So I went to my old neighborhood in Seattle for a writer’s meeting. Afterward, I went to look up my old pub where I used to hang out there, a Welsh pub called “Cardiff Arms.” In the past, some of my favorite places of all time have gone out of business, moved, or invariably become a formless bar and grill. But this time, my former favorite pub, “Cardiff Arms,” was now an Irish pub! I was so delighted I went inside. It is now “The Irish Triangle.” I was so excited. So I ordered a Newcastle Brown Ale and sat down to enjoy the atmosphere.
Then a guitar player got up on stage and started to play. He asked if there were any drummers in the house and deja-vu set in for me! When I first moved to Seattle, I went to the “Dubliner,” an Irish pub in Fremont (Seattle). The same thing happened to me then and there and I went up to play the drums, and ended up meeting the guys would become my band. It has been a long and adventurous professional drummer’s career for me, recording an album, releasing a cd, touring the west coast, playing in some famous clubs where other big bands played. And there I was, last night, starting it all over again! I had a blast. We finished with “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd and I nailed it! So much fun!
Many things you cannot control in life and you just have to accept them, adapt and overcome. Many things you can change and those things you need to make into your life and your life is what you make it.
Matteo Bandello wrote, “fortune is unstable, chageable and fickle, in that it now bringeth us peace and now war, now weal and now woe, maketh us glad and now rueful, now exalteth us on high and now plungeth us with a turn into the deeps of abysm.”
But we can take whatever hand we are dealt and make it into something wonderful. Make your life amazing today!
Some little know facts about St. Patrick are that he wasn’t really Irish! St. Patrick was a Welsh monk who was taken prisoner by marauding Vikings and dragged unwillingly on their pillaging into Ireland. Once he was living there, he was eventually freed by his Viking captors and then began his ministry. He went on to deliver the Irish (the Celts) from their pagan religion and worship of idols, introducing them for the first time to the Catholic religion.
Also, St. Patrick did not drive out all of the snakes from Ireland. And the potato is not native to the Emerald Isle. Potatoes were first brought to the British Isles by Sir Francis Drake, on returning from his travels on other continents. Then the potato was brought to Ireland and planted and is now a staple of their diet. I have spent weeks in Ireland and for anyone who has not been there, please visit! The people there are the most hospitable on the planet! Slainte!
Remember when we didn’t have to lock our doors or cars at night? When we could walk around town in the dark and not fear anything bad happening to us? What happened to those days? Why has our society become so evil and dangerous? Why can’t we ever return to those days? Maybe if all of us tried a little harder to be kind and be safe, to teach our children properly and to not hate, desire peace and love, we could return to that world we once lived in that was so simple…
We can start looking up again at the sun and clouds, the mountains, the birds. Try it, when you are walking outside next time. Keep looking up and you will notice everyone else will do the same. People are so willing to follow these days, like the Catholics who follow the Pope, an ancient and medieval custom that is no longer necessary yet people do it. Then you will see that everyone, like you, is looking up and we won’t have our heads down trudging every day. Then, just then, maybe, our society can return to a brotherly community again.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.
Read about the terrorism and the legacy of that madman that still runs rampant in my book, “Under the Cover of Darkness,” available on Amazon. Here is the link:
Here is the first page:
It was October, 1996, somewhere half way between Cambridge and London. The cold mist shrouded the ground to make the trees look like floating ghosts as he slowly crawled to the chain link fence near the bridle gate and stopped to listen. There was only the sound of the dog deer in the nearby wood. He glanced cautiously about him, then removed the wire cutters from his camouflage pants pocket. Looking furtively about him again, he began to cut the fence.
Once he had created a hole just big enough for himself, he slowly pulled himself under, careful not to smudge the camouflage paint on his face. All his senses were heightened as he breached the security fence that he had once guarded and became an intruder in the compound he had once patrolled as an armed guard. Irony was as palpable as the dryness in his mouth as he closed the hole in the fence with wire ties, to cover his tracks and conceal his entry point.
The moment he had nightmares about was now here: He was once a Peacekeeper and Defender and had now become a criminal. But he justified his actions as he…”
Words and photos copyright 1991 by Eddie Edwards.
Why can convicted criminals play pro soccer in the English Premier League but Lance Armstrong was banned from soccer for life? What kind of message does this send to our kids who look to these athletes as role models and heroes? If you are a convicted criminal, you should be banned from your sport in every country for life and stripped of your medals and titles just like Lance. What does this say about the leadership of the English Premier League, the country’s morals and the players?
The same goes for convicted criminals playing in the National Hockey League. Why can they still play? What does this say about Canada and its sports leadership? We need to be consistent across the board and if one pro athlete gets banned from their sport for life for convicted crimes, like Lance Armstrong and Pete Rose, then all pro athletes who are convicted criminals should get the same!
The play-offs were exciting and so was the final, the championship game. It was a blast to watch him play and celebrate. Way to go, my man! I am so proud of you. Congratulations!