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Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In the United States alone, there are 43 million people of Irish ancestry. Australia and Canada certainly have their share, as well. Perhaps no other nationality in Europe has influenced history more than the transplanted sons and daughters of the shamrock.
There is, therefore, little or nothing I can add that is not already known, except perhaps this.
One of the most popular songs on St. Patrick’s Day is “Wearin’ of the Green”. Read the lyrics and take them literally. And remember that as savage and as brutal as her repression was, Erin was hardly alone in these regards.
I’m half Irish and I celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a day of remembrance for all those nations who so valued freedom that they fought until they either got it or could fight no more.
With that in mind, then:Paddy dear, and did ye hear the news that’s goin’ round? The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground! No more Saint Patrick’s Day we’ll keep, his color can’t be seen For there’s a cruel law ag’in the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand And he said, “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?” “She’s the most distressful country that ever yet was seen For they’re hanging men and women there for the Wearin’ o’ the Green.” “So if the color we must wear be England’s cruel red Let it remind us of the blood that Irishmen have shed And pull the shamrock from your hat, and throw it on the sod But never fear, ’twill take root there, though underfoot ’tis trod. When laws can stop the blades of grass from growin’ as they grow And when the leaves in summer-time their color dare not show Then I will change the color too I wear in my caubeen But till that day, please God, I’ll stick to the Wearin’ o’ the Green.
Thanks for the ear once again and have a good week, gang.
IN OTHER NEWS
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Sam: Okay, little dude, what are you doing here and why are you dressed like that?
Felina: Oh Samuel, it is quite all right. This is Conar the Chipmunk From County Clare.
Sam: Ummm, ooo-kay. And his mom dressed him like that?
Felina: Samuel, be nice.
Sam: I’m sorry, Felina, he looks like he ate a Leprechaun and then stole the little elf’s clothes.
Felina: I will concede that he is not a fashion plate by our standards.
Sam: But why do I have this feeling that where he’s from, especially among the other chipmunks from CountyClare, this is probably all the rage?
Felina: Quite so. You are very astute, my carling. In Erin, our guest is actually the epitome of suavity and sophistication.
Sam: How come the little pipsqueak can’t speak for himself then? Not that I’d necessarily believe a word he said.
Felina: He speaks only Irish. He understands several languages but his tongue knows only the one.
Sam: Irish Chipmunk.
Felina: Yes, mate of my three lifetimes.
Sam: That would also explain the bowl of green acorn mush, sunflower seeds and horse chestnuts on the kitchen table then.
Felina: Yes, my dearest one.
Sam: So he’s here to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us?
Felina: Yes, Samuel.
Sam: This little stripey faced rodent in elf clothes, who cannot speak English Chipmunk. How, exactly, is this going to enhance the party?
Felina: He is a fantastic dancer. And his voice is like a lark’s song, Samuel. When he sings, my heart soars to Ireland.
Sam: Felina, your family has been Canadian since Hudson’s Bay.
Felina: But my heart belongs to Ireland, my love.
Sam: At least on St. Patrick’s Day.
Felina: Yes, darling. And the rest of the year it belongs to you.
Sam: Well, when you look at it that way, maybe we should all belong to someplace else, once a year.
Felina: Indeed and what a marvelous idea, my clever and rapacious rapscallion.
Sam: I have no idea what half that meant but it sounded nice so thank you very much.
Felina: It means I think you are so studly I cannot see straight sometimes.
Sam: I’m that good, huh?
Felina: Good eats your dust and even The Best cannot keep up with you. You are Felis Fantasticus.
Sam: Well, that made the whole cave spin. And so on that note, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, from Samuel, myself and Conar the Chipmunk From County Clare, Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
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EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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NORTHSTAR WEEKLY QUIZ
Okay, gang. How much do you know about Malaysia?
Merriam-Webster Online offers a short battery of games to improve one’s spelling and vocabulary. They are short, timed and the scores are ranked by age group. These are also activities you can share with friends and family. In my house, learning together is also considered cool.
