Closely Related


My daughter and I recently visited The Four Aces Diner in Lebanon, NH.  The food was fabulous and the atmosphere so inviting and nostalgic.  I ordered what was called Irish Breakfast, although it seemed very much like an English breakfast as well, with its baked beans and bubble & squeak, not to mention the English muffin.  But since the two countries are in close proximity, it seems reasonable that the two would adopt some of each other’s foods and customs.

I’ve also been reading from the book of Genesis and the beginnings of mankind, and I find it fascinating and disturbing how quickly relatives can form separate groups and even become enemies.  After all, we all came from Adam and Eve and Noah and his family.  We are all actually blood related and yet most of us are strangers, and some of us are even enemies.  What causes us to become so?  Physical separation due to moving or spreading out, a lack of staying connected by visiting and communicating, disagreements and fights, differences and indifference, until eventually, we don’t know each other or even about each other.

Do you ever feel drawn to people who share a common heritage or nationality or even spirituality?  I do.  My ears perk up when I hear Japanese, even though I can speak only a few words and phrases, or on the rare occasion I find that someone is Okinawan or a Christian.  I also feel a sense of connectedness to the French, Irish, and American Indian as well, because I am a part of them.  But when it comes right down to it, I’m a part of you, too!  Hello, cousin!


About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

10 responses to “Closely Related

  • Liberty of Thinking

    Hi Rene,

    As someone living in the UK for some time now, I still have nightmares just thinking about baked beans for breakfast:-)
    As for being related, yes we all are, even if it just doesn’t look that way…
    Separation though is complicated, and doesn’t have much to do with geography, but inter-personal approach…
    And since in one of your replies to some post of mine, you gave proof of an intelligent understanding of life, I’ll allow myself to point out to something in your post, which for some, may be a hindrance in “socialising”…
    You write at some point, that “After all we all come from Adam and Eve…”, which for yourself, (I have no doubts) is the ultimate truth, for others though, may not be at all… And while all of us are absolutely entitled to our own opinions, convictions and beliefs, your use of “we” in your sentence extrapolates the effects of your beliefs onto others who may disagree… I have had in my religious/faith past the privilege of meeting and befriending people who never even talked to Christians, because of their sometimes pushing attitude and disrespect for their choice. I did that simply by always adding in any discussion, “according to my faith” to any sentence which would have implied a generalising of opinion. I have learned the hard way to allow people their own space to grow, or remain as they are.
    Actually you are the only openly Christian whom I follow, and that because of a correct remark in the past, and also because of the openness of your post and your respectful attitude for the rather harsh observation I have made about my own sad experiences, back there when you wrote your direct, but kind and encouraging thought.
    so I have written this as a respectful and friendly reply, mainly related to the open question in your post.

    By the way, I thought of not having breakfast (I have my weighty reasons for that:-) but looking at the picture in your post, it may convince me at least to go for another coffee!

    With friendly respect,


    • Rene Yoshi

      I love homemade baked beans, but I can understand having nightmares if you’ve had your fill of them.
      I agree that separation can be quite complicated and goes beyond geography. Differences and indifference, as well as anger and pride, can cause that drift, too.
      I appreciate you sharing your opinion and experiences, as well as the experience of others, in such a friendly manner. As you could see and stated, I mean no disrespect, and I feel quite humbled that you would follow my blog. Thank you.
      I also appreciate your wit. Your comments made me laugh, reflect, and smile. I hope you enjoyed another coffee! 🙂

      • Liberty of Thinking

        Hi Rene,
        Thank you so much for understanding exactly what I wanted to say. Your kindness honours my hopes of continuing to keep in touch with you.
        And thank you so much for you encouragement, it means a lot to me!
        I’ll keep an eye, or rather both on you blog:-))

        Take care,


  • Samuel

    Well, you know, Rene, I have to say as a born and bred Irishman living close to Belfast, I’m not sure I’d class that as a true modern Irish breakfast, which could just as typically be a big bowl of porridge.

    Looks great though, and is right next door to the common Irish fry — fried egg, sausages, bacon, potato bread, soda bread, possibly a fried pancake or two. Not known to be a healthy meal but very popular nevertheless throughout the day.

    Irish folk will bond with anyone, though with Irish history in mind some can be canny about the English. Complicated politics!

    • Rene Yoshi

      I agree, not the most healthy, but the Irish side o’me was drawn to it, and porridge was not on the menu.

      Yes, I am somewhat familiar with Irish history, so I can appreciate the tension between the Irish and English. One of my sons had the opportunity to visit Derry, not far from you, just a little over 6 years ago. He enjoyed it very much.

      Thank you for weighing in on the authenticity of the diner’s ‘Irish Breakfast’ and giving us a lesson on what truly constitutes an modern Irish breakfast. I think I’ll have a big bowl of porridge tomorrow. 😉

  • Samuel

    Irish breakfasts around the world, and even in Ireland, are possibly more tourist-inspired than anything else. Tourist hype is something of an obsession these days over here, the Titanic being a good example. Ned Kelly in his helmet is another, and many more. We’re getting underwhelmed! If archaeologists dug a hole in a bog and unearthed St. Patrick’s sandals they’d probably build a visitors’ centre on it!


    If you ever make it across the Atlantic yourself, Rene, get someone local in the North to treat you to a genuine BIG Ulster Fry at tea time. Hard to beat. Maybe your son had one.

    Sorry for the non-spiritual content today! Enjoy your porridge.

  • Rene Yoshi

    Tourist hype is something of an obsession here, too. It makes money. I understand that Ned Kelly’s body was found, but was his head ever found? I don’t doubt, if St. Patrick’s sandals were unearthed, a visitors’ centre would be built. In some ways I think religious icons and memorials are more popular, because people are in search of a miracle, attempting to do a good work by ‘paying homage’, or simply seeking something in which to believe. While I think it’s fascinating to see or touch something that existed hundreds or thousands of years ago, I see it as evidence of history, and I appreciate the artistry and intelligence displayed.

    If I do ever make it across the Atlantic, I will be sure to find a local and experience a genuine BIG Ulster Fry at tea time. I recall my son experiencing some of the local food, but I’m not sure he had a big Ulster fry.

    No worries for the non-spiritual content. I’m sure you know that not everything has to be ‘spiritual’. And I did enjoy my porridge very much. Thank you. 😉

    • Samuel

      You’re right — Kelly’s skull has been missing since 1978. But his remains were formally identified in 2011 and were to be sent here to Ireland for a private burial.

      From Adam and Eve to the rebel Ned Kelly. You’ve an interesting blog, Rene!

  • Word (((HUGS)))

    I felt a connection to you the moment I read your first blog post, Rene. The more I read from you the more connected I become. Thanks so much. Your cousin, Sandra

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