Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wait, do I have my holidays confused??

Wait, do I have my holidays confused??

No, I’m not really confused. It is, of course, St. Patrick’s day. Since I’m half Irish, I know this. (the other half is split between Welsh and a contribution from a mercenary Hessian from the American Revolution who fell in love with America and let himself get captured so he could stay, but that’s another story….)

Green cupcake

There, that’s better. More appropriate. I was going to use a shot of a pint of Guinness, but for some reason I can’t find it…..

I’ve sometimes wonder if I would have guessed at my Irish blood if I didn’t already know it. When I first came to the Northwest, after years of trying to survive in a dry, desert region paved over with concrete and asphalt, I was off the ferry out of Seattle less than five minutes before I realized I felt I’d come home. Is it some genetic memory that hearkens back to other green covered land and blue waters? As a child, the first time I heard a Celtic flute, without even know what it was, my heart was filled with longing, an ache I couldn’t define. And heaven help me, the pipes. Yes, yes, I love the pipes. Apparently you either love or hate bagpipes. No denial here. I’ll stop for the pipes anywhere, unless they’re playing Amazing Grace, because then I’ll end up weeping my eyes out.

“Maybe it’s bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us.” –Nancy O’Keeefe

The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven’t seen the joke yet. –Old Irish Joke

Someone once said to me “Of course you’re a writer. It’s the Irish, you know.” I didn’t know, but there certainly is a stable to choose from. And they do have a way….

“The English language brings out the best in the Irish. They court it like a beautiful woman. They make it bray with donkey laughter. They hurl it at the sky like a paint pot full of rainbows, and then make it chant a dirge for man’s fate and man’s follies that is as mournful as misty spring rain crying over the fallow earth. Rarely has a people paid the lavish compliment and taken the subtle revenge of turning its oppressor’s speech into sorcery. ”  T E Kalem

And I have Irishman Brendan Behan to thank for one of my favorite quotes ever, since becoming a writer:

“Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves.”

No, I’ve never set foot on that green, green isle, but I hope to rectify that some day. How can you not want to visit a land that has a place like this?

"Heavens Trail" A place in Ireland where every two years on June 10-18 the stars line up with this path. (H/T @Earth_Pics )

“Heavens Trail” A place in Ireland where every two years on June 10-18 the stars line up with this path. (H/T @Earth_Pics )

In the mean time, to you all, Irish, part Irish, or not, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

photo credit: Chris Devers via photopin cc

photo credit: clevercupcakes via photopin cc

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3 thoughts on “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. azteclady says:

    Dear Ms Dare/Davis,

    I’ve haunted your website regularly for years, hoping for updates. When you added the blog tab to the top menu, I was ecstatic, hoping for some regular sort of news. After a few months of checking often, my computer crashed and the bookmarks I had saved to my browser didn’t magically restore themselves to the new computer, and I forgot to check for a few months.

    Now I’m having a wonderful Easter Sunday, having discovered that you are writing blog entries occasionally.

    Congrats on the recent release, and a belated Slainté

    • Thanks so much for coming by! I’ve just emerged from deadline chaos and am trying to catch up. My apologies for the initial blog problems; I was trying to use built-in blog software, and it just did not think the way I do and I finally had to admit it and I were never going to be friends. Thanks for looking for me again, and while work precludes me from blogging frequently, I am doing so (or trying) every couple of weeks. Thanks again, and for the toast especially!

      • azteclady says:

        In my limited experience, wordpress is extremely user friendly–among other things, it lets me know when anyone replies to me on another wordpress blog, so here I am.

        Your writing has given me many wonderful moments–you’ll find at least a couple of reviews of early works at my own blog, if you care to read them.

        Here’s raising the water bottle for many more books, and hoping you continue to enjoy the process of writing.

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