Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick's Day

It is the Irish national holiday and one of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland (a bank holiday in Northern Ireland); the overseas territory of Montserrat; and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the United States, Australia, and rest of Canada it is widely celebrated, although not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the universal church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding, as a member of the commission for the reform of the Breviary in the early part of the 17th century.

Now for some wonderful Irish Music!

More music, pictures and a little about The Corrs.

I did a post entitled Ireland

I went through my blog and pulled the Irish blessing proverbs and sayings that I have posted over the past year.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.~Irish proverb

Always remember to forget
The things that made you sad.
But never forget to remember
The things that made you glad.
~Irish Blessing

“May God give you...For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”~Irish Blessing

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far”~Irish

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.~Irish Proverb

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter.
Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes...~Irish

Old Irish Blessing
May God bless those who love us.
And for those who don't love us,
may God turn their hearts.
And for those whose hearts cannot be turned,
May God turn their ankles
So that we may know them by their limping.

A post from May 2006:

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.~Irish

In Ireland an Irish pub is at the heart of social life. The pub is where the community gathers. A true Irish pub is distinguished by its “craic,” and Irish term referring to positive interaction among people through conversation, stories, and music.

Last Friday the pub was giving out a prize for the best toast of the night. The winner of the evening was John O’Reilly when he hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, between the legs of me wife!”

He returned home to his wife Mary and told her that he won first prize for the best toast of the evening. Mary said, “Aye did ye now. And what was your toast?” John O’Reilly was so caught up in his excitement he did not think Mary would ask him what his toast was. John said, "Here's to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife." Mary said, "Oh, that is very nice indeed, John!"

On Saturday Mary ran into one of John’s drinking buddies, Brian, at the bakery. Brian chuckled leeringly and said, “John won the prize last night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary.” Mary said, “Aye, he told me, and I was a wee surprised meeself. You know ees only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ear to make him come.”

May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.~Irish

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Friday Feast #135

Name two things that made you smile this week.

Partners in Crime

Number One
It looked my daughter was trying to feed the dog chalk.
Me: "WHAT are you DOIng? Dogs don’t each chalk!"
Her: "I not feeding chawk momma. I just colawing his nose BLUE!"

Number Two
It was 5AM, dark, cold, and snowing like crazy. Thursday morning is garbage day. My son usually takes the garbage out Wednesday evening.
Me: "WHAT are you DOIng? It is freezing out there!"
Him: "I am taking the garbage out mom!"
Me: "In your ROBE and SLIPPERS?"

If you look close in the first picture you can see the drag path from the garbage bag.

Fill in the blank: Don't you hate it when ________?

Don’t you hate it when blogger eats comments and posts?

When you can't go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullaby land?

Take a pill

Main Course
What is something about which you've always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?

Why do the good die young?
I miss my sister Sruti.
I miss Tory.
I will never understand.

What is your favorite pasta dish?

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thirteen (20th)

Mr. Hinklemeyer came in Sandy's office as she was writing his letter of recommendation. He asked if he could view the letter. He was in the process of reading the letter when Sandy's secretary walked in asking for the letter. Mr. Hinklemeyer finished reading it and handed the secretary the letter.

The numbers on the document are added for the purposes of Thursday Thirteen. They did not appear on the original letter.

Letter of Recommendation

1. While working with Mr. Hinklemeyer, I have always found him
2. working studiously and sincerely at his desk without
3. gossiping with colleagues in the office. He seldom
4. wastes his time on useless things. Given a job, he always
5. finishes the given assignment in time. He is always
6. deeply engrossed in his official work, and can never be
7. found chitchatting at the water cooler. He has absolutely no
8. vanity in spite of his high accomplishments and profound
9. knowledge of his field. I think he can easily be
10. classed as outstanding, and should on no account be
11. dispensed with. I strongly feel that Mr. Hinklemeyer should be
12. promoted as soon as possible, and this proposal should be
13. sent away as soon as possible.
Sandy O’Keefe
Branch Manager.

Sandy buzzed the secretary with an urgent message to be immediately sent upstairs.

Mr. Hinklemeyer was present when I was writing the recommendation that was sent to you today. Kindly read only the alternative lines 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13, for my true assessment of him.

