Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Danahey on the Loose at the Funeral for Father Manny

Danahey on the Loose at the Funeral for Father Manny

Last Friday, Tom, his dad and I attended the funeral mass for Father Manny Gomez. Gomez’s official title was parochial vicar at St. Monica Catholic Church in Carpentersville. I knew him as the guy who said 9:30 a.m. mass on Sundays. He had only been at St. Monica’s for a few years, as the Rockford… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: Booze and other last-minute gift ideas

Danahey on the Loose: Booze and other last-minute gift ideas

Still Christmas shopping? Just buy booze. Otherwise, drink, then Uber over to Walmart. Or sit home in your underwear and make Jeff Bezos even richer as you order from Amazon and hope stuff arrives before Dec. 25. Whatever works. With so many choices these days, buying booze is as frustrating as trying to find something… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose with Santa

Danahey on the Loose with Santa

This Christmas season Best Fest Buddy Tom has fully embraced the role it seems he was born to play – Santa Claus. Sure, crazy ass actors like Christian Bale dramatically lose and gain weight over short periods of time to become characters. Tom, the more intense method actor, spent a good portion of his adult… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Chicago TARDIS

Danahey on the Loose at Chicago TARDIS

Attending Chicago TARDIS with Best Fest Buddy Tom has become a Thanksgiving time tradition. This year’s convention turned out to tie things together nicely, if not in a big red bow, as material for this blog post, if not for some seasonal rumination. Sure, there was all that turkey to eat, including the delicious rotisserie… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 3

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 3

So at the pool, along with finding out we’re Michigan-orexic, we learn the hotel is full because lots of people hit the Birch Run Prime Outlet Mall for weekend fun. It would be even more busy the following weekend when deer hunting season in Michigan started. Doh! Time to doze, we headed back to our… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan,  Episode 4

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 4

Our fourth and final episode in this season’s trip to Michigan began with a visit to the family farmland in Birch Run. When they were kids, Mark, Tom and one of their other brothers frequently spent part of their summers with Grandma and Grandpa Owens and Uncle Pat on land that’s been in the family… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 2

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 2

Inspired by all the Netflix I’ve been watching, I am writing about my trip to Michigan in episodes. This way, you can binge read them. In a way, it’s what most people do when they watch a Netflix anyway. They find online recaps to see if the show is worth plopping down on the couch… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 1

Danahey on the Loose in Michigan, Episode 1

Best Fest Buddy Tom, his brother Mark, their dad and I loaded up the SUV last weekend to take a trip to Michigan. The ostensible reason was to attend a family wedding. But, as with many of our journeys, the trip also involved our appetites, served this time with a pinch of nostalgia and a… Continue Reading