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EASTER, PASSOVER, HOLI, NAVRUZ, ETC.: I ask for blessings for each of you!* – UPDATE MARCH 2013

EASTER, PASSOVER, HOLI, NAVRUZ, ETC.: I ask for blessings for each of you!* – UPDATE MARCH 2013

Vol. 3, No. 52, Monday, March 25TH, 2013

TITLE: “EASTER, PASSOVER, HOLI, NAVRUZ, ETC.: I ask for blessings for each of you!*” (UPDATE 2013)


The word Easter derives from the word “Eostre”, the goddess of spring.  Previous to that Easter was called “Pasch” or Passover, which is still used in non-English languages. 

Easter is the time to escape winter and look forward to summertime. It also brings holy days. There are many all over the globe; four are predominant: the celebration of the Christian Easter, the Jewish Passover, the Hindu Holis and the Persian festival of Navruz. Although specific customs and traditions may differ, adherents embrace the fundamental notion of good over evil. In addition, the love of life is common to all. This holy day is when people partake of special foods at a big family meal; it is also a time for giving to loved ones. Furthermore, this is an opportunity for an individual renovation project of the person. My book of the week is “Holy Week: A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter” [Hardcover] by Emil Bock.  My bonus book for this week is The Passover Seder: The Art of Jewish Living Paperback] by Wolfson (Author) Hence, today’s topic is Easter and more. (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)


2013 Update: After the election of a new pope, there has been much talk about the future of the Roman Catholic Church.  I believe that Pope Francis I is a very humble man and down to earth; he takes care of the poor. I think that he has the strength to deal with the issues that have afflicted the church. This Easter, I hope and pray that our new pope will bring about the needed changes. His aim is also to bring everybody together no matter the religion – I think he can do this as he is a bridge builder.

Easter is the most important holiday of the Catholic calendar. This is the most religious day of the year when the faithful go to a special mass, praising Jesus Christ who has come to save our souls, rejoicing and giving thanks for his resurrection. It’s also the time for family gatherings. This coming Easter, my family will gather at my house for a big lunch.  I will attend mass early in the morning before finishing up last minute preparations for my family meal. 

I will also be celebrating Passover with my better half and his brother.  This year it occurs just before our Easter. It’s going to be hectic!

In last year’s update (2012), I noted the passing of my beloved mother. I miss her along with my dear father, who I lost previously. I think of them every day. Although their passing makes me sad, I feel blessed that I had them for as long as I did. I also believe that they are my angels looking out for me and my family. As you can imagine on Easter, I will take pause remembering my parents. In my heart, I know that they will be with us in spirit.


Easter is a very religious holy day for my family. In springtime, the Catholic holy week, starts with Palm Sunday. I attend early in order to buy palms (“la palma”) and olive branches; and at the beginning of the mass, the priest blesses them. Following the tradition, I give these palms and branches to loved ones. (Usually on Palm Sunday, this is the day to forgive and forget – that’s another of the lessons to be learned.) The week continues through to Easter Friday and Eastern Sunday (the day of the rising). It is important for me to attend Sunday mass on Easter morning. In the past, I went either with my daughters or alone; but today my better-half goes with me.  (He is not of the Catholic faith, but he accompanies me out of respect and I appreciate it.  My partner celebrates Passover.  I also accompany him on these high-holidays.)  Easter Monday is the day after the fact. 

It is a family Easter tradition that the family gets together for a big meal.  The children are given Easter chocolates. Without fail, it was a pleasant afternoon.  The atmosphere was always joyful.  It also gave us a chance to see each other. When my grandparents were alive, my parents, my aunts, uncles, cousins and myself visited them in the afternoon.  My grandmother had her usual baked goods. “La Colomba” was one of them. My mother did it next and then it was my turn. Now that my Mom is less mobile, I am arranging the feast that travels to her.

As well, I am now grappling with the combination of Easter and Passover. Since it usually occur overlaps, it is difficult for me to give two holiday dinner parties one after another.   I don’t always do it. However, it’s an aim and when I set my mind to do something, I do it! It’s not a turning away from our respective beliefs and customs, rather, it’s an enriching addition for both of us to share. Now that’s a good thought.  


Emil Bock (1895-1959), anthroposophist and theologian, was learned and pious. Bock, born in Barmen, Germany, studied languages at the University of Bonn. Then in 1914, after enlisting as a volunteer in the First World War and sent to the front in Flanders, he was wounded. In 1916, he met the theologian Friedrich Rittelmeyer, and from 1918 he studied Protestant theology in Berlin, graduating in 1921. He was one of the founders of the Christian Community in Switzerland. He had leadership qualities. He led the seminar of the Christian Community. Bock was incarcerated by the Nazis in the concentration camp Welzheim, yet survived; on being released, he lived under surveillance for the rest of the war. After the war, Bock was instrumental in the rebuilding of the community. In 1838, after the death of Rittelmeyer, he became the head of the community. This was a remarkable man; I was pleased to have learned about him. He was a prolific author. His book, “Holy Week: A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter” hits the spot this week. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –


Several are:

  • Zur religiösen Erneuerung (mit Friedrich Rittelmeyer), Sonderdruck (aus Die Drei, Jg. 1, Heft 9), 1922
  • Die Kindheit Jesu. Zwei apokryphe Evangelien, Michael Verlag (Christus aller Erde 14/15), München 1924
  • Das lichte Jahr. Vom Jahreslauf und den Festen (mit Rudolf Meyer), Verlag der Christengemeinschaft (Christus aller Erde 4), Stuttgart 1924
  • Gegenwartsrätsel im Offenbarungslicht (mit Rudolf Frieling, Johannes Werner Klein, Eberhard Kurras und Rudolf Meyer), Verlag der Christengemeinschaft (Christus aller Erde 16), Stuttgart 1925
  • Ein Spiel von Johannes dem Täufer. Gemeinde-Spiel zur Sommersonnenwende, Stuttgart 192
  • Beiträge zur Übersetzung des Neuen Testaments, Typoskripte, Stuttgart 1930–33 (neu bearbeitet in zwei Bänden 1950)
  • “Holy Week: A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter” 
  • The Three Years: The Life of Christ Between Baptism and Ascension (Paperback – Dec 2005)
  • Genesis  (Hardcover – Apr 1 1983)
  • Moses: From the Mysteries of Egypt to the Judges of Israel by Emil Bock and M. St.Goar (Hardcover – Jun 26 1986)
  • The Apocalypse of Saint John by Emil Bock and A. Heidenreich (Hardcover – Jul 1986)

THE BOOK: “Holy Week: A Spiritual Guide from Palm Sunday to Easter” [Hardcover] by Emil Bock

In biblical times, Easter was the worst of times that was yet, also so uplifting for the believers. Bock describes the weeklong Easter holy period from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. He recounts the important events.  He takes us beyond.  He reminds that it is a time for reflection and meditation. He inspires us. He guides us daily to the gospel, offering chances to pray. Pick it up and contemplate. It will do you good!

