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Beltane – Fire, Roaming Spirits, and Hanky Panky

When I was a kid May Day was an event. Granted it was in Minnesota, so maybe a bunch of Scandinavians and other Nordic people just really know how to have a good time. Ahem–when you are six years old. We’d get out our construction paper and make little heart shaped baskets with a handle that we’d fill with candy (one for the basket, one for my mouth – religiously upheld standard) and then go about the neighborhood and do…

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Ireland – A Wee Drop of Whiskey for St. Patrick

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, created to celebrate a monk who drove the snakes out of Ireland. Well, not real snakes, just those pesky Celtic pagans. Thanks to my latest writing endeavor, I’ve been researching Vikings, which landed me in scads of fun information about Ireland, particularly St. Patrick. Though history favors the tales of Viking’s invading Ireland and taking slaves to bring back to Scandinavia, it would also seem that the Druids routinely went across the channel to pillage…

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