite religious site, regardless of how long I've been off wandering, I did dawdle awhile on another allegedly Christian website that claims strong leftist credentials. By and large I found them reasonably compatible. Then they held an outdoor festival and naturally posted pictures, partly to publicize the tee shirts that are a major fundraiser for them.

My reasonably mild comment drew a rather hostile official response, however. I noted that most of the male readers were probably more focused on the two pastors' wives who were practically flashing all their female assets. I didn't even put it that bluntly, instead referring to 'barely-there tops' and their distraction from the publicized intent. But I'll wager the Hooters waitresses dress more appropriately than the two wives. I'm talking little more than pasties here.

Now of course they're all huffy with me. I noted that I didn't question anyone's faith or ethics, merely the absence of a reasonable dress code and its effect on tee shirt promotion. There are bound to be differences between generations, and I doubt any of us will wear a stitch in heaven. At least CS Lewis didn't seem to think so. I don't even have a problem with discreet nudists so long as they don't streak through my front yard or something. And anyone who loves Maxfield Parrish and other Victorian fine art the way I do shouldn't be mistaken for a hopeless prude.

What I do have a problem with is people who set themselves up as superior moral leaders and then get their shorts twisted when questioned even in a fairly mild manner.

And of course I do want to ask the men in this group, whatever their generation, whether they like their own beloved female family members 'dressed' that way. I'll ask my feminist friends to please spare me any false assumptions by blowing this question far out of proportion, too. When we marry we do need to be considerate of our partner's feelings. But one thing I've noticed watching DWTS; when the men have had any say-so about their partners' costumes, they've invariably designed more material, let's say.

What do YOU think about the whole shebang?

Since I suffer an inordinate fondness for Oriental rugs,

I was known to visit those shops on occasion. A major interior design store belonged to a chatty gentleman who'd fled Iran shortly before the Shah. Unfortunately, the best I could do was to buy new wall-2-wall carpet for my condo. Anyway, he told me he always asked his clients why they chose a particular color scheme - mine was a pure plush blue - and I told him it was because I look best in blue. He was stunned and said nobody had ever given him THAT answer before! I've always followed interior design, and that was just my independent conclusion about interior color choices. If I wouldn't wear it, it didn't belong in my house either. Only once, quite recently, did I see that official suggestion in a design forum.

That was another fun thing about L.A. I could find things there that weren't widely available, including fabrics. I've dragged enough of that stuff hither and yon on my moves so that now I don't have to worry about my own house looking like any other, much less in the Midwest. I really prefer oak floors (wall2wall 2nd choice) with the few Oriental rugs I do have, old mahogany, rosewood, or ebony furniture upholstered in Oriental styles, and plain white walls with cloisonne pictures. Except for the Maxfield Parrishes. Well, at least nobody else in the remote areas of the Midwest decorates that way. Certainly not here. They think Victorian painters were all pornographic.

Here where I retired in the Midwest (you know the story all too well by now!),

someone once asked me what I liked best about living in L.A. so many years. I said the cultural diversity and how I could meet people from all over the world even w/o traveling! When I mentioned how people used to have block parties where they brought traditional dishes from their country of origin, listeners flipped out and raged, "They shouldn't do that! They should be like us!" It made me think, why in God's name would they want to do that?

My heart goes out to all in financial difficulty; my own working years were not

hand to mouth but rather boom or bust, so where the next dollar was coming from ruled my life back then. Yes, I'm retired now, older and much closer to my expiration date. But even the fact that I have fewer years left to live doesn't change the fact that NOW is the happiest time of my life selfishly speaking because at least I have a measure of safety now. Career Years can be such a head kicker that I don't envy those still involved. Best of luck to you.

Who? Where? When? Lemme at 'em! I wanna go too!

Ahhh... mystery solved. The logo wouldn't show on the OP page but did on the reply.

Regardless, I still think it's a good idea - and the battle plan's superb. Onward and upward!

It dates back farther than the Wobblies.

And yes, I know when someone's trying to pick a fight. With men it's usually their need to pee higher on the tree.

A well-crafted sharp barb doesn't NEED the sarcasm tag. That's a crutch.

When it reflects such a widely held belief on a critical cultural problem,

perhaps the sarcasm tag is necessary for those who need it as a communication crutch. Your barb was blunt.

Regardless, what a 'charming' way to call me stupid. May I return the compliment?

Words are the most powerful weapons on earth and should be used with care and respect.

Loose lips sink ships. Poor composition and lack of personal oversight reflect poorly on a person's work ethic and therefore on the person himself.

Signed,

former English Major


PS: If you really don't believe composition and copy editing are important, let me introduce you to a friend's father, a lawyer of the old school (he knew grammar and therefore how to diagram sentences), who broke a contract on the basis of a misplaced modifier. Those plagues that infest language today. Good luck in court against such as he!

As in all things, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

While I personally dislike modern design almost unilaterally, I happen to like the Katrina Cottages built in NOLA. They follow more traditional tastes with porches etc. And if anything ever destroys my own home, I'd be fully content building a small dome home or yurt - that's all I could afford. With a big enough disaster to look back on, most people would be thrilled with these houses.

Good on Brad Pitt and the OP.

You realize you've just ruined Li'l Rascals reruns for me, don't you?

It will take extreme mental discipline to blot THAT picture out of my mind.
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