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Initial post: Mar 16, 2014, 8:13:26 PM PDT
Elle says:
Good morning all and welcome to Free Books and Chat - Monday March 17th

A quick quote for the day:

"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples, even though some of them still look down on me."
- St. Patrick

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Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 8:14:48 PM PDT
Elle says:
Today is St. Patrick's Day

Born in England arguably in the late 4th century A.D., St. Patrick was captured by pirates as a child and brought to Ireland. During his enslavement, he was called to Christianity and escaped his captors after six years. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, and in his teachings, combined Irish pagan beliefs with Christian sacrament, devising the Celtic Cross. He is annually honored on March 17.

St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland, was born in England circa 385. His father, Calphurnius, was a deacon from a Roman family of high social standing. His mother, Conchessa, was a close relative of the great patron St. Martin of Tours. St. Patrick's grandfather, Pontius, was also a member of the clergy. Surprisingly, St. Patrick himself was not raised with a strong emphasis on religion. Education was not particularly stressed during his childhood either. Later in life, this would become a source of embarrassment for St. Patrick, who in the early 440s, would write in his Confessio, "I blush and fear exceedingly to reveal my lack of education."

When St. Patrick was 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery in Dalriada. There, his job was to tend sheep. Saint Patrick's master, Milchu, was a high priest of Druidism, a Pagan sect that ruled religious influence over Ireland at the time.

St. Patrick came to view his enslavement as God's test of his faith. During his six years of captivity, he became deeply devoted to Christianity through constant prayer. In a vision, he saw the children of Pagan Ireland reaching out their hands to him. With this, he grew increasingly determined to free the Irish from Druidism by converting them to Christianity.

Missionary Work

Circa 408, the idea of escaping enslavement came to St. Patrick in a dream. In the dream, a voice promised him he would find his way home to England. Eager to see the dream materialize, St. Patrick convinced some sailors to let him board their ship. After three days of sailing, he and the crew abandoned the ship in France and wandered, lost, for 28 days-covering 200 miles of territory in the process. At last, St. Patrick was reunited with his family in England.

Now a free man, St. Patrick went to Auxerre, France where he studied and entered the priesthood under the guidance of the missionary St. Germain. As time passed, St. Patrick never lost sight of his vision: he was determined to convert Ireland to Christianity. C. 431, Pope St. Celestine I consecrated St. Patrick Bishop of the Irish, and sent him to Ireland to spread "The Good News," or Christian Gospel, to the Pagans there.

Upon his arrival in Ireland, St. Patrick was initially met with hostile resistance. But St. Patrick quickly managed to spread Christian teachings far and wide. Through preaching, writing and performing countless baptisms, he convinced Pagan Druids that they were worshiping idols under a belief system that kept them enslaved. By accepting Christianity, he told them, they would be elevated to "the people of the Lord and the sons of God."

Throughout his missionary work, St. Patrick continued to promote the conversion of Ireland to Christianity by electing Church officials, creating councils, founding monasteries and organizing Ireland into dioceses.

Death and Legacy: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick died circa 461 in Saul, Ireland. He is said to have been buried in Ulster, County Down, Ireland.

Though he was never formally canonized as a pope, St. Patrick is on the List of Saints, and was declared a Saint in Heaven by many Catholic churches. St. Patrick was also venerated in the Orthodox Catholic Church.

The Episcopal Church annually honors St. Patrick with the celebration of St. Patrick's Day on March 17, which falls during the Christian season of Lent. For more than 1,000 years, the Irish have observed St. Patrick's Day as a religious holiday. Traditionally, on St. Patrick's Day, Irish families would attend church in the morning and celebrate later-including eating a traditional meal of cabbage and Irish bacon.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 8:15:18 PM PDT
Elle says:
Wearing of the green
Originally, the colour associated with Saint Patrick was blue. Over the years the colour green and its association with Saint Patrick's Day grew. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St Patrick's Day as early as the 17th century. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the ubiquitous wearing and display of shamrocks and shamrock-inspired designs has become a feature of the day. In the 1798 rebellion, to make a political statement, Irish soldiers wore full green uniforms on 17 March in hopes of catching public attention. The phrase "the wearing of the green," meaning to wear a shamrock on one's clothing, derives from a song of the same name.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 8:32:58 PM PDT
Elle says:
Hello everyone,

Happy Saint Patrick's Day. My great grandmother was born on this day in 18-something - sometime in the late 1800s. She was a most wonderful woman who built her own house way back when. My personal memories of her are quite different. When I knew her she was an old woman, stooped with age who actually had a small hump on her back. We dressed up on Sunday mornings and I remember her holding my little white-gloved hand as we walked to church. I also remember picking peaches from her small "grove" of trees. She would later cook and can them. She taught me to sew and cook and made sure I knew right from wrong. If I ever forgot she would remind me the old fashioned way with a switch. She made me breakfast every morning before sending me out to school - usually biscuits and gravy. Still a personal favorite. Happy birthday Grandma.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 8:43:57 PM PDT
Elle, Thanks for getting us started..
Now go ahead, turn off the computer and get ready for bed...
See ya later in the day.. Have a good one..

