Namaste Well Wishers and a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!
It’s one of those days that seems to be celebrated around the world whether one is Irish or not. Can’t you just hear the foot stomping fun from the fiddle of this Corgi Leprechaun to join in on the festivities?
Thanks to Susan Alison for always capturing such joy and cheer in her artwork! Click here for more of Susan Alison’s delightful work
There’s this funny (ha ha or peculiar, you decide) expression that is often said: “May the luck of the Irish be with you” and then if you think about it, well, there was 1,000 years of invasion, the potato famine of decades, mass emigration . . .
So where does this luck come from? The phrase is thought to be of American origin due to the great successes of Irish or Irish American miners during the gold and silver rush years in the latter half of the 19th century. Some of the most famous and successful miners were known as the “Silver Kings”, namely, James Fair, James Flood, William O’Brien and John Mackay after hitting the famous Comstock Lode. These mining successes became associated with the Irish, hence the expression “luck of the Irish”, though there is a connotation of it being by sheer luck only.
Personally, I think of the “luck of the Irish” as being able to see the silver lining in any given situation and no matter what, always having time for a cuppa with good friends sharing some warmth, good cheer, laughter and music together.
Here are a few people I’d like to send Happy St. Patrick’s day wishes to:
Wally & Mary
Emma & Family
Elaine & Family
Martin & Family
Clair & Family
Christine & Family
Susan Alison & Monty & Rosie & Friends
Please feel free to help this list grow by sending an e-mail with first or full names to firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a comment with this post.
Here is a hauntingly beautiful song I’d like to share with you. This version is sung by Jan Clayton and comes from the movie the Snake Pit starring Olivia de Havilland. The composer Antonin Dvorak was inspired by Native American music and Afro-American spirituals he heard and composed Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”. The song was written by William Arms Fisher based on Dvorak’s symphony.