BONUS BOOK:  The Passover Seder: The Art Of Jewish Living Paperback] By Wolfson  (Author)

THE AUTHOR (Bonus Book):  Dr. Wolfson

Dr. Wolfson received his Ph.D. in Education from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the University of Judaism.  He is the Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.  He is also the Co-President of Synagogue 3000 and a member of the Consortium for the Future of the Jewish Family.


Several are:

THE (BONUS) BOOK:  The Passover Seder: The Art Of Jewish Living Paperback] By Wolfson (Author)

I want to learn about the Jewish faith. My significant other is Jewish. I want to learn about Passover. It’s an important religious date on the Jewish calendar. I want to learn how to do the holiday at home. It’s what a woman in love does in such a circumstance. This book offers an explanation of the biblical reasons for the holiday. It also talks about the Passover “Seder” the home ritual and ceremony. It also guides you how to observe and prepare for the holiday. For the uninitiated, this holiday has a “Haggadah” a special booklet with instructions and readings. Wolfson includes recounts Passover experiences of real families. The photos go beyond the words. I now know more about the rituals. The Q & A section adds to the understanding.  This year, we will start new family traditions. Let’s celebrate!


Throughout the world, the spring festival season, amongst others, comprises: the Christian Easter, the Hindu celebration of Holi, the Jewish observance of Passover and the Persian festival of Navruz.

Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  It is a time to repent, re-evaluate your life and do better. It is also a time to reconnect with family and friends with whom you’ve had a falling out.  Jews observe Passover, which commemorates the Hebrews’ exodus from the Egypt of the Pharoahs and escape from servitude. Easter and Passover are somewhat interconnected.  They both occur at approximately the same time. But there is more.  Jesus was Jewish and a rabbi.  It is controversial that the last supper could have been passover seder.  While the meaning of Easter and that of Passover are different they speak to being thankful for the sacrifices paid in our behalf and doing better as people.  The Hindus light bonfires in memory of the miraculous escape from the fires that young Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Navruz (Nowruz) marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar.

Personal Comments

I say:

  • That unfortunately, Easter has, to a certain extent, lost its religious significance. 
  • That for some, it’s now become
    • an extended weekend to go on holiday. 
    • An excuse for family and friends to come together, have a nice meal and give out Easter eggs and chocolates.

The point

It is important to believe. Being a good person all year long is a good purpose. Recognizing the power of love and goodness is good for the soul. Many people today neglect to do so. Easter like Passover, Holi and Navruz are not just another day. Make them special and they will help make you SPECIAL. 

Everyone should:
1. Believe;

2. Find your way to observe the holy days;

3. Connect with family and join with them in the celebration;

5. Take part in an Easter parade to celebrate the festivities;

4. Take this to read religious texts or at least spiritual material;

5. Be a good person; in this regard, strive to:
5.1 Be forgiving.

Happy holiday …. I wish for you and your loved ones good health, long life, prosperity, much love and joy.  “Buona Pasqua!*”

Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*

PREVIEW: (Tentatively, Monday, April 1st 2013): It’s April 1st – you know what that means. It’s April Fools’ Day. I will do an update. Please come by. Maybe, I will surprise you with a prank. Let’s have some fun! (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on holidays and special dates.)

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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #1: Last Supper?
“Wilson Mizner was once married to Myra Moore Yerkes, an enormously wealthy woman who happened to own a multi-million-dollar art collection. One day Mizner, in desperate need of cash, pulled a depiction of The Last Supper from the living-room wall – and sold it.

His wife, understandably irate, demanded to know what had happened to the masterpiece. “Some masterpiece,” Mizner snorted. “I only got fifty bucks a plate!” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #2: Dustin Hoffman: Home for Passover
“After studying music for several years at Santa Monica City College and the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, Dustin Hoffman, while visiting his aunt’s home for Passover, boldly announced his intention to become an actor. His aunt’s reply? “You can’t,” she said. “You’re not good-looking enough!” (Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTE #3: Patrick Pearse: Sticky Situation
“Sunday April 23rd, 1916, marked the first day of Patrick Pearse’s famous Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland. [Some sources say April 24th]. Things did not get off to an auspicious start:  

First, 10,500 of the 12,000 members of the Irish Volunteer Force, confused by a host of continually changing orders, failed to arrive. Nonetheless, Pearse welcomed those who had arrived, read out the “Proclamation of the Republic,” and ordered that copies of that manifesto be posted around the city. He was promptly informed that such a campaign would not be possible. Why not? The military council, it seemed, had forgotten to buy some glue!” (Source: Anecdotage) – 


S & R* QUOTE #1: Pearl S. Buck
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – 

S & R* QUOTE #2: Victor Frankl

“We can discover this meaning in life in three different ways: (1) by doing a deed; (2) by experiencing a value; and (3) by suffering.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) – 

S & R* QUOTE #3: Emily Dickinson

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –


For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “Holiday”, “Easter”; “Passover”; “Passover Seder, “Holi”, “Navruz”, “The Last Supper”; “ etc.

“A holiday is a day designated as having special significance for which individuals, a government, or a religious group have deemed that observation is warranted. It is generally an official (more common) or unofficial observance of religious, national, or cultural significance, often accompanied by celebrations or festivities.”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

“Easter (Old English: Ēostre; Greek: Πάσχα, Paskha; Aramaic and Hebrew: פֶּסחא‎
Pasḥa,) is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year.[1]

According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Some [who?] Christians celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday [2] (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday), two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday. The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to be between AD 26 and 36, traditionally 33.
Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter. The week from Palm Sunday to Easter is known as Holy Week. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is a moveable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. It occurs during the spring, in and around the month of April. Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate passover.[3][4]”
(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