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Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 11:27:49 PM PDT
Lib Tech says:
Would someone please post a quick summary about how to do a "thread starter"? It seems very intimidating . . . <:-p

Posted on Mar 16, 2014, 11:52:12 PM PDT
Lib Tech says:
This seems like an interesting history: he French and Indian War is often overlooked when it comes to British and American history. The type of warfare fought during these battles was fierce and savage. From the plains of the North American Frontier to the urban battles that waged for weeks at a time, this war is considered a turning point in history.
The French and Indian War: Seven Years of Conflict

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 12:08:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2014, 12:25:50 AM PDT
Lib Tech, Starting the thread is not hard at all...
Our Google Drive has a started template for starting...
Basically it is just copy and paste....
Actually, you can copy and paste the first one or two posts from the previous days thread..(just change the date)
Just be sure to check if the starter schedule has changed...
A question of the day or theme for the day really isn't a part of it.. We just do it...
Sometimes I tell a story, a this date in history or Just rattle on about something on my mind.....

I can come to the computer without a clue of my topic and do a start in about 15-20 minutes.....
Hope that this answers your question.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 12:36:06 AM PDT
The last line of this will crack you up....

Lawyers should never ask a Georgia grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.

In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a
youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,

'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 12:42:42 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Elle
Thank you for doing the start for us today on St. Patrick's day. What interesting info you found - I never realised that it all dates back soo far.
Loved your story about your great grandmother, really fantastic that she was around when you were little, wonder how many of our posters are great grandmothers.
I never knew my grandparents, they died when I was around two I think, let alone knowing greats - very special in my mind. Thanks for sharing

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 12:49:03 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The starter schedule is in fact as follows - at the moment :-) Kajola took the 21st the other day


★☆★ FB&C Start Schedule . . .

Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 18, Start time around midnight PT
Ketta - Wednesday, March 19, start time 1am EDT
Kajola - Friday, March 21, start time 11 pm - 1 am EDT
Susan - Saturday, March 22, start time 11 pm - 6 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 25, Start time around midnight PT

.✿. Open Dates:

Thursday, March 20- Pick me
Sunday, March 23
Monday, March 24
Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, March 27
Friday, March 28
Saturday, March 29
Sunday, March 30

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 12:53:07 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sandy
Just loved your joke - morning cackles from me with that one.

I have been a bit waylaid today as DS texted me to tell me he has a burst pipe in his flat and could I help with drying up and workmen etc because he has to go to work - so I didn't know whether to do a sad dance or a happy dance - lucky for him I have (yet another) day off and no real plans - well I do now of course. LOL

Still no Sally I see - really pretty worried now

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 1:14:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2014, 1:18:38 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Lib Tech

Good morning and a very big welcome to you as far as I know you are the first poster to post from Nevada - and wow what a first post !
Have you read through Sandy's reply and the template(s) on Google docs - there are actually two docs that can help

FB&C So you want to be a starter instructions

and Starter Template (updated version)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 1:18:17 AM PDT
Me too.. I hope that it is just an internet issue and that there is not
a medical issue with her or the grands....

I hadn't noticed that your son had found a job..
I hope he likes it...

I can think of better things to do on a day off but it's good that you can help him out..
Isn't that one of the things that moms are for?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 1:26:07 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ Sandy

I wonder if Oregon Fiddler will make good on her "threat" to email Sally and ask - the internet issue was at work, she does have internet that works at home, so something must have happened :-(

I hadn't noticed that he had a job either - he had promised to tell me, but ... seems he had his first day Friday but didn't have time to explain this morning, but then his GF turned up and told me a little bit, apparently it is temporary, really hard work and lousy pay and quite a distance away, but he has taken it, any job for him involving bikes is better than no job, and he is waiting on a reply concerning a job that he really wants here in town.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 1:30:31 AM PDT
I hope that it works out for him at the place he wants to work...
I so know that feeling...

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 1:31:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2014, 1:32:51 AM PDT
I don't have Sally's e-mail address but I do have KayKay's but I think she is a little upset with me..
However, she hasn't been on FB either so I'm thinking that she isn't feeling well...

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 2:15:33 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The Memoirs of Lottie Hill by Meredith Kennon
An American by birth, Erica Sinclair has barely found her feet after a trying first year in England, but believes she is finally fitting in. She awakes one morning, happy to be in love and full of expectation for her first real writing assignment for the London magazine for which she works. Within hours, her world has crumbled, and she finds herself the unwanted guest at Cairnview, the country home of a one-hundred-year old woman in Stirling, Scotland. Friendless and far from home, Erica is painfully aware that the woman's grandson from Newcastle is there for the express purpose of getting her removed from the house, and that's before even meeting Lottie Hill, the redoubtable centenarian. Exhausted and ill and believing herself very much alone, Erica disconnects for a few days, not knowing that all is not completely lost. She has yet to learn that true friends can be found in new friends and that there is much perspective to be gained by hearing the life story of one, who has not only survived almost everyone she has ever loved, but also two of the darkest periods in the history of the world. Lottie Hill has a story to tell.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 2:27:00 AM PDT
morning Sandy and Red, so sorry abt. the busted pipes, I know the feeling, Sandy my rain turned into sleet and snow yesterday, did yours? wonder if Elle fixed her sewing mach. and I have 18 great grandkids. Hope Sally is ok

