Fergal's Fairy Tales

"The fairies know what's going on." Albert Einstein

Friday, September 10, 2010

Burning Sacred Texts: The Haute Cuisine Version


The Gospel According to Matthew, scrambled with eggs, salmon, and sprinkled with salt from the Sea of Galilee.


Blackened Cajun-Style Gospel According to Luke, served with Miraculous Loaves and Fishes. 

Dessert:   The Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians, poached with pear and an almond glaze, served with a scoop of flavored Ice Snow from Mount Sinai. 

High Tea:

Toasted Gospel According to Mark, served with scones, butter and a selection of comfit.  


Fire-Roasted Parchment of the Gospel According to John, served with Four Sea-Horses of the Apocalypse in a Bernaise Sauce

Dessert:   Creme Brulee avec Revelations De Jean

(this entry has nothing whatsoever to do with news items)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wee Burning Man Project (Not "Burning Man Project" Event in Black Rock City, Nevada).

This is a monthly burning of Tax documents, immigration papers, and forsaken love letters at Mission Bay in San Diego.
The idol was carved by our resident artist, Jack, who practices witch craft.
Who says the Irish don't practice voodoo?

Monday, July 19, 2010

San Diego Pride, July 16-17, 2010

This is a health conscious part of the world.  Before the debauchery, we do a few healthy and family-friendly activities ending in the syllables "asana".

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Poop Fairy Campaigns for Cleaner Sidewalks!

This is the Domain of the Poop Fairies
These Fairies Keep Guard to Make Sure
That Dog-Owners Pick Up
Their Lovely Dogs' Poop

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deaf & Dumb? Dumb only? Idiot or Imbecile; or Lunatic?

The 1901 Census of Ireland has just been posted for general access.  This is the return on my grandmother, Ellen McCarron of Ballyrattan (not "Ballyrotten" as printed in the return) Donegal.  She was 20 years old in 1901.  Her father was a stonemason.  One of his works was Saint Columba's Chapel in Drung (not "Dung") Donegal.       At the time, Ireland was a part of The United Kingdom.   Note the top column on far right: "Deaf & Dumb, Idiot, Lunatic, Imbecile, etc" as if parents had the ability to diagnose their own offspring and publish the good news, "Oh, Fergal, he's just an idiot, but he's not a lunatic."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Monty Python - Exploding Penguin

Crawfish Boil on May 29, 2010

I think that we really enjoyed the whole experience with Silvia, the lovely woman from Leon in Spain in the flowery dress, who tolf us that crawfish are also eaten there in her native Castilla,

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ancestral Connections

My maternal family comes from the peninsula of Inishowen in Donegal. We're mostly from the eastern part of Inishowen around the townlands of Ballyrattan, Ballylawn, and Muff. Yes, Muff, a village on the border of Donegal and Derry, where I grew up. Here is the Chemist's in Muff.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Larry Kramer's Speech at Dallas Gay Pride: Read

(Wockner Wire exclusive) :-)


We must never forget that everything we have won can very quickly be taken away from us. We have seen this time and again. Presidents come and go ignoring us. This president is no different. Once again he is not doing it for us and once again we are letting him get away with it. This President is another loser for us and I predict he will remain this way.

We must remember that we do not have the freedom to marry, to inherit, to adopt, to share our health insurance, to learn about our history in our schools. To learn that our two greatest presidents, Washington and Lincoln were gay. We do not have the freedom to live as straight people have the freedom to live. We do not have the freedom to have our bars not raided by police and officers beating us up with such fury that we land in hospitals.

We have not learned to fight back with the same fury with which they fight us. You do not get more with honey than with vinegar. There are over one thousand benefits from our government that straight couples get that we are denied. This is not freedom. This is not equality. America's Bill of Rights says we are meant to be equal.

