if irish eyes are smiling, they’re up to something

#4 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

Green is the color of growth, renewal, and balance. Here are some green letters to write with this week. Hope they inspire fresh ideas, a surge of creativity, and a new perspective.

photo by Whipped BakeShop

HAPPY ST. PADDY’S DAY and HAPPY SPRING (coming soon to a mindset near you)!!

This is what we’ll be having tomorrow tonight:

photo by beastandbean

And one of these for good luck (help yourself):

photo by
Blue Cupcake


Jama O’Kim O’Rattigan

(now do you believe I’m Irish?)

Certified authentic alphabetica. Handmade just for you with love and a green fetish.

*Green letter montage from mag3737’s photostream.

37 thoughts on “if irish eyes are smiling, they’re up to something

  1. Hey, it’s you, from a land far away!

    Been loving (and drooling) at all your travel posts. Talk about YUM.

    Oh, your daughter might grow up and marry a leprechaun :)!


  2. Tanita Says:

    Oh, yuuuum, those letters look tasty!

    It’s so funny that people here celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as if they, too, were Irish!! I guess there aren’t snakes in Scotland, either. But there is a lot of green Guinness…!


  3. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Spring, Jama! :o)

    I am in love with an Irish American man. *happy sigh*

    Into the Wardrobe


  4. Top ‘o the mornin’ to you, Ms. O’Rattigan! lol!

    Thanks for the cupcake – this Irish-Italian vegetarian will skip the corned beef – but I loves me some cabbage!


  5. As Irish as I’m suppose to me…

    ..I still have never grown a taste for corned beef and cabbage (yuk!) but I’ll take that beer sittin’ next to it!

    Happy Irish, O’Rattigan!


  6. Re: As Irish as I’m suppose to me…

    Gee, you’re missin’ something for sure. And isn’t corned beef and cabbage also known as a New England boiled dinner? This proves I’m more Irish than you :D!

    Top o’ the mornin’ to you, O’Slattery!

    At least dance a jig or something . . .


  7. New England boiled dinner?

    Yeah, that too…Been a New Englander all my life (other than being born in VA)….

    Something about boiling food maybe…

    Oh, well….boil me some hops and I’ll join you for a beer! Then watch me jig!


  8. Smilin’ Eyes


    I had a fantastic time with family and friends yesterday in South Boston–the most Irish section of the most Irish American city. We watched the Saint Patty’s Day parade from a rooftop deck. The weather cooperated this year–for a pleasant change. It was sunny and warm.

    We had lots of great food and lots of laughs. Erin Go Bragh!


  9. Smilin’ Eyes

    Elaine M.

    I left the last “Smilin’ Eyes” comment. I should add that the name of my son-in-law-to-be is Jerry Murphy!


  10. I’m making the corned beef and cabbage (and carrots and potatoes) tonight, since the kids are with their dad tomorrow night. Maybe we’ll watch The Quiet Man on DVD – love that movie. “Here’s a stick to beat the lovely lady with.”


  11. Re: Smilin’ Eyes

    Elaine, sounds like a fabulous time!! I didn’t know Boston was the most Irish American city (no wonder I love it there)! Think I’ll change my name to Erin or something.


  12. Sounds yummy. I’m jealous that your name is “Kelly.” I’ve always wanted to call myself “Kelly Green.” 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Quiet Man.” (Hope this doesn’t make me less Irish.)


  13. Are Koreans Really The Irish Of The Orient?

    Are Koreans really the Irish of the Orient?
    A St Patrick’s Day special from Tom Coyner. This was written for the Korea Times, but never got published. So go buy his book, because he needs the money.

    The stereotype that the Koreans are the Irish of the Orient has been around for at least half a century and some may argue much longer than that. When I was researching my recently released book, Mastering Business in Korea: A Practical Guide, I had a chance to investigate this old saw.

    The first time I heard this statement was in the mid-1970s as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Frankly speaking, I thought it was a bit ridiculous. But, then, when I was a university student in Colorado, I heard from an ex-GI that Koreans eat kimchi with every meal. Yeah, right, I thought — typical GI stereotyping! But we all know the truth about that one.

    Anyway, I did not start to reconsider this “Irish of the Orient” analogy until I became active in the Irish social community of Tokyo in the 1990’s, and later while heading up the Irish Association of Korea during the first six years of the new millennium.

    This assumption was further buttressed by heard comments when interviewing a long-time Seoul executive from Ireland for my book.

    While any stereotype may be fraught with peril from misunderstanding, please consider the following about what the Irish and Koreans as they indeed have much in common:

    Among the most religious populations in their part of the world with a comparatively high rate of regular church goers.
    Very family oriented and take sides along clans quite readily.
    Frequently extended families gather regardless of members’ ages to share being together, often taking turns entertaining each other by singing songs.
    Compared to their neighbors, they wear their hearts on their sleeves.
    Quick to fight and quick to forgive.
    Famous (or infamous) for their drinking habits.
    Less regarded for planning and better known for forming successful if chaotic teams at the last minute.
    Have a healthy disregard for authority, but will at least superficially show and demand honor and respect as tradition dictates.
    Often ask strangers about their hometowns due to regional stereotyping.
    Quick to laugh and quick to cry — as well as to break out into song and verse.
    Known and respected beyond their borders for their music and ability to entertain beyond the language barriers.
    The nation is divided as a result of foreign powers intervention.
    Well regarded for their sense of humor and playing of pranks while have little use for the person who cannot laugh at him or herself.
    Nation was colonized by its island neighbor and forced to speak the language of its oppressor.
    People were traumatized by the colonial experience and it has taken decades to psychologically recover — with a collective behavior of being a bit edgy, nervous and inhibited at times compared to that of their neighbors.
    In recent times their Diaspora has somewhat reversed for the first time due to the nation’s rapidly developing economy.
    Now, the reader may or may not be convinced by the above sixteen points. So my best recommendation is to learn first hand. And what better opportunity could there be than St. Patrick’s Day in Seoul?

    In the tradition of Ireland, regardless of weather, the craic (fun) will begin at noon, in Marrionier Park along side Daehagno boulevard in the Hyewha district of northern Seoul on Tuesday, March 17th. The seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off at 2:00 PM — and everyone, particularly the Koreans, are enthusiastically encouraged to join the march. Prior and following the parade there will be live Irish entertainment in an elaborate Ireland theme park in Marrionier Park. After the parade, there will samplings of Irish food, tea and, of course, Guinness beer — as well as a chance to learn and join in Irish folk dancing.


  14. Re: Are Koreans Really The Irish Of The Orient?

    Proof positive, James! But I won’t claim the “infamous for their drinking habits” or “healthy disregard for authority” :D!


  15. Real life? Is there such a thing? I thought this was it ;)! I think not having kids gives me more free time than most. Blogging is also very therapeutic for me, as it continually jump starts my aging brain.


  16. You must remedy the situation, even though it does not affect your actual Irishness. It’s an old film starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, and it’s got the best bar fight on film, if you ask me.


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