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.


Monday, December 25, 2017

"James Franklin".

welcome to Glen Mar..."James Franklin"!
standing at a cool 7 feet, this gent (also known as Abies fraseri) is a favorite amongst Christmas trees. when he isn't just standing around, he loves to donate his scent to air fresheners & incense, provide traditional remedies for colds & scurvy, and loves to participate in fir waves. all the way from Dutchman Tree Farms (via Pick n' Save), in Manton, MI!
i started naming my tree after favorite celebs who passed away that year: 2015 - Maureen (Maureen O'Hara), 2016 - Ricci-Earl (after Ricci Martin, Dean Martin's youngest son) & writer Earl Hamner, Jr., both of whom i knew personally.
this year's Christmas tree is appropriately - and with much joy (and sadness) - named after my father, James Anthony, who passed in March, and his childhood friend, Frank Lenten, who passed in September - both men lost to us within 6 months of each other & at the same age, leaving a very deep chasm in our hearts.

NOTE: i omitted one important name but i'll save it for next year (a slight breach in naming etiquette) as it's too much to have a three-named Christmas tree. also, i would appreciate it, God, if we can keep this to just ONE name & someone i don't know. thank you.)

no family portrait this year - too difficult. and as you can see, i haven't posted all year - mostly due to my father's passing. and Facebook. perhaps that will change in 2018.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Universal Love". a VD poem

"Universal Love"

a VD poem

I see through the nebula of your mind, 

the answers to questions asked by mankind.
Your eyes are tide pools of heavenly bodies and stars,
stretching from the Milky Way to Venus and Mars.
My senses are in tune with The Planets, you see, 
be it the Messenger, the Mystic, the Magician - all three.
This form you have taken, how it tempts to destroy,
twisting my rational thoughts into those of a boy.

The door to your soul - out of respect for Janus,

...Oh my! Could it be...was that Uranus?

Copyright 2017 Jeffrey James Ircink

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Christmas Eve with The Ircink's of Waterford!

Christmas Eve 2016. Ircink's of Waterford. I know - it's Valentine's Day. I'm a little late.

left to right:  Brother Jason, Mozol, Mom, Neeley, Dad and me.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Meet "Ricci-Earl"...

A 6'10" Balsam fir from Crivitz (the Gateway to the North), Co Marinette, Wisconsin. Did you know Wisconsin is the 5th largest supplier of Christmas trees?

Last year I began the tradition of naming my Christmas tree in honor of a celebrity I liked who passed away that past year. In 2015 it was Maureen O'Hara.

This year it was my friend, Ricci Martin, Dean Martin's youngest son, and my other friend, Earl Hamner, creator of "The Waltons".Two wonderful men whom I miss dearly.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

"The Swimmers"

During one hot day at work last week, I heard children's voices and laughter. So I wrote this:

"The Swimmers"
by Jeffrey James Ircink

The sun beats down hard - unrelenting.
I react with a sigh of despair.
I wipe the sweat from my brow - take a cool drink,
and rue this day of days, wondering when it will
come to an end.
Who shares my plight? Who pities my condition?
Certainly not those angelic voices I hear breaking
through the dense heat of the day.
No, not the children - whose laughter suggests
their hearts beat in rhythm to a solitary
thought and motion, as they jump and frolic
and shout and swim.
Droplets bead down their faces -
faces the heat quickly dries -
only to once again plunge into their 
liquid refreshment again and again...and again.
I recall with fondness the days when I did the same -
felt the same.
I know how those children feel;
I know what they are thinking.
Do they know what I am thinking?
Do they care what I was once them?

Oh-h-h I hate the swimmers.

© Copyright 2016 Jeffrey James Ircink

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, Brother Jas!

It's my brother's birthday today. HAPPY DAYS, BROTHER JASON! We share much together - my world would be incomplete without him. XOXO.

Bristol Renaissance Faire

Milwaukee Film Festival


Bow hunting

"Reveille!" - my one act, staged play reading

Easter 1970

Kahuna Rendezvous!

Kahuna Rendezvous!

Mom & Dad's 50th - 2013


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

"maureen". a haiku.

her name was maureen.
"it's not you - it's me," i said.
i can still smell her.

