Luck Providence Fate Destiny

Christians don't believe in luck, and Pagans don't believe in Providence, but this doesn't stop the occurrance of uncanny coincidences which can have a dramatic effect on our lives. Oftentimes we are thrilled or even frightened when we are in the midst of experiencing one of these occurances. For example we are talking with a good friend about an old acquaintance, and the next day they are in the news. Or we learn a new word and then it keeps creeping into random conversations with unrelated people. Sometimes, odd things just happen, and we are at a loss as to how to explain them. Are they divine messages or just random coincidences? Or perhaps, destiny or fate? Well, that just depends upon what we choose to believe.

Some folks are drawn to the mystical magical explanations for these lucky occurances. Crystal power, lucky four leaf clovers, wishing wells, the number 7, wishbones, falling stars and the like. According to the classic Noah Webster's dictionary, Luck is "a purposeless, unpredictable and uncontrollable force that shapes events favorably or unfavorably for an individual, group or cause". Yet, the author Max Gunther defines it as "events that influence one's life and are seemingly beyond one's control".

Borrowing from Wikipedia:

The English noun luck appears comparatively late, during the 1480s, as a loan from Low German (Dutch or Frisian) luk, a short form of gelucke (Middle High German gelücke). It likely entered English as a gambling term, and the context of gambling remains detectable in the word's connotations; luck is a way of understanding a personal chance event. Luck has three aspects which make it distinct from chance or probability. Luck can be good or bad.Luck can be accident or chance. Luck applies to an entity.

Others believe in Divine Providence. Borrowing again from Wikipedia:

In theology, divine providence, or providence, is God's intervention in the world. "Divine Providence" (usually capitalized) is also used as a title of God. A distinction is usually made between "general providence", which refers to God's continuous upholding the existence and natural order of the universe, and "special providence", which refers to God's extraordinary intervention in the lives of people.

The word comes from Latin providentia "foresight, prudence", from pro- "ahead" + videre "to see". The current use of the word has the sense of "knowledge of the future" or omniscience, understood as an attribute of God.

And then there are those who believe in fate and destiny.Although often used interchangeably, the words "fate" and "destiny" have distinct connotations. Once again, Wikipedia says it better than I can:

Traditional usage defines fate as a power or agency that predetermines and orders the course of events. Fate defines events as ordered or "inevitable" and unavoidable. Classical and European mythology features three goddesses dispensing fate, known as Moirai in Greek mythology, as Parcae in Roman mythology, and as Norns in Norse mythology. They determine the events of the world through the mystic spinning of threads that represent individual human fates. In Islam, fate or qadar is the decree of Allah.

Destiny is used with regard to the finality of events as they have worked themselves out; and to that same sense of "destination", projected into the future to become the flow of events as they will work themselves out.

But I think most of us cobble together our own ideology which is based upon our experiences and what we have been taught. However we may wish to lable the cause of these unexplanable occurrances, it does not change the fact theat they occur and that we cannot explain them.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Wish upon a four leaf clover, say a prayer of gratitude, sing and welcome Spring!

Not An Irish Recipe:

Baked Stuffed Eggplant

Ingredients:

2 large eggplants cut in half lengthwise

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion minced

1 garlic clove minced

1 pound ground turkey or lamb

2 tomatoes chopped

4 oz minced olives

1 can tomato paste

1 cup chicken stock

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin powder

1 tsp dill

3 tablespoons dried parsey

1 cup shredded white cheese

Directions:

Heat oven to 350º

Cut eggplants in half lengthwise. Run a knife down the middle of the flesh from end to end but don't cut through the skin. Sprinkle with salt and let rest in a colander for 15 minutes.

While eggplant is draining, sautee onion and garlic in 1 tbsp of olive oil until transluscent. Add ground meat and sautee until cooked through. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the cheese. Cook for 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

In another frying pan heat the other tbsp of olive oil and fry the eggplant for about 5 minutes. Arrange eggplant on a cookie sheet and top with the meat sauce and then with the cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes. Delicious!

