Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Unfortunately, I’m about 99.9% German (great at Octoberfest season) and .01% Scottish (Big Freckles); but hey, today everyone is Irish right?!? So today let us raise a glass to the country that gave us:
1) Guinness Beer (thus raising the stupid, but insanely happy level of millions of men and women everywhere)
2) the Kelvin Scale (bases temperature off absolute zero–means little to me, but is vital to science!)
3) Daniel Maclise (very accomplished 19th century painter)
4) Young Irelander, Thomas Davis (combined law and art degrees to become a very influential political leader and writer; showed the world the power of young people who put their minds to something and the strength of authority combined with strong communication skills).
5) Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” (horrifying and entertaining, it set the bar for satire–few, if any have reached his level; he just sounds SO serious!)
6) The Mórríghan, goddess of war, bloodthirsty slaughter, and petrifying fear (and consequently the source for legends of the banshee, death by fright, ghostly vengeful women, and Poe’s “The Raven”).
7) The first official read of the Declaration of Independence (not really an object, but Ireland got the Declaration of Independence before England because of the way mail was transported at the time. According to my bus driver in Ireland, they loved it and are very proud of their role as first supporters).
8) Color Photography (yep, you have them to thank for your beautiful selfies, landscape shots, and food pics!)
9) The Irish Jig (follow one up with “Cotton-Eyed Joe” and you have yourself some fun exercise).
10) The preserved memory of St. Patrick himself (gave us a great name for hundreds of cathedrals, an exemplary picture of a great missionary, an early glimpse into the potential of outsiders, preservation of the Bible and Christianity throughout the destructive dark ages, and a dream of a future without snakes )