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â€˘ The three-color Irish flag â€“ orange, green, and white â€“ was created in 1848, and is symbolic of the countryâ€™s politics. The orange stands for the Irish Protestants, green for the Catholics, and white represents the hope that peace be reached between the two. â€˘ Have you ever heard of the trifolium dubium? Thatâ€™s the name given to the shamrock by botanists. The early Celts referred to the shamrock as the seamroy, and considered this three-leafed clover a sacred plant with mystical properties. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to first-century Irish pagans. During the 17th century when the English began seizing Irish land and prohibiting the use of their native language and Catholic religion, many Irish started wearing the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage. â€˘ The Irish word lobaircin means â€œsmall-bodied fellow,â€? and has been modified a bit to the English word â€œleprechaun.â€? These little imps date back to the early Celtic beliefs in fairies, those tiny men and women with magical powers, who used those powers for either good or evil. Leprechauns were seen as grumpy little men, whose duties were to mend the shoes of the other fairies. Weâ€™ve all heard of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Folklore claims that the little men have great treasures stored in crocks, and use trickery to protect it from others. If a leprechaun is captured by a human, he has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. In 1959, Walt Disney Studios released the film Darby Oâ€™Gill and the Little People, which gave us the image of cheerful and friendly leprechauns, but in Irish folklore, they are cantankerous and mischievous. â€˘ Indianaâ€™s University of Notre Dame is home to the Fighting Irish, a team that played its inaugural game in November of 1887. In 1918, Knute Rockne took over as head coach and his record of the highest winning percentage (.881) in football history, either college or professional, still stands. Notre Dame has produced the second largest number of players drafted into the NFL, the greatest number of Heisman Trophy winners, and ten former Irish have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Every home game has been sold out since 1966, with the exception of one Thanksgiving Day contest against the Air Force in 1973, when the students had gone home for the holiday.
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women’s division to keep FDR’s interest in politics piqued. • Eleanor encouraged and supported her husband as Governor of New York and later, in 1933, as President of the United States. She “became his eyes and ears” and the closest confidant for her husband, helping and understanding during the trying times of his presidency, which included the “Great Depression” and World War II. • Mrs. Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady. She greeted and entertained thousands with her charm. She expressed her opinions in a daily syndicated newspaper column entitled “My Day,” gave press conferences, travelled all around the country, gave lectures and participated in radio broadcasts. • After FDR's death in 1945, Eleanor was selected as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, serving from 1945 to 1953. She became the chair of the UN's Human Rights Commission and helped write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She considered this one of her greatest achievements.
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Traveling is an exciting thing to do. It can even be more exciting to those of us with paranormal gifts. When we are in our environment we are used to the people around us, the energy and the things that typically go bump in the night...or in my case, the day. As I write this, I am on vacation in beautiful Seattle. Flying here was an interesting experience for me. The plane was full. Every seat was taken and I was placed in the middle seat between two large men. I was also in the middle of the airplane. That meant if I wasn’t careful, I was going to be inundated with everyone’s emotions and quite a few fears. To an unprotected Empath, this would feel overwhelming. You wouldn’t know if it was you, anxiety or the person 4 rows ahead of you. You wouldn’t know if your exhaustion was truly yours or belonged to someone sitting at the rear of the plane. In this situation as well as picturing a shield around you and intending it to protect you, I recommend that you occupy yourself deeply in something. Bring your music with your or buy the online movie, put your headphones on and allow
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