Earlier Musings

My Corpse, My Corpse, a Lawsuit for My Corpse

My Corpse, My Corpse, a Lawsuit for My Corpse

In Shakespeare?s Richard III, the last Plantagenet king is an ambitious, heartless and scheming hunchback.? As Richard of York, he marries Anne Neville, saying he will get rid of her when she has served her purpose (provided him a wealthy … Continue reading → ...
Sherlock Holmes: The World’s Greatest Detective

Sherlock Holmes: The World’s Greatest Detective

While Batman (another favorite of mine) has tried to usurp the title in modern times, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s Sherlock Holmes was the first one termed ?The World?s Greatest Detective.? Why? He wasn?t the first fictional detective. Edgar Allan Poe?s … Continue reading → ...
Dancing at Lughnasa

Dancing at Lughnasa

If you’re looking for a commentary on the Meryl Streep and Michael Gambon movie, sorry.? This is about the Gaelic fire festival, Lughnasa.? Notice it is Gaelic, not Celtic.? Although the Gaels are Celts, not all Celts are Gaels.? The … Continue reading → ...
Manx Flower Festival

Manx Flower Festival

This July, the Isle of Man held it’s annual Flower Festival.? For an idea of what one is like, click here.? Although it is a nice event, I was never a part of the decorating of the churches for the … Continue reading → ...
Happy 4th of July, But Now On To Tynwald Day!

Happy 4th of July, But Now On To Tynwald Day!

After doing my bit for God, country and the Celtic Society by marching in the Independence Day parade in Grass Valley this morning (thankfully finishing before the heat hit in force), I am enjoying the A/C as I write this.? … Continue reading → ...
That Ol’ Time Fourth of July

That Ol’ Time Fourth of July

I grew up in Southern California suburbia.? As kids, my sisters and I had a box of “safe and sane” fireworks (not the big one, but what we could afford) that we would set off on Independence Day.? Piccolo Petes … Continue reading → ...
Manx Classic Car Club

Manx Classic Car Club

When I moved to the Isle of Man in 1994, I bought a copy of The Official Isle of Man Year Book. ? This is not like my high school yearbooks with photos of everyone there, but more of an … Continue reading → ...
Eulogy for The Dog

Eulogy for The Dog

Today, June 3, 2013, I killed a true and loyal companion.? No, I did not shoot her or actually commit the act myself, but I commissioned it.? I had my vet give a lethal injection to a kind and gentle … Continue reading → ...
Off to the TT Races

Off to the TT Races

While Americans are preparing for Memorial Day remembrances and cook-outs, something else is happening on the Isle of Man this weekend.? Saturday, the 25th of May is the first practice day this year for the Tourist Trophy Races, more commonly … Continue reading → ...
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  Or is it Mum?

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Or is it Mum?

It’s downright un-American not to love your mother.? Mom, apple pie and Chevrolet, for you old enough to remember the motto.? Even rough-tough professional football players mug for the TV camera, mouthing, “Hi,Mom!”? (Why never, “Hi, Pop?”? Unfair.)? So we … Continue reading → ...
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