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


An old man can see backward better than a young one can see forward. ~proverb

I am clearing out some files so this is a tad long...
The Senior's Breakfast Special

We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the "Senior's Special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.

"Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs."

"Then I'll have to charge you two-dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned her.

"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" my wife asked incredulously.

"YES!!" stated the waitress.

"I'll take the special."

"How do you want your eggs?"

"Raw and in the shell," my wife replied. She took the two eggs home.

They have been around the block more than once.
Three Old Ladies
Three old ladies were discussing the trials and tribulations of getting older.
One said, "Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can't remember whether I need to put it away or start making a sandwich."
The second lady chimed in with, "Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down."
The third one responded, "Well, ladies, I'm glad I don't have that problem, knock on wood," as she rapped her knuckles on the table and then said, "That must be the door, I'll get it!"

Grandma & Grandpa Televison Evangelist

Grandma and Grandpa were watching a healing service on the television. The evangelist called to all who wanted to be healed to go to their television set, place one hand on the TV and the other hand on the bodypart where they wanted to be healed.

Grandma got up and slowly hobbled to the television set, placed her right hand on the set and her left hand on her arthritic shoulder that was causing her to have great pain.
Then Grandpa got up, went to the TV, placed his right hand on the set and his left hand on his crotch.

Grandma scowled at him and said, "I guess you just don't get it. The purpose of doing this is to heal the sick, not to raise the dead!"
The Viewing

An old man, Mr. Goldstein, was living the last of his life in a nursing home. One day he appeared to be very sad and depressed. Nurse Tracy asked if there was anything wrong.

"Yes, Nurse Tracy," said Mr. Goldstein, "My penis died today, and I am very sad."

Knowing her patients were forgetful and sometimes a little crazy, she replied, "Oh, I'm so sorry, Mr. Goldstein, please accept my condolences."

The following day, Mr. Goldstein was walking down the hall with his penis hanging out of his pajamas, when he met Nurse Tracy.

"Mr. Goldstein," she said, "You shouldn't be walking down the hall like this. Please put your penis back inside your pajamas."

"But, Nurse Tracy," replied Mr. Goldstein, "I told you yesterday that my penis died."

"Yes, you did tell me that, but why is it hanging out of your pajamas?" asked Nurse Tracy.

"Well," he replied. "Today's the viewing."


May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.~irish proverb

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Notre Dame de Paris (musical)

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”~Santiz

Notre Dame de Paris (musical)

Notre Dame de Paris is a French-Canadian musical which debuted on 16 September 1998 in Paris. It is based upon the novel Notre Dame de Paris by the French novelist Victor Hugo. The music was composed by Richard Cocciante and the lyrics are by Luc Plamondon.

Since its debut, it has played in many towns and cities across France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada. It has also been translated into Italian, Russian, Catalan and an amateur production in Belarusian.

“Notre Dame de Paris”, according to the Guinness Book of Records, had the most successful first year of any musical ever.

The musical takes from the book mainly the love and tragedy that befalls the intriguing Esmeralda and the repression that the guards impose on the "cour des miracles."

A scene from the musical
When Quasimodo is put to the wheel for attacking Esmeralda, Frollo joins in the general condemnation, but Esmeralda gives Quasimodo a drink of water when he begs for it, and he invites her to take refuge in the cathedral whenever she wants. Having her within reach drives Frollo wild with lust, and he follows Phœbus to his rendez-vous with Esmeralda, where he stabs Phoebus with Esmeralda's knife, leaving him for dead and her to be accused of the crime. Phœbus, meanwhile, has returned to his fiancée Fleur-de-Lys without a backward glance.

The entire musical is fabulous!
It was difficult to pick a favorite song from the musical to post.
I chose Belle.

The video is a song from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris
entitled Belle or “Beauty”.
Garou, Daniel Lavoie, and Patrick Fiori singing Belle in costume.
English words are posted on the video.


Pierre Garand, better known as Garou, is a Quebec singer born on June 26, 1972 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Discovered by Luc Plamondon singing American blues tunes in small Sherbrooke bars, he was drafted by Plamondon to play the role of Quasimodo in his musical Notre-Dame de Paris, making him a star. After the musical, he managed to launch a successful international pop music career in Quebec, France, and many other European countries. His looks and hoarse voice, as well as the virility that he combines with a boyish niceness, brought many to see him as a major modern day sex symbol.

Daniel Lavoie

Daniel Lavoie (born March 17, 1949) is a French-Canadian singer and songwriter.

Born in Dunrea, Manitoba, Canada, his mother was a musician and he learned to play piano at a young age. In 1967, Lavoie won a singer-songwriter competition for the Société Radio-Canada French language television program, Jeunesse oblige which gave him his first major publicity.

The young franco-manitoban played and sang in English and French with two different groups but his singing career began to blossom following a 1970 tour in the province of Quebec. Within a few years he was equally as popular in France as he was in Canada, headlining at Bobino and the Olympia in Paris. His album Nirvana bleu (recorded in 1979) was one of his bestsellers ever.

Daniel Lavoie starred in the highly successful musical play, Notre-Dame de Paris, in which he played the part of Frollo. He has written music for motion pictures including the Ludovic series of animated short films.

Patrick Fiori

Patrick Fiori (23 September 1969-) is a French singer.

Fiori was born to an Armenian father (Jacques Chouchayan) and a Corsican mother (Marie Antoinette Fiori) in Marseille, France. When he was only 12 years old, he was offered his first role in the musical La légende des santonniers. At the age of 16, he recorded his first single, entitled Stéphanie. In 1993, Patrick came fourth place in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mama Corsica. The following year, his first album was released, entitled Puisque c'est l'heure. However, it wasn't until 1997 that Patrick's career really began to take off. His successful audition for the incredible musical Notre Dame de Paris enabled him to take on the role of the Captain, 'Phoebus'. The following year, Patrick signed a contract with Sony and recorded his 3rd album Prends Moi (Take me). Patrick finally decided to end his role in Notre Dame de Paris in the year 2000 in order to dedicate more time to his fourth album, Chrysalide. Two years after, his fifth album was released and most recently, the album Si on chantait plus fort in 2005.

Garou, Daniel Lavoie, and Patrick Fiori singing Belle live out of costume.

"Quasimodo (Garou)"

C'est un mot qu'on dirait inventé pour elle
Quand elle danse et qu'elle met son corps à jour, tel
Un oiseau qui étend ses ailes pour s'envoler
Alors je sens l'enfer s'ouvrir sous mes pieds

J'ai posé mes yeux sous sa robe de gitane
À quoi me sert encore de prier Notre-Dame
Est celui qui lui jettera la première pierre
Celui-là ne mérite pas d'être sur terre

Ô Lucifer !
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Glisser mes doigts dans les cheveux d'Esmeralda

"Frollo (Daniel Lavoie)"

Est-ce le diable qui s'est incarné en elle
Pour détourner mes yeux du Dieu éternel
Qui a mis dans mon être ce désir charnel
Pour m'empêcher de regarder vers le Ciel

Elle porte en elle le péché originel
La désirer fait-il de moi un criminel
Qu'on prenait pour une fille de joie une fille de rien
Semble soudain porter la croix du genre humain

Ô Notre-Dame!
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Pousser la porte du jardin d'Esmeralda

"Phoebus (Patrick Fiori)"

Malgré ses grands yeux noirs qui vous ensorcellent
La demoiselle serait-elle encore pucelle ?
Quand ses mouvements me font voir monts et merveilles
Sous son jupon aux couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel

Ma dulcinée laissez-moi vous êtes infidèle
Avant de vous avoir menée jusqu'à l'autel
Est l'homme qui détournerait son regard d'elle
Sous peine d'être changé en statue de sel

Ô Fleur-de-Lys,
Je ne suis pas homme de foi
J'irai cueillir la fleur d'amour d'Esmeralda

"Quasimodo, Frollo, Phoebus"

J'ai posé mes yeux sous sa robe de gitane
À quoi me sert encore de prier Notre-Dame
Est celui qui lui jettera la première pierre
Celui-là ne mérite pas d'être sur terre

Ô Lucifer !
Oh ! Laisse-moi rien qu'une fois
Glisser mes doigts dans les cheveux d'Esmeralda


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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Sunday March 11, 2007

A little faith will bring your soul to heaven;
A great faith will bring heaven to your soul.
~Charles Spurgeon

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