Passion = Truth? How Jeffrey James Francis Ircink Sees The World? I love when people are passionate about something. That surging of emotion is the one honest measure of what truth is. It's a truthful display of how a person really feels about something or someone at that particular moment. That passion IS truth.

About me...

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Greendale, Wisconsin, United States
Ex-producer of THE REALLY FUNNY HORNY GOAT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, playwright, actor, singer, outdoorsman, blogger, amateur photog, observer & bitcher, Beach Boys groupie, Brett Favre fanatic, lover of everything Celtic and forever a member in the Tribe of HAIR. Spent most of my life in the Village of Waterford, a small town just outside of the Milwaukee suburbs. After 12 years in North Hollywood, Bel Air and Culver City, Cali, I moved back to Wisconsin in September 2009. No regrets - of moving to LA OR moving back to WI. Have traveled to Belfast, Ireland, Dayton (OH), Manhattan, Seattle, Cedar Rapids, New York, Miami and Sydney, Australia with my plays. Moved back into the Village of Greendale where I was born. Life is good.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

"Auld Lang Syne".

I'm not a New Year's guy. I celebrated more when I was younger but now it's just another eve before a day off. However, I do love this rendition of "Auld Lang Syne". I first heard it when Mairi Campbell serenaded Sean Connery during the Kennedy Center Honors.

So - to 2015! May it bring you health, joy & happiness - and peace. Remember - most of us are just tryin' to crack ye old nut. There's much good in the world. Seek it out!

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Day @ the Ircink's in Waterford!

Merry Christmas! From Dee, Jim, me, Brother Jason, Molly & Zol (in picture).

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Eve @ the Ircink's of Waterford!

The family that drinks brandy old fashioned sweets together stays together - for over 50 years. Jim, Dee Dee, Jeff, Jason & Molly the American water spaniel. 'Twas a wonderful evening. Oh - Molly didn't drink any old fashioneds.

 She sipped port.

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My favorite line(s) from "A Christmas Carol"...

"Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world...and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!"

- from Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL

(pic from A CHRISTMAS CAROL - 1951, starring Alastair Sim)

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"A Christmas Carol" (1971)

I post this every holiday season on my blog and FB. The BEST animated CAROL of them all. And it won an Oscar. It's 24 minutes. If you're a Scrooge fan, it's worth it. The detail for that time is superb.

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A compendium of Santa Claus(es).

Sinterklaas. Father Christmas. Père Noël. Saint Nicholas. Grandfather Frost. Kris Kringle. So many names. So many cultures. Here are a few visions of Santa Claus that I like.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (2010)

Probably my favorite Christmas carol. And probably my favorite rendition.
Celtic meets Renaissance Faire! Excellent!

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Jammin' @ Christmas time!

I usually make my black raspberry jam in September but never got around to it. Ircink family pierogi gathering this evening and I wanted to get some jam to my aunts and uncle. 23, 8-ounce jars. 32 last year. I swear I had the same amount of quart bags of raspberries. I did have the same amount.


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Tree. Glen Mar. 2014.


"Now, the tree is decorated with bright merriment, and song, and dance, and cheerfulness. And they are welcome. Innocent and welcome be they ever held, beneath the branches of the Christmas Tree, which cast no gloomy shadow! But, as it sinks into the ground, I hear a whisper... going through the leaves. "This, in commemoration of the law of love and kindness, mercy and compassion. This, in remembrance of Me!"

- excerpt from Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Tree" (1850) 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Seasons Greetings!

(and anything else I missed)

"Now trees their leafy hats do bare,
To reverence Winter's silver hair;
A handsome hostess, merry host,
A pot of ale now and a toast,
Tobacco and a good coal fire,
Are things this season doth require."
- Poor Robin's Almanack, 1684

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