Jokes:

Q: Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?

A: Because they're always a little short.

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Q: Why don't you iron 4-Leaf clovers?

A: Because you don’t want to press your luck.

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Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?

A: Paddy O'furniture!

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Q: How is a best friend like a 4-leaf clover?

A: Because they are hard to find and lucky to have.

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Q: What do ghosts drink on St Patricks Day?

A: BOOs

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Q: Why wasn't Jesus born in Ireland?

A: He couldn't find 3 wise men or a virgin.

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Q: How do you blind an Irish woman?

A: You put a bottle of scotch in front of her.

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Q: How can you tell if an Irishman is having a good time?

A: He's Dublin over with laughter!

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Q: What do you get when you cross a pillowcase with a stone?

A: A sham rock

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Q: Why do people wear shamrocks on St. Patrick's Day?

A: Regular rocks are too heavy.

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Q: Why do leprechauns have pots o'gold?

A: They like to "go" first class!

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Q: What has eight arms and an IQ of 60?

A: Four girlfriends drinking on St Patricks Day!

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Q: How did the Irish Jig get started?

A: Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!

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Q: Why doesn't Simon Cowell drink on St Patricks Day?

A: It interferes with his suffering!

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Q: Why did God invent Jameson whiskey?

A: So the Irish would never rule the world.

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Q: What do you call an Irishman who knows how to control his wife?

A: A bachelor.

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Q: What's the main difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral?

A: 1 less drunk at the party

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Q: Why don't women want to get engaged on St Patricks Day?

A: 'Cause they don't want to get a "sham rock".

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Q: What would you get if you crossed Christmas with St. Patrick's Day?

A: St. O'Claus!

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Q: Are people jealous of the Irish?

A: Sure, they're green with envy!

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Q: What would you get if you crossed Quasimodo with an Irish football player?

A: The Halfback of Notre Dame!

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! Q: How do you start the St Patricks Day parade in the ghetto?

A: Roll a 40 down the street!

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Q: Do leprechauns make good secretaries?

A: Sure, they're great at shorthand!

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Q: What's long & green & has a low I.Q.?

A: a St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Q: What is Irish diplomacy?

A: It's the ability to tell a man to go to hell. So that he will look forward to making the trip

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Q: Why are leprechauns so hard to get along with?

A: Because they're very short-tempered!

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Q: What do you call a Cubic Zirconia in Ireland?

A: A sham rock

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Q: Why do frogs like St. Patrick's Day?

A: Because they're always wearing green

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Q: How did the Irish Jig get started?

A: Too much to drink and not enough restrooms!

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Q: When is an Irish Potato not an Irish Potato?

A: When it's a FRENCH fry!

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Q: What do bullshitters like most about St. Patricks day?

A: the BLARNEY stone!

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Q: Why do leprechauns giggle when they play soccer?

A: Cause the grass tickles their balls

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Q: Why did St. Patrick drive all the snakes out of Ireland?

A: He couldn't afford plane fare

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Q: What do perverted leprechauns drink on St. Patricks Day?

A: Mount & Do

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An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car. He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?" "Just water," says the priest. The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?" The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"

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"I married an Irishman on St. Patrick's Day." "Oh, really?" "No, O'Reilly!"

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"I named my pee-pee 'Guinness' Ye can see 'e's 'angin' out. And when 'e saw ye with 'is eye 'e went from pale to stout!"

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Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold beer and another one.

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March 3, 2014

Limerick's

borrowed from: http://freewebs.com/limericks/

The limerick is furtive and mean

You must keep her in close quarantine

Or she sneaks to the slums

And promptly becomes

Disorderly, drunk and obscene.

(Contributed by C Alan Reber)

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Linda Blair with great favour confessed,

She'd been exorcised, thus finding rest,

But alack and alas

Her old demon came back

and now the poor girl's repossessed.

