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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March 17 St. Patty's Day gift


St. Patty's Day. The day for a little wearing of the green and blarney. Today, I saw curly green wigs, green antenna doingers, shiney green mardi gras beads, and 3 o'clock bar hoppers wandering around like spring trick or treaters. I didn't hear a single Irish song refrain. No green beer. Don't people know how to celebrate a decent Irish holiday?

Most people know the story of how St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. Seems a strange story since Ireland has never in history been over run with serpents. What the area was over run with was pagans whose symbol was the snake; or more correctly, the old goddess religions with serpent symbols. St. Patrick actually drove, or banished or eradicated using whatever means were at hand, the old pagan religion along with those who practiced it.

Personally, I rather like a good pagan now and then. Now, how should we really celebrate that?

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