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

TCM Remembers 2015.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015. The Ircink's of Waterford, WI!

Merrie Christmas! Love, joy & God's Blessings.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

2015 Christmas card.

Merrie Christmas to you all!
Peace & God's blessings!

*original photography by Jeffrey James Ircink. words by Henry David Thoreau

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Christmasy Glen Mar.

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2015 Christmas tree. "Maureen!"

Standing at a cool 7 feet, this little lady (also known as Abies balsamea) is a favorite amongst Christmas trees. When she isn't just hanging around, she loves to donate her scent to air fresheners and incense, provide traditional remedies for colds and scurvy, and loves to participate in fir waves. All the way from Crivitz, Wisconsin...give a warm welcome to this one-of-a-kind balsam fir - "Maureen!"

I was told of one tradition of naming your Christmas tree after a favorite celebrity who passed away that year. I chose Maureen O'Hara.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Brett Favre official number retirement. Lambeau. 11/26/15.

"Here come I to my own again,
Fed, forgiven and know again,
Claimed by bone of my bone again,
And cheered by flesh of my flesh..."

- from Rudyard Kipling's "The Prodigal Son"

Brett Favre. Lambeau. Official number retirement/ring of honor ceremony. Halftime. Green Bay versus Chicago. November 26, 2015. Thanksgiving.

Following our Thanksgiving dinner, I watched the game and ceremony with my family - as we've always done. 'Cause we've always been thankful for The Gunslinger - The Iron Man...Number 4.

Favre selfie - morning of the ceremony in Green Bay.

Legendary Green Bay Hall of Famer/NFL Hall of Famer, QB Bart Starr, was on hand to help celebrate Favre's number retirement.

One of my favorite Favre pictures. Illustrates everything that made him the player he was.

Another SI cover to commemorate Favre's return to Lambeau in July 2015.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

First Snow.

November 21, 2015.

I've been keeping track of Wisconsin's first snows since I began blogging. If I could kill snow I would.

12/19/09 (big snowfall)
12/14/10 (first snowfall)
skipped 2011
12/18/12 (first snow)
12/8/13 (can't remember - first snow or big snowfall)

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Sunday, September 13, 2015


by Jeffrey James Ircink

Bumble bees and mason bees and ground bees three,
Yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets after me.
Big bees, little bees
Busy bees that swarm.
Pollinating here and there, ‘specially when it’s warm.
Bees in your bonnet
And bees in your knees.
Buzzin’ in the flowers 
And buzzin’ in the trees.
Workers and drones and queens, oh my!
A sting in your finger is better than your eye!
Making sweet honey deep in their bee hives,
That’s all they do with the short, hectic lives.
Apathy is pleasant when it doesn’t bother you,
But when the bees have died away – you’ll be dead too.

photo by Jeffrey James Ircink 2015

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!

Happy Birthday, Mom! As fiesty at 72 as she was at 18, Dolores or "Dee Dee" is always to be reckoned with. Course - isn't that true with most mothers? Thanks, mom, for my love of antiques & rummaging & pickin' & gardening (dad, too) & decorating & for my all-around extroverted personality. We love you dearly...Jeff, Jason, Dad, Molly, Zol & Neeley.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Berry time @ Glen Mar!

It's berry time! 2nd batch of black raspberries. Batch #1 was on 7/4. The larger berries are as big as a nickel.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 78th, Dad!

Where do the years go, Jimmy? Happy days to my father...the one & only.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015


We lost Molly this morning...

Brother Jas' first American water spaniel passed away this morning after having been diagnosed with lymphoma about a year ago. In just three days it'll be one month to the year when we lost Molly's younger sister, Zol. Two pups in one year - that's tough any way you look at it. I'm guessing but I think Molly was 12 1/2 and Zol was 2 years younger. You hardly see the symptoms of lymphoma in dogs until the end - Molly was active and eating on Sunday when I last saw her (as if there was nothing wrong) and then this shit.

Brother Jas is handling it a tad better because he knew it was coming sooner than later, but it's still rough on him. In the pictures, Molly's the bigger of the two. What a wonderful dog - my family loved her so much. Jas - his girls all these years...both gone. So sad. So sad indeed. and I'm very sad for Molly and my brother.

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