Dissent amongst the GOP on Health Care

Below is my view on GOP Senators who don’t support the Senate Health Care Bill.

Dear Sen. Johnson;
I am disappointed to read that you are one of four Republicans who is not supporting the Senate health care bill. Whether or not your concerns are valid, it plays right into the hands of the Democrats and radicals who are out to destroy anything on the Trump agenda which is the American People’s agenda when it comes right down to it.

When one lives in a nation of over 350 million people of whom half are considered low middle class and of those many are what we call the working poor, how does one not see that programs like Medicaid are essential. If it was up to me I would have scrapped the entire Obamacare system and simply left a free insurance system in which the American people who can afford to may choose their provider across state lines. Then those who could not afford a health plan or are infirm or out of work would have their health care needs provided for through an assistance program similar to the VA system perhaps. But it’s too late to address the core issue of the Obamacare program and that is helping those who have not achieved the American Dream get insured, but if those who are retired, infirm or economically deprived can’t afford a health plan or if it’s deductibles are too high then what good is it. They will need to get subsidized and thus a tax would be needed to support the subsidy (Obamacare) so why not just have a Government sponsored program administered through the states which helps struggling people get the health care they may need. Why not have health care systems set aside funds to support the care of those who come for health care who cannot afford to pay the entire cost of the service? Such a fund with government grants would address the issue which is now a politically hot topic.

But it’s too late for such a program, we already have something, though falling apart, which does some of that. And that is the genius of Obamacare. Now that we have, though imperfect and non-sustainable, a program to help the disadvantaged anything the GOP does to alter it will seem to say that they are heartless politicians who would see Grandma thrown off a cliff or the poor die in the gutter of our inner city streets. Obama, honed his political skills in the tough town of Chicago. That’s why the Dems under Pelosi said that we could learn about the original Obamacare bill after it was passed. Get the bill made into law and then America is stuck with it, simply genius. And yet the GOP aren’t allowed even the slightest similar approach before it is decried as being secretive and non-transparent. So the GOP publishes an imperfect bill and instead of looking for the good in it and looking to the reconciliation process to refine it, four Senators put the “stop” on it before it has a chance to reach the floor of the Senate. Once again the Dems win even though they continue to lose Congressional races. Once again President Trump loses as he fights to save his administration from an unprecedented onslaught which even now attacks his family. Hollywood and the east and west coast elites may not be able to buy an election but they do know how to keep themselves in the spotlight positively and destroy the credibility of any plan the GOP offers to the American people.

If there is any hope that the Affordable Health Care Act can be repealed and replaced then it must be through a unified approach among the Republicans. The four Senators, the Freedom Caucus and other such members of Congress who oppose before offering a viable alternative plan destroys that hope to create for the American people a bright future with better health care opportunities, simpler and lower tax rates, a booming economy and a safe and more peaceful nation.

I urge all Republicans to put aside their narrow visions for what is best, their grudges against the nontraditional President, and reach beyond their local base so that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness might be viable goals for all our people.

Wishing you every success, I remain sincerely yours;
Arthur Colaianni (Burlington,WI)
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Papa and the Leprechaun King
The Shamrock Crown
Stolen Christmas
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Journey of Three Pure Hearts

Pure and Tatnished Hearts

Torn And United Hearts

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Ring of the Magi
The Brooch
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The Leprechaun King

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Reflection on the Paris Accord

The Paris accord was an agreement which placed the USA at a great disadvantage to other nations economically. While restrictions to our fuel and manufacturing enterprises were formed to stifle our position as an economic and political power in the global community;
nations which contributed to the climate issue didn’t set rules for themselves until decades later and yet they add more co2 to our planet than us. The President has not called for an end to saving the planet nor the further reduction of our footprint but he had called for a system which is fair to America while also making sure that we have the cleanest air and water possible. That’s a far cry from what others are accusing him of trying to do. I have written to President Trump urging him to create a committee which would work with the major polluter nations of the world to create a Treaty not just an agreement which would require adherence to certain standards in manufacturing and fuel production based on an equality for all nations based on their impact on the environment. Whether you call it climate change or climate warming; the reality is that the Paris Accord sought to diminish the leadership role of America but more than that it followed a vision and belief which I and many others adhere to which is that while we belong to the global community we are also a sovereign nation which has the responsibility to protect our people and nation while also providing leadership to the world. We have reduced our co2 levels by huge margins compared to other nations. Our President has pledged to continue in our efforts to do so but not while placing our nation at a disadvantage nor by giving up our leadership role to nations which show little respect for our planet or its people.
Therefore I call upon all Americans to stand up for our nation while upholding our pledge to provide the world with the expertise to accomplish what we have in cleaning up our environment and preserving our planet. And let us come to understand that loving one’s nation is not an act of hate.

