Jay’s B-Day Wish List

Large circle of wood, or at least cardboard, over 18 inches across

Small statue Cernunnos with beard

Silver Awen that I can at least have a chance of feeling (probably engraved into something)  Maybe I can have a jeweler engrave it on a  silver coin I have already?

▶ album by   Eivor – Dansadu with Vindur  either from Iceland or Faroe Islands

All albums by Timoteij and Sarek (from Sweden)

The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion, and Power in Celtic Ireland: Mary Condren:

The Sacred Whore: Sheela Goddess of the Celts by Maureen Concannon

The Faerie Queens, Sorita D’Este

Hildur, Queen of the Elves: And Other Icelandic Folk Tales (International Folk Tales): J. M. Bedell, Terry Gunnell: 9781566566339: Amazon.com: Books

Book by Barry Fitzgerald about haunted Ireland

Candida Moss’ new book, “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom”

Irish books,

Gods and fighting men,

Carmina Gaedelica,

Book of invations, may be the same as the one by Lady Gregory, can’t tell if they are similar, or if one more or less includes the other.

Book if on audio yet, about Fin McCool


By Eric Flint, (Audible?)

1635: The Eastern Front 2010 Eric Flint 1-4391-3389-1 This is a sequel to The Baltic War
Sweden and USE invade Poland, Gustavus Adolphus is seriously injured, and the invasion comes to a halt.
1636: The Saxon Uprising 2011 Eric Flint 978-1439134252 Direct sequel to The Eastern Front
Oxenstierna usurps the power of USE parliament, sides with the nobility, and forces the country into a civil war which is ultimately won by supporters of FoJP and CoC led by Mike Stearns.
1636: The Kremlin Games 2012 Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett Eric Flint 978-1451637762 Novelization of the Butterflies in the Kremlin stories
Bernie Zeppi takes a job as technical adviser to the Russians’ attempt to bootstrap themselves into an industrial revolution.
1635: The Papal Stakes 2012 Charles E. Gannon Eric Flint 978-1451638394 Direct sequel to The Cannon Law
The Pope is pursued across Italian countryside by assassins sent by Borja, while the USE mounts commando raids to rescue Frank Stone and his wife from Spanish captivity.
1636: The Devil’s Opera 2013 David Carrico Eric Flint 978-1451639285
A semi-detective novel set in Magdeburg, from December 1635 to March 1636.
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies June 2014[3] Charles E. Gannon Eric Flint 978-1476736785 Start of the naval thread
Eddie Cantrell and Anne Cathrine marry and are sent by Admiral Simpson to Caribbean to secure access to the Jennings Oil Field. Naval battle ensues with the Spanish and settlers which ends in a standoff.
1636: The Viennese Waltz November 2014 [3] Gorg Huff & Paula Goodlett Eric Flint 978-1476736877 Sequel to Barbie Consortium stories, continues directly with some characters from Saxon Uprising
The Barbie Consortium through industrial production and financial dealings props up and saves the Austro-Hungarian Empire from bankruptcy.[4]
1636: The Cardinal Virtues July 2015[5] Walter H. Hunt Eric Flint 978-1476780610 A sequel to the Baltic War and Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
The French Civil War [6]
1635: A Parcel of Rogues January 2016[5] Andrew Dennis Eric Flint 978-1476781099 Sequel to The Baltic War, following characters left in Britain
1637: The Volga Rules January 2017[7] Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett Eric Flint 978-1476780894 Sequel to The Kremlin Games [6]
1636: The Vatican Sanction TBA[5] Charles E. Gannon Eric Flint TBD Sequel to The Papal Stakes
Urban VIII pulls together a consistory as a mini-Vatican II and is then assassinated. Cardinal Bedmar is elected as the new Pope but Borja still occupies the Vatican. Results in an incredibly deep divide within Catholicism; Spain, Poland, Bavaria go for Borja in Rome, deep division within Austria.[4]
1636: The Atlantic Encounter TBA Walter H. Hunt Eric Flint TBD Novel set in French North America, former working title was 1636: Drums Along the Mohawk
1636: Stoned Souls TBA Mercedes Lackey Eric Flint TBD
1637 TBA Eric Flint TBD Direct sequel to 1636: The Saxon Uprising
Mike Stearns is sent to capture Bavaria. Tacit agreements between Spain, Russia, and Poland to back the Ottomans but no formal agreements. Vienna falls to Ottoman forces. USE fights a two front war with Poland and Ottoman Empire and is able to just hold off both. Ends with a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea.[4][8]

Book: Fever-Born, Fever-Moon- Karen Marie Moning

Inexpensive model of Irish faerie castle

A sun wheel for my chain (in mettle ruffle the color of the sun)  NOT in silver or gold!

