As a New Yorker, a person of Irish descent and a gay dude, Mr. Mayor, my friend, thank you.
Every American stands on the shoulders of courageous, hard-working ancestors who came here from another country, bringing their cultures with them. Each of us is justifiably proud of our culture and heritage, and we deserve to see them respected, if not honored.
Twenty years ago, Spider Stacy wrote a lyrical, lovely, sort-of-a-love-song, on which he sings lead for The Pogues, called "Tuesday Morning." When I saw the sad news on the morning of October 8 of Philip Chevron's untimely death, I thought of Spider's song.
Most people don't need a reason to drop by their neighborhood watering hole, but if you're someone who has to have an occasion to belly up to the bar, then you're in luck. Here are the best bars in which to celebrate some of our major holidays, starting with Independence Day.
How can we expect to outline the preciousness of human life when we have totally marginalized the concepts of peace, solidarity, humanism, reconciliation, forgiveness and friendship and abandoned the idea of a "human-centered" education?
Should they ever turn to the Dark Side, at least we know the Fusion Fighters' weakness: Guinness.
St. Patrick's Day is the justification some people need to indulge themselves in the same way that the rest of us the other 364 days a year. Congratulations to everyone who successfully finished the marathon.
When I was a kid we celebrated St. Paddy's Day by wearing something green. THE END.
Throughout Mary Robinson's career the fight for justice has driven her life-choices, and the enormity of her courageous decisions cannot be underestimated.
With the variety of things to do in Chicago from spring until fall, it can be difficult to decide which events to attend. While a few uncertainties may linger, be sure to check out these five incredible events in Chicago that best represent the vibrant character of the city.
When we gather, the point is not for me to have them drink enough beer so that they're all ready to pray and receive Jesus at the end of the night. The point, as far as I'm concerned, is that we create a space together in which we all learn from each other.
Ireland is the place to be for St. Patrick's Day; all other celebrations pale by comparison. While this may be an American holiday, the Irish have adapted it just brilliantly and have made it one of the most fun times a human can have without combusting.
You have it within your power to create your own luck. Real luck is about taking control of your life and being receptive to opportunities that come your way. Here are five tips for making your life a lucky one.
The reason was two-fold. I was not anxious to have a baby's birthday overshadowed by a holiday. Secondly, we had planned to give our son a very Irish name, and a matching very Irish birthday would just be too much.
I love St. Patrick's Day. It's so inclusive. By that I mean that though it's a bona fide religious holiday, you don't need to be particularly pious to enjoy it. Wishing everyone a safe and (reasonably) responsible holiday, I present my own candidates for the top drinking movies of all time.
St. Patrick is not the benign figure wearing a green bishop's miter holding a shamrock and casting the snakes from the shores of his homeland,