‘Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay’ “Sitting in the mornin’ sun, I’ll be sittin’…

Last Of The Summer Wine He is short and scrubby. She is tall and rock…

Sunset In The Park It has been sixty summers since I played Gaelic football with…

Room In The Inn The bus was filled to capacity and one very pregnant woman was left standing in the aisle up front in the clear view of all the other passengers. No one got up to offer a seat to her, no one that is except the bus driver. Quickly realizing the situation, he…

Precious Memories “Precious memories, unseen angels, sent from somewhere to my soul. How they linger, ever near me, and the sacred past unfolds.” We could say that these lines from a traditional gospel song, written by J.B.F. Wright in 1925, and put to music by great vocalists such as Jim Reeves, Aretha Franklin and Alan…

In Memoriam The morning meeting started right on time …..Kalaupapa time that is ….which usually means after the participants have done hugging, kissing, talking story and visiting the cooler for some libation. This day’s libation was cold, clear, refreshing Kalaupapa water, the best water I have tasted since my childhood days in the west of…

To Tell The Truth “Tell the truth and shame the devil.” When I was a growing boy in the west of Ireland, a few moons ago, this was one of our moral mottos. As I grew into adulthood, I tried to live by this motto though this was not always easy. In the course of…

And Then The Rains Came “When the rains came, I looked to heaven. When they washed away my dreams, I cried all night. In my heart I knew you’d be there because I felt the love and then I saw the light.” As a lover of good vocalists who give us good music and meaningful…

Wild Is The Wind “The wind is wild tonight, there’s battle in the air. The wind is from the west and it seems to come from Clare.” These lines from poetess Emily Lawless speak of the eve of the Battle of Fontenoy (May 11, 1745) when the charge of the Irish Brigade turned back the…

Barging In And Out It became visible in the distance at about 8:00 am on the 28th of July. Pulled by a leading tugboat and nudged by another tug, it slowly became more visible as it made its way in the direction of Damien’s Landing (Kalaupapa Pier). By 10:30 am it had nestled against the dock…

Catmantic With a little coaxing and a firm push, I had managed to put Maka Reilly, my oldest cat, into a cat carrier in order to fly him to Topside Molokai for a scheduled checkup with Dr. Jayne, the veterinarian. Maka Reilly was not happy when I closed the door of the carrier and immediately…

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