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"The GHOSTS" poster

Although the theme of the bog blog is mainly focused upon Ireland and my cottage related experiences there, today with my daughter’s permission, I am posting the link to an Independent Film Short that recently premiered in L.A..

The GHOSTS “A Teenage Fever Dream”

… has absolutely nothing to do with Ireland, but I will justify posting it here by pointing out the combination of the very Irish name of its filmmaker, Eddie O’Keefe, and the fact that my daughter, Kate, is the female lead and narrator …as if a mother needs a reason to post her daughter’s movie on her blog!

*UPDATE*  To make the movie download quicker and thus, less jumpy, after going to the link place your curser over the lower right hand portion of the video and HD should appear. If you click on that HD the high definition will shut off and the video should play better. Click “HD” and “HD is off” should appear on the screen.

**UPDATE** A password may now be requested in order to watch the film- shhhhh – it’s “cicadas”.

Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

St. Patrick blesses Co. Mayo, photo courtesy news.NationalGeographic.com

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! So far this year, my celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has been to attend the local parade last Saturday with Declan and Eoin – bundled up from head to toe to keep out the cold – and to bake two loaves of Irish Brown Bread, my first ever! One loaf went with Eoin to school for his Culture Project Food Day and the other was just for us. Served with raspberry jam and the deep yellow richness of Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter – and moistened with cupán tae – the brown bread was celebration enough! However, adding to the pleasure of the holiday, I just received the following video in a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” email from The Francis O’Neill Club of the Irish American Heritage Center. Song for Ireland perfectly conveys my affection for Ireland and this version by Dick Gaughan is particularly soulful. So, in celebration of the day that’s in it, I offer this video for you to enjoy a wonderful song and to feast your eyes on the beauty of the island St. Patrick loved so well! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PInNrFZQEwk&feature In addition, with thoughts directed toward the people of Japan in their struggle with the ongoing devastation in their country, instead of talk of green beer and shamrocks this St. Patrick’s Day, I’ll leave you with the comfort of a small part of  St. Patrick’s Breastplate, a prayer attributed to the saint himself.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

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