Hello from a lurker. This is me (or I for you prescriptivists!):
I myself am the result of a mixture of a gazillion different cultural
lineages, one of which is Celtic, in whatever form it may have been; I
have ancestors from Scotland and Ireland and England and Russia and
Kazakstan and Italy that I know of for sure. Since some of my ancestors
were Americans (or "proto-Americans" or whatever) in the seventeenth
century, I'm sure I have Native American, African American and
lots-of-other-American blood as well. Whoever my ancestors were, I thank
them all for my life and would like to know more about them. That's one
reason why I read this list. I've also noticed that I often like music,
art, people, literature, and whatnot that happen to be identified as
"Celtic"; but I like lots of other stuff, too.
I'm an Earthling. I'm an American Earthling. I would _love_ to
live in Ireland for a while; I actually hope to go there to study Celtic
languages sometime between now and grad school. I'd love to live a while
in the other places I know my ancestors lived and that helped make them,
and me, what we are. And were. And will be- whatever. (Don't know about
Kazakstan- it's reputed to be mostly radioactive now, thanks to my Soviet
ancestors. I'll have to admire from a distance.) I'm a proto-linguist and
all around language freak. I'd love to live in the South Pacific, too,and
China, and Iceland, and on and on, and learn about the culture and
languages there. Any blood relations? I don't know. Prob'ly.
It's late, and I might not be making much sense. But hey- the
world is my home. America is the place-part of what made me. I thank
America, too, the good with the bad. It's part of who I am. To paraphrase
what somebody once said about democracy, I think America's the worst place
in the world...except for all the rest. But I bet you could say that about
anyplace, for one reason or another. All peoples have been my ancestors,
at some point. I'm on this list because I think there's great beauty to be
uncovered in what happens to be part of my cultural heritage. I have also
found great beauty in many a Big Mac, Mustang and Bruce Springsteen song.
Often at the same time. I vote. I try not to hurt anybody, and to give
what help I can. I learn as much as I can.
Speaking of learning, and then I'll finally shut up and go to
sleep, I for one don't (yet!) understand any Gaelic. I'd love it, and
prob'ly others would too, if those more fortunate among us would provide
translations and pronunciations for the tidbits they occasionally put in.
Sorry if this has been said already, I'm reading "mail-over-quota".
So, uh, "sla/n" or whatever it is. I can't pronounce it and I
don't know what it means. I _hope_ it's something nice. In my own native
tongue, I'll say something I think is quite nice.
Peace, and Blueberry Pop-Tarts (Nature's most perfect food...)
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