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by Tamara Hillman
March Country Ramblin's2011

Well, did ya ever see the like? Winter is still blastin’ across the states as tho’ it were the middle of December, not March 1st. We’re even sick and tired of the cold weather here in Arizona, so I can only imagine how you Northerners feel.

ST Patrick's Day Teddy BearBelieve it or not, I actually saw snowflakes coming down for all of thirty seconds in my backyard this winter. That’s how cold it was in January. I ran for the camera, but by the time I got back to the yard, it had stopped. I wanted to have proof so friends and family up in Washington State would believe me, but they just had to take my word for it. But it happened, and I know I’ll be missin’ these cooler days come July and August in this sweltering desert.

Ok, March is here for better or worse, and we can at least dream of spring, and flowers, and soft rain. And for we Irish, we can celebrate ol’ St. Paddy! A grand ol’ saint he was too—But did you know, the bugger wasn’t even Irish but British? Look it up!

He was captured by the Irish, and held for six years as a slave before rescued by his countrymen. After that little experience, I guess he figured the blackards needed redemption, so in his later years he went back to Ireland as a Catholic missionary.

He has been described as a martial figure challenging Druids (enemies of the people), overthrowing Pagan Idols, and cursing kings. He was no weak-kneed little Postulate trying in vain to beg the people into seeking Christ! He was fighting against the Roman Empire, and yet he did not waver. (Good for the ol’ boy—we need more like him today!)

ST Patrick's Day Teddy BearAnd a fact of history about St. Patrick that has been distorted in nursery rhymes, and the like, is that he drove out all the snakes of Ireland—but in post Ice Age Ireland, there were no snakes. The snakes they refer to in Latin texts written about St. Paddy were talking about the Druids who used the snake as their mascot symbol.

During his evangelising journey back to Ireland from his parent's home at Birdoswald, it is understood he carried with him an ash wood walking stick or staff. He thrust this stick into the ground wherever he was evangelising, and at the place now known as Aspatria (ash of Patrick) the message of the dogma took so long to get through to the people there, the stick had taken root by the time he was ready to move on. (I wonder about this tale.)

There is much dispute about his birth date and death, but some texts claim he lived from 340 to 440 before his death on March 17th, (the date we celebrate his life and work.) And that he was in Ireland ministering from 428 until his death. But others say, Patrick, archbishop and apostle of the Irish, rested on the 16th of the Kalends of April in his 120th year, and 60th year after coming to Ireland to baptise the the unholy into Christianity. I prefer the latter, but no one can prove either from the two scraps of Latin writings in St. Patrick’s hand, or any other historical claims.

At this point one might say ‘Rest in Peace,” but just like in Egypt, grave robbers desecrated the poor man’s tomb, robbing it of artifacts that have been in Irish museums every since.


As you can see, I find history very interesting when researching some of these and other characters of the past.

So wear the green this March 17th in honor of the Irish who have helped to make this country strong. On me mother’s side, I am one of ‘em!

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Here is a limerick I wrote in 2003 about how the immigrants must have felt to leave their Motherland when they were starving after the potato famine that happened between 1845 & 1852…


How far I have come from dear Ireland—

From Erin to “Land of the Free.”

My heart left on that shore

I shall visit no more—

My image they shall never see.

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Tamara Hillman


For those of you wondering how my recovery is going after complete knee replacement in mid January—Rehab should be renamed, Torture!!!



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