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Married, U.S. Citizen, of mixed Irish and Italian heritage, semi-retired, Hospice Volunteer, Hobbyist Photographer and Writer, who mostly enjoys a good book in a quiet place of reflection under my pear tree, an Irish Whiskey, or B&B, with a fine cigar, or a aged pipe. Alternately, I thrive in the company of intelligent conversation with Progressive, caring good friends and family (Fox “news”/Rush Limbaugh types ‘Need Not Apply’), over pints of Guinness (poured lovingly from my own keg of course).
Whether “alone” or in the company of others, our lives celebrate the greater glory of God, his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, —He who loves us unconditionally, as we in turn strive to love our neighbor.
What “floats my boat” ?: 1) My feline companions Mickey, Moire, and CoCo Kitty (from “Kitty City”), and their feral and stray friends, Zorro, Big Sandy (Mickey’s and Moire’s aunt) , and Rocky Patel (Mickey’s and Moire’s Granny), who I feed, as they “feed” me;
2) Irish and Scots Traditional Music, Standard Jazz Favorites, and Movie Soundtracks;
3) pre-1950 US manufactured vacuum tube radios, Zippo lighters, Guinness memorabilia, and
4) Comedy; and,
4)Poems penned by WB Yeats, and Seamus Heaney.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
— Matthew 22:36-40 NAB
For God will hide me in his shelter
in time of trouble,
He will conceal me in the cover of his tent;
and set me high upon a rock.
— Psalms 27:5 NAB
Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good and evil.
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2nd century AD
Cast a cold eye, on life, on death, Horseman pass by !
— WB Yeats, Epitaph, Drumcliffe churchyard under BenBullben, Co. Sligo, Ireland
There’s daggers in men’s smiles: …
— Wm Shakespeare, “Donalbain” in Macbeth Act 2 Scene 3
Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
— Groucho Marx
— WC Fields
Here’s Johnny ! …
— “Jack Torrance, [Jack Nicholson],” in film, The Shining 1980