“Passover (Hebrew, Yiddish: פֶּסַח Pesach, Tiberian: [pesaħ]  ( listen), Modern Hebrew: Pesah, Pesakh, Yiddish: Peysekh, Paysakh, Paysokh) is a Jewish holy day and festival. It commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan, which is spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and is celebrated for seven or eight days. It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays. In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues upon the Egyptians before Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the slaughter of the first-born. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord passed over these homes, hence the term “passover”.[1] When Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread to rise. In commemoration, for the duration of Passover no leavened bread is eaten, for which reason it is called “The Festival of the Unleavened Bread”.[2] Matzo (flat unleavened bread) is the primary symbol of the holiday.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Passover Seder
“The Passover Seder (Hebrew: סֵדֶר‎ [ˈsedeʁ], “order, arrangement”; Yiddish: Sayder) is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. It is conducted on the evenings of the 14th day of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar, and on the 15th by traditionally observant Jews living outside Israel. This corresponds to late March or April in the Gregorian calendar. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus (Shemot) in the Hebrew Bible. The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: “You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8) Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah, an ancient work derived from the Mishnah (Pesahim 10).[1][2] The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs. Seder customs include drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom.[3] The Seder is performed in much the same way by Jews all over the world.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –


“Holi (होली), is a spring religious festival celebrated by Hindus. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka,[1] and countries with large Indic diaspora populations, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. In West Bengal and Orissa of India it is known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা), or Basanta-Utsav (“spring festival”)(Bengali: বসন্তোৎসব), . The most celebrated Holi is that of the Braj region, in locations connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi, which lasts here up to sixteen days.[2]

The main day, Holi, also known as Dhuli Vandana in Sanskrit, also Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and coloured water at each other. Bonfires are lit on the eve of the festival, also known as Holika Dahan (burning of Holika) or Chhoti Holi (little Holi). The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. Holika Dahan is referred to as Kama Dahanam in South India.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

Navruz (Nowruz)

“For Coptic New Year, see Nayrouz. For other uses, see Nowruz (disambiguation).Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز, IPA: [nouˈɾuːz], originally “New Light”) is the name of the New Year in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations.[5] Nowruz is also widely referred to as the Persian New Year.[6][7][8][9]

Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranic peoples and the related cultural continent and has spread in many other parts of the world, including parts of Central Asia, Caucasus, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some groups in the Balkans.

Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. As well as being a Zoroastrian holiday and having significance amongst the Zoroastrian ancestors of modern Iranians, the same time is celebrated in parts of the South Asian sub-continent as the new year. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals.

Originally being a Zoroastrian festival, and the holiest of them all, Nowruz is believed to have been invented by Zoroaster himself, although there is no clear date of origin.[10] Since the Achaemenid era the official year has begun with the New Day when the Sun leaves the zodiac of Pisces and enters the zodiacal sign of Aries, signifying the Spring Equinox.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –

The Last Supper 

According to Christian belief, The Last Supper is the final meal that Jesus Christ shared with his Twelve Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion.[1] The Last Supper provides the scriptural basis for the ceremony known as “the Eucharist”, “communion” or “the Lord’s Supper.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –



S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Make more memories this Easter season

“Easter traditions make fond memories that can last a lifetime. Traditions are something children look forward to every year, whether it be receiving their favorite chocolate or creating their favourite Easter crafts. Here are some ideas on what you can do to make this Easter more memorable than ever:

Give the gift of giving back 

Sometimes the most rewarding feeling comes from making another person happy. One example is on the Kinder Canada Facebook page. There, on the Joy to Share program, you can donate and support the Children’s Miracle Network and its 14 member hospitals across Canada. You will be helping a child like Olivia, who suffers from a rare blood disorder called Pearson’s Syndrome and receives special care from the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Taste the holidays 

Easter is known for its egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. With the season fast approaching, it’s important to stock up on all of your favorite chocolate treats. This year, add brand new surprises like the Kinder Mix with Plush Toy. It includes a variety of treats plus a plush bunny or lamb.

Break out your creative side for some crafty fun 

Set the kids up for some craft time. Create your own Easter bunny cards, decorate Easter eggs, or paint pots for some spring planting. Share these crafts with family, friends, or even someone in the community who needs a pick-me-up.”

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Tips on how to help others this Easter season

“Easter can be a magical time of year filled with eggs, crafts, and family traditions. Share the joy of the Easter season by encouraging your children to get involved in their community. Helping people not only has a positive impact on your child, but also the lives of others in your community.

Here are some tips on how you and your family can help better your community:

Plan a Volunteer Day 

Pick an organization and plan a family volunteer day. Suggest serving food at a soup kitchen or planting flowers for the elderly. Volunteering is a rewarding experience for all involved that will help your child realize that even one person can make the world of difference in your community.

Clean a local park 

We all wish for a brighter and cleaner future for our children, so why not let them play a part in shaping this change? Pick a day to go to the nearest park or playground and organize a cleanup of the area. Bring a few bags to collect garbage and recycling you might surprise yourself on how many cans you find.

Support an organization that gives back 

Some organizations are standouts. This Easter season, for example, click on the Kinder Facebook page and join the Joy to Share program, which supports Children’s Miracle Network and its 14 member hospitals across Canada. You can help children like 2-year-old Olivia, who suffers from a rare blood disorder called Pearson’s Syndrome and receives special care from the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Share Easter treats with others 

Easter would not be complete without chocolate. Plan an extra special Easter egg hunt with your family and neighbourhood kids. For guidance, specialists at Kinder say their egg hunt kit includes a variety of treats that are perfect for sharing.”

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TRAVEL: Destinations (Europe & more), deals, insurance, by train, tours, packages, etc. – I have some tips!*

Vol. 3, No. 51, Monday, March 18, 2013

TITLE: “TRAVEL: Destinations (Europe & more), deals, insurance, by train, tours, packages, etc. – I have some tips!*”

Going on a vacation is a happy thought. Summer is a big travelling season. Watching the election of the new Pope in beautiful Rome got me to thinking about taking a trip to Italy. Thus my book of the week is “World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places” [Hardcover] from National Geographic (Author), Andrew McCarthy (Foreword) (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on general issues – travel.)


Me, myself & I: My dream is to travel to Europe especially to Italy. You see, Italy is where my parents were born. In the past, I had plans to travel there, but circumstances changed and the trip was cancelled. I hope to explore this country in the near future … before I’m too old to enjoy this extensive trip. It will take a lot of planning and research.

My Parents: My Mom and Dad returned to their homeland later on in their lives. It took some convincing on my part. Afterwards, they were happy that they had made this special trip. It was a time in their lives when they were still healthy and energetic.

Friends: A friend is going to Europe this summer. She booked a place on an organized tour. This ensures her safety and companionship with a group of people.

I would call Keith Bellows as a citizen of the world. Born in Africa, he went to university in Europe and the U.S.A. He is a graduate of Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He is project leader of Learning2Go, an innovative program, developed by him using travel as a learning tool. He is a media guy – he has launched 30 magazines, television, and radio properties. He is a lecturer. He has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America. He is editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler.


