Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blossom dearie

Jpr: from me uth.


Hills as green as emeralds
Cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires-
And Ireland’s special pride
And rivers that shine like silver
Make Ireland look so fair-
But the friendliness of her people
Is the richest treasure there.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Al Bundy on Marriage

 Peg, when you married me, was it pre-meditated or a drive-by marriage?

 Peg we've been married for 17 years. Can't we just be friends?

 I deserve to be punished, I married your mother.

 Pretty good for a guy stupid enough to marry you, huh?

 Insurance is like marriage. You pay, pay, pay, and you never get anything back.

really dumb jokes

Q: What is the ideal weight for a mother-in-law?
A: About 2.3lbs, including the urn.

A couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the wife sarcastically asked, "relatives of yours?"
"Yep," the husband replied, "In-laws."

A police detective was investigating a homicide. As he questioned the on-scene officer, he learned the body was that of a young woman.
The body was found with a bowl over her head and a spoon stuck in her back.
The on-scene officer asked what the detective thought had happened to the woman.
The detective responded, "I think it's obvious. A cereal killer got her!"

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The answer to old Irish riddle

Washed my face in water
That was never rained or run
I dried it with a towel
That was neither wove nor spun.

Close guesses:

From Norm in Pigtale, Wy ….“Milkweed squeezing and cannabis’ smoke.”
JPR says….This is a bit seasonal, as well as illegal but probably quite popular.

From Junior in Wrinkle, Ala…. “Bovine urine and a good sit on the hands.”
JPR says…Logical but disgusting!

From Billy Sue in Skeet, Wva…”Drippings off the tractor’s exhaust then hold the cat.”
JPR says…The best guess. I tried it myself and it worked fine.”

correct answer: wash in the dew then dry in the sun!

Some George Carlin

If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

The girl who gets gifts from birds

 Eight-year-old Gabi Mann  feeds the crows in her garden - and they bring her gifts in return.  Each morning, they fill the backyard birdbath with fresh water and cover bird-feeder platforms with peanuts.  As they work, crows assemble on the telephone lines, calling loudly to them.  
The crows  clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock, anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.  When we were little, grandma had a pet crow called 'ma' who would come when called, tease us by stealing our hats, and then laugh when we chased after it.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

From the magazine "High Existence"; IDIDNTDRAWTHIS

I'm not sure who the cartoonist is; it was a member of the Mag's staff that posted it.

Should we reverse our policy on the War On Drugs?
(They forgot to include the Penile System.)
The US has more men in prison than China, Russia, & North Korea combined.  The US has 25% of all those incarcerated worldwide; and only has 5% of the population.  Your odds of being in prison are 1 in a 100.  Your chance of being under some sort of legal management/restrictions, etc is 1 out of 31.  More than 50% of those in prisons are there because of drug violations; and the majority of those are related to Marijuana.  Check out the Exile Project.

George Carlin Quotes

“Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.”

” I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”

“One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.”

What is one billion?

According to a recent government publication ...

A billion seconds ago Harry Truman was president.

A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.

A billion hours ago man had not yet walked on earth.

A billion dollars ago was late yesterday at the U.S. Treasury.

a billion in $100 bills

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


wish you had done this once?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
-- Winston Churchill

“Little by little one walks far”
-- Peruvian Proverb

“Do not, for one repulse, forego the purpose that you resolved to effect.”
-- Shakespeare

some political quotes

“There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics"
-Mark Twain

“What is conservatism? Is it not the adherence to the old and tried against the new and untried?”
~Abraham Lincoln

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where they is no river. “
~Nikita Khrushchev

Dog facts

The five most common dog names: Duke, Brandy, Max, Sam, Shadow.

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

Dogs can naturally tell when a child has autism, and they can also be trained to predict epileptic seizures.

A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail

The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the 2nd highest.

Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic; a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oldest Gospel of Mark Found.

Scientists in Europe have discovered the earliest known text of Mark' gospel.  The single page is dated around 90 AD.  Previous versions are all later, written in the 2nd century.  Recent discoveries found that the mummy death masks of ordinary people were made of used papyrus contain all manner of writings, philosophical texts, lost poems of Homer, business records, and biblical material.  Thousand of such  masks are yet untouched but promise much for historians.  None of the material has yet been published. 


Husbands who kiss their wives before leaving home in the morning have been documented to live five years longer than those who do not

Research indicates just about 9,000 romantic couples each year take out marriage licenses, then fail to use them.

It's reported that more than 10,000 marriages a year now are directly traceable to romances which begin during coffee breaks

A wise man

“For every wise man there is one still wiser.”
~ Turkish Proverb
“There is not one wise man in twenty that will praise himself.”
~ William Shakespeare
“A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.”
~ Confucius

Sunday, February 22, 2015

More Holmes.

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes story has been rediscovered more than a hundred years after it was first published.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story, titled Sherlock Homes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, in 1904 to raise money for a bridge in Selkirk, Scotland.It was unearthed by town resident Walter Elliot, 80, who discovered it under a pile of books in his attic.

From TIME Magazine: Monday, Jun. 03, 1935

Fr Quirk and the James gang        

Over West Virginia back country roads, made muddy by weeks of rain, ploughed a train of automobiles one day last week bearing 49 Catholic priests and Bishop John Joseph Swint of Wheeling. The party drew up before the small churchyard at Sand Fork. Forming in procession, the men of God marched into the church. There Bishop Swint solemnly handed purple robes, a purple biretta and a white lace cotta (surplice) to a wrinkled-faced, white-haired old priest named Thomas Aquinas Quirk whom Pope Pius XI had elected to invest with the title Monsignor.

This honorary officership in the army of the Church Militant was 65 years in coming to Father Quirk. Born in Ireland 91 years ago, he fought in the U. S. Civil War, became a priest in 1870, is supposed to have twice renounced his rights to an earldom. Alert old Father Quirk has ministered for half a century to three mountain parishes 15 miles apart. Devoted to his collie "Shep," his blackened pipe, his comfortable Congress gaiters and his crushed black hat, he refused until last year to accept an automobile from his flock, preferring to ride from parish to parish on a sturdy grey horse. Once, said he, his eye for horseflesh caused him to stop to admire a number of mounts tethered in Huntington. One of the horse-owners asked the way to a bank. That man, said Father Quirk, turned out to be Jesse James. He robbed the bank.


`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

~ Lewis Carroll

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Feather art

Do these artists know-no shame?


“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

-- Eskimo

One of Mary Ann's favorites

'When I slept I dreamt of treasure.
When I woke I found duty my treasure.'

Friday, February 20, 2015


--William Shakespeare

I had a lover's quarrel with the world.
-- Robert Frost

Joannes Paulus PP. II
May 1920 – 2 April 2005
--Pope John Paul II

Scary thought

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pluto has moon? Go figure!

Pluto has at least five known moons by latest discovery. There will be more as The space satellite "new horizons" reaches Pluto this July .

Thursday, February 19, 2015


According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers:

1. Nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health - flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed.

2. Behavioral study on the health effects of flowers on senior citizens. The study demonstrates that flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age.

Participants of a behavioral study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that they feel least positive in the early hours but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.

No one hates flowers!

Little words

The most used is I,
The best used is we,
The sweetest used is thee,
The hardest used is bye.


Advice on food

"To get the best results, you must talk to your vegetables."
- Charles, Prince of Wales

"Toots Shore's restaurant is so crowded nobody goes there anymore."
- Yogi Berra

"To a man with an empty stomach, food is god."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"A good meal ought to begin with hunger."
- French proverb

"A good meal will last till the butter melts."
- Mikey

Questions to Chef-Tail

A new feature offers professional advice on food. Answers to queries sent over the internet will be posted.

Q_1. This was sent by a sixth grade girl in Norma Okla. “Do I have to be hungry if I don’t eat?”

