Myth No. 1. If I agree to donate my organs, my doctor or the emergency room staff won’t work as hard to save my life. They’ll remove my organs as soon as possible to save somebody else. Reality. When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life — not somebody else’s….
I didn’t know I had a spot o’ Irish in me until about ten years ago when a cousin I didn’t know I had contacted me. My Irish surname is Anderson.
My grandfather Anderson married a Hornsby, which isn’t an Irish surname (that I know of) but is an English one.
I never knew much about that side of my family because of a divorce. But I think that makes me about what, a quarter Irish? (If my mother was half then I’m a quarter?)
That tickles me pink. I hadn’t realized how Irish I was before these past few weeks. I’d never really thought about it. I only knew about my father’s side of the family which is decidedly Russian-German (and other possible mysterious things we’re still learning about).
I am a violinist, and I like to think I have fiddling in my bones because my ancestors played and danced upon the green Irish isle. I can listen to and sing/play Gaelic/Celtic music for hours. And I can also speak with a very authentic Irish or British brogue. It seems to come pretty naturally to me. I’m reading a book right now to my students entitled FRECKLES and I do all the Irish voices in it for them.
Ya didna know that, did ye?
Even more curious, I live among a huge Irish population here in Wabash County, Indiana. I was not raised here but in Kansas. Irish migrated to this part of Indiana and built the first Catholic church here to work on the canals and railroads.
I’ve always admired St. Patrick. St. Patrick’s day is one of my favorite holidays - not because of the green beer and parties, but because of the St. Patrick story. He was so brave and noble. And I love using the shamrock to teach children about the Trinity, just as he is said to have done.
So, maybe, just maybe, all these Irish leanings (I was always entranced with all things Ireland as a teen) have a genetic predisposition.
“As the meltdown progresses, one of the first things to be affected will be our nation’s food supply. Expect soaring prices along with moderate to severe shortages by spring. If you don’t have the ability to grow your own food next year, your life may be in danger.”—