The road to a cleaner and stable climate will best be paved smoothly by America as a leader working hand in hand with the community of nations assuming vital roles of cooperation which does not diminish one nation so that others may flourish.

God save the earth and God bless America.
Arthur Colaianni
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Forgiveness and the Presidential Campaign 2016 by Arthur Cola

authorjpegphotoblackwhite2011The other day I was watching the PBS series titled “Grantchester.” It is about an Anglican Priest and his relationship with a police detective, the girl he loves but who married another man, dealing with his parish and gay curate (assistant priest) and how he battles with drinking and dalliance with a woman of questionable reputation. In this particular episode, the last of the season, he is speaking about forgiveness and imperfection in his sermon. Now I was watching this episode shortly after NBC brought out the eleven year old audio of Donald Trump talking to a Hollywood Access reporter (Billy Bush) in the privacy of Bush’s trailer or so Trump thought. The microphone attached to him was “hot” that is picking up what he was saying and what he said was being recorded. What was being said about women was more than off color, it was something that was disgusting. And yet it was being said and now has come back to haunt him and virtually destroyed his campaign to become President of the United States of America. The October surprise from Wikileaks about Hillary Clinton was buried under the media coverage of this eleven year old recording and subsequent revelation, by several women accusing Trump of inappropriate advances, some of them having occurred over 30 years ago.
For some reason those lines spoken in that TV show struck me. I began to think about who we are as human beings and how we have managed to destroy the will of the people and the trajectory of the Presidential campaign so close to election day.
Let me present to you what I mean by all of this.
1. NBC had this tape of what Trump said for 11 years. One begins to wonder why they didn’t produce it during the Republican Primary. Certainly it would have had the potential to have knocked Trump out of the running. One begins to conjure-up conspiracy theories such as perhaps the media sources needed those ratings which Trump brought to them during the primary campaign. Then once he got nominated and was running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton they could bring out this damaging audio tape and find accusers as well if needed. Certainly the Clinton campaign emails and those of the Democratic Party clearly show how Clinton worked with party establishment and media against Bernie Sanders. It’s not a stretch to conclude that the Clinton campaign with her blessing did the same type of sabotage to the Trump campaign.
2. Does all of this make it proper for Donald Trump to have said what he did about women? Absolutely not! However to say, as President Obama did, that rating women a 2 or 10 on some kind of scale isn’t done and is unacceptable, is also a far-fetched statement. I grew up in Chicago, just like the President. I don’t know what locker rooms he entered but at my high school and college such ratings were common place. Now it’s true that we were much younger than Trump was in these tapes when he said those graphic words but then most of us didn’t continue our lives in the spotlight of Hollywood life style as he did after achieving enormous success in business.
3. Because we are imperfect beings is exactly why we sometimes fail or sin, (as we believers would say). It is that thought which made me think of what my mother said about Bill Clinton’s actions with women while he was married and even serving as President in the Oval Office. She would say that was his private life. She separated his public and private behavior and ideas as did many Americans of the time. Why then aren’t we doing that for Trump, I ask the American people.
4. Sex trumps political issues that’s why, is what I’ve heard. “Come on,” I retort. If America forgave Bill Clinton for his deeds and the media helped to make him the most popular former President since George Washington or Dwight Eisenhower, then why is this smothering coverage of something which happened over a decade ago and even 30 years ago so compelling…so unforgiveable?
It’s not difficult to see that almost no one is covering the Wikileaks Clinton campaign emails except to say that Russia is behind the hacking of them. The Democrats use only that response to address the emails; almost never answering the issues raised in them. They obviously demonstrate that Hillary and her aides plan to have public and private positions on issues such as trade, banks, Wall St., Catholics, Evangelicals, and so forth.
In any other year such emails would have destroyed a person’s campaign. But not this year, and that’s because powerful people are afraid of Trump. They are frightened that he will actually do what he says and shake up Washington. They are worried that he will tell it like it is, in plain language and that cannot be allowed.
“And so my fellow Americans,” as another admired leader, who was flawed, once said; I ask you to look into your hearts and find a bit of mercy. The type of mercy which people like William Shakespeare put into words.
“The quality of mercy is not strained; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath; it is twice blest. It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest…it is an attribute to God himself.” (Merchant of Venice: Act IV Scene 1). This sentiment rings true for us this election season. We have already accepted Hillary Clinton’s statement that she made a mistake in using a private server in her home to conduct government business and that she would not do it again. We have forgiven her husband for his indiscretions.
Now, shall we show mercy and forgive, not approve, and accept Trump’s apology to the nation for what he said over decade or more ago and in doing so refocus our attention on ideas, policies and issues which will affect the lives of us all in America for years to come?

