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It was green day on Thursday at Immaculate Conception Preschool. It was the day for the 3 year olds to wear green, bring something green from home, create the perfect green hats and even have a green snack. It was green day on Thursday at Immaculate Conception Preschool. It was the day for the 3 year olds to wear green, bring something green from home, create the perfect green hats and even have a green snack.

'Tis St. Patrick's Day this Sunday. Many are those on the north coast with Irish roots or who are Irish for this one day, and many are the ways to celebrate.

There are many who will raise a pint or two of green beer or Guinness or Irish whiskey at their local pub, perhaps with corned beef and cabbage and, of course, potatoes. There may be soda bread. There may be dancing and singing, shared conviviality and perhaps blarney.

There are those who will honor the saint's day at their place of

worship. There are children who will wake to find the leprechauns have invaded their house, upsetting things but leaving gold coins.

There is one Irish-German who will do many of those things and will also shed a tear for her dear departed poetess mum. She will try to honor her mother's spirit with the tradition of sharing the annual St. Patrick's Day poem.

Sláinte.

A sister land

Here on the verdant peninsulas
and the green islands
of the north coast
the waters surround and nurture,
warm and cool,
entertain and enrich us
body and soul.

The waters that
give birth to and support
a glorious and grand diversity
of abundant life
inspire our art
add rhythm to our music,
fuel our poetry
and inform our tales.

The waves and currents and winds
carry the rhythms and words
across the seas
to a similar land,
returning to our sister land
of Ireland
what she carried to us
long, long ago.

D.M. Lueke
March 11, 2013

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