One Year

I overslept this morning, but it didn’t really matter. It hasn’t mattered in a year. Working from home, thanks to COVID, there isn’t really any reason to get up early. There’s no traffic to fight. As long as I stumble from my bed to my computer at a reasonable time, all is good. A year.Continue reading “One Year”

On a Tragic and Unnecessary Death in Ireland

I’ve been pondering this since yesterday. A woman in Ireland, Savita Halappanavar, began to miscarry her child. She asked for an abortion but the hospital refused. Several times over a period of days while she suffered in pain.. Ultimately, the body expelled the dead fetus, but Ms. Halappanavar now had blood poisoning and she died.Continue reading “On a Tragic and Unnecessary Death in Ireland”

On Counting Down the Days to Bloomsday

This Saturday, June the 16th, is Bloomsday. A date on which the events of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, are celebrated. On June 16, 1904, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom wander separately and together through the streets of Dublin, and through them the reader explores the richness of life. This year’s Bloomsday will be particularly noted,Continue reading “On Counting Down the Days to Bloomsday”

On the True Tale of St. Patrick’s Day

A year ago, I sent my niece a St. Patrick’s Day card. She was just four months old, so it wasn’t as though she could read it, but she’s my niece, I only have the one, and she should get cards from people who are related to her but who don’t feel avuncular. I wroteContinue reading “On the True Tale of St. Patrick’s Day”

On Tristan + Isolde

My Sophia Myles film festival continued with 2006’s Tristan + Isolde. The story of Tristan and Isolde is one of the great tragic love stories, and has been told in medieval romances for about a millennia. The story centers on the love triangle between Tristan, his uncle (and liege lord) Mark, and Mark’s wife Isolde.Continue reading “On Tristan + Isolde”

On Watching Father Ted

Last night, I worked on Christmas cards. I needed some background noise. So I put in Father Ted. Here’s the set-up for people who haven’t heard of it. Father Ted was a mid-90s Irish sitcom about three Catholic priests who ministered to a small island off the coast of Ireland, Craggy Isle. The episodes revolvedContinue reading “On Watching Father Ted”

On Various and Sundry Memes

You’re Ireland! Mystical and rain-soaked, you remain mysterious to many people, and this makes you intriguing.  You also like a good night at the pub, though many are just as worried that you will blow up the pub as drink your beverage of choice.  You’re good with words, remarkably lucky, and know and enjoy atContinue reading “On Various and Sundry Memes”