THE GREEN AGENDA
Since we devour this stuff by the fin and gill, we thought this was pretty cool. Fish can be fast, healthy and delicious
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YOUTUBE “JUST TO FEEL GOOD” STUFF
BEST OF THE NET
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL — AI has been at the front of every human rights issue and concern since its founding in 1961 by a British attorney. Without this organization, thousands would still be imprisoned and international justice would yet be a dream.
BACK COUNTRY GALLERY: BEST NATURE PHOTOS ON THE NET — This nature photographer’s work is the single best I’ve seen outside National Geographic.
BLACK SEA AGRO: AGRICULTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION — This region feeds most of the former Soviet Union. How they tackle issues of concern to their own agrarians deserves to be read by every farmer on the planet.
CREAM MAGAZINE & MILLENNIUM ART GALLERY — We have a relationship with the two Canadian men in Vancouver who own and manage this gallery that goes back over 30 years. They were the first to publish our mountain lions, Felina and Sam. Their literary magazine features talent from all over the world and their virtual gallery is a cozy rainy afternoon virtual excursion.
GRITTV WITH LAURA FLAUNDERS is about personal and community empowerment in an environmentally sane world.
HELP END WORLD HUNGER & POVERTY | HEIFER INTERNATIONAL® | HEIFER.ORG — This was recommended to us by a staffer who loves cows and admires the splendid work this particular organization is doing.
NEW DICTIONARY: We were asked to give this new online dictionary a try. We already use Merriam-Webster and have that on our browser’s tool bar. M-W is linked to a medical dictionary and an encyclopedia. When we need to cite the source for a definition, etc., M-W also packs the gear. That having been said, this new dictionary is great for everyday writing, editing and email correspondence. It is simple, extremely user friendly and was obviously designed by people who use these tools themselves. Yep, check it out here.
NO CAMELS – WEEKLY ISRAELI INNOVATION NEWS is like a blend of Popular Mechanics, Scientific American and the science pages of the New York Times and the Huffington Post. I totally geek out when I read these folks.
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE — This is the comprehensive weekly for the rugged and socially responsible nature sports set, which marginally includes me. The National Geographic is still the standard here so if NG is a ten, OM is an eight.
THE SEADOC SOCIETY: PEOPLE & SCIENCE HEALING THE SEA — Affiliated with the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, these folks are headquartered on a small forested island in the north part of Washington state’s Puget Sound. They are actively involved in research, education and legislation to protect the marine environment. Their monthly newsletter is an animal lover’s delight.
SIERRA CLUB — Historically, the Sierra Club has been in the vanguard of the Conservation Movement. They are very reflective of the mountains for which they are named.
WORLD WILDLIFE FUND — I like the spirit with which these folks pursue the task of protecting life on this planet. They’re engaging, interactive and educational without being preachy. They’ve learned early on the power of a good visual and a restrained narrative. Reading their newsletter is like talking to a naturalist.
WRITING FOR PEACE — This is an ambitious project which I think has an inestimable value to those learning about war. These weekly blogs are written by those who have experienced that particular horror. Because I’ve seen some of the more horrific things they write about, I don’t go there often. Anyone who still believes that war is better than peace should.
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
Feature Magazine Articles
ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
We totally enjoyed this one. Meet the wild neighbours: Critters causing urban uproar in Metro Vancouver
And sort of in the same vein, all of us wildlife watchers are going to love this. Map shows wide range of wolves in Washington
This is a great animal rescue story. Tangled up in garbage, sea lions rescued near Vancouver
FROM OUR FRIENDS OUT THERE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s monthly newsletter this month is fascinating. One of the articles I especially enjoyed was how global warming is shifting the range of different species.
This month’s Great Backyard Bird Count newsletter features a global map of species distribution, photo contest winners, an article on how climate change affects distribution and an excellent essay on why counting birds is important.
YOU GUYS THINK I MAKE THIS STUFF UP
I thought this was a little extreme. Chicago River Dyed Green For St. Patrick’s Day.
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Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty