An Irish Blessing

Happy St Pats Day

May you have good friends aplenty, And may they be as faithful and reliable As the morning’s sunrise each day.May you have warm words on a cold evening, A full moon on a dark night And a road downhill all the way to your door.May every hair on your head turn into a candle To light your way to heaven; And may God and His Holy Mother Take the harm of years away from you.And may you have no frost on your spuds, No worms on your cabbage, May your goat have plenty of m … [Read more...]

Merry Giftmas! The Christmas That Almost Isn't

Alas, 2011 has been the year of “Happy Holidays.”In my circle of family and friends, people still invoke the Lord’s blessing as they sit down to eat, still say “God bless you” when someone sneezes. It’s almost possible, barricaded in the dining room with the people I love the most, to forget that outside my door, it’s a different story—that for many, the season that reaches its zenith on December 25 is about rank commercialism, and not at all about Jesus.But this year, when I hit the mall o … [Read more...]

On Thanksgiving: Eat. Pray. Love. Do Not Watch Lady Gaga.

Oh, gag me.  ABC has just announced that on Thanksgiving Day, as Americans sit back to digest the turkey and stuffing, the network will air a 90-minute prime-time special “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.”Call me a cynic, but I’m thinking this won’t be your typical “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” kind of show.  Hopefully, the pop star won’t be wearing a dress of turkey cutlets; but other than that, my expectations are pretty low.  She’ll sing eight songs, including some from her current hit CD “Born This … [Read more...]


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