More Symbolism – The Safety Pin

Safety pins have countless uses.

  • Many people have good luck charms.
  • Many folks believe not being part of an accident or getting ill is merely a matter of luck.

I do not buy that reasoning but I am carrying a lucky charm in my left pocket.


Three days in-a-row I had walked past this safety pin lying in the sand. Last Sunday after mass at St. Bruno, I decided to pick it up and pocket it.

Well since that moment  I have been safe, free of sickness, and I have not even cut myself shaving.

The safety pin can be used by everyone as a reminder to stay in safe situations

and take action for others’ welfare and our own individual safety.


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Grateful Dead Back! In Case You Missed It…

Fare Thee Well!

Fare Thee Well!

After 50 years, the playlist from the first of the five “Fare Thee Well” shows is below.

Friends report that attendees at last night’s Saturday show received roses as they arrived.

Stage at California Premier June 27, 2015

Stage at California Premier June 27, 2015

The Dead played the following standards during their first concert together in years:


“Uncle John’s Band”


“Cumberland Blues”

“Born Cross-Eyed”

“Cream Puff War”

“Viola Lee Blues”

“Cryptical Envelopment”

“Dark Star”

“St. Stephen”

“The Eleven”

“Turn On Your Love Light”

“Drums / Space”

“What’s Become of the Baby”

“The Other One”

“Morning Dew”

and the Encore: “Casey Jones”



Set 1: From the first concert in Chicago 7/3/15:

Box of Rain (lead vocals: Phil Lesh)

Jack Straw  (lead vocals: Bob Weir and Phil Lesh)

Bertha (lead vocals: Trey Anastasio)

Passenger (lead vocals: Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby)

The Wheel (Jerry Garcia song)(Phil, Bob, Trey, and Bruce shared vocals) (>;

Crazy Fingers (lead vocals: Trey Anastasio) (>)

The Music Never Stopped (lead vocals: Bob Weir)


Set 2:

The last California Show

Second concert playlist: June 28th

Set One
Feel Like a Stranger
New Minglewood Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
(Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Loose Lucy
Loser (Jerry Garcia song) (Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Row Jimmy
Alabama Getaway (lead vocal: Trey Anastasio)
Black Peter
Hell in a Bucket

Set Two
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Wharf Rat
Eyes of the World
He’s Gone
Drums (with Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum)
I Need a Miracle
Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Reverend Gary Davis cover)
Sugar Magnolia

Brokedown Palace


The final concert in Chicago on July 5, 2015 included these songs:

Set One:

China Cat Sunflower

I Know You Rider,

Estimated Prophet,

Built To Last,

Samson & Delilah,

Mountains Of The Moon

Throwing Stones

Set Two:




Terrapin Station >

Drums >

Space >

Unbroken Chain,

Days Between >

Not Fade Away


Touch Of Grey


Attics Of My Life


Two Thumbs Up for “Mad Max”

Both of my thumbs are pointed upward for the new “Mad Max” movie.

It is a must-see for motorcycle enthusiasts.


Best Advice I Have Heard All Day

“Accumulate for yourselves

treasures, where moth and

rust do not destroy, and

thieves do not break in and steal.”

photo by D. A. Dailey of stained glass windows at St. Catherine of Siena Church

photo by D. A. Dailey of stained glass windows at St. Catherine of Siena Church

~ Jesus Christ as recorded by St. Matthew 6:19-24

Over 100 Recipes including Ideas for Vegetarians and How to Cook Authentic Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Pork

Originally posted on Max's Scout Services & Communications WebBlog:


Cooking comfort and gourmet meals with wine and love is the common thread in Confessions of An Oenophile *. The author spent two years living in California’s Napa and Sonoma County to write and focus group test his recipes.


Meet the nutrition challenge, surprise children with a variety of good tastes, and delight dinner party guests. Use ingredients that are commonly kept on hand in the kitchen.

Here are a few ideas from David A. Dailey’s cookbook, Confessions of An Oenophile *- An American Family Cookbook (ISBN = 978-1-4327-2254-8):

Jamaican Food

Auntie Yvonne, my oldest daughter’s godmother, was born and raised in Jamaica. So I believe her recipe is the most authentic as well as the most delicious I have ever tasted!

This recipe can be easy.

