MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR EUROPEAN DESK
I am really enjoying the opportunity to enjoy an opportunity to celebrate two Christmases, first on 25 Dec and the other, Orthodox, awaits on 7th Jan. I think it is a nice way to find out more about different cultures just by adding another holiday to a calendar.
As you know, this is my first time in the United Kingdom. People here are very friendly and polite. England met me with foggy weather and atmospherically-dimmed streetlights taking imagination to Harry Potter’s world of J. K. Rowling. I do appreciate the humanistic size of neat two-three storey buildings here, in contrast to the usual five-nine storeys of towns in Ukraine, that makes one feel small.
A few days ago had a short trip to Chester in Cheshire, which history starts from Roman times. It has wonderful medieval Chester Cathedral. I was moved to little 2-minute pray of a bishop, that happen to hear during our visit. It was so simple and in the way so deep, reminding us about basic values. The bishop sent his prayers to Syria and all other countries suffering from war. Prayers to Germany. He also asked Lord to take care about children whenever they are.
We always just one generation away from idyllic world if manage to rise children in safety and educate them to human values that mostly are shared independent of country of origin.
A great part of education is storytelling that teaches to be kind, generous, caring in very subtle way. Christmas is a wonderful time for bedtime stories. So let me present my little one called “Mysterious Disappearance Of the Christmas Director”
Take care, Mishka and have nice and peaceful Christmas Eve
Your Cousin Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NORTHSTAR
Whether it is Hanukah, Christmas or Kwanza that you are celebrating, or even if you are not engaged in any of this, this is a season of giving and we have some stocking stuffers for you. . Happy holidays, then, the Northstar Journal, Your Magazine With Heart..
Celtic Woman: Tribute to Broadway – I am an unabashed fan of these extremely talented young women and I am also a devout fan of Broadway.
Celtic Woman: Christmas Celebration – Second only, perhaps, to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and much more eclectic, for emotional catharsis around Christmas, the is without par.
David Letterman And The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys – These three brothers from New Jersey will absolutely amaze you. They sure did Dave. And YouTube has several of their other performances in sequence, including Dueling Banjos from the American film Deliverance.
Dick Van Dyke, His Wife And The Dustbowl Revival – If You Like To Dance And If you are a fan of one of the nicest men in show business, you will totally love this video.
It’s A Wonderful Life – This is the American classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.
Memory Games – Simon – I had one of these when I was a kid and I’m glad they still make them. This builds on a repetitive sequence of sounds and colors and has as many levels as the Tower of Babel. You can also play this with your kids, friends and probably even some smart pets. Don’t play this for money with raccoons, though.
DICTIONARIES AND TRANSLATORS
Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus and Word Games & Quizzes – Both functional and entertaining, this site and the Encyclopedia Britannica are our basic research and mind-stretching batteries.
Google Translate https://translate.google.com/ – This is great for chatting with someone who does not speak your language. I’ve tested its semantic accuracy for better than two years and it works fantastically.
AROUND THE WORLD
Currency Converter – I like this because it is very easy to use and updated daily.
World Air Distances Calculator – This is in terms of air miles and very easy to use.
Times Around The World – If you are as international as we are, you will find this an invaluable way to NOT wake someone up before the rooster does.
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THE REAL MAN FROM MULLINGAR
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Philosopher and poet Khalil Gibran contends that the religions of the world are as fingers of the same hand. We agree and with that respect for diversity in mind, we would like to share with you another Uncle Seamus story.
Uncle Seamus is the crime de plume of an Irish rogue, pickpocket, burglar and auto thief on whom some say the character of 20th Century Irish folk hero Paddy Mulligan, the Man From Mullingar is, in fact, based.
Patrick’s full name was actually Patrick Solomon Mulligan and he was the only son of a Roman Catholic father and a Jewish mother. Unlike the poor lad in the Irish Rovers’ Orange and the Green, however, Paddy’s theological life was extremely simple because his rabbi and his priest were fishing buddies. As Patrick explained it, he could eat bacon for breakfast on Monday as long as he ate fish for supper on Friday and went to Confession after Temple.
He was best described as a small, polite, reserved man of no particular distinction. Certainly nothing about him even hinted at Rogue of the Empire. He was an equal opportunity criminal who appreciated, respected and enjoyed religious diversity. The fact that he also profited from it made it even sweeter.
He was the rogue, then, who once sold a Menorah to a young priest in Armagh by telling him that it was a devotional arrangement to the first eight of the Apostles. And that is what the cleric told his bishop, who was not amused and removed the worthy young father to a remote island in the Irish Sea whose Druid population had resisted conversion since the Bronze Age.
Uncle Seamus ranged the Isle wide under various aliases and guises and many of the exploits attributed to other Rogues of Gallery actually belonged to Patrick Solomon Mulligan. He never hurt anyone but quite a few of his victims claimed they nearly died of shame. The Crown considered it largely a local problem and Fleet Street had a ball with it.
Apprehension and arrest never did happen to Uncle Seamus. He just awoke one morning incredibly bored and decided it was time to seek his pot of gold in the New World. To raise his passage, he went to his family’s farm, taught their mule how to dance and hit the Irish vaudeville circuit. It took him two seasons but while most Irish immigrants came to North America in steerage, Seamus and his dancing mule each had their own stateroom.
Their passengers loved them and so it was on Ellis Island. They went to the Catskills, the Poconos and finally became famous on the Borscht Belt. When the mule finally died, the reporter writing its obituary phoned a bereaved Patrick Solomon Mulligan and asked, respectfully, how in Heaven he ever came up with the idea of teaching the mule to dance. My Uncle Seamus’ response was immortal.
“I tried teachin’ it to sing. But it didn’t take.”
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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I was standing in our supermarket’s checkout line the other day with a friend of mine named Sammy Stein. Behind us were a couple of guys who saw Sammy’s yarmulke and one of them said, “Now all he needs is a violin case.”
“Excuse me?” Sammy responded, looking over the top of his spectacles.
The guy grinned. “No offense, Hymie, but back home, a lot of Jewish kids carried violin cases.”
“They did where I came from too,”Sammy agreed. “Except where I grew up, there weren’t violins in those cases.”
The guy laughed. “Your name ain’t Siegel, is it? You ain’t packin’ tommy guns in them cases.”
“Nope, it’s Stein,” Sammy said. Then he paused. “Siegel is my mother’s last name, Billy Bob. Shalom and have a real nice day.”
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