Several are:
• The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andrew C McCarthy (May 25 2010)
• World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places by National Geographic and Andrew McCarthy (Oct 30 2012)
• The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy (Sep 18 2012)
• Staging the Superstitions of Early Modern Europe by Verena Theile and Andrew D. Mccarthy (Feb 28 2013)
• Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy by Andrew C McCarthy

THE BOOK: World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places [Hardcover] from National Geographic (Author), Andrew McCarthy (Foreword)
This is an up-to-date travel book – it’s from 2012. It contains:
   • A foreward by Andrew McCarthy an acclaimed travel writer;
   • 400 great destination ideas – who better than National Geographic to choose!
   • Dozens of fun, “Best of the World” themed lists;
    • Informative sidebars from: (a) Anna Quindlen; (b) Bill Bryson; (c) Gore Vidal; and (d) Pico Iyer; etc.
    • Hundreds of big colourful photos which help you imagine the sites and sights offered.

This book should have wide appeal. This book will interest: a) Experienced travellers, thinking about the next great trip; b) Novices looking for the perfect get-a-way for lovers; c) People interested in learning about their world and travel opportunities. Since it’s a perfect gift book, I encourage you treat yourself. You’ll appreciate it!

Travel contributes to greater knowledge, makes one worldly and develops life experience. And it’s also great fun!

Personal Comments
I say:
• That travelling can be a joy;
• That with the good weather arriving, travel and organizing a trip is on the minds of many people;
• That organizing a big trip takes time and research;
• That travelling can be expensive;
• That it’s important to first figure out where you really want to go and what you truly want to do;
• That travelling to Europe is on my priority list – hopefully I’ll be able to travel there soon;
• That Europe has many historical attractions. The antiquities are so appealing to me;
• That with the TV coverage from Rome of the new Pope, it made me feel proud and sparked my interest to go there;
• That while I like to travel, home sweet home is my favorite destination.

The Point
If travelling is something that you favor, make it happen.

Every traveler:
Planning & Booking
1. Verify if your passport is up-to-date; if not, secure a new one;
2. Apply for an international driver’s license;
3. Determine if you will have a travelling companion – give it some thought … a bad decision may ruin the trip;
4. Check if your luggage is still useable;
5. Buy TV and radio travel earplugs;
6. List all the places you’d like to visit and then establish preference priority;
7. Read up on your wish list;
8. Set dates of departure and return; in addition,
  a. Establish a schedule;
  b. Note that if going to Europe, stay away from July and August due to the heat and crowds –  the months of June and September are a better choice;
9. Fix a budget;
10. Decide on your destination;
11. Research possible carriers, car rentals, hotels, restaurants, attractions -events, etc.;
12. Look for a great airfare prices and connections;
13. Consider (a) Booking an organized trip. It’s the best way to go. Everything is planned out for you, so you’re guaranteed to see the most popular and historic sites. (b) Taking the train – they are widely used in Europe and it is a convenient way to go from one country to the next. This is relatively inexpensive and at the same time, it’s an interesting way to see the countryside;
14. Consult with a travel agent and purchase the appropriate travel package that includes airfare, hotels and meals and trains or buses.

15. Pack carefully; in this regard,
a. Secure travel insurance with out of province-state medical coverage;
b. Inquire into baggage regulations and duty rules;
c. Organize your passport and travel reservation documents;
d. Ensure that you have no prohibited items;
e. Travel light – take what you really need … nothing more;
f. Include a hat, gym wear and a bathing suit;
g. Bring clothing that is comfortable and at least one pair of walking shoes;
h. Take at least one dress up outfit and footwear;
i. Change your currency at home; and bring some extra money just-in-case;
j. Bring a book or two;
k. Ensure that you arrive at airport hours before so allowing for plenty of time to pass security;
16. Reserve a taxi or limo for the trip to the airport or bus-train station (or allow yourself time for self parking);
17. Check available menu on carrier and buy sandwiches if necessary.
On Trip
18. Use trains wherever you can.

Viva Italia … I’m dreaming of soon enjoying a cappuccino sitting in an outdoor café in Rome’s Piazza Navona.

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”

PREVIEW (tentatively scheduled Monday, March 25th 2013): With Easter just around the corner- it’s coming early this year, I will do an update on my annual holiday post. I extend a hearty welcome to all. 

P.S. Wowee …Wowee Shop Valente is finally open; and my new line of Antoinerte La Posta* brand of clothing is now available. There is still much more to come to the Save and Read* web site. Watch for it!

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*TM/© 2013 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “travel”;

“A statue dedicated to the traveler in Oviedo, Spain.
Travel is the movement of people or objects (such as airplanes, boats, trains and other conveyances) between relatively distant geographical locations.[1][2] ” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) –

“There are three main statistics which may be used to compare the safety of various forms of travel (based on a DETR survey in October 2000):[11]
Deaths per billion journeys

  • Bus: 4.3
  • Rail: 20
  • Van: 20
  • Car: 40
  • Foot: 40
  • Water: 90
  • Air: 117
  • Bicycle: 170
  • Motorcycle: 1640

Deaths per billion hours

  • Bus: 11.1
  • Rail: 30
  • Air: 30.8
  • Water: 50
  • Van: 60
  • Car: 130
  • Foot: 220
  • Bicycle: 550
  • Motorcycle: 4840

Deaths per billion kilometers

  • Air: 0.05
  • Bus: 0.4
  • Rail: 0.6
  • Van: 1.2
  • Water: 2.6
  • Car: 3.1
  • Bicycle: 44.6
  • Foot: 54.2
  • Motorcycle: 108.9”

(Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia)-


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Travel dreams become reality for adventurous couple
How one couple dreamed their way around the world
“While success is often measured simply on income or career status, taking a leap of faith to follow your dreams and realize your potential can lead to greater gains.
Canadian couple Deb Corbeil and Dave Bouskill were not focusing on the financial outcome when they left their jobs in the film industry to pursue their passion for travel.
We had always dreamed of being professional travelers, but this path was so unexpected, so against the norm. For years we were too scared to put the dream into action, says Bouskill, who worked in the film industry. We were working 14 to 16 hour days when we finally had enough. In 2009, we got up the nerve to quit our jobs and we’ve been traveling ever since.
Their adventure travel blog,, is now ranked as one of Canada’s most popular travel blogs and receives sponsorship from tourism boards across the world and some of the country’s largest brands. The couple are living proof that following your dreams can lead to gains beyond money or heightened career status.
Deb Corbeil added, In the beginning, we thought it was crazy to give up our jobs and make travelling a full time career. We took the leap of faith, realized our potential, and are now travelling the world full time and getting paid for it!
According to a survey conducted on behalf of American Express Canada, many more Canadians are already moving towards following their dreams and realizing their full potential. The survey looked at how adults feel about work, life and following your dreams, revealing a sense of fulfilment is a top priority for Canadians in 2013.
Of those surveyed, nine in 10 (87%) stated it’s important to follow your dreams in life, despite other commitments getting in the way. What’s more, over eight in 10 (83%) stated they are striving to learn new things because they are on a quest for more meaning in their lives.
Deb and Dave agree that following your dreams isn’t as hard as it looks, suggesting more Canadians should take the leap of faith and realize their full potential. Their advice? You really can dream your way to anywhere. ”