A_1. “Yes! All the sixth grade girls from last year are still eating now in seventh grade…even the ones who have boyfriends.”

Q_2. An inquiry was received from California. “Should I eat before or after I brush?”

A_1. “Great question! The dental association is still divided on this issue. However they unanimously recommend avoiding the use of tooth paste as a condiment.”

Q_3. A special request from Louseville, WVa. “Is it proper to add tobacco snuff in the making of a possum chutney?”

A_3. “It’s a matter of etiquette. It is acceptable only when you place wildlife chutney between your teeth and gum.”

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The longest word (45 lettters) in the english language....better known as Black Lung Disease.

Perhaps proving that brevity can be a healthy habit?

My only worry is that Mikey may contract this dreaded word halfway through reading it....Oh is he ill!!!

Irish Wish

These things I wish for you.
Someone to love
Some work to do,
A bit of sun,
A bit of cheer,
And a guardian angel
always near.

-- Anonymous

Other side

Notes from the Other Side

by Jane Kenyon

I divested myself of despair
and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching
one's own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic,
no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition
does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first
clod of earth hits the casket.

The poor we no longer have with us.
Our calm hearts strike only the hour,

and God, as promised, proves
to be mercy clothed in light.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Martian mystery

The vast plume was initially spotted by amateur astronomers in 2012, and appeared twice before vanishing.

Jpr: Looks like volcanoes to moi.

Love is in a hurry

What is love? tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What´s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet and twenty,
Youth´s a stuff will not endure.

-- Shakespeare,Twelfth Night

Comment: By youth I take he means that which keeps breath!

Today's African Proverb

Monday, February 16, 2015

Paganism, Sill Alive.

It has been the dream of Iceland´s neo-pagan worshippers for four decades. Now construction of the first heathen temple or "hof" to be built in a Nordic country in almost 1,000 years is set to get under way. Work will start in March on a wooded hill near to the the capital Reykjavik's domestic airport. The temple will provide followers of Iceland's old Norse religion with a place to hold their communal "blot" - or feasts - as well as marriages, name-giving ceremonies, funerals and rite of passage ceremonies for teenagers. Until now, ceremonies have mostly been conducted outdoors during the summer.  the Asatru has close to 3,000 members and is one of the fastest growing religions in Iceland.

how deer survive extreme cold

1. their winter coats are 10 times dense as summer,
2. they become inactive with slowing of their metabolism,
3. they shelter under evergreens out of wind, less snow depth where temps can be 10 degrees warmer,
4. They can feed on evergreens.

Les Enfants

We take care of our children,
We do not possess them,
They do not belong to us,
They belong to God.


"There are things that we should tell them"

There's things that we should tell them.
We who have dared to sail the wild seas of matrimony
and lived to tell the tale.

Things about hard work and honesty,
Kindness and respect.
Things about ups and downs and every-days,
forgiveness, forebearance,
the virtue of patience.

But look at them.
These two who stand before us
are splendid in their happiness
and beautiful with love.

There's something we should tell them.


Go out on the wide open waters
of your union,
with the winds of love behind you
and your future



Your ship is stong.
Your sails are full.

And we, your community,
friends and family gathered here
to bear witness to
your marriage vow,

We give you our blessing.
We pledge our support,
We offer our love, and

We tell you,




And cherish each other,


this poem was written by my friend and neighbor,Kathy. It was read as part of the ceremony at her daughter's wedding this past Saturday.

How Irish Traditionally Name Their Children

1st son was named after the father's father.
2nd son was named after the mother's father.
3rd son was named after the father.
4th son was named after the father's eldest brother.
5th son was named after the mother's eldest brother.

1st daughter was named after the mother's mother.
2nd daughter was named after the father's mother.
3rd daughter was named after the mother.
4th daughter was named after the mother's eldest sister.
5th daughter was named after the father's eldest sister.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Morning Bible Study

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

Matthew 7:13-14

also known as "sheeps" gate . It was the only gate in old Jerusalem to be sanctified.

