You will recall, dear readers,
how I left you, after a column on Irish "Shamrockery",
with a "Good night to yez", and was gone. Without
so much as a "By your leave"!
Ah well, no matter. It is,
after all, only just April now, isn't it?
Hmmm . . .
Ah, good point for this
is April 2003, which means it has been an entire
year since last I shared any folkloric gems with you.
How, you may ask, could this have happened?
I couldn't tell you I
can't believe a year has passed.
And what an interesting year
it was! And no, I'm not going to tell you about it!
The important thing, as you
have deduced already, is that I am back, to regale you again
with more grim ghoulish ghost stories, more wit and wisdom from
various national icons, more mining excursions into long lost
origins, more myth debunking, more myth creating, yes all
that and more!
And yes, we may indeed be close
to finally reprinting some of our past columns for those who
may have missed them. But new webmaster Dan can fill you in
And I suppose it is appropriate
here to bid a fond farewell to our long suffering Uncle Mike,
who kept this site up for so long and greatly enhanced so many
of my columns over the years before finally finding an appropriate
sucker to take on the thankless job of Webmaster.
And so a brand new Hello to
our soon-to-be long suffering brother Dan, who should have known
better than to take this task over.
And as I ponder this year long
sabbatical I find myself newly returned from, I recall a previous
gap it was spring of 1999, we'd gotten our first issue
of the year out and then the server pretty much bit the
dust, with the result that there was no newsletter or folklore
column for several months.
And so I offer you this little
tidbit this is the lost column that was to appear for the
march / april 1999 edition of the Book Again newsletter.
And I'll see you in May!