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: B&B hospitality fits historic Niagara like a glov By Jane Stokesn –
“Getaway Quick Tip:
More than 180 B&Bs are currently represented by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed & Breakfast Association ( and this includes cottage accommodation as well. Overnight experiences range from post-modern to colonial, from traditional to exotic. Each B&B features amenities one would expect from a top-tier hotel, but with personalized service, including insider tips on special things to see and do.
Donna Vieira, the organization’s marketing chair and owner of the popular Globetrotters B&B/Gallery ( explains that member-establishments must maintain the highest standards to belong to the association and she also explains why this type of accommodation is so appealing.
Guests will check in as strangers but often leave as loyal friends who return every year. Repeat guests and referrals are very important to the business, so in addition to receiving a splendid breakfast, you are going to be treated as the resident VIP. ”
Jane Stokes is a freelance travel writer and is a Canadian chapter member in the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
*TM/© 2013 Practitioners’ Press Inc. – All Rights Reserved.

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COUPLES’ DATE NIGHT: Ideas, outfits, recipes, games, free, at home, etc.- I have a report!*

Vol. 3, No. 50, Monday, March 11th 2013 

TITLE: “COUPLES’ DATE NIGHT: Ideas, outfits, recipes, games, free, at home,  etc.- I have a report!*”


Romance does not have to end after the honeymoon. It’s sad when it does and it tends to go from bad to worse. Spouses regularly going on a date with each other is one way to fight this unwelcome condition. My book of the week is, “I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple” [Hardcover] by Giuliana Rancic (Author), Bill Rancic (Author) I hope you take a look. (Editor’s Note: This is part of a continuing series on relationships, romance, dating and marriage.)  


My Parents:  As a child, my parents took the children to family gatherings like weddings or parties.  In part, this was due to my reaction as a child of four or five. According to the story told by my mother, she had a wedding to attend and she called a babysitter. Apparently, I cried when she left and was still crying on her return.  She vowed never to leave me behind ever again. 

Early married: While I was a young married – date night was something we rarely did.   

Motherhood: Once with children, things changed. While we had many outings, they were mostly as a family. 

My reasons were simple. First as a working mom, my time with my children was very precious.  Since I worked during the week, I made sure to spend the weekend with my children. Second, I also wanted to include my children in our family outings. Third, I also had a story like that of my Mom. There was one New Year’s Eve when we had a get-together at the home of my grandparents. My daughter was only two years old and I was feeling under the weather.  I called a babysitter to come for the evening.  My daughter cried when I left and when I later called the babysitter, she told me that my daughter had cried herself to sleep.  This news made me sad. From then on, I swore never to leave my daughter behind unless it was absolutely necessary.  

Me & Myself:  Now attached long term, we go out Friday night. It’s sometimes drinks and finger food but mostly it’s dinner together.     

Grand Motherhood: My daughter organizes many outings with her husband and the kids. But occasionally, she and her husband go out for the evening without the children. She then calls the grandparents for babysitting duty. I am pleased to do this … it’s a pleasure … I enjoy the babysitting time tremendously. By the way, we’re cheap – we charge $0 per hour and we won’t lower our price under any circumstances. 

P.S. I also have some stories of friends.  

#1. A friend says that since the beginning of her marriage, she and her husband made every Saturday night, “Date Night”. This tradition still continues to this day.  Her children apparently didn’t like this much, but with time, they got used to it.  She’s convinced that this works and it’s important for a marriage. 

#2. A coworker says that she would often bring her daughter to her mother’s for the weekend.  The reason was not only to give her Mom the chance to have quality time with her grandchild, but also for this lady and her husband to enjoy the weekend together: sleeping in, going out for dinner and dancing.  The only downside was that her daughter came to resent it. 

THE AUTHOR: Giuliana Rancic & Bill Rancic   

Giuliana Rancic (née DePandi): She is an entertainment interviewer and the anchor and managing editor of E! News. She wrote the book, “Think Like a Guy.” Giuliana & Bill star in The Style Network’s hit reality show, “Giuliana & Bill.”  

Bill Rancic: Winner of Donald Trump’s show, The Apprentice, he is an American entrepreneur.  He oversaw the construction of Trump Tower in Chicago.  He is now a motivational speaker and wrote the best seller, “You’re Hired and Beyond the Lemonade Stand.” Bill and Giuliana are the hosts of NBC’s new relationship show upcoming Ready for Love. 



Several are:  

THE BOOK: “I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple” [Hardcover] by Giuliana Rancic (Author), Bill Rancic (Author)  

This show business couple are newlyweds, facing the average trials and tribulations of newly marrieds. They’re living the subject. Going behind the scenes of their real-life marriage, they provide an insight into such issues as Money (bank account: joint or separate); Household chores (neat vs disorganized); (c) Having a family.  They offer suggestions regarding: (a) Communication, (b) Support, (giving or receiving); (c) Trust and jealousy, (d) Quality time, (e) Friends and in-laws, (f) Arguing and fighting; and (g) Romance and sex. 

More information is power! 


Everyone deserves true love. There is someone out there who is for you. 

Relationship and marriage are really important. They contribute to happiness. Of course, we want to make them to be as good as possible. Like everything of value, it takes work. Learning more is good. Then build up relationship and marriage and make them stronger. I want you to be happy! 

Personal Comments 

I say:  

  • That over time, the tendency is for a couple to take each other for granted and drift apart.   
  • That all couples need time to stay connected and reconnect to rekindle the romance.   
  • That if a Mom working out of the home, we have guilt about leaving young children at home to spend time with their husbands. It should not be at the expense of the children. We want more quality time with children than is possible.  
  • That if with youngsters, it’s difficult to have a date night. Try a date night periodically.   
  • That if your kids are older, have a regular date night – it will give you special time to focus on each other.   

The Point 

Couples should have a regular date night. It’s a good idea. But consider your children, especially if very young.   


