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By Mary E. Adair

March 2020

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time —
a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”

-– Adrienne Cook.

March has always been foremost about Saint Patrick's Day in the heart and mind of yours truly. And likely in the taste buds which were blessed when Leo C. Helmer, last beloved husband, would begin doing his many recipes that celebrated the event.

Here are a couple links to some of those specialties:
Making Good Irish Cream.
A Tall Irish Paddy Day Tale And An Old Irish Recipe From My Ancient Irish Relatives for Leg of Lamb.

If you are more concerned about Lent than St Paddy's then here is one of his recipes for that annual period:
Lent Stuff, So Y'all Don't Get Too Fat Before Easter Arrives - Rice Soup.

And here is a link to a poem of your editor's in honor of Saint Patrick's Day:
Leprechaun Lament.

Thomas F. O'Neill --"Introspective," sends his column from within his self-imposed quarantine due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus in China. Marilyn Carnell -- "Sifoddling Along," shares the tales of the various transportation used by her family and herself through the years.

Judith Kroll ("OnTrek")speaks about Joy then in her unique poetic style, instructs how to overcome Fear. Mattie Lennon in "Irish Eyes" brings us a saga by John B. Keane, and information on an innovative manner of alternate final choices.

"Armchair Genealogy" the column by Melinda Cohenour discusses disparate searches to find possible leads to a few family members whose background has reached a "brick wall." Her husband Rod Cohenour ("Cooking with Rod") finally shares his special, much requested, gravy recipe which can be used with "Hobo Casserole by M" -- a much loved recipe by wife.

We welcome Roger Frank to our publication this month with his Song Lyrics, "Swirling Thoughts." Be sure to click his byline to see his photo and biography. We anticipate being able to present more of Roger's compositions.

John I. Blair's poems are "Moving Moon," "Daffodil," and "Deaf Love." "Without a Plan" is by Bruce Clifford. Bud Lemire's four poems are "One Foot In," "From Album To CD," "Phlegmboyant," and "Mind Your Own Business." "Future" by yours truly finishes the poetry section for March.

Enjoy March, St Patrick's Day, this issue, and your life and family, Michael Craner, dear co-founder and webmaster, the key to our well being, our equilibrium, our dreams. Thanks again, Mike! I am forever grateful for your expertise as well as your friendship and support in this endeavor.

We close with another lovely Irish blessing:

“May the best day of your past. Be the worst day of your future."

See you in April!.

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