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Birthday Wish List


Towers of Midnight & A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan

The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron

Boar Island & Blind Descent by Neveda Barr


Legend – the Complete Series

Star Trek: The Original Series Season 3

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1

High Society

Starring Alan Rickman:

Snow Cake

Close My Eyes

A Promise



Anything from Pentatonix


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Love the Sac Pack

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2015 Christmas List


COMPELETED: album   Eivor – Dansadu with song, Vindur – YouTube –

From DruidCraft – The Magic of Wicca & Druidry by Philip Carr-Gomm  – available as an audio-book, e-book and paperback:

A Woman’s Heart (Irish traditional album)

Best of Klanat

Best cathy dennis

Book, Hildur, Queen of the Elves: And Other Icelandic Folk Tales (International Folk Tales): J. M. Bedell, Terry Gunnell: 9781566566339: Amazon.com: Books

The Kalevala preferably not in poetic verse!

If available in audio, a book about Finn MC’Cool


book,  legend seekers  Barry Fitzgerald

small figure bearded Cernunnos




Star Trek Fan Collective: Time Travel or Klingon

West Wing Season 7

Star Trek: The Original Series: Season 3 (Remastered Edition)

White Christmas (Anniversary Edition)



A Christmas Carol: 1914 Reprint (2008 Vintage Edition)

My Badass Book of Saints: Courageous Women Who Showed Me How to Live

by Maria Morera Johnson

The Conqueror’s Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great

by Stephanie Thornton (Paperback)

Reclaim Your Heart

by Yasmin Mogahed (Paperback)



Destiny [CD/DVD Deluxe] by Celtic Woman



Winter Snowman Holiday Garden Wind Chimes

Sweat Shirt XXL – http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=D12630P+S


Renelle and Kennedy

Gift Certificate to Pet Food Express, Pet Smart or Petco

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Renelle’s Liver Days #?????

Okay, I have completely lost track on what number it is, however it doesn’t really matter anymore.

Renelle’s latest test results came back “normal”  so nothing is changing with her medication.  She needs to lose a little weight (so do I!) we are both working on this issue.  Dr. B did make a note that I should be watching her urine to see of there is any blood, since she is now 7 1/2 years old, she is a senior – sadly no discounts! Dr. B said to be aware of it, it probably wont happen for a while. So, yes I really do watch my dog pee and poop….these things will help tell me when I need to take her directly to the vet or not.

My poor girl.  3 years of excellent health and then BAM!  Sigh.  As I reflect on those first 2 years and the uncertainty and stress of not knowing followed by a year of getting her stable, I wonder if I should of given her up.  Then I think about the last 3 years of stability and her love of working through it all….I know I did the right thing.   She gets me up every morning, she tells me what sounds I miss (even if she does her lazy alerts), she kisses, snuggles, trusts and loves everyday. I smile as I look in those beautiful brown eyes and just melt.

I smile at the smiles and laughter of my co-workers she brings to them, especially her love of Hussain, the entire division cracks up and loves her “Facility Dog” work with him.  Everyone has noticed his stress level is way down….all because of a beautiful, loving black golden/ab mix named Renelle.

It is not just these moments.   It is the sharing of her story.  Because of Renelle another Change of Career CCI dog was saved and another Vet now knows about this disease (Copper Storage) and will save other patients.  Who knows how many other vets he will educate on this disease and other dogs to be saved to live longer stable lives. Plus, Dr, B wanted pictures of Renelle to show her other patients owners how a dog with liver disease correctly taken care of looks like.  So who know how many dogs Renelle’s example will save.