Everyone in a longterm relationship should: 

1.      Recognize that a successful relationship and marriage takes effort of each partner at every stage of life;   

2.      Show that you care – it can keep the romance alive in a marriage. To do this, ask questions:  

  •  How are you doing?
  • Is there anything I can do to help you?  
  • What are your present hopes and dreams?  
  • Can I do some of the housework?   

3.      Be aware that having regular quality time with your mate is important; here’s a few ways to make it happen at least once every week:  

  • Meet during lunch time if you can share lunch hour together. 
  • Set aside time at the end of the day to sit and talk … over a drink or a cup of coffee or tea.
  • Organize something after the children are in bed … a candle light dinner for two not in the kitchen. Sitting in the dining room says it’s special – it would go a long way in the right direction. 
  • Do things together; it helps keep your relationship strong and healthy. For example, 
  • Go for a walk 
  • Play a sport that you both enjoy 
  • Go dancing
  • Take a course 
  • Go to the gym and workout as a couple 
  • Have a game night at home and play one of your favorites from way back when. It’s fun and also free.
  • Have a movie night at home or at the theatre. Don’t forget the popcorn and a drink …your choice … 

4.      Try date night to go out as a couple; it should help rekindle the spark in your marriage. To do this 

  • Ask him or her early in the week, say on Tuesday, to go on a date on Friday night for dinner and …… (you fill in the blank). The asking makes it special.  
  •  Ask grandparents to baby sit. Both the children and grandparents would enjoy the time together.  
  • Dress in a new outfit and primp like it’s a big deal – it is … it is date night!

Don’t you think you could do with some romance this week? Pick up the phone, and ask your committed partner,  wife or husband on a date. Wouldn’t you like to look forward to this weekend? 

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*” 


P.S. Wowee …Wowee Shop Valente is finally open; and my new line of Antoinerte La Posta* brand of clothing is now available. There is still much more to come to the Save and Read* web site. Watch for it!

P.P.S. #1 I have a TWITTER page. Consider becoming a follower? Visit –   saveandread
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For today, my word/phrase(s) are: “dating” 

“Dating is a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two people with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or as a spouse” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) – 


“From the perspective of the history of humans in civilization, dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries. From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine. As humans have evolved from the hunter-gatherers into civilized societies and more recently into modern societies, there have been substantial changes in the relationship between men and women, with perhaps the only biological constant being that both adult women and men must have sexual intercourse for human procreation to happen.[3] 

If there is any aspect of dating which is common for both sexes, then perhaps the idea of being in love can be scary; one said “being really intimate with someone in a committed sense is kind of threatening” and described love as “the most terrifying thing.”[58] In her Psychology Today column, research scientist, sex columnist and book author Debby Herbenick compared it to a roller coaster: 

There’s something wonderful, I think, about taking chances on love and sex. … Going out on a limb can be roller-coaster scary because none of us want to be rejected or to have our heart broken. But so what if that happens? I, for one, would rather fall flat on my face as I serenade my partner (off-key and all) in a bikini and a short little pool skirt than sit on the edge of the pool, dipping my toes in silence. 


One dating adviser agreed that love is risky, and wrote that “There is truly only one real danger that we must concern ourselves with and that is closing our hearts to the possibility that love exists.”[60 

One Ethiopian writer described a couple, when dating, as happy, at parties and movies and recreation centers and swimming pools, while they appeared to be less so after being married; still the writer thought marriage was the “lesser of two evils” when compared with the single life.[78] Marriages link families in Ethiopia since the dowry paid by the family of the bride is often significant financially.[79] According to one source, there are four ways that marriage can happen in Ethiopia: (1) arranged marriage, when well-respected elders are sent to the girl’s family on behalf of the boy’s family; (2) courtship or dating after a friendly meeting between boy and girl such as at a market place or holiday where there’s dancing; (3) abduction, such as during a blood feud between families; (4) inheritance.[79]” (Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopedia) 


S & R*NEWS ALERT*#1: Treat your date to dinner at home 

“Friday night dinner dates and Saturdays at the movies are not only heavy on the wallet but a fling of the past. Why not break out of the typical date night routine and wow your partner with a simple and delicious home-cooked meal? 

With just a handful of ingredients, you can create an impressive dish bursting with exciting flavours. For a quick, stress-free dinner, try this simple stir-fry recipe below. The tangy Asian-inspired sauce mixed with fresh vegetables will make you swear off takeout for good. 

Shrimp, Egg and Asparagus Stir Fry 

Serves: 4 

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 10 minutes 

Total time: 20 minutes 


  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil 
  • 2 cups (500 mL) asparagus pieces, cut into 1 lengths
  • 1 lb (500 g) peeled medium-sized shrimp, thawed 
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1 jar (355 mL) VH Szechuan Stir-Fry Sauce or the General Tao Stir-Fry Sauce 
  • ½ cup (125 mL) finely sliced green onions 
  • ½ lb (250 g) rice noodles, cooked as directed on package 


1. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add asparagus and stir-fry for 4 minutes; add shrimp and cook while stirring for 3 minutes. 

2. Lower heat, add eggs and let set slightly without stirring, about 1 minute. Break up eggs with spatula, pour in the Stir-Fry Sauce, green onions and stir to heat the mixture through, another 2 minutes. Serve on cooked rice or noodles. 

Tip: To avoid overcooking the shrimp, make sure they are still undercooked before adding the eggs.”  

S & R*NEWS ALERT*#2: Small gestures add up to big romance 

“Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and men everywhere are breaking into a cold sweat. They’ve bought into the fallacy that romance equals money. But when we think of the most romantic and breathtaking stories of romance, they almost never involve flying off to Europe or drinking the most expensive champagne. It’s usually small gestures like holding hands, kissing in the rain, or simply stargazing that we remember. Opportunities for romance exist just about anywhere, and this Valentine’s Day, you can spoil your loved one without spending a fortune, like this: 

1. Be savvy, not cheap. Buy flowers that are in season or shop around for deals and avoid delivery charges by buying locally. 

2. Write your loved one a romantic letter and place it under their pillow. Or, write multiple love notes and post them throughout the house. Write something romantic on the bathroom mirror too. 

3. Make love coupons. These are really up to your imagination. You can include coupons for a passionate kiss, a favourite meal, breakfast out, or a massage. 

4. Take a walk down memory lane and visit some of the special places from your early days of dating. 

5. Recreate your partner’s favourite romantic movie scene. 

6. Pretend you’re going on a first date. Show up at the door with flowers, dressed up, with your car washed and cleaned. Re-live the first time. 

7. Prepare strawberries with fondue chocolate. 

8. Cook a romantic dinner together or enjoy take-out by the candlelight. 

9. Hold hands and walk to a scenic area that has lots of pretty lights. 

10. Make the world a better place together. Purchase a small gift like a bag of rice for just $10 through a non-profit organization like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada ( and help fight poverty around the world. 

