Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

Tonight we will experience the first Blue Moon since 1990. The next will occur in 2028.

Blue Moon

Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

Blue Moon, you knew just what I was there for,
You heard me saying a prayer for,
Someone I could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me,
Someone my arms could really hold,
I heard you whisper, "Darling please adore me,"
And when I looked to the moon it had turned gold.

Blue Moon, now I'm no longer alone,
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
Heard somebody whisper please adore me
and when I looked the moon had turned to gold.

Blue Moon
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart,
Without a love of my own.

-Rodgers and Hart, 1934

The new year

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul”
- - G. K. Chesterton

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man. “
-- Benjamin Franklin

“New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive.”
-- Jay Leno

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year’s Eve

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
- -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmass Blessing

The light of the Christmass Star on you,
The warmth of home and hearth to you,
The hope of a child like heart for you,
The joy of a thousand angels to you,
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.

-- ???

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Dec 26th

Happy day after Christmass!

Get to church!

Look out for packages containing coal bits from Mikey!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!

DEC 25th

Merry Christmass!

Get to church!

Mikey's coal collection has yet increased again!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dec 24th

Holy Chirstmass eve!

Get to church!

Was Mikey good this year?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas In Killarney

The holly green, the ivy green
The prettiest picture you've ever seen
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

It's nice, you know, to kiss your beau
While cuddling under the mistletoe
And Santa Claus you know, of course
Is one of the boys from home

The door is always open
The neighbors pay a call
And Father John before he's gone
Will bless the house and all

How grand it feels to click your heels
And join in the fun of the jigs and reels
I'm handing you no blarney
The likes you've never known
Is Christmas in Killarney
With all of the folks at home

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday jokes

Q. What does Father Christmas suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney ?
A. Santa Claustrophobia !

Q. What do you give a reindeer with an upset tummy?
A. Elk-a-seltzer!

Q. What is the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet?
A. The Christmas alphabet has No _el.

Monday, December 21, 2009


The dog is named, Houdi. The winner is Jessica, a sixth grader who lives across the street. It turns out that Jessica has a two year old female terrier, Abby that was adopted from the same shelter as Houdi a year earlier.

The two dogs have become playmates in the small park behind my home. Jessica chose the name upon hearing of the Houdini like escape ability of my canine.

Who might be more qualified to name a dog than an eleven year old child?

Friday, December 18, 2009


The boy's name Angus \a- ngus, an- gus\ is pronounced ANG-guss. It is of Celtic origin, and its meaning is 'one choice'. Scottish: Anglicised form of the Gaelic name Aonghus or Aonghas. Celtic mythology: Angus Og is a god of attractive traits such as humor and wisdom. Also the name of an eighth-century Pictish king known as Onnust or Hungus. In America, the name tends to be associated with breeds of cattle such as the Black Angus. Pet form Angie is pronounced 'AN-ghee' in Scottish, representing Gaelic Angaidh.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The dog's pic

This animal was rescued from a "Kill" shelter from which the photo was copied from their website! It turns out that when he was removed from a holding pen a chain was required as this guy is a canine Houdini in escaping.

He is free in the home but cannot be taken out without a leash. Further he likes to run and is a perfect mate on a short tether during our daily six mile jog! His arrival is a bit of a miracle for us both.

The reader is encouraged to "window shop" at his nearest animal shelter. There is two week home trial in most shelters before adoption is final.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Uncle Jay, I have no suggestions yet for the dog name, but I hope you are not going to keep him chained up in this manner. Dogs need attention, walks, and socializing. They are pack animals. They cannot be left outside alone for extended periods of time! Please reassure me that you are going to take good care of this beautiful animal.

Irish Jokes

The late Bishop Sheen stated that the reason the Irish fight among themselves, is because that way, they're always assured of having a worthy opponent.

Q. “Well, Mike,” said the doctor. “I can’t quite diagnose your case. I think it must be the drink.”
A. “Sure, that’s all right, doctor,” said Mike. “I know how you feel. I’ll come back when you’re sober.”

Q. Why does it take five Irishmen to change a lightbulb?
A. One to change the bulb. Four to remark about how grand the old bulb was.

Monday, December 14, 2009

some wisdom

See everything; overlook a great deal; correct a little.
~Pope John XXIII

Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.
~African Proverb

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.
~Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 12, 2009

more dog facts

Like humans, dogs can be either left-handed or right-handed.

Like humans, dogs have a complete set of baby teeth that are replaced by a complete set of adult teeth as they get older.

Many owners list their dogs as a beneficiary in their will. About one million dogs have been the primary beneficiary in the will of their owner.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


“Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.”
-- Robert Frost

“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.”
-- Vincent Thomas Lombardi

“Acceptance is the truest kinship with humanity.”
-- G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Note from Grandma

In a Mint Giffi

I "mint" to say Thank you,
but my time is in demand.

I "mint" to say I love you,
but I know you'll understand.

I "mint" to send you flowers
but they cost so much.

I "mint" to pray for you this morning
but I had some place to go.

I "mint" to say forgive me,
but that's so hard to do.

I heard my Lord say, "Bless you Child"
I hope that "mint" me too.

found this morning in a box of Christmas decorations

Dr. Scott Hahn

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
-- Rom 8:28

Whereupon signing my copy of his latest book, Scot Hahn inscribed the above citation of biblical book, chapter, and verse. Very purposeful I believe.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


It was the first day of school and a new student, the son of a Japanese businessman, entered the fourth grade. The teacher greeted the class and said, "Let's begin by reviewing some American history. Who said "Give me Liberty, or give me death?"
She saw only a sea of blank faces, except for that of Toshiba, who had his hand up. "Patrick Henry, 1775," said the boy.
"Now," said the teacher, "Who said 'Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth?"
Again, no response except from Toshiba: "Abraham Lincoln, 1863."
The teacher snapped at the class, "You should be ashamed. Toshiba, who is new to our country, knows more about it than you do."
As she turned to write something on the blackboard, she heard a loud whisper: "Damned Japanese."
"Who said that?" she demanded.
Toshiba put his hand up. "Lee Iacocca, 1982," he said.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


"Always do right--this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
-- Mark Twain

"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
--Yogi Berra

"Oft expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises; and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest, and despair most fits."
-- Shakespeare

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The National Transportation Safety Board recently divulged they had covertly funded a project with the US auto makers for the past five years, whereby the auto makers were installing black boxes in four-wheel drive pickup trucks in an effort to determine, in fatal accidents, the circumstances in the last 15 seconds before the crash. They were surprised to find in 47 of the 50 states the last words of drivers in 61.2 percent of fatal crashes were, "Oh, Shit!"
Only the states of South Carolina, West Virginia and Arkansas were different, where over 89.3 percent of the final words were: "Hold my beer and watch this!".