A Slew of Charms & Luck Galore

Cliffs of Moher

Did you know the English language has words galore of Irish origin?  (Galore being one of them; so is slew.)  Besides enriching our vocabulary, Ireland has contributed immensely to our culture in America.  Here’s a few of my favorite things from the Emerald Isle:

  1. Baileys Irish Cream
  2. Irish coffee with Baileys
  3. pubs
  4. “Oh Danny Boy”
  5. green, green landscapes, green that seems lit from within
  6. the name Hooley
  7. the word hooligan
  8. irrepressible good humor
  9. C. S. Lewis
  10. W. B. Yeats
  11. James Joyce
  12. Enya
  13. shamrocks
  14. St. Patrick
  15. Waterford crystal
  16. Donegal tweed
  17. fishermen’s sweaters
  18. wild land/seascapes and appreciation for the wild
  19. quirky proverbs
  20. and beautiful blessings

On this St. Patrick’s Day, may God bless the Irish, and

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(An Old Irish Blessing)

All I Need

Things I need: things, qualities, anything that helps me enjoy living.

  1. Art
  2. Books, believing
  3. Coffee, cats, chocolate
  4. Dreams
  5. Experimenting
  6. Freedom, faith, flowers
  7. Grace
  8. Healing
  9. Integrity
  10. Joy
  11. Kindness
  12. Love, laughter
  13. Meaning, music
  14. No! (yes, I need “no” in my vocabulary, in my experience)
  15. Open-ness, open-views (figurative and literal)
  16. Peace, process, poetry, piano!
  17. Quiet
  18. Roses
  19. Sweetness
  20. Truth, tenderness
  21. Up (upward thinking/viewing and the notion of defying gravity)
  22. Value, veracity, validation
  23. Wholeness
  24. Xeric plants!  I love succulents!  I love plants that grow despite little water!
  25. Yes!
  26. Zero (yes, the number and the notion of zero; I find it both mystifying and so practical it’s nearly banal.)  I also like that (until the 20th century), there was no notion of zero in musical-math.

So, ask me on another day, and this list might have variations.  And I realize “need” can be defined in many ways and the degree of need can be easily argued.  For today, for this list, what I mean is: these are the things/ experiences/ values that I regularly treasure/ embrace/ consciously and deliberately choose as part of my (mostly daily) living and for which I am always grateful.

For a more starkly realistic list of what I truly need?

What all human-beings need:

  1. Love (somewhere, somehow, some experience of being loved/ valued and the opportunity to love other.)
  2. Some degree of shelter, some amount of food and water, some degree of personal hygiene, some opportunity for communication (even if only within one’s imagination)
  3. Meaning/ faith/ hope.

I think that’s probably all we need: sustenance for our bodies, relating for our social selves, hope for our souls.

Thanks be to God for all Your blessings, graces, mercies.  Praise be Jesus forever.  Lord, give me the grace to be ever-more grateful and gracious, ready to receive and to share.

 

 

Twelve Days Of Christmas Movies

Twelve Days Of Christmas Movies Plus Epiphany; My Select Thirteen

Dec 25th:  The Nativity Story

Dec 26th:  A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec 27th:  The Polar Express

Dec 28th:  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Dec 29th:  The Nutcracker (ballet)

Dec 30th:  A Christmas Carol (original)

Dec 31st:  A Christmas Carol (w/ Patrick Stewart)

Jan 1st:  Handel’s Messiah (not sure which recording, nor whether cd or DVD)

Jan 2nd:  The Sound Of Music (w/ Julie Andrews, of course!)

Jan 3rd:  Joyeux Noel (movie, not the opera)

Jan 4th:  Amahl And The Night Visitors (Menotti)

Jan 5th:  Jesus Of Nazareth

Jan 6th:  The Fourth Wise Man