Link Love: The Best of St. Pat’s 2013

SI do like a good toast, so on this national day of toasting to the Irish in us all I offer a trip around the blogosphere for some of the best of St. Patrick’s Day.

For Fun

The fun and fabulous Susie Lindau dances an Irish Jig and offers up some toasts for us to try.

Celebrating the Emerald Isle from space! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield honors St. Patrick from the international space station by singing Danny Boy (not bad!) and wearin’ the green.

If you have green eyes (and I DO), you may be Irish, or female, or both. Laura Dimon offers up the statistics on what makes green eyes so unusual. Plus, the most famous green-eyed lass in literature. Any guesses?

For Food

The how-to video in Irish Soda Bread, the American Way is a mini-visual spectacle. If you replay that bit where she slathers the Irish butter and it melts a little, you can actually smell the warm bread spiced with caraway seeds and currants. I want to invite Melissa Clark to my house to make these buns for me. Like, right now. Yum.

The full St. Patrick’s Day traditional meal explained by Rachel Allen on the WSJ Speakeasy blog. In the category of “I’ll bet you didn’t know that”: her explanation of how Irish coffee was invented.

For the foodies out there an Irish food paradise on Wise Words, the oeuvre of Irish food blogger Mona Wise and her chef husband (winner of Blog Awards Ireland‘s Best Blog for 2012).

For Travel

Our Amazing Planet’s post A Photo Tour of Ireland not only captures images of the Emerald Isle and its people, it presents the history and traditions of the Irish in the photo captions.

My own discovery of Blarney Castle from 2012’s St. Paddy’s Day post, including some blarney from Winston Churchill and my mom.

Lastly, a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day would not be complete for me without my favorite Irish pub song, “The Wild Rover,” sung here by The Dubliners:

Slainte! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, Everyone! Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

Sports As Inspiration

Susie Lindau’s (hilarious!) post about snowboarder Louie Vito and Shaun White’s recent perfect 100 score in the X Games Superpipe … and of course the huge sporting event coming up this weekend that will have the majority of Americans parked in front of their TV’s (hint: starts with SUPER, ends with too much chili 🙂 ) inspired this week’s picture blog of sports related ephemera. Enjoy and let me know what inspires you…

Sports have it all: highs, lows, comic relief and unimaginable drama. But what inspires us so much about athletic events? Of course there is the sheer, balletic athleticism.

There is also the cathartic shedding of emotions through the medium of a sporting event.  That’s why we yell at the TV, right? Go! Go! GO!

And then there’s the idea that we can do this stuff too. If we only had the chance…and the right equipment…and a trainer…and, oh, the athletic ability.

And last, let’s not forget the poetry of the human body, honed to perfection through training and discipline, pitted against another in a contest to see who wins. Because there can only be one winner.

Do sports inspire YOU? Would you rather do or watch?