Yes, the vet bills are expensive, and I thank God every day for my incredible job and the people I work with.  So no, I do not think twice about the bills. She is worth every penny.

Renelle’s life, is not just about being a Canine Companions for Independence Hearing Dog, she is, by her very nature of being a dog (and her own sweet personality), a Facility Dog and an advocate for her disease, she keeps it present and real.  She makes a difference not just in my life, but those lives around us.



Peace! C & R

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Jay’s Birthday Wish list

album with song Vindur,    Eivor – Dansadu  –

Small model (lego?)  of either-

  • Anchor Wat,
  • Temple of the Reclining Buddha,
  • Temple of the Emerald Buddha
  • Small figurine of a reclining Buddha

Plastic figurine of an Irish wolfhound (Not sitting or laying down)

My Clan Crest, maybe something I can put on my hat, or T-shirt And something for wall?


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15 Things That Introverts Would Never Tell You

Introverts catch a lot of shit for being introverted. The whole world seems so enamored by extroverts – the people we know who just want to be around people all the time. While we introverts might not want that, it doesn’t mean we’re depressed or suicidal or anything wacky like that. There are some things you should know about us.

1. Small talk sucks.

We’re just not very good at it. We’re typically the big-thinking types. We like big ideas and theories. Small talk is uncomfortable. We don’t care about the weather or how your cat has been doing.

2. Being alone is fine.

Seriously, we’re doing okay, even if we hole up in our houses for a while. We don’t need other people for stimulation. We find that ourselves.

3. We aren’t rude or uptight.

We might seem like that at first, but get to know us. We’re still a fun bunch of friends, we just don’t always acclimate to unfamiliar settings and people so quickly.

4. Sometimes, we swing both ways.

We might be introverts, but sometimes we are just so the life of the party. We do this willingly when we’re up to it, but we can’t always keep that kind of energy going. If we throw a party, great! But give us some time to recover.

5. We have friends. And they like us! Probably.

People hear the word ‘introvert’ and think of the goth kid sitting alone at the food court. That’s a whole different thing entirely. We love having friends, and our friends love having us! We put in a conscious effort for people we think are worth it.

6. When with the right people, we feel safe.

Having the right people in our lives is amazing. we really give our best selves to the best people. We shine in the right company. But sometimes it takes a while to find those people.

7. We like to write things out.

Writing is easier than talking for us sometimes. Email is the best because it helps us get the thoughts out of our heads without being interrupted. Thinking about giving us a call? Try a text or email instead.

8. We’re super productive.

Sometimes at least. Usually in our alone time, we’re able to really rock and roll on projects that we need to finish. The solitude helps us, as we tend to be a bit more distractible than most.

9. If we don’t like you, you won’t know it.

It’s the truth of the matter. We hate conflict. So even if we don’t like you, we’ll still be nice. It’s a lot easier than being real with you. Especially if your feelings are inconsequential enough that confronting you on your bullshit isn’t even worth the time. Sorry. Well, not sorry.

10. Networking events suck.

Seriously. Is there a mailing list we need to opt out of? There are few things more uncomfortable than a networking party. Except maybe a dentist’s networking party that we’ve just been accidentally invited to.

11. We don’t like crowds.

Though I find that after a few beers, I can tolerate it. Introverts tend to get overstimulated easily, so big crowds aare tough to deal with.

12. Sorry, we probably weren’t listening to your story.

We care deeply about our friends, but people outside of that circle will have a tough time maintaining our attention. It’s not that we have ADD or anything like that, we just don’t really care about you. On the plus side, we won’t judge you, so feel free to tell us all the fucked up things you said to your ex.

13. Don’t make a fuss out of our birthdays.

For the longest time, I had a great deal of difficulty understanding why I hated my birthday so much. Everyone I ever knew would come out and party with me! But then I realized: that’s the problem! We don’t need to make a fuss out of our birthdays, so please don’t do it to us.

14. We don’t want to make a fuss out of your birthday.

We can quietly honor the annual birthday, right?

15. If we’ve chosen to be friends with you, appreciate it.

We value our alone time. If we see you often, it means that we really love you. Just don’t get too bummed out when we don’t hang for a week at a time sometimes.

