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

Vol. 2, No. 42, Sunday, March 11th, 2012

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

INTRODUCTION

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.)

MY LIFE & TIMES*

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 evreyday.

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?

THE AUTHORS

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. 

SERIES/COLLECTION

Books/Articles:

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.

CONCLUSION

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!

ANTOINETTE’S TIP SHEET*

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.
ALP
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ANNEX I: NEED SOMETHING FURTHER? TRY AN ANECDOTE OR A QUOTE:

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) – http://www.anecdotage.com/browse.php?action=search)

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) –  http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=19092)

 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) – http://www.anecdotage.com/index.php?aid=8415)

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.”

(Source: Wisdom Quotes) –  http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/)

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) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/)

 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) – http://www.wisdomquotes.com/topics/life/)

ANNEX II
SCHEDULE I
“IT WORDS FOR ME!*”
“For today, my word/phrase(s) are:  “St. Patrick’s Day”; “”; “”

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) –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick’s_Day)

SCHEDULE II
STUDY/STATISTICS:

“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 characterised 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) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick’s_Day)

SCHEDULE III
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 www.scentsy.ca:

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. “ www.newscanada.com

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.”www.newscanada.com

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