“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
The evil that men do can be best observed in these links regarding the Dakota pipeline, sanctioned by the US federal government, in defiance of treaties made by that government in the past with the Nations they now defy
One of my very best friends died yesterday. Germano Terrinoni was a Cavalieri of the Italian Republic, a distinction achieved on the strength of the work he did on behalf of Italian immigrants to Ireland. Germano was a character who loved fast horses and good food. He denied no-one time or comfort, was generous to a fault and ever loyal to his friends. He is survived by his wife, Grace, his daughter, Isabella and his songs, Luca and Rocco. Legends never die and Germano was a legend.
I received good news, too, however trivial in the grand scheme of things. A short film I made last year, 1916, Souls of Freedom has been chosen for the 17th annual Kerry Film Festival.
My 50 word story, Hallelujah, will be published tomorrow by http://fiftywordstories.com/stories/