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Hooray for the Irish!

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — Happy St. Patty’s Day. May you be in heaven an hour before the devil knows you’re dead.
 Personally I don’t have a drop of Irish blood that I can find, but I’ve always enjoyed their wild and charming nature.
And I have a newfound appreciation for them after reading “How the Irish Saved Civilization” while on vacation last April.
No, I’m not making this up. There really is such a book. Thomas Cahill wrote it in 1995. I wasn’t aware of its existence until it appeared under my Christmas tree in 1998.
I set it aside, figuring it to be one of those “Wit and Wisdom of Millard Fillmore” type books, which I would scan the next time I was in the mood for some silliness.
My wife was the one who took it on our two-week Hawaiian vacation. We each read a book a day, sitting under a palm tree on our beach.
About a week into the vacation, Jeanette said, “Jay, here’s a book you’re going to want to read.” I told her to stick it underneath my stack of unread books and I might get to it.
As it turned out, the book was the right size to slip into my sport coat pocket for the long plane ride home. I hate west-to-east trips and figured I’d enjoy a good laugh.


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