Actual Headlines:

Typhoon Rips through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead.
Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted.
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant.
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors.
Include your Children When Baking Cookies.
Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

dr ian hero section

jpr: a most remarkable and rarest of intellect!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Nicodema's presence

painting by Cortona
In our youth we are told (based on the Bible) to listen to the little voice of our guarding angel that tells us right from wrong. Recently I learned (from Mother Angelica) of the belief that if one asks this angel with God's permission, they may inform one of their name.

For three nights a while back I so asked. During the third night's sleep, I dreamt of my eight grade teacher at SAS, Sr Nicodema, PCJ. So my angel's name is had.

So I charge Nicodema with help getting me up on time as well.

We Irish hold much store with our good luck faiires.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fairy Bushes

Throughout the Irish countryside there are single thorn bushes growing in the middle of otherwise open fields,  standing alone in the middle of golf courses, and in one case, on a small parcel of land where a highway had  to be constructed around one to avoid cutting it down.  People believe that the ' fairy  thorns ' are the homes of the fairies, and, if anyone tries to cut them down or damage them, it is likely they will die young, or become seriously ill. Golfers that hit them stop to apologize, while those who pass them offer a greeting and often make a wish.  The tradition is ages old, from the times when our ancestors worshiped the oak, ash, and thorn.  Legend holds that Christ's 'crown of thorns' came from the same bush. So be careful.

Funny Quotes

“Atheism is a non-prophet organization.”

“Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.”

“Standing ovations have become far too commonplace. What we need are ovations where the audience members all punch and kick one another.”

--George Carlin

Name that Dog...

He who has no name...

Profile: 2yrs old. Black with brown trim. Lab-Shepard mix.

sweet, loving, well disciplined, spunky, good runner.

Direction: looking for something in the conservative, celtic, biblical range of names.

All thoughts and opinions are welcomed. However, any contribution by Mikey will be taxed.

Jpr: This pic is fom the kill-shelter from which the pup was rescued..

Now I lay me down to sleep....

puppy prayers

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Lot of Pupies

A mastiff in the United Kingdom gave birth to a litter of 24 puppies with 20 surviving.

a joke

"It is well documented that for every mile that you jog, you add one minute to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5000 per month."

-- anonymous

A Poem from the Past

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

From Hymns for Little Children by Cecil F. Alexander 
written at Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sabrina ferilli

Italian actress....a beauty that will never age. Multi Bellissimo!

jpr: For me she owned tthe  film "la grande bellezza" (not for children under the age of 35). Take your blood pressure meds first.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Did Someone Say Snow?

Wooster Mass, where my daughter lives, has been recognized as the 'most snow' city in the US with 91 inches of snow already this year and two storms on there way.  Her cat Monty enjoys a stroll down the animal run dug in her driveway.  Some snow?

Irish Proverb

"If you want praise, die. If you want blame, marry."

An Irish Mother’s Letter

Dear Son,

 Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. I am writing this slowly because I know that you can’t read very fast. You won’t know the house when you come home. We’ve moved. About your father, he has got a lovely new job. He has 500 men under him. He cuts grass at the cemetery. Your sister Mary had a baby this morning. I haven’t found out yet if it’s a boy or a girl, so I don’t know if your an aunt or an uncle. I went to the doctors on Thursday and your father came with me. The doctor put a small tube in my mouth and told me not to talk for 10 minutes. Your father offered to buy it from him. Your uncle Patrick drowned last week in a vat of Irish whiskey at the Dublin brewery. Some of his workmates tried to save him but he fought them off bravely. They cremated him and it took 3 days to put the fire out. It only rained twice this week, first for 3 days and then for 4 days. We had a letter from the undertaker. He said if the last payment on your grandmother’s plot wasn’t paid in 7 days, up she comes.

Your loving Mother,

P.S. I was going to send you 5 pounds, but I have already sealed the envelope.

Fr Pierre 'Jalapeno' Pepper primed to pack a punch for charity.

Fr Pierre 'Jalapeno' Pepper of St Rynagh's Church in Banagher, County Offaly, will be packing a punch during a charity boxing match next month.   Fr Pepper taunts his opponent, saying "judgment time is clohand". White collar boxing has become popular way of raising money for charity but Fr Pepper hopes to succeed in a one-off dog-collar boxing spectacle. The event is being billed as the St Patrick's weekend punch-up when fiery Fr 'Jalapeno' Pepper will step into the ring in a pub with local man, Jared Madden, after eight weeks of intensive training.  In a pre-match message to his opponent, the fighting priest, flanked by his boxing brethren, tells Jared 'The Artful Dodger' Madden that he will be saying his prayers on fight night.

Monday, February 9, 2015

While on vacation

Walking my dog along a country lane a pair of these were busy above. very noisy birds

George Orwell Was So Right.

Samsung is warning customers to void discussing personal information in front of their smart TV sets. Such TV sets 'listen' to every conversation held in front of them and may share any details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.The policy explains that the TV set will be listening to people in the same room to try to spot when commands are issued. It goes on to warn: "If your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Country roads

Jpr:  happens more often than one might imagine!

Large orchard

NPR: the fruit orchard (my grandpa had himself one) is home to lots of critters what eat the fruit and each other. Red tails nest near by  and are seen carrying off a snake for the nest.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

More Testimony

Pierce Brosnon, the 61-year-old Irish born actor, was left devastated when his first wife Cassandra Harris died from ovarian cancer in 1991 and his adopted daughter Charlotte succumbed to the same disease last year, and thinks his religious beliefs and upbringing have given him the strength he needed to carry on.He said: "It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith... God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepTest suffering, doubt and fear. It is a constant, the language of prayer."

Looking at animal tracks

bear tracks

Jpm: today best have some notions of what's walking near abouts...anywhere? Saw my first bear signs before I started school.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Irish Step Dacing to Beethoven.

The contemporary Irish dancers, The Fusion  Fighters, have just released an exceptional video.  They use the sounds of Irish dance to accompany Beethoven's 5Th symphony,  It’ll bring a smile to your face.


Jupiter's moons

Three (3) of jupiters largest moons pass before the sun, casting their shadows upon the planet's surface. Photo taken by Hubble Telescope

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Here's An Idea, Only the Irish.

Ever rent a ‘bouncy castle’ for a child’s party, an inflatable play room?  Caitriona Mulhern (40), of Milford, Ireland has taken the idea and brilliantly ‘one-upped’ it.  She rents an inflatable Irish pub for $360 a party.  Weddings, garden parties, funerals can use the ‘play room.’  It holds 80 people standing and 20 sitting, perfect for a  place with more than 300 days of rain per year.  The renters supply drink, bartenders, etc.

More Strange Festivals.

Noche de Rabanos, or Night of the Radishes, is A Mexican tradition stretching back more than a century. Merchants hoping to attract potential shoppers before and after Christmas church services carve intricate shapes into the radishes’ ruby skin forming little people or decorating the carving with other vegetables for sale. The main events occur on December 23.

The radishes used in the Noche de Rabanos carvings are  larger than normal (some as heavy as 3kg and as long as 50cm) and are not meant to be eaten.  Locals buy them for their Christmas decorations.  .

princess alessandra borghese hero section

 Her family tree includes the pope who put the finishing touches on St. Peter's Basilica, a cardinal who amassed one of Europe's greatest art collections and one of Italy's two patron saints. Alessandra Borghese is a Roman princess  who lives in a princely palace in downtown Rome. She has returned to her Catholic heritage in 1999 and has since become a best-selling Catholic author in Italy and throughout Catholic Europe

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

dogs are great, ain't they!

My son's dog.  She loved licking the dog food can even more than eating the contents.  My favorite memory.