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“Torn and United Hearts” To be Presented at Pittsburgh Irish Fest.

Torn and United Hearts Cover-2016

The Doonagore Theft Trilogy is completed with the publication of the third novel in the series by Arthur Cola. Joining “Journey of Three Pure Hearts,” and “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” is “Torn and United Hearts.” Sure you can get them on amazon.com but if you’re near Pittsburgh, the author invites you to visit with him at the Pittsburgh Irish Fest from September 9-11 at the Riverplex. You may also hear his presentation at the Hedge School as he presents the back story of how the trilogy story was developed against the back drop of the “Great Hunger” potato blight in Ireland in the mid-19th century and how the characters come to Pre-Civil War America to strive for the American dream.

In book one of “Journey of Three Pure Hearts” you are introduced to Ireland during the famine years and to two lads: James Shields of Inishbofin and Aengus O’Flaherty of the Aran Islands and a lass named Meaghan O’Grady of Doolin. Their families arrange to have their children board a ship with their teacher, one Father Thomas O’Malley and sail to a new life in America. You will experience how these young people’s live become intertwined and join in on their adventures on the Cushla Machree as they sail from Galway to New York City in 1849.

In book two: “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” you will walk with them as they leave the ship and head into 19th Century New York City and the political turmoil of America of the day as a secret political society tries to burn out the Churches of the new immigrants and fears their presence. You will see them mature and deal with their feelings as they meet young society girls of the grand city and thugs who seek to vanquish them. And yet they persevere unite with fellow immigrants from Ireland and Italy under the guidance of Bishop John Hughes of New York City and America’s greatest actor of the day, Edwin Forrest of Philadelphia as they are discovered to have musical talent. Soon they are performing as the “Celtic Warriors” and stun the city of Brotherly Love as well as Manhattan with their voices which are compared to those of the angels.

In Book Three: “Torn and United Hearts” their adventures continue as they rescue a fugitive slave (Jefferson Oaks), and join Harriet Tubman of the Underground Railroad to seek his freedom while plotting to save the son of the Master of the Virginia Plantation (Alexander Oaks) his best friend. As the harrowing tale unfolds so too does the lads’ love interest which results in vocations being tested as well as class distinctions being challenged. Set against the dark cloud of the coming Civil War and the anti-immigrant fervor spreading through America, this tale is also one of faith, hope and love. It will help you hear the silent chime of the Liberty Bell, it will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone and make you once again see those principles of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” upon which the United States of America was founded.

Come on over to the Riverplex next to the Sandcastle Water Park for the Pittsburgh Irish Fest and enjoy its music, food and tales by the author Arthur Cola at the Market Place Tent and Hedge School. The Fest runs from Friday, September 9th through Sunday, Sept. 11th.

 

 

 

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“BEN-HUR” RIDES AGAIN by Arthur Cola

 