11. Create a visual scrapbook of your everyday life together. 

12. If you are feeling really creative, write a short story and make sure you and your partner are the lead characters destined to find love. Each year together, you can add a new chapter to the story.”  

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ST PATRICK’S DAY: I am dreaming about a parade or a party, dress, decorations, drinks, etc. !* – UPDATE MARCH 2013

ST PATRICK’S DAY: I am dreaming about a parade or a party, dress, decorations, drinks, etc. !* – UPDATE MARCH 2013

Vol. 3, No. 49, Monday, March 4th, 2013

TITLE: “ST. PATRICK’S DAY: I am dreaming about a parade or a party, dress,  decorations, drinks, etc. !*”


What is St. Patrick’s Day?  It’s the celebration of St Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and it’s coming on March 17th. My topic is then getting into the celebration of St- Patrick’s Day. My book of the week is “The Wearing of the Green: A History of St Patrick’s Day” [Hardcover] by Mike Cronin (Author), Daryl Adair (Author) (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on special dates and holidays.)

PREVIEW (Sunday, March 18 2012): As well, I am thinking about school dress codes, the good, the bad and the ugly! Some say: “The tie and grey flannel pant/skirt, white shirt/blouse, cardigan, outfit looks trim and proper, building school spirit. Others say: “It’s stuffy and pretentious building uniformity. It’s better to have fashion and putting the best foot forward even in grade school of course in high school It’s about learning. Afraid about prefect-monitors not the fashion police …. Join the debate.  (Editor’s Note: This is another post in a continuing series on family, child rearing and education.  Sorry for any inconvenience from the post re-scheduling.)


As a child, St. Patrick’s Day was not observed at my parent’s house; but at school, it was a big day. I have a sweet class memory of singing, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”.

As an adult, although not a family celebration, I have learned to appreciate this holiday – I always make an effort to wear something green on St. Patrick’s Day.

In my single days, I looked forward to spending St. Patrick’s Day with my friends.  Our local Irish society organizes the parade and other events. If possible, I tried to attend something. It was usually great fun.

As well, I vividly remember how an Irish born professor, with whom I used to work, made such a big deal of St. Patrick’s Day.  Every year, he came to work in a green outfit, a big green hat, buttons on his jacket with Irish expressions.  After his classes, he left to meet up with his friends at the pubs and bars. I loved his spirit – it was a boost from the everyday.

I am also very fond of Irish coffee and made it often for my friends.  I substituted the whip cream with vanilla ice cream.  It’s delicious!  That reminds me, I should make it this year – it’s the perfect occasion, don’t you think?

Update St Patrick’s Day – March 4, 2013

This year, I made a to-do list.  I plan to:

(a)    Wear something green that day … like a kerchief.

(b)   Go to the store and buy St Paddies day decorations.  It’s actually more for my grand children so that they will pick up on the symbols of the day like four leaf clovers, leprechauns (he is a small mischievous sprite in Irish folklore), soft green top hats, etc.  The idea is when the kids get excited, the adults will also get into the mood for the festivities.

(c)    Make Irish coffee.

(d)   Find a holiday song just right for this day – for me, it’s “When Irish eyes are smiling”.

(e)    Take in the St. Patrick’s parade. We have a great parade of long standing in our city. If it’s a nice day and the timing works out, maybe we will go out for the afternoon.

Indeed, on this day, everybody is a little bit Irish.


Mike Cronin

In 1994, Mike Cronin obtained a Ph.D. in history from Oxford University.  At present, he works as Academic Director at Centre of Irish Programmes at Boston College, Dublin.  His interests are in the study of 20th-century Irish history and politics of sport. 

Daryl Adair

In 1995, Daryl Adair obtained a Ph.D. in history from the Flinders University of South Australia.  He teaches in Sports Humanities in the Centre for Sports Studies, University of Canberra, Australia.  His background is in Australian history with an interest in public spectacles. 



Mike Cronin

Several are:

  • 1999 – The Blueshirts and Irish Politics
  • 1999 – Sport and Nationalism in Ireland 

Daryl Adair

Several are:

THE BOOK: “The Wearing of the Green: A History of St Patrick’s Day” [Hardcover] by Mike Cronin (Author), Daryl Adair (Author)

St. Patrick’s Day has a rich history. The saint for whom the day is named is St. Patrick – he converted the pagan Irish to Christianity in the fifth century. The date March 17th is believed to be the date of St. Patrick’s death. In 18th-century America, a day in commemoration was started by the Protestants, including Irish officers in the British army. Their festivities involved feasting and dancing.  In the 19th century, there were parades – they became the means to be recognized and demonstrate the growing influence of the Irish. The parades have become very popular.  The parade in Dublin promotes tourism and Irish industry. The authors call attention to the criticism that St. Patrick’s Day has become a day for self-indulgence and alcohol, portraying negative Irish stereotypes: fighting and vocal drunks. For me, I reject stereotypes, whatever and wherever it arises; and so should you.  People are people and should be evaluated one-by-one as per the quality of the person. St. Patrick’s Day is for everyone because celebrating something good along with out brother human beings is right.  I also like having fun.


Everyone should make St. Patrick’s Day a special day.   

Personal Comments

I say:

  • Let’s celebrate with our Irish friends on St. Patrick Day.  In most cities, there are events and festivities. The atmosphere is one of partying. Bars and pubs are very popular on this special day.
  • It is also wonderful to celebrate cultures other than you own.  You learn to appreciate our cultural diversity and the uniqueness of other people.  No matter what your ethnic background – on St. Patrick’s Day, everybody is Irish.
  • With all the downers of everyday life, this day is about having fun.  And I add: “Let’s party!!!”
  • And oh yes, I really love Irish coffee.

The Point

There are many reasons to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Regardless of the one you give, the important thing is to enjoy the day!


All reveillers, even if you’re not Irish, should:

  1. Take out a green outfit and add a green accessory like a scarf or a tie;
  2. Put on a hat, pin or button with a saying like “Kiss me, I’m Irish”;
  3. Use, in your conversational speech, such words/phrases, like leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers, horseshoes; etc.
  4. Look for companies like Google getting into the spirit in its unique way; 
  5. Look for a four- leaf clover;
  6. Celebrate by going to some festivities.
  • Attend the parade and then go to a party; and
  • Have a night cap at an Irish bar;

7. Celebrate with a home party; and

  • Invite some friends;
  • Put up some green holiday streamers/decorations; 
  • Play some favorite Irish music – it’ll set the atmosphere;
  • Serve up some traditional Irish foods; but
  • Don’t forget the Irish whiskey – make some Irish coffee.

