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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, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

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

My housekeeping has improved tremendously under the tutelage of my over-tall

smooth coat JRT, Brigid. She's an equal opportunity chewer, doesn't discriminate against anything. Her last kill was the tv remote. Her older stepsister Molly Maguire, on the other hand, fixates on gloves. But she's so small that it's easier for her to sneak something out of the house. One day on door duty I noticed her head tucked down, so I frisked her and found the glove she was trying to conceal between her chin and chest. Sneaky little divil.

We're going well below zero tonight.

But I still love winter and celebrate the winter solstice.

I think it's the National Cathedral where they hold a winter solstice midnight Mass; at the end the congregation howls like wolves - literally. So cool. Never got to go, but I used to listen to it broadcast live on NPR.

Best wishes to you. We expect well below zero temps tonight. 5-8" of snow on the way.

My dream is to have a big backup generator, but so far no luck. We're really blessed that this tiny speck of a town has its own generator plant - I guess because it's the county seat - and the rare times we do lose electrical power, it doesn't last long. My heating system, fortunately, doesn't go out at those times the way many furnaces do. And I just got my propane tank filled, so if the trucks can't get through I'm okay there. Much as propane scares me, it's still far more economical here and at least I did manage to locate the tank quite a bit away from the house. I see people with big lots and a tank still nestled up against the house. Not worth the risk.

Stunning offspring, but not surprising. Great parents and role models.

Don't the trogs realize they actually strengthen the support President Obama relies upon from the rest of us?

From what I saw of the previews,

It was a stinker from the beginning. And I detested the lead actor. Totally miscast. He reminded me of a skinhead. If they couldn't get that right, and the script sounded horrible, what chance did it have? DOA.

I avoided the movie like the plague it seemed certain to prove. But as for poems,

only The Song of Solomon comes anywhere near being its equal.

And Beowulf was meant to be performed live, anyway. From what I understand, the movie sank like a stone, deservedly so.

Oh, yeah, I know. Michael Collins will get me for that one.

But I still loved the name and the story, although I can only understand it in Middle English, not the original version. I have Chickering's translation and read it at least once a year.

I was totally entranced by an English lit professor who knew and performed Beowulf in the original every year for his new students. He was really a gifted actor.

And I wasn't joking about animism. Like any other tradition, some people will twist it, but in general I'm on board for real. JPII himself said there's nothing about it to disqualify one as a good Catholic.

You might be correct; I might be correct;

Both of us might be half and half. But because some people really are sincere rather than sarcastic, I tried to respond in kind.

Funny! "Pit Bulls object to being compared to Sarah Palin without lipstick." Is that sarcastic? I thought it was true! I wouldn't like being compared to her in any way.

As a person of Irish descent, steeped in certain traditions, I can understand your objection. At

the same time, there's no need to be overly sensitive either. Even this Pope is not always going to hit the perfect note. While I am indeed Catholic, I'm also animist and quite a few other things a lot of people consider heretical. But it doesn't bother me. With a lower case letter c, catholic after all does mean universal. That I take quite seriously. Tend to name my pets after ancient Celtic (and other) gods and goddesses, and my son barely escaped being named Beowulf. I figured with all his Irish blood, however, he'd learn to fight easily enough w/o carrying that name around. Naming him something else was the nicest thing I ever did for him other than being his portal into this world.

So please be a good pagan and forgive this wonderful man his definite misstep. I'd wager he regrets it already.

You're spot on. Very often the hardest thing about any accomplishment is to make it look

effortless. Although I tend to suspect that if anyone looks beautiful first thing in the morning, it would be our First Lady. On the other hand, when my eyes pop open in the morning, wise people give me plenty of elbow room until there's a coffee cup in my hand. I would remind you of that famous picture of Grumpy Cat, where he/she's saying, "I had fun once. It was awful."
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