Just saw Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s version of the epic story of General Lew Wallace’s 19 th century novel of Ben-Hur. When I was a boy I saw the Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur version. The photos are those of the record album of the William Wyler 1959 movie score and souvenir book. I saw it in Cinemascope at the Harris theater in downtown Chicago. It was quite the thrill to see that chariot race. Today I saw it in 3D and on the Ultra screen at the Marcus Majestic cinema here in Wisconsin. I found the new version to be well done. The story line was changed a bit and as far as I’m concerned it added a more in depth human
dimension to the story. Even Jesus is given lines which makes his connection with Ben-Hur all the more touching. Downey and Burnett also made it a tale of the Christ but also of redemption and not revenge. Jack Huston as Jewish Prince Judah Ben-Hur and Toby Kebell as his adopted Roman brother, Messala are convincing in their roles and powerful in their anger at each other and love for each other at the same time. The new chariot race scene will once again have you on the edge of your seat as it did for me over 50 years ago and again in 2016. Morgan Freeman as the African sheik was made for the role with that voice and presence he emanates with ease. Back in 1959 and now today you will find the story compelling but for different reasons. Today we see Rome at first trying to bring peace and then becoming ruthless. You see the Zealots provoking unrest and deaf to Judah Ben-Hur’s call for a peaceful resolution. You will see a very human Jesus who gives his life willingly as he actually speaks to the Judah Ben-Hur character. The twist of having the good thief, Dismas, (who is crucified with Jesus)as a character in the new version ties
the Plot lines together nicely. I encourage people to go see it. The story of love and redemption is just as impressive as the full throttle action sequences.

Ben-Hur Book pages 1959
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“The Big Apple,” a cracked bell and Pure and Tarnished Hearts

The “Big Apple,” a cracked bell and “Pure and Tarnished Hearts.”
By Jana Marie Smith and Arthur Cola
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Book Cover for new book: Pure and Tarnished Hearts