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 3:46:15 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Finding You, Loving You by D G Stone (Strange the cover says it is called "I Love How You Love Me" !!)
Suddenly single at age 55, Levi sets out on a determined quest to find "the one". His brother derides him, and his sister has her doubts, but even after all this time, Levi still believes in true love.
As always, life takes its twists and turns, as it leads him down roads which are entirely unexpected, and it's a rollicking ride with emotional highs and romantic lows all along the way.
Cathy is the cute little manager of a shoe store, always happy and fun to be with. Beautiful Lynda is interested in him, which is always a good thing, but she has a screw loose and he's pretty sure she's not the one. Widowed Carolyn has shut herself down, and his sister thinks he needs to help her, somehow, but he's not sure Carolyn is really on board with all of this. And then Ann shows up, she's an old friend and workmate from twenty years ago. The flame is rekindled and immediately burns just as brightly as it did way back then, but what is it that Levi's really searching for? He was a bit uncertain as he began this quest and he's still a bit unsure, but things do eventually come together as he wends his way through the ensuing dates and all of the escapades that come along with them. .
He comes to find that he's no more mature, emotionally, than he was all those years ago, but that's good in a way, as his feelings for these women run strong and true. It's a bumpy ride along the way, but he hopes it will all pay off in the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2014, 4:31:25 AM PDT
Dianna says:
I'm off Thursday so will take another stab at starting.


★☆★ FB&C Start Schedule . . .

Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 18, Start time around midnight PT
Ketta - Wednesday, March 19, start time 1am EDT
Dianna- Thursday, March 20, start time approx. 11 CST
Kajola - Friday, March 21, start time 11 pm - 1 am EDT
Susan - Saturday, March 22, start time 11 pm - 6 am EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday March 25, Start time around midnight PT

.✿. Open Dates:

Sunday, March 23 - Pick me
Monday, March 24
Wednesday, March 26
Thursday, March 27
Friday, March 28
Saturday, March 29
Sunday, March 30

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Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 5:24:59 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
MOUSE (a psychological thriller and murder-mystery) by D. M. Mitchell

'They played a cruel game of cat and mouse - but someone forgot to tell the mouse the rules...'

It's the summer of 1976 and Vince Moody is a quiet and unassuming projectionist at the run-down Empire cinema in the small town of Langbridge in the middle of the Somerset Levels.

His life is a drudge, and he's going nowhere; the only female attention he gets is a stream of cruel jokes and jibes from the Empire's cleaners, and especially from the obnoxious Monica Andrews. But his life is about to change dramatically when he sees and falls secretly in love with Laura Leach.

Laura lives all alone in an 18th Century folly known as Devereux Towers; a brooding old building sitting alone in its field a few miles from Langbridge. Recently returned to the area to bury her father and having inherited Devereux Towers, Laura is something of a recluse. The local children call Laura the `Witch of Devereux Towers'; some people call her `damaged goods'. She too is lonely and unassuming, a desperately troubled woman haunted by her dark, secret past. Haunted by what lies behind the blue-painted door in Devereux Towers which Laura lets no one enter...

Then Laura Leach meets Casper Younge. He's handsome, well-spoken, gentle and loving, and Laura falls head-over-heels in love with him. Vince Moody is devastated to have lost the woman of his dreams, but he soon discovers that Casper Younge is not all he first appears. He's blackmailing the Empire's manager, Martin Caldwell, for one thing; and who is the attractive woman Vince sees Casper meeting in Glastonbury? What plans are they hatching?

Martin Caldwell is having serious troubles of his own, aside from managing the failing Empire cinema - his affair with Monica Andrews the cleaner has gone horribly wrong. His world is falling apart, and the last thing he wants is a visit from Casper Younge dredging up a murky past he thought he'd left behind.

Then both Casper and Monica go missing; the longer they are gone, the more the thoughts turn to their possible deaths. But if they are dead, who is responsible for killing them?

Soon, everyone is caught up in a dangerous spiral of events that draws them inexorably into a world of jealousy, deceit, passion, blackmail and murder, where the hunter becomes the hunted, the mice turn on the cats.

Set against the impressive yet claustrophobic landscape of the Somerset Levels, Mouse is a chilling exploration of the corrupt depths people will sink to in the name of revenge, power, greed and love and is D. M. Mitchell at his imaginative best.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 6:19:58 AM PDT
Linda B says:
Top 'O the mornin' to ya!

Saint Patrick's Day always makes me think of my grandmother.
Do I need to say that she was, of course, Irish?
Her birthday was December 24 and always got overlooked in the Christmas celebrations.
So I decided that she should have another special day and made St Patrick's Day a day we celebrated together.
I'm not sure the following is actually Irish but it certainly sounds like something she would say:


I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014, 6:26:33 AM PDT
kajola says:
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Elle - Thanks for a great Monday morning start :)
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