Earlier Musings

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 → ...
May Day or Beltane

May Day or Beltane

In the ancient Celtic world there were four fire festivals: Samhain (the Celtic new year on October 31-November 1 that gave birth to Halloween) , Imbolc (the beginning of Celtic spring on January 31-February 2 that has an interesting correlation … Continue reading → ...
Irish Whiskey and Just a Wee Dram of Scotch Whisky

Irish Whiskey and Just a Wee Dram of Scotch Whisky

Some more observant readers will notice “Irish whiskey” and “Scotch whisky.”? This was no typo.? Irish and Americans distill whiskey, but the Scots distill whisky.? Since both words come from the English translation of the Gaelic translation (uisce beatha in … Continue reading → ...
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