Book Cover for new book: Pure and Tarnished Hearts

Sitting down at the dining room table in the home of Arthur Cola in small town America, aka Burlington WI, with the Lilacs blooming in the back yard and the final blossoms of the Crab Apple tree in the front yard fading away one hardly gets a sense of New York City or the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. And yet perhaps this town founded in the early part of the mid-19th Century is quite appropriate for it’s in that time period in which the story of “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” is set. This novel by Arthur Cola will be available in June on Amazon or Kindle as are his other 6 novels.
It is with the scent of Lilacs that the interview began with the Chicago born and raised retired History teacher turned author, who has spent most of his life with his wife, Donna, raising their five children in this growing one-time agrarian City in rural Wisconsin. He is quick to point out that they now have six grandchildren as well.
“I understand that “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” continues a saga begun with your book, “Journey of Three Pure Hearts,” I began.
The writer replied that his characters were introduced in that earlier work. In three distinct areas of Ireland during the famine era three teens, James Shields of Inishbofin, Aengus O’Flaherty of the Aran Islands and Meghan O’Grady of Doolin meet Father Thomas O’Malley OSA and their lives would be forever changed. The focus of their story was on the conditions in Ireland circa 1849 and how the families of the young people place their trust in the priest to bring their children to America, a place of opportunity and wonder or so they heard. Their adventure on the ship called the Cushla Machree captures the essence of the experiences of the immigrants as they sailed to the United States. At the same time, it flashes back to those days when the priest was once imprisoned because he was a Catholic Priest. It also addresses the spirit of teenagers which isn’t much different than those of today, except instead of a hand held electronic device the lads used quill, ink and a Journal to record their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
“Speaking of the priest,” I asked. “Why do you go out of the way to say OSA at the end of his name?”
It turned out that OSA stands for “Order of St. Augustine.” Cola in the arc of his story line already knew that there would be another book to continue the adventure of the priest, the lads and the lass as he called them. And that story takes them to St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia and Villanova University as well. Both the parish and the college were founded by and are operated to this very day by the Order of St. Augustine. They ultimately arrive there because of his research with the Heritage Center at Villanova, the Philadelphia Library and the Church of St. Augustine. “The Friars were most helpful in providing historical information which turned out to be so dramatic in nature that it had to be included in the story,” Arthur Cola said.
“Well then how does New York City come into the story?”
“It’s a matter of historical accuracy and a change of plans,” the author replied.
What he meant by that was that the ship, Cushla Machree, was an actual ship which sailed from Galway to New York City in 1849 with destitute and often starving immigrants from Ireland. However, he had intended to use another ship and go to Boston instead but when he interviewed Monsignor John Ahern of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral/Basilica and learned of the history of the immigrants at the First Cathedral of New York City and the events which they encountered upon arrival, Arthur Cola decided to begin his tale in the “Big Apple” specifically Mulberry St. where the immigrants settled. Today it’s part of “Little Italy.”
“Okay, so that’s the background for the writing of the story, but how would you describe this coming of age tale of three teens under the leadership of this Father Thomas O’Malley OSA?”
I soon learned that this book is more than a coming of age adventure story. It’s also historically accurate in presenting actual events taking place in the United States during this period of history. It is set against a backdrop of riots and protests against new immigrants and Catholics by a political faction known as the American Nativist Party or “Know-Nothings.”
“What I have done,” the author went on to say, “was to weave my fictional characters into those events which took place in New York City and Philadelphia while using actual historical figures such as the First Archbishop of New York City, John Hughes, and America’s greatest actor of the day, Edwin Forrest and others such as the Philadelphia Killers gang to interact with my characters.”
In creating the story, Arthur Cola introduces you to some of the most famous and not so known iconic places in both cities. You will dock in the Battery of New York City, walk with the terrified immigrants to Castle Garden, now called Clinton Castle, which predates Ellis Island for receiving immigrants. Today you buy your tickets to see the Statue of Liberty there. Then off you’ll go up Wall Street and onto Broadway there meeting New York High society girls. In an unlikely turn of events these very girls will lead you to Mulberry St. crowded with Irish immigrants and to Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Bowery theater district.
Most of all you will get to experience how James Shields of Inishbofin, a tiny almost barren island off western Ireland, Aengus O’Flaherty, a young fisherman from the Aran Islands called the Celtic Warrior and Meghan O’Grady of Doonagore Castle in Doolin, County Clare came to be friends and befriend others like themselves to form a 19th Century singing group dubbed “The Celtic Warriors.” You will be right with them as they use pen and song and sometimes fists, to confront the prejudice and outright hatred they find in the land which they believed to be a “City set upon a hill.”
Then you will travel with them across the Hudson River through New Jersey and onto Philadelphia so that they might answer the silent ringing of the cracked bell which for them symbolized the essence of those words written in the Declaration of Independence taught to them by their teacher priest. Once in the City of Brotherly Love you will be thrust into turmoil and exuberance, murder and compassion, despair and hope. In such historic sites such as the Walnut Street Theater, Villanova University, Christ Church, St. Augustine Church, and most of all Independence Hall, which then housed the Liberty Bell, you will follow the characters.
The author believes that you will find his characters facing parallel issues which exist in America today and thus you will be able to relate to them.
As for the story itself, some may call it sentimental. In a way they’d be right, for it does touch the heart. Some may call it a celebration of American values and they too are correct in a way as it does address those principles on which our nation was founded. And yet it also addresses how those principles were not applied to all people in 19th century America. Some may see this story as a commentary on immigration and they too would be on the right track. It certainly illuminates that issue throughout the telling of the tale as the immigrants struggle for acceptance into American society. Then some may see this book as a reflection on Religious Freedom and they too are correct; for the anti-Catholic and outright riots against Catholic places and people are dramatized only slightly around the events which actually took place. And some may see in this tale a story of lads maturing into young men as they confront guy issues and a lass of the Victorian Era who isn’t quite like what the fine young ladies of American society were expected to be. Any of these views are in some degree accurate interpretations of what this historical fiction adventure novel of “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” contains.
It is because of these various depictions of the 19th Century Characters, political and religious tensions of the day and human development issues that the author feels this story is most appropriate for older teens and adults.
Pure and Tarnished Hearts along with the author’s other novels will be presented on Sunday, June 28 beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Napoli’s Restaurant in Burlington, WI. The books of Arthur Cola will also be available at Festa Italiana/Milwaukee from July 17-19. Irish Fest/Dublin OH July 31-Aug. 2, Irish Fest/Peoria IL Aug. 28-30, Irish Fest/Pittsburgh Sept. 11-13, Irish Fest/Milwaukee Aug. 13-16 and I.B.A.M/Chicago Oct. 9-11 and Villanova University/Philadelphia (date to be determined).

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Pure and Tarnished Hearts by Arthur Cola

Book Cover for new book: Pure and Tarnished Hearts

Book Cover for new book: Pure and Tarnished Hearts

I am pleased to announce that my new novel: “Pure and Tarnished Hearts” will be published this summer. It will be available on Kindle and at Amazon (just search Arthur Cola on their sites) and at this link: http://www.feedaread.com/profiles/597/

And now here’s a little of what you may expect from this adventure tale of historical fiction. First is what one of my readers wrote about my book: “Journey of Three Pure Hearts” in anticipation of the new book.

Carol J. of Wisconsin says: I loved the first book of this series, and am sure this one will meet my expectations, as well. I look forward to their immigrant experience in the “new world,” and the events that await the characters of this book as they step off their ship and into the hustle of New York City.

