14.3.09

Celebrate the GREEN!

St. Patty's Day party is on, with special guest Clay Aiken!
We had folks in our community from Ireland, and they always celebrated St. Patrick's Day for at least four days.
If you know some Irish tunes, bring them along!


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Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honouring Saint Patrick,
the missionary credited with converting the Irish to Christianity (in the A.D. 400's).
In America, Saint Patrick's Day is a time to wear green and party.
The first American celebration of Saint Patrick's Day was in
Boston, Massachusetts, in 1737.

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I have no idea if Still the One has anything to do with the Irish.
It works for me and it's another Clay Aiken favourite of mine.

You can bet he's still the one for me!!

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Still the One - montage by Luluaast



Still the One montage link


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May you always have:
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!


May the blessing of the rain be on you--
the soft sweet rain.
May it fall upon your spirit
so that all the little flowers may spring up,
and shed their sweetness on the air.

May the blessing of the great rains be on you,
may they beat upon your spirit
and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there many a shining pool
where the blue of heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
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The History of St. Patrick

St Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. True, he was not a born Irish. But he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland of the 5th century.

Patrick was born in the later half of the 4th century AD. Patrick was the son of Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. He was growing up as naturally as other kids in Britain. One day a band of pirates landed in south Wales and kidnapped this boy along with many others. Then they sold him into slavery in Ireland for 6 years, mostly imprisoned. This was when he dreamed of having seen God. Legend says, he was then dictated by God to escape with a getaway ship.

Finally, he did escape and went to Britain, and then to France. There he joined a monastery and studied 12 years. When he became a bishop he dreamed that the Irish were calling him back to Ireland to tell them about God as "The Voice of the Irish".

There are many legends associated with St Patrick. It is said that he used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity; which refers to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Legend also has that, Saint Patrick had put the curse of God on venomous snakes in Ireland, he drove all the snakes into the sea where they drowned.

Patrick's mission in Ireland lasted for over 20 years. He died on March 17, AD 461.

That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick's Day ever since.



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Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it!

My Grandpa would only drink tea out of a fancy cup if it had a "drop or two" of good Irish Whiskey in it. Grandma would grumble, but would add just a 'drop or two'...then when she wasn't looking, Grandpa would slip in a big splash...and wink at me.
We had our secret, until Grandma told me years later that she knew, she just didn't tell Gramps.
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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

WooHoo! I'm first....Thanks for the tip! lol

Clay sure is "Still The On!" Your blends, as always are just AWESOME!! Thank You for the History Lesson on St Patty's Day, I love things like that, quite interesting.

The cutiest part (besides Clay, that is!)....Is your Grandpas "secret," how cute!! Fun Memories for You.

You keep warm up there in the "Cold Country."

Have A Great Weekend....
Hugs,
Marlyne

Carolina Clay said...

Ashes,

St. Patrick's Day is off and running in your beautiful blog! I enjoyed all the parts -- Clay graphics, historical facts, and personal experiences -- that complete this entry.

Thank you for your kind remarks in the Carolina blog. Btw, Kai will be 18 months old on St. Patrick's Day. *g*

Have an awesome "green" week!

Caro

Anonymous said...

Hi Joan
I love Still the One. Clay sang it the first time I saw him in concert. Sept 2004 is the date I fell in love with his voice, Fort Wayne, In.was the place, the rest him came later. Now I love his beautiful big voice and his heart.
Awesome blog.

Hugs Margaret

Shyeyewitness said...

Clay Aiken, IS still the one!!!

Looking Irish around here!!

hugs, shy

SueReu said...

gorgeous as always!! Yep, he's still the one - no doubt about it!!!

March 17th is my 25th wedding anniversary. Last year we celebrated with a trip to New York!!! (except the four times I went to see Spam - three without him *sigh*)

Thanks Ashes!!!

Tracy said...

Great blog! I love "Still the One". Although I didn't see Clay sing that in concert I listen to it all the time :)

Love the video, the blends and the history, great job! :)

Happy St. Patricks Day ♥

bonniecarmen said...

What an awesome blog!! Love it!! And the blends you did were superb! Where does all this talent come from??

luv B

dee said...

Luck of the Irish to ya , darlin' . Your blog , like your poem says , sheds sweetness on the air .

Love that sweet guy you spotlight too . ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! You even have the right wallpaper. I was just going to say, that we'll probably see another blog from you for St. Pats, when I just realized what the date is. Where did the time go? I never realized it's the 15th already. I may not get one in. I'll just have to look at yours. Lois

Sandy said...

Have a wonderful St. Patricks day Joan!

Loved this blog and all the green that went with it! Especially loved the "Tea Story"! Just might make that a tradition myself *g*!

The weather here has been picture perfect "spring" weather for the last few days. Most of our snow has gone ~ WOO HOO!

Hugs,

Sandy :)

T said...

Still the one... perfect opening Clay song in your blog.

It's always a pleasure to visit your blog. Your SP graphics are awesome and the montage is terrific. I've also enjoyed reading the history of SP and the poem.

Happy St. Patrick's day to you! Thanks so much for the wonderful blog.

ImGranny said...

What a wonderful blog! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Still the One!

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken is Still the One!! Great St Paddy's blog. Get's us in the spirit of the "wearing of the green" day!

Anonymous said...

Lovin the green and Clay Aiken. great blog!

Barbara said...

Oh, it's great to hear our favorite singerman sing "Still the One!" No one does it like him! Thanks for the video link! Love your shamrock background. Now if we could just do stuff like this at the OFC that would be great!

Oops! I don't have green on. Hope I don't get pinched. At least I'm surrounded by all of this lovely green in your blog! That's all I need to make this a fun St. Patrick's Day and to put a smile on my face!

Love and Hugs,

Barbara

T said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Back again to enjoy the beautiful greenery graphics in your blog.

Thanks so much and cheer to you J!

PaulaBear said...

Clay Aiken looks great in green!!! And I STILL think it's his favorite color!!

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