Podcast #15: Legend of the Claddagh

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[Tweet "Storytelling is an important facet of Irish culture."] Their tales descend from olden days, when the first Celtic societies settled the rugged, green Irish landscapes. They were conquered, in time, by invaders from Gaul (modern France). Slowly, the population of original ancient Celtic inhabitants shrunk, becoming the “little people” of … [Read more...]

All About St. Patrick at Ruby for Women

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Aye, 'tis time to be wearin' the green this week in honor of St. Patrick and the ancient island where saints have tread with not a snake in sight . . . so legends say. There is myth and legend surrounding this fellow from the 5th century, but I think fact is more splendid than fiction. For a number of years I've shared some of the facts of … [Read more...]

Podcast #2: When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town

When the Pageant Wagon Comes to Town, THe Writers Reverie Podcast Episode 2, Kathryn Ross

Once upon a time, after the libraries were burned and the villages sacked, and a great darkness covered Western Europe, the Pageant Wagons rolled into town. And then, there was light. True story. It's a slice of history not many people know about anymore—and certainly not taught in contemporary classrooms. However, it’s true. It happened. … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Annual Visit

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Time for the wearin' o' the green this month as we bid fare thee well to winter white and look forward with hope of greener grasses and the harbinger of spring--St. Patrick's Day! And, to that end, my annual re-post of a valuable slice of history we should all know and make the hallmark of our St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Of far more worth than … [Read more...]

Green, Grace, and a Great Story!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! What a  great month to be celebrating my Blogoversary!  My third post, originally published on March 13, 2011, was about a favorite historical topic of mine - the story of how Christianity came to the British Isles and the great part played in His Story by the many missionary men and women who braved the darkness of a pagan … [Read more...]

The Leprechauns Come to Tea

Happy St. Patrick's Day Week!And, how better to enjoy a Tuesday teatime during such a week than to have some leprechauns come for tea!Here they are - dropping out of the willow in a shower of shamrocks and pots of gold! Seamus has brought his harp for a little entertainment - and perhaps some festive clogging!And, I have borrowed me daughter's own … [Read more...]

The Story of St. Patrick

“Wherever they went the Irish brought with them their books . . . tied to their waists as signs of triumph, just as Irish heroes had one tied to their waists their enemies’ heads. Wherever they went they brought their love of learning and their skills in bookmaking. In the bays and valleys of their exile, they re-established literacy and … [Read more...]