Editor’s Corner: Grateful Lines
by John O’Brien, Jr. @Jobr
Did you Daylight Save? Pray for All Souls? Vote?
It’s funny, I never struggle to be grateful; I see so much good around me, people and performance, more poignant and perhaps starker too, in COVID. I am self-aware and work to live in the present. Inhale the flowers, exhale the hate.
Yet, I often do struggle to say thanks in the way that someone knows is sincere, not flattery. It’s like telling a woman she is beautiful – her first thought may be, “Is he hitting on me? What does he want?” Beauty can be looks, of course, but mostly, it is vibrancy, action of apathy, and the hurt in your eyes. I merely wish to compliment who or what I see before me, but it’s a mixed up, muddled up, shook up world, Lola.
Veteran’s Day; the annual Beleek Day at Casey’s Irish Imports; Thanksgiving, my favorite Holiday of the year; and the blurred lines already crossed, right into Just hear those sleigh bells ringing and jing ting tingaling too. Come on its lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.
If 1918 is infamous, what will 2020 be called? Lordy, if we are lucky enough to read this, we are making it through the year that shall live in dark infamy.
I did, in fact, vote, using amil in, but since I work so close to the Board of Elections, I dropped off the completed and sealed ballot there, on my morning walk. I saw several masked friends, and had a nice chat with former coworkers as well as so many candidates who were lined up at the proper distance from the people’s place to vote in person. They were meeting people, discussing issues, and respectfully asking for those who hadn’t yet voted, for their vote.
This is the way it is supposed to be. Discussion, a certain amount of comradery .. Many say we have lost the civility to do that anymore. They are wrong.
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The annual Al O’Leary Hurling Tournament was an ever changing, fun, family-oriented event, COVID moved from the usual host Akron Celtic Guards home field in Akron, to the West Side Irish American Club, just southwest of Cleveland. Teams from Cleveland, Akron, Pittsburgh .. met on the field, and after in the pub, for a great meal and more than a few stories.
Hurling is the national sport of Ireland, the clash of the ash, and the fastest game on grass. Check out videos on YouTube if you haven’t seen it, then resolve to get out next summer and see our local teams in action. Check out ClevelandGAA online and on Facebook, for their offerings for Men’s, Ladies and Youth Gaelic Football and Hurling, as well as other news and events.
Nuair a stadann an ceol, stadann an rince
(When the music stops, so does the dance)
“Follow me where I go, what I do and who I know;
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