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Friday, March 19, 2010

Eve of Winters End

Colorado weather is so very ironic on this last day of winter.  The snow has been hurtling like daggers from the above, causing very cold temperatures and lots of school closures and others around the state.  Funny, I always thought of the vernal equinox, or first day of Spring coming rather than the last day of winter.  Especially today, March 19, 2010.

At approximately or precisely (whichever you want to believe) 1:32 pm tomorrow, the sun will cross directly over the equator making day and night equal in length.  It would be nice if we see the sun tomorrow!

This event was marked by many previous peoples from cultures world wide.  The Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so it points directly toward the rising sun on the day of the vernal equinox. Machu Picchu, the Inca castle in the sky, is considered to be an observatory for events such as the vernal equinox.  I was there in 2000, maybe that's why I feel so strongly about this upcoming event.

Today is definitely being taken note of because it has been like waking up to return to sleep.  Now the eve is more like staying awake time.  Maybe the time change (spring forward) is just catching up, or maybe the sudden weather change is just living up to the March description, in like a lion, out like a lamb.  Except that the lion is roaring, and the closest to finding the origin of that saying is in this cartoon.  Check it out, and have a sunny vernal equinox!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Saint Patrick's Luck of the Irish

The lucky man from Britain who was enslaved on The Emerald Isle has been immortalized as a patron saint and a spiritual shepherd who led the Druids from a four leaf clover to a three leaf clover symbolizing the Catholic trinity.

One of the most widely celebrated holidays is Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th. It doesn't matter whether one is Irish or not, the holiday has grown so popular that many countries hold parades in honor of the Irish tradition. In fact, Saint Patrick's Day has become a celebration of not just the lucky saint, but of all things Irish.

Saint Patrick Quiz

  • What are some other names of the great saint? Answer; Maewyn Succat, Patricius, Patrizio, Paddy or St. Paddy.
  • Where was he kidnapped from? Answer: the British mainland.
  • What was his slave job? Answer: shepherd.
  • What does his pagan birth name (Succat) mean? Answer: warlike.
  • What does his baptismal name (Patricius) mean? Answer: noble.

My heritage includes Irish from both parents, along with some other ancestry. I recall my parents getting in friendly, funny arguments. Mom would say to me, "You're Roman Catholic, and dad would counter with, "No, you're Irish Catholic." Then they would fondly call each other a mick and a wop. Now I know that I am half Irish, and we always celebrated March 17th, somehow.

The wearing of a green hat, shamrock, or drinking something green, as well as attending a parade or certainly Mass, was always part of the day. Why green? Well, Ireland is known as The Emerald Isle, and the clover is green, and the holiday is in the Springtime which signifies green for new growth. I have seen lovely photos of green rivers dyed so on the holiday! It is also the color of sympathy for the time Ireland was trying to get independent of Britain in the late 18th century. So green has become a national color, enhanced on March 17th.

Things Irish Quiz

  • Where in Ireland is Saint Patrick's Cathedral? Answer: Dublin.
  • Name a famous Irish dance troupe. Answer: River Dance.
  • Name a famous Irish singing group made up of all females. Answer: Celtic Women.
  • Name a famous Gaelic game similar to hockey. Answer: hurling.
  • What are some of the foods served on Irish holidays? Answer; corned beef, Irish stew, potato dishes, shamrock shaped cookies with green icing.
Finally, ask where the phrase, "Luck of the Irish" came from. My research just suggests that the Irish have survived stolen lands, famines, and war so the phrase has aptly described their plight. Here is an example of an honoring of the Irish survival.

John Lennon Luck of the Irish Lyrics

If you had the luck of the Irish
You'd be sorry and wish you were dead
You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!

A thousand years of torture and hunger
Drove the people away from their land
A land full of beauty and wonder
Was raped by the British brigands! Goddamn! Goddamn!

