Heartland of Mine

I spent all day at the parade in Girardville, Pa. Probably no one ever heard of it except that  one year when Bill Clinton went, so, that’s a long time ago.   They had it March 30 this year because it’s been snowed upon the  last 2 years closer to St Patrick’s Day. (Good move; it was about 6oF today.)

But here’s what I want to tell you, O Ratty:  I saw many Trump banners, big flags, carried by young people.  Some said TRUMP: No More Bulls—t.  Others said Trump-Pence 2020.  They were everywhere.

Pennsylvania is the land of my heart.  And also the land of mines.  One float said “Trump digs coal”.

I wish I could make you feel what a wonderful day I had!  Breakfast in a friend’s home in Girardville, the homestead of his miner family.  I had made scones, (okay,  from a mix, baking not my forté) and they were well received! The walk down the hill to Main Street where we set up our lawn chairs. The pipers, The pipers, the pipers! ( I mean, really for St Patrick’s it should be harps, but that isn’t very good  parade music.)  Then meandering over to Hibernian House,  which was frequented by members of  the Mollie Maguires gang, to shake hands with Black Jack Kehoe’s great grandson.  ( please watch the movie The Mollie Maguires with Sean Connery and Richard Harris, if you haven’t…) and to hear more  music.

Right behind me in the crowd, a boy approached a man wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap, shook his hand, and said, “ I want to take the time to thank you, sir.”

This is America at home.  And she is warm, hospitable, respectful,  funloving.  And she ain’t puttin up with no bull.

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8 thoughts on “Heartland of Mine”

  1. Good for you.   I bet your St. Patrick’s Day Parade is way more fun than the big city parades.

    I bet your local Catholic Diocese is still the sponsor (or perhaps the Knights of Columbus), as opposed to the Big Urban Parade Planning Committees that carried out hostile takeovers of the parades in the large East Coast cities.   They have turned them into Pride Parades there.

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  2. MJBubba:
    Good for you.   I bet your St. Patrick’s Day Parade is way more fun than the big city parades.

    I bet your local Catholic Diocese is still the sponsor (or perhaps the Knights of Columbus), as opposed to the Big Urban Parade Planning Committees that carried out hostile takeovers of the parades in the large East Coast cities.   They have turned them into Pride Parades there.

    Would the Catholics make common cause with Shriners?  I thought the Vatican had prohibited any truck (hee hee, like the trucks in the parade!)  with Masonic organizations.

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  3. Hypatia:

    MJBubba:
    Good for you.   I bet your St. Patrick’s Day Parade is way more fun than the big city parades.

    I bet your local Catholic Diocese is still the sponsor (or perhaps the Knights of Columbus), as opposed to the Big Urban Parade Planning Committees that carried out hostile takeovers of the parades in the large East Coast cities.   They have turned them into Pride Parades there.

    Would the Catholics make common cause with Shriners?  I thought the Vatican had prohibited any truck (hee hee, like the trucks in the parade!)  with Masonic organizations.

    Well, yes, the Vatican did and still does have a prohibition against membership in the Masons and other lodge organizations that have their own organized ecumenisms or universalisms.   (I do not think that they prohibit membership in lodges that have unorganized ecumenical prayers, so long as they do not include nonChristian prayers.)

    Two caveats.   One is that I am aware of Catholic men who joined the Masons anyhow.   I don’t know if their priests made much of a fuss.

    The second is that a parade sponsored by the Catholics would probably accept an entry from the Masons, especially in smaller communities.   That is just the civic-minded attitude that the original St. Patricks Day Parades were intended to celebrate; the cultural space in the American melting-pot that allowed acceptance of Irish Catholics.

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