8. Lift your glass and make a St. Patrick’s Day toast;

Quick, I am turning green…Oh, not to worry, St- Patrick’s Day is coming on March 17th. What do you expect that I’m in the pink? For the Irish in all of us, let’s celebrate! Cheers………Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

And that’s my thought of the week on books, what’s yours?*
Take it out for a spin and tell me if you agree.
“Books are life; and they make life better!*”
P.S. Big News: There are big changes coming to my blog – Please stay tuned.
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S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #1: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
“Sid Grauman began construction on his sumptuous Chinese Theatre (at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard) in January 1927. One day shortly thereafter, Norma Talmadge accidentally walked across a wet slab of cement… and inadvertently inspired the tradition for which the theater is famous: Hundreds of celebrity handprints and footprints (and “otherprints”) now endow the concrete forecourt and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (which opened in May 1927)  remains among the most popular tourist attractions in Southern California.”
(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #2: Larry Cohen: Adventures in Trespassing
“Screenwriter/director Larry Cohen shot many scenes on private property without seeking proper permission. He once had Billy Dee Williams make an escape on the Staten Island ferry, shot a fistfight at the skating rink at Rockefeller Center, staged the decapitation of a window washer on the eighty-eighth floor of the Empire State Building, and shot the printing of newspapers in the basement of the New York Times Building. For the latter feat, Cohen simply crept in and shot until he was ejected by security guards.

[At one point during the filming of God Told Me To (a 1976 film about a police detective who, in the course of investigating a series of murders, discovers that his sibling is a hermaphrodite deity), Cohen had the comedian Andy Kaufman impersonate a police officer, join the St. Patrick’s Day parade as it marched down Fifth Avenue, pull out a fake gun, and start firing into the crowd. “I’m holding them back, saying, ‘He’s an actor, not a cop,'” Cohen recalled of a group actual police officers on duty that day. “I kept him from being killed!”]” (Source: Anecdotage) –

 S & R* CHOICE ANECDOTAGE #3: Strawberry
“In March 2000, New York Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry failed yet another drug test. “Strawberry has failed so many drug tests,” Jay Leno remarked, “he’s being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!”

[“A man was arrested for selling crack dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day,” Leno later reported, adding: “The man’s name was Darryl O’Strawberry.”]”
(Source: Anecdotage) –

S & R* QUOTE #1: Anais Nin

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

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S & R* QUOTE #2: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

 S & R* QUOTE #3: Marian Anderson

“[I]f you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.” (Source: Wisdom Quotes) –

“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “St. Patrick’s Day”; etc.

St. Patrick’s Day

“Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig; Ulster-Scots: Saunt Petherick’s Day)[2] is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.[1](Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –’s_Day)


“It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.[1] It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[3] the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.[4]

The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services,[4][5] wearing of green attire[6] and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol,[6][7][8] which is often proscribed during the rest of the season.[4][6][7][8]

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland,[9] Northern Ireland,[10

Little is known of Patrick’s early life, though it is known that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father and grandfather were deacons in the Christian church. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave.[12] It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.[citation needed]

Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick’s day grew.[13] Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century.[14] Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs have become a ubiquitous feature of the day.[15][16

Saint Patrick’s feast day, as a kind of national day, was already being celebrated by the Irish in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries. In later times he became more and more widely known as the patron of Ireland.[17

In 1903, Saint Patrick’s Day became an official public holiday in Ireland.” (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) –’s_Day)

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #1: Uncover the psychology of scent

“Clean crisp air, fresh cut grass and fragrant florals are a few of the scents that evoke fond memories, as they mark the changing of the seasons.

It’s a little known fact that scent is the number one memory trigger. It’s just one of the many effects that scent has on the human mind. A fragrance has the alluring ability to heighten your senses, instantaneously activate your memories and affect your mood.

Scent plays an active role in daily life, to the point where it can even affect our mood and work performance, say specialists in this field. Releasing a scent into the home, office or any environment can strongly impact the ambiance of the space and have a positive effect on the people within it.

When it comes to the matter of releasing these scents in your environment, wickless candles are a hugely popular choice, says Heidi Thompson, president of leading brand, Scentsy. The specially formulated wax holds more fragrance oil resulting in a better scent throw, which means the fragrance permeates the space more thoroughly and our stylish warmers emit a lovely glow. Because the wax is heated in a warmer and there is no open flame, they’re much safer than regular candles.

Thompson says it’s easy to set the right mood with one of 80 home fragrance wax bars. Here is snapshot of her ideas with more information at

Romance: Try Vanilla Cream a sensual, sweet fragrance that sets the mood for romance.

Energy: Try Sunkissed Citrus an energizing scent, perfect to help you wake up and kick-start your day.

Relaxation: Try French Lavender promotes calm and relaxation and will help you unwind after a hectic day at the office.

Comfort: Try Sugar Cookie for anyone who has delighted in the fragrance of hand-made baked goods by mom or grandma, this scent would bring back feelings of warmth and comfort. “

S & R* NEWS ALERT* #2: Why the human body needs fruit

“Fruit, plus the vitamin C it contains, is so important to our nutrition, Health Canada recommends no less than five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Simply put, this food group is essential to sustain life.

Still, the majority of Canadians don’t eat enough. A recent Statistics Canada report showed that just 43 per cent of us (aged 12 and older) are actually eating the recommended level.

Why five servings?

Five may seem like a lot, but it certainly underscores the importance of the food group. Dietitians will also remind us that since human beings do need to eat anyway, several times a day, why not pay attention to the right choices, for both good taste and for good fuel?

The right’ fuel comes from an array of foods and those should be consumed in the right portions and in the right amounts every day, says Livio Ghizzardi at Dole Canada, a leading name in fruit products. It’s important to know that the vitamins, fibre, and disease-fighting elements found in fruit and vegetables cannot be duplicated in other foods.

Ghizzardi points out that his company works hard to make fruit more readily available for Canadians. Now, for example, single-serve fruit cups are at our fingertips and these items could so conveniently add more fruit to our daily diet.

Do it especially in the morning, he says. Our research shows that 23 per cent of Canadians have only a beverage like coffee or juice, and 8 per cent skip breakfast altogether. So instead, why not take a fruit cup with you from the fridge?

We also found that 77 per cent of respondents snack in the afternoon, and more than half crave something sweet. In that case, why not grab a fruit cup that also contains more substantial ingredients like whole grain oats? You can even put our newest product, Fruit ‘n Crisp in the microwave to give it a home-baked taste and to satisfy those cravings for something a little more indulgent.”

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