You must know, we must never forget, that every single treatment for hiv/aids is out there because of gay aids activists, led by ACT UP chapters across the country and Project Inform in San Francisco. They did not come from the government. They came because gay people fought like tigers and screaming banshees to get the system that hates us deliver them to us. If you want to read how we did it get my book The Tragedy of Today's Gays. This achievement, the obtaining of these drugs, I believe to be the single greatest achievement gay people have accomplished in all of history and we must be remembered for it.

The lesson should be clear. The lesson should be obvious. It should show us what we are capable of achieving when we put our minds and hearts and brains and bodies together and work together all together as brothers and sisters and one big family. There is not one person here today who is not capable of being such an activist.

We get what we fight for. And we are not fighting. Every single one of us is not fighting. They fight better than we do. There is a concerted and never ending vein of hate in this country and in this world dedicated to keeping us in our place. It is evil to force people to be what we are not -- free. We are not free.

I love being gay

I love gay people.

How can I say this without offending everyone else, I think we're better than other people.

I think we are smarter.

I think we are more talented.

I think we are more aware.

I think we make better friends.

I think we make better lovers.

I think we're more tuned in to what's happening, tuned into the moment, tuned into our emotions, and other people's emotions.

Yes, I think that gay people are better than other people.

I think the only thing we are not so good at is fighting back.

I hear talk of the new generation of gays and the old generation of gays, and how different we are. That is not true. We are all one generation. We are all related. We are all each other's brothers and sisters. We are all one family, the gay family.

And I passionately and desperately want all my brothers and sisters to stay alive and well and on this earth, with total equality with every straight person.

Being gay is the most important thing in my life.

I love being gay. I hope you do, too.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Good Quote on "Striving for Morality in Our Actions"

"The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life." Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saint Homobonus is the Patron Saint of Businessmen

Ok, so you all know I grew up under the most glorious protection of the Most Holy and Roman Apostolic Church, my local being Saint Eugene's Cathedral in Derry, Northern Ireland. But I never knew there was a patron saint for Belgian Airlines Flight Crew. Who knew? Here are a few more from the exhaustive list at Catholic.org where you can "Meet Singles and Grow in Faith Together." Wow, sounds hot. I'm off to mass, already, or maybe Confession first. Here's just "A" and "B" from the site. Well worth a visit, and you never know, you might find that special someone to say the Rosary with.

AIDS care-givers Aloysius Gonzaga
AIDS patients Aloysius Gonzaga, Peregrine Laziosi, Therese of Lisieux
Abandoned children Ivo of Kermartin, Jerome Emiliani
Abbeville, France Wulfram of Sens
Abdominal pains Erasmus (Elmo)
Abingdon, England Edmund Rich of Abingdon
Abortion, protection against Catherine of Sweden
Abruzzi region of Italy Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Academies, Roman Catholic Thomas Aquinas
Acadians, Cajuns Our Lady of the Assumption
Accountants Matthew
Accused (falsely) Raymond Nonnatus
Achaia Andrew, Apostle
Actors Genesius, Vitus
Advertisers, advertising Bernardine of Siena
Advocates Ivo of Kermartin
Africa, Central The Most Pure Heart of Mary
Africa, North Cyprian of Carthage
Africa, Southern Mary, on feast of her Assumption
African Catholic Youth Action Charles Lwanga
Agirone Sicily of Agirone
Air crew Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, Belgian Our Lady of Loreto
Air crew, French Mary, on feast of her Assumption
Air crew, Spanish Our Lady of Loreto
Air force, Argentinian Our Lady of Loreto
Air travelers Joseph of Cupertino
Airborne (Paratroopers) Michael the Archangel
Alabama USA Our Lady of the Gulf
Alaska USA Our Lady of the Kodiak and the Islands
Albania Mary, Mother of Good Counsel
Albi, France Cecilia
Alcala, Spain Justus and Pastor
Alcira, Valencia, Spain Bernard, Gracia, Mary
Alessandro, Italy Trifone
Alexandria, Egypt Cyril of Alexandria
Alexians Alexius
Alezio, Italy Our Lady of the Assumption
Algeria Cyprian of Carthage
Alpine troops Maurice
Alpinists Bernard of Montjoux (or Menthon)
Altar servers John Berchmans
Amalfi, Italy Andrew, Apostle
Ambassadors, Argentinian Gabriel the Archangel
American Indians, Native Americans Anthony of Padua
Americas Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rose of Lima
Ammunition/Ordnance /explosive workers Erasmus (Elmo)
Ancona, Italy Judas Cyriacus
Andalusia John of Avila
Anderlecht, Belgium Guy of Anderlecht
Andorran security forces Our Lady Help of Christians
Anesthetists Rene Goup