Following is an introduction to the new novel: Pure and Tarnished Hearts and a bit of what you will find in its pages from the lips of its characters.

The silent ringing of a cracked bell summons
young Irish immigrants, called the “Celtic Warriors,” to the City of Brotherly Love.

Enter a world of a very different America and yet similar in many ways to the present day. The saga continues as Father Thomas O’Malley leads his flock of immigrants to a new life in a new land. Join James Shields, the Hero of Inishbofin, Aengus O’Flaherty, the fisherman from Inishmor and Meghan O’Grady, of Doonagore Castle, as they become part of a new singing sensation proclaimed as the Bards of New York City. Despite secret societies, a political movement called the “Know-Nothings,” arson, riots and murder, The “Celtic Warriors” respond to the call of the bell. Their journey will touch your heart and thrill your very soul as they use pen and song to bring down the walls of hatred and intolerance while bringing to life the spirit of the Founding Fathers words of
“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Pure and Tarnished Hearts by Arthur Cola
The characters speak and you discover their tale of coming to America from Ireland in 1849.

Chapter 2: What could going to America have to do with this question?

“Mother of God, are we to become thieves as those who beat us?”

Chapter 5: And this is only the lads and lass’ first day in America.

“I’m James Richard Shields and you shouldn’t forget that name for this day you and your store shall be entered into my Journal and when it’s published you shall be seen for what you are, a mean spirited human being with a cold heart and rude manners.”

Aengus smiled broadly and then head butted Roger, who held him.

Chapter 5: How Megan responds to James and Aengus meeting three New York Society girls.

“Doonagore Castle…your home was a castle?”

Chapter 7: How does this lament bring on darkness to a lad’s heart?

“Meghan, why did ye have to leave? I could have offered you a future which would have brought you back to your ancestral castle home. It would be yours once again.” Michael paused in his spoken thought and fell silent.

Chapter 8: How does this question from an immigrant teen reflect the growing pains of the lads who are called, “Celtic Warriors?”

“I don’t understand girls, Father. Will that ever change?”

Chapter 9: How did Bishop Hughes save New York City with a threat like this?

“You can send forth your new police force of which you are so proud and protect the people on both sides and save yours and my city this day. For I tell you as I hold onto the cross of Christ about my neck that should one Irishman be harmed, one Church burned that this city shall be likened to a second Moscow and left in ashes.”

Chapter 11: And this is only some of the adventures since arriving in America for Aengus, James and their mates.

“Really Aengus, I almost got shipped back because of my fear of separation from you, we almost got our arse handed to us in a fight, your exhibition on a horse brought us our first earned money, and Father O’Malley fought for us not once but twice since we stepped onto American soil and all you can think about is how your shirt was washed?”

Chapter 12: What did happen, which brought the lads to become a 19th Century singing sensation?

That is…how such a raggedy looking bunch of what would have been called thugs not more than a year or so ago for simply walking the streets together, were producing such a sound as to bring joy to the hearts and tapping of the toes of those who watched.

Chapter 15: Who was this person? How did this chance encounter change the lives of the “Celtic Warriors?”

“Have you any idea whom you just pushed to the ground,” he stopped, looked at his employer sitting upon a trunk and thought to revise his statement, “…onto the trunk in such a violent manner.”

Chapter 20:

“Meghan, Meghan, we’re over here.” The lads shouted but they couldn’t wait, they ran to her and Aengus swept her off the portable step stool and plopped her right down into the arms of James.

“Hi, we almost forgot you.”

“Typical boy…gone for a few days and I am forgotten.”

“I’d never forget you Meghan, you must know that.”

Chapter 21:

“James, men aren’t supposed to cry.”

“Who says so? The Bible says Jesus wept in the garden.”

Chapter 22:

“You won’t be beating me Master?”

James was now shaking almost as much as the youth who wouldn’t let go of his hand.

“I’m not your Master, I’m just like you.”

The shivering youth shook his head. “No, Sir, you’re not like me.” He then looked up at all the lads dressed in their fine new suits. Pulling up his shirt, he exposed streaks of reddened flesh obviously caused by the lash of a whip, such as one might use on a horse.

Chapter 22: The song of the “Celtic Warriors”

“Aye ‘twas a lucky day that lad met me
For out of pure love the future came to be.
And those waves which rose would make us close.
They have brought us across the sea.”

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