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March 17, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Old Green Deal

“There is a war between the living and the dead, and the Irish stories keep harping upon it.” (William Butler Yeats)

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” (William Butler Yeats)

St. Patrick's day card. 1927.Boy holding harp and horn with shamrocks (USPD. artist life,,

St. Patrick’s day greeting from 1927.(USPD/Commons.,

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” (George Bernard Shaw)

“Books, the children of the brain.” (Jonathan Swift)

“A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.”(Jonathon Swift)

St Patrick's Day card with woman in red dress and clover (1908. USPD, artist life/

St Patrick’s Day wish. (1908.USPD/

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” (Jonathan Swift)

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”(William Butler Yeats)

St. Patrick's Day postcard with pipe and clover smoke (USPD artist life,

St. Patrick’s Day postcard.(USPD/

“Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.” (Jonathon Swift)

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” (Oscar Wilde)

Postcard, 1908 Woman in shoe wishing luck (USPD. artist life,,

Postcard, 1908. Good luck with that one.(USPD/Commons.,

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” (Oscar Wilde)

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” (George Bernard Shaw)

St. Patrick's Day print of Wounded from the Front in Hospital at Pietermartizburg ward during Boer War. Wounded Irishman being offered a shamrock by visiting lady, April 1900.(Wellcome Trust Iconic collections Wellcome Collection Galllery, UK)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. St. Patrick’s Day print of wounded from the Front in hospital at a Pietermartizburg ward during Boer War. Wounded Irishman being offered a shamrock by visiting lady, April 1900.(Wellcome Trust Iconic Collections/ Wellcome Collection Gallery, UK)

“Poetry is what we do to break bread with the dead.”( Seamus Heaney, a poet who also wrote “Anyone born and bred in Northern Ireland can’t be too optimistic.” Now that’s Irish.)

“In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty.” (Seamus Heaney)

“Poetry is more a threshold than a path.” (Seamus Heaney)

St. Patrick's Day, Ireland Duke brand cigarettes litho.print ( 1890/ USPD artist life,

St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland, 1890 litho.print (USPD/

“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!” (William Butler Yeats)

Man and Cromwell's Bridge Glengariff postcaard. (USPD. aatist life/

Presenting: Cromwell’s Bridge Glengariff postcard.(USPD/

“May your glass be ever full.

May the roof over your head be always strong.

And may you be in heaven

half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead”

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

St Patrick's Day card. man with pipe (USPD. artist life/

Yep, smiling eyes today for one and all.(USPD/


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Mar 17 2022 7:27 am

    Very fun and very Irish!

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  2. marina kanavaki / Mar 17 2022 8:03 am

    Happy St. Paddy’s, my friend! Emerald paw waves …and lots of luck! ☘️🐾🍀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 4:33 pm

      Cheers! Hera, Molly grabbed a bunch of greens ( clover) and wanted to blow them in your direction…but we discouraged that with the wind direction – But it’s the thought that counts! May good luck never leave you!

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      • marina kanavaki / Mar 21 2022 3:15 am

        Somehow it made it here, so thank you, Molly!!!! Hera and Molly decided to blow it back and forth so we all get some good luck! 😉

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  3. disperser / Mar 17 2022 10:54 am

    Thanks for the reminder . . . I don’t follow many holidays (religious or otherwise) so these things occasionally slip my mind.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 4:31 pm

      It would be difficult for us to miss it…one of the guys across the street plays the bagpipes – and he has to practice up ahead of all the St Patrick’s Day parties….or decides to perform after a few beers. Thanks for hanging out watching this parade

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    • disperser / Mar 20 2022 5:40 pm

      Hmm . . . I presume Irish bagpipes … otherwise, it’s cultural appropriation.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2022 7:03 pm

        Hmmm, as a proud UK and a convenience US dual citizenship holder, what applies? HA. All we know is that he’s constantly invited to play at funerals and St. Paddy’s ceremonies and parties…he sure can elaborate and tell some tall tales, so that and the music has to be rooted somewhere? Certainly adds interest to the neighborhood (His 80th birthday today – quite a party, still going on)

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 17 2022 11:22 am

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Nothing like a little Irish common sense to set a person right. 🍀

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  5. Pied Type / Mar 17 2022 11:38 am

    Hope I can find something green to wear. Can’t be too careful. (Yes, it’s 11:30 am and I’m still in my robe.)

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  6. Spinster / Mar 17 2022 4:45 pm

    “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” (Oscar Wilde) <— Love this one.

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  7. Anne Mehrling / Mar 17 2022 7:00 pm

    I saw a number of people wearing green today, including workers at a fast food place. It’s fun to see people entering into the spirit of the day. Your post helped balance giddiness and melancholy. I was glad I had shamrock earrings.

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  8. sustainabilitea / Mar 17 2022 9:57 pm

    Love the quotes and we had corned beef and potatoes tonight although no boiled cabbage. Tomorrow corned beef hash which I like even better. If this quote is true, there must have been a lot of truth going around in the last couple of years: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” (Oscar Wilde). 🙂


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  9. shoreacres / Mar 18 2022 6:41 am

    I’m not sure how I missed St. Patrick’s day, but I did — and me with ancestors from Ireland. I loved those first Yeats quotes, but they’re all good. I was interested to see Seamus Heaney included. I wasn’t particularly familiar with his work, but I began exploring it after hearing him mentioned in a song by a boy with Houston roots: Rodney Crowell. I’m loving his new work: Heaney shows up in this song in a list of names that starts about 3:30. It’s just a wonderful song in general.

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