Babies The Holy Innocents, Maximus, Nicholas of Tolentino, Philip of Zell
Bakers Elizabeth of Hungary, Nicholas of Myra, Honoratus
Bankers Matthew, Bernardino of Feltre
Banking Michael the Archangel
Barbers Cosmas and Damian, Louis, Martin de Porres
Barcelona, Spain Our Lady of Mercy
Bari, Italy Nicholas, Sabinus
Barra, Scotland Finbar
Barrel makers Abdon and Sennen
Barren women Anthony of Padua, Felicity
Basket makers Antony the Abbot
Battle Michael the Archangel
Baume-les-Messieurs Drogo
Bavaria Hedwig, Killian
Bee Keepers Ambrose
Begerin, Ireland Ibar
Beggars Alexius, Martin of Tours, Giles
Belgium Joseph
Bellmakers Agatha
Benedictine oblates Henry the Emperor
Benevento, Italy Arthelais, Barbatus of Benevento
Bergamo, Italy Alexander of Bergamo
Bergen, Norway Sunniva
Bible scholars Jerome
Birds Gall
Bishops of Latin America Turibius
Blind people Raphael the Archangel, Thomas, Apostle, Cosmas and Damian, Lucy
Blood banks Januarius
Blood donors Our Lady of the Thorns
Bodily ills Our Lady of Lourdes
Bohemia Joseph, Adalbert, John Nepomucene, Cyril and Methodius, Wenceslaus
Bolivia Francis Solano, Our Lady of Capucdana (Virgin de la Candelaria), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Virgin de la Candelaria, Virgin of Copacabana, La Virgen de Copacabana (Virgin of Copacabana)

Bolivian navy Our Lady of Charity
Bologna, Italy Petronius
Bombay, India Gundisalvus Garcia
Book trade John of God
Bookbinders Celestine V (pope), John of God
Bookkeepers Matthew
Booksellers John of God, Thomas Aquinas
Bordeaux, France Simon Stock
Borneo Francis Xavier
Boston, Massachusetts, USA Botulph
Boy Scouts George
Boys, young Dominic Savio
Brazil Nossa senhora de Aparecida, Peter of Alcantara
Breast-feeding Basilissa, Giles
Brescia, Italy Faustinus
Brewers Augustine of Hippo, Luke, Nicholas of Myra, Amand, Wenceslaus
Bricklayers Stephen
Brides Nicholas of Myra
Bridges John Nepomucene
Brigands (danger from) Leonard of Noblac
Brittany Ivo of Kermartin
Broadcasters Gabriel the Archangel
Brussels Michael the Archangel
Builders Vincent Ferrer, Barbara, Thomas, Apostle
Building trade Stephen
Bulgaria Cyril and Methodius
Burgos, Spain Adelelmus
Bursars Joseph
Business people Homobonus
Businesswomen Margaret of Clitherow
Button makers Louis
Byzantine Eparchy of Van Nuys, Arizona, USA Holy Protection of the Mother of God

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recent Art Work

My Sculptures
A Bruised Pear
My Left Eye
Thanks to the fiery, challenging and astute tutelage of Dick Greene, I've been making art again.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Portland Cutlery Brass Band

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Some of the lovely outfits in Portland Pride

This picture is of PFLAGZ (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay Zombies)
Portland General Electric had this frightening "plug" character to make sure our nightmares are vivid and traumatizing.
And there are Sisters of a Different Order on parade
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