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|Dianne Cage: St. Patrick's Day and old friends|
Happy St. Patrick's Day! The Holy Legend tells of young Patrick, born in Britain in the 4th Century, being kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. At the time Ireland was a land of druids and pagans. Patrick learned the language and practices of the people who held him captive. He turned to God and his faith during captivity. In his dream, Patrick was told by God to convert the Irish people to Christianity.
After six years, Patrick escaped and returned to Britain. He joined the church and studied to be a priest. Eventually he went back to Ireland and began the conversion. Legend tells us that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to the Irish people. Patrick is credited with establishing 300 churches in Ireland. After 30 years of evangelism, Patrick died on March 17, 1461.
Do not forget to wear something pretty and green!
My Uncle, DAVIS BAKER and his sweet wife, FLORINE, invited me over for an early afternoon cup of coffee and the very best homemade Angel Food Cake I have ever tasted. We had the most delightful time. BERT HATTEN and OLAND SILK, old friends of Davis' joined us. We all laughed and told funny old stories about days at the News Star, Shady Wall, Earl Long, John Hunt, Governor Jimmy Noe, Wilson Ewing and Bert's days when he was Mayor of West Monroe. Oland told a cute story: when John Hunt died and having been Louisiana Public Commissioner, the News Star would do a front page story. Oland was interviewing one of John's friends -- I think maybe Jimmy Neal -- and he told Oland that John had always wanted to live in a gated community. I wish you all could have been there. You would have enjoyed! I hope there is a next time and maybe we will come to my house. By the way, Uncle Davis shared The Holy Legend of St. Patrick with me.
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Dianne Cage writes a bi-weekly lifestyle column for The Ouachita Citizen. She and her husband, Mike Cage, live in Monroe.