To illustrate this point:

If you can find it in the grocery, pick up two bottles of Pickapeppa Sauce. Look for a colorful…

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Originally posted on Wandervogel Diary:

Today at 11:39 am CDT is the Summer Solstice, the longest day (and shortest night) in the Earth’s annual journey around the sun. The sun rose this morning (and will set this evening) at its northernmost points on the horizon, and will soon begin its journey to more southerly rising- and setting-points.


dagaz 3.

The Solstice falls approximately midway in the fortnight (June 14-28) governed by the rune Dag or Dagaz. This fortnight is the “door” which lies at the meeting-point of the half of the solar year when daily light is increasing, and the half in which it is declining. It is interesting to note this rune’s physical similarities and differences with Jera, the rune of the Winter Solstice, which appears opposite Dag in the Runic Compass. It is interesting to note, as well, that Dag’s literal meaning is “day” while Jera’s is “year.”

The Summer Solstice is also…

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Advanced Public Transportation Etiquette

Originally posted on Uncommon Courtesy:

Warriors_still_NYC_subway.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeBy now, I hope all our readers are good with the basic rules of public transportation etiquette. Don’t take up too much room, don’t whack people with your bags, let other people out before you get on, stand up for the sick/elderly/pregnant, move toward the center of the car, etc. I bet you’re all out there taking your subways and buses and trolleys with the best manners. However, I’ve been riding the subway since I can remember, and have seen a number of pretty outlandish things. Here are some that I’ve noticed that I hope you remember not to partake in as well.

  • Don’t sit down and put your feet on a nearby pole, ESPECIALLY if you’re barefoot.
  • Don’t sit on the floor.
  • Don’t set up a baby’s pack-and-play on the floor.
  • Don’t change a diaper on the subway seat.
  • Don’t watch movies on your iPad at full volume with no…

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Obama Jokes at the Annual White House Coorespondents’ Dinner

President Barack Obama had one motto Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: “Take no prisoners.”

Here are the top jokes he told, as reported by CNN:

1. “Bucket”

When life gets hard and the Republicans are cramping his style, Obama’s decided to just “bucket” — or at least another phrase that rhymes with it. It’s a new policy he’s decided on in the fourth quarter of his presidency.

Obama listed off his (rhymes with) “bucket list.”

“Take executive action on immigration? Bucket. New climate regulations? Bucket. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama said, picking up on criticism of his executive actions.

2. Anger translator enlisted

Obama enlists 'anger translator'

Perhaps the funniest moment of the night was when Obama called up his “anger translator,” Luther — AKA comedian Keegan-Michael Key.

The skit saw Obama deliver mellow, politically correct lines as Key — err, Luther — sounded off with the unvarnished truth.

“Hold on to your lily white butts,” Luther opened.

The Obama version: “In our fast changing world, traditions like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner are important.”

The anger translation: “I mean really what is this dinner?” he says jumping emphatically. “And why am I required to go to it? Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this?”

Obama talking about campaign fundraising: “Hillary will have to raise huge sums of money too.”

Translation: “Oh yeah,” Luther says with a wild look in his eyes. “She goin’ get that money. She goin’ get all the money. Khaleesi is coming to Westeros,” a reference to HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.

But taking the script away from his “anger translator,” Obama seemed ready to forgo the translation as he began talking about climate change.

“Every serious scientists says we need act. The Pentagon says it’s a national security risk. Miami floods on a sunny day and instead of doing anything about it, we’ve got elected officials throwing snowballs in the Senate,” Obama said referring to Republican Sen. Jim Inhoffe’s stunt on the Senate floor aimed at disproving global warming.

“O.K. I think I got it bro,” Luther says.

“It is crazy. What about our kids, what kind of stupid short-sighted, irresponsible, bull — ” Obama continues before being cut off by his “translator.”

3. Hillary Clinton’s financial woes

Obama’s Clinton joke was almost like a return to Clinton’s comments that she and President Bill Clinton were “dead broke” when they left the White House.

As Obama noted, “for many Americans, this is still a time of deep uncertainty.”

“For example I have one friend, just a few weeks ago she was making millions of dollars a year. And she ‘s now living out of a van in Iowa,” Obama said in a reference to Clinton’s listening tour in the days and weeks following her campaign announcement.

4. Knocking the 2016ers

Obama knocked Ted Cruz as a narcissist after the Texas Republican senator recently compared himself to Galileo for fighting back against climate change:

“Galileo believed the world revolved around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the Earth revolves around Ted Cruz,” Obama joked.

And Rick Santorum should stop talking about how he wouldn’t attend a gay marriage, Obama said — because there’s no way gays and lesbians would even consider inviting him to a same-sex wedding.

And for Donald Trump, who is eying a presidential run for the umpteenth time?

“Donald Trump is here. Still,” Obama joked. “Anyway.”

He also landed a couple jokes at the expense of Democrats considering a run for the White House.

“Apparently they really want to see a pot smoking socialist in the White House,” Obama said of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who considers himself a socialist. “We could get a third Obama term after all.”

And on former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Obama pulled from Clinton’s recent trip to a Chipotle, where she appeared to try and pass through incognito.

“Not to be outdone, Martin O’Malley kicked things off by going completely unrecognized at a Martin O’Malley campaign event,” Obama quipped.

5. Have no fear…McCain and Biden are here

Obama couldn’t deliver jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner without discussing one of the stories that has most dogged that group of reporters: the Secret Service.

Obama said the agency, which has fumbled time and again in the last year, has come up with a “fool proof way to keep people off my lawn.”

The answer came in the form of a Photoshopped picture: Sen. John McCain with a broom.

And to keep the nagging drones away? Vice President Joe Biden with a baseball bat.

6. Don’t worry Senate Democrats, there’s now Obamacare

The 2014 midterms were still on Obama’s mind as he touted the benefits of his signature health care law, that helps American get affordable health insurance even if they don’t have a job.

“Today thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You’re welcome Senate Democrats,” Obama said.

7. The classic Biden joke.

Noting that he was feeling “more loose and relaxed than ever” in the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama drew back to a too-close-for-comfort moment involving Vice President Joe Biden and Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s wife.

“Those Joe Biden shoulder massages, they’re like magic,” Obama joked. “You should try one. Oh you have?”

Biden got a little touchy-feely with the newly-minted defense secretary’s wife in February — apparently giving her a taste of the Obama special.

8. Biden joke #2

Obama tried to soften up his blow to Biden — blows that have become somewhat of a Washington tradition — by pointing out how much he loves Biden.

“I love that man,” Obama said. “We’ve gotten so close that some places in Indiana won’t serve us pizza any more,” a reference to Indiana’s recent religious freedom law that angered LGBT rights activists.

9. Boehner, Netanyahu…never gets old.

While joking about getting older, Obama joked:

“I look so old [House Speaker] John Boehner’s already invited [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama joked, referring to the House Speaker’s controversial invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister.

10. Dick Cheney

Obama swung back at Vice President Dick Cheney, who recently called Obama “the worst President of my lifetime.”

“Dick Cheney said I was the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime,” Obama joked of the former vice president, who was considered very influential in the Bush White House.

Odds for Cross-Town World Series Published

Imagine a La-La Land, Bay Bridge, Big Apple, or Chicago White Sox – Chicago Cubs World Series… The odds (only $50 bets are acceptable):

Anaheim Angels (with or without Manager Mike S.) vs. L.A. (always the Brooklyn) Dodgers   17 to 1

San Francisco Giants vs. The Oakland Athletics   27 to 1 giants fan out clubbing New York (Queens) Metropolitans vs. New York Yankees 31 to 1

Chicago White Hose vs. The Chicago Cubs Baseball Club of the National League  9 to 1

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Passion Week in Reno

Holy Week of the 2015 Lenten Season

Diocese of Reno in Northern Nevada U.S.A.

Just when things could not seem to get worse, Passion Week is here. Today, I walked over 5 miles to the U.S. Social Security Office here in Reno and was denied both a new SSA Card but was unable to order a Medicare Card… only in Reno, there are local rules they follow.

Sort of like the St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral Roman Catholic Church has its peculiar rules. Any bag seen unattended is swiped and the RPD bomb squad is called.

Incidently, two uniformed protestant security guards had me leave the church before Mass last Sunday (the 22nd). After I said a rosary in front of the statue of Jesus lying in the arms of his mother Mary on Good Friday, one guy asked me to take my things to the back of the cathedral… only in Reno.

Only in Reno does the poor steal from the homeless. I have lost all my luggage from California, my cell phone, my laptop computer, my smart phone, address book, passport (stolen in Glenwood Springs, Colorado), drivers license, and important paperwork.

Oh Lord have mercy!

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