(Contributed by Dick Lamb)

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There once was a sculptor named Phideous

Whose sculptures by most were thought hideous

He carved Aphrodite

Without even a nightie

Which shocked all the fussy fastidious

(Contributed by Natalie Moffitt)

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'Tis a favourite project of mine,

A new value of pi to assign.

I would fix it at 3,

For it's simpler, you see,

Than 3 point 1 4 1 5 9

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There was a young girl from Rabat,

who had triplets, Nat, Pat and Tat;

It was fun in the breeding,

But hell in the feeding,

When she found she had no tit for Tat.
--
(Contributed by Terry Walsh)

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Said the Vicar to old Bishop Price,

My wife's just had twins, ain't that nice.

But the Bishop said, "Father,

in future I'd rather,

you abstained, or were not naughty twice."

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A bather whose clothing was strewed,

By winds that left her quite nude,

Saw a man come along,

And unless we are wrong,

You expected this line to be lewd.

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There was a young lass from Australia

Who painted her ass like a Dahlia

The shape it was fine

And the color devine

But the aroma--well, that was a faihlia

(Contributed by Maurie Houseman)

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I once took our vicar to tea;

It was just as I thought it would be:

His rumblings abdominal

Were simply phenomenal,

And everyone thought it was me.

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There once was a fly on the wall
I wonder why didn't it fall

Because its feet stuck

Or was it just luck

Or does gravity miss things so small?

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There once was a slimmer named Steen

Who grew so phenominally lean

And flat, and compressed,

That his back touched his chest,

So that sideways he couldn't be seen.

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The incredible Wizard of Oz

Retired from his business becoz

due to up-to-date science,

To most of his clients,

He wasn't the Wizard he woz.

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Said an ape as he swung by his tail,

To his offspring both female and male,

"From your offspring, my dears,

In a couple of years,

May evolve a professor at Yale."

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God's plan made a hopeful beginning,

But Man spoilt his chances by sinning;

We trust that the story

Will end in great glory,

But at present the other side's winning.

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There was a young lady named Rose

Who had a large wart on her nose.

When she had it removed

Her appearance improved,

But her glasses slipped down to her toes.

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An elderly man called Keith

Mislaid his set of false teeth -

They'd been laid on a chair,

He'd forgot they were there,

Sat down, and was bitten beneath.

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There was a young lady named Harris

Whom nothing could ever embarrass

'Til the salts that she shook

In the bath that she took

Turned out to be Plaster of Paris.

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The limerick packs laughs anatomical

Into space that is quite economical.

But the good ones I've seen

So seldom are clean -

And the clean ones so seldom are comical.

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A Christian Scientist from Theale

Said, "Though I know that pain isn't real,

When I sit on a pin

And it punctures my skin

I dislike what I fancy I feel".

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A certain young fellow named Bee-Bee

Wished to wed a woman named Phoebe.

"But," he said, "I must see
What the clerical fee

Be before Phoebe be Phoebe Bee-Bee

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A painter, who lived in Great Britain,

Interrupted two girls with their knittin'

He said, with a sigh,
"That park bench--well I

Just painted it, right where you're sittin.'"

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A canner, exceedingly canny,

One morning remarked to his granny,

"A canner can can

Anything that he can;

But a canner can't can a can, can he?"

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A mouse in her room woke Miss Dowd

She was frightened--it must be allowed.

Soon a happy thought hit her --
To scare off the critter,
She sat up in bed and meowed.

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A flea and a fly in a flue,

Were imprisoned, so what could they do?

Said the fly, "Let us flee!"

"Let us fly," said the flea,

And they flew through a flaw in the flue.

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A tutor who tooted a flute

Tried to teach two young tooters to toot.

Said the two to the tutor,

"Is it harder to toot, or.."

"To tutor two tutors to toot?"

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