High Days and Holidays

Erin & The Blarney Stone

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By Rohini Sunderam - - - It was a legend that had its roots in the mists of time, she was told. She'd read about it since she was a child. “Whoever kisses the Blarney Stone will be granted the gift of eloquence and flattery, the ability to deceive without offending.” “It’s just nonsense!” her mother said. “Oooh now it’s d’truth!” her grandmother had countered, knitting needles clacking, peering over the top of her half-moon glasses. “A load of blarney, no doubt,” Erin thought, but she wanted to test it nonetheless. Could that magical, stone, charmed by a witch when...

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My Saint Patrick’s Day

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By Benjamin Kellogg - - - Three distinct types of green have started to emerge in my area.  There is the light green displayed by buds of grass and tree leaves emerging from melting snow.  A slightly lighter shade of green may be spotted on the artificial “grass” for Easter baskets being sold at local stores.  The third hue, an unnaturally thick, dark emerald green accompanied by a distinct three-leafed shamrock shape, can only herald the arrival of one particular day, Saint Patrick’s Day. The March 17 holiday honoring the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland (who I...

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ST. PATTIE’S DAY KVETCHING

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By W. G. Warren. - - - I need to kvetch to someone. It's tough being a male sometimes. In honor of St. Pattie’s Day, my wife, Cynthia, cooked corned beef the other night and also made a salad while I watched TV. She asked me to dish out the salad for the two of us. I did. If you knew Cynthia as I certainly know Cynthia, she is all about fairness and equality. In other words, her piece of green cake has to be exactly the same size as my piece of green cake - or anyone else sitting within,...

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What is love?

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By Simon J. Sebastian. - - - What is love - the poets ask, the philosophers think they know, even the scientists are interested. Is it a feeling? Is it romance? Is it pheromones? Is it a biological need? What is love? Your heart moves at the sight of your lover, their simplest touch fills you with pleasure, and ecstasy is only an embrace away. And pain, let’s not forget the pain, of desire, of separation, of loss - but isn’t it the pain that heightens the sense of pleasure - can there be love without pain? What is love?...

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Hearts for Valentine

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By Rohini Sunderam - - - They never celebrated Valentine’s Day, “Such a load of nonsense!” she said as they held hands and laughed at others’ follies: boxes of chocolates, bouquets of red roses tied up in guilt, hasty dates at restaurants waiting to lighten the lovers’ wallets. There were jewellery stores dripping diamonds with their adamantine facets, sharp enough to break hearts. Rubies as red as the blood of the nightingale’s heart in Oscar Wilde’s tale, that beckoned lovers into the stores. Emeralds as green as the eyes of a mistress when she sees her lover with his wife...

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