John Anthony Brennan's Blog Posts Tagged 'Living History' (5)

Ask Not Why

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK


May 29, 1917 - Nov…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

Ellen Brennan nee O'Connor

My mother, Ellen Brennan (O'Connor.) passed on Friday, December 20th, 2014 at her home in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

"She is not dead, she doth sleep.

 'tis death is dead. Weep not for Ellen." 

(Apologies to PB Shelley for the name change.) 


"Sure, God help them, the poor crathurs." was her oft used expression.

Ellen was a…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 20, 2014 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

The Garden

A lesson on hard work. 

To the left of our house in Urker was a wilderness covered with boulders, and thorny gorse bushes. It was no more than a quarter acre, but to me, at seven years old it looked like a vast, forbidding jungle. It…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 13, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Desert Monks


Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

'Back When' - A Lifetime in 1,000 Words

Oh! to return to that time, place and space of yesterday's papers. Back when I was young, undaunted and sure of nothing, stronger than an oak, spellbound in innocence. Back when being seventeen was wide-eyed and ‘rarin to go, driven by the magical, heady arrogance of youth. Back to that time of transitional transmissions when the curtain was torn down, rent…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 12, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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