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03/14/2015 25th Annual LPCCI Crab Feast


Renelle and Kennedy, unhappy about being under the table.


How many dogs can fit under a table?  We had five.

Some one likes to lay on people’s feet.  Such a sweet girl.


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The floating balloon.  When it came near we blew on it to see where it went.  Oops!  Camera was too slow to get the balloon between Rick and Irina.

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A couple of bored and hungry dogs.

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Raffle time!  No we didn’t win a thing.  Not even close.  Some people had rainbow tickets.


Some one sneaked over to get a scratch from Uncle Rick. There is Dog # 5, Mr. Nilight.

Sadly, I will not be buying tickets again.  When the cafeteria trays with the shrimp and broken apart crabs came out, I started getting nauseous, so I passed on eating (not to mention I had no idea what to do with them!), then the second round came by, the look on my face said it all, I had to get out of there.  So our lovely friends, assisted Jay while Renelle and I were in another room breathing.

Ah, well it all went to an excellent cause, Canine Companions for Independence!


C & R

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Eloise Bown Clark

Sorry Grandma, I let January 2, 2015 pass without comment.Father Eric’s murder the day before overshadowed you last year and again this year.  This year I also had work, those pesky details that the living still deal with.   I didn’t want today to end without at least acknowledging your passing.

Quietly in your sleep you rejoined Grandpa a year ago yesterday.  I am sad that you are no longer with us, yet I rejoice that you are with your childhood sweet heart and life long love.  You two were, and still are, quite a pair.

Funny thing you know, when I wrote out the Christmas Card for you in 2013, I knew it was the last one I would write to you, I just didn’t expect you to leave quite so soon. God is funny that way, he always does what you least expect.

I have been thinking about the things you used to do when I was a child, the baked brownies you sent in the mail, the cute prairie dress, that I absolutely loved, the pasta and hot dogs (which I now know was from a can). You were a doting Grandmother in your own way, yet you loved us and uniquely. Never the one with a white picket fence and the apple pie on the window sill, that was Hollywood’s version of Grandmothers.  Hum…do I hear a chuckle from you?  Most likely.

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for marring the awesomest Grandfather and having the totally cool son, who became the best Dad ever.  Miss you.

Love, C

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Reverend Eric Freed Remembered

I was laying in bed snuggling with Renelle and I looked at the clock and thought “We still have time to go to Mass.”

Then I realized it was 8:28 am January 1, 2015.

Last year at 8:28 am January 1, 2014 St. Bernards Church in Eureka California was surrounded by police, fire and grieving parishioners. I saw many of my dearest friends in Humboldt County crying and praying the rosary on the news.  I struggled to breath that day, as I do today. I let the tears flow then and I do now. I prayed in the midst of it and I still do.

Reverend Eric Freed, the sweetest, kindest, generous, loving, funniest, smartest man I know, respected, admired and worked with was brutally and senselessly murdered in his bedroom in the Rectory.

His murder, while caught and in jail, still has not stood trail.

As I realized all of this in a split second, I was jerked to the reality that my life went on.  All of our lives did, just with a gaping hole.  There has been times that I thought, “Oh I got to tell Father Eric!”  Or “We should ask Father Eric.” Then I realize he is gone and I can only imagine what his response would be. Then there are events in our lives.  Anne’s wedding, my new job, struggles that need guidance with, that is when the hole emerges full force.

Father Eric was a huge part of my life in Humboldt, always there for his students, just a click or call away.  Or if you knew his teaching schedule you could catch him before or after class. Even when I moved to Sacramento, he was always available.

As a Roman Catholic, I believe that Father Eric is with God and as with the saints we can ask him  in prayer to intercede with God (oh he does have God’s ear!).  I know  many of us have, although I know my requests were heard (I got an awesome job with awesome people), I think this is a way to keep him close.  Keep him in our thoughts, memories and lives.  I find comfort in the faith he loved and  taught, I find comfort in knowing he is still there and available. I find comfort in the love he still has and spreads among his family, friends and students.

I miss you Father Eric. Thank  you for all the love.

Mass at the NC

 Peace from Father at the NC


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