If you could keep voices like flowers
There'd be shamrock all over the world
If you could drink dreams like Irish streams
Then the world would be high as the mountain of morn

In the 'Pool they told us the story
How the English divided the land
Of the pain, the death and the glory
And the poets of auld Eireland

If we could make chains with the morning dew
The world would be like Galway Bay
Let's walk over rainbows like leprechauns
The world would be one big Blarney stone

Why the hell are the English there anyway?
As they kill with God on their side
Blame it all on the kids the IRA
As the bastards commit genocide! Aye! Aye! Genocide!

If you had the luck of the Irish
You'd be sorry and wish you was dead
You should have the luck of the Irish
And you'd wish you was English instead!
Yes you'd wish you was English instead!

So you see, I consider the Brit, Patrick, to have the luck of the Irish. His legacy and legend survives from the Celtic tradition with some myth and beautiful literature thrown in as March 17th approaches every year. Go ahead, celebrate! Create a snake dance, and undulate to a green field to search for a four leaf clover. Go golfing, or participate in horse racing, there is always some way to celebrate Irish.

FYI - this is a reprint of an article published by me on InfoBarrel (under a pen name).

Monday, March 8, 2010

March Myriad Addendum

I just received this e-mail and I am sorely disappointed - angry even. All affiliate marketers should be alerted to this, no matter what state you live in.  From my understanding, Colorado had the highest number of affiliates turn out to oppose the proposed legislation. It still passed. What the heck is wrong with our legislators, anyway?  Do they not get that this is the future means of making a living for thousands of people?

I am dismantling any links to Amazon from this blog.  I have numerous articles published online with links to Amazon products.  Now, if readers click through and purchase, I won't receive a cent.  Many affiliate marketers count on this extra income, especially now. This is so wrong.

Colorado is just being added to the growing list of states that have passed similar legislation.  Beware, and be watchful.  Our dear nation is severely ill.  Here is the email from Amazon:

Dear Colorado-based Amazon Associate:
We are writing from the Amazon Associates Program to inform you that the Colorado government recently enacted a law to impose sales tax regulations on online retailers. The regulations are burdensome and no other state has similar rules. The new regulations do not require online retailers to collect sales tax. Instead, they are clearly intended to increase the compliance burden to a point where online retailers will be induced to "voluntarily" collect Colorado sales tax -- a course we won't take.
We and many others strongly opposed this legislation, known as HB 10-1193, but it was enacted anyway. Regrettably, as a result of the new law, we have decided to stop advertising through Associates based in Colorado. We plan to continue to sell to Colorado residents, however, and will advertise through other channels, including through Associates based in other states.
There is a right way for Colorado to pursue its revenue goals, but this new law is a wrong way. As we repeatedly communicated to Colorado legislators, including those who sponsored and supported the new law, we are not opposed to collecting sales tax within a constitutionally-permissible system applied even-handedly. The US Supreme Court has defined what would be constitutional, and if Colorado would repeal the current law or follow the constitutional approach to collection, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate Colorado-based Associates.
You may express your views of Colorado's new law to members of the General Assembly and to Governor Ritter, who signed the bill.
Your Associates account has been closed as of March 8, 2010, and we will no longer pay advertising fees for customers you refer to Amazon.com after that date. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned prior to March 8, 2010, will be processed and paid in accordance with our regular payment schedule. Based on your account closure date of March 8, any final payments will be paid by May 31, 2010.
We have enjoyed working with you and other Colorado-based participants in the Amazon Associates Program, and wish you all the best in your future.

Best Regards,
The Amazon Associates Team

March Gadget


Greetings and I hope you enjoyed the blog read like an actual newspaper. I'm constantly learning new goodies about technology, and wanted to share the above.  You can actually create your own "newspaper" on this site.  It only takes a few minutes, and it is free. No need to sign in or anything.  Just click HERE to check it out.  I think it would really be fun for home schoolers or even in the classroom as a teaching tool. If you are an affiliate marketer, this would be an eye-catcher for a promotion.  Enjoy.

Maybe I'm just gearing up on my new baby boomer role. I'm going to be a Grandmother soon, and this would be a great way to announce the baby's arrival!  Life is so very rich. I'm so blessed.
Boomer Galaxy is a blog from a baby boomer, about this baby boomer era and all it's relations.