March 16th, 2017 7:25 PM

Dear Friends,
 the other day I went to the Post Office to purchase some stamps. I asked the cashier if there were any commemoratives and she pointed to various stamps that highlighted all kinds of events and personalities involved in American history. I instantly chose stamps commemorating the 100th Anniversary of President Kennedy's birth.

This exchange comes to mind as I began to ponder everyone of Irish descent that has contributed to our welfare and those of others.

I was too young to appreciate the circumstances that occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, when the 35th President saved the world from entering into a nuclear war. I also remembered President Reagan as another soul that pursued the end of despotism by his passionate, methodical maneuvers by increasing US defense spending and designating the government of the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' in a provocative speech he delivered in 1983. I also remember his direct remarks when he scolded the Soviet premier to 'tear down this wall' in West Berlin one year earlier. The end of the Cold War became a reality through his concentrated efforts with assistance of like minded world leaders. 

On Wednesday, I attended the funeral mass of Monsignor Jeremiah Murphy of St. Victor's Church in West Hollywood. He was truly a man for all seasons, as he devoted his entire life in giving everyone he encountered the kind and loving embrace we all need in a fallen world. During the past 10 years, his health never prevented him from pursuing the plan the good Lord had for his life. 

As a member of the Catholic faith, I have met many priests and sisters throughout the years with Irish backgrounds. Here in Southern California, I have known more than a handful of the clergy with this fascinating data in their humble surroundings.

In my life I've become friends and have acquaintances of all shapes, sizes, colors, ages, genders and cultures.

 But there's one day out of the year that I consider everyone to be Irish!

As is my custom for many years, I will enjoy a Guinness at Tom Bergin's on Fairfax Blvd in Los Angeles on St. Patrick's Day. On this rare occasion, I'll do my best in forgetting the dilemmas I've confronted during the week by having a beer!

St. Patrick is known to have banished all the snakes out of Ireland.

 On Friday, March 17th, I'll attempt this fete - here in Southern California!

Thanks again for your continuous support.

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