They Walked Before Me

Today, many across the world shall proclaim- “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” or worse say “Patty” in which technically it is known as “Paddy.” This is actually an unflattering term because once upon a time, it was used negatively towards Irish immigrants. Except, taking pride in ones heritage does not, nor should be honored once a year. Yes, […]

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Ode to the Forgotten

Abhorred by many they refused us callously Comparable of cattle, ships brimmed with our brethren, facing this trial, this calvary Our Mother land glimmered brilliantly from afar Our hearts suffered incredibly, as she disappeared, she was no more They restrained our hands, our feet, setting us ablaze This chastisement, abuse, an infraction for not following […]

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Happy Birthday Great Grandmother

Today was the birthday of my Great Grandmother Mary O’Connor. She was born February 21, 1895, in Bergen County New Jersey. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants John O’Connor of Sligo, Ireland and Mary Borris (Burrowes) of Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland. Today I lit a candle to honor her and said a few words in […]

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My Acadian Ancestry

I’ve spoken about my Paternal Grandmother Blanche Melanson before, and her Irish Ancestry through her Mother Edith Byrnes. I haven’t mentioned her Father. My Great Grandfather is Leo S. Melanson. He was born in 1882, and immigrated from Canada. His family has a long history in Canada since the 1600’s. One of the oldest ancestors […]

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 I’m always talking about my Irish ancestry; which I cherish. I would like to introduce you to my Grandfathers. I never met them, so everything I know has been from research. Both of these men were not in my parents lives either. My Paternal Grandfather was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He immigrated to America as […]

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Fallen Ones

     I wrote the above a while back but wanted to share it here.      Written by: Josette Hansen      Pseudonym Adinah Schramm      Copyright ©2014

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Ode to my Children

     If money were never ending, or everything were free; I’d get you everything you ever asked of me.      Still, if it were so; I wonder too Would you still respect me the way you do?      Remember children, the facts of life. Money isn’t everything; it causes struggle, strife.      There’s strength found […]

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