My name is Mary Hogan Smith. I am the directress of a boys home in Redmond,
WA. (also known as the home of Microsoft.) Okay, I'm really an elementary
ed. degreed stay-at-home-mom raising four sons (Sean, Kevin, Brian and Colin.)
We Smiths have a lively interest in Celtic things but really know very
little on the subject other than the basic well-known type legends etc.
Prior to my joining this list (only a week ago) our main focus on our Celtic
heritage took place on St. Patrick's Day when we wake to the stereo blaring
"The Irish Washerwoman", have a breakfast of Irish (Quakers with green food
coloring) oatmeal, don something green (so no one will get pinched at
school), and then in the evening have the traditional watching of "Darby
O'Gill and The Little People."
Recently though one of the boys read Morgan Llewelyn's children's book
"Brian Boru" (and loved it) and another was fortunate to spend a few days in
Ireland with a touring basketball team (He says he's going to live there
when he grows up.) We all loved "The Secret of Roan Inish" and that got us
wondering about the legend of the selkie. We would love to take a family
trip to Ireland someday - if we ever win the lottery.
So being new to computers and the Internet, I feel lucky to have found this
list and have enjoyed reading all your posts. I've learned a lot in a week
and find all your comments so interesting (except for maybe the Buchanan
stuff of which I can hear enough about on the TV.) Thanks to all.
Do any of you have children? And what do you do with them, if anything, to
celebrate the Celtic in you?