St Pat's

May your day be filled with love and laughter

and may all your dreams come true

 may it be what you’re runnin’ after

is the best thing ever for you.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ RG

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Ireland’s Shore

Happy St. Patrick's Day!Before I ever visited Ireland, I wrote a poem about it. This was many years before I sat foot on Ireland’s Shore.  The irony of this poem is that it came to me in a dream, and the ending is very much how I felt when I left Ireland twenty years later. My children drew my back to America, but Ireland calls to me still.


Is féidir teacht ar do aisling fíor. – May your dreams come true. – RG

Ireland’s Shore


Warm fire upon the ocean

Cool stars up in the sky

Arms reach out to enfold her

Draw her near to Ireland’s shore.


Strong oak all but forgotten

Ghosts on the barren, rock strewn land

Call her name, but just a whisper

Draw her near to Ireland’s shore.


Soft mist entwines the cliffs

The harp sounds low and sweet

Whispers echoed by pipe and flute

Draw her near to Ireland’s shore.


Pulsing tempo of the music

Her heart quickens to the beat

Sings to her a song of yearning

Draw her near to Ireland’s shore.

Bards and poets call to her

Their voices plead incessantly

Stir the longings of her soul

Ever nearer to Ireland’s shore.


Firm earth beneath her feet

This moment long awaited

Standing on ancestral ground

Finally reaching Ireland’s shore.


She feels the ages light a flame

The passion flows, in her ancestral blood

Tales of ancient days

Hold her fast to Ireland’s shore.


Bright the dawn, sad the morn

Tears course and tear her soul

She bids farewell with one last glance

So disappears Ireland’s shore.

© Ireland’s Shore – copywrite – RG Calkins 1978




Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2013!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! Happy Day!

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Enjoy your day, family, friends!


If You’re Reading This . . .

. . .then the Mayans were wrong. Honestly, there’s probably another stone page to that calendar that hasn’t been unearthed yet.

Okay, be honest. How many of you were going around yesterday with the words to ‘It’s the End of the World As We Know It‘ stuck in your heads? I’ll raise my hand first and only because it was kinda fun to do so.

All this end of the world stuff and recent tragedies got me to thinking . . .

Then, the other day, a friend posted on Facebook that she was consoling her son because he was upset he couldn’t make a snow angel before school. I posted back that there would be more snow after school.

But afterward I had change of heart . . .

What does it hurt to let a child make a snow angel before school?

Yes, he might get a little wet. Yes, there may be a time issue. But, he’ll dry and I’m betting a teacher would understand a few minutes of time for such a beautiful act.

If your children (within reason) want to finger paint naked, slide down the stairs in their sleeping bags, dance on the coffee table, make snow angels before school, or snow men, or snow forts–let them. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow or the next day, etc. Support your children’s dreams (again, within reason), listen to them, let them fall, because they will, and be there to pick them up. If your kids want singing lessons, or art supplies, or dance lessons instead of sporting equipment, let them and vice versa.

Let them shine!

Because, even though the end of the world didn’t happen on 12/21/12, you don’t know when the world as you know it might.

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For the people in Newtown, CT, at Columbine, the Aurora theatre, Virginia Tech, and so on, I’m sure it felt like the end of their world.

Keep a special place in your hearts for those who have lost loved ones (that would be about everyone) this Holiday Season. Hug and kiss your kids even if they think it’s mushy.

Have a Merry/Happy Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year!


Matthew 24:36

Songs of the Season

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Recently I’ve seen several posts, tweets, etc. regarding what your favorite Christmas song is. There are thousands. Songs, versions, artists, and so on. I have a friend that has well over a thousand on a playlist that she starts listening to in November and doesn’t stop until New Year’s Day.

The one song that I’ve seen repeatedly is Silent Night.

It’s a great song, one that most people associate with Christmas. It’s on almost every Christmas album, CD, playlist, school program, and church program. While it’s an old favorite, it’s not my favorite. I’ll tell you why.

Who says the night was silent? Bethlehem was teeming with people at that time. It was a crowded, noisy, dusty town. People were there for a census to be taken. Everyone that was born of the house of David (a lot of people). Also, and I believe this to be correct, it was the time of the Jewish festival of Sukkoth. Big celebration going on.

All was not calm and all was not quiet.

And, if you are a Christian and believe that Christ the Savior was born in a manger, can you imagine the cacophony of beasts in that vicinity?

So, here are my favorites.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.  I’m sure some people were merry ’cause festival, remember? I think some of them were dismayed over the census because Caesar Augustus was going to tax them based on the numbers. I know it was written in the 19th century, but this stuff goes on today, has gone on in the past, and will go on ad nauseam.

Oh, Holy Night.  Just sayin’ and, it has a great range for those of us that like to exercise our vocal chords. It also tells it like it is, or was as the case may be (and according to your beliefs).

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel. This one isn’t just a Christmas fav. It could be a Hanukah song as well. It can also be a year round carol/hymn as well. I love the melody, words, and sentiment.

I’m not bashing Silent Night. It will always be an old standard and it is a beautiful song. My opinion is just that, mine. You don’t have to agree with me or like what I have to say. These are the songs I feel are more appropriate for me.

What is your favorite(s)? Do you have a reason that you like it/them? I’d love to hear from you.


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