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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all of you. If you're anything like me, the day isn't about getting loaded, but about celebrating the essence of the Irish people and their relationship with their most well-known patron saint.
Even if you're not Roman Catholic or Irish, the story of St. Patrick is interesting on its own. I'm not going to set out the story here, because it's a long one. Just follow yer link above.
If you're in Milwaukee, there's plenty to do around town today, so get out and enjoy it.
Suggested listening for today: Patrick Street, Damien Dempsey, The Fuchsia Band, and Maranna McCloskey.
Suggested reading for today: Seamus Heaney's "Death of a Naturalist", "The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories", edited by William Trevor.
Also, today would have been the 74th birthday of Dr. Sean P. Keane, a good friend to many of us in Milwaukee, and a great man. Sean (left) is pictured here with Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega. (Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)
I was born in the back seat of a Greyhound bus, rollin' down Hiway 41.
But really, I grew up in Cedarburg, WI, middle/working class. Have had an assortment of careers: Shipping/receiving/forklift driver, Punch-press set up & operator, computer programmer, insurance sales (wow did that suck), bookseller.
I have two great children, both living in Portland, Oregon. I'm married to the beautiful & vivacious Jill. Have lived in Bay View (Milwaukee) for 9 years. Now working (as of September 2013) for Downtown Books in Milwaukee (http://www.downtownbooksonline.com/).