Category Archives: Traditions

April Foolishness

Back in the last decade a friend called to tell me that a business associate had been trampled by a herd of deer on his Easthampton property. I didn’t question the story and immediately phoned my associate. “Are you okay?” “Why wouldn’t I be okay.” Billy was a man of moderate wealth. He was in […]

The Far West Of Ireland

My grandmother came from County Mayo. Her last name was Walsh. Nana sailed to Boston at the age of fourteen. That ocean voyage was so traumatic that she never returned to Ireland. My mother and her sisters often offered to fly Nana to Shannon. “I don’t want to travel on that sea again.” “Planes don’t […]

Girls Will Be Boys – 2010

“People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stone.” There are no glass houses in Afghanistan, but there are stonings for a wide variety of social offenses. Adultery is the most common, however woman are under constant threat for such trivial trespasses as leaving the house without a male family member or showing their face or attending […]

Yim Yim Yim Smile Though Your Heart Is Breaking

Different languages have many words for the same thing. Eskimos supposedly have fifteen words for snow. The travel movie AMAZING THAILAND claims the Thais have thirteen words for smile. This statement falls into the realm of urban legend, although the Thais have a smile for every occasion. Happy? Smile. Sad? Smile. Crash car into buffalo? […]

Better Late Than Never

Merry Christmas Comrades I’m even capitalizing the C to maintain the spiritual peace of the winter holidays even though the Christians stole the Yulemas from the ancient Druids of Stonehenge. Meán Geimhridh commemorating the shortest day of the year predates the Bronze Age. The original rituals from over five thousand years ago have been lost […]