Happy St. Patrick's Day

http://i.imgur.com/5tKlyhX.jpgLiving where I live, in a university neighborhood in a big city, one could be forgiven for observing St. Patrick's Day festivities and thinking the day to be about public drunkenness, slutty outfits, and the color green.   But the holiday, as you may know, has deeper and more historic roots.  (See here for a recent piece in Time Magazine.)  In a sense, it is a quintessentially American creation: rich spiritual origins and besieged immigrant pride giving way to fabulous festivity and blatant commercialism.  God bless this country today.

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