Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday rich with tradition and festivities. While many American's think first of greenery and beer, the holiday is traditionally a religious holiday meant to honor Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was born in Britain, was enslaved as a boy but later brought Christianity to Ireland. March 17 is the anniversary of Saint Patrick's death, and the day we use to celebrate Irish culture. Traditionally, the day started with a church service, followed with boisterous celebrations in the afternoon. Ironically, the first Saint Patrick's Day parade ever was held in New York City by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. So many early Americans were Irish too, though, so the Irish tradition quickly spread and has become ingrained in American culture.
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Winter can be one of the most unpredictable seasons in Pennsylvania. Snow, rain, unseasonably cold or warm temperatures can completely rearrange your plans for the season. While you may be tempted to abandon any winter planning, don't. There are still plenty of things to do even during the coldest of the winter days.
With two states opting out of the national clocks back/clocks forward time change long ago, and other states moving ahead to make daylight saving time (DST) permanent, has the time come to let the clocks just tick on? Leave the hands and digital displays that remind us when to wake, sleep, eat, work, and play to do their job without a biannual interruption of our sleep patterns? How did the time change get started, for whose benefit, and why do we still do it? And what does it take for a state or local jurisdiction to opt out and stand alone, victorious but tired of trying to explain to the next-door neighbors just over the time zone line that they did this in the name of freedom, justice, mom's apple pie but mostly common sense?
On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, I left my student self at home, arrived at Sewickley Academy somehow bypassing my bachelor's degree and master's degree and went straight to earning a doctorate degree as I had the pleasure of shadowing Dr. Bevan Koch. I knew from previous meetings with her that this day would be informational as well as fun, but I never imagined how much I would actually discover and learn until I arrived.
When I first decided to transfer to Sewickley Academy, I did not know if this new school would be a good fit for me or what my last two years in high school would be like here. I was the scared and worried “freshman on board.” The fact that I’m an international student, with English as my second language, added even more pressure to the situation. Although I spent the previous two years in the United States at an international high school in New York before moving to Pittsburgh, Sewickley Academy is really the one and only American high school that I’ve attended. My mind was filled with both excitement and worry at the same time.
As a child growing up black in an all white academic environment, I realized everyone didn’t look the same or have the same experiences that I was having. I was curious to learn about the differences, but more importantly, I was first taught at home, and it was later reinforced in my school and at my church, to look for commonalities. I learned to value people for who they are and, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously stated, to not judge people “by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." I learned to honor and respect people, while being able to disagree without disparaging, or disliking, them.
Presidents Day can often feel like just another excuse for local businesses to have a sale, but it's actually a holiday with an interesting history, and celebrating it might just give you the perfect opportunity to learn a little more about our national roots.
With gray skies, frigid temperatures, and only a few holidays to break up the monotony, the months between January and March can put a damper on you and your kids' spirit. If you're feeling the winter blues, try a few of these fun activities to add some adventure to your chilly days.
We typically think of Valentine's Day as a lover's holiday, filled with chocolates, flowers, jewelry, a fancy dinner downtown, or a romantic evening in. But Valentine's Day can be a day for the entire family, with as much love and attention given to your kids as mom and dad lavish on each other. Here are nine ideas for an inclusive cupid celebration.
Valentine's Day is coming quickly, but if you don't have any ideas it's okay! Showing love to the people you cherish most doesn't have to be extremely expensive or intricate. All it takes is a little thought and time to make sure your loved ones feel valued.