Wednesday, February 15, 2012

March is loaded

. . . figuratively and literally! We went live early for the March issue, due to some other plans in the works. Also, this issue is loaded with some great stories, including two guest authorships. With two nearly concurrent issues available there is plenty to read, but rest assured we will be getting on the April issue soon enough, with one article already received and another promised soon. That issue will be built around National Tartan Day, and Scottish heroes, whereas March is St.Patrick pretty much all the way. Themes will change from month to month providing an endless parade of Celtic story-telling from around the world.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

March-ing onward

While the February issue of Celtic Guide is being absorbed, I am already hard at work collecting items for the March issue. I am very excited about a number of articles.

The world's expert on the Celtic Cross, the man who has studied it in more detail than anyone else we know of, will most likely have an article on the same in the March issue.

Also, we have a very nice article on the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade based on information received from two of the parade's officials.

We are expecting an article on its way from a long-time Celtic writer, which will cover St. Patrick, himself . . . plus a few more great things to share.

Know that March will be chuck full of St. Patrick's Day legend and legacy, and that the Scots will have their day (in this case, month) in April because of National Tartan Day. Lots happening behind the scenes to bring you great "Celtic" reading material.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

- 66 degrees in Yukon

Yes, that is minus sixty-six degrees, over this past weekend, in Yukon, with over 328 inches of snow burying Valdez, Alaska this winter.  That's over 27 FEET of snow. This shows just how tough this land can be, and to think, it was Irishmen and Scotsmen who played perhaps the most significant role in opening it up to a curious world in the first place.

Back when Captain Jack was earning his title of Father of the Yukon, temperatures got so cold that even government-issued thermometers couldn't record the temperatures, so, canny Scot that he was, Jack invented the Sourdough Thermometer. It consisted of four vials containing elements (including mercury, whisky and medicines), each with a known freezing temperature. This way at least the pioneers would have an idea how safe it was outside.

A photo of an original Sourdough Thermometer and its description are on display in the Dawson City Museum, as well as in the Weather Discovery Center in Punxsutawney, PA, home to another famous cold weather indicator, Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhog.

We may have another writer or two joining our ranks for March and April.  For now, why not cozy up to a warm fire (or heater vent) and read about the Celts of the Great White North?