Love, Wisdom, and Compassion

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country. . . … More Love, Wisdom, and Compassion

A Very Good Year To You

“A merry Christmas, and a very good year to you;Luck and health to the whole household,Life, pleasantness and sprightliness to you together,Peace and love between men and women;Goods and riches, stock and store.Plenty of potatoes and herring enough;Bread and cheese, butter and beef.Sleeping safely when you are in bed,Undisturbed by the flea’s tooth, sleeping well.” In … More A Very Good Year To You

Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

A boisterous red-haired older sister attempts to trap a leprechaun to prove to her skeptical little brother that leprechauns are real. She exuberantly creates Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions to pursue the leprechaun. Characters’ expressions are expertly illustrated. Delightful vocabulary and occasional internal rhyme. Some Fenians might object to the overuse of the four-leafed clover rather than … More Three Ways To Trap A Leprechaun {Book Review}

Mothers Lament the Slaughter of the Innocents, an Irish Poem

“When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under . . .” – Matthew 2:16. The horrors of mass infanticide, as felt by the Irish and translated by Kuno Meyer … More Mothers Lament the Slaughter of the Innocents, an Irish Poem

St. Nicholas’s Lament

Far better to be forgotten! I who fasted from my mother’s breast have been replaced by a rotund double. He gobbles cookies from plates left out across the lands, one night every year. I once saved three maidens anonymously. I funded their futures. This imposter promises trinkets to overfed children in hollow malls